Academics

Course Sequence

The major program consists of twelve core courses totaling 48 semester credits that are listed below. Students may customize their MBA by replacing core courses signified by an asterisk (*) with optional emphasis courses.

Core Requirements

Course Descriptions


BUAD 658 Accounting and Finance for Managers (4)
Focuses on the role of accounting and finance in managerial decision-making. This course explores how managers access capital, invest in resources, budget operations and report economic events.

BUAD 642 International Business and Marketing (4)
Examination of developments with international markets and the effects on the activities of business enterprises. Introduction to the four elements of the marketing mix (product, price, promotion, and place/distribution) in a global context with application to product and service within for-profit and not-for-profit enterprises.

BUAD 644 Business Statistics and Economics (4)
Introduction to statistics and economics essential for business decision-making. Focus on providing a solid background in statistical methods useful in data interpretation as well as micro and macro-economic foundations influencing business decision-making.

MGMT 667 Business, Ethics and Society (4)
Examination of the ethical, legal and social environment of business and its impact on managerial decision-making.

MGMT 631 Management and Organizational Behavior (4)
Study of organization theory, organizational behavior and basic human resources management. Topics include managing individual performance, team and intergroup dynamics, leaderships, human resources management, organizational design, decision-making and management of change.

BUAD 683 Information and Knowledge Management (4)
Survey of information systems principles emphasizing the strategic role of information systems in business and global and interactive aspects of information systems.

INTB 655 Global Environment For Business (4) *
Exploration of the theoretical and practical concepts of geopolitical and economic relations to evaluate the effects of globalization on business. Focus is on evaluating and formulating strategic responses to diverse political, economic and social factors regarding the risks they present for international trade and investment, resource allocation decisions, and organizational structures. This course can be substituted with INTB 670 – International Area Studies.

BUAD 660 Managerial Finance (4)
An overview of financial management tools used in analyzing and developing strategies for making business decisions. Topics include: time value of money, bond and stock valuation, risk and return, capital budgeting, capital structure and dividend policy, working capital management, options and their applications with corporate finance.

MGMT 651 Analytics for Managerial Decision-Making (4)
Provides students with an understanding of the role analytics play in the decision-making process. Topics include quantitative methods of managerial decision-making such as linear programming (LP), network models, transportation, assignment, transshipment, project management (PERT/CPM), inventory management, simulation, decision theory, forecasting and supply chain management.

MGMT 680W Marketing Management (4) *
Exploration of crucial aspects of marketing with emphasis on the customer and the marketing mix. Development of analytical and critical thinking skills through case study. Design and assessment of a basic marketing plan.

MGMT 674 Human Resources Management (4)
Study and critical analysis of theory and practice of the human resources/personnel function in modern, complex organizations. Topics such as personnel policies, workforce diversity, HR practices, employee discipline, health and safety, and collective bargaining. Addresses goals of equity, efficiency, and effectiveness in a diverse environment.

BUAD 696 Interdisciplinary Integrating Capstone (4) *
Interpreting knowledge and skills acquired from prior coursework to analyze and solve business problems from strategic functional perspectives. Students work individually and in teams in an experiential and adaptive learning environment of dynamic simulation to experience the complexity of business decision making. Team activities in simulative decision-making focus on teamwork and critical thinking in developing a strategic plan and collaborative execution of the plan and its operational tactics. This course may be substituted with INTB 695 – Global Business Consultancy Capstone or MGMT 695 – Management Consultancy Capstone.


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Thurber

He is named after Clarence Howe Thurber, University president from 1933-37.

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