Course Descriptions

Required courses:

MRKT 5000 Marketing (3 credits) 

Students examine the character and importance of the marketing process, its essential functions, and the institutions exercising these functions. Course content focuses on the major policies that underlie the activities of marketing institutions and the social, economic and political implications of such policies.

MNGT 5590 Organizational Behavior (3 credits) 

This course introduces students to many of the basic principles of human behavior that effective managers use when managing individuals and groups in organizations. These include theories relating to individual differences in abilities and attitudes, attribution, motivation, group dynamics, power and politics, leadership, conflict resolution, organizational culture and organizational structure and design.

FINC 5000 Finance (3 credits) 

The student examines the general nature of financial management, the American financial system, taxes, and the major financial decisions of corporations. Specific attention is given to present value and capital budgeting; risk and asset pricing; financial analysis and forecasting; financial decisions and market efficiency; and capital structure. Problem-solving methodology is used to illustrate the theories and tools in financial decision-making. Prerequisites: BUSN 5600 and BUSN 5760. (BUSN 5200 cannot be substituted for FINC 5000.)

FINC 5880 Advanced Corporate Finance (3 credits) 

This advanced study of corporate financial analysis and planning includes capital budgeting, cost of funds and capital structure and valuation. Selected topics that may be covered are leasing, mergers, takeovers, business failure, reorganization and liquidation. A combination of problem-solving and case study methodologies is used to illustrate theories and techniques helpful in financial analysis and planning. Prerequisite: FINC 5000.

BUSN 5760 Applied Business Statistics (3 credits) 

The student examines the application of statistical analysis, hypothesis testing and regression analysis in business decision making. The course should focus on the utilization of statistical methods as applied to business problems and operations.

BUSN 6070 Management Accounting (3 credits) 

The student examines advanced topics in management accounting as these relate to management information needs for planning, control and decision making. Topics include interpretation of standard cost variances; application of quantitative techniques; evaluation of divisional performance; activity-based costing; and the behavioral impact of accounting systems. Prerequisites: BUSN 5600 and BUSN 5760.

BUSN 6110 Operations and Project Management (3 credits) 

This is a course that focuses on the major managerial issues in manufacturing management and the tools that can be used to manage them. Special attention will be given to project management, including PERT, critical path scheduling and time-cost models in operations management and other business settings. 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. The analytical tools covered include queuing theory, statistical quality control, linear programming and learning curves. Where appropriate, the use of operations management techniques in service and distribution organizations will be demonstrated. Prerequisite: BUSN 5760.

BUSN 6120 Managerial Economics (3 credits) 

The student examines the application of microeconomic theory as applied to the managers’ responsibilities within the organization. This course should emphasize the quantitative and qualitative application of economic principles to business analysis. Prerequisites: BUSN 5620 and BUSN 5760.

BUSN 6140 Business Research Analysis (3 credits) 

The student examines the application of the tools and methods of research to management problems. The course focuses on the nature of research; the use of research in decision making; decision making; research concepts and methods for the collection, analysis and the interpretation of data from surveys, experiments and observational studies; and the evaluation, use and presentation of research findings.

BUSN 6200 Strategy and Competition (3 credits) 

The student examines the conceptual and practical aspects of business policies and policy decision making by utilizing all the concepts, theories and tools that were presented in the previous courses. The student should be able to analyze and recommend a comprehensive and workable approach to the situation. The course should cover current business issues and developments. Prerequisites: completion of all other required courses in the M.B.A.

BUSN 6000 Integrated Studies in Business (3 credits) 

This is the capstone course and students conduct research and write a thesis stating their findings. Students are encouraged to choose a topic that matches their individual area of interest. Typically students write and defend a research proposal. Subsequent to the defense, a guide is appointed who guides the student through the research. Students present the paper and defend their findings to a research committee for successful completion of the course.