MBA 611: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR
This course focuses on career development and building a “Professional Skills Portfolio.” The initial orientation toward building a resume and developing strategies to obtain a job provides the basis of continued career planning and professional growth.
MBA 613: CONTRACT LAW
This course is to examines basic legal principles of contract law to provide the student with a basic working knowledge of common law, contract law and the law of sales (Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code). The course will utilize the text-case method of presentation. It will be important for each student to keep up with reading assignments to promote intelligent discussion of the material, and enable full classroom participation. Class participation is an important part of the course and will be a factor in a student's final grade.
MBA 691: MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING FOR DECISION MAKING, PLANNING, AND CONTROL
This course focuses on the firm’s management accounting system as its primary information system. The course examines the problems of cost measurement, planning, coordination, control, and incentives. We will explore how accounting systems address business problems and evolve in response to the changing economic environment. The course will relate ethical and global issues to managerial accounting topics. Students will be utilizing Excel software to solve managerial accounting problems and cases.
Prerequisites: MBA 615
MBA 692: FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE: CONTROL AND MEASUREMENT
This is a survey course focusing on how managers can construct a decision-making process that maximizes the value of the firm. As the majority of financial decisions require an estimate of future events, we will spend considerable time investigating how to achieve the above objectives, subject to the constraints of an uncertain future. Outside readings, case studies, and text material will be used to integrate current financial theory with pragmatic financial decision-making. A working knowledge of the basic concepts in finance, accounting, and statistics is assumed. The use of an electronic spreadsheet is needed for homework assignments and case analysis.
Prerequisites: MBA 615, MBA 630
MBA 696: STRATEGIC MARKETING
The goal of this course is to provide frameworks and tools to solve strategic-level marketing problems. The class will focus on marketing strategy design, implementation, and evaluation. The focus goes beyond marketing tactics for a single product or service offering. It will examine the strategic-level management of a firm’s marketing resources and capabilities in order to maximize long-term customer value and to generate the greatest financial return for the firm.
MBA 698: GLOBAL BUSINESS CONCEPTS
This course is designed to familiarize students with the multiple environments in which international business must operate and focuses on how business strategy is affected by political, legal, economic, cultural, social, competitive and technological conditions in various national markets.
MBA 713: WRITTEN COMMUNICATION SKILLS FOR BUSINESS
Students will learn to plan, draft, revise, and edit documents (such as letters, memos, e-mails, executive summaries, proposals, and reports) required of them as professionals in a business environment.
MBA 812: LEADERSHIP IN ORGANIZATIONS
This course provides an understanding of leadership in an organizational setting. It includes discussion of several models of leadership, such as those based on contingency and transformational leadership theories. Complete leadership is considered in a team context. It requires students’ self-assessments of personality traits and leadership styles. This course is taught using cases and experiential activities.
MBA 813: NEGOTIATION SKILLS
This course provides an overview of conflict management and bargaining models with an emphasis on helping students improve their skills when negotiating. Discussion includes alternative dispute resolution approaches including principled negotiation, 3rd party mediation, and peer mediation. This course is taught with practical applications through cases and experiential activities.
MBA 820: INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY FOR DECISION MAKING
Managing information technology (IT) is no longer viewed as a back office, cost-dominated function. In many industries, IT has become a strategic requirement that consists of two related but competing activities: supporting the existing business and enabling new business. These two activities share a set of functional requirements, typically organized within the information systems department. But they also share a set of critical management issues, which transcend the information system function. This course is about the manager's responsibilities for problem solving and decision making, and those areas in which IT can be used to gain the insight needed to support selection of decision alternatives. The course focuses on data, information, and knowledge by utilizing a series of tools to develop Database Management Systems, Management Information Systems, Decision Support Systems, and Expert Systems in support of the decision making and problem solving processes in a hands-on environment.
MBA 830: FINANCIAL STATEMENT ANALYSIS
This course integrates the areas of Finance and Accounting and is designed to provide students with the ability to analyze financial statements, understand the incentives of companies to “manage” earnings through their choices of accounting methods, understand the limitations to the usefulness of financial statements, and understand the value of financial statements, in decision-making situations such as stock price evaluation and loan approvals. This is accomplished through a body of knowledge developed by research in accounting, finance, and economics.
Prerequisites: MBA 696, MBA 691, MBA 692
MBA 901: CAPSTONE I: ANALYSIS OF THE BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT
This integrated course presents a conceptual framework for analyzing the global business environment. In this course, the students will be analyzing the economic, social, cultural, and political factors affecting the organization’s ability to compete domestically and internationally. In the course, the legal and ethical environment of the business will be examined and a framework for socially responsible decision making will be constructed.
MBA 902: CAPSTONE II: ANALYSIS AND IMPLEMENTION OF STRATEGY
Develops the strategic analysis skills and applies the tools and skills learned in other required courses to analyze and solve strategic problems in a global marketplace. The course deals with industry analysis as well as understanding of the global market and the competition. The students are prepared to think and act strategically as leaders in domestic and global marketplaces.
Prerequisite: MBA 901
ACC 740: ACCOUNTING FOR DERIVITIVE INSTRUMENTS
This course provides a framework to understand the accounting issues related to derivatives and hedging. The focus is on common derivative types including futures, swaps, forwards, and options.
Prerequisites: ACC 706 (Advanced Accounting) or the undergraduate equivalent ACC 405
ACC 749: CURRENT ISSUES IN ACCOUNTING
This course provides graduate students with exposure to current issues in accounting that are not covered in other courses, or which have developed recently and are affecting the profession in practice.
ACC 750: TAX STRATEGY
This course is designed to review the choice of entities that exist and to develop a basic understanding of the parameters surrounding those entities.
Co-requisite: MBA 691
ACC 751: TAX STRATEGY FOR THE GLOBAL FIRM
This course provides an introduction to transfer pricing and its related tax issues. The focus is the effect of a transnational corporation’s transfer pricing practices on its risk of tax audits, corporate profits, and managerial performance evaluation.
Prerequisites: , ACC 750. Co-requisites: MBA 691, MBA 692
ACC 755: ADVANCED TAX STRATEGY FOR ACCOUNTANTS
This course is designed to review the formation, operation, and structuring of various business entities.
Prerequisite: ACC 750 Tax Strategy
ACC 770: GOVERNMENTAL AND NON-PROFIT ACCOUNTING
This course provides an introduction to the accounting and reporting issues encountered by governmental and non-profit agencies and organizations. A discussion of, and technical practice with, these issues allows students to minimize audit and enterprise risk when dealing with such entities in practice. Students have hands-on assignments using actual U.S. country comprehensive accounting financial reports, current U.S. Federal Government and U.S. IRS reports, and a public university’s reports.
ACC 782: AIS & ERP SYSTEMS ACCOUNTING
This course offers an enhanced understanding of accounting information systems (AIS) and an introduction to enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, and is suitable for all MBAs, regardless of concentration. It includes hands-on experience with a traditional accounting system, interactive exercises and tutorials using ERP systems, and weekly discussion of various current topics, such as AIS security issues, disaster recovery, global issues, anti-fraud and audit resources, documentation/control/audit of AIS in a Sarbanes-Oxley environment, and an introduction to XBRL.
Prerequisites: Completion of Financial Accounting on the undergraduate level within the past five years
FIN 754: DERIVATIVE INSTRUMENTS
This course will introduce students to the world of financial and real derivatives analysis. The focus will be on options. Students will be introduced to option pricing and policy uses. In addition, the controversial issues of executive stock options, real options, and hedge fund policy will be explored. The course will evolve with the ever-changing derivatives market. The latest products and controversies will be examined.
FIN 756: ENTERPRISE RISK MANAGEMENT (Managerial Finance Track)
This course examines the risk management process as applied to the entire range of risks to which a corporation is exposed. It focuses on risk in general, the analysis of risk, and the specific risk control and finance techniques available to handle risk, including integration of risk management and capital management strategies. Students develop a decision-making framework using financial management techniques to evaluate alternative methods of handling risk. Emphasis throughout the course is on managing risk effectively to enhance a firm value.
FIN 764: PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT
This course focuses on current practice and recent theoretical developments. Deals with characteristics of individual securities and portfolios; criteria and models for alternative portfolio composition; criteria for evaluation and measurement of performance; and impact of government regulations. Evaluation of current theory, its significance for financial management decision making, and consideration of relevant empirical evidence are covered.
FIN 767: MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS
An analysis of the acquisition by one firm of all or some of the assets of another firm, and its impact on both of the companies involved and on society. Topics include a discussion of the types of combinations, the motivations of the participants, the financial analysis required to carry out merger or acquisition activities, negotiation strategies, and the tax and accounting options that are available to the parties.
Prerequisite: MBA 692
FIN 783: FINANCIAL ANALYSIS SEMINAR
In-depth coverage of issues in financial analysis, such as ethics, financial reporting, equity investments, portfolio management, fixed income investments, derivatives, and others. Course includes mock exams for the CFA I exam and students agree to sit for the actual CFA I exam in June.
Prerequisites: MBA 692, MBA 830, FIN 764, GPA of 3.5 or higher in all accounting and finance courses, GMAT score ≥ 475, and GMAT Math score ≥ 25th percentile; or permission of the instructor.
FIN 785: TRAVEL STUDY IN FINANCE (Optional)
This course combines pre-trip exploration of global financial issues with a trip abroad. During the excursion, students will visit global and regional companies.
MKT 771: SERVICES MARKETING
Services dominate the U.S. economy and play a critical role in setting businesses apart from competition across the globe and in the industry sectors. The course focuses on the unique challenges of managing services and delivering quality service to customers. The attraction, retention, and building of strong customer relationships through quality service are central to the course.
The course is equally applicable to organizations whose core product is service (e.g., banks, hotels, hospitals, educational institutions, and professional service, etc.) and to organizations that depend on service excellence for a competitive advantage (e.g., high tech manufactures, automotive, and industrial products, etc.).
The underlying theme of the course is that management issues in services are often different from those in manufacturing, and this has important implications for marketing strategy and implementation. This theme will be developed through a series of lectures, videos, class discussions, and both individual and group exercises.
Prerequisite: MBA 696
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