ACADEMICS

  • Graduate Management Courses

    BA 910 Information Technology
    This course takes a managerial perspective toward the use of information technology (IT) and will analyze how organizations use IT to improve organization efficiency and effectiveness and to achieve a competitive advantage. Case studies will be employed to understand how organizations have implemented IT to integrate process across multiple business functions and to differentiate
    their organization from the competition.
    3 credits

    BA 911 Accounting for Managerial Decisions
    This course focuses on the analysis of financial statements, benchmarking for liquidity, solvency, efficiency, profitability, analysis of risk and leverage, financial planning and control, cost analysis including activity based costing, budgeting systems, and an introduction to capital budgeting.
    3 credits

    BA 912 Marketing
    This course will provide students with an in-depth understanding of consumer and business marketing. Students will develop an understanding of and apply marketing theories, models and techniques through reading and analysis of current journal articles and cases. Particular focus will be placed on developing managerial and decision-making skills.
    3 credits

    BA 913 Managerial Economics
    This course will present those aspects of economics theory and analysis that are most relevant to students in business administration. The topics covered include demand analysis, estimation and forecasting, production theory, cost analysis and estimation, and pricing theory and application.
    3 credits

    BA 914 Organizational Behavior
    This course introduces concepts, theories and current research in the effective management of organizations employing the open-systems model and contingency approach as an overall framework. Individual differences, teamwork, organizational structure and processes are all discussed. The role of perception and motivation in the behavior of the individual is addressed. Cases, workshops and readings are integrated within the course.
    3 credits

    BA 915 Corporate Finance
    This course will review theories and cases in value maximization as the goal of a firm. The specific topics covered include EVA and MVA approaches, corporate governance and agency issues, valuation of corporate securities, cost of capital, risk analysis and management, uses and valuation of derivatives, advanced issues in capital budgeting including embedded options, capital structure,
    dividend policy, lease analysis, mergers, acquisitions and bankruptcy, and international finance.
    3 credits

    BA 916 Quantitative Analysis and Research Methods
    This course will explore both quantitative and qualitative research methods. Professional business statistics will be covered including multiple regression, factor, discriminant, and cluster analysis. Fundamental social science research methods such as exploratory, field, experimental, and survey research will be reviewed. Students will be expected to present a research plan including problem definition, research questions, data collection methods and data analysis tools.
    3 credits

    BA 990 Integrative Business Strategy
    This course will expose students to the concepts of strategic management and processes and provide them with the opportunity to integrate knowledge and skills developed in previous courses. The principle method for achieving these objectives is the in-depth oral and written analysis of complex, multiple problem cases by both individual students and teams.
    3 credits

    Accounting Courses:
     
    AC 910 Taxation of Individuals and Proprietors
    This course will provide a detailed analysis of federal laws, regulations, and other authorities affecting the taxation of individuals. The course will be structured around tax law research with some consideration to forms and computerized tax packages.
    3 credits

    AC 911 Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders
    This course will focus on analyzing federal and state laws affecting corporations and shareholders, including laws governing corporate formation, liquidating and non-liquidating distributions, reorganizations, taxes on corporation accumulations, tax planning for compliance and minimization.
    3 credits

    AC 912 Advanced Accounting Theory
    This course will cover advanced topics in reporting for creditors, investors, regulatory agencies and other stakeholders, and the conceptual development and application of reporting alternatives. Specific emphasis will be placed on the application of accounting theory to current topics in financial reporting.
    3 credits

    AC 913 Advanced Auditing Theory and Practice
    The course will provide students with an in-depth understanding of auditing standards, auditing electronic systems, auditor’s reports, and statistical samples in auditing, and SEC regulations. Case studies will be used to allow students to apply their knowledge in actual business situations.
    3 credits

    AC 920 Advanced Problems in Accounting
    This course will study general and specialized accounting problems abased on the subject matter contained in C.P.A. examinations.
    3 credits

    AC 921 Advanced Cost Accounting
    This course will cover advanced topics in cost and managerial accounting systems including activity based costing and activity based management, capital budgeting, control systems, linear programming techniques, transfer pricing, and cost and variance analysis.
    3 credits

    AC 922 International Accounting
    The course focuses on the preparation of financial and accounting statements for multinational firms, foreign currency exchange adjustments, comparative accounting principles and disclosures, and audit reports as well as the interpretation of foreign financial statements.
    3 credits

    AC 923 Advanced Government and Nonprofit Accounting
    This course will address the analysis of measurement and reporting problems unique to nonprofit organizations and federal, state and local governments including the comparison of FASB and GASB standards with reference to other authoritative bodies. The course will provide an overview of fund accounting, budgetary systems, budgetary control and the auditing of government and
    nonprofit entities.
    3 credits

    AC 930 Advanced Financial Theory
    This course will allow students to study emerging topics in Finance with an emphasis on derivative instruments, risk management, financial engineering and hedges, issues n capital structure, mergers and acquisitions, real options in capital budgeting, and the impact of corporate governance structures on firm value.
    3 credits

    AC 932 International Finance and Economics
    This course will cover foreign exchange markets, rates and risks, reasons for international trade, purchasing power parity, interest rate parity, forward and future spot rates, international capital markets, financials instruments of international banking and trade, capital budgeting in the international context, and the impact of political risks.
    3 credits

    AC 950 Seminar Topics in Taxation
    This is a research based course dealing with contemporary and emerging topics in taxation resulting from changes in tax policies, legislation and regulation.
    3 credits

    AC 951 Seminar in Issues in Accounting Ethics
    The course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to identify, discuss, and analyze the many ethical issues faced by practicing accountants. Approaches for resolving ethical dilemmas and models for analyzing ethical issues will be discussed to assist students in making well-reasoned ethical decisions in their professional lives.
    3 credits

    Managerial Leadership courses:

    BA 960 Leadership Theory and Skills
    This course explores the past, present and future of leadership and covers a variety of leadership paradigms and approaches. Attention is focused on cultural dynamics and diversity, including national, global and ethical issues. Emphasis is placed on how leaders emerge, the ever changing nature of a leader’s skills portfolio, and how leadership roles are chaining. Leadership of individuals, small teams, organizations, as well as leadership in a virtual world are discussed. Assignments include case analyses, individual and group projects and presentations.
    3 credits

    BA 961 Organizational Development and Change
    This course focuses on improving organizational effectiveness and leading the change processes. It draws upon a variety of behavioral science approaches to planned development and change. Regaining control after unplanned change is also discussed. Using an experiential approach, Organizational Development is designed to improve individual, team and organizational performance though the design, implementation and evaluation of system-wide changes.
    3 credits

    BA 962 Ethics and Social Responsibility of Leadership
    This course examines ethical questions in the conduct of Leadership. It considers the legal mandates, ethical and social responsibilities of leaders to all stakeholders. The influence of external and internal forces of the organizational environment will be explored.
    3 credits

    BA 963 Action Learning Professional Leadership Project
    This course serves as a capstone in the Leadership concentration. Individuals will select a specific hands-on leadership project within a profit or not-for-profit organization. They will write and orally deliver a proposal to the class and subsequently to the host organization. The project, once implemented and completed, will incorporate skills, theories and concepts learned throughout the
    program into real-world applications.
    3 credits

    BA 970 Seminar in Leadership
    This course complement the theoretical components offered throughout the MS Program by providing practical exposure to current management issues. This is accomplished by bringing to class business executives and leaders who discuss their most immediate and longer term management challenges. The course also examines several current issues facing senior executives.
    3 credits

    BA 971 Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
    This course explores both entrepreneurial venture and small business start-up processes, plans and strategies. Students will be required to establish a business and develop a start-up proposal and strategic plan for a successful operation. The course is interdisciplinary and relies heavily on experiential exercises and simulation.
    3 credits

    BA 972 Motivation and Leadership of Teams
    This course is designed to provide a leadership perspective on the management and work effectiveness of teams and groups. Theories of motivation and group dynamics will be discussed in order to develop a greater understanding of the interplay between task, individuals, teams/groups and leadership. Your own personal behavior in teams and your team management skills will also be
    examined. The course is highly experiential and involves working in class teams on graded and nongraded assignments. These assignments include team presentations and written and oral analysis.
    3 credits

    BA 973 Leading in the International Business Environment
    This course is an in-depth analysis of all components of international business management. Major emphasis is placed upon multi-national business operations including foreign profit center, national and cultural differences, and comparative management systems. These are studied in terms of their influence on all areas of international trade.
    3 credits

    BA 974 Negotiations
    This course focuses on the essential knowledge and skills that effective negotiators need to deal appropriately with the problems and possibilities of effective negotiations, conflict management, and power and influence at work and other settings. Through active participation in negotiation role-plays, students develop negotiation skills; through the use of self-administered instruments,
    students learn about their own negotiating styles; and through lectures and readings, students learn about the structures and dynamics of negotiation, conflict, and power in organizations.
    3 credits

    BA 975 Leadership Perspectives of Human Resources and the Legal Environment
    This course examines how managers can utilize modern human resource practices in order to improve company performance and efficiencies. Topics include staffing for quality, outsourcing, use of core and contingent workforce, managing workforce commitment and performance, legal issues, managing careers, and reward systems. A case study approach is used.
    3 credits

    BA 976 Selected Topics in Leadership
    This course is an in-depth study of a selected topic, issues, problem or trend in management. The specific subject matter is not offered as an existing regular course or deserves more time-emphasis than is possible in a regular course. When offered, topics and prerequisites are announced in the course schedule book.
    3 credits