MBA Masters of Business Administration

MBA   7610   Effective Managerial Communications

1 Credit Hour.   1 Lecture Hour.   0 Lab Hours.

In this course you will strengthen the key communication skills and abilities that are essential for career advancement. Integrating leadership, interpersonal intelligence, and communication theory and practice with skill development, this course will improve your ability to lead teams and team meetings, polish your business speaking and presentation skills, and strengthen your writing skills. In short, this highly interactive course will help you deliver communication with a natural confidence and become a more dynamic, persuasive communicator.

Prerequisite(s): Graduate Standing and Permission of MBA Director.

MBA   7611   Leadership: Motivating, Inspiring, and Team Building

1 Credit Hour.   1 Lecture Hour.   0 Lab Hours.

In this course, you will analyze environments where employees are inspired, encouraged, and valued. You will compare existing theories and models of leadership and motivation and using readings, cases, discussion, and guest speakers, you will learn to appreciate the importance of leadership, motivation, power, and influence in organizational life. In the team building part of the course, you will develop strategies that promote and value diversity in recruitment, team formation, and/or in developing plans and strategies. You will also evaluate strategies for bringing team members into discussions so that they can contribute their ideas, are involved in setting team objectives, and feel engaged on issues that affect them. Finally, you critique strategies to manage the teams’ strengths and weaknesses and resolve issues to achieve shared goals; promote trust, openness, and respect for others.

Prerequisite(s): Graduate Standing and Permission of MBA Director.

MBA   7620   Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

2 Credit Hours.   2 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

In this course you will explore the general theory and practice of negotiation and conflict resolution. The course is relevant to a broad spectrum of problems that are faced by business managers and other professionals in and beyond their professional roles. As a manager, you not only need analytical skills to discover optimal solutions to problems, but also good relational skills to get these solutions accepted and implemented. Accordingly, considerable emphasis is placed on realistic exercises and role-playing. These exercises, supplemented by discussions and lectures, serve as catalysts for the evaluation and discussion of different types of negotiation and conflict resolution situations.

Prerequisite(s): Graduate Standing and Permission of MBA Director.

MBA   7621   Leadership: Coaching, Driving Results, and Managing Change

2 Credit Hours.   2 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

In this course you will improve your leadership skills in three key areas: coaching and mentoring, driving performance, and managing change. In the coaching and mentoring part, you will analyze corporate cultures that encourage and reward members for providing and asking for constructive feedback. In the driving performance part of the course, you will demonstrate the link between the achievement of results and the impact on the organization. You will develop strategies to ensure goals are aligned to key organizational objectives and you will evaluate techniques for focusing teams on achieving results and strategies for dealing with poor performance or team member follow through. Finally, you will demonstrate how effective leadership skills can be used to manage organizational change.

Prerequisite(s): Graduate Standing and Permission of MBA Director.

MBA   7630   Managerial Business Analytics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

In this course you will master a well-developed analytical decision-making process commonly used in practice that begins with problem identification and that leads you through the steps of selection of an analytical procedure, alternative selection, and final deployment. You will be exposed to the importance of domain knowledge for a successful business analytics project. Finally, you will evaluate the differences between descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytics and determine where business analytics can have the greatest impact on firm performance. Analytical procedures used in the course may include, but are not limited to, regression analysis, forecasting techniques, optimization and decision theory. You will be exposed to multiple software packages that can be used to develop these models.

Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing and permission of MBA Director.

MBA   7631   Accounting: The Framework for Decision-Making

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

In this course you will learn the accounting knowledge and techniques needed to improve your organization’s performance. In the first part of the course, you will learn how accounting rules and choices significantly impact financial reporting and disclosures, and the importance of the audit and attest functions in substantiating such information. In the second part of the course, you will learn how to use accounting-based analytics and techniques to enhance your operating, tactical and strategic decision making. In the final part of the course, you will explore selected leading-edge advances in accounting and financial reporting to evaluate their impact on your organization’s future.

Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing and permission of MBA Director.

MBA   7632   Economic Analysis for Business Decisions

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

In this course you will learn how to use the concepts and methods of economics to diagnose and solve business problems and make evidence-based managerial decisions. You will also explore some of the latest economic developments and challenges worldwide. The behavioral and ethical aspects of economic decision-making are an integral part of the course.

Prerequisite(s): Graduate Standing and Permission of MBA Director.

MBA   7633   Marketing Decision Making

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

In this course, you will use customer information to make optimal marketing management decisions. Special attention is paid to the strategic decision-making process supported by internal and external analysis. Legal, ethical, and international aspects of marketing decisions are also considered.

Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing and permission of MBA Director.

MBA   7634   Financial Analysis

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

In this course you will learn the skills needed to evaluate financial risk and return, capital budgeting, financial asset valuation, capital structure, and working capital management decisions. Current topics in financial management will also be covered.

Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing and permission of MBA Director.

MBA   7635   Managing Information Technology

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

In this course you will evaluate the technological trends that may impact the competitive position of your business. You will make effective and ethical decisions in managing the use and acquisition of technology to add value to the business. Relevant readings and cases are used to apply the concepts and techniques presented in this course. This is a non-technical, business related course. No assumptions about technical or analytical skills other than MS Office are made.

Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing and permission of MBA Director.

MBA   7636   Managing Operations for Competitive Advantage

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

In this course, you will deepen your understanding of operations and supply chain management. You will evaluate decisions made to structure, utilize and improve operations and supply chains. Representative analytical tools and spreadsheet modeling skills will be utilized to illustrate their role in effective decision making. You will also explore the importance of strategic alignment of decisions across functions and supply chains.

Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing and permission of MBA Director.

MBA   7637   Strategy and Competitive Advantage

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

In this course you will evaluate the resources and capabilities needed to gain and sustain competitive advantage in both traditional and emerging markets. Using case studies, the course focuses on the analysis, formulation, and implementation of business strategies taking into account the environment (social, political, technological, economic, and global factors), industry and market structure, and organizational strengths and weaknesses.

Prerequisite(s): Graduate Standing and Permission of MBA Director.