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Curriculum

You will complete 36 semester hours for the MBA degree

  • 27 semester hours of required core courses
  • 9 semester hours for your concentration

MBA degree requirements, concentration options, course descriptions, and pre-requisite information is available in the Graduate Catalog

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Planned Course Offerings By Term 

 Core Courses (9 courses, 27 credits required)

CourseTitle Fall   Spring Summer
MBA 5105  Accounting Concepts X  
MBA 5205  Information Systems Strategy and Planning  X     
 MBA 5305   Managerial Economics X    
MBA 5405  Corporate Finance X    
MBA 5505  Legal Analysis and Sustainability    
MBA 5510  Operations and Supply Chain Management    
MBA 5520  Global Enterprise Management    
MBA 5605  Marketing Analysis and Planning   X X
MBA 6500  Integrative and Strategic Perspectives of Organizations (Capstone)  X  


Concentration Courses - Strategic Business (3 courses, 9 credits required)

CourseTitle Fall   Spring Summer
MBA 5140  Strategic Cost Management   X  
 MBA 5480   Strategic Finance   X  
 MBA 5580   Transforming Organizations through Leadership      X
 MBA 5680   Advanced Strategic Marketing and Analysis    


Concentration Courses - Business Analytics (3 courses, 9 credits required)

CourseTitle Fall   Spring Summer
MBA 5210  Knowledge Discovery Using Business Analytics  X    
MBA 5220  Practical Business Analytics X    
MBA 5230  Data Mining for Business Intelligence   X  
 MBA 690A   Analytics & Statistics for Marketing Decisions      X

Pre-requisite information for each course is available in the Graduate Catalog.

Accounting Concepts (MBA 5105)

This course introduces accounting concepts, principles, and practices needed by business managers. The course focuses on the reporting, analysis, and interpretation of accounting information as well as the role it plays in the decision making process. Students will be able to identify the economic consequences of transactions on the financial statements used by external stakeholders and they will develop the tools necessary to make effective economic decisions. 

Information Systems Strategy and Planning (MBA 5205)

This course builds an understanding of information technology from a management perspective. By the end of this course, students will have an understanding of the links between information technology, business strategy, business process management, and organizational management dynamics. Three main themes are emphasized: the current market for IT capabilities and services, ways to gain competitive advantage by using information technology to enable new value-enhancing strategies and business models and products, and understanding how managers should specify, source, deploy, manage and support their information technology assets and infrastructure.

Managerial Economics (MBA 5305)

This core course applies the fundamental tools of price theory—consumer and firm behavior, demand and supply, the allocation of resources, competition and monopoly—to management decision making. This course analyzes external interactions of the firm with its customers, competitors, markets, and the government. Interactions within the firm between all stakeholders including issues related to organizational structure and contract design, especially as these issues relate to opportunism, rent-seeking and asymmetric information are discussed.

Corporate Finance (MBA 5405)

This foundation finance course puts an emphasis on effective decision making and covers a variety of managerial finance topics, including financial statement analysis, financial planning and forecasting, security valuation, risk and return, and capital budgeting.

Operations and Supply Chain Management (MBA 5510)

This course examines the management of operations both within service and manufacturing organizations and in the broader context of the supply chain. Special emphasis is placed on developing analytical skills for the purpose of supporting effective business decision making.

Marketing Analysis and Planning (MBA 5605)

In this course, students will gain a working knowledge of marketing planning and implementation in the context of a firm’s strengths, overall strategy, and competitive environment. Students will use marketing information to conduct internal and external analyses and to support decision making. Emphasis is on building decision-making skills regarding market selection, pricing, promotion, product definition, and distribution channels in order to create and manage long-term, profitable customer relationships. Students will be assessed through a series of assignments and exams, including the creation of a marketing plan.

Legal Analysis and Sustainability (MBA 5505)

This course focuses on current issues involving business, law and ethics to provide an analysis of the challenges and responsibilities of a business in meeting the interests of all stakeholders. The class emphasizes sustainable development with a focus on social, environmental, and economic resources and impacts within a legal framework at a state, federal and international level.

Global Enterprise Management (MBA 5520)

This course focuses on the challenges and opportunities associated with organizational management and business strategy in the global environment. Students will gain an overview of the process and effects of internationalization in the current business environment. The course will provide an overview of theories, concepts and skills needed to manage effectively in today’s global environment. Students will integrate knowledge gained from other business courses to understand the conceptual framework of global business issues and apply knowledge and analytical tools to business situations.

Integrative and Strategic Perspectives of Organizations (MBA 6500)

(prerequisite: completion of MBA core) – This is the MBA capstone course.
This is an integrative experience dealing with organizational strategic issues. Analysis of internal and external factors affecting the development of company objectives and strategies will be discussed. Students will learn the complexities involved in determining long-term strategies, examine the dynamics of the competitive environment, and discuss how an industry may change as a result of the capabilities and competitive interactions of rival firms. The course stresses the interrelationships among major functional areas and the adjustments that may result from changes in strategy. Students are expected to apply the analytical tools obtained from this course.

Completion of the concentration in Strategic Business will give you the skills to analyze company resources, company operations and environmental impacts. You will learn to understand the macro perspective of a company by clearly defining issues facing an organization, analyzing information, determining possible courses of action and implementing an action plan. You will be qualified to lead the strategic planning process, management departments or divisions, and/or serve on executive teams. This concentration is applicable to any company in any industry, government entities, and non-profit organizations.

If Strategic Business is your concentration, you will take three courses from the list below:

Transforming Organizations through Leadership (MBA 5580)

This course brings together knowledge and practices for leaders to conceptualize and realize organizational transformation for improved effectiveness, better financial performance, and a vibrant culture. It utilizes a systems approach to analyze complex, dynamic organizations, and synthesize a path to greater success. 

Strategic Cost Management (MBA 5140)

This course applies managerial and cost accounting concepts and procedures to strategic business decisions. Topics covered include cost management systems, capital budgeting techniques, inventory management, organization performance measurement, transfer pricing and other current topics which support management decision-making. Pre-requisite- MBA 5105

Advanced Strategic Marketing and Analysis (MBA 5680)

In this course students will apply analytic tools and methods to evaluate and select customer-centric marketing strategies within specific product-markets to achieve sustainable competitive advantage. These strategic processes include: analyzing competitors and markets, evaluating and selecting customer segments, designing strategies appropriate to the product lifecycle, and organizing the marketing function. This course bridges the disciplines of marketing and strategic management through cases, client projects, and/or simulations. Pre-requisite- MBA 5605

Strategic Finance (MBA 5480)

This case study oriented, interactive course aims at applying principles and analytical skills to evaluate the impact of alterative financial strategies and policies on a company. Topics to be addressed include capital budgeting, financing decision, firm valuation, merger and acquisition, and working capital management. To enhance critical thinking and problem solving skills, teamwork and Excel use, on top of routine written and oral presentations, are essential components of the course. Pre-requisite- MBA 5405

Completion of the concentration in Business Analytics will give you the skills to organize, model, and analyze data and will provide you hands-on experiences in a variety of software platforms. You will be qualified for data analyst roles or data-literate manager roles. Your duties might range from managing data analysts to managing other data-intensive functional areas such as marketing. This high-demand, growing career is needed in industries including but not limited to high tech, telecommunications, sports, education and healthcare.

If Business Analytics is your concentration, you will take three courses from the list below:

Knowledge Discovery Using Business Analytics (MBA 5210)

This course presents students with material from each of the three areas of Business Analytics—Descriptive Analytics, Predictive Analytics, and Prescriptive Analytics. Descriptive Analytics will cover descriptive statistics and the exploration of data. Predictive Analytics will cover regression analysis, model building, time series analysis, forecasting and Analysis of Variance. Prescriptive Analytics will cover decision making under uncertainty and risk, linear optimization, integer optimization, nonlinear optimization, and simulation modeling. A variety of software tools will be used to analyze data and solve decision-making problems.

Practical Business Analytics (MBA 5220)

This course introduces the role of business analytics in organizations with examples of projects in multiple functional areas, industries and using a variety of analytics methods. This course applies practical methodologies, strategies, and best practices for performing descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics. In order to support the overall business analytics framework and methodology, this course also includes the use of enterprise level analytics tools and systems.

Data Mining for Business Intelligence (MBA 5230)

This course provides students with a theoretical and practical understanding of data mining concepts and techniques; and hands-on experience in applying these techniques to practical real-world business problems using commercial data mining software. As an applied course, the emphasis is on application and interpretation of various data mining methods using business cases and data.

Analytics & Statistics for Marketing Decisions (MBA 690A - new Summer '19 course!)

In this course, students will apply basic analytical concepts to analyze information that supports strategic marketing decision making. Students will learn how to create a research plan and utilize quantitative data collection methods including surveys and experiments. An understanding of basic statistics will form a foundation for students to be able to effectively conduct data analysis using statistical software. Pre-requisite- MBA 5605

 

If Accounting is your concentration, you will take three courses from the list below:

Tax Research (ACCM 5090)

The purpose of this course is to conduct in-depth tax research applicable to federal tax law, including the use of traditional and computerized tax services. The emphasis is on tax planning principles. Pre-requisite- ACC 3090

Strategic Cost Management (MBA 5140)

This course applies managerial and cost accounting concepts and procedures to strategic business decisions. Topics covered include cost management systems, capital budgeting techniques, inventory management, organization performance measurement, transfer pricing and other current topics which support management decision-making. Pre-requisite- MBA 5105

Business Combinations (ACCM 5520)

This course is a comprehensive study of business combinations focusing on the preparation of consolidated financial statements. Complexities inherent in consolidating investments in foreign subsidiaries and complex groups are addressed in depth. Additional topics include variable interest entities, foreign currency transactions, hedging transactions, equity method investments, and a review of some of the empirical research in this area. Pre-requisite- ACC 3520

Seminar in Fraud Awareness (ACCM 5600)

This course examines various aspects of fraud with a focus on how and why fraud is committed and how fraud can be deterred or prevented. Students address issues related to forensic accounting and ethics within a framework of fraudulent matters.

Applied Internal Auditing (ACCM 5800)

This course applies contemporary case studies, research methodology, and practical experience to internal audit principles. Topics explored include corporate governance, enterprise risk management, continuous auditing techniques, fraud auditing, and professional development.

Financial Statement Analysis (ACCM 6580)

This course focuses on the core theory in the practice of financial analysis. The course aims to be an interface between financial reporting and corporate finance by providing a synthesis of the types of quantitative methods used in financial statement analysis. Pre-requisite- ACC 3520 and ACCM 5020

 Strategic Business Concentration with Summer Terms

Term2-year plan2.5-year plan3-year plan
Fall

Choose 2 of the following: MBA 5305, MBA 5405, MBA 5205, MBA 5105

Choose 2 of the following: MBA 5305, MBA 5405, MBA 5205, MBA 5105

Choose 1 of the following: MBA 5305, MBA 5405, MBA 5205       

Spring MBA 5505; MBA 5510; MBA 5520 Choose 2 of the following: MBA 5510, MBA 5520, MBA 5505 Choose 2 of the following: MBA 5510, MBA 5520, MBA 5505, MBA 5105
Summer  MBA 5605 MBA 5605 MBA 5605
Fall 2 remaining Fall core courses & Concentration #4 2 remaining Fall core courses 2 remaining Fall core courses
Spring

MBA 6500;                                  Concentration #1 or 2

Remaining spring core course; Concentration #1 or 2 2 remaining Spring core courses
Summer Concentration #3 Concentration #3 Concentration #3
Fall   MBA 6500;                                Concentration #4 MBA 6500;                      Concentration #4
Spring     Concentration #1 or 2


Strategic Business Concentration without Summer Terms

Term2.5 year plan3 year plan3.5 year plan
Fall

Choose 2 of the following: MBA 5305, MBA 5405, MBA 5205, MBA 5105

Choose 2 of the following: MBA 5305, MBA 5405, MBA 5205, MBA 5105      

Choose 1 of the following: MBA 5305, MBA 5405, MBA 5205, MBA 5105 

Spring

Choose 3 of the following: MBA 5510, MBA 5520, MBA 5505, MBA 5605        

Choose 2 of the following: MBA 5510, MBA 5520, MBA 5505, MBA 5605 Choose 2 of the following: MBA 5510, MBA 5520, MBA 5505, MBA 5605
Summer       
Fall 2 remaining Fall core courses 2 remaining Fall core courses 2 remaining Fall core courses
Spring

Remaining spring core course; Concentration #1;                Concentration #2

2 remaining Spring core courses 2 remaining Spring core courses
Summer      
Fall MBA 6500; Concentration #4 MBA 6500; Concentration #4 last remaining Fall core course; Concentration #4
Spring  

Concentration #1;              Concentration #2

Concentration #1;              Concentration #2

Summer      
Fall     MBA 6500


 Business Analytics Concentration with Summer Terms

Term2-year plan2.5-year plan3-year plan
Fall

Choose 2 of the following: MBA 5305, MBA 5405,  MBA 5205, MBA 5105

Choose 2 of the following: MBA 5305, MBA 5405,  MBA 5205, MBA 5105

Choose 1 of the following: MBA 5305, MBA 5405, MBA 5205

Spring MBA 5505; MBA 5510; MBA 5520 Choose 2 of the following: MBA 5510, MBA 5520, MBA 5505 Choose 2 of the following: MBA 5510, MBA 5520, MBA 5505, MBA 5105
Summer  MBA 5605 MBA 5605 MBA 5605
Fall 2 remaining Fall core courses & Concentration #1 or 2 2 remaining Fall core courses 2 remaining Fall core courses
Spring MBA 6500; Concentration #3 Remaining spring core course; Concentration #3 2 remaining Spring core courses
Summer Concentration #4 Concentration #4 Concentration #4
Fall   MBA 6500;                        Concentration #1 or 2 MBA 6500;                              Concentration #1   or 2
Spring     Concentration #3

 

 Business Analytics Concentration without Summer Terms

Term2.5-year plan3-year plan3.5-year plan
Fall

Choose 2 of the following: MBA 5305, MBA 5405, MBA 5205, MBA 5105

Choose 2 of the following: MBA 5305, MBA 5405, MBA 5205, MBA 5105

Choose 1 of the following: MBA 5305, MBA 5405, MBA 5205, MBA 5105

Spring Choose 3 of the following: MBA 5510, MBA 5520, MBA 5505, MBA 5605 Choose 2 of the following: MBA 5510, MBA 5520, MBA 5505,MBA 5605 Choose 2 of the following: MBA 5510, MBA 5520, MBA 5505, MBA 5605
Summer      
Fall 2 remaining Fall core courses; Concentration #1 2 remaining Fall core courses 2 remaining Fall core courses
Spring 1 remaining spring core course; Concentration #3 2 remaining Spring core courses 2 remaining Spring core courses
Summer       
Fall MBA 6500;                        Concentration #2 Concentration #1;                Concentration #2 last remaining Fall core course; Concentration #1
Spring   MBA 6500;                        Concentration #3 MBA 6500;                        Concentration #3
Summer      
Fall     Concentration #2

Strategic Business Concentration with Summer Terms

Term2-year plan2.5-year plan3-year plan
Spring

Choose 2 of the following: MBA 5505; MBA 5510; MBA 5520; MBA 5105

Choose 2 of the following: MBA 5510, MBA 5520, MBA 5505, MBA 5105

Choose 1 of the following: MBA 5510, MBA 5520, MBA 5505

Summer  MBA 5605  MBA 5605  MBA 5605 
Fall MBA 5305; MBA 5405; MBA 5205 Choose 2 of the following: MBA 5305, MBA 5405, MBA 5205 Choose 2 of the following: MBA 5305, MBA 5405, MBA 5205, MBA 5105
Spring 2 remaining Spring core courses; Concentration #1 or 2 2 remaining Spring core courses 2 remaining Spring core courses
Summer Concentration #3  Concentration #3  Concentration #3 
Fall MBA 6500;                        Concentration #4 1 remaining Fall core course; Concentration #4 2 remaining Fall core courses
Spring   MBA 6500;                        Concentration #1 or 2 MBA 6500;                        Concentration #1 or 2
Summer      
Fall     Concentration #4


Strategic Business Concentration without Summer Terms

Term2.5-year plan3-year plan3.5-year plan
Spring

Choose 2 of the following: MBA 5510, MBA 5520, MBA 5505, MBA 5605

Choose 2 of the following: MBA 5510, MBA 5520, MBA 5505, MBA 5605

Choose 1 of the following: MBA 5510, MBA 5520, MBA 5505, MBA 5605

Summer       
Fall Choose 3 of the following: MBA 5305, MBA 5405, MBA 5205, MBA 5105 Choose 2 of the following: MBA 5305, MBA 5405, MBA 5205, MBA 5105 Choose 2 of the following: MBA 5305, MBA 5405, MBA 5205, MBA 5105
Spring 2 remaining spring core courses; Concentration #1  2 remaining Spring core courses 2 remaining Spring core courses
Summer      
Fall 1 remaining fall core course; Concentration #4 2 remaining Fall core courses 2 remaining Fall core courses
Spring MBA 6500;                        Concentration #2 Concentration #1;                Concentration #2 1 remaining Spring core course; Concentration #1
Summer      
Fall   MBA 6500;                          Concentration #4 MBA 6500;                        Concentration #4
Spring     Concentration #2


Business Analytics Concentration with Summer Terms

Term2-year plan2.5-year plan3-year plan
Spring

Choose 2 of the following: MBA 5505, MBA 5510, MBA 5520, MBA 5105

Choose 2 of the following: MBA 5505, MBA 5510, MBA 5520, MBA 5105

Choose 1 of the following: MBA 5505, MBA 5510, MBA 5520

Summer  MBA 5605 MBA 5605 MBA 5605
Fall MBA 5305; MBA 5405; MBA 5205 Choose 2 of the following: MBA 5305, MBA 5405, MBA 5205 Choose 2 of the following: MBA 5305, MBA 5405, MBA 5205, MBA 5105
Spring 2 remaining Spring core courses; Concentration #3 2 remaining spring core courses 2 remaining spring core courses
Summer Concentration #4 Concentration #4 Concentration #4
Fall MBA 6500;                        Concentration #1 or 2 1 remaining Fall core course; Concentration #1 or 2 2 remaining Fall core courses
Spring   MBA 6500;                        Concentration #3 MBA 6500;                            Concentration #3
Summer      
Fall     Concentration #1 or 2


Business Analytics Concentration without Summer Terms

Term2.5-year plan3-year plan3.5-year plan
Spring

Choose 2 of the following: MBA 5510, MBA 5520, MBA 5505, MBA 5605, MBA 5105 

Choose 2 of the following: MBA 5510, MBA 5520, MBA 5505, MBA 5605, MBA 5105 

Choose 1 of the following: MBA 5510, MBA 5520, MBA 5505, MBA 5605 

Summer       
Fall MBA 5305; MBA 5405; MBA 5205  Choose 2 of the following: MBA 5305, MBA 5405, MBA 5205  Choose 2 of the following: MBA 5305, MBA 5405, MBA 5205, MBA 5105 
Spring 3 remaining Spring core courses  2 remaining Spring core courses  2 remaining Spring core courses 
Summer      
Fall Concentration #1;                Concentration #2  1 remaining Fall core course; Concentration #1  2 remaining Fall core courses 
Spring MBA 6500;                          Concentration #3  1 remaining Spring core course; Concentration #3  1 remaining Spring core course; Concentration #3 
Summer      
Fall   MBA 6500;                          Concentration #2  Concentration #1;                  Concentration #2 
Spring     MBA 6500

 

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