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  • Curriculum: Specialization Track

    Core

    GB 512: BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS (4 Credits)

    Business Communications focuses on effective communication strategies for various stakeholders using oral and written formats for different purposes, including one-on-one communication and engagement with larger audiences.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 76

    GB 500: BUSINESS PERSPECTIVES (4 Credits)

    This course is the cornerstone experience for the MBA student. Students will analyze the fundamental processes that comprise a business system, building a conceptual understanding of how businesses prosper. Students will examine business functions, resources, and processes in order to appreciate their synergy and interrelatedness. Students will apply methodical approaches to evaluate choices in complex business situations. Finally, students will assess and plan to develop their own capability relative to business leadership.

    Prerequisites Required:

     GB 512 and GB 513

    Total Core Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 76

    GB 513: BUSINESS ANALYTICS (4 Credits)

    This course provides an analytical foundation for MBA students. Students will learn to adopt a quantitative approach to problem solving, while becoming familiar with the analytical context in which business decisions are made. Analytics is the extensive use of data, statistical and quantitative analysis, explanatory and predictive models, and fact-based management to drive decisions and actions. Topics covered will include a review of basic algebra, mathematical functions, mean and standard deviation calculations, histograms, pie charts and line plots, distributions, sampling, and the basics of hypothesis testing and regression analysis. Microsoft Excel will be used extensively in the course.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 76

    GB 518: FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING PRINCIPLES AND ANALYSIS (4 Credits)

    This course covers the basics of how accounting systems are used to assess economic events and produce financial statements for internal and external users. The course also delves into the analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of accounting information and how to use accounting information for strategic decision making.

    Prerequisites Required: GB 500

    Total Core Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 76

    GB 519: MEASUREMENT AND DECISION MAKING (4 Credits)

    This course provides students with the foundations of measurement and decision making in organizations. Students will examine the role of accounting and operating information in directing the activities of organizations. They will assess the importance of various types of information in planning and controlling activities and making effective decisions. They will also analyze and evaluate situations using a wide variety of decision-making approaches and techniques.

    Prerequisites Required:

    GB 518 or AC 501

    Total Core Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 76

    GB 520: STRATEGIC HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (4 Credits)

    Students will examine human resource management from a strategic perspective. They will analyze theories and practices in terms of organizational effectiveness when competing in a global business environment. They will investigate ongoing operational human resource issues, such as compensation, organizational development, benefits, recruitment, training, and leading employees to high performance. Current issues that challenge human resource practitioners will be explored, such as downsizing, implied contracts between employer and employee, managing knowledge workers, and the issues of the changing legal environment.

    Prerequisites Required:

    GB 512

    Total Core Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 76

    GB 530: MARKETING MANAGEMENT (4 Credits)

    This course provides an analysis and evaluation of the theories and practices for effectively managing the relationships between customers and providers of goods, services, and ideas. Students will, in three segments, analyze and evaluate theories related to an understanding of the marketplace; an understanding of the relationship between the marketplace and marketing functions, such as pricing, promotion, distribution, and products; and strategy formation within the marketing function as it relates to overall business strategies.

    Prerequisites Required:

    GB 519

    Total Core Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 76

    GB 540: ECONOMICS FOR GLOBAL DECISION MAKERS (4 Credits)

    This course covers micro- and macroeconomic principles with an emphasis on decision making and strategic applications. Microeconomic topics include scarcity, supply and demand, elasticity, utility, profit maximization, cost structures, economic systems, labor markets, and entrepreneurship. Macroeconomic topics include international trade, national income accounting, exchange rates, money and banking, economic growth, and fiscal policy.

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Core Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 76

    GB 550: FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT (4 Credits)

    This course provides an analysis and evaluation of the roles and functions of corporate financial managers as they relate to the effective managing of a business. Students will apply and evaluate methods and tools for planning, forecasting, managing, and improving an organization's financial performance. Topics include asset valuation, risk and return, capital budgeting, international financial markets, risk analysis, and effective use of capital.

    Prerequisites Required: GB 540

    Total Core Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 76

    GB 560: DESIGNING, IMPROVING, AND IMPLEMENTING PROCESSES (4 Credits)

    This course provides students with the skills and theories required to develop, improve, and manage business processes. The focus is on the impact of those activities in the organization that cut across functional and organizational boundaries, with a concentration on performance and impact. Students will apply process management, project management, and change management tools and techniques to create processes and implement continuous process improvement.

    Prerequisites Required:

    GB 550

    Total Core Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 76

    GB 570: MANAGING THE VALUE CHAIN (4 Credits)

    This course provides students with a focus on a globally integrated value chain. Students will investigate sourcing, negotiation, contracting, vendor management, logistics, inventory management, customer relationship management, and the use of decision support systems.

    Prerequisites Required: GB 560

    Total Core Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 76

    GB 580: STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT (4 Credits)

    In this course, students will explore factors that contribute to long-term business success. Students will create a strategic plan for a business by applying strategic management methods, including environmental scanning, competitive analysis, and organization assessment. Students will examine the leadership skills required to formulate, implement, and evaluate business strategy. Strategic decisions will integrate ethical, social, and global considerations.

    Prerequisites Required:

    GB 570

    Total Core Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 76

    GB 590: ETHICS IN BUSINESS AND SOCIETY (4 Credits)

    The purpose of this course is to build ethical leadership skills by providing an analysis of orientations and models for ethical decision making with an emphasis on application to current issues in today’s global business and society. Students have the opportunity to reflect on their own values and ethos and analyze models of ethical leadership and moral principles to which they can commit and apply within their professions.

    Prerequisites Required:

    GB 580

    Total Core Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 76

    GB 600: LEADERSHIP STRATEGIES FOR A CHANGING WORLD (4 Credits)

    This course introduces students to the nature and purpose of leadership in organizations. Students evaluate various leadership approaches and methodologies in terms of organizational effectiveness and efficiency in dynamic corporate environments. In addition, students investigate ethics and social responsibility, diversity, and team management. Students will apply emotional intelligence in self-awareness, personal development, and communication

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 76

    GB 601: MBA CAPSTONE (4 Credits)

    This course provides the culmination for the MBA program, enabling students to demonstrate leadership competencies and apply their knowledge of business systems. Through individual research, team assignments, and completion of a business simulation, students will apply their problem-solving and analytical skills in dynamic environments to develop a business plan for an international venture. Students will evaluate global business problems integrating ethical considerations for a response that considers multiple stakeholders. They will continue to plan for their post-MBA professional development by incorporating the results of their work into their portfolio.

    Prerequisites Required:

    Capstone must be taken in final term or have approval of the Dean

    Total Core Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 76

    Finance Specialization

    GF 500: FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND MARKETS (4 Credits)

    This course focuses on the workings of the U.S. and world financial markets and institutions. It spans interest rate determination, federal policy, and management and policies of commercial banks. 

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Finance Specialization Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 76

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    GF 510: RISK ANALYSIS AND MANAGEMENT (4 Credits)

    This course focuses on the financial instruments used for financial risk management, including forwards, futures, options, and swaps. An emphasis is placed on the identification of financial risks and designing an optimal risk management program. 

    Prerequisites Required: GF 500

    Total Finance Specialization Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 76

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    GF 520: CORPORATE FINANCE (4 Credits)

    This course is designed to provide a framework for understanding and analyzing the asset, liability, and capital structure of corporations. Students will examine valuation and capital budgeting techniques and risk evaluation, and build a strong understanding of how and why corporations make specific financial decisions.

    Prerequisites Required: GF 510

    Total Finance Specialization Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 76

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    GF 530: FINANCIAL STATEMENT ANALYSIS (4 Credits)

    In this course, students will analyze and utilize financial statements and valuation models to assess the value of a firm. The identification of reliable estimates of fundamental corporate earning power and earning risks and valuation is a focus of the course. 

    Prerequisites Required: GF 520

    Total Finance Specialization Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 76

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    Health Care Management Specialization

    HA 540: HEALTH CARE OPERATIONS AND QUALITY ASSESSMENT (4 Credits)

    This course provides an interdisciplinary perspec­tive on operations and quality management in health care, taking into account the disciplines of organizational behavior and health management research. Special attention is given to causal tools and approaches that are fundamental to total qual­ity management and continuous quality improve­ment.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Health Care Management Specialization Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 76

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan. Courses in this specialization are offered through the School of Health Sciences and require students to change to the 10-week calendar track upon completion of all courses in the MBA program.

    HA 545: HEALTH POLICY (4 Credits)

    This course provides students with an in-depth analysis of health care policy development in the United States of America. Students focus on health care policy formation and evaluation by investigating public policy and politics. Students consider a variety of elements that factor into health policy development such as economics, political science, management, communications, and public health.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Health Care Management Specialization Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 76

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan. Courses in this specialization are offered through the School of Health Sciences and require students to change to the 10-week calendar track upon completion of all courses in the MBA program.

    HA 575: HEALTH CARE MARKETING (4 Credits)

    This course provides an analysis and evaluation of the principles and concepts of marketing as they apply to health care organizations. The course covers essential elements of marketing as well as direct applications of marketing tools and strate­gies in the dynamic health care environment.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Health Care Management Specialization Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 76

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan. Courses in this specialization are offered through the School of Health Sciences and require students to change to the 10-week calendar track upon completion of all courses in the MBA program.

    PU 660: INTERNATIONAL EPIDEMIOLOGY AND GLOBAL HEALTH (4 Credits)

    This course introduces students to recent trends in global health and current problems of health from an international perspective, and examines the influence of economic, population, and socio­political trends on health and living conditions in different countries. Students apply the basics of descriptive and analytical epidemiology to global health and key health indicators used in international epidemiology, and analyze the main transnational factors that influence the transfer of risks to health across the globe.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Health Care Management Specialization Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 76

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan. Courses in this specialization are offered through the School of Health Sciences and require students to change to the 10-week calendar track upon completion of all courses in the MBA program.

    Human Resources Specialization

    GB 541: EMPLOYMENT LAW (4 Credits)

    We depend upon the law as well as ethics and common sense to help us make good decisions about issues surrounding employment that are routinely decided in workplaces every day. These issues can have devastating financial and productivity consequences if mishandled by the employer. Yet it seems as if few employers or their managers are equipped to handle them well. Employment law helps to regulate the workplace environment by protecting employees from dis­crimination and harassment, and providing a safer, fairer workplace where the rules provide for certain rights and responsibilities for both employees and employers alike. Those who choose to work in the business arena must understand basic legal concepts, plus have working knowledge of regulatory and compliance issues in order to effectively manage a business. In this course, students will analyze and evaluate legal concepts and learn to identify potentially troublesome employment-related legal and ethical issues in order to avoid liability as well as to develop an understanding of how to manage employees to maximize productivity.

    Prerequisites Required: Completion of all core courses

    Total Human Resources Specialization Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 76

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan. This program is fully aligned with the HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates of the Society for Human Resource Management.

    GB 542: TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT (4 Credits)

    Students will examine how organizations can incorporate employee training and development concepts and theories into their human resources strategy and will analyze the relationship between human resource development (HRD) and human resource management (HRM). Students will also explore the internal and external factors that affect employee behavior. Other topics covered include: maximizing employee learning, conducting a training needs assessment, writing training objectives, designing and delivering effective training programs, evaluating training effectiveness, employee orientation, workplace competencies, coaching, performance management systems, and online and computer-based learning technologies. In addition to covering HRD concepts and theories, the course considers organizational development (OD) concepts and the role of the HRD professional in creating intervention strategies to improve organizational effectiveness. HRD and OD challenges stemming from changing demographics and a more diverse, global workforce are identified and the strategic challenges presented to organizations of a changing workforce are explored.

    Prerequisites Required: Completion of all core courses

    Total Human Resources Specialization Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 76

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan. This program is fully aligned with the HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates of the Society for Human Resource Management.

    GB 545: STRATEGIC REWARD SYSTEMS (4 Credits)

    This course examines how an organization can leverage their reward systems to sustain, motivate, and retain its desired workforce to help achieve business objectives. The course focuses on the complex variety of pay structures within an organization and the relationship of those pay structures to organizational performance. Students will be exposed to major reward issues in the context of current theory, research, and real-business practices.

    Prerequisites Required: Completion of all core courses

    Total Human Resources Specialization Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 76

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan. This program is fully aligned with the HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates of the Society for Human Resource Management.

    GB 546: RECRUITMENT AND SELECTION (4 Credits)

    This course provides a solid foundation in the fundamentals of attracting, hiring, and assessing talent. It takes a closer look at the "war for talent" in the competitive marketplace today, and provides the impetus for more proactive and timely recruitment practices, effective and legally conscious selection methods, and valid assessment techniques. This course highlights the importance of refining talent-acquisition strategies as organizations and HR practitioners seek to improve the pipeline of new hire and job promotion candidates. By the end of the course, students will be familiar with multiple recruitment, selection, and assessment models and will synthesize these approaches from a talent management perspective.

    Prerequisites Required: Completion of all core courses

    Total Human Resources Specialization Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 76

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan. This program is fully aligned with the HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates of the Society for Human Resource Management.

    Information Technology Specialization

    IT 500: CRITICAL CONCEPTS AND COMPETENCIES FOR THE IT PROFESSIONAL (4 Credits)

    This course provides students with a foundation in the concepts and paradigms that shape information technology today. Students will distinguish between current competing ideologies to expand their technological knowledge and make informed business decisions. A focus will be placed on Internet technologies, hardware and software components, and networked environments, as well as ethical and social issues in information technology. Students will also be introduced to the Master of Science in Information Technology learning team model, which will be built upon throughout the program.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Information Technology Specialization Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 76

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    IT 501: PRINCIPLES OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (4 Credits)

    This is an introductory course for students entering the Master of Science in Information Technology program who do not have an undergraduate degree in information technology. Students will learn the foundational principles of information technology as the field relates to business and will examine the changing roles of various information technology specialties. The course also provides an introduction to the relationship of information technology courses to other parts of the Master of Science in Information Technology curriculum. Students will analyze case studies, engage in focused discussions on subjects relevant to information technology, and complete research and written assignments that address information technology support of various business scenarios.

    Prerequisites Required:

    Only available as a first-term course for IT students; otherwise, permission from the Dean is required

    Total Information Technology Specialization Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 76

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    IT 510: SYSTEM ANALYSIS AND DESIGN (4 Credits)

    This course provides an in-depth overview of system analysis and design methodologies. Students examine techniques to develop systems more efficiently using the system development life cycle (SDLC). Students use object-oriented approaches to develop information systems using the Unified Modeling Language (UML).

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Information Technology Specialization Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 76

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    IT 560: MANAGING TECHNOLOGY IN A BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT (4 Credits)

    Businesses are faced with many challenges when managing their information technology. Since information technology is continually evolving, businesses that stick with their current IT systems may be left behind. In this course, students identify innovative solutions to business problems. Specific topics include the analysis of cost and efficiency benefits found in emerging technologies, the legal and regulatory implications of various IT infrastructure strategies, and the complex process enterprises face in integrating new technology with existing infrastructure.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Information Technology Specialization Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 76

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    Marketing Specialization

    GB 531: ADVERTISING (4 Credits)

    This course provides an analysis and evaluation of strategic advertising and distribution decisions. Students will examine the linkages between national advertising and intermediary promotion, and evaluate effective creation and implementation strategies for advertising campaigns.

    Prerequisites Required: Completion of all core courses

    Total Marketing Specialization Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 76

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    GB 532: MARKETING RESEARCH (4 Credits)

    This course provides an analysis and evaluation of theories and practices of marketing research as an aid to marketing decision making. Students will apply marketing research methods and techniques to actual marketing problems through the design, implementation, and evaluation of a marketing research project.

    Prerequisites Required: Completion of all core courses

    Total Marketing Specialization Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 76

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    GB 533: SALESFORCE MANAGEMENT (4 Credits)

    This course provides an analysis and evaluation of theories and practices involved in the building and managing of effective sales forces. Students will examine such aspects of sales management as forecasting, human resources, field automation, and data analysis. Topics include training, motivation, compensation, team building, performance evaluation, and interaction with promotions and marketing.

    Prerequisites Required: Completion of all core courses

    Total Marketing Specialization Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 76

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    GB 534: CONSUMER BEHAVIOR (4 Credits)

    This course provides an analysis and evaluation of behavioral and social science concepts and theories as they relate to the marketing function of business. Students will analyze factors that affect purchase decisions in the marketplace. Special attention will be given to research related to buyer-behavior research, the role of models in explaining behavior, the influence of buyer behavior on the development of marketing programs, and issues of consumer protection as they affect marketing strategy.

    Prerequisites Required: Completion of all core courses

    Total Marketing Specialization Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 76

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    Project Management Specialization

    GM 591: STRATEGIC PROJECT MANAGEMENT (4 Credits)

    This course covers project management from a strategic perspective. The course emphasizes the life cycle project phases and processes advocated by the Project Management Institute (PMI) and defined in the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK). It stresses the planning, executing, and controlling phases of a project life cycle. The course also covers how these phases relate to the initiation and closing phases, and further examines the impact of various project management techniques on schedule, budget, and performance constraints.

    Prerequisites Required: Completion of all core courses

    Total Project Management Specialization Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 76

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    GM 592: PROJECT INITIATION, PLANNING, AND EXECUTION (4 Credits)

    This course provides an analysis and evaluation of the theories and practices for managing projects in effective organizations. The student will analyze and evaluate strategies, tools, software, and management approaches to effectively complete and evaluate the effectiveness of projects. Topics in this course include: setting project goals and objectives; preparing a project plan; conducting feasibility studies; measurement tools, including the most current and best software tools; strategies for effective human resource allocation; and approaches to gauging the worth of the project deliverables and the effectiveness of the project management process.

    Prerequisites Required: Completion of all core courses

    Total Project Management Specialization Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 76

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    GM 593: PROJECT COST AND SCHEDULE MONITORING AND CONTROLLING (4 Credits)

    This course provides an analysis of the principles, tools, and techniques for controlling project cost and schedule. The student will use tools, software, and techniques to establish a project baseline and control cost and schedule. Topics in this course include preparing PERT/CPM networks, estimating time and resources, creating the project baseline, controlling the baseline, crashing the network, optimization and heuristics techniques for resource allocation, earned value management, and statistical control tools.

    Prerequisites Required: Completion of all core courses and GM 592

    Total Project Management Specialization Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 76

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    GM 594: PROJECT RISK, QUALITY, AND PROCUREMENT MONITORING AND CONTROLLING (4 Credits)

    This course provides an integrated approach to risk, quality, and procurement. This course demonstrates how to incorporate quality throughout the project. The student explores use of contract types in managing risk and quality. Topics in this course cover all phases of contracting, including procurement planning, solicitation planning, solicitation, source selection, contract administration, and contract close-out. The student will then explore methods of analyzing make-or-buy decisions, as well as legal and ethical considerations in contracting and procurement. Students will construct an element of their Self-Directed Learning Plan from this course, as well as add materials from the course to their Presentation Portfolio.

    Prerequisites Required: Completion of all core courses

    Total Project Management Specialization Credits: 16
    Total Program Credits: 76

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    Core

    GB 500: BUSINESS PERSPECTIVES (4 Credits)

    This course is the cornerstone experience for the MBA student. Students will analyze the fundamental processes that comprise a business system, building a conceptual understanding of how businesses prosper. Students will examine business functions, resources, and processes in order to appreciate their synergy and interrelatedness. Students will apply methodical approaches to evaluate choices in complex business situations. Finally, students will assess and plan to develop their own capability relative to business leadership.

    Prerequisites Required:

     GB 512 and GB 513

    Total Core Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 60

    GB 512: BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS (4 Credits)

    Business Communications focuses on effective communication strategies for various stakeholders using oral and written formats for different purposes, including one-on-one communication and engagement with larger audiences.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 60

    GB 513: BUSINESS ANALYTICS (4 Credits)

    This course provides an analytical foundation for MBA students. Students will learn to adopt a quantitative approach to problem solving, while becoming familiar with the analytical context in which business decisions are made. Analytics is the extensive use of data, statistical and quantitative analysis, explanatory and predictive models, and fact-based management to drive decisions and actions. Topics covered will include a review of basic algebra, mathematical functions, mean and standard deviation calculations, histograms, pie charts and line plots, distributions, sampling, and the basics of hypothesis testing and regression analysis. Microsoft Excel will be used extensively in the course.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 60

    GB 518: FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING PRINCIPLES AND ANALYSIS (4 Credits)

    This course covers the basics of how accounting systems are used to assess economic events and produce financial statements for internal and external users. The course also delves into the analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of accounting information and how to use accounting information for strategic decision making.

    Prerequisites Required: GB 500

    Total Core Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 60

    GB 519: MEASUREMENT AND DECISION MAKING (4 Credits)

    This course provides students with the foundations of measurement and decision making in organizations. Students will examine the role of accounting and operating information in directing the activities of organizations. They will assess the importance of various types of information in planning and controlling activities and making effective decisions. They will also analyze and evaluate situations using a wide variety of decision-making approaches and techniques.

    Prerequisites Required:

    GB 518 or AC 501

    Total Core Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 60

    GB 520: STRATEGIC HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (4 Credits)

    Students will examine human resource management from a strategic perspective. They will analyze theories and practices in terms of organizational effectiveness when competing in a global business environment. They will investigate ongoing operational human resource issues, such as compensation, organizational development, benefits, recruitment, training, and leading employees to high performance. Current issues that challenge human resource practitioners will be explored, such as downsizing, implied contracts between employer and employee, managing knowledge workers, and the issues of the changing legal environment.

    Prerequisites Required:

    GB 512

    Total Core Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 60

    GB 530: MARKETING MANAGEMENT (4 Credits)

    This course provides an analysis and evaluation of the theories and practices for effectively managing the relationships between customers and providers of goods, services, and ideas. Students will, in three segments, analyze and evaluate theories related to an understanding of the marketplace; an understanding of the relationship between the marketplace and marketing functions, such as pricing, promotion, distribution, and products; and strategy formation within the marketing function as it relates to overall business strategies.

    Prerequisites Required:

    GB 519

    Total Core Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 60

    GB 540: ECONOMICS FOR GLOBAL DECISION MAKERS (4 Credits)

    This course covers micro- and macroeconomic principles with an emphasis on decision making and strategic applications. Microeconomic topics include scarcity, supply and demand, elasticity, utility, profit maximization, cost structures, economic systems, labor markets, and entrepreneurship. Macroeconomic topics include international trade, national income accounting, exchange rates, money and banking, economic growth, and fiscal policy.

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Core Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 60

    GB 550: FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT (4 Credits)

    This course provides an analysis and evaluation of the roles and functions of corporate financial managers as they relate to the effective managing of a business. Students will apply and evaluate methods and tools for planning, forecasting, managing, and improving an organization's financial performance. Topics include asset valuation, risk and return, capital budgeting, international financial markets, risk analysis, and effective use of capital.

    Prerequisites Required: GB 540

    Total Core Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 60

    GB 560: DESIGNING, IMPROVING, AND IMPLEMENTING PROCESSES (4 Credits)

    This course provides students with the skills and theories required to develop, improve, and manage business processes. The focus is on the impact of those activities in the organization that cut across functional and organizational boundaries, with a concentration on performance and impact. Students will apply process management, project management, and change management tools and techniques to create processes and implement continuous process improvement.

    Prerequisites Required:

    GB 550

    Total Core Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 60

    GB 570: MANAGING THE VALUE CHAIN (4 Credits)

    This course provides students with a focus on a globally integrated value chain. Students will investigate sourcing, negotiation, contracting, vendor management, logistics, inventory management, customer relationship management, and the use of decision support systems.

    Prerequisites Required: GB 560

    Total Core Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 60

    GB 580: STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT (4 Credits)

    In this course, students will explore factors that contribute to long-term business success. Students will create a strategic plan for a business by applying strategic management methods, including environmental scanning, competitive analysis, and organization assessment. Students will examine the leadership skills required to formulate, implement, and evaluate business strategy. Strategic decisions will integrate ethical, social, and global considerations.

    Prerequisites Required:

    GB 570

    Total Core Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 60

    GB 590: ETHICS IN BUSINESS AND SOCIETY (4 Credits)

    The purpose of this course is to build ethical leadership skills by providing an analysis of orientations and models for ethical decision making with an emphasis on application to current issues in today’s global business and society. Students have the opportunity to reflect on their own values and ethos and analyze models of ethical leadership and moral principles to which they can commit and apply within their professions.

    Prerequisites Required:

    GB 580

    Total Core Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 60

    GB 600: LEADERSHIP STRATEGIES FOR A CHANGING WORLD (4 Credits)

    This course introduces students to the nature and purpose of leadership in organizations. Students evaluate various leadership approaches and methodologies in terms of organizational effectiveness and efficiency in dynamic corporate environments. In addition, students investigate ethics and social responsibility, diversity, and team management. Students will apply emotional intelligence in self-awareness, personal development, and communication

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 60

    GB 601: MBA CAPSTONE (4 Credits)

    This course provides the culmination for the MBA program, enabling students to demonstrate leadership competencies and apply their knowledge of business systems. Through individual research, team assignments, and completion of a business simulation, students will apply their problem-solving and analytical skills in dynamic environments to develop a business plan for an international venture. Students will evaluate global business problems integrating ethical considerations for a response that considers multiple stakeholders. They will continue to plan for their post-MBA professional development by incorporating the results of their work into their portfolio.

    Prerequisites Required:

    Capstone must be taken in final term or have approval of the Dean

    Total Core Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 60

    Tuition & Fees: Specialization Track

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    The 25% tuition reduction applies only to international students living outside of the United States. This discount does not apply to military students. Please check with your advisor to see if you are eligible. 

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