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Curriculum - Online Tuition-Free MBA Degree
One Year Program in Management

Curriculum

Individual courses are the building blocks of each degree program. Course requirements are structured to ensure that student study encompasses a broad range of topics and approaches, with an appropriate balance maintained among the three curricular components that comprise a liberal arts education:

 

  • General Education
  • The Major
  • Electives

 

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To view the list of courses in the MBA program - read the course selection guide

Read the description of the courses here

 

Major Courses Required

Course Code Course Name Prerequisites Credits
BUS 5110
Managerial Accounting

Accounting information is a key tool for communicating about an organization’s economic status and for making informed decisions. The course will emphasize the role of accounting information in monitoring, planning, controlling and decision making. It will focus on the managerial uses of accounting information and provide students with an understanding of how managers use accounting information to analyze and evaluate operational performance, including what data to collect, how to gather it, and how to display it for efficient decision making. Specific skills acquired will be identifying fixed and variable costs, leading to the ability to calculate break-even points; calculating the present value of cash streams leading to the ability construct capital budgets; constructing flexible budgets for manufacturing uses; non-routine decision methods; and financial trend analysis for financial statement interpretation.

None 3
BUS 5111
Financial Management

Managers play a key role in resource generation and allocation and must be conversant with external economic influences and their relationship to the types of financial decisions made by organizations. The course will provide students with an understanding of the components of an organization’s internal financial conditions and how decision-makers manage these resources in the context of external markets and institutions. It will explore the finances of economic development and consider sources of early-and late-stage financing. The real-world challenges of corporate finance will be covered, including evaluating financial tools, e.g., mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, hostile takeovers, and initial public offerings; employing basic financial analysis tools, e.g., credit market analysis, option pricing, valuation of interest tax shields, and weighted average cost of capital; acquiring an understanding of core financial decisions, e.g., finance with debt or equity and distributing cash to shareholders; and considering aspects that can hinder/sideline financial stability, e.g., costs of financial distress, transaction costs, information asymmetries, taxes, and agency conflicts. Specific skills acquired will be financial trend analysis for financial statement interpretation; calculating the present value of cash streams leading to the ability construct capital budgets; calculating bond interest tax shields and its impact on a firm’s average cost of capital; constructing corporate valuation models; and assessing the impact of various sources of capital infusions on the cost of capital structure of a firm.

BUS 5110 3
BUS 5112
Marketing Management

Effective organizations, whether in the public, private or non-profit sector, seek to attract and retain satisfied customers consistent with their mission and capacity. The course will emphasize the theory and practical skills associated with assessing customer interests, desires and needs; identifying organizational fit; and harnessing the organization’s capacity to respond. It will explore the relationship of marketing to other business functions and consider the challenges faced by organizations seeking to serve international and cross-cultural markets. Examples of how both young and mature organizations gain insight into consumer behavior, market services and engage in business-to-business marketing will be analyzed. Marketing for the e-business sector will be discussed, and students will be introduced to the role of marketing in new ventures, and learn cost-effective ways to do market research and leverage available resources in innovative ways to create new markets. Students will be required to develop a comprehensive marketing plan for a new start-up or a new product or service for an existing entity that covers selecting target markets, conducting market research, and determining brand management, pricing, and the promotion and distribution of products and services.

None 3
BUS 5113
Organizational Theory and Behavior

This course is designed to expose the student to the fundamental principles with which to understand human behavior inside public organizations. The course examines various theories developed in an attempt to explain and predict employee behavior in an organizational context. This course investigates individual and interpersonal behavior in organizations, including personality, decision-making, personal perceptions, teamwork, conflict, leadership, power, ethics and influence. In addition, this course seeks to analyze organizational-level factors affecting behavior, including change management, internal reward systems, culture, and organizational communication.

None 3
BUS 5114
Management Information Systems and Technology

Managers function in an environment of burgeoning and constantly-changing information flows. Successful professionals must understand the key role of information technology in organizations and be able to use and manage information systems. The course will introduce ways in which technology can be leveraged to streamline processes, increase efficiency and achieve operational advantage. It will explore how small business technology and systems support developing enterprises. Strategies for assessing an organization’s information needs, researching and evaluating available alternatives, understanding the limitations of technology, and designing and managing effective processes and systems will be covered. Students will apply knowledge of information technology and the information it provides to formulate a successful management strategy that includes decisions about the information to be collected, how to gather it, when having it is most useful in the decision cycle, and how to interpret and display it in ways that add value to the decision-making process and help organizations make sense of their world.

BUS 5110, 5112, 5113 3
BUS 5115
Business Law, Ethics and Social Responsibility

Leaders and managers are accountable to shareholders, and they are economically, financially, and legally responsible for what happens with their organizations. Ethical and social responsibility is similarly ascribed to those in charge. The course covers how an organization’s values and actions affect internal and external constituencies. It introduces reasons to promote responsible behavior on the part of organizations, and their employees. Students study real-world dilemmas and gain experience analyzing competing positive values, choosing among fully legal options, and navigating the grey area that frequently surrounds key management decisions. Students are encouraged to develop the type of questioning attitude so critical to ensuring that an organization’s ethical responsibilities are an integral part of business decisions and actions. Studying classical cases of business failures will alert students to the ethical steps needed to protect young ventures and the consequences of failing to act ethically in the ongoing conduct of commerce.

BUS 5110, 5112, 5113 3
BUS 5116
Operations Management

An organization’s competitive position relies on effective management of its complex production and operational processes in order to meet market requirements. The course emphasizes organizational analysis and the role of manager in navigating the challenges of organizations in dynamic environments. It introduces analytical tools, methods and techniques for analyzing and improving these processes and for recognizing opportunities, risks and tradeoffs associated with pursuing strategies for optimizing quality and customer service. Students explore the relationship and implications of operations to other functional areas and stakeholders of the organization, and are introduced to strategies for informed decisions that maximize the design and management of operations in developing as well as mature manufacturing and service industries.

BUS 5110, 5112, 5113 3
BUS 5117
Strategic Decision Making and Management

Organizations are the sum of multiple moving parts, and the effective manager needs to understand their interrelationships and how to harness this power through the application of quality management skills. Analysis is the foundation of effective problem-solving whether in a start-up or an established multi-national organization. The course covers the fundamentals of strategy theory and when to employ various strategic management tools to develop supportable tactics and optimize the operation and management of an organization. Students delve into case studies that show successful and unsuccessful examples and explore with classmates situations happening in real-time in their worlds. They gain experience identifying problems, evaluating alternative solutions, assessing risks and formulating solutions that put in place the right organizational structures and solutions.

BUS 5115, 5116 3
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