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MBA Curriculum

MBA Courses that are Aligned with Your Interests

This online MBA is a 36-credit-hour program that can be completed entirely online in two years or less.

This program offers three different concentrations: finance, human resource management, marketing management, as well as a general blended concentration where you can select and combine courses from any of the previously mentioned concentrations. This allows you to align your advanced education with your professional goals and areas of interest. Core coursework totals 24 credit hours, and concentration coursework totals 12 credit hours.

Admission to this program requires students to have completed a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a 2.5 GPA or higher. Work experience is preferred. No entrance tests, GRE or GMAT scores are required. For more information about admissions requirements and prerequisites, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Core MBA Courses

 
BUS 4000

A systematic and experimental approach to the analysis of structural components of organizations as well as the behavior of people in them, from private to public and nonprofit organizations. This course will provide the student with a thorough understanding of management theories, contemporary management application issues and organizational models as they relate to organizational culture and structure.

 
BUS 4040

This course focuses on the legal, ethical and value dimensions of the business enterprise. Attention is given to such legal concerns as the court system, regulatory agencies and specific topics affecting decision-making in commerce. The concept of ethics is viewed from a business perspective while focusing on issues of modern-day legal relevance.

 
BUS 4100

Introduces methods to utilize financial information for internal line management use. This course extends the study of accounting in the preparation and evaluation of management reports to facilitate planning, control and decision-making. Selected areas of focus include job-order and process costing systems, cost behavior and cost-volume-profit analysis, budgeting, and activity-based and standard costing systems.

Prerequisites:

BUS 1224

 
BUS 4200

Focuses on how the enterprise uses systems and technology to manage strategic and operational decision-making for organizations in the private and public sectors. Topics include the role of management information systems in finance, research and development, marketing, production, sales and the customer support value chain. Knowledge management principles and practices for enabling the strategic alignment, and for promoting collaborative problem solving between virtual enterprise stakeholders, are emphasized.

Prerequisites:

BUS 4000

 
BUS 4208

Focuses on how the global enterprise manages the goods and services value transformation process in a manner that is aligned with corporate goals and business strategy. A value-based management approach emphasizes the relationships between activities for product/process design, sourcing, production, delivery and support using an integrated strategic planning and performance measurement framework.

Prerequisites:

BUS 4200

 
BUS 4400

Studies the application of marketing as an integrative process. Topics include analysis of markets, planning and product strategies, and developing a balance in marketing decisions that considers prices, channels of distribution, promotional concerns, competition and other factors.

 
BUS 4108

Considers the valuation of assets and general problems of asset acquisition, financing and evaluation of corporate financial performance. Provides application of theory to financial decisions involving cash flow management, capital structure planning, capital costs and risks involved in short-term and long-term financial decisions.

Prerequisites:

BUS 4100

 
BUS 4980

This course is used to integrate and apply the knowledge gained from previous courses with an emphasis on strategic planning, strategy formulation and implementation, analysis of industry and competitive firms, assessment of internal strengths and weaknesses, and the formulation of alternative strategies.

Prerequisites:

Completion of all major core coursework

Finance MBA Courses

 
BUS 4124

This course focuses on concepts of financial management in the public and private sectors and relates performance in public financial management to notions of public value. Both practical and theoretical dimensions of public sector budgeting, finances and reporting will be explored.

 
BUS 4132

Offers a theoretical approach to investment principles, financial market analysis and products. Topics include efficient market theory, risk and return analysis, various theories of risk with emphasis on modern portfolio theory, equities (stocks), fixed income (bonds) and derivative (futures and options) securities. Students participate in a simulated stock market investment game; online research and trading skills are emphasized.

 
BUS 4148

Considers the international monetary systems and the development of international financial transactions, including international payments, balance of payments, international liquidity, international portfolios, direct investments and international financial institutions.

Prerequisites:

BUS 4108

 
BUS 4158

Behavioral Finance introduces theories developed by research into cognitive biases, individual emotions and other psychological effects of decision-making. It explores the applications of these theories in finance, investment and management, and suggests approaches through which the models can be put to effective use. Traditional (or standard) finance builds its theories on the presumption that everyone is rational. However, it's clear that in reality, many are not. An accumulating body of research challenges this fundamental presumption, suggesting instead that decisions are motivated by a complex array of non-rational psychological factors. This course will explore decision-making in the real world.

Prerequisites:

BUS 4108

Marketing Management MBA Courses

 
BUS 4404

Explores the culture, psychology, motivation and decision-making processes of consumers.

Prerequisites:

BUS 4400

 
BUS 4408

Focuses on the management of the marketing research process. This course provides an in-depth understanding of the methods and procedures involved in marketing research and its role in the decision support system. Emphasis is placed on market research projects, student discussions and research team presentations.

Prerequisites:

BUS 4400

 
BUS 4420

Social network applications are being used today to integrate and coordinate marketing communications, including advertising, PR personal selling, direct marketing, market research and sales promotion. An exploration of this interplay will constitute the foundation of the class. We will explore the effect of social media on traditional marketing disciplines and how they work together.

Prerequisites:

BUS 4400

 
BUS 4432

Concentrates on the development and application of the knowledge and skills required to manage the marketing process effectively in various cultural environments. Among the topics covered are sources of competitive advantage in the international arena and international market structure analysis.

Prerequisites:

BUS 4400

Human Resources MBA Courses

 
BUS 4508

Offers an overview of the personnel function, emphasizing professional responsibilities for employment, compensation, employee and labor relations, benefits administration, legal compliance matters and human resources planning.

Prerequisites:

BUS 4000

 
BUS 4516

Considers the specific issues concerned with managing a diverse workforce and clientele. Ethnicity, class, religious beliefs, age, gender, sexual orientation and learning or physical disabilities will be considered.

Prerequisites:

BUS 4000

 
BUS 4524

The managerial perspective on labor law, union organizing, campaigns and negotiations is studied with a view to the development of labor policies. The case method and lecture/discussions are used.

Prerequisites:

BUS 4000

 
BUS 4532

Focuses on theoretical and practical analysis of principles and processes for the management of conflict in employment relationships. Provides a framework for understanding and developing skills and techniques for the identification, prevention and resolution of conflict in workplace relationships; explores the design of effective conflict management systems.

 
BUS 4540

Focuses on staffing needs and how to meet them, interview techniques, assessment of candidate potential and placement, assessment of training needs and means of developing effective training programs, and career planning and management.

Prerequisites:

BUS 4000