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Course Descriptions

Foundation Courses

MBA 240: Corporate Governance & Ethics - 3 Credit Hours
This course presents an in-depth examination of the issues related to corporate governance in an ethical society. General theories of governance and ethics provide a foundation for students to refelct on their personal and professional responsibilities within an organizational setting.

MBA 245: Leading with Data - 3 Credit Hours
This course will focus on the role of data in today's fast-paced, competitive, data-rich, global business environment. Emphasis is on developing the habits of mind necessary for data-driven leadership. You will learn to seek data, to understand variation and the pitfalls of sampling, to question assumptions and to think critically about reports and data displays. You will be exposed to the terminology necessary to communicate with analysts. You will develop data-driven management skills such as formulating value-adding questions, directing the collection and selection of data, working with analysts, working with management dashboards, operationalizing the insights from data, and telling stories with data. 

Core Courses

MBA 242: Financial Reporting and Analysis - 3 Credit Hours
This course provides students with a conceptual foundation that demonstrates how financial statements reflect the strategic decisions made across business disciplines. Students develop the ability to interpret financial statements and understand the information they contain concerning sustainability of the organization's operations.  Pre-requisite:  MBA 240 and MBA 245 recommended.   

MBA 251: Creating Customer Value through Marketing - 3 Credit Hours
This course will examine how managers may build competitive advantages by creating value for customers. It reviews methods for determining customer value perceptions, introduces applications that may be used to predict changes in customer value and helps students use customer value data to orient strategic decisions for the firm. Ethical issues related to marketing practices will be addressed throughout the course. Pre-requisite:  MBA 240, MBA 242 and MBA 245 recommended. 

MBA 253: Corporate Finance - 3 Credit Hours
This course introduces students to the techniques used in the financial management of the firm to achieve the goal of enhancing firm value through firm value maximization. As students develop the ability to utilize the tools of financial management they will engage in an additional discussion of the relationship between firm value maximization and the long-run sustainability of both the firm and the community in which it operates.  Pre-requisite:  MBA 242 and MBA 245 required.  MBA 240 recommended. 

MBA 254: Leadership & Human Capital Development - 3 Credit Hours
Applied human resources management designed to improve leadership skills.  Pre-requisite:  MBA 240 recommended.  Graduate standing and consent of Assistant Dean, Graduate Programs, College of Business and Public Administration.

MBA 256: Information Technology and Business - 3 Credit Hours
A survey of the unique characteristics and applications of information technology (IT) and its impact on individuals, organizations, and society. Class discussion will focus on how information technologies function and how they may be successfully utilized by business firms and other organizations. Particular attention is given to the impact of IT on organizational strategy. 

MBA 257: Project Management - 3 Credit Hours
Using the Project Management Institute's Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) as a reference point, this course will guide the student through the project management life cycle as well as the management disciplines needed to make projects successful. Roles and responsibilities, best practices, guest speakers, and case studies, will all be leveraged to enhance the learning experience.   The course will culminate in a project connected to a community organization. 

MBA 260: Strategic Business Processes - 3 Credit Hours
This is a comprehensive course in business strategy that serves as a capstone course for the MBA program. It uses the organizational processes of external and internal environmental analysis for the formulation of business strategy.


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