Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Return to Business Administration | Accountancy | Courses Index

[1] Graduate Courses, Master of Business Administration (MBA)

5324 FUNDAMENTALS OF RISK AND INSURANCE This course is designed to introduce the student to the principles of risk management and insurance. The primary focus of this introductory course is on evaluating life, health, retirement, property, liability, and personnel exposures to loss and analyzing the methods for managing risks. The course emphasizes risk management and insurance techniques for dealing with potential losses to individuals and organizations.

5331 BANK MANAGEMENT This is an elective course in the Master of Business Administration program. This course provides a broad understanding of commercial banking. Coverage includes the principles and practices of commercial bank lending as well as asset, liability, and capital management. The mode of instruction is lecture and discussion. Prerequisite: FINA 3340 or consent of instructor.

5332 INVESTMENTS This is an elective course in the Master of Business Administration program. The mode of instruction is lecture and discussion. Basic theory, concepts, and principles applicable in making investment decisions. Emphasis on investment media, investment analysis, valuation techniques, and portfolio construction and management. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

5333 INTERNATIONAL FINANCE This is an elective course in the Master of Business Administration program. The course covers a variety of important topics in international finance, such as international financial markets, exchange rate risk management, currency derivatives, international arbitrage, direct foreign investment, and multinational capital budgeting. Prerequisites: FINA 3330 or consent of instructor.

5334 FINANCIAL DERIVATIVES This is an elective course in the Master of Business Administration program. The mode of instruction is lecture and discussion. Financial derivatives and markets are examined with an emphasis on their use of hedging and speculative purposes. Major valuation models and term structure models are discussed with applications to problems in financial decision-making process. Prerequisite: FINA 3330.

5341 QUANTITATIVE ANALYTICAL METHODS This course is an elective course in the MBA program. The course emphasizes an understanding of quantitative aids to decision analysis, utility and game theory, linear programming, queuing theory, simulation techniques, network analysis, and/or Markov processes. Lecture/discussion. Prerequisite: QMTH 2330 [ ACTS: BUSI2103 ] or equivalent.

5345 GOVERNANCE OF THE SUSTAINABLE ORGANIZATION This is an elective course in the Master of Business Administration program. The course will cover the theoretical, policy, and management implications of corporate governance and sustainability, including efforts at reform and the creation of new standards or norms.

5355 PROJECT MANAGEMENT This is an elective course in the Master of Business Administration program. The course is both a concept and computer-application course relying heavily on applying the understanding of the concepts with computer software. The course will employ lectures, case review, team projects, and class discussion. Students work individually and in teams. Lectures emphasize not only the managerial aspects but also the software aspects to solve problems and manage projects. An emphasis is placed on the nine knowledge areas: project integration, scope, time, cost, quality, human resources, communication, risk, and procurement management. Upon completion of the course, you will be able to apply Project Management techniques and use Microsoft Project to develop timelines, network diagrams, and critical path analyses. During the semester, students will have the opportunity to work on a project of their own where they will demonstrate understanding of the course objectives. Lecture/discussion. Prerequisites: QMTH 2330 ACTS: BUSI2103 ] and MIS 2343 or equivalent, or permission of the instructor or MBA director.

5361 PRINCIPLES OF INFORMATION SECURITY This is an elective course in the Master of Business Administration program. The course offers an in-depth study of the nature of organizational information security issues as well as exposure to the various aspects of developing, planning, and implementing an organizational information security program. It has broad applicability to managers, IT personnel, and line workers alike as much of today’s “knowledge work” centers around the handling of individual and organizational data and information. In addition to providing exposure to the realm of information security topics, the course also allows for hands-on lab exercises that bring the topics to life. Specifically, students will be exposed to topics such as risk management methods and processes, tradeoffs between security goals and organizational goals, network security tools and technologies, and contemporary legal, ethical, and professional issues in information security.

5376 ENTREPRENEURIAL AND SMALL BUSINESS FINANCE This is an elective course in the Master of Business Administration program. The mode of instruction is lecture and discussion. The course emphasizes the differences between large corporations and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). Topics include techniques for estimating financial resource requirements and sources of funds for small businesses in the development, start-up, and survival stages of the SME’s life cycle. Other topics include venture growth capital and exit strategies. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

6301 INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY FOR MANAGERS  A required course for all MBA students. The course provides an introduction to organizational information technologies (IT) with an emphasis on management’s roles with respect to IT. Students will explore the role of IT in business decision-making and how IT creates a competitive advantage for a firm. Prerequisites: none.

6302 ACCOUNTING FOR MANAGEMENT DECISIONS A required course for all MBA students. Emphasis on the uses of accounting data internally by managers/entrepreneurs in directing the operations of business and non-business organizations.

6303 MANAGERIAL ECONOMICS An elective course for all MBA students. A presentation of concepts, tools, and methods of economic analysis relevant to broad cross-section decisions within the business firm.

6305 FINANCIAL DECISION MAKING A required course for all MBA students. Covers relevant tools used in financial decision-making. Emphasis on researching current literature, with discussion and problem solving for selected topics: capital budgeting, working capital, and risk management.

6306 LEGAL ENVIRONMENT OF BUSINESS FOR MANAGERS An elective course for all MBA students. A study of the Constitution of the United States and business, the court system and business torts, anti-trust, labor organizations, employer/employee relationships, consumer rights, social responsibility, ethics, and protecting the physical environment.

6307 ENTREPRENEURSHIP: THE ACT OF WEALTH CREATION This is an elective course for all MBA students. This course involves the study and development of behaviors, idea generation, opportunity recognition, new venture financing, and management practices related to entrepreneurial ventures. In addition the course may cover new venture and venture capital consulting and business valuation.

6308 MARKETING STRATEGY A required course for all MBA students. Focus will be on the role of the marketing process in developing/achieving organizational goals and on practical application using the case method.

6320 STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT A required course for MBA students. Students will explore the development and implementation of corporate strategies and policies. The interrelationships between the external and internal environments of the organization are emphasized. Case analysis, executive-level simulations and games, and role-playing methods are employed.

6325 ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR A required course for all MBA students.  The course addresses topics focusing on understanding human and organizational processes that facilitate or hinder work performance, emphasizing human behavior in relation to management practices especially teamwork.

6330 OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT A required course for all MBA students.  This is a study of the concepts and methods of operations management with particular emphasis on quantitative methods.  Appropriate attention is afforded to strategic, tactical, and operational planning and control of operations.

6349 MANAGEMENT OF SMALL AND FAMILY-OWNED BUSINESSES This is an elective course in the Master of Business Administration program. The course is intended for students who may open their own small or entrepreneurial firm, or who may be employed by a small or family-owned business. The course supplements general management theory by providing coverage of issues critical to small and family-owned businesses. Students will gain practical experience in solving actual business problems. Internet applications and case studies augment lectures and discussions and are used to examine the issues and problems faced by small and family-owned businesses.

6382 INTERNSHIP IN BUSINESS (MBA) This is an elective course in the Master of Business Administration program. Internships are available to provide students academic credit for experiential learning. Three credit hours will be awarded for this course upon completion of a minimum of 120 contact hours at an Approved MBA student internship. Prerequisite: Consent of MBA Director.

6390 SPECIAL PROBLEMS (MBA) An elective course in the Master of Business Administration program.  Students conduct a guided study of a business-related topic.  Prerequisite: Consent of MBA Director.