Graduate Business Programs

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BA 5100 - Managerial Communications (3)
An analysis of business writing and speaking, and the communication conventions common in organizations. Emphasis is placed on developing skills critical to career advancement and necessary for effective organizational functioning.

IS 5800 - Management Information Systems (3)
An overview of management information systems is presented, including IS managerial concepts and hands-on exposure to technology. Concepts include alignment of information systems strategy with business strategy, MIS components and organizational structures, issues in the design and implementation of systems, and understanding the role of information systems in organizations.

LOM 5300 - Statistical Analysis for Management Decisions (3)
The role of statistical evidence in the formation of inference and in the selection of strategies in solving business problems is developed. Probability and probability distributions are studied as a basis of statistical inference. An introduction to multivariate analysis is provided, which includes analysis of variance and regression methods.

MGMT 5600 - Organizational Behavior and Administrative Processes (3)
The theoretical and research contribution of the behavioral sciences to management and administration are examined and applied to selected organizational situations. Areas to be considered from the standpoint of both individual and organizational performance are communication, motivation, conflict, decision making, goal setting, leadership, organizational design, climate development, and control. Utilizing a systems perspective, the course attempts to develop in each student an ability to analyze and solve organizational problems.

ACCT 5400 - Financial and Managerial Accounting (3)
This course provides an introduction to accounting, with emphasis on preparation of financial statements for external parties (financial accounting) and accumulation of cost information to aid internal planning and control (managerial accounting). Topics covered include measurement of assets and liabilities; revenues and expenses; the accounting cycle; financial statement; cost terminology, cost behavior, product costing, and relevant costs for decision making. This course provides the necessary background for BA 442 (Accounting for Decision Makers).

BA 5900 - Law, Ethics, and Business (3)
Analysis of the relationship between law and business with emphasis on the ability of, and extent to which, governments regulate business activities. Topics covered include the employer-employee relationship, protection of consumers, antitrust regulation.

FIN 6500 - Financial Management (3)
This course provides an in-depth analysis of corporate finance including asset pricing, risk and return, short- and long-term investment decisions, capital structure choices, dividend policy, derivatives, mergers and acquisitions, and a host of other current topics. The material is taught through lectures and problem solving.

MKT 5700 - Contemporary Marketing Concepts (3)
Designed for students with no prior course work in the field of marketing. A wide spectrum of marketing institutions and activities is covered. The impact of marketing on the total firm, the economy and society in general is assessed. The course is intended to develop and organize the fundamental marketing concepts necessary to an analytical study of consumer behavior, the economic environment, and four managerial aspects of marketing. The acquisition and utilization of marketing research data for problem solving is stressed. Relation and integration of basic marketing knowledge to the successful development of sound marketing policy, planning, and strategy is developed.

LOM 5320 - Production and Operations Management (3)
This course discusses issues related to the creation and delivery of goods and services. Topics include the design of production processes, the layout and location of facilities, forecasting, scheduling, inventory control, queuing, materials planning, and quality control. Analytical techniques such as linear programming are used in studying these problems.

IS 6891 - Seminar in Management Information Systems (3)
Topics of interest in management information systems. Topics may include, but are not limited to, international information systems, electronic commerce, decision support systems, information systems strategy, and telecommunications.

ACCT 5401 - Financial Reporting and Analysis (3)
This course builds on the foundations covered in BA 5400, emphasizing the use of accounting information for making operating, investment, and strategic business decisions. Topics covered include interpretation and analysis of financial statement, uses of accounting information by capital market participants, contribution margin analysis, tactical decision making, pricing and product decisions, budget analysis, and performance measurement.

MKT 5795 - Seminar in Marketing (3)
This course addresses advanced problems in contemporary marketing. Topics may include, but are not limited to, marketing strategy, marketing communications and advertising, product management, consumer behavior, channels of distribution, international marketing, and marketing research.

LOM 6395 - Seminar in Logistics and Operations Management (3)
Topics of interest in logistics and operations management. Topics may include, but are not limited to, quality management, manufacturing and service systems, transportation and logistics, and quantitative management tools.

MGMT 5695 - Seminar in Management (3)
Topics of current interest in management. Possible topics include, human resource management, international management, and entrepreneurship.

FIN 6590 - Seminar in Finance (3)
This course incorporates a wide range of advance topics in finance including, but not limited to, an evaluation of various financial assets as investment opportunities, trends in capital markets, derivatives, and management of financial and non-financial firms.

BA 6990 - Strategic Formulation and Implementation (3)
Graduate program capstone course examining concepts and methods that integrate functional areas of business. The perspective is that of general management charged with directing the total enterprise. Interactions between the environment, organization, strategy, policies and the implementation of plans are explored. Special emphasis is given to globalization of business and ethical perspectives.