MBA Course Descriptions

ACCT 5310 Managerial Accounting (3 credit hours)
Prerequisite:  ACCT 2310 (Accounting I)
Includes the creation, use, and interpretation of internal accounting data and information. Emphasizes the managerial functions of cost control and reporting, budgeting, profit planning, and projections.

BUSN 5000 Organizational Behavior (3 credit hours)
This course is an in-depth study of management and organizational behavior theories, basic principles and processes from their historical foundations to today’s best practices. The general focus is on how managers influence their employees to accomplish organizational objectives. The specific focus is on management and organizational behavior issues involving organizational culture, structures and systems (e.g., bureaucracy), authority, communication, structure, ethics and social responsibility, motivation, leadership, decision-making, group dynamics, conflict resolution, stress, change, and problem-solving. Numerous case studies are used to test the students’ practical application of theory and best practices.

BUSN 5100  Issues In Professional Ethics (3 credit hours)
A detailed study of ethical issues encountered by professionals in the contemporary cultural setting.  Traditional Judeo-Christian values and teachings will be explored as they relate to practical applications in business and the professions.   Questions related to human experiences with areas such as truth telling, conflict resolution, relation to government, poverty, and ethnic, cultural, and racial differences are addressed in the context of Christian leadership and decision-making.

BUSN 5210 Business Statistics (3 credit hours)
A graduate level survey of major statistical techniques used in business and economics.  The course has three primary objectives; 1) to familiarize students with the basic techniques, methodologies, and theories ofstatistical analysis; 2) to awquaint students with the various applications of statistical analysis to business problems; and 3) to introduce students to the role that computers and specialized software play in statistical analysis.  Descriptive statistics, probability and random variables, sampling and statistical inference, regression analysis, chi-square analysis of variance will be investigated.  Students will learn through class lectures and a wide variety of problems which are worked in class and on homework assignments and on examinations.

BUSN 5220 Introduction to Accounting and Finance (3 credit hours)
Introduction to Accounting and Finance (3) Basic concepts of accounting and finance with emphasis on using financial data for decision making; measuring, reporting and analysis of financial information; discounted cash flow analysis, project analysis and introduction to the measurement of risk and return.  Designed for MBA students lacking background in accounting and finance, as evidenced by acceptable prior coursework in accounting and finance or relevant work experience in those areas.  Students may exempt this course by submitting evidence (to the Graduate Registrar) of satisfactorily completing prior coursework or requesting approval by the Dean of the Graduate School of Business of relevant work experience in accounting or finance.

BUSN 5310 Information Systems for Decision-Making (3 credit hours)
Prerequisite:  Basic Computer Skills
Provides a foundation for analysis, design, implementation, and management of information systems. Students will be able to understand and identify network communication systems, the need for good database management, computer security issues, and the effects of information management on society.

BUSN 5315  Entrepreneurship and Small Business (3 credit hours)
Explores the concepts and applications of sustainable business including creating, leading, and managing business enterprises. Examines approaches for leading entrepreneurial individuals and companies. Analyzes innovation issues including creating and realizing value, prioritizing opportunities, and managing the innovation process.

BUSN 5320 Quantitative Methods in Business (3 credit hours)
Prerequisite:  College-level basic statistics course strongly recommended.
Provides students with useful methods for describing and displaying statistical data to better communicate business information.  Students will learn descriptive statistics, measures of central tendency, probability, sampling, hypothesis testing, and linear regression to solve managerial and business problems.

BUSN 5340 Human Resource Management (3 credit hours)

Examines the concepts and techniques of manpower planning, job evaluation, incentive and performance standards, and the impact of labor organizations benefits.  Creates a problem-solving environment designed to integrate knowledge in various functional areas of business.

BUSN 5350 Research Methods in Business (3 credit hours)
Prerequisite:  BUSN 5320 Quantitative Methods in Business
Research Methods emphasizes the processes of determining, acquiring, analyzing, synthesizing, and disseminating relevant data, information, and insights.  This course, in conjunction with the capstone course, serves in lieu of a senior thesis.  As such, it entails a rigorous project to demonstrate the mastery of research skills.

BUSN 5360 Operations Management (3 credit hours)
Prerequisite:  BUSN 5320 Quantitative Methods in Business is strongly recommended, but not required.
Provides a basis for understanding the importance of managing and coordinating production decisions, how those decisions affect the supply chain of a firm, and the interrelations between operations and other functional areas within a firm.

BUSN 5380 Financial Management (3 credit hours)
Prerequisite:  ACCT 2310 (Accounting I)
Involves in-depth discussions of working capital management, capital budgeting, the cost of capital, debt, and equity financing; and financial statements. Analyzes the effects of multinational operations, multiple currencies, international tax laws, money and capital markets, and political risk environments.

BUSN 6300 Business Strategy (3 credit hours)
Prerequisite:  30 Hours in this program
This course serves as the capstone course in the MBA curriculum.  Students will learn to understand, analyze, and evaluate the competitive climate in which a firm operates, its internal capabilities and intents, and to apply analytic techniques to arrive a appropriate decisions upon which a strategy can be crafted.  Students will work with a real company for their capstone project.

ECON 5310 Economics for Managers (3 credit hours)
Provides a consistent framework of economic analysis to help decision makers adapt to government regulations and other external factors. Students will apply relevant economic theory to business problems and develops general principles that can be applied to the business decision-making process.

MRKT 5310 The Marketing Process (3 credit hours)

Focuses on the major controllable marketing variables of product, price, promotion, and distribution. Explains key marketing concepts, such as consumer decision-making processes, market segmentation, and development strategies and their significance in domestic and international activities.

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