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MBA 511 Management Foundations
This is the foundational MBA course. Critical thinking and reasoning with quantitative data, managerial problem solving, legal/ethical decision making, communication, and leadership skills are introduced in this course. These skills are practiced in an active student-learning environment. They are applied to essential business principles in the management of diverse human assets, organizational behavior, operations management, law, ethics and regulatory issues, and a global perspective on change, service to society and leadership. (Alternatively, “Key principles and concepts from the major business fields provide the framework for in-depth exploration during the advanced MBA courses.”) (3)

MBA 512 Accounting for Managers
Examines the process of preparing, analyzing, and interpreting financial statements with emphasis on how the resulting information is then used by managers within the firm as well as investors and creditors outside the firm. Students will interpret financial statements to extract information about the organization’s goods, services, and functions and then use that information to organize resources, develop and implement plans, and evaluate the effectiveness/efficiency of plans and operations. Students will also analyze financial statements from the perspective of investors or creditors basing investment and/or lending decisions on the information contained therein. (3)

MBA 514 Business Analytics
Provides students with an understanding of the concepts and applications of quantitative methods and models to support managerial decision-making processes throughout the organization. Spreadsheet software and other quantitative techniques will be used to analyze business problems. Students will determine appropriate quantitative techniques or tools and apply them to solve specific problems. (3)

MBA 515 Behavior and Management in Organizations
Addresses the best contemporary management and organizational theories and their roots. This critical analysis will examine the influence of individual, group, and organizational processes on behavior in organizations. The purpose of the course is to familiarize students with principles that can be applied to manage human resources, enhance individual and group performance, and increase organizational effectiveness. (3)

MBA517 Leading in Business: Perspectives and Practices
Provides graduate students with an integrated understanding of leadership theory and practice across multiple levels of analysis and fields of practice including ethical and sustainable implications for leading. Readings and assignments focus students on leading and leadership development for service and for-profit organizations as well as their own self-development within the context of application and engagement with any group or organization. (3)

MBA 519 Operations Management
Examines the management of business operations, the tools and techniques used by operations managers in manufacturing and service industries, the interaction of production functions, and the synthesis of concepts and techniques relating to and enhancing the management of production systems and the provision of services. The course focuses on applying the operational methodologies covered in class to real world cases to solve business situations and address business issues that are challenging to managers in this global environment. (3) Prerequisites: MBA 511 and MBA514.

MBA520 Economics for Managers
This course presents the framework for acquiring and using the knowledge of micro, macro and international economic concepts to guide a variety of business decisions. (3)

MBA 521 Marketing Concepts and Practice
A comprehensive study of the concepts and practices of marketing with an in-depth investigation of the interacting marketing systems and activities that deliver goods and services and that create value for existing and new customers. This inquiry involves the application of several disciplines of business management to a decision-oriented marketing process involving consideration of product, price, place, and promotion in a global environment. (3)

MBA 522 Corporate Finance
Presents a wide range of important issues in managerial finance, including such topics as the role of finance in organizations, principles of financial analysis, capital budgeting techniques, investment decisions under uncertainty, financial structure and cost of capital, sources of long- and short-term financing, working capital management, and the multinational aspect of financial management. (3) Prerequisites: MBA 512, and MBA 520.

MBA 523 Business Problem Solving
In this integrated core course, students will solve current business problems by applying appropriate problem solving and decisions analysis models and using the foundational skills and knowledge acquired in prerequisite courses. Completion of a semester-long project will require students to begin by assessing a designated business problem within the context of the firm’s internal cross-functional structure as well as the ethical, economic, competitive, legal, and social environment within which the organization operates. Working through established problem-solving steps, students will conduct a comprehensive analysis and propose an actionable solution that supports the strategic goals of the organization in question. As a final step, students will present their analysis and solutions to affected decision-makers in an effort to persuade these business leaders to take action. (3) Pre/Corequisites: MBA 515, MBA 519, MBA 521, MBA 522.

MBA 626 Strategic Management Seminar
This is the capstone course in the M.B.A. program. Using the perspective of top management of an enterprise, this integrative experience allows students to examine, analyze, and create strategic policy initiatives for complex organizations. The course uses the analysis of case studies and the creation of a comprehensive strategic plan to provide the student with the opportunity to make decisions under conditions of uncertainty. MBA 526 must be completed in residence. (3) Prerequisites: the completion of 24 graduate credit hours, including MBA 514, MBA 515, MBA 518 or MBA 520, MBA 521, and MBA 522.

MBA 621 Strategic Marketing Management
The goal of this course is to focus on the strategic aspects of marketing decision making. Strategic initiatives within the context of the components of the marketing mix are explored and developed. The overall value proposition of the organization is examined with an emphasis on creating strategies that are consistent with the various stages of the product life cycle. Additional focus is placed on creating sustainable strategies with an awareness of competing economic, social, cultural, global, ethical, and environment factors. (3) Prerequisite: MBA 521 or equivalent knowledge.

MBA 622 Advanced Financial Management
Develops an understanding of the rapidly evolving theory of finance so that the student can evaluate the firm’s investment, financing, and dividend decisions in keeping with an objective of maximizing shareholder wealth. This course presents an application of analytical techniques to a variety of problems in financial management and exposes the student to the institutional material necessary for a solid understanding of the environment in which managerial decisions are made. Computer applications are integrated throughout the course to aid the analyst in financial decision-making. (3) Prerequisite MBA 522 (and its prerequisites) or equivalent knowledge.

MBA 620 Managerial Economics
An advanced application of microeconomics to managerial decision making. Topics include estimation of demand, production and cost functions, optimal pricing and output decision under various market structures using game theory, optimization, statistical analysis, and decision making under conditions of risk and uncertainty. (3) Prerequisites: MBA520 or equivalent knowledge.

MBA 585 Global Business Experience
A study of the context and content of international business ventures with a real-world country specific application of the global strategies that create business success beyond domestic markets. Includes a required one-week structured study abroad with the Center for Global Education. (As a Center for Global Education co-sponsored course, the course cost includes tuition as well as fees specific to the study abroad component.) (3)