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Course Descriptions

Business Core | International Business | Health Care Management
Management & Organizational Behavior | Capstone Courses
 

Business Core Courses

MBA 501 – Managerial Accounting  
This course will review the process of identification, measurement, accumulation, analysis, preparation, interpretation, and communication of financial information used by management to plan, evaluate, and control within an organization and to assure appropriate use of and accountability for its resources. Management accountingalso comprises the preparation of financial reports for non management groups such as shareholders, creditors, regulatory agencies, and tax authorities (3 credits).

MBA 502 – Financial Management  
This course will review the principles and methods of financing business organizations and evaluating internal control problems and the concepts and analytical techniques applicable to identifying and solving financial management problems (3 credits). 

MBA 503 – Managerial Economics  
Managerial Economics is concerned with the application of economic principles and methodologies to the decision-making process of large organizations operating under conditions of uncertainty. Managers are likely to be more successful if they understand how their actions affect market forces, and how market forces affect their firms. A course in managerial economics provides a framework for approaching management decisions such as pricing, employment, and investment with the analytical tools of the professional economist (3 credits).

MBA 504 – Data Analysis and Modeling for Managers  
Data Analysis and Modeling is an exciting field in today’s dynamic, competitive world. Business managers deal with large amount of data and information. A unifying element of the course is the use of Excel to perform various analysis in a spread sheet environment. In this course, students develop skills in using Excel to examine and report data. Students will be able to make strategic decisions using various concepts, methods and quantitative tools in the field of data analysis and modeling (3 credits).

MBA 505 – Marketing Concepts and Strategies 
Corporate managers seek effective strategies to deal with an ever changing market environment. They monitor and assess the marketplace, competition, laws and regulations, business cycles, customer needs and other important factors to identify opportunities. This course is designed to evaluate the corporate tasks needed to develop an effective marketing strategy. Decisions related to marketing mix elements, including product, price, distribution, and promotion will be analyzed, as well as the development of a strategic marketing plan (3 credits).

MBA 506 –Managing Information Technologies and Innovation
Information systems are the backbone and nervous system of every business organization. It is therefore imperative that business students posses a solid grounding in the principles of the information systems discipline. This course stresses the importance of delivering the right information to the right person, in the fashion, and at the right time; and the consequent improvements gained in organizational effectiveness (3 credits). 

MBA 507 – Business Law for Managers
This course provides coverage of traditional business law topics and addresses the legal environment in which business must operate. Contemporary business law concepts and cases are discussed, including modern statutory and regulatory law and recent court decisions. In addition to providing the student with an understanding of the American legal system, its structure, procedures and concepts, the course also considers the scope of modern legal issues faced by business and how the law evolves as new business-related issues arise. The course also emphasizes the application of court decisions, statutes, and government relation to business. Legal terminology, concepts, structures, and process are covered (3 credits).

MBA 508 – Management and Organization Theory 
Based upon classical and contemporary theory and empirical research, this course provides an analysis of organizations, focusing on the impacts that organizations have upon individuals and society. The course focuses on how managers structure and operate organizations so that they are efficient and effective. In reviewing the field of organization studies, the course considers the past, present and areas of likely significant future development in the study of organizations. Specifically, it surveys the development of rational, natural and open systems theories -- from earlier to contemporary versions -- and provides a framework to allow students to comprehend past and present theories and to understand current controversies (3 credits).

MBA 509 – Managing Human Resources 
This course provides the manager with a basic understanding of the field of human resource management as it is practiced today. Theories, concepts, terminology, procedures, laws and regulations, are explored and discussed as they apply to the process of maintaining a well qualified, motivated work force. In particular, students will explore the variety of problems, issues, and conflicts that may arise in the workplace and some of the strategies designed to deal with such problems (3 credits).

MBA 510 – Interpersonal and Organizational Communication
Effective communication is an essential skill for today’s manager. This course covers the key forms of communication in organizations: reading, writing, speaking, listening, and nonverbal communication. It also treats different kinds of writing, such as letters and reports; different kinds of oral communication, such as public speaking, committee meetings, and interviewing; and the study of communication within organizations, especially as it pertains to management. The course considers the importance of communication and increases the student’s understanding of how communication works. The manner in which all aspects of communication are interrelated is also
emphasized (3 credits).

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Areas of Concentration

International Business Courses

MBA 641 – International Marketing  
In an environment in which a large portion of income of U.S. firms is earned in foreign markets, foreign competitors increase their market share in the United States, and national economies have become interdependent in the global market, most marketing strategies become international in scope.

This course is designed to investigate the implications of the global market for U.S. companies and how it affects their marketing strategies as they are competing in markets around the world. Attention will be focused on problems such as identifying and evaluating opportunities in overseas markets, developing and adapting marketing strategies in relation to specific national market needs and constraints (3 credits).

MBA 642 – International Financial Management
The focus of this course is on the specific problems encountered by those concerned with finance in companies with substantial international involvement. It is the international equivalent of a corporate finance course. The course content is especially designed for MBA’s aspiring to careers in international business, including those who will be responsible for the financial management of large and small corporations, international trading companies, or banks whose customers include business firms affected by international markets (3 credits).

MBA 643 – International Management and Cross Cultural Communication 
This course takes a cross-cultural and functional perspective in international management. Managerial functions are discussed in a cross-cultural setting of an international operation. Emphasis is placed on the importance of cross-cultural differences and the challenges of working in a diverse work environment where people may not share the same basic values and assumptions (3 credits).

MBA 644 – International Economics
This course covers the determinants of foreign direct investment, the economic questions concerning the operations of multinational enterprise, and the impact of multinational firms on national economies and international economic relations. Emphasis is placed on the general economic analysis of these issues (3 credits).

MBA 645 – International Political Relations
This course offers the study of international relations and its relation to international economics and international business. Sometimes referred to as “political economy”, the course requires the analysis of both the way in which politics shapes the economy, and of the way in which the economy shapes politics. Considering the limitations of the conventional division of domestic and international politics and economics, the course investigates how the domestic politics of the world’s leading economic and military powers have wide-ranging effects on the domestic political economies of other nations (3 credits).

MBA 646 – International Trade 
This course investigates the theories, institutions and processes associated with international trade. The course examines the theoretical constructs necessary to understand the issues and problems that a business involved with international trade must face. The course also explores the various mechanisms, such as import and export procedures and regulations, that create today’s global systems for managing the exchange of goods, services, and labor between countries (3 credits). 

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Health Care Management Courses

MBA 651 – Health Care Administration
This course serves as an overview of the issues, practices, and responsibilities facing the health care administrator. The course investigates each of the important aspects of health care administration and introduces students to the topics which constantly challenge health care executives. Areas covered include hospital and physician reimbursement, managed care, multi-provider systems, integrated health systems, business ventures in health care, and stake holder management. This is a course providing the application of organizational management techniques to health care institutions (3 credits).

MBA 652 – Health Care Finance 
An introduction to the management of a health care organization's finances, including the operation of its financial accounting system. Evaluation of the organization's financial situation using financial techniques and financial statements, cash management, credit analysis, capital structure and capital budgeting, funds management, and financial control (3 credits).

MBA 653 – Law for Health Care Professionals
This course will review the American legal system, including its courts, its statutes, and its common law, in order to provide the health care manager with a basic understanding of the number of significant ways in which legal mandates apply to one's institution. A number of different areas of law will be studied, each selected for its influence on the management of health care institutions and health care providers. Legal cases will be examined, including significant court opinions, in order to bring students to a basic understanding of the manner in which their actions will be judged by our country's legal systems (3 credits).

MBA 654 – The Marketing for Health Care Programs  
This course provides students with an overview of the areas of public involvement which affect the organizations ability to attract, serve, and generate the support of the community in which it is embedded. These include the marketing of the services and programs provided by the institution, the use of positive forms of publicity, and the generation of activities designed to foster a positive relationship with the individuals, organizations, and governments on which the institution depends (3 credits).

MBA 655 – The Health Care System 
This course will examine the social organization of the vast health care system in the United States today, emphasizing such topics as health expenditures and rising costs, equity in health services, financing health care, insurance (including HMOs), delivery of health care services, discrimination in health care delivery, social legislation, and the social implication of new health care technologies (3 credits).

MBA 656 – Health Care Policy 
This course focuses on a wide range of policies including equity in health care delivery (e.g., how to provide care for the elderly, the poor, the homeless, those with cancer, AIDS, and other life threatening illnesses, those chemically dependent), proposals for cost control, regulation of safety, insurance, and the distribution of medical resources (3 credits).

 

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Management & Organizational Behavior Courses

MBA 661 – Managing Organizational Behavior
This course examines behavioral issues in organizations to develop an understanding for working with people individually, in groups, and as members of larger organizations. The course also reviews theories and research in the area of effective management, in order to develop a base of understanding for managerial practice and organizational leadership (3 credits).

MBA 662 – Managing Diversity 
“Diversity” within our society and our workforce has become a continuing evolutionary process with far-reaching implications for both business and politics. Increasingly, managers in both major corporations and other organizations are evaluated on how well they hire and manage a diverse workforce. This course provides students with practical strategies for managing in today’s multicultural workplace. It gives future leaders insights into understanding, appreciating, and gaining value from cultural contrasts, and provides students with the skills needed to negotiate, manage and motivate among multicultural groups (3 credits).

MBA 663 – Organizational Culture and Spirituality
This course investigates the existence of organizational culture, its formation and its influence on organizational success. Each organization has an invisible quality -- a certain style, a character, a way of doing things -- that may be more powerful than the dictates of any person or any formal system. This course attempts to understand the “soul of the organization” -- its culture -- and how cultures are formed, maintained, and changed. 

 

The course also explores possible relationships between organizational culture and performance; the relationship between organizational culture and ethical behavior; the challenge of managing the culture’s influence on organizational process; and finally, how organizations socialize individuals to their particular culture. The relationship of spirituality to organizational culture is also considered (3 credits). 

MBA 664 – Managing Organizational Quality and Commitment 
This course focuses on past, current, and emerging quality improvement theories, practices, techniques, and skills. It includes an overview of organizational systemic processes and programs, necessary to deliver quality results, such as those established under the Baldridge Award and under standards programs such as ISO 9000. The mechanics, structures, and dynamics of effective quality improvement teams are covered, as are issues relating to the effective implementation of quality related programs (3 credits).

MBA 665 – Organizational Diagnosis and Change Management
This course examines the structural and environmental forces that influence the management process within organizations and its effectiveness in managing the organization through the process of change. Procedures and methodology are developed for identifying the organization’s type, readiness for change, and appropriate intervention and change strategies. Issues examined include power and resistance, human motivation and behavior, intervention in systems, group dynamics, team building, power and politics in organizations, and the creation of change-oriented cultures (3 credits).

MBA 666 – Executive Development and Principle Centered Leadership 
As organizations prepare to face the challenges of the new millennium, they look toward their executives for vision, innovation and integrity. The development of individuals who can provide such leadership is a constant, relentless effort within corporation today. 

This course is an opportunity to see how organizations shape leaders. With focus on both the theoretical and practical aspects of executive development, this course enables students to understand and facilitate organizational efforts aimed at improving executive capabilities. The course will also evaluate the current literature on the concept of being a “principle-centered” leader and whether identifiable individual characteristics influence an executive’s ability to inspire people, build teamwork, and contribute positively to organizational success (3 credits).

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Capstone Courses

MBA 701 – Organizational Leadership, Ethics and Social Responsibility  
This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to investigate the social responsibility of business, manners in which business leaders and managers deal with ethical issues, and the role of business professionals in the process of guiding (stewarding) the organization in the ways in which it is willing to acknowledge its influential role in the community and design efforts to respond to the important problems in that community (3 credits).

MBA 702 – Strategic Management  
This course is intended as a capstone course in the MBA program, integrating the various courses in the curriculum as the learning accomplished through the Core Courses and the electives in the student’s area of concentration is applied to the process of strategy formation and case review.

As students study the process of strategic management, they will focus on the tasks of crafting, implementing, and executing an organization’s strategy. Strategy is grounded in the array of competitive moves and business approaches management depends on to produce successful performance. The study of strategy, then, considers management’s game plan for strengthening the organization’s position, pleasing its customers, and achieving performance targets. Students will learn how managers devise strategies to guide how the company’s business will be conducted and to help them make reasoned, cohesive choices among alternative courses of action (3 credits).

MBA 703 – Competing in a Global Business Environment 
This course is intended as a vehicle for producing students who will be comfortable and effective in a worldwide marketplace. Today, all students -- even those who will never have an overseas assignment -- need to be knowledgeable about the global economy. Students must develop “cultural literacy” in international business. As a business professional, they must be able to talk knowledgeably with a visiting executive from a French multinational corporation or to understand and analyze the impact on themselves and their firm of trade negotiations with Japan, devaluation of the Mexican peso, economic growth in China or Brazil, or the collapse of a British bank. It is the purpose of this course to provide such a foundation for future managers who must function in a global competitive environment (3 credits).

MBA 704 – MBA Decision Laboratory 
This course provides an opportunity to apply academic knowledge through participation in a managerial task within an organization (such as setting up a purchasing cooperative, devising an inventory system, developing cost-benefit analyses of a New York City agency program). In other cases, it may be appropriate for students to work outside a business setting on a researchoriented project that has applied objectives. The thrust of the creative response here is toward solving an actual operating problem. In a graduate business program, performance of this type of task is an appropriate way to further develop the knowledge and skills acquired in academic learning (3 credits).

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