MBA Curriculum and Course Descriptions
MBA in Management Courses
Below are the courses and the required prerequisites that are necessary to complete the Master’s of Business Administration.
|BUSA 509 - Essentials of Accounting and Finance Prerequisite*|
|MNGT 511 - Global Perspectives of Management, Leadership, and Ethical Issues|
|BUSA 513 - Data-Informed Decision Making|
|ECON 512 - Managerial Economics|
|ACCT 531 - Managerial Accounting|
|FINA 532 - Managerial Finance|
|MNGT 538 - The Legal Environment of Management and Organizations|
|BUSA 542 - Strategic Marketing|
|MNGT 605 - Enterprise Management|
|MNGT 610 - Talent Development and Performance Management|
|MNGT 613 - Managing Project Teams|
|MNGT 620 - Business Development and Enterprise Sustainability|
|MNGT 624 - Executive Seminar in Management|
Note Regarding Prerequisites: Some courses in the program require a prerequisite if a student has not previously fulfilled those credits. These prerequisites may be fulfilled in a number of ways, including the option to enroll in the prerequisite course concurrently during this program.
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Carousel Model Learning
Carousel Learning is designed to give the student the greatest amount of flexibility while completing the program. Students begin with the foundational "Gateway" courses, which are offered every term. Students then begin taking the program specific courses. The program finishes with the "Capstone" courses. All courses are offered in both online and blended format. This allows students to tailor the program's pace and delivery to their own individual needs.
MBA Course Descriptions
BUSA 509 - Essentials of Accounting and Finance Prerequisite
This course provides an overview of core concepts in business finance and generally accepted accounting principles. Students will learn to understand an organization’s financial position by reviewing fundamental financial statements and performing basic business analyses through the use of ratios, cash‐flow projections and time‐value of money calculations. This course is a foundational prerequisite for ACCT 531, FINA 532 and HMGT 519 for students without undergraduate accounting and finance coursework or relevant business experience.
MNGT 511 - Global Perspectives of Management, Leadership, and Ethical Issues
This course introduces the social, moral and ethical demands and responsibilities of corporate leaders in the global marketplace. Today, the social consciousness of an organization must be articulated, via a deliberate strategy, including, but not limited to, influences from business law, ethical theories, biblical standards, and regulatory compliance. Students will investigate the definition of professional conduct.
BUSA 513 - Data‐Informed Decision Making
This course equips students with fundamental tools and skills to interpret business problems and make and communicate competent management decisions. Students will use quantitative data and qualitative information to explain observed outcomes; consider, evaluate, and defend recommended interventions; and model the operational impact of their decisions. They will practice the effective use of proven communication strategies and current technologies to prompt action that increases organizational capacity and performance.
ECON 512 - Managerial Economics
The course entails an integration of principles from various fields of business and economics, with an emphasis on management decision‐making and policy formation. It encompasses the integration of theory, methodology and analytical tools for the purpose of making decisions about the allocation of scarce resources in production and service sector organizations. Particular attention is paid to basic economic concepts in the areas of consumer behavior, production and cost, pricing and structure of the economy, environment, industries, and firms.
ACCT 531 - Managerial Accounting
This course identifies the types of accounting information that can be used by an organization's managers and employees, to make day‐to‐day operational decisions. Topics to be covered include cost accounting, cost behavior, break‐even point, profit planning, operational budgeting, and capital budgeting. Accounting's relationship to forecasting and the identification of market trends will also be appraised. Prerequisite is BUSA 509, undergraduate accounting coursework, or relevant business experience.
FINA 532 - Managerial Finance
This course equips students to manage business budgets and perform financial analysis for managerial decision‐making. Students will master the creation of comprehensive income, cash flows, changes in equity, and financial position statements. They will develop the capacity to discern an organization’s financial strength based upon current investments, performance, profitability and solvency. Prerequisite is BUSA 509, undergraduate finance coursework, or relevant business experience.
MNGT 538 - The Legal Environment of Management and Organizations
This course examines the impact of business decisions, corporate governance and the manager’s conduct on an organization’s capacity to meet its obligations to stakeholders. Students will evaluate alternative courses of action and develop approaches for implementation that enhance corporate reputation and accountability, ensure legal compliance and provide effective leadership in pursuit of strategic and operational goals.
BUSA 542 - Strategic Marketing
This course provides an overview of major marketing concepts that impact managers and organizations. Students will gain knowledge of the marketing process and its essential functions with an emphasis on the transcending influence of emerging technology. They will practice the critical consumption of market analytics and its part in informing marketing strategies. They will evaluate traditional models of distribution as well as the role of digital marketing strategies to promote ideas, goods and services in a global information economy.
MNGT 605 - Enterprise Management
In this course, students will examine the concepts and global best practices of public, private, social sector, and production organizations. It draws from modern research and presents enterprise operations with a practical focus on operations design and analysis, customer relations, service, adaptability and sustainability. Topics include management of business operations, production scheduling, facilities, supply chain, capacity planning, quality assurance and continuous improvement.
MNGT 610 - Talent Development and Performance Management
This course examines management practices that facilitate the development and maintenance of a sustainable talent pipeline. Students will explore how execution‐capable organizations identify core competences and infuse those competencies throughout the workforce, the role and impact of organization member motivation in executing strategy, and how opportunity for meaningful contribution advances organization achievement.
MNGT 613 - Managing Project Teams
This course examines the behaviors and practices of managers that foster a norm of successful project execution across the organizational ecosystem. Theories and processes related to group behavior and interpersonal dynamics will be introduced along with an overview of proven project management methodologies. Major topics include determining project scope through problem identification, risk assessment and mitigation, virtual working, and the manager’s role in sustaining healthy organizational environments that maximize stakeholder engagement and team outcomes.
BUSA 620 - Business Development and Enterprise Sustainability
This course integrates the functions of management within a strategic framework to foster competitive advantage; the sustainability of resources, talent, customer loyalty; and organizational reputation. Students will learn to develop and evaluate strategic plans that account for organizational mission and goals and the economic, political, technological, social, and global factors they must confront. Emphasis is on the analysis of business challenges and opportunities; assessment of organizational capacity, policies and plan development, and the implementation of ethical management practices that drive organizational vitality, productivity, and sustainability.
MNGT 624 - Executive Seminar in Management
As a culminating experience of their program of study, students will complete an applied learning project to demonstrate their management competency. Proposed by the student in consultation with faculty, the project will involve a product, service, organizational unit, market sector, innovative process/idea, or resolution to a significant business problem. Accordingly, students will formulate recommendations and an associated action plan that incorporates critical analysis, sound business principles, ethical standards, and best practices into their work.