Graduate Catalog 2019-2020

Business Administration MBA

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This plan leads to the Masters of Business Administration (MBA). The MBA degree requires a minimum of 36 hours: Eight required courses (24 hours) and four elective courses (12 hours). Depending on a student's academic background, an additional foundation course (3 hours) may be required. 

Degree Requirements

Foundation Requirements (3 hours)

Foundation Requirements (3 hours)
BAPA 5031 Survey of Business Principles
Credit Hours: 3

Core Requirements (24 hours)

MBA Core Requirements
ACCT 5131 Accounting for Administrative Control
Credit Hours: 3
BAPA 5131 The Global Environment of Business
Credit Hours: 3
DSCI 5431 Management Science and Operations
Credit Hours: 3
ECON 5136 Managerial Economics
Credit Hours: 3
FINC 5133 Corporate Finance
Credit Hours: 3
MGMT 5032 Human Behavior in Organizations
Credit Hours: 3
MGMT 6731 Strategic Management Seminar (Capstone)
Credit Hours: 3
MKTG 5332 Executive Decisions in Marketing
Credit Hours: 3

Twelve hours of additional electives are required.  Electives should be selected from graduate level courses taught in the College of Business. Students desiring to use their electives in courses taught by other colleges in the university must petition the Department Chair of their program for approval prior to enrolling. Course work at the 33xx or 43xx level may not be included.

MBA Concentrations

Students may use their four elective courses (12 hours) to pursue a concentration while completing their degree. Selecting a concentration provides students with an opportunity to focus on a specific area of interest by taking a select group of specialized elective courses. The MBA program offers a broad array of concentrations to prepare students to meet the demands of a complex and constantly changing marketplace.  The requirements of the MBA degree with a concentration contains a minimum of 36 hours. 

Concentration Requirements (12 hours)

MBA Customized Concentraion

The customized concentration is available to MBA students whose career ambitions go beyond a defined concentration.  Students need to submit a proposal and get the proposal approved by the MBA program director and program advisor.

At least 9 credit hours need to be selected from College of Business graduate courses.  The concentration is subject to course availability.  Most elective courses are taught on a rotation basis and not available every semester.  The remaining 3 credit hours may be selected from the courses listed in the MBA concentrations list.

 

MBA Concentration in Business Analytics 

This concentration is designed to allow students the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to organize, describe, and analyze big data repositories to uncover new business insights.

 

For the concentration in Business Analytics, students will be required to complete the followng three courses (9 hours):

DSCI 5131 Business Analytics I
Credit Hours: 3
DSCI 5231 Business Analytics II
Credit Hours: 3
ISAM 5330 Management Information Systems
Credit Hours: 3
 

Plus, one course (3 hours) selected from the following list:

ISAM 5431 ERP System Concepts and Practices
Credit Hours: 3
MGMT 6135 Data Visualization and Communication
Credit Hours: 3
MBA Concentration in  Environmental Management 
For the concentration in Environmental Management, students will be required to complete the following two courses (6 hours):
ENVR 5332 Environmental Law
Credit Hours: 3
ENVR 6133 Environmental Risk Management
Credit Hours: 3

Additional Information

The other two courses (6 hours) can be selected from any graduate Environmental Management course listed in the university catalog.
MBA Concentration in  Finance 
This concentration features courses designed to develop competencies in financial concepts, analytical tools and skills. Through a variety of elective courses, the concentration helps students learn about different aspects of finance including corporate financial management, financial statement analysis, investments, portfolio management, derivatives, international finance and banking.
 
For the concentration in Finance, students will be required to complete four courses (12 hours) selected from the following list: 
FINC 5131 The Financial System
Credit Hours: 3
FINC 5231 Quantitative Methods in Finance
Credit Hours: 3
FINC 5331 Treasury Management Practices
Credit Hours: 3
FINC 5332 Financial Statement Analysis
Credit Hours: 3
FINC 5333 Personal Wealth Management
Credit Hours: 3
FINC 5931 Research Topics in Finance
Credit Hours: 3
FINC 6131 Commercial Banking
Credit Hours: 3
FINC 6231 Investment Management
Credit Hours: 3
FINC 6233 Options and Futures
Credit Hours: 3
FINC 6234 Portfolio Management
Credit Hours: 3
FINC 6531 International Finance
Credit Hours: 3
FINC 6731 Seminar in Finance (Capstone)
Credit Hours: 3
MBA Concentration in  Human Resource Management 

This concentration  is designed for students interested in a career relating to the Human Resources function but who still want the broad scope of business knowledge provided by the MBA. Students will take three required courses that will survey the field of HR plus an additional elective corresponding to their specialty area.

   
For the concentration in Human Resource Management, students will be required to complete the following three courses (9 hours): 
HMRS 5131 Human Resource Management Processes
Credit Hours: 3
HMRS 5231 Legal Environment of Human Resource Management I
Credit Hours: 3
HMRS 5435 Employee Planning, Staffing and Selection
Credit Hours: 3
 
Plus, complete one course (3 hours) selected from the following list:
HMRS 5433 Compensation and Benefits
Credit Hours: 3
HMRS 5531 Training and Development
Credit Hours: 3
MGMT 5332 Labor Relations
Credit Hours: 3
MBA Concentration in  International Business

This concentration is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills to conduct business and gain a competitive edge in a global economy. The courses provide a solid background in financial, accounting, cultural and strategic aspects of international business management.

 
For the concentration in International Business, students will be required to complete the following three courses (9 hours):
ACCT 5531 International Accounting
Credit Hours: 3
FINC 6531 International Finance
Credit Hours: 3
MGMT 6334 Global Sustainability and Strategic Advantage
Credit Hours: 3
 
Plus, complete  one course (3 hours) selected   from the following list:
MGMT 6333 Seminar in International Management
Credit Hours: 3
MKTG 5533 Seminar in International Marketing
Credit Hours: 3
FINC 6533 Seminar in International Finance
Credit Hours: 3
MGMT 5434 Negotiation Skills and Strategies
Credit Hours: 3
EMGT 5631 Supply Chain Management
Credit Hours: 3
DSCI 5531 Introduction to Supply Chain Management
Credit Hours: 3

Additional Information

The seminar courses (MGMT 6333, MKTG 5533, OR FINC 6533) may be substituted for each other. Credit for only one course is allowed.

The project management courses (EMGT 5631 or DSCI 5531) can be substituted for each other Credit for only one course is allowed. 

MBA Concentration in Leadership 
This  concentration allows students the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to lead teams and organizations (public or private) within the context of ever-changing environmental demands.
 
For the concentration in Leadership, students will be required to complete the following two courses (6 hours):
MGMT 5439 Positive Leadership and Ethical Action
Credit Hours: 3
MGMT 6237 Comparative Leadership
Credit Hours: 3
 
Plus, complete two courses (6 hours) selected from following lists: List A 
MGMT 5133 Teamwork and Leadership Skills: Theory in Practice
Credit Hours: 3
MGMT 5135 Organizational Transformation, Learning, and Design
Credit Hours: 3
MGMT 6331 Organizational Development
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 5334 Change and Organizational Development
Credit Hours: 3
SOCI 5337 Complex Organizations
Credit Hours: 3

Additional Information

Courses with the rubric PSYC and SOCI are only allowed when the student completes the Leadership Concentration.  PSYC and SOCI courses will not count as elective for general MBA.

SOCI 5430 may be substituted for PSYC 5334.  Credit for only one course is allowed.

 
List B
HMRS 5131 Human Resource Management Processes
Credit Hours: 3
MGMT 5234 Leading Non-Profit Institutions
Credit Hours: 3
MGMT 5434 Negotiation Skills and Strategies
Credit Hours: 3
SOCI 5337 Complex Organizations
Credit Hours: 3
SOCI 5433 Social Conflict and Mediation
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 5333 Leadership in Organizations
Credit Hours: 3
EMGT 5430 Professional Project Management
Credit Hours: 3

Additional Information

Students must pick at least one course from List A.

Courses with the rubric PSYC and SOCI are only allowed when the student completes the Leadership Concentration. PSYC and SOCI courses will not count as elective for general MBA.

SOCI 5339 may be substituted for PSYC 5333. Credit for only one course is allowed.

MBA Concentration in Management Information Systems 
This concentration allows students to gain knowledge in fundamental concepts of a rapidly growing field of information technology (IT) and its use in businesses. Students learn concepts such as data warehousing, business analytics, data base systems, business programming, and enterprise resource planning systems. They understand how IT is revolutionizing the current business environment.
 
For the concentration in Management Information Systems, students will be required to complete the following two courses (6 hours):
ISAM 5030 Fundamentals of Business Programming Applications
Credit Hours: 3
ISAM 5330 Management Information Systems
Credit Hours: 3
ISAM 5331 Fundamentals of Databases and Business Intelligence
Credit Hours: 3
 
Plus, select two courses (6 hours)  from any graduate ISAM course listed in the university catalog.

Additional Information

  • Any graduate ISAM courses for which the prerequisites are met.
  • (*The one course not taken from List A may be included in these 6 hours). 
  • ISAM 5030-required of students without 6 hours of college-level programming with a grade of at least a C on a transcript.
MBA Concentration in Management of Technology 
This concentration allows students to gain knowledge of how to develop technological innovations, forecast adoption, bring them to market, protect intellectual property and how to manage and motivate the subject matter experts that create them.
 
For the concentration in Management of Technology, students will be required to complete the following two courses (6 hours):
MGMT 5636 Management of Technology
Credit Hours: 3
MGMT 5638 Leading Technology
Credit Hours: 3
 
Plus, complete two courses (6 hours) selected from the following list:
MGMT 5233 Entrepreneurship and Corporate Venturing
Credit Hours: 3
MGMT 5133 Teamwork and Leadership Skills: Theory in Practice
Credit Hours: 3
HMRS 5131 Human Resource Management Processes
Credit Hours: 3
EMGT 5430 Professional Project Management
Credit Hours: 3
MBA Concentration in Sustainability 
This concentration aims to educate students on the opportunities and challenges faced by organizations who seek economic, social and environmental achievements, which constitute the foundation of a sustainable economy. The program seeks to integrate the perspectives of multiple stakeholders impacted by the pursuit for sustainable economies. The coursework deals with aspects of environmental economics, protection, regulation, resilience, and strategy to prepare students to play leading roles in the green economy.
 

For the concentration in Sustainability, students will be required to complete the following three courses (9 hours):

ENVR 5131 Foundations in Sustainability
Credit Hours: 3
MGMT 6334 Global Sustainability and Strategic Advantage
Credit Hours: 3
ENVR 5331 Environmental Economics
Credit Hours: 3

Additional Information

  • ENVR 5131 may be substituted for MGMT 6131. Credit for only one course is allowed.
  • MGMT 6334 may be substituted for ENVR 5132. Credit for only one course is allowed.
  • ENVR 5331 may be substituted for ECON 5137. Credit for only one course is allowed.
 
Plus, complete one course (3 hours) selected from the following list:
ENVR 5332 Environmental Law
Credit Hours: 3
MGMT 5439 Positive Leadership and Ethical Action
Credit Hours: 3
MGMT 5234 Leading Non-Profit Institutions
Credit Hours: 3
MGMT 5434 Negotiation Skills and Strategies
Credit Hours: 3
EMGT 5430 Professional Project Management
Credit Hours: 3
ENVR 6333 Coastal Resilience
Credit Hours: 3
MGMT 5931 Research Topics in Management
Credit Hours: 3

Additional Information

MGMT 5931 Special topics course should include Sustainability in the title.