Course Descriptions

Our MBA is structured around an accelerated format allowing students to complete the program in less than two years, while maintaining full-time employment. All courses are three credit hours and classes are offered on Saturday morning and afternoons, and weeknights. Courses are offered in both five and ten week blocks. For more information, check the university catalog.

Prerequisite Courses

Principles of Marketing (BK 208)
This course is a general introduction to marketing and how marketers anticipate consumer/customer needs and develop appropriate marketing strategies. The course will involve an analysis of the marketing environment of an organization, marketing strategy development, marketing decision areas and buyer behavior.

Finite Math (MA 130)
Finite mathematics will look briefly at a variety of topics, including systems of linear equations, matrices, linear programming, combinatorics, probability, sequences and series, and interest on money. Prerequisite: Two years of high school algebra or MA 006.

Macroeconomics (EC 251)
An introduction to the study of economics along with some facts about the U.S. economic system; theoretical analysis of the determination of total output employment and price levels; use of monetary and fiscal policy weapons to influence economic activity, money and the banking system; economic growth and development; and international finance.

Principles of Accounting I (BC 265)
This first course in accounting provides an introduction to the elements of financial accounting including the accounting cycle and the four basic financial statements – the balance sheet, the income statement, the statement of owner's equity, and the statement of cash flows. The various asset accounts – cash, accounts receivable, inventories, and property, plant, and equipment, will be studied in depth. Accounting for payables and other current liabilities also will be explored. Students should possess basic algebra skills.

Principles of Accounting II (BC 266)
This course is a continuation of BC 265 and includes further study of financial accounting along with an introduction to management accounting. Financial accounting topics include: partnership accounting, stockholder's equity, long term investments, bonds payable, the time value of money, the statement of cash flows and basic financial statement analysis. The introduction to management accounting includes the following topics: financial statements specific to a manufacturing concern, cost allocation, product costing including job order and process costing, cost-volume-profit analysis and budgeting. Prerequisite: BC 265.

Core Courses

Legal Environment of Business (BA 500)
This course examines the legal and regulatory environment of business, and managerial decision making within the context of laws, regulations, and court decisions. Focus is on analysis of the legal system, including contracts, agencies, governmental regulations, torts, corporate and other types of business entities.

Statistics for Managerial Decision Making (BA 505)
This course provides students with analytical tools and methodologies useful in management. The emphasis is on the use of data for modeling and solving problems in the areas of marketing, finance, human resources, and operations. Topics covered include data analysis and modeling, simple and multiple regres¬sion, nonparametric statistics, and statistical quality control.

The Global Business Environment (BA 510)
This course introduces the students to the economic, political, legal and social dimensions in conducting international business operations. Students will be introduced to basic economic principles of international trade and comparative advantage. The course will address political and legal conditions in different regions and how they impact business operations and will discuss how social and cultural contexts affect business operations and decisions. This course will enable the students to see how a global business opera¬tion differs from a domestic one in terms of strategy, management, finance and marketing. The knowledge and the skills that students develop in this class will help them become better strategic planners, managers, communicators and decision makers in an international business context.

Business Ethics (BA 515)
This course will explore how values shape individual ethical behaviors, and how these behaviors influence leadership and decision making. The course will provide practical knowledge and tools needed to effectively manage the everyday ethical issues that can arise in business. Students will discuss how legal, philosophical, and corporate practices influence ethical behavior for individuals and companies. Students will examine how social, environmental, and stakeholder responsibilities, as well as different values, impact ethical behavior in companies.

Corporate Financial Reporting (BC 500)
This course will be taught from a financial statement user’s perspective, as opposed to a preparer’s perspective. Students will learn to read, interpret and analyze the information contained in the financial statements of public companies, prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, to aid in effective management decision making.

Managerial Finance (BC 600)
This course builds on the basic concepts introduced in the Corporate Finance Reporting course. The course will equip students with a solid grounding in the core financial concepts and the necessary tools they need to make good decisions. Along with the core concepts of finance, the course will focus on the various methods of financial analysis. Prerequisite: BC 500 Corporate Financial Reporting.

Managerial Marketing (BK 500)
Students will use a managerial approach to solving advanced topics in marketing with a heavy emphasis on case analysis. Students will use research data to make strategic marketing recommendations. Topics will include: market analysis, strategic planning, and implementation of marketing strategy.

Organizational Effectiveness (BN 500)
This course introduces students to the basic principles of human behavior and how these principles apply to the management of individuals and groups in organizations. Topics include: individual differences in abilities and attitudes, attribution, motivation, group dynamics, power and politics, leadership, conflict resolution, organizational culture, and organizational structure and design.

Operations Management (BN 510)
This course focuses on managerial issues in manufacturing including project management, PERT, critical path analysis, and time-cost models. The major operations management issues are quality management and control, capacity management, plant location, layout and design, production planning and scheduling, supply chain management, and inventory management. Prerequisite: BA 505 Statistics for Managerial Decision Making.

Strategic Human Resource Management (BN 600)
Global competition combined with the transition to a knowledge-based economy requires organizations to take an integrated, strategic approach to preparing a workforce that can meet the business demands of the future. This course focuses on the history and changes in human resources, understanding busi¬ness strategies and devising HR practices to support them, identifying how organizations gain sustain¬able competitive advantage through effective human resource strategies, and how workforce diversity and globalization is capable of enhancing an organization’s human talent to drive successful business results. Particular focus will be given to measuring human resource outcomes and the integration with overall business strategy.

Business Capstone (BN 650)
The Business Capstone course will give students the opportunity as individuals to conduct an organizational assessment of an organization utilizing the criteria of the National Baldrige Award. The students will also work in small teams to specifically frame and analyze an area of concern suggested by an organi¬zation utilizing their learning from the MBA curriculum. Prerequisites: 9 of core classes must be complete before enrolling in this course.

Managerial Economics (EC 580)
Students will apply the principles of economics to managerial decision making. Topics will include: interest rates, inflation, international trade, business cycles and supply and demand. Case studies will be used to demonstrate the impact of pricing policies, and the relationship between market structure and strategy.

Elective Courses

Entrepreneurial Endeavors (BA 610)
Students will be exposed to the “entrepreneurial mindset” of what it takes to start, grow, and maintain a business. Critical to this effort is to understand the vital aspect of “strategic fit…” does the market want or need what I (my business) have to offer? Starting and operating a new venture involves considerable risk in today’s fast-paced business environment. In the creation and growth of a new enterprise, the entrepreneur assumes all the risk for development and survival yet stands to receive the ultimate reward, if/when successful. Key to continued success is the entrepreneur’s ability to seek partners that insure future growth, vision, and profitability.

Quantitative Modeling for Decision Making (BN 610)
This course is a survey of statistical and mathematical programming models and their applications in business and management. These techniques include statistical distributions, multiple regression, linear and Integer Programming, Network Models, the transportation and assignment method, Game Theory, Decision Theory, Queuing and Goal Programming. Prerequisite: BA 505 Statistics for Managerial Decision Making

Principles of Project Management (BN 620)
Effective management of a project is a skill many (if not all) MBA students will need to have at some time during their professional career. The goal of this course is to give students the effective tools and knowledge to accomplish this successfully. Students will learn how projects get started, how to successfully manage a project and its resources, and how organizations select the “right” project to work on.

Sustainability and Growth (BN 625)
A survey of environmental economics and management. The course covers economic theories and management practices that balance short and medium term commercial gain against the long term goals of preserving natural resources and productive capacity. Economic topics include externality theory, regulation economics and the evaluation of public policy. Management topics include sustainable growth poli¬cies and practices, product and process design and the impact of corporate practices on consumers and communities. The course will address local, national and global impacts of government public policy and corporate environmental practices.

Methods of Quality Management (BN 630)
This course as an elective will provide the historical context of quality management and introduce the student to a number of quality management systems including Total Quality Management (TQM), ISO, the National Baldrige Award, Lean and Six Sigma that are currently being implemented in today’s organizations. The course will host several guest lecturers from the community who are specialists in quality management.

System Theory and Organizational Design Methodology (BN 640) 
This course provides an introduction to social systems theory and its application to organizational leadership and practice. Emphasis is placed on the role of the manager/leader as designer, steward, teacher, and participant in building and sustaining effective organizations.

Workplace Learning and Development (BN 601)
The focus of this course is to develop advanced skills in identifying and measuring employee performance and determining what training opportunities are best for the workplace.  The course will instruct individuals how to apply a systematic process of discovering and analyzing human performance gaps, planning for future improvements in performance, and designing and developing cost-effective and ethical solutions to close the gaps.

Ethical Practical Employment Law (BN 602)
The course is proposed to be offered as an elective in the MBA Program and required for earning the MBA degree with the Human Resources emphasis.  The course’s focus is to develop advanced skills and understanding aspects of the law that impact human capital in the workplace.  This is an ever changing topic and will be imperative for businesses to stay abreast on the legal aspects of managing people.