Business Administration (One-Year)

Program Description

La Salle University's One-Year MBA program (OYMBA) is designed for recent graduates and those with working experience who are in various stages of their careers. The program offers majors in accounting, business systems and analytics, and finance. Students who elect to major in accounting must have an undergraduate degree in accounting. International and American students may receive partial scholarships awarded on merit. Work experience is not required.

La Salle’s internationally recognized program is accredited by the Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), which less than 5 percent of business schools worldwide attain. La Salle's OYMBA students gain the professional and personal skills to be leaders in their fields.

Applicants from AACSB accredited programs who have a minimum overall GPA of 3.2 or above will be granted a GMAT/GRE waiver. Beta Gamma Sigma students from all AACSB institutions worldwide are eligible for a 25% tuition discount. Eligible students should contact the program director as soon as their application is submitted.

The program is ideal for students who are preparing to meet the 150-hour CPA requirement. Students majoring in finance take the managerial track or CFA track. Our CFA track is designed around developing the skill set necessary to become a Chartered Financial Analyst. 

La Salle's highly innovative curriculum uses half-credit to three-credit modules to provide a flexible, dynamic program. The modules focus on both traditional topics and current emerging topics. They are updated or replaced as trends evolve, ensuring that the curriculum keeps pace with the rapidly changing business environment.  

Reasons to Choose Lasallian Business:

  • Earn your MBA with a specialization in accounting , business systems and analytics, or finance in one year.
  • Join a program with a high rate of return on investment: exceptional placement  rates.
  • Participate in workshops, career fairs and networking events to enhance your international business etiquette skills and your job seeking skills.
  • Enjoy small classes with your classmates and professors and learn in the Lasallian tradition that blends academic theory with practice.
  • Prepare for the CPA or Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exam.
  • Have the opportunity to participate in study tours in other countries with faculty.

Mission

Experiential and engaged learning is at the heart of everything we do. We provide excellence in business education through the integration of current business concepts with diverse experiential learning opportunities.  As a Catholic Lasallian university, we are committed to the principle that all knowledge is practical and empowering, filled with the capacity to transform lives.  Anchored by a foundation which affirms the value of both liberal arts and professional studies, our students are prepared to lead engaged and fulfilling lives marked by a commitment to the common good.

Program Goals

1. Strategic thinking through integrating discipline-specific business knowledge

2. Leadership Skills

4. Awareness of how the business environment influences decision-making

5. Knowledge and skill concerning financial analysis, reporting, and markets

Student Learning Outcomes

 The MBA program's learning goals are structured to advance our students skills and knowledge in the following areas:


1. Strategic thinking through integrating discipline-specific business knowledge
(a) Demonstrate the ability to integrate business disciplines to achieve strategic objectives
(b) Demonstrate the ability to identify and evaluate the usefulness of various competitive strategies (e.g., adaptive, market entry, positioning) that firms use within domestic and global markets.


2. Leadership Skills
(a) Demonstrates the ability to identify and analyze current leadership style and the ability to develop and enhance leadership skills
(b) Demonstrate the ability to work effectively and collaboratively in a team.


3. Business-related oral and written communication skills
(a) Demonstrate the ability to prepare and deliver a professional presentation on a business issue
(b) Demonstrate the ability to write a clear, concise, and well-organized professional presentation of a business issue.

4. Awareness of how the business environment influences decision-making
(a) Demonstrate the ability to identify and analyze ethical and legal business dilemmas and the ability to recommend and defend appropriate solutions and strategies
(b) Demonstrate an understanding of how cultural, economic, and political factors shape the management of global business.


5. Knowledge and skill concerning financial analysis, reporting, and markets
(a) Demonstrate the ability to evaluate the financial position of for-profit organizations through the examination of financial information contained in balance sheets, income statements, cash flow statements, and footnotes, as well as information gathered from other sources (such as public filings, business news publications, and websites) in order to enable stakeholders (management, shareholders, creditors, etc.) to understand a firm’s progress in maximizing its value to stakeholders.

Program Specific Information

Business education has been part of the La Salle curriculum since its founding in 1863. The School of Business, one of three schools in the University, was established in 1955, and its MBA program began in 1976.  As a business school in a Catholic, Lasallian University, students are taught fundamental business knowledge and skills within an ethical framework which emphasizes the primacy and value of human dignity. 

Accreditation 

The Business School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International,) which establishes standards designed to ensure excellence. Less than 5 percent of the world’s business schools are accredited by AACSB.  As an AACSB-accredited business school, the Dean’s office and faculty use continuous quality-improvement processes to ensure that the many offerings of the School of Business are of the highest quality. 

Program Structure

Students who minored in business administration or have an undergraduate business degree are able to complete the program in 12 months. Applicants without a business degree enroll in pre-MBA Foundation courses at an additional cost. Pre-MBA courses are offered at La Salle University online: MBA 610, MBA 615 and MBA 630. Students may feel free to take equivalent courses at other institutions and transfer the credits to La Salle. These courses must be completed prior to starting the One-Year MBA Program. The One-Year MBA Program begins each year in the Fall Semester. 

Academic Requirements

Accounting Track

Accounting is often considered the “language of business,” because it is the core of any business organization. Accountants are responsible for communicating and interpreting financial information as a basis for strategic decision-making.

Our professors are teachers, mentors, and scholars. They are connected with businesses around the globe, they are savvy about the challenges and innovations in play in the marketplace. Our graduates leave La Salle ready to perform.

Students interested in becoming a CPA meet the 150-credit requirement.

Fall Semester

  • MBA 692 - Financial Performance: Control and Measurement 3.0
  • MBA 820 - Information Technology for Decision Making 3.0
  • ACC 770  - Advanced Accounting Topics and Governmental Accounting 3.0
  • ACC 780  - Applied Research in Accounting 1.5
  • MKT 771 - Services Marketing 1.5

Spring Semester

  • MBA 591 - Optional Travel Study (This course is not required for graduation)
  • MBA 592 -Written Communication Skills for Business 1.0
  • MBA 811  - Leadership: Theories and Skill Development 3.0
  • MBA 693 - Business Analytics for Informed and Effective Decision Making 3.0
  • MBA 830 - Financial Statement Analysis 3.0
  • ACC 764  - Federal Taxation and Regulation 3.0

Summer Semester

  • ACC 782  -  AIS, ERP, and Accounting Analytics 3.0
  • MBA 840 - Frameworks for Socially Responsible Decision Making 3.0
  • MBA 902 - Competitive Strategy 3.0

Total MBA credits for Accounting Track: 34/35 credits

Business Systems and Analytics Track

The business leaders of tomorrow face an exciting challenge. To innovate and prosper they need to solve problems and make informed decisions. Just as important, they need to manage technology and data.

La Salle’s Business Systems and Analytics option prepares students to do both. It prepares them for careers as business intelligence analysts, business applications consultants, data warehousing specialists, and sports analytics managers, to name a few.

Fall Semester

  • MBA 691 - Managerial Accounting for Decision Making, Planning, and Control 3.0
  • MBA 692 - Financial Performance: Control and Measurement 3.0
  • MBA 820 - Information Technology for Decision Making 3.0
  • BSA  720 - Data Warehousing and Data Mining 3.0

Spring Semester

  • MBA 591 - Optional Travel Study 1.0 This course is not required for graduation
  • MBA 592 - Written Communications Skills for Business 1.0
  • MBA 690 - Creating Customers through Effective Marketing Management 3.0
  • MBA 811  - Leadership: Theories and Skill Development 3.0
  • MBA 830 - Financial Statement Analysis 3.0
  • BSA 710   - Systems Analysis and Database Design 3.0

Summer Semester

  • MBA 840 - Frameworks for Socially Responsible Decision Making 3.0
  • MBA 902 - Competitive Strategy 3.0
  • BSA  790 - Special Topics in Business Systems and Analytics 3.0

Total MBA credits for Business and Systems Analytics Track: 34/35 credits

Investment Analysis Track (CFA) and the Managerial Finance Track

The Investment Analysis Track (CFA) is designed around developing the skill set necessary to become a Chartered Financial Analyst. Our Managerial Finance Track is designed to provide students with the financial and leadership skills necessary to succeed as finance professionals. Following this track, undergraduate accounting majors can also complete their 150-hour CPA requirements.

Fall Semester

  • MBA 691 -Managerial Accounting for Decision Making, Planning and Control 3.0
  • MBA 692- Financial Performance
  • MBA 693- Business Analytics for Informed and Effective Decision Making 3.0
  • FIN 754  - Derivative Instruments 1.5
  • FIN 764 - Portfolio Management 3.0

Spring Semester

  • MBA 591  -Optional Travel Study 1.0 This course is not required for graduation
  • MBA 592 - Written Communications Skills for Business 1.0
  • MBA 690 - Creating Customers through Effective Marketing Management 3.0
  • FIN 746   - Enterprise Risk Management (Managerial Finance Track) 3.0 or
    FIN 783   - Financial Analysis Seminar (CFA Track) 3.0
  • MBA 811  - Leadership: Theories and Skill Development 3.0
  • MBA 820 - Information Technology for Decision Making 3.0

Summer Semester

  • MBA 830 - Financial Statement Analysis 3.0
  • MBA 840 - Frameworks for Socially Responsible Decision Making 3.0
  • MBA 902 - Competitive Strategy 3.0
  • Two of the three courses listed below:
  • FIN 748   -Financial Instruments and Markets 1.5 or
  • FIN 765   -Global Financial Management 1.5 or
  • FIN 767   - Mergers and Acquisitions 1.5 

Total MBA credits for Finance Track =  38.5-39.5 credits

Course Sequence

ACC 764 Federal Taxation and Regulation

 This course develops skills in identifying and researching issues in taxation, and explores advanced topics in federal taxation of individuals, property transactions and business entities including C corporations, partnerships, S corporations, trusts and estates and tax-exempt organizations. Additional topics include coverage of ethics and responsibilities in tax practice and differences between tax and financial accounting. This course entails the hands-on use of the tax research service CCH IntelliConnect and prepares students interested in sitting for the REG section of the CPA exam.

Number of Credits: 3.0

Prerequisites: Enrollment in the 4-Year BS/MBA Program or the OY MBA Program

 ACC 770 - Advanced Accounting Topics and Governmental Accounting

Last modified: May 15, 2019 by Kristin Wentzel

This course assesses special topics in accounting including international accounting, estate and trust, bankruptcy and fund accounting, including governmental, nor-for-profit, and hospital accounting. This course prepares students interested in sitting for the FAR section of the CPA exam.

Number of Credits: 3.0

Prerequisites: A grade of "B" or better in MBA 615 or equivalent; A grade of "B" or better in MBA 691 or equivalent

ACC 780 Applied Research in Accounting

This customized course provides students with a unique opportunity to integrate their academic work with a wide range of professional studies including but not limited to independent studies, research projects, or internships.

Prerequisite: Approval of supervising professor and program director

Number of Credits: 1 to 3

782 - AIS, ERP, and Accounting Analytics

Last modified: May 15, 2019 by Kristin Wentzel

This course offers an enhanced understanding of accounting information systems (AIS) through hands-on exercises and internal control analyses. This course provides experience in a comprehensive enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, namely SAP. Using traditional business transactions, students will experience the complexities of an ERP system, become familiar with the internal control problems specific to ERP systems, and understand the similarities to, and differences from, traditional accounting systems. It includes hands-on experience creating and analyzing transactions in SAP modules; assessing the modules' internal controls; and synthesizing current AIS/ERP issues, such as security and privacy, disaster recovery, block chain, cryptocurrencies, anti-fraud, and audit resources, control and audit systems, and XBRL. It also includes hands-on exercises in Lumira, a data visualization and accounting analytics application.

Number of Credits: 3.0

Prerequisites: A grade of "B" or better in MBA 615 or equivalent; A grade of "B" or better in MBA 691 or equivalent

 

BSA 710 - Systems Analysis and Database Design

This course is about structured analysis and design methodology for complex business systems. Students become familiar and use Entity Relationship Diagrams, Data Structure Diagrams, Data Flow Diagrams, Data Dictionaries, and Process Specifications to develop Systems Specifications. These specifications are utilized as the blueprint to develop and implement relational databases, and explore the Structured Query Language (SQL) used to manipulate and operate the database.

Number of Credits: 3

Prerequisites: MBA 693

BSA 720 - Data Warehousing and Data Mining

This course focuses on data warehousing and data mining in organizations. Topics covered in the course include: data warehousing and mediation techniques aimed at integrating distributed, heterogeneous data sources; data mining techniques such as rule-based learning, decision trees, association rule mining, and statistical analysis for discovery of patterns in the integrated data; and evaluation and interpretation of the mined patterns using visualization techniques.

Number of Credits: 3

Prerequisites: MBA 693

Prerequisites: MBA 693

BSA 790 - Special Topics in Business Systems and Analytics

This course is designed to introduce students to one of several areas of emerging trends and technologies in Business Systems and Analytics. Students will learn the fundamental principles and concepts of analytics in a specific business domain and implement descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytics tools and technologies that support data, information, and knowledge management in the area of study. Course titles include, but are not limited to, Accounting Analytics, Financial Analytics, Healthcare Analytics, Human Resources (HR) Analytics, Marketing Analytics, Sports Analytics, and Supply Chain Analytics among others. Because the topic of this course will change, it can be repeated for additional credit when taken as a different topic.

Number of Credits: 3

Prerequisites: MBA 693; other prerequisite(s) may be required depending on the topic.

FIN 746 - Enterprise Risk Management (Managerial Track)

The course examines the risk management process as applied to the whole range of risks to which a corporation is exposed: financial, insurable, operational, and business. It focuses on risk in general and how multiple sources of risk can be addressed with strategies that integrate risk management and capital management. Specific topics include hedging, insurance, postloss investment, contingent capital, finite risk reinsurance, and insurance-linked securities. Emphasized throughout the course is that managing risk effectively is essential to corporate value, success, and survival.

Number of Credits: 3

FIN 748 - Financial Instruments and Markets

This course provides an examination of modern financial markets. Specifically, we discuss the largest financial intermediaries including commercial banks, finance companies, securities firms, investment banks, mutual funds and hedge funds with a focus on balance sheet structures, regulation, and current issues and trends. We also examine various financial instruments, derivatives, and off-balance sheet activities that are useful from a risk-management perspective within the industry.

Number of Credits: 3

Prerequisites: FIN 692

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.

Number of Credits: 1.5

FIN 764 - Portfolio Management

The course focuses on current practice and recent theoretical developments. It deals with the characteristics of individual securities and portfolios, criteria and models for alternative portfolio composition, criteria for evaluation and measurement of performance, and the impact of government regulation. The evaluation of current theory, its significance for the financial management decision-making, and the consideration of relevant empirical evidence are covered.

Number of Credits: 3

FIN 765 - Global Financial Management

Current developments in global financial markets and instruments from the perspective of firm management. Topics include an overview of foreign security markets, trends in foreign exchange risk management, and the impact of international debt on multinational firms.

Number of Credits: 3

Prerequisites: MBA 692

FIN 767 - Mergers and Acquisitions

The course provides an analysis of the acquisition by one firm of all or some of the assets of another firm, and its impact on both 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 involved.

Number of Credits: 1.5

FIN 783 - Financial Analysis Seminar (Investment Analysis Track: CFA)

This seminar is an integrative course that links corporate finance, financial statement analysis and investment analysis. Students taking the course will be prepared to take the CFA I exam (Chartered Financial Analyst).

Number of Credits: 3

MBA 591 Optional Travel Study 

This course is an online course that examines various macro-environmental factors (e.g., politics, social/culture, environment, law, economics, and technology) that impact strategic decisions involving management, marketing, and other aspects of business in the global marketplace. It includes a one-week travel component to the country chosen for the semester.

Number of Credits: 1

MBA 592 - 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.

Number of Credits: 1

MBA 690 - Creating Customers Through Effective Marketing Management

The course shows how the techniques of marketing management can be used to attract and satisfy customers while building long-term business profitability. Topics include (1) market, consumer, and competitive analysis; (2) segmentation, targeting, and positioning; (3) product development, pricing, promotion, and distribution; and (4) marketing strategy and planning.

Number of Credits: 3

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. It examines the problems of cost measurement, planning, coordination, control, and performance evaluation. It explores 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. The students will explore and analyze "real world" data and apply their gained knowledge to contemporary managerial accounting and cases.

Number of Credits: 3

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. Because the majority of financial decisions require an estimate of future events, considerable time will be spent 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.

MBA 693 - Business Analytics for Informed and Effective Decision Making

This course introduces students to the growing field of business analytics. Business analytics is the use of data, information technology, statistical analysis, and quantitative methods and models to support effective organizational problem solving and informed decision making. The course includes methods, tools, and techniques for summarizing and visualizing historical data, which is relevant to descriptive analytics – the use of data to find out what has happened in the past or is currently happening; methods, tools, and techniques for extracting information from existing data in order to determine patterns, which is relevant to predictive analytics – the use of data to find out what will happen in the future; and methods, tools, and techniques for optimization, which is relevant to prescriptive analytics - the use of data to determine the best course of action in the future.

Number of Credits: 3

 

MBA 811 - Leadership: Theories and Skill Development

This course reviews major leadership theories including trait theory,behavioral theories, contingency models, expectancy theory, path goal theory, transformational leadership, and servant leadership. The course also covers a series of in-depth exercises that address leadership skills including individual decision making, team decision making, nominal group technique, problem framing, negotiation, and managing organizational change. Students are expected to complete a written exam and a series of five short analytical papers.

Number of Credits: 3

MBA 820 - Information Technology for Decision Making

This course is about the manager's responsibilities for problem solving and decision making, and those areas in which information technology can be used to gain the insight needed to support selection of decision alternatives. Students learn about the role of data, information, and knowledge in managerial problem solving and decision making. Transactional processing and database management systems (DBMS) are used to store, manage, and retrieve data in organizations. Decision support system (DSS) tools and technologies (such as natural language programming and influence diagramming) are used to organize data into information for decision analytics.Expert systems (ES) are used to synthesize information into knowledge for knowledge management. Students are required to use DBMS, DSS and ES software packages 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 from the perspective of investors, creditors and management.

Number of Credits: 3

Prerequisites: MBA 691,692

MBA 840 - Frameworks for Socially Responsible Decision Making

This course is designed to explore the complex ethical, legal, cultural, political, social and economic issues confronting individuals, groups, and organizations. We will us various models and theories to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills to address the issues of a diverse set of organizational stakeholders.

Number of Credits: 3

MBA 902 - Competitive Strategy

This integrative capstone course is designed to expose students to strategies that companies use to build and sustain competitive advantage in the global market. The course provides students with industry, competitor, and business level analytic tools that help students to assess factors that influence strategy formulation and strategy implementation in both domestic and global markets.

Number of Credits: 3

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.

Number of credits: 1.5

Degree or Certificate Earned

M.B.A.

Number of Courses Required for Program Completion

Accounting Track: Business Systems and Analytics Track: 14, Finance Track 16

Number of Credits Required for Program Completion

Accounting Track: 34/35; Business Systems and Analytics Track: 34/35; Finance Track: 38.5/39.5

GPA Required for Program Completion

The GPA Required for Program Completion is 3.0

Program Contact Information

Program Contact Information

Full-Time MBA Program

Founders' Hall Room 233

MBA@lasalle.edu

215.951.1057

Staff Contact Information

Staff Contact Information

Elizabeth Scofield, MBA

Director 

215.951.1913

scofield@lasalle.edu

Eileen O'Donnell

Administrative Assistant

215-951-1057

odonnelle@lasalle.edu

Faculty

Dean: MarySheila McDonald, J.D.

Associate Dean: Patrick O’Brien, MHRM

Director, One-Year MBA Program: Elizabeth Scofield, MBA

Professors: Ambrose, Borkowski, Jiang, Schubert, Tavana, Van Buskirk

Associate Professors: Cooper, Lafond, Szabat, Ugras

Assistant Professor: Radetskiy, DiPietro

Dean Emeritus & Adjunct Instructor: Bruce

Adjunct Instructors: Mallon, O'Brien, Schwab,Walters

Course Descriptions

ACC 770 - Advanced Accounting Topics and Governmental Accounting

This course assesses special topics in accounting including international accounting, estate and trust, bankruptcy and fund accounting, including governmental, nor-for-profit, and hospital accounting. This course prepares students interested in sitting for the FAR section of the CPA exam.

Number of Credits: 3.0

Prerequisites: A grade of "B" or better in MBA 615 or equivalent; A grade of "B" or better in MBA 691 or equivalent

ACC 782 - AIS, ERP, and Accounting Analytics

This course offers an enhanced understanding of accounting information systems (AIS) through hands-on exercises and internal control analyses. This course provides experience in a comprehensive enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, namely SAP. Using traditional business transactions, students will experience the complexities of an ERP system, become familiar with the internal control problems specific to ERP systems, and understand the similarities to, and differences from, traditional accounting systems. It includes hands-on experience creating and analyzing transactions in SAP modules; assessing the modules' internal controls; and synthesizing current AIS/ERP issues, such as security and privacy, disaster recovery, block chain, cryptocurrencies, anti-fraud, and audit resources, control and audit systems, and XBRL. It also includes hands-on exercises in Lumira, a data visualization and accounting analytics application.

Number of Credits: 3.0

Prerequisites: A grade of "B" or better in MBA 615 or equivalent; A grade of "B" or better in MBA 691 or equivalent

BSA 710 - Systems Analysis and Database Design

This course is about structured analysis and design methodology for complex business systems. Students become familiar and use Entity Relationship Diagrams, Data Structure Diagrams, Data Flow Diagrams, Data Dictionaries, and Process Specifications to develop Systems Specifications. These specifications are utilized as the blueprint to develop and implement relational databases, and explore the Structured Query Language (SQL) used to manipulate and operate the database.

Number of Credits: 3

Prerequisites: MBA 693

BSA 720 - Data Warehousing and Data Mining

This course focuses on data warehousing and data mining in organizations. Topics covered in the course include: data warehousing and mediation techniques aimed at integrating distributed, heterogeneous data sources; data mining techniques such as rule-based learning, decision trees, association rule mining, and statistical analysis for discovery of patterns in the integrated data; and evaluation and interpretation of the mined patterns using visualization techniques.

Number of Credits: 3

Prerequisites: MBA 693

BSA 790 - Special Topics in Business Systems and Analytics

This course is designed to introduce students to one of several areas of emerging trends and technologies in Business Systems and Analytics. Students will learn the fundamental principles and concepts of analytics in a specific business domain and implement descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytics tools and technologies that support data, information, and knowledge management in the area of study. Course titles include, but are not limited to, Accounting Analytics, Financial Analytics, Healthcare Analytics, Human Resources (HR) Analytics, Marketing Analytics, Sports Analytics, and Supply Chain Analytics among others. Because the topic of this course will change, it can be repeated for additional credit when taken as a different topic.

Number of Credits: 3

Prerequisites: MBA 693; other prerequisite(s) may be required depending on the topic.

FIN 746 - Enterprise Risk Management (Managerial Track)

The course examines the risk management process as applied to the whole range of risks to which a corporation is exposed: financial, insurable, operational, and business. It focuses on risk in general and how multiple sources of risk can be addressed with strategies that integrate risk management and capital management. Specific topics include hedging, insurance, postloss investment, contingent capital, finite risk reinsurance, and insurance-linked securities. Emphasized throughout the course is that managing risk effectively is essential to corporate value, success, and survival.

Number of Credits: 3

FIN 748 - Financial Instruments and Markets

This course provides an examination of modern financial markets. Specifically, we discuss the largest financial intermediaries including commercial banks, finance companies, securities firms, investment banks, mutual funds and hedge funds with a focus on balance sheet structures, regulation, and current issues and trends. We also examine various financial instruments, derivatives, and off-balance sheet activities that are useful from a risk-management perspective within the industry.

Number of Credits: 3

Prerequisites: FIN 692

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.

Number of Credits: 1.5

FIN 764 - Portfolio Management

The course focuses on current practice and recent theoretical developments. It deals with the characteristics of individual securities and portfolios, criteria and models for alternative portfolio composition, criteria for evaluation and measurement of performance, and the impact of government regulation. The evaluation of current theory, its significance for the financial management decision-making, and the consideration of relevant empirical evidence are covered.

Number of Credits: 3

FIN 765 - Global Financial Management

Current developments in global financial markets and instruments from the perspective of firm management. Topics include an overview of foreign security markets, trends in foreign exchange risk management, and the impact of international debt on multinational firms.

Number of Credits: 3

Prerequisites: MBA 692

FIN 767 - Mergers and Acquisitions

The course provides an analysis of the acquisition by one firm of all or some of the assets of another firm, and its impact on both 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 involved.

Number of Credits: 1.5

FIN 783 - Financial Analysis Seminar (Investment Analysis Track: CFA)

This seminar is an integrative course that links corporate finance, financial statement analysis and investment analysis. Students taking the course will be prepared to take the CFA I exam (Chartered Financial Analyst).

Number of Credits: 3

MBA 592 - 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.

Number of Credits: 1

MBA 690 - Creating Customers Through Effective Marketing Management

The course shows how the techniques of marketing management can be used to attract and satisfy customers while building long-term business profitability. Topics include (1) market, consumer, and competitive analysis; (2) segmentation, targeting, and positioning; (3) product development, pricing, promotion, and distribution; and (4) marketing strategy and planning.

Number of Credits: 3

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. It examines the problems of cost measurement, planning, coordination, control, and performance evaluation. It explores 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. The students will explore and analyze "real world" data and apply their gained knowledge to contemporary managerial accounting and cases.

Number of Credits: 3

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. Because the majority of financial decisions require an estimate of future events, considerable time will be spent 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.

MBA 693 - Business Analytics for Informed and Effective Decision Making

This course introduces students to the growing field of business analytics. Business analytics is the use of data, information technology, statistical analysis, and quantitative methods and models to support effective organizational problem solving and informed decision making. The course includes methods, tools, and techniques for summarizing and visualizing historical data, which is relevant to descriptive analytics – the use of data to find out what has happened in the past or is currently happening; methods, tools, and techniques for extracting information from existing data in order to determine patterns, which is relevant to predictive analytics – the use of data to find out what will happen in the future; and methods, tools, and techniques for optimization, which is relevant to prescriptive analytics - the use of data to determine the best course of action in the future.

Number of Credits: 3

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.

Number of Credits: 1.5

MBA 811 - Leadership: Theories and Skill Development

This course reviews major leadershhip theories including trait theory,behavioral theories, contingency models, expectancy theory, path goal theory, transformational leadership, and servant leadership. The course also covers a series of in-depth exercises that address leadership skills including individual decision making, team decision making, nominal group technique, problem framing, negotiation, and managing organizational change. Students are expected to complete a written exam and a series of five short analytical papers.

Number of Credits: 3

MBA 820 - Information Technology for Decision Making

This course is about the manager's responsibilities for problem solving and decision making, and those areas in which information technology can be used to gain the insight needed to support selection of decision alternatives. Students learn about the role of data, information, and knowledge in managerial problem solving and decision making. Transactional processing and database management systems (DBMS) are used to store, manage, and retrieve data in organizations. Decision support system (DSS) tools and technologies (such as natural language programming and influence diagramming) are used to organize data into information for decision analytics.Expert systems (ES) are used to synthesize information into knowledge for knowledge management. Students are required to use DBMS, DSS and ES software packages 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 from the perspective of investors, creditors and management.

Number of Credits: 3

Prerequisites: MBA 692

MBA 840 - Frameworks for Socially Responsible Decision Making

This course is designed to explore the complex ethical, legal, cultural, political, social and economic issues confronting individuals, groups, and organizations. We will us various models and theories to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills to address the issues of a diverse set of organizational stakeholders.

Number of Credits: 3

MBA 902 - Competitive Strategy

This integrative capstone course is designed to expose students to strategies that companies use to build and sustain competitive advantage in the global market. The course provides students with industry, competitor, and business level analytic tools that help students to assess factors that influence strategy formulation and strategy implementation in both domestic and global markets.

Number of Credits: 3