Business Administration (MBA)

For information on class times, dates, instructors, and locations, please visit the Registrar's website. There you will be able to find information on the current or upcoming semester.

All courses are two credit-hours. 34 credits are required to complete the program.

Program Requirements

Common Core

This course provides an advanced overview of the production and management of workplace communication. Participants will analyze and produce documents typical of workplace communication (ranging from memos and reports to business plans and websites) and research presentations, documentation, and management of communication projects appropriate to their industry or business concerns.

Prerequisites: none

The course develops and integrates principles and ideas from economic and business and applies them to managerial decision making and policy formulation within a firm.

Prerequisites: none

Managers need a good understanding of law to be effective businesspersons as well as good citizens. Law is fundamental to maintaining social order, and social order is necessary for successful and efficient markets. Additionally, law facilitates the creation and operation of efficient markets by, for example, providing necessary assurance to market players (buyers, sellers, investors, employers, employees, etc.) that their reasonable commercial expectations will be realized. In keeping social order, facilitating markets, and other ways, law places a pervasive external constraint on business decisions and transactions. Thus law plays a central role in business. This course will address some of the legal principles that are most relevant to business. The course will also consider how ethics (the branch of philosophy that addresses what conduct is right and what is wrong) affects business.

Prerequisites: none

Provides an in-depth analysis of managerial accounting concepts and procedures, including product and service costing, cost-volume-profit analysis, planning and control systems, capital budgeting, and contemporary managerial systems and issues. Students will become familiar with contemporary computer applications.

Prerequisites: none

This course involves an application of the quantitive techniques used by organizations to evaluate the investment in capital assets, the factors affecting security valuations, and the overall financing or capital structure decision. These issues heavily emphasize the risk and return interaction in the investment decision.

Prerequisites: none

The course will cover a range of topics, including the strategic management of human resources, job analysis, hiring, performance appraisal, training and development, compensation, as well as labor relations.

Prerequisites: none

The MBA MIS course integrates contemporary technology concepts with an emphasis on the managerial aspects of information systems. A review of contemporary technology examines data management, analysis, modeling, and design, and data communications, and networking in the most recent generation of technology. Project and change management, and information systems policy and strategy emphasize the managerial aspects of information systems. Project and change management examines how systems and technologies are implemented. It includes consideration of project planning, scheduling, and budgeting, as well as consideration of the change management required to implement projects, MIS policy, and strategy examines the IS project portfolio from the view of the senior IS executive and from the view of the business executive. It shows students how policy and strategy considerations affect every aspects of IS and, conversely, how IT transforms organizations, and indeed, the very nature of business.

Prerequisites: none

This course will focus on an area of study that attempts to explain, predict, control, and increase understanding of human work behavior in organizations both in the U.S. and internationally. Using a variety of techniques, students will learn about the nature of people as well as how individual and group behavior is influenced by organizational factors. The intent is to use various theories and principles to help diagnose and solve organizational problems. The goal is to more effectively manage in today's environment so employees are engaging in ethical, creative, and productive behaviors on the job. Learning tools include some lecture/discussion active learning groups, original readings, exercises, projects, cases, library research and presentations.

Prerequisites: none

This course addresses the concepts, techniques, and technology necessary to manage and control operations in services and manufacturing. The emphasis is on operations strategy, project management, quality management, and supply chain management.

Prerequisites: none

The purpose of this course is to provide a comprehensive understanding of the policies, strategies and operations of companies doing business internationally.

Prerequisites: none

Provides a comprehensive framework for the application of marketing concepts to the development and implementation of marketing strategy. The course emphasizes the activities and processes needed to design a marketing plan.

Prerequisites: none

The Executive Seminar provides the opportunity for students to interact directly with visiting executives in order to gain insight into the challenges in leading a modern complex business organization. Personal communication skills, reflective learning, critical thinking assignments, and career planning exercises help shape executive development.

Prerequisites: none

Research/Methods Course(s)

This course provides an understanding of the role of statistics related to the gathering and creation of information used in business decision making. Data analysis concepts covered include hypotheses testing. ANOVA, multiple regression, and time series analysis. The statistical program SPSS will be utilized extensively throughout the course.

Prerequisites: none

Restricted Electives

This course addresses the importance of using data for business decision making purposes. Students will learn to identify specific business problems, evaluate potential solutions, and use data to provide a foundation for making sound business decisions. This will be accomplished through the use of systematic problem solving tools, the exploration of commonly used business analytics methodologies, and the learned use of specific software packages.

Prerequisites: none

This class is designed to enhance negotiating skill. Students will learn techniques for generating beneficial outcomes from bargaining situations with regard to contracts, purchasing, and dispute resolution. A number of different bargaining models will be introduced and students will engage in simulated negotiations.

Prerequisites: none

This course is designed to combine the why of leadership thinking with the how of leadership skill development. The class is both philosopical and practical, so you will have to both think and apply what you are learning. The course will provide students with opportunities to use theories to analyze leader behaviors, and with personal awareness and development. You will come out of the class with a Leadership Development Plan of your own to help you apply the class to your own development as a leader and manager.

Prerequisites: none

This course is designed to provide students with the theory and practical applications to diagnose organizational problems and to develop appropriate interventions and solutions to those problems. Students also use theory to guide practice in designing and implementing successful organizational change. These activities require students to use research and data analysis skills to gather data to learn about organizations.

Prerequisites: none

This course prepares advanced practice nurses with the knowledge and skills necessary to lead and mentor other nurses and health care workers to promote safe, quality health care in a variety of settings and within a variety of roles.

Prerequisites: none

This course focuses on the knowledge and skills related to information systems and patient care technology that prepare the DNP graduate to manage individual and aggregate level information and assess and improve the effectiveness of nursing care.

Prerequisites: none

Organizational and systems leadership skills are evaluated and tested. Focus of the course is on transformational leadership, leading in a culturally sensitive environment, change strategies, measurement of outcomes, data driven decision-making, and the business realities of leading health care systems.

Prerequisites: none

Capstone Course

This course examines policy problems of profit and non-profit organizations, including top management problem solving and decision making; planning; appraising the business environment; evaluating financial, human and physical resources; forecasting; developing and implementing objectives and strategies; evaluating alternatives; and monitoring results and social responsibility through case analysis and/or management simulation. This course also emphasizes the evaluation and development of capabilities and competencies in pursuit of competitive advantage.

Prerequisites: none

Degree Plan

The Degree Plan is a model for completing your degree in a timely manner. Your individual degree plan may change based on a number of variables including transfer courses and the semester/year you start your major. Carefully work with your academic advisors to devise your own unique plan.
* Please meet with your advisor on appropriate course selection to meet your educational and degree goals.

First Year

Fall - 8 Credits

This course provides an advanced overview of the production and management of workplace communication. Participants will analyze and produce documents typical of workplace communication (ranging from memos and reports to business plans and websites) and research presentations, documentation, and management of communication projects appropriate to their industry or business concerns.

Prerequisites: none

This course provides an understanding of the role of statistics related to the gathering and creation of information used in business decision making. Data analysis concepts covered include hypotheses testing. ANOVA, multiple regression, and time series analysis. The statistical program SPSS will be utilized extensively throughout the course.

Prerequisites: none

This course will focus on an area of study that attempts to explain, predict, control, and increase understanding of human work behavior in organizations both in the U.S. and internationally. Using a variety of techniques, students will learn about the nature of people as well as how individual and group behavior is influenced by organizational factors. The intent is to use various theories and principles to help diagnose and solve organizational problems. The goal is to more effectively manage in today's environment so employees are engaging in ethical, creative, and productive behaviors on the job. Learning tools include some lecture/discussion active learning groups, original readings, exercises, projects, cases, library research and presentations.

Prerequisites: none

Provides a comprehensive framework for the application of marketing concepts to the development and implementation of marketing strategy. The course emphasizes the activities and processes needed to design a marketing plan.

Prerequisites: none

Spring - 8 Credits

The course develops and integrates principles and ideas from economic and business and applies them to managerial decision making and policy formulation within a firm.

Prerequisites: none

Managers need a good understanding of law to be effective businesspersons as well as good citizens. Law is fundamental to maintaining social order, and social order is necessary for successful and efficient markets. Additionally, law facilitates the creation and operation of efficient markets by, for example, providing necessary assurance to market players (buyers, sellers, investors, employers, employees, etc.) that their reasonable commercial expectations will be realized. In keeping social order, facilitating markets, and other ways, law places a pervasive external constraint on business decisions and transactions. Thus law plays a central role in business. This course will address some of the legal principles that are most relevant to business. The course will also consider how ethics (the branch of philosophy that addresses what conduct is right and what is wrong) affects business.

Prerequisites: none

The course will cover a range of topics, including the strategic management of human resources, job analysis, hiring, performance appraisal, training and development, compensation, as well as labor relations.

Prerequisites: none

This course addresses the concepts, techniques, and technology necessary to manage and control operations in services and manufacturing. The emphasis is on operations strategy, project management, quality management, and supply chain management.

Prerequisites: none

Second Year

Fall - 8 Credits

The MBA MIS course integrates contemporary technology concepts with an emphasis on the managerial aspects of information systems. A review of contemporary technology examines data management, analysis, modeling, and design, and data communications, and networking in the most recent generation of technology. Project and change management, and information systems policy and strategy emphasize the managerial aspects of information systems. Project and change management examines how systems and technologies are implemented. It includes consideration of project planning, scheduling, and budgeting, as well as consideration of the change management required to implement projects, MIS policy, and strategy examines the IS project portfolio from the view of the senior IS executive and from the view of the business executive. It shows students how policy and strategy considerations affect every aspects of IS and, conversely, how IT transforms organizations, and indeed, the very nature of business.

Prerequisites: none

This class is designed to enhance negotiating skill. Students will learn techniques for generating beneficial outcomes from bargaining situations with regard to contracts, purchasing, and dispute resolution. A number of different bargaining models will be introduced and students will engage in simulated negotiations.

Prerequisites: none

This course is designed to combine the why of leadership thinking with the how of leadership skill development. The class is both philosopical and practical, so you will have to both think and apply what you are learning. The course will provide students with opportunities to use theories to analyze leader behaviors, and with personal awareness and development. You will come out of the class with a Leadership Development Plan of your own to help you apply the class to your own development as a leader and manager.

Prerequisites: none

The purpose of this course is to provide a comprehensive understanding of the policies, strategies and operations of companies doing business internationally.

Prerequisites: none

Spring - 10 Credits

Provides an in-depth analysis of managerial accounting concepts and procedures, including product and service costing, cost-volume-profit analysis, planning and control systems, capital budgeting, and contemporary managerial systems and issues. Students will become familiar with contemporary computer applications.

Prerequisites: none

This course involves an application of the quantitive techniques used by organizations to evaluate the investment in capital assets, the factors affecting security valuations, and the overall financing or capital structure decision. These issues heavily emphasize the risk and return interaction in the investment decision.

Prerequisites: none

This course is designed to provide students with the theory and practical applications to diagnose organizational problems and to develop appropriate interventions and solutions to those problems. Students also use theory to guide practice in designing and implementing successful organizational change. These activities require students to use research and data analysis skills to gather data to learn about organizations.

Prerequisites: none

The Executive Seminar provides the opportunity for students to interact directly with visiting executives in order to gain insight into the challenges in leading a modern complex business organization. Personal communication skills, reflective learning, critical thinking assignments, and career planning exercises help shape executive development.

Prerequisites: none

This course examines policy problems of profit and non-profit organizations, including top management problem solving and decision making; planning; appraising the business environment; evaluating financial, human and physical resources; forecasting; developing and implementing objectives and strategies; evaluating alternatives; and monitoring results and social responsibility through case analysis and/or management simulation. This course also emphasizes the evaluation and development of capabilities and competencies in pursuit of competitive advantage.

Prerequisites: none