Executive M.B.A.

MBA

Courses

Business

BUSI 600 Business Law

The course emphasis is on common law contracts and Uniform Commercial Code sections dealing with sales, commercial paper, and secured transactions. Course Value: 3 semester hours.

BUSI 605 Strategic Management Concepts and Applications

This is the MBA capstone course that meets the Competitive Strategy core requirement. This course requires the student to consider problems and issues faced by business organizations from a strategic and comprehensive viewpoint. Students work with local business organizations to develop strategic plans that address actual problems or concerns. Students are asked to integrate concepts from all areas of business, including management, marketing, finance, accounting, information systems, and operations in order to evaluate issues and recommend approaches to real business situations. Prerequisites: All survey courses. All core courses must be taken prior to or concurrently with BUSI 605. The student is expected to be able to work cohesively in a team to deliver a business project, create and deliver an effective presentation, meet deadlines, apply previous coursework in the context of decision-making for an organization, and resolve conflict within the group. Taken in last semester. This course is typically offered only in the spring semester. Course Value: 3 semester hours.

BUSI 691 Business Communication

The purpose of this course is to prepare students to communicate effectively both within their organizations and with external entities. Topics covered include the importance of communication to leadership, barriers to communication, and the different elements of communication. Students will also identify and reflect on individual communications styles using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Prerequisite: None. Course value: 3 hours.

Accounting

ACCT 580 Survey of Accounting

A survey of financial accounting. Alternative to Accounting 2000. Prerequisite: College Algebra. Course Value: 3 semester hours.

ACCT 678 Seminar in Valuation

Explores the theory and principles of valuation science with application to the valuation of closely-held businesses and early stage capital formation in the private equity markets. Meets the Financial Performance core requirement. Prerequisites: 600-level finance course or permission of the instructor. Course Value: 3 semester hours.

ACCT 679 Financial Statement Analysis

Examines the components of financial statements from a user’s perspective. Emphasis is placed on assessment of the impact of accounting choices on investment and lending decisions. Also, explores adjustments to financial statements made by financial analysts. Meets the Financial Performance core requirement. Prerequisites: Intermediate Financial Accounting is recommended; permission of instructor required. Course Value: 3 semester hours.

ACCT 681 Advanced Managerial Accounting

A study of responsibility accounting and the internal accounting report structure with some emphasis on the use of cost analysis and budgeting as a means for managerial control. Meets the Financial Performance core requirement. Prerequisite: Accounting 580. Course Value: 3 semester hours

ACCT 695 Tax and Management Decisions

Examination of the tax implications of business and management decisions. Familiarizes students with basic tax concepts and tax planning strategies. Designed for the general MBA student with no previous classwork in taxation. Prerequisite: Accounting 580. Course Value: 3 semester hours.

ACCT 696 Federal Estate and Gift Taxation

This course introduces students to concepts and procedures for estate and gift tax planning. This prepares students to examine the relevant facts of an individual in order to create a plan that is best suited for their needs. This course is typically taught in the summer. Prerequisite: Federal Taxation of Individual Income. Course value: 3 credit hours.

Economics

ECON 500 Survey of Economics

A survey of micro and macro concepts of economic behavior. Alternative to ECON 1000. Prerequisite: College Algebra. Course Value: 3 semester hours.

ECON 602 Industrial Organization

A study of imperfectly competitive markets. Emphasis is on the study of concentrated markets, their structure, conduct, performance, and public policy toward them. This course is offered in alternate years. Meets the Navigating a Complex World core requirement. Prerequisite: Economics 500. Course Value: 3 semester hours.

ECON 685 International Economics

An introduction to the international economic issues facing today’s business. Topics covered include trade issues such as free trade vs. protectionism and monetary issues such as exchange rate determination. Meets the Navigating a Complex World core requirement. Prerequisites: ECON 500. Course Value: 3 semester hours.

ECON 679 Decision Making Under Uncertainity

This course will provide an understanding of the basic concepts of decision analysis. These include the use of decision trees, the application of probability concepts in decisions and the use of regression analysis in decision making. Meets the Data Analysis for Decision Making core requirement. Prerequisite: Statistics with Regression and Economics 500. Course Value: 3 semester hours.

Entrepreneurship

ENTR 699 ELSEWorks Entrepreneurship Practicum

This elective course offers students the opportunity to participate in the entrepreneurial business process. The Practicum is faculty-supervised and client-driven with student teams working on ELSEWorks’ projects, jointly defined by client organizations and faculty that engage in entrepreneurial endeavors. Enrollment is permission of instructor only. Prerequisite: All survey courses.

Finance

FINC 562 Survey of Finance

A survey of the finance function including investment, financing, and dividend decisions. Alternative to Finance 3000. Prerequisite: Accounting 580. Course Value: 3 semester hours.

FINC 662 Financial Management

A case approach to the study of financial management decisions and the factors influencing those decisions. Includes cases illustrating working capital policy, financing decisions, and international finance. Meets the Financial Performance core requirement. Prerequisite: FINC 562. Course Value: 3 semester hours.

FINC 664 Financial Institutions

Prerequisites: Finance 562. An overview of capital market securities, bonds, derivatives, regulatory agencies, and monetary and fiscal policies currently impacting financial institutions. Prerequisite: Finance 562. Course Value: 3 semester hours.

FINC 666 Security Analysis and Portfolio Management

A course that examines domestic and international securities markets. Topics include characteristics of financial assets, valuation of securities, derivative securities, capital market theory, and portfolio management. Meets the Financial Performance core requirement. Prerequisites: Finance 562 and Economics 500. Course Value: 3 semester hours.

FINC 667 Student Managed Fund I and FINC 668 Student Managed Fund II

These courses focus on the leadership and practice of portfolio management, specifically the management of the General Louis Wilson Fund. Provides an opportunity to invest College endowment funds by utilizing economic, industry, and company analysis in security valuation models. Combines study of security analysis and portfolio management with practical demands of hands-on money management. Extends the study of portfolio theory, management, and performance management. Finance 667 should be taken in the first semester of the academic year; 668 in the second semester. Pre-requisite: Finance 3900 or Finance 666 and consent of instructor. May be taken concurrently with Finance 666. Course Value: 3 semester hours.

Management

MGMT 533 Survey of Management

A survey of the theories of organizational structure, behavior, and communication. Alternative to Management 2000. Course Value: 3 semester hours

MGMT 635 Human Resource Management

Prerequisite: Management 533. A study of the theoretical and practical aspects of human resource management. Topics covered include the legal environment of human resource management, employee recruitment and training, motivation, compensation, benefits, and labor unions. Prerequistes: MGMT 533. Course Value: 3 semester hours.

MGMT 637 The 48 Laws of Power

Explores issues in power and political behavior through selected readings. The purpose of this course is to afford students the opportunity to enhance personal understanding of organizational behavior, specifically the process by which one acquires and holds power in an organization and within groups of people. Typically taught in the summer. Prerequisite: Management 533 or permission of instructor. Course Value: 3 semester hours.

MGMT 638 Seminar in Leadership

Explores issues in leadership using a variety of readings and methods. The purpose of this course is to afford students the opportunity to enhance their personal understanding of leadership theories, concepts, contexts, and competencies, as well as move toward an understanding in practice, through engagement and reflection, using readings from the field of leadership studies. The student should gain further understanding of the moral responsibilities of leadership and become better prepared to exercise leadership in service to society. Meets the Principled Leadership core requirement. Prerequisite: Management 533. Course Value: 3 semester hours.

MGMT 639 Judgment and Decision Making

The objectives of the course are to introduce the student to behaviorial decision research, make the area of judgment a central component of the managerial experience of students, and improve the student’s judgment and decision making abilities. Prerequisite: Management 533 or permission of instructor. Course Value: 3 semester hours.

Marketing

MRKT 521 Survey of Marketing

A study of the management of the exchange process through a survey of the functions, processes, and institutions directing the flow of goods and services from producer to consumer or user. Alternative to Marketing 3000. Course Value: 3 semester hours.

MRKT 620 Seminar in Marketing Management

An Application based class that utilizes marketing concepts in case study and computer simulation scenarios. Students are asked to make substantive marketing management decisions with their accrued marketing knowledge. Meets the Navigating a Complex World core requirement. Prerequisite: Marketing 521. Course Value: 3 semester hours.

MRKT 622 Buyer Behavior

A study of decision processes that precede, determine, and follow the acts of groups and individuals who purchase goods and services for organizational or personal use. Meets the Navigating a Complex World core requirement. Prerequisite: Marketing 521. Course Value: 3 semester hours.

MRKT 626 Marketing Research

A survey and application of modern research methods and techniques for gathering, recording, and analyzing information for marketing decisions. Meets the Navigating a Complex World core requirement. Prerequisite: Marketing 521 and Statistics. Course Value: 3 semester hours.

Quantitative Management

QMGT 678 Intelligent Systems

This course provides a broad overview of the principles of artificial intelligence with emphasis on expert system development using an expert system shell. Course Value: 3 semester hours

QMGT 679 Analytics

This course focuses on analytical and statistical tools for decisionmaking in thecontext of business analytics (e.g., data mining, eComerce, decision support, enterprise resource planning). In this course, the focus is on data collection, descriptive statistics, analysis of variance (ANOVA), and the communication of quantitative thinking. Meets the Data Analysis for Decision Making core requirement. Prerequisite: Statistics. Course Value: 3 semester hours.

Policy

POLI 651 Internship

Prerequisites: Approval of faculty sponsor and completion of foundation courses. Internships are a cooperative effort involving the student, one or more Else School professors, and the student’s field supervisor. Practical experience and training with selected businesses. Together this group must agree upon terms of the internship as specified in the official internship registration documents provided by the registrar’s office. Activities of the intern must include legitimate academic inquiry and be amendable to evaluation on that basis. Else School internships require the student to work in a meaningful capacity for at least 10-12 hours per week for the 14-week semester to receive 3 graduate hours of credit. Course Value: 3 semester hours.

POLI 657 Directed Study

Prerequisites: Consent of the instructor and completion of the foundation courses. Independent study on subject matter not covered by formal courses, or research in a field in which the student cannot take the formal course. Course Value: 3 semester hours.

Special Topics

Special Topics courses in the MBA and MAcc programs offer the opportunity for advanced readings and research on topics not regularly offered in the curriculum. These courses offer opportunities to expand understanding of topics of interest to the individual student.

ACCT 699

An accounting elective in the MBA program that explores current topics in accounting. Topics will be considered on a rotational basis. Prerequisite: Accounting 580 and as specified by professor.

ECON 699

An economics elective in the MBA program that explores current topics in economics. Topics will be considered on a rotational basis. Prerequisite: Econ 500 and as specified by professor.

FINC 699

A finance elective in the MBA program that explores current topics in finance. Topics will be considered on a rotational basis. Prerequisite: Finance 562 and as specified by professor.

MGIS 699

A management informations systems elective in the MBA program that explores current topics in MIS. Prerequisites: As specified by professor.

MGMT 699

A management elective in the MBA program that explores current topics in management. Topics will be considered on a rotational basis. Prerequisite: Mgmt 533 and as specified by professor.

MRKT 699

A marketing elective in the MBA program that explores current topics in marketing. Topics will be considered on a rotational basis. Prerequisite: Marketing 521 and as specified by professor.

POLI 699

An elective in legal studies or policy that explores current topics. Topics will be considered on a rotational basis. Prerequisite: varies.

QMGT 699

An elective in the MBA program that explores current topics in the area of quantitative management. Prerequisites: As specified by professor

International Classes

The Else School’s International Programs offer students opportunities to look at the business world from a global perspective. International courses combine instruction in international business topics with field trips, group discussion, advanced readings, case studies, and group and individual presentations. In most cases, successful completion of an international course fulfills the core requirement Navigating a Complex World.

EACC 600

A graduate elective course in accounting taught abroad as part of the International Studies program. This course synthesizes the instruction of international accounting topics with practical field trips and case studies. Prerequisite: As specified by professor.

EECN 600

A graduate elective course in economics taught abroad as part of the International Studies program. This course synthesizes the instruction of international economics topics with practical field trips and case studies. Prerequisite: As specified by professor.

EFIN 600

A graduate elective course in finance taught abroad as part of the International Studies program. This course synthesizes the instruction of international finance topics with practical field trips and case studies. Prerequisite: As specified by professor.

EMGT 600

A graduate elective course in management taught abroad as part of the International Studies program. This course synthesizes the instruction of international management topics with practical field trips and case studies. Prerequisite: As specified by professor.

EMAR 600

A graduate elective course in marketing taught abroad as part of the International Studies program. This course synthesizes the instruction of international marketing topics with practical field trips and case studies. Prerequisite: As specified by professor.

EMIS 600

A graduate elective course in management information systems taught abroad as part of the International Studies program. This course synthesizes the instruction of international management information systems topics with practical field trips and case studies. Prerequisite: As specified by professor.

EPOL 600

A graduate elective course in business taught abroad as part of the International Studies program. This course synthesizes the instruction of international business topics with practical field trips and case studies. Prerequisite: As specified by professor.