MBA Program

MBA Courses

Foundation-Level Courses

BU 922 Quantitative Methods I (3) – Linear algebra, calculus, spreadsheet use, and compound interest. Prerequisite: College Algebra.

BU 923 Quantitative Methods II (3) – Business statistics, data analysis, quality control statistics, computer statistics, computer-based. Prerequisite: BU 922 or equivalent.

AC 924 Accounting Concepts (3) – Accelerated and in-depth introduction to conceptual accounting foundations. Presents accounting as a dynamic information system for communicating and measuring use of financial data for planning and control purposes. Primary focus is to provide background for upper-level graduate courses. Prerequisite: College Algebra.

EC 925 Economic Environment (3) – The nature and scope of economics, the firm in a market economy, level of economic activity, international aspects, and policy alternatives.

BU 926 Survey of Finance (3) – The principles and concepts of corporate finance. The emphasis is on developing the ability to understand and analyze financial information as it relates to the timing, magnitude, and risk factor of cash flows. Topics include but are not limited to understanding financial statements, time value of money, capital structure, capital budgeting, dividend policy, and the risk versus return trade-off. Prerequisites: AC 924 or equivalent .

BU 927 Marketing Concepts (3) – The role and importance of marketing in our economy; principles, methods, and problems involved in the management of marketing operations and activities. Prerequisite: EC 925 or equivalent  or consent of instructor.

BU 928 Production and Operations Systems (3) – Management of the production/operations function in service, retailing and manufacturing. Discusses models for strategic, tactical, and operational decisions. Prerequisites: BU 923 or equivalent; BU 922 or equivalent  recommended or consent of instructor.

BU 929 Human Behavior in Organizations (3) – Aspects of individual and group behavior as they affect the business environment.

MBA Upper-Level Program

Admission Requirements: Students are expected to have fulfilled all or most of the foundation level requirements before taking upper-level courses.

EC 952 Managerial Economics (3) – Management problems from an economic point of view. Focuses on the application of economic theory to day-to-day managerial decision making. Prerequisite: EC 925 or equivalent, or consent of instructor.

AC 954 Management Accounting Analysis (3) – In-depth study of the uses of management accounting tools and their impact on the contemporary business organization. Includes evolution of cost and decision models and the management accounting function, as well as the application of fundamental methods. Emphasis is on case studies and research and the development of written and oral communication skills in a management accounting context. Prerequisites: AC924 or equivalent, or consent of instructor.

BU 955 Financial Strategies (3) – Analytical skills in corporate financial management are developed. Topics include security valuation, capital budgeting, capital structure, options, dividends, mergers, and financial ratio analysis. Prerequisites: BU 926 or equivalent, or consent of instructor.

BU 956 Computer-based Information Systems (3) – Computer-based systems for supporting management decisions. Prerequisites: BU 250 or equivalent or consent of instructor.

BU 957 Strategic Marketing Management (3) – An analytical approach to the marketing function of the firm. Development of competitive marketing strategy in a dynamic environment. Prerequisites: AC 924 or equivalent  and BU 927 or equivalent, or consent of instructor

BU 958 Managerial Skills and Professional Experiences (3) – This course will be composed of two components. The first, Manager Skills, students will acquire a set of skills to manage the group and individual dynamics in organizations. The second, Professional Experiences will consist of local and regional CEOs, CIOs, CFOs, and middle managers presenting seminars addressing managerial issues they encounter in their professional lives. The emphasis of these seminars will be the legal and ethical responsibilities of organizations  Prerequisites: BU 929 or equivalent, or consent of instructor

BU 959 Strategic Analysis (3) – Study of approaches for defining, analyzing, and resolving complex strategic problems facing the profit and not-for-profit organization. This course should be taken during the last two semesters of the program and after completion of most of the upper-level required courses. Prerequisite: BU 955 and completion of a majority of upper level MBA courses. 

Upper-Level Elective Courses

BU 971 Legal and Ethical Issues (3) – The influence of legal, ethical, political, social, and regulatory issues on organizations.  Prerequisite: Completion of foundation-level-level requirements or equivalent, or consent of instructor

BU 974 International Business (3) – The study of international business and the multinational corporation. The environment of international business is analyzed, including political and economic factors. Financial, marketing and human resource management in the international context is addressed. Prerequisite: Completion of foundation-level-level requirements or equivalent, or consent of instructor.

BU 977 International Financial Strategy (3) – Theory, methods, technique, financial instruments, and practices of international corporate finance. Emphasis is placed on currency risk management, international banking, international trade finance, and international investment. Prerequisite: BU922, BU923, and BU926

BU 979 Investments (3) – Introduction to the theory of investment portfolio evaluation. Topics include: Bonds, Preferred Stock, Common Stock, Puts, Calls, and Mutual Funds. Prerequisite: Completion of foundation-level requirements or equivalent, or consent of instructor.

BU 983 Venture Creation (3) – Covers the entrepreneurial process from conception to implementation of a venture, while concentrating on attributes of entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial teams, their search for and assessment of opportunities, and the gathering of resources to convert opportunities into businesses. Students will learn how to evaluate entrepreneurs and their plans for new businesses. While the heart of entrepreneurship is opportunity assessment, a holistic approach to venture creation is taken. Students will work in teams to a write a business plan for a new venture. Prerequisite: Completion of foundation-level requirements or equivalent, or consent of instructor.

BU 984 Mergers, Acquisitions, and Ethics (3) – A study of the theory and techniques pertaining to mergers, acquisitions, and related ethical decision making. Coursework will include analysis and application. Students will analyze successful and failed mergers and related ethical issues. Requirements include student identification of potential merger parties and proposition of a structure and strategy for merger completion and integration. Prerequisite: Completion of foundation-level requirements or equivalent, or consent of instructor.

BU985 Business Intelligence Systems (3) – Business intelligence systems combine operational data with analytical tools to present complex and competitive information to planners and decision-makers. The objective is to improve the timeliness and quality of inputs to the decision process. BI (Business Intelligence) is used to understand the capabilities available in the firm; the state of the art, trends, and future directions in the markets, the technologies, and the regulatory environment in which the firm competes; and the actions of competitors and the implications of these actions. Prerequisite: Completion of foundation-level requirements or equivalent and BU956, or consent of instructor.

BU 996 Research Project in Business (3) – Individual study of selected problems in the field of business or economics as conducted through extensive reading and research. Approval of the project proposal must be obtained before enrolling in the course. Approved project proposals are to be filed with the Director of Graduate Programs. Prerequisite: Enrollment by consent of instructor only.

AC 997 Research Project in Accounting or Tax (3) – Individual study of selected problems in the field of accounting or tax as conducted through extensive reading and research. Approval of the project proposal must be obtained before enrolling in the course. Approved project proposals are to be filed with the Director of Graduate Programs. Prerequisite: Enrollment by consent of instructor only.

BU 998 Special Topics in Business (3) – Special topics announced in advance. May be taken more than once.

AC 999 Special Topics in Accounting or Tax (3) – Special topics announced in advance. May be taken more than once.