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Master of Business Administration (MBA) Course Descriptions

Business Administration

AT 5100       Managerial Accounting - 3 credit hours

This course introduces Managerial Accounting theory and practice, specifically the systems concerned with provisions of accuracy and accountability. It uses account information to keep managers informed about best courses, best practice and best action. It involves analyzing and measuring information in order to pursue to an organization's sustainability and growth goals. It includes international and national policy and decision-making. It also introduces the foundations of reasoning and central key terms, income, trade, laws and concepts of analysis and understanding. This course offers financial accounting as an essential part of the decision-making process in the business organization. Prerequisite:  AT4101

BU 5010     Operations Management - 3 credit hours

This course presents an introduction to the scientific methods used to investigate problems concerned with the designing, planning and conducting of operations within an organization. Mathematical methods of operations research are stressed. Topics studied include linear programming, decision analysis, mathematical programming, inventory theory, forecasting, and Markov decision processes.

Prerequisite:  BU 4001, AT 5100

BU 5011    Management of Information Systems and Technology – 3 credits

Managing information systems has become a task for all levels of managers and all functional areas of the business. In today’s digital firm there is no escaping the opportunities (as well as the challenges) that technology brings. This course focuses on understanding the nature of the digital firm and the key issues in organizing and managing IT resources in a global environment. Managers of digital firms need to identify the challenges facing their firms; understand the technologies that will help them meet these challenges; design business processes to take advantage of the technologies; and create management procedures and policies to implement the required changes.

Pre-requisite: Basic computer software application knowledge and experience.


BU 5030   International Business Management – 3 credits (elective)

This course is a study of international management focusing on the role of executive, middle, and front-line management in directing and improving organizational performance in a global environment. Major topics include strategic, cultural, behavioral, legal, socio-ethical issues, and functional aspects of international management. Concepts covered include the management of various types of international risk, strategic planning, operations, communications, negotiations, legal and socio-ethical issues facing modern institutions. Development of management systems, as well as, the functions, strategies, and structures of management will be discussed. This course will, integrate the management of the international firm with the implications of international business.

Additionally, the functional areas of international business such as human resources, manufacturing, marketing, finance, and management information systems (MIS) will be examined from a managerial perspective. This principles and functions of management will be integrated, resulting in a model for developing and building businesses in the global community. Students will be exposed to the tools of management used in the international environment - techniques that will be further developed through the balance of the core curriculum.

Pre-requisite: none.


BU 5040     Managerial Communication – 3 credit units

This course provides the student with the basics of effective business writing and speaking communication skills. Students will learn to communicate concisely and quickly under various business situations and will become familiar with the tools of general visual, verbal and written business communication. This course teaches the student to use communication as a tool to achieve business success in promoting, funding, marketing or defending their business image. Topics may include but are not limited to visual, written and verbal communication including public speaking.

Pre-requisite: none.


BU 5050     Business Law and Contract – 3 credit units

This course provides the basic theory of contracts and the law the covers offerees and offerors. Students will learn to evaluate types of contracts, and will become familiar with the concepts of verbal and written contracts and contract damages. The course also addresses common contract nomenclature. The course ends with a focus on the student’s ability to read and decipher not only the validity of a contract, but also its value as it relates to business progress.

Pre-requisite: none


BU 5055     International Business Law/Contracts– 3 credit units

This course examines laws regulating international activities, including managerial issues, trade, licensing and investment from an international managerial perspective. Students will study the function and importance of public international law, as well as the role of public and private international organizations in setting standards and guidelines for international business. This course also examines the legal aspects of establishing an overseas operation; joint venturing abroad; using a foreign distributor and exporting technology. Emphasizing practical application and theory of international business law, this course examines how firms conduct business among the countries of the world.

Prerequisite:  BU 5050


BU 5150     Organizational Behavior - 3 credit hours

Organizational behavior is the study of what people think, feel, and do in and around organizations.  This course allows the student to systematically study individual, team, and structural characteristics that influence behavior in organizations. The topics covered in this course enlighten the student on the complex relationships that are present among individuals, groups, organizations, and society.  This course emphasizes a dynamic systems approach to the understanding and facilitation of work relationships through the study of the interaction of individual needs, abilities, and traits with organizational goals, structure, and the long term creation and addition of value to the individual, the group, and the organization.


BU 5250     Managerial Economics – 3 credit units

This course focuses on the problem of business decisions, making extensive use of cases. Topics include basic supply-demand theory and marginal analysis, the structure of decision problems, the impact of the market setting (i.e., competitive, oligopolistic or monopolistic structures), and strategic interactions among firms using Game Theory. The emphasis is on the use of economic reasoning to solve actual business decision problems.

Prerequisite:  EC 4401


BU 5300     Managerial Finance – 3 credit units

This course introduces the theory of corporate finance and the application of this theory to realistic problems in corporate financial management.  The course integrates the various aspects of corporate finance including production, marketing, management, accounting and finance. This course also presents an overview of finance and legal perspectives as the student learns from the efficient capital markets hypothesis, capital structure, and dividends.

Prerequisites:  EC 4401, FN 4301 and AT 5100


BU 5500     Leadership Theories and Concepts – 3 credit units

This course examines leadership from a holistic practical point of view by looking at different ways to help the leader become more effective in different leadership situations. The concepts and theories covered in this course shed light into the complexity of the challenges that face leaders today. In order to become effective, leaders need the skills to build high-performing work teams and to assure that these teams are outcome focused and integrated into organizational goals.  This course explores leadership development, the use of power and influence, leadership values, behavior, and traits, situational characteristics, methods of team building, leadership skills, and organizational change.

Prerequisites: none


BU 5550     Integrated Decision Making – 3 credit units

This course is designed to provide a deeper understanding of strategic management principles, theories, and concepts.  During this course, students will examine the basic concepts in problem analysis and decision making in corporate strategy.  Students will learn how to develop mission statements, and assess both the external and internal environments to determine organizational strengths and weaknesses.  This course will include analyses of various methods for formulating and implementing strategy, as well as the numerous issues associated with technology and innovation, entrepreneurial ventures and small businesses, and not-for-profit organizations.  The MBA capstone course is broad in scope and integrative of all other required courses. The focus is on the strategic analysis, formulation, and implementation issues facing top management. The project will include topics such as competition, core competencies, gaining and sustaining a competitive advantage at the business, corporate, and international levels, and corporate governance, structure, and entrepreneurship.

Pre-requisite: BU 5010, BU 5020, BU 5050, MK 5200, BU 5600, AT 5100 and FN 5300


BU 5600     Entrepreneurship – 3 credit units

This course is a primer for aspiring small business owners. Students will explore step-by-step procedures necessary to set up and manage a small business. Topics include the development of the business plan, market entry strategies, organization and financing, and critical factors for small business owners and entrepreneurs.  The course provides students with the skills to build, work for, invest in, advise or consult to social ventures at any point in their career path.

Prerequisites: AT4101, FN 4301 and BU 4001


FN 5310      International Finance – 3 credit units

This course explores balance of payments, adjustment mechanisms, international monetary system and international interdependence. Topics also include determinants of exchange rate policy, the relationship between domestic monetary and exchange rate policies, and international policy coordination. The course presents arbitrage and arbitrage-like transactions, and how these bind together distinguishable financial instruments to play a key role in financial contracts. The finance methodologies of multinational corporations, foreign exchange, and bankers acceptances are included.

Prerequisite:  FN 5300


HC 5500 Management and Leadership in Healthcare Services - 3 credit units

This course is the pragmatic extension of the theoretical frameworks. Today, management in the increasingly competitive healthcare sector is more than just the analysis of organizational effectiveness. It involves establishing a basic framework of leadership competency. This shift in operating focus demands that today’s healthcare manager develop an enhanced understanding of, and ability to implement, organizational change through personal processes of leadership. This course is designed to help managers diagnose and develop their own skills in the critical managerial arenas of leadership of change, communications, conflict and its negotiation, productivity management, and the management of others. It provides a grounding of competency-based learning within a solid framework of carefully articulated management theory. Prerequisite:  none


HC 5051         Healthcare Ethics and Law- 3 credit units

This course will address ethical and legal issues of major importance to leaders in the health services sector such as health rationing, life supports, fraud and abuse, professional liability, issues of death and dying, and the legislative and regulatory process. Students will be challenged to interpret the ethical characteristics and legal issues of various healthcare situations, and be able either to address these problems directly or define the issues in a way which will enable effective utilization of legal counsel. 

Prerequisite:  none


HC 5551         Healthcare Policy and Managed Care - 3 credit units

Health is determined by many variables, influenced primarily by policies played out across a broad array of fronts. Federal, State and Local governments formulate, implement and constantly modify health policies through an intricately choreographed policymaking process. This course utilizes a comprehensive model of health policymaking to analyze these variables and creates a framework, which puts the process in perspective with 21st century healthcare initiatives. Throughout the course, students examine the history of health policymaking and the restrictions and limitations that influence the delivery of healthcare to a diverse U.S. population. Additionally, students analyze the managed care environment emerging from the 1980s and progressing through the 21st century, while comparing the effectiveness of U.S. delivery strategies with those of other countries.

Prerequisite:  none


HC 5552         Healthcare Strategic Management and Policy- 3 credit units

This capstone course is the final course requirement for all M.B.A. in Healthcare Management candidates. It provides a theoretical and an applied exposure to the conceptual and analytic skills required by general management. Students will learn an in-depth analysis of changes in the industry environments, issues concerning consumer demand and market dynamics, together with the internal alignment of the strategy and policy of the firm. Specific issues examined are setting organizational direction and creating the structure, culture, and resources required for success through measuring and controlling organizational performance. Emphasis is placed on the integration of prior course work in functional management and the application of that knowledge to organizational problems. Delivery will be accomplished through a combination of simulation and case studies.

Prerequisite:  none


MK 5200    Marketing Management – 3 credit units

This course provides a strategic framework for organizational marketing decisions. From this managerial perspective, the student will explore the marketing process, concepts and customer focused processes. The course will also analyze marketing tools and understand their importance to managers. These tools include market research, competitor analysis, and consumer analysis. This course offers a combination of marketing principles and marketing management within a study of the relationship between the marketing mix, the changing business environment, and the overall corporate strategy.

Prerequisite:  MK 4201


MK 5210    International Marketing – 3 credit units

This course will provide thorough coverage of international marketing, with a strong subject emphasis on the planning and strategic problems confronting companies that market across cultural boundaries.  The use of the Internet will be stressed throughout the entire course because of its importance to global marketers when penetrating and exploring new markets.  Finally, the course will discuss international marketing from a global perspective, with real-life examples to illustrate salient issues that will be continually discussed within and outside of the text.

Prerequisite:  MK 5200


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