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School of Business

Dr. Mark Kroll, Dean
EDBC 2.504D
882-5803
mark.kroll@utb.edu
 
      The College of Business at the University of Texas at Brownsville offers graduate studies in business, primarily to serve the needs of working professionals. In addition to on-campus programs, the School creates distance instruction and provides access to distance education programs of the University of Texas System.

      Our faculty pursues continuous improvement in teaching and learning, engages in scholarship in their respective disciplines and provides many hours of service to the University and their professions.
 
Graduate Programs
Master of Business Administration
Master of Business Administration Online
MBA-MPH Cooperative with UT School of Public Health
 
Business Administration
Hassanali Espahbodi Chair          
Accounting & MIS                      
EDBC 2.542D                 
956-882-5835                           
FAX: 956-882-5808                   

Russell Adams Chair
Management & Marketing
EDBC 2.542C
956-882-7654
956-882-5808

Gautam Hazarika, Chair
Finance & Economics
EDBC 2.542A
956-882-8953
FAX: 956-882-5808
 
Graduate Faculty
Russell Adams, Assistant Professor
Clara Downey, Lecturer
Gaurango Banerjee, Associate Professor
Tom Coyle, Assistant Professor
Kevin Cruthirds, Assistant Professor
Edith Galy, Associate Professor
Gautam Hazarika, Associate Professor
Jennie Johnson,  Assistant Professor
Mark Kroll, Professor
Charles Lackey, Associate Professor
Steven R. Lovett, Associate Professor
Mostafa Malki, Associate Professor
Pablo Rhi-Perez, Associate Professor
Mary Jane Sauceda, Asssociate Professor
Anil Singh, Assistant Professor
James Storbeck, Professor
 
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)
The graduate programs of the School of Business offer learning opportunities to enhance the development of competent, responsible professionals in business and not-for-profit administration.
 
On-Campus M.B.A. Degree Program
The on-campus M.B.A. Degree Program is designed primarily for working professionals who wish to pursue advanced studies in business to expand their business management knowledge and enhance their employment opportunities. An M.B.A. degree candidate is expected to be able to understand and apply a variety of organizational, managerial, and analytical skills. Additionally, candidates are expected to be knowledgeable in current business literature and trends. Depending on a student’s prior academic background, the program will take 30-51 semester credit hours to complete. On-campus M.B.A. classes typically meet in the evenings or on weekends to accommodate the needs of working professionals.
 
Admission Requirements
Evidence of academic achievement and potential for advanced study and research is required for graduate admission.  Specific criteria for Unconditional Admission for Master’s degree seeking students in Business Administration are:
     Undergraduate GPA of 3.0
     GMAT score of 400 or
o    GRE Verbal Score of 146 (400 if taken prior to August 2011)
o    GRE Quantitative Score of 140 (400 if taken prior to August 2011)
o    Analytical Score of 4.0
     GPA of 3.0 in the Foundation Courses
Applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0 but at least 2.5 and/or GRE scores lower than those specified will be considered for admission on a conditional basis.
 
Notification of decisions on graduate admission is made by the Office of Graduate Studies based on the admission criteria and recommendation of the academic department.  Information related to application procedures and deadlines is available at the Office of Graduate Studies.
 
International Students
International students wishing to pursue online degrees are not eligible for an F1 or F3 student visa.
 
Degree and Graduation Requirements
Students with Unconditional Admission status in the M.B.A. program should develop a formal Program of Study in consultation with the M.B.A. advisor during the first 12 hours of graduate work. The Program of Study should contain the following elements:
1. Specific information regarding where and how prerequisite competencies in computer literacy, college-level algebra, and statistics have been obtained. These competencies should be obtained prior to enrollment in the program. Students lacking a competency may be allowed to enroll in the M.B.A. with concurrent enrollment in coursework covering that competency area.
2. M.B.A. Foundation courses (21 semester hours) are designed to provide students with basic knowledge and tools in the major areas of business administration in preparation for advanced study. Students who have completed an undergraduate degree with a business administration major or minor may waive certain Foundation courses through successful completion of recent substantially similar coursework no more than seven (7) years prior to their admission to the M.B.A. program.
3. M.B.A. Core courses (30 semester hours) offer students advanced and integrated knowledge and tools for successful business analysis and implementation. Specific areas of study include business research methods, strategic utilization of information technology, production and operations management, advanced management and marketing and administrative policy, together with other required elective courses. All students must complete the Core courses. If a substantially similar graduate-level course has been successfully completed at an accredited institution recognized by the University of Texas System prior to enrollment in the M.B.A. program, the student may be allowed to substitute that course in place of a required business elective.
The M.B.A. Director will make initial determination on course waivers and substitutions. Course waivers will not be granted on the basis of experiential or life-experience learning.
Specific information concerning admission, course registration, tuition and fees, and courses for the M.B.A. OnLine Degree program can be obtained from the School of Business, the M.B.A. Program Director, or the University of Texas System Online Consortium (http://www.utcoursesonline.org).
 
M.B.A. Prerequisite Competencies
The following prerequisite competencies are required of students applying to the M.B.A. program:
 
Computer Literacy:
Equivalent to COSC 1305, or three (3) credit hours of BMIS courses

College Algebra:
Equivalent to MATH 1314 or MATH 1324
 
Statistics Equivalent to BUSI 2341 or BUSIU 2341
(BUSIU 2341 includes a required one hour computer lab)
 
Knowledge in these areas can be demonstrated by the specified UTB courses, equivalent
coursework at an accredited university, or CLEP exam.  In the case of computer literacy, the M.B.A.
Director may consider substantial work experience in making the determination of a course waiver.
The M.B.A. Program Director will make all waiver determination under the authority of the Dean of the School of Business and in accordance with the academic policies established by the Graduate Faculty of the School of Business.
 
Integrated BBA/MBA Degree
The Integrated BBA/MBA Program with a major/concentration in accounting qualifies students to sit for the CPA exam and at the same time earn a Master’s Degree.  The program requires students to complete the course requirements of both BBA and MBA degrees; a total of 150 hours (120 for BBA and 30 for MBA) to receive both degrees.  Once admitted to the integrated program, students may take up to six hours of MBA classes to facilitate timely completion of both BBA and MBA programs in five years.  Upon completing the 120 required hours and meeting all other graduation requirements for the BBA degree, students receive their Baccalaureate Degree.  During the fifth year, students should be able to complete the requirements for the MBA degree.
 
Students will be eligible for admission to the Integrated BBA/MBA if they meet the following requirements:
o    Student must have a declared BBA Major in Accounting
o    Student has completed 90 SCH of coursework, including at least 4 upper-level accounting courses
o    Minimum GPA of 3.33, overall and in their upper-level accounting classes
The GMAT/GRE requirement is waived for these students.  However, students must meet all other requirements of the Office of Graduate Studies in order to enroll in MBA courses or receive an MBA degree.  Applicants to this program must initiate the process by submitting a form indicating their intent to the MBA Director prior to applying for graduate study.
 
M.B.A. Foundation Courses
M.B.A. Foundation knowledge includes up to 21 hours of coursework.  Students who have completed an undergraduate degree with a business administration major or minor may waive certain foundation courses through successful completion of substantially similar coursework, with a grade of “B” or better, prior to their admission to the M.B.A. Program.
 
Course             Title                                                                             Credit Hours
ACCT    6301     Accounting for Managers                                   3       
BLAW   6301     Legal Environment of Business                            3
BMIS     6301    Quantitative Analysis for Business Decisions         3
ECON    6301     Business Economics                                          3
FINA     6301     Financial Management                                       3
MANA   6301     Management                                                     3
MARK    6301    Marketing                                                          3

Questions of applicability of coursework and waivers from other institutions will be evaluated by the M.B.A. Program Director under the direction of the Dean of the School of Business.

M.B.A. Core Courses
M.B.A. core courses (30 semester hours) offer students advanced and integrated knowledge and tools for successful business analysis and implementation.  Specific areas of study include business research methods, strategic utilization of information technology, and administrative policy, along with other required and elective courses.  All students must complete the Core courses.
Course waivers are not usually granted for Core courses.   However, if a substantially similar course has been successfully completed (e.g., with a grade of “A” or “B”) from an accredited institution recognized by the University of Texas at Brownsville within seven years of the planned graduation date, a course substitution or transfer credit may be considered.
Questions of applicability of coursework and course substitutions or transfer credits will be evaluated by the M.B.A Program Director under the direction of the Dean of the College of Business.
 
Course                        Title                                                                  Credit Hours
ACCT    6315     Accounting & Financial Analysis                           3
BUSI     6310     Business Research                                              3
FINA    6320    Advanced Corporate Finance                                                          3
MANA   6320     Management and Behavior in Global Organization   3
BMIS    6350     Information Technology for Managers                    3
MANA   6360     Production & Operations   Management                 3
MARK   6330     Marketing Management                                        3
BUSI     6390     Strategic Management                                         3
(Capstone Course - taken after substantially all other required courses have been completed)
Elective M.B.A. Elective                                                                3
Elective M.B.A. Elective                                                                3
Total Core Hours Required                                                           30 hours
 
M.B.A. Elective Courses
Two M.B.A. business elective courses are required for completion of this MBA Program.  They cover a variety of topics and give students an opportunity to gain more in-depth knowledge of certain business topics.
Course Title     Credit Hours
ACCT    5323     Contemporary Accounting Theory
ACCT    5329     Corporate and Partnership Tax
ACCT    5331     Estate and Gift Taxation
ACCT    5351     Fraud Examination
ACCT    6321     Strategic Cost Management
ACCT    6323     Accounting Seminar (specific topics
                        may change)
ACCT    6330     Seminar in Auditing
BMIS     5310     Project Management
ECON 6321 Environmental Economics 3
ECON    6351     Economics Seminar (specific topics may change)
FINA     6341     Finance Seminar (specific topics may change)
BUSI     6325     Entrepreneurship and Innovation
BUSI     6380     International Business
MANA   6331     Strategic Human Resource Management
MANA   6332     Management Seminar (specific topics may change)
MANA   6380     Business Ethics
MARK    6371     Marketing Seminar
MARK    6372     Marketing Strategy
MANA 6365    Supply Chain Management Strategy
 
Master in Business Administration (online)
48-Hour Non-thesis Program
The M.B.A. online degree program is offered in cooperation with other schools of the University of Texas System. Students in the M.B.A. Online Program complete all coursework via the Internet. Course discussion or forums and student work is delivered entirely by electronic means. Taught by leading faculty at the participating institutions, this innovative program is designed to meet the needs of students whose work, geographic location, or other commitments prevent them from participating fully in conventional on-campus courses.
 
Curriculum for the M.B.A. Online Degree Program consists of 16 courses, for a total of 48 credit hours. Eighteen credit hours are taken in six core courses, which provide the student with the foundation of general business knowledge. Thirty credit hours are taken in ten courses of a general management M.B.A. curriculum. This “Program of Study” is not the same as the On-Campus M.B.A. Program. Students should consult the M.B.A. Program Director or the University of Texas System Online Consortium (http://www.utcoursesonline.org) for further information.
 
Admission Requirements
Evidence of academic achievement and potential for advanced study and research is required for graduate admission. Specific criteria for Unconditional Admission for master’s degree seeking students in business administration are:
o    Undergraduate GPA of 3.0
o    GMAT score of 400 or
o    GRE Verbal Score of 146 (400 if taken prior to August 2011)
o    GRE Quantitative Score of 140 (400 if taken prior to August 2011)
o    Analytical Score of 4.0
o    GPA of 3.0 in the Foundation courses
Applicants with an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.5 and/or GRE scores lower than those specified a will be considered for admission on a conditional basis.
Notification of decisions on graduate admission is made by the office of Graduate Studies based on the admission criteria and recommendation of the academic department. Information related to application procedures and deadlines is available at the Office of Graduate Studies. Visit our website at www. utb.edu/graduatestudies.
 
International Students
International students wishing to pursue online degrees are not eligible for an F1 or F3 student visa.
 
Required Courses: 48 hours
AIM                  6305     Accounting for Managers
MECO    6303     Business Economics
MGMT   6330     Management and Organizational Behavior
MS        6973     Quantitative Analysis
MRKT    6310     Marketing Management-Core
FINA     5311     Financial Management-Core
MARK    6371     Research Methods
CIS       6973     Information Systems for Managers
BLAW   6301     Legal Environment in Business
MANA   6360     Production and Operations Management
FINA     6328     Contemporary Topics in Financial Management
ACCT    6973     Accounting for Decision Making
MANA   6331     *Human Resource Administration and Industrial Relations
MANA   6372     *Leadership and Change
MGMT   6334     *International Management
MANA   5336     **Strategic Management
*Students must earn 18 semester credit hours in the M.B.A. online program before taking these courses.
**Students must earn 36 semester credit hours in the M.B.A. online program before taking this course.
Participating Universities:   UT Brownsville, and UT Permian Basin.
 
 
M.B.A./M.P.H. Dual Degree
The Master of Public Health (MPH) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) Dual Degree Program is a collaborative effort between The University of Texas School of Public Health and The University of Texas at Brownsville. The MPH-MBA Graduate Degree Program is designed to prepare students from many different academic backgrounds, experiences, and interests for careers in the fields of public health, health services, research, policy development, economics, business, management, and operations.   This program will give graduates the advanced knowledge and skills needed to assume upper level management and leadership positions in a broad range of health and business related industries and career tracks.  The curriculum is specifically designed to provide students a breadth and depth of academic knowledge and perspective, supported through classroom and practice-based experiences.

Admission Requirements
Evidence of academic achievement and potential for advanced study and research
is required for graduate admission. Specific criteria for admission to the Masters of Public Health are:
o    Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above
o    GRE Verbal score of 146 (400 if taken prior to August 2011)
o    GRE Quantitative score of 140 (400 if taken prior to August 2011)
o    Analytical score of 4.0
o    Two letters of recommendation
o    500 word Statement of goals identifying your interest in the dual degree program.
 
Notification of decisions on graduate admission for the M.P.H. is made by the UT School of Public Health and notification of decisions on graduate admission for the M.B.A. is made by the Graduate Studies Office based on the admission criteria and recommendation of the academic department. Information related to application procedures and deadlines is available at http://registrar.uth.tmc.edu/Admissions/sph_instructions.html.
 
The admission application for the M.P.H. program is found at www.portal.sophas.org. The admission application for the M.B.A. program is found at www.utb.edu/graduatestudies.
 
M.B.A.-M.P.H. Concurrent Program
Students enrolled in the concurrent MPH/MBA program will complete a total of 66 to 72 total semester credit hours depending on their admission status into the MBA program.  Students with appropriate undergraduate business courses will have a 66 credit hour program which allows for the sharing of 9 total credits between both programs.  Student who lack required undergraduate business courses, will have up to a 72 credit hour program with the option of sharing up to 24 total credit hours.
 
The curriculum for the Dual MBA/MPH Concurrent Program:
Master of Public Health (alone): 45 semester credit hours
   16 credit hours of core curriculum
   3 credit hours of practicum/internship experiences
   3 credit hours of culminating experience/thesis
   23 credit hours of elective courses (can be M.B.A. courses)
 
Master of Business Administration (alone): 30 – 51 semester credit hours
 Up to 21 credit hours of foundation courses
            24 credit hours of core curriculum
              6 credit hours of approved electives
 
M.P.H.-M.B.A. Degree Program (combined): 66 – 72 semester credit hours
Shared credit options depending on admissions status
I. With a degree in Business or related coursework, the following courses will be shared:
           UTB M.B.A. Courses       SPH/MPH Courses/Req.                                          
           BUSI 6390 - Capstone   MPH Elective (3 sch)            
           MBA Elective                PH 9998 – Culminating Experience
           MBA Elective                PH 9997 – Public Health Practicum
 
II. Without a degree in Business or related coursework
 
UTB/MBA Foundation                SPH/MPH Substitution
ACCT 6301                              no substitution
BLAW 6301                              Will satisfy 3 credits of MPH Program Elective
BMIS 6301                               PH 3915 – Methods for Economic Evaluation of Health Programs
ECON 6301                               PH 3910 – Introduction         to Health Economics
FINA 6301                                PH 3925 – Health Care Finance
MANA 6301                               PH 3725 – Health and Safety Program Management
MARK 6301                                no substitution
 
M.B.A core courses (30 semester hours) offer students advanced and integrated knowledge and tools for successful business analysis and implementation.
Specific areas of study include business research methods, strategic utilization of information technology, and administrative policy, along with other required and Elective courses. All students must complete the core courses.
Course waivers are not usually granted for core courses. However, if a substantially similar course has been successfully completed (e.g., with a grade of A or B) from an accredited institution recognized by UTB within seven years of the planned graduation date, a course substitution or transfer credit may be considered.
Questions of applicability of coursework and course substitutions or transfer credits will be evaluated by the M.B.A program director under the direction of the Dean of the College of Business.
 
Course             Title                                     Credit Hours
ACCT   6315   Accounting & Financial Analysis                  3
BUSI     6310    Business Research                                   3
FINA     6320    Topics in Financial Management                3
MANA  6320   Advanced Management                               3
BMIS     6350    Information Technology for
                        Managers                                              3
MANA  6360   Production & Operations
                        Management                                          3
MARK   6330    Marketing Management                             3
BUSI   6390     Administrative Policy and Strategy              3
(Capstone Course – taken after all other required courses have been completed)
Elective M.B.A. Elective                                                    3
Elective M.B.A. Elective                                                    
 Total Core Hours Required                                              30
 
 
The following is a sample program of study in which a student is not required to complete foundation courses:
Course             Title                                                     Credit Hours
BUSI 6310         Business Research *                                         3
FINA 6320         Topics in Financial Management                         3
MANA 6320       Advance Management                                       3
ACCT 6315        Accounting and Financial Analysis                       3
MANA 6360       Production and Operations Management              3
BMIS 6350         Information Technology for Managers                 3
BUSI 6390         Administrative Policy and Strategy                       3
PH 2610            Introduction to Epidemiology                               3
PH 3610            Administration and Public Health                          3
PH 1111            Health Promotion Theory and Methods                  3
PH 1610            Introduction to Biostatistics (Online)                      3
PH 9997            Internship*                                                         3
PH 2110            Overview of Environmental Health                         3
PH                    Electives (18 hours)
PH 9998            Thesis*                                                               3
*Shared Credit Course
 
The following is a sample program of study in which a student is required to complete the M.B.A. foundation courses:
Course             Title                                                     Credit Hours
PH 1111            Health Promotion Theory and Methods I              3
PH 2610            Introduction to Epidemiology                              3
PH 3710            Administration and Public Health                         3
PH 3925            Health Care Finance*                                        3
PH 2120            Man’s Impact on the Environment (Online)           3
PH 1610            Introduction to Biostatistics (Online)                     3
PH 3910            Introduction to Health Economics*                       3
PH 3915            Methods for Econ Eval of Hlth Pgrms*                  3
PH 9997            Internship*                                                        3
PH 3725            Health and Safety Program Management*            3
PH                    Electives (9 hours)        
PH 9998            Thesis*                                                             3
MARK 6301        Marketing                                                          3
ACCT 6301        Accounting                                                         3
BUSI 6310         Business Research*                                            3
MANA 6320       Advanced Management                                       3
FINA 6320         Topics in Financial Management                          3
MARK 6330        Marketing Management                                      3
ACCT 6315        Accounting and Financial Analysis                        3
MANA 6330       Production and Operations Management               3
BMIS 6350         Information Technology for Managers                  3
BUSI 6390         Administrative Policy and Strategy*                      3
*Shared Credit Course
 
Graduate Course Descriptions
Accounting
ACCT    5323     Contemporary Accounting Theory
Contemporary advanced accounting and auditing theory, including controversial issues, with emphasis on income determination and asset valuation; special attention will be given to researching standard setting pronouncements from FASB, GASB, and other standard-setting bodies. There will also be a major research paper on an approved topic required as part of this course.  Prerequisite: ACCT 3322 (Intermediate II) with a grade of “C” or better. Lec 3, Cr 3
 
ACCT    5329     Corporate and Partnership Tax
This course addresses federal taxation of C corporations, S corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies. Consideration is given to formation, income, expenses, dividends, alternative minimum tax, mergers, partial liquidation & complete liquidation, allocation of income and basis. Prerequisite ACCT 3323 ( Federal Income Tax ) with a grade of  “C” or better. Lec 3, Cr 3
 
ACCT    5331     Estate and Gift Taxation
This course examines the computation of estate taxes, credits against tax, the gross estate valuation of the estate, deductions from the estate, generation skipping tax, use of trusts, insurance, and partnerships to minimize estate tax, computation of decedent’s final income tax, the gift tax, present and future interest, charitable and giving to minimize estate tax. Prerequisite: ACCT 3323 (Income Tax Procedure) with a grade of “B” or better. Lec 3, Cr 3
 
ACCT    5351     Fraud Examination
An examination of various aspects of fraud prevention and detection including: elements of fraud, types of fraud involving accounting information, costs of fraud, use of controls to prevent fraud, and fraud examination and detection methods. Emphasis on case analysis and expert witness presentations. Prerequisite: ACCT 4324.
 
ACCT    6301     Accounting for Managers
An intensive examination of financial and managerial accounting theory and procedures and their application in the generation of data for integrated financial and managerial accounting information systems. Includes an overview of the accounting cycle, analysis of financial statements, income determination and inventory valuation, cost allocation, and interpretations of financial information for managerial decision making. Lec 3, Cr 3
 
ACCT    6315     Accounting & Financial Analysis
This is an in-depth study of topics including analysis of financial statements, strategic investment and financing decisions, working capital management, financial instruments and multinational financial management. Prerequisite: FINA 6301, ACCT 6301, BLAW 6301, BMIS 6301, ECON 6301, MANA 6301, and MARK 6301. Lec 3, Cr 3
 
ACCT    6321     Strategic Cost Management
This course will focus on planning aspects of the corporate finance function and developing critical thinking skills. Specific topics include allocations, financial modeling and decision-making, budgeting, customer profitability analysis, and performance measurement. Prerequisite: Completion of ACCT 2402 with a grade of “B or better, or ACCT 6301 with a grade of “B” or better, or consent of instructor. Lec 3, Cr 3
 
ACCT    6323     Accounting Seminar
A study of current and special topics concerning accounting. Emphasis on literature from professional public accounting societies and governmental agencies. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.  Prerequisite: ACCT 6301 or consent of instructor. Lec 3, Cr 3

ACCT    6330     Seminar in Auditing
Examination of auditing philosophy and contemporary issues. Study of auditing research including the behavioral aspects of auditing. Prerequisite: ACCT 4324, ACCT 6301, or consent of instructor. Lec 3, Cr 3
 
Business Law
BLAW   6301     Legal Environment of Business
This course is an intensive study of the legal environment of business. The course begins with an overview of the court system, constitutional law and torts. It progresses into areas of law directly applicable to the business environment. Business topics will include contracts, sales, agency, partnerships, corporations, property, bankruptcy, and international law. Lec 3, Cr 3
 
Business Management Information Systems
BMIS     5310     Project Management
The concept of project management and its applicability to all types of business firms will be explored.  Students will be exposed to the theoretical concepts of project management and their practical application, mathematical concepts necessary for planning and tracking projects and Microsoft Project, the leading project planning software.  Prerequisites:  ACCT 6301, BLAW 6301, ECON 6301, FINA 6301, MANA 6301, and MARK 6301or approval from professor.  Lec 3, Cr 3
 
BMIS     6301     Quantitative Analysis for Business  Decisions
This course will review statistical techniques and multivariate statistics. It will also be an introduction to managerial decision analysis using quantitative tools. Topics to include a general framework for decision analysis, decision tables and trees, simulation, linear programming, classical optimization, forecasting and other probabilistic and statistical techniques. Prerequisite: BUSI 2341 (Statistics) or equivalent with a grade of “C” or better.
 
BMIS     6350     Information Technology for Managers
Alternative approaches to managing the resources (computers, network, data, people) that organizations utilize in applying information technology.  The role of the use/manager in identifying opportunities, obtaining computer applications and creatively using information technology to improve personal and organizational performance. Prerequisite: 9 hours of M. B. A. Foundations requirements. Lec 3, Cr 3

Business
BUSI     6310     Business Research
Business research techniques & methodologies. Topics include identifying valid research activities, review of literature, data sources & collection, research design & methodology, computer statistical analysis, and written/oral communication of the research paper. ACCT 6301; BLAW 301, Legal Environment of Business; BMIS 6301, Quantitative Analysis for Business Decisions; ECON 6301, Business Economics; FINA 6301, Financial Management, MANA 6301, Management Theory, and MARK 6301 Lec 3, Cr 3
 
BUSI      6325   Entrepreneurship & Innovation
A strategic approach to design and to implement entrepreneurial actions to discover profitable opportunities and to create valuable innovative offering to exploit them in order to establish a competitive advantage for a new or for an existing firm. Prerequisites: ACCT 6301; BLAW 301, Legal Environment of Business; BMIS 6301, Quantitative Analysis for Business Decisions; ECON 6301, Business Economics; FINA 6301, Financial Management, MANA 6301, Management Theory, and MARK 6301 Lec 3, Cr 3
 
BUSI     6380     International Business
Readings and cases in international business. Emphasizes the impact of comparative differences in the domestic and international business environments and operations, including the impact of historical, economic, cultural, and political foundations on operations. Special international business topics of unique contemporary importance are also studied.  Prerequisite: Completion of M.B.A. Foundations requirements, or consent of instructor.
 
BUSI     6390     Strategic Management
The course discusses and analyzes the decisions and actions that organizations take to create sustainable competitive advantage.  The analysis is undertaken through the study of comprehensive integrative cases and/or through the utilization of simulations.  This course should be taken during the last semester of the student’s program.  Prerequisite: ACCT 6301; BLAW 301, Legal Environment of Business; BMIS 6301, Quantitative Analysis for Business Decisions; ECON 6301, Business Economics; FINA 6301, Financial Management, MANA 6301, Management Theory, and MARK 6301

Economics
ECON    6301     Business Economics
The relationship among basic economic concepts and methods. The competitive market system, problems in resource allocation and economic efficiency, government regulations and the public sector, money and banking, unemployment and inflation in economic policy making.

ECON 6321 Environmental Economics
This course surveys theoretical tools and empirical techniques necessary for understanding environmental economics, determining environmental goals, and evaluating environmental policies. The emphasis is on basic economic concepts and introduction of analytical tools for policy decision-making. The course expands on how to solve and resource environmental problems using policy tools that economics provide. Lec.3, Cr 3

ECON    6351     Economics Seminar
Readings and discussion of selected topics in economics. May be repeated for credit as topics vary. Prerequisites: M.B.A. Foundations requirements or permission of instructor. Lec 3, Cr 3

Finance
FINA     6301     Financial Management
The financial function of the firm and the specific responsibilities of the firm’s financial manager. Emphasis is on financial decisions using managerial information systems as an integrating force to deliver planned results. This includes, but is not limited to, decisions affecting the internal management of the firm and the acquisition of new assets. Prerequisites: ACCT 6301 and ECON 6301.

FINA 6320 Advanced Corporate Finance
The study of advanced topics and cases in corporate managerial finance. The course builds on the foundation finance course; and covers topics including valuation of securities, valuation of business and investment decisions, capital structure, cost of capital, mergers and acquisitions, working capital management, international corporate finance, and risk management. Prerequisites: FINA 6301, or equivalent. Lec 3, Cr 3

FINA     6341     Finance Seminar
Readings, reports and discussion of selected topics in finance. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.  Prerequisite: ACCT 6301; BLAW 6301, BMIS 6301, ECON 6301, FINA 6301, MANA 6301, and MARK 6301. Lec 3, Cr 3

Management
MANA   6301   Management
Basic exploration of organizations and their environment.  A study is made of the elementary tools of management include planning, organizing, leading and control. Lec 3, Cr 3
 
MANA   6320   Management and Behavior in Global Organization
A study is made of the processes and techniques used to get work done through others in organizations around the globe. Topics include motivation, leadership, communication, decision-making, group behavior and change. Cross-cultural applications are emphasized. Prerequisites: ACCT 6301; BLAW 6301, BMIS 6301, ECON 6301, FINA 6301, MANA 6301, and MARK 6301. Lec 3, Cr 3
 
MANA   6331     Strategic Human Resources Management
Advanced study of selected topics in human resource management with special emphasis on issues of current importance in the field and linking human resource management practices to business strategy.  Topic areas in such human resource functions as staffing, development, appraisal and compensation, and applicable employment laws will be covered.  Prerequisites:  ACCT 6301; BLAW 6301, BMIS 6301, ECON 6301, FINA 6301, MANA 6301, and MARK 6301. Lec 3, Cr 3
 
MANA   6332     Management Seminar
Intensive analysis of management issues.  Topics vary by semester and may include organization behavior, organizational theory, ethics, human resource management and strategic management.  This course may be repeated for credit as topic varies.   Prerequisite:  ACCT 6301; BLAW 6301, BMIS 6301, ECON 6301, FINA 6301, MANA 6301, and MARK 6301. Lec 3, Cr 3
 
MANA   6360     Production & Operations Management
Focus on the role of the production function in the business system and study of production system operations. Emphasis is placed on production system design, integration of system inputs, outputs, and transformations, and computer applications to decision processes utilized in managing operations and achieving optimal production. Prerequisites: ACCT 6301; BLAW 301, Legal Environment of Business; BMIS 6301, Quantitative Analysis for Business Decisions; ECON 6301, Business Economics; FINA 6301, Financial Management, MANA 6301, Management Theory, and MARK 6301 Lec 3, Cr 3
 
MANA   6365    Supply Chain Management Strategy
This course allows the students to develop an understanding of key design and operational issues in supply chain management. The following topics are covered with emphasis on “Best Practices”: logistics network design, warehousing, transportation, procurement, facilities, inventory rationalization, human factors, and supply chain execution software. Prerequisites: ACCT 6301; BLAW 301, Legal Environment of Business; BMIS 6301, Quantitative Analysis for Business Decisions; ECON 6301, Business Economics; FINA 6301, Financial Management, MANA 6301, Management Theory, and MARK 6301 Lec 3, Cr 3
 
MANA   6380 Business Ethics
The course attempts to develop our students’ ability to recognize moral issues in business situations and the ability to make a judgment as to which action is morally correct.  To accomplish this goal, the course reviews the basic moral principles that can be used to resolve moral dilemmas.  It then asks students to analyze business cases to discover the ethical issues involved in the case, and to propose a solution that is consistent with ethical principles and business values.    Prerequisite:  ACCT 6301; BLAW 6301, BMIS 6301, ECON 6301, FINA 6301, MANA 6301, and MARK 6301. Lec 3, Cr 3
 
Marketing
MARK    6301     Marketing
Managing the creation, pricing, promotion, and distribution of goods and services, including special attention to the consumer’s needs while maintaining profitability. Theory and case-style application. Issues include: target markets, product positioning, environmental effects on the firm’s marketing decision making. Lec 3, Cr 3
 
MARK    6330     Marketing Management
This course is an advanced study of marketing management and marketing strategy. It investigates how marketing affects overall corporate and business decisions and gives students an opportunity to look at high-level strategic marketing decisions in product planning, promotion pricing and distribution.  Prerequisites: MBA foundation courses completed.

MARK    6371     Marketing Seminar
A study of current thought and practice within a specific subject area in the discipline of marketing. May be repeated as topics vary. Prerequisite: M.B.A. Foundations requirements or permission of instructor. Lec 3, Cr 3
 
MARK    6372   Marketing Strategy
A study of the formulation of marketing strategy, its relationship to corporate and business strategy, and the strategic aspects of marketing decisions in product planning, promotion, pricing, and distribution.
Prerequisite: M.B.A. Foundations requirements or permission of instructor. Lec 3, Cr 3
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