Course Options & Descriptions – Professional Development

Choose from any of the following courses as general education or Professional Development options:

  • MBA 710: Accounting for Decision Making
  • MBA 720: Applied Economics for Business Leaders
  • MBA 730: Finance and Capital Management
  • MBA 731: Healthcare Finance
  • MBA 732: Management of Financial Institutions
  • MBA 740: Communication & Critical Thinking for Ethical Decision Making
  • MBA 741: Legal Environment of Business
  • MBA 742: Advanced Negotiation and Analysis
  • MBA 743: Health Law and Policy
  • MBA 750: Organizational Culture in a Changing Environment
  • MBA 751: Project Management
  • MBA 752: Human Resource Management
  • MBA 753: Healthcare Organization and Delivery
  • MBA 754: Healthcare Management
  • MBA 755: Study Abroad
  • MBA 760: Business Analytics
  • MBA 770: Digital and Contemporary Marketing Strategies
  • MBA 771: Healthcare Strategy and Marketing
  • MBA 772: Marketing Research
  • MBA 780: Global Supply Chain Management
  • TRUST 620: Investment Analysis
  • TRUST 633: Advanced Income Taxation
  • TRUST 740: Risk Management Applications

 

MBA 710: Accounting for Decision Making

A course dealing with the use of accounting data for purposes of managerial control and decision-making. Topics covered include budgeting, standard costing, profit planning, and emerging approaches for measuring productivity, quality, and financial performance. Includes lecture, problem sets, and case studies. (Credit Hours: 3, Prerequisites: None)

MBA 720: Applied Economics for Business Leaders

The course presents a balanced coverage of both micro- and macroeconomic concepts, theories, issues, problems, and policy alternatives pertinent to the United States in a global setting. Extensive case studies help to bridge the gap between theoretical rigor and practical “real-world” applications of political economy from managerial decision-making and policy makers’ perspectives. (Credit Hours: 3, Prerequisites: None)

MBA 730: Finance and Capital Management

A study of capital budgeting, financing, dividend, and working capital decisions. Topics include fundamentals of financial markets, valuation, shareholder-wealth maximization, financial statement analysis, cost of capital, asset pricing, hedging, entrepreneurial finance, and international financial issues. Case studies will supplement lectures, and a team project involving the development of a financial analysis of an actual venture/investment is required. (Credit Hours: 3, Prerequisites: None)

MBA 731: Healthcare Finance

An in-depth survey of the key managerial accounting principles and financial management tools with specific applications, using case methods, to the ever-changing healthcare industry and its major stakeholders including healthcare providers, insurers, policy makers, patients, and the general public. (Credit Hours: 3, Prerequisites: None)

MBA 732: Management of Financial Institutions

An examination of financial decision-making by commercial banks and other financial institutions operating in the financial-services sector. Topics include the roles of financial institutions; management of challenges associated with such factors as interest-rate fluctuations, market risk, credit risk, and liquidity risk: performance analysis; strategy development; asset-liability management; global aspects of managing a financial institution; hedging; and securitization. A team project involving the preparation of a strategic plan for financial institution is required. (Credit Hours: 3, Prerequisites: None)

MBA 740: Communication & Critical Thinking for Ethical Decision Making

This multidisciplinary course examines communication techniques and strategies, while allowing students to practice and develop effective communication skills — particularly writing skills and presentation skills. Additional emphasis will be placed on critical reflection, problem solving, case analysis and communication of the challenges of ethical decision making, particularly in the business and organizational context. (Credit Hours: 3, Prerequisites: None)

MBA 741: Legal Environment of Business

A study of the legal environment of the firm. Emphasis is placed upon the legal system, the process by which laws are formulated and changed, and the type and forms of legal constraints imposed on firms. Consideration is also given to major legislation, court cases, and federal agency regulations which effect decisions. (Credit Hours: 3, Prerequisites: None)

MBA 742: Advanced Negotiation and Analysis

This course examines intelligence-based deception detection, analysis, crisis management and negotiation. Students will have opportunities to apply the techniques that are taught throughout the course and will come away with skills that can be immediately put to use in business and in everyday life. Class topics include ethical considerations, detection of deception, critical interviewing, and persuasion methodologies developed and utilized within the US intelligence, financial, and corporate communities. Students will learn to identify influence and persuasion techniques and distinguish ethical methods of negotiation and intelligence analysis from those that are not. (Credit Hours: 3, Prerequisites: None)

MBA 743: Health Law and Policy

This course provides an advanced overview of a wide range of topics in the area of health policy, law and ethics. Students will become familiar with the evolution of health care policy as well as potential legal and ethical problems in various health care settings. They will also learn to differentiate between legal and ethical problems. Among the subject areas covered are licensing, professional liability, confidentiality, informed consent, professional relationships, access issues, antitrust, and bioethical issues, with particular emphasis on how these areas impact management practice. (Credit Hours: 3, Prerequisites: None)

MBA 750: Organizational Culture in a Changing Environment

Based on a solid foundation of contemporary and classic scholarship, the course addresses organizational behavior theories and concepts in the context of current and emerging workplace realities. The course addresses the challenges associated with understanding, predicting, and controlling the behavior of individuals and groups in organizations and the impact of their behavior on the organization’s bottom line. (Credit Hours: 3, Prerequisites: None)

MBA 751: Project Management

This course will explore the many dilemmas faced by managers overseeing special projects and will teach students how to break down a complex project into manageable segments, while also helping them develop skills to lead a diverse project team, and learn to effectively use tools to ensure that the project meets its deliverables and is completed within budget and on schedule. (Credit Hours: 3, Prerequisites: None)

MBA 752: Human Resource Management

This course addresses the human resource function as a key strategic function in successful organizations. The course recognizes the dynamic relationship between strategy, people, technology, and the processes that drive organizations. Key topic areas include: employment law, staffing, compensation, human resource development, and performance management. The course uses readings, lectures, class discussions, and application activities. The application activities will help students apply the concepts to their workplaces. The course prepares the student to participate in strategic business decisions on a global basis. (Credit Hours: 3, Prerequisites: None)

MBA 753: Healthcare Organization and Delivery

This course provides an advanced overview of the Health Services Industry. The course will examine key components, characteristics and organization of the health care system as well as trends and management challenges in the provision of care to a diverse population. (Credit Hours: 3, Prerequisites: None)

MBA 754: Healthcare Management

The course design will enable students to gain insight and knowledge in the various areas of healthcare management necessary to be able to succeed in the healthcare industry. The course explores factors such as the external environment, the organization’s culture, and processes and structure which affect the way a manager carries out his/her role. The course will also help students develop skills and knowledge in key processes such as planning, decision-making, human resource management and leading others. Finally, the course examines current and future challenges that managers face such as globalization, increasing speed of change, ethical behavior, and the changing economy. (Credit Hours: 3, Prerequisites: None)

MBA 755 – Study Abroad

An experiential learning course which provides students with an exposure to an understanding of the distinctive characteristics of global versus domestic operations in foreign settings under the supervision of an appropriate faculty member. Various functional areas of business are explored through various site visits and presentations in the selected foreign country or countries. Appropriate background readings and assignments are required, along with the preparation of a paper relating to the experience as determined by the instructor. (Credit Hours: 3, Prerequisites: None)

MBA 760: Business Analytics

This course examines systematic approaches and computer information systems available to assist in collecting, understanding, and utilizing the various amounts of data collected by organizations in order to assist with effective decision making. The focus of the course will be on the application and analysis of information and “big data” so crucial in business today. (Credit Hours: 3, Prerequisites: None)

MBA 770: Digital and Contemporary Marketing Strategies

A study of the changing role of marketing of goods and services through an analysis of organizational activities such as selection of the product mix, pricing, advertising and communications, marketing research, and channels of distribution. Environmental issues considered will include legal, social, ethical, cultural, ecological, and technical variables. A particular emphasis will be placed on digital and mobile marketing efforts. Case studies along with individual and group projects will supplement class lectures. (Credit Hours: 3, Prerequisites: None)

MBA 771: Healthcare Strategy and Marketing

This course familiarizes students with strategic planning and marketing as they apply to health care organizations. During the course, students will develop practical skills in strategic management, such as internal and external environmental assessment, competitor analysis, and methods for evaluating strategic alternatives that can be used in different types of healthcare settings. The class will explore the leadership roles of governing boards, health care managers and clinicians in strategic environments. (Credit Hours: 3, Prerequisites: None)

MBA 772: Marketing Research

This course studies the methods, techniques, and procedures of acquiring, evaluating, and interpreting information for making marketing management decisions. Individual and group projects will illustrate the practical use of the tools utilized in research methodology. While the course has no stated prerequisites, it is expected that a student enrolling in this class has basic knowledge of regression analysis and analysis of variance. (Credit Hours: 3, Prerequisites: None)

MBA 780: Global Supply Chain Management

This course focuses on management and improvement of supply chain processes and performance at a global and domestic level. Students will explore important metrics for making supply chain decisions and will learn about tools for effective and efficient supply chain management, production planning, inventory control, order fulfillment, and supply chain coordination. Students will also investigate topics such as global supply chain design, logistics, and outsourcing, several other recent supply chain innovations. (Credit Hours: 3, Prerequisites: None)

TRUST 620: Investment Analysis

A study of security analysis, with an emphasis on fundamental analysis of equities and bonds. Specific topics include market efficiency and anomalies, security valuation, asset pricing models, equity and bond fundamentals, and the use of futures and options markets. A team project involving the analysis of an actual common stock is required. (Credit Hours: 3, Prerequisites: None)

TRUST 633: Advanced Income Taxation

A study of the principles and rationale of the federal income tax laws and their impact on complex tax situations. There will be an emphasis on advanced strategies to minimize the impact of federal income taxes. (Credit Hours: 3, Prerequisites: None)

TRUST 740: Risk Management Applications

A comprehensive analysis of the risk management process and its impact on the individual, business, and the economy in the 21st century. Case studies on current trends in risk management will be presented in class. (Credit Hours: 3, Prerequisites: None)