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M.B.A. Cohort Course Descriptions

M.B.A. Cohort Program

Course Descriptions

Macro & Micro Economics

A basic theoretical foundation for students who lack adequate background in economics. An introduction to and review of basic economic principles.

Marketing

An intense study of modern marketing fundamentals in a diverse, global economy; study of the decision-making problems encountered by marketing managers, using lectures and case studies.

Probability & Statistics

Statistical methods and theories used in solving business problems. Topics include data analysis, discrete and continuous probability distributions, statistical inference and estimation, regression and correlation analysis, the analysis of variance, decision theory and non-parametric tests including Chi-square. Students will use computers to conduct statistical tests using the information presented.

Management Process

A study of the traditional functions of management: planning, organizing, directing, controlling and coordinating along with an analysis of human behavior in organizations and the exploration of new paradigms in business and management systems.

Financial Accounting

Accounting for Managers provides an overview of the accounting system, focusing on the premise that managers must learn to work with accounting and accountants. It provides an understanding of financial statements, accounting reports, accounting systems, and accounting information presented through case studies, so that accounting data may be effectively utilized by management.

Business Law

This course provides a framework for considering the respective roles of institutional and individual legal responsibility as it relates to major federal statutes that are commonly invoked in corporate prosecutions. Major emphasis will be placed on employment law, including labor and white-collar prosecutions.

Managing People at Work

Effective management of the aggregate human resource in the modern organization. Topics include analysis of human resource planning, recruitment and selection, training and development, compensation and benefits and other human resource functions, as well as understanding how to use these functions in managing change for organizational effectiveness.

Financial Management

An examination of the valuation, investment and financing of the firm and its business activities. Includes: valuation of investment under uncertainty and its implications on investment strategy; the cost of capital and capital structure and its implication on financing strategy; leasing; dividend policy; fundamental risk management concepts and implications; and (if time is available) mergers, acquisitions, divestiture, the market for corporate control and the hedging of corporate risk exposure.

Financial Strategy & Valuation

Examination of valuation, investment and financing of the firm and their implications for strategic decision making. Topics include: objective of the firm and agency theory; strategies for the investment decision; short term financial management strategies; theories of choice and decision making; state preference theory and its implications for planning and strategy; risk management and planning; efficient capital markets and value creation; capital structure; valuation models and dividend policy; merger and acquisition strategies; the leasing decision and business planning; international financial management strategies.

Managing The Global Marketplace

This course provides the student with an understanding of the effects of globalization on the economic environment and corporate operations. The course examines the multinational's operations and the many adaptations management must undertake to successfully interact with the various global business environments. Topics will be examined from both a domestic and international perspectives and will include the operational and strategic adjustments necessary for the multinational to navigate among the diverse and rapidly evolving cultural, political, economic, financial, operational, and ethical environments of global markets.

Accounting for Decision Making

Accounting analysis for the managerial functions of planning, controlling and evaluating the performance of the business firm.

Business & Society

Topics include forces shaping business institutions through emerging social, legal, ethical and political issues such as pollution control, workplace issues, equal opportunity, product safety and relations with external stakeholders. Also addressed, using lectures and cases, will be laws and regulations that govern and restrict business activities.

Strategic Management

This course examines management policies and strategies for the complex organization operating in a dynamic environment from the viewpoint of top level executives of the organization. It also develops analytic and systemic frameworks for the management of numerous elements involved in assuring the fulfillment of the goals of the total organization and integrates the student's general business knowledge with knowledge acquired in the M.B.A. curriculum. Emphasis on development of oral and written skills by examination and discussion of cases and by other appropriate instructional methods. Completion of a significant project is required as part of this course.

Business Simulation

This simulation lets participants build an entrepreneurial firm, experiment with strategies and compete against other student teams in a virtual business world. The game mimics the competitive, ever-changing real-world marketplace. The simulation helps students see how marketing, management, accounting, finance and manufacturing interact.