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Descriptions of Required MBA Courses

MBA 610 Managerial Statistics [3] This course provides the student with necessary skills and understanding of the role of quantitative methods in decision making. Topics include probability distributions, sampling, estimation and testing, regression and correlation, and time series and forecasting. Laboratory fee. Students without any prior course work in math and/or quant courses are required to take QNT 501 or test out before enrolling in this course.

MBA 612 Accounting Concepts [3]
This course provides an introduction to financial and managerial accounting concepts utilized to provide organizations with the accounting information necessary for external reporting and management decision-making purposes.

MBA 614 Economic Analysis for Managers [3] This course covers economic principles, analytical tools, and concepts applicable to managerial decision-making problems. The course exposes students to a wide range of business decisions to which economic theory can be fruitfully applied. Specific topics include supply and demand analysis, organization of the firm, incentive compensation, information problems and uncertainty, production and costs, market structure, pricing strategies and techniques, and the application of game theory to managerial decisions and negotiations. Corequisite: MBA 610.

MBA 616 Corporate Finance [3] This course introduces students to the basics of the corporate financial decision-making process. Topics include time value of money, discounted cash flow analysis, valuation of stocks and bonds, overview of financial statements and financial statement analysis, risk and return, equilibrium asset pricing, capital budgeting, cost of capital, and capital structure decisions. Prerequisites: MBA 610 and 612.

MBA 618 Marketing Management [3] This course examines marketing systems, concepts, institutions, marketing function in organizations, and marketing management decision processes. Emphasis is on developing integrated approaches to solving marketing problems under turbulent environmental conditions. Major topics include marketing organization, consumer behavior, product policy, integrated marketing communications, and strategic market planning. Cases of companies in sectors ranging from services to consumer-packaged goods to high-technology industrial goods are analyzed to develop problem-solving and decision-making skills of course participants.

MBA 620 Operations Management [3] An introduction to the managerial processes underlying operations management in both manufacturing and service organizations. Topics such as operations strategy, product and process design, advanced manufacturing technologies, operations planning and control, just-in-time production systems, quality and productivity, and project management are covered. The topics are integrated using a systems approach to the operations of an organization. Corequisite: MBA 610 or equivalent.

MBA 705 The Global Business Environment [3] This course explores the complexities, conflicts, and opportunities facing firms operating in a global environment. Students improve decision-making skills by considering the impact of cultural, legal, political, ethical, economic, financial, and organizational environments on global business. Prerequisites: MBA 614, 616, 618, and 620.

MBA 710 Leadership and Management [3] Course focuses on knowledge and skills related to both leadership and management in the workplace. Content includes both organizational- behavior and leadership theories. Students combine information from the academic literature with their own and their classmates’ experience to understand the importance of leadership and to develop their personal managerial and leadership skills. Prerequisites: Must be completed in the first or second semester of student’s program.

MBA 720 Innovation and Project Management [3] This two-part course focuses on how to manage innovation and projects within and between organizations. Students learn about the nature and diffusion of innovation, its competitive impact, how to foster innovation within and across organizations, and the protection of intellectual property. To prepare students for managing projects, this course covers major topic areas in project management, such as strategic overview, project initiation, selection, planning, organizing, control and closeout. Corequisites: MBA 614, 616, 618, and 620.

MBA 730 Managing Customer Relationships and Experiences [3] This course focuses on building relationships between an organization and its customers. Students explore methods of identifying customer needs, expectations, and satisfaction, as well as determination of lifetime customer value to develop target customer priorities. Distinction is made between customer relationships management (CRM) as a strategy versus CRM programs and tools. Customer experiences as they relate to overall customer/ organization relationship are stressed. Prerequisite: MBA 610, 618, or equivalent. Corequisites: MBA 614, 616, and 620.

MBA 740 Business, Law, and Society: The Global Environment [3] This course helps students understand how business decisions affect and reflect society. Because the decisions of managers not only influence but also are influenced by public policy concerns and moral issues, students learn how to integrate economic, social, legal and regulatory, and moral considerations in decision making. Specific topics include the role of law in society, business regulations and antitrust policy in the global environment, ethical and social values in different cultures, and employment and labor relations. Prerequisite: MBA 614 or equivalent. Corequisites: MBA 616, 618, and 620.

MBA 750 Performance Analysis [3] This course demonstrates how corporations extract information from accounting, finance, operations, and marketing; analyze the results; and plan for future activities. Topics include activity-based costing, management decision making and pricing in a global economy, decentralization issues, balanced scorecard, financial performance measures and budgeting, and incentive and ethical implications of compensation systems. Prerequisite: MBA 616 or equivalent. Corequisites: MBA 614, 618, and 620.

MBA 810 Strategic Management [3] Broadly integrative course that considers the strategic leadership of organizations as a whole within ever-changing and increasingly global environments. Course frameworks and concepts build on previous course work to develop students’ abilities to analyze complex situations, identify issues, and provide specific solution plans and steps for implementation. The course relies heavily on class discussions of concepts and cases. Students formally present both individual and team projects. Prerequisites: MBA 710, 720, 730, 740, and 750.