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Master of Business Administration

The mission of the Master of Business Administration program is to provide graduate learners with the skills needed to be successful managers and leader in a competitive global business environment. The MBA Program includes specializations in Human Resources, Information Systems Technology, Organizational Leadership, and Supply Chain and Logistics Management. The curriculum balances the technical, data-driven, quantitative skills to make objectives decisions with interpersonal and communication skills necessary to work effectively with people at all levels from all cultures. Most importantly, these topic areas are integrated throughout the curriculum. The concepts and theories learned in the program are applied to the capstone that combines academic and professional development.

Additional Program Information

Individuals will learn how to practice and apply theories and skills for leading positive change in workplaces, schools, organizations, and communities, across the country and world. The program is designed to support socially engaged leaders and change agents to inquire into the complex and thorny challenges of their fields and to conduct research that can help improve that practice.  The program encourages students to integrate theory and practice in order to enrich their own practice and expand relevant theory. This is not about an ivory tower, but about taking your learning into your workplace and community to help make positive change, improve outcomes, and engage individuals in ways that benefit the common good.

THE KEY AREAS OF FOCUS:
Programmatic Courses

(This program is eligible for CPT for International Students)

Core Requirements

The course focuses on methods for the conduct of research and development projects. Specifically, students learn about the scientific method, as well as research and design requirements and objectives. Course work involves qualitative, quantitative, and case studies; performance metrics; design procedures and control; and sources of error and bias. In addition, evaluation tools and formal validation methods are discussed. Prerequisite: None.

This course gives the graduate learner the opportunity to study the most recent thinking on building competitive advantage through human resource development and knowledge management. An integrated portfolio of topic areas and the opportunity to present current, relevant strategies and resources in today’s organizations is focused upon throughout this course. This course analyzes both the formal and informal aspects of the management process. Topics include: human behavior in an organizational environment, human capital, group dynamics, communication, motivation and decision-making, and the impact of innovation and change on the organization. Prerequisite: None.

This course examines key dimensions of the global economy and global economics, including international business opportunities and risks, economics simulations, trade theory and policy, the balance of payments, foreign exchange markets, exchange rate systems and risks, and international payment systems. Additional topics such as foreign direct investments are discussed in addition to the changing role of multinational corporations and elements of international corporate strategies. Prerequisite: None.

This course discusses political, legal, economic, and ethical forces acting on business as well as the interaction of the market system and public policy process in the development of law and regulation. Prerequisite: None.

This course examines marketing variables and marketing strategy in developed and developing countries. The importance of differences among nations in language, culture and social forces, politics and laws, values, channels or distribution, and buyer behavior is examined. The course also emphasizes the importance of the marketing orientation in the present global competitive environment and the relationships between marketing and business development and strategy in an international setting. Prerequisite: None.

This course discusses theory and practice of business finance, emphasizing the impacts of long- and short-term uses and sources of funds on the firm’s value. Prerequisite: None.

This course provides the fundamentals of human resource management (HRM). Topics covered are organizational psychology, human interaction, individual effectiveness, and social issues. Other areas include human resource planning, strategic management, organizational structure, legal environment, and organizational staffing. Prerequisite: None.

This course examines marketing variables and marketing strategy in developed and developing countries. The importance of differences among nations in language, culture and social forces, politics and laws, values, channels or distribution, and buyer behavior is examined. The course also emphasizes the importance of the marketing orientation in the present global competitive environment and the relationships between marketing and business development and strategy in an international setting. Prerequisite: None.

This capstone course gives students the opportunity to pull together and build upon what has been learned in separate business fields and utilizes this knowledge in the analysis of complex business problems. This capstone course is de-signed to aid students in synthesizing and applying knowledge gained in earlier courses and applies these skills through actual business cases. The course should be taken in a student’s final quarter. Prerequisite: Approval of the advisor.

SPECIALIZATION REQUIREMENTS

(STUDENTS MAY SELECT A SPECIALIZATION FROM THE FOLLOWING. IF THE STUDENT DOES NOT CHOOSE FROM THE SPECIALIZATION, FOUR COURSES FROM FOUR DIFFERENT AREAS ARE REQUIRED.) FOUR COURSES REQUIRED

ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP SPECIALIZATION REQUIREMENTS

This course provides a foundational overview of leadership theory including the history of leadership, great man theories, transformational, transactional, situational, authentic and self-leadership.  Upon completion of this course, students will be able to identify the components of each of the theories of leadership in real-world situations and be able to determine the appropriate approach to leadership based on context.  Students will also identify their personal theory of leadership. Prerequisite: None.

This course helps future leaders work through organizational change by studying strategies for providing positive leadership. This course covers multiple perspectives on managing organizational change, including methodologies for diagnosing management competency, theoretical frameworks for understanding organizational competency, and strategies for changing organizational culture and personal behavior. Prerequisite: None.

With today’s fast-paced and hectic way of doing business, change in the workplace has become an everyday reality. Change happens rapidly and sometimes with very little notice. Major changes such as mergers, takeovers, and layoffs can leave employees feeling confused, fearful, or disheartened. This course is designed to help future managers work through organizational change by studying strategies for providing positive leadership. This course covers multiple perspectives on managing organizational change including methodologies for diagnosing managing competence, theoretical frameworks for understanding organizational competency, and strategies for changing organizational culture and personal behavior. Prerequisite: None.

This course is intended to provide an advanced understanding of how and when to apply judgment in a real-world setting and the role of ethics in decision making and how internal and external factors influence human judgment.  Ethical discussions will review philosophical, ethical tenets including Aristotle’s Nichomachean Ethics, Kant’s Categorical Imperatives, Pearce’s Pragmatism, and Machiavelli.  Students will review case studies to understand how leaders used judgment effectively and ineffectively, framing the outcomes and judgments through the lens of ethics.  Upon completion of this course, students will recognize and address internal and external factors that influence judgment, apply ethical discussions to real-world judgment calls, and develop a plan to apply these concepts to their lives. Prerequisite: None.

HUMAN RESOURCES SPECIALIZATION REQUIREMENTS

This course provides the fundamentals of human resource management (HRM). Topics covered are organizational psychology, human interaction, individual effectiveness, and social issues. Other areas include human resource planning, strategic management, organizational structure, legal environment, and organizational staffing. Prerequisite: None.

This course focuses on how organizations use compensation and benefits to achieve their operational & strategic goals. It explores compensation design, analysis, and evaluation. The design of pay systems, paying for performance, and the administration of pay systems are appraised and assessed. Prerequisite: None

This course focuses on the Management of employees, both individually and collectively. It demonstrates how individual relations & labor law remain a central feature of organizational life. This course examines the conceptual and practical aspects of employee relations at the macro and micro levels. Prerequisite: None.

This course provides a powerful combination of training, communicating, and motivating skills that will enable the students to successfully challenge your staff to reach higher levels of performance. It will focus on understanding the performance management process, legal basis for performance management practice, effectively conduct performance appraisals, understanding the relationship between performance management and staff development. Prerequisite: None

INFORMATION SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY SPECIALIZATION REQUIREMENTS

In this course, students explore the security challenges and threats in database systems. Students learn how to protect unauthorized disclosure and modification for legitimate users. Students examine state-of-the art security technologies. In addition to the security issues, the course addresses issues related to distributed databases and current technologies, such as service-oriented architecture, cloud computing, etc. Prerequisite: None.

A broad overview of decision-making and the systems designed to support the process is presented in this course. In addition, computer support for management; the technology of management; decision technology system types, artificial intelligence, and decision support systems; executive and geographic information systems; idea processing systems; system architectures; system integration considerations; system design and development methodologies; system performance measurement and evaluation; management of decision technology systems; and organizational and user issues are addressed. Prerequisite: None. 

This course provides an overview of the information security and assurance methodologies and procedures. Topics include information security planning, staffing functions, inspection and protection information assets, pre/post incident procedures, and managerial responses. Prerequisite: None.

This course explores the fundamentals of cloud computing concepts and capabilities. Through hands-on projects, students learn how to create maps, cloud services for managing and processing data, and techniques for evaluating cloud infrastructures. Prerequisite: None.

SUPPLY CHAIN & LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT SPECIALIZATION REQUIREMENTS

The course examines supply chain management including sourcing, manufacturing, distribution, technologies, and quantitative models used in managing the supply chain. It exposes students to the buyer-supplier relationship as well as topics related to design and management of supply chains, from incoming raw materials to final product delivery. Course topics include supply chain network design, facility planning, capacity planning, globalization and outsourcing, transportation and key logistical concepts, information technology, and global issues in supply chain management. Prerequisite: None.

This course examines manufacturing and administrative/service processes to include the traditional and classical methods of process analysis. Major focus of the course is on current methods such as work-group analysis and cross-functional analysis. Assessment; evaluation of processes; and techniques such as the rating method, performance evaluation, benchmarking, and the quality profile are described. Prerequisite: EBM655.

This course focuses on the design of the distribution system and the planning and control system used to manage the supply chain. It provides students with the concepts of purchasing and inventory management to include purchasing and inventory planning processes, supplier selection, contract negotiations, “green” policies, and procurement. This course explores the transportation and logistics concepts within supply chains. Topics covered include tools and techniques used in the design and operation of transportation and logistics systems and global issues in transportation and logistics management. Prerequisite: EBM655.

The course focuses on the effective organization of projects, tracking of costs and time expenditures, management of quality and risks, evaluation of human resources requirements, and the overcoming of potential obstacles. Prerequisite-site: None.

NO CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS

(FOUR (4) COURSES FROM ALL DIFFERENT AREAS REQUIRED)

This course provides a foundational overview of leadership theory including the history of leadership, great man theories, transformational, transactional, situational, authentic and self-leadership.  Upon completion of this course, students will be able to identify the components of each of the theories of leadership in real-world situations and be able to determine the appropriate approach to leadership based on context.  Students will also identify their personal theory of leadership. Prerequisite: None.

This course helps future leaders work through organizational change by studying strategies for providing positive leadership. This course covers multiple perspectives on managing organizational change, including methodologies for diagnosing management competency, theoretical frameworks for understanding organizational competency, and strategies for changing organizational culture and personal behavior. Prerequisite: None.

With today’s fast-paced and hectic way of doing business, change in the workplace has become an everyday reality. Change happens rapidly and sometimes with very little notice. Major changes such as mergers, takeovers, and layoffs can leave employees feeling confused, fearful, or disheartened. This course is designed to help future managers work through organizational change by studying strategies for providing positive leadership. This course covers multiple perspectives on managing organizational change including methodologies for diagnosing managing competence, theoretical frameworks for understanding organizational competency, and strategies for changing organizational culture and personal behavior. Prerequisite: None.

This course is intended to provide an advanced understanding of how and when to apply judgment in a real-world setting and the role of ethics in decision making and how internal and external factors influence human judgment.  Ethical discussions will review philosophical, ethical tenets including Aristotle’s Nichomachean Ethics, Kant’s Categorical Imperatives, Pearce’s Pragmatism, and Machiavelli.  Students will review case studies to understand how leaders used judgment effectively and ineffectively, framing the outcomes and judgments through the lens of ethics.  Upon completion of this course, students will recognize and address internal and external factors that influence judgment, apply ethical discussions to real-world judgment calls, and develop a plan to apply these concepts to their lives. Prerequisite: None.

This course provides the fundamentals of human resource management (HRM). Topics covered are organizational psychology, human interaction, individual effectiveness, and social issues. Other areas include human resource planning, strategic management, organizational structure, legal environment, and organizational staffing. Prerequisite: None.

This course focuses on how organizations use compensation and benefits to achieve their operational & strategic goals. It explores compensation design, analysis, and evaluation. The design of pay systems, paying for performance, and the administration of pay systems are appraised and assessed. Prerequisite: None

This course focuses on the Management of employees, both individually and collectively. It demonstrates how individual relations & labor law remain a central feature of organizational life. This course examines the conceptual and practical aspects of employee relations at the macro and micro levels. Prerequisite: None.

This course provides a powerful combination of training, communicating, and motivating skills that will enable the students to successfully challenge your staff to reach higher levels of performance. It will focus on understanding the performance management process, legal basis for performance management practice, effectively conduct performance appraisals, understanding the relationship between performance management and staff development. Prerequisite: None

In this course, students explore the security challenges and threats in database systems. Students learn how to protect unauthorized disclosure and modification for legitimate users. Students examine state-of-the art security technologies. In addition to the security issues, the course addresses issues related to distributed databases and current technologies, such as service-oriented architecture, cloud computing, etc. Prerequisite: None.

A broad overview of decision-making and the systems designed to support the process is presented in this course. In addition, computer support for management; the technology of management; decision technology system types, artificial intelligence, and decision support systems; executive and geographic information systems; idea processing systems; system architectures; system integration considerations; system design and development methodologies; system performance measurement and evaluation; management of decision technology systems; and organizational and user issues are addressed. Prerequisite: None. 

This course provides an overview of the information security and assurance methodologies and procedures. Topics include information security planning, staffing functions, inspection and protection information assets, pre/post incident procedures, and managerial responses. Prerequisite: None.

This course explores the fundamentals of cloud computing concepts and capabilities. Through hands-on projects, students learn how to create maps, cloud services for managing and processing data, and techniques for evaluating cloud infrastructures. Prerequisite: None.

The course examines supply chain management including sourcing, manufacturing, distribution, technologies, and quantitative models used in managing the supply chain. It exposes students to the buyer-supplier relationship as well as topics related to design and management of supply chains, from incoming raw materials to final product delivery. Course topics include supply chain network design, facility planning, capacity planning, globalization and outsourcing, transportation and key logistical concepts, information technology, and global issues in supply chain management. Prerequisite: None.

This course examines manufacturing and administrative/service processes to include the traditional and classical methods of process analysis. Major focus of the course is on current methods such as work-group analysis and cross-functional analysis. Assessment; evaluation of processes; and techniques such as the rating method, performance evaluation, benchmarking, and the quality profile are described. Prerequisite: EBM655.

This course focuses on the design of the distribution system and the planning and control system used to manage the supply chain. It provides students with the concepts of purchasing and inventory management to include purchasing and inventory planning processes, supplier selection, contract negotiations, “green” policies, and procurement. This course explores the transportation and logistics concepts within supply chains. Topics covered include tools and techniques used in the design and operation of transportation and logistics systems and global issues in transportation and logistics management. Prerequisite: EBM655.

The course focuses on the effective organization of projects, tracking of costs and time expenditures, management of quality and risks, evaluation of human resources requirements, and the overcoming of potential obstacles. Prerequisite-site: None.