Evening & Graduate Programs

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Course Descriptions


All courses are three credit hours unless otherwise noted. 

MGT 701 Organizational Management
Explores the role of the manager in organizational settings. In-depth focus and examination of social systems and their influence on the motivation of individuals, the effect on work outcomes, emergent leadership, and control of behavior in the work place. Also explores important concepts that help students understand and respond to the influences and forces affecting the behavior of individuals in the work place. Among the individual topics examined are (1) motivation, (2) self-concept, (3) interpersonal dynamics (4) conflict and resolution, (5) group dynamics, (6) leadership, and (7) change, as they arise and affect the behavior of people in the workplace. The course extensively utilizes case studies of people and groups in actual work situations to help students develop diagnostic and effective tools for exercising leadership and management.

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MGT 704 Marketing Management
Discusses management of the marketing function, including the application of marketing concepts for identifying, developing, and meeting customer needs. Development of marketing relationships to other corporate functions, such as production, finance, and human resource functions, is stressed.

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MGT 708 Human Resource Management
Focuses on key issues involving Human Resources that every manager is likely to face—staffing, compensation, performance management, and employee voice—and it takes the perspective of the general manager as opposed to the HR Manager. Special emphasis is placed on how human resource decisions are influenced by forces internal and external to the firm, including business strategy, global competition, technological change, unionization, workforce characteristics, and government regulation.

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MGT 709 Managerial Economics
Examines the microeconomic principles which describe how consumers and businesses make consumption and production decisions and how the interaction of supply and demand in goods, labor, and capital markets determine prices. Business strategies under different market structures are identified and the role of government in correcting market failure is discussed. The macroeconomics environment in which businesses operates is examined, as are the fiscal, monetary, and international trade policies of government. Cases will be discussed to show how economic principles can be applied to actual business situations. Prerequisite: Completion of on-line primer if required.

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MGT 711 Managerial Accounting
The course is directed toward the users of accounting information and provides them with an understanding of the relevance of accounting information in marketing, production, systems design, engineering, management, and other non-accounting activities. Managerial applications—actual practices that illustrate conceptual ideas—are stressed. Topics covered include an overview of managerial accounting, cost methods and systems used, concepts and methods for managerial decision-making, managerial planning, control, and internal performance evaluation. Non-manufacturing applications are stressed. Special topics, such as fraud, and ethical issues related to a variety of matters are also included. Prerequisite: Completion of on-line primer if required.

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MGT 712 Managerial Finance
Focuses on understanding the importance of the finance function to the organization and the role of the manager in the finance function. Topics include the financial environment, goals of the firm, working capital management, the time value of money, valuation of securities, and capital budgeting. Institutions and mechanisms related to the original and continuing short-term and long-term financial needs of the firm are included. Prerequisite: Completion of on-line primer if required, and MGT 711 Managerial Accounting.

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MGT 713 Operations Management
Focuses on the managerial decisions required to effectively manage the production and/or operations components of a firm. Elements of this course examine the planning, coordination, and executing of activities that lead to the creation and distribution of goods or services by the firm. The course integrates the concepts from other fields including cost dynamics, task analyses, various quantitative methods and industrial engineering. Specific topics explored are capacity planning, task and work flow analysis, manpower management, quality, scheduling, production planning and control, inventory management and customer service and/or assurance. This course develops and explores the concept of trade off analysis and links it to manufacturing/operations strategy and to corporate strategy.

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MGT 714 Global Management
Investigates the problems and managerial skills required to meet organizational needs as firms become engaged in global business activities. Introduces the cultural, social, political, legal, ethical, and economic environments in which international business is conducted and their impact on the firm’s structure, organization, and management processes. Strategy of international business, trade, theory, global marketing, global human resource management, and other topics are also discussed. Examines the various aspects of globalization and how America and American business are impacted. Students should appreciate the complexities and challenges facing multinational corporations (MNC) operating in the diverse world environment. The course extensively utilized case studies of people, companies and countries in actual situations to help student develop diagnostic and effective tools for exercising leadership and management responsibilities. Prerequisite: MGT 704 Marketing Management, MGT 708 Human Resource Management, MGT 709 Managerial Economics, MGT 712 Managerial Finance.

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HCMGT 715 Communication & Relationship Building
Studies communication theory to provide a foundation for understanding how information and ideas are passed from person to person, the role of communication and relationship building in organizational change and transformation, and the methods of developing and strengthening relationships and trust in a diverse environment. Topics to be covered include conflict resolution, therapeutic communication processes and social support for relationships

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HCMGT 716 Leadership & Management
Examines key concepts in leadership and management within the health care system. Emphasis is placed on organizing and delivering health care, assessing resources, planning, managing human resources, improving quality and promoting positive change. Types of leadership will be reviewed and students will develop a sense of their own style of leadership.

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MGT 724 Legal and Ethical Environments in Business
Focuses on issues of concern in light of the law, administration of the law, and ethics. Issues include topics such as grievance and confidentiality, environmental regulation, internal financial controls, human rights, etc. These issues are examined in conjunction with managerial decision-making requirements. Application of theory is through case analysis. Elective.

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MGT 731 Management Information Systems
Assessment of the relations of information processing systems in the organization. Focuses on methods of integrating systems into daily operations for analyzing and representing data in forms useful for decision-making affecting the future of the firm. Elective.

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MGT 738 Advanced Marketing Concepts
Provides an understanding of the role of marketing, including the planning processes and analytical tools and techniques used. Emphasizes the analytical and decision-making processes involved in formulating, implementing, and controlling a marketing program for a given product or market entry. Course includes such topics as customer, competitor, and environmental analysis, segmentation and target marketing, competitive positioning, and program implementation and control. Prerequisite: MGT 704 Marketing Management. Elective.

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MGT 747 The Advertising Industry in the 21st Century
This course will address the complex management challenges involved with the key 21st Century issues in advertising including the new client service model, working with contract services, campaign planning, modern media and media planning, how to develop a “creative brief,” working with creative staff, and basic advertising production techniques. This is the basic course for success in the degree concentration. Prerequisite MGT 704 Marketing Management. Elective.

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MGT 748 Buyer Behavior and Marketing Research
Understanding why and how a consumer decides to purchase a certain product, and what effect advertising has on the decision, is a key part of the marketing and advertising process. Insight into this process is garnered through the systematic collection of data through targeted marketing research. A comprehensive understanding of the consumer and consumer preferences can only be gained through the application of targeted consumer research. This course will explore both sides of the equation: what makes a consumer buy and how do we determine their buying style, likes and dislikes, and brand preference. Prerequisite: MGT 704 Marketing Management, MGT 747 The Advertising Industry in the 21st Century. Elective.

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MGT 749 Advanced Marketing Strategy and Planning
The advertising plan is a critical part of the overall marketing plan for most products. Proper utilization of the “four Ps” of the marketing mix in the formulation of strategy will determine the future effectiveness of a campaign. This course deals with how integrated marketing communication, through targeted strategic planning, will help insure success of all of the key elements of an advertising campaign. This course will also cover the use of social media in the advertising process and how critical the message strategy, related to the creative execution, is to the overall success of the marketing and advertising effort. Prerequisite: MGT 704 Marketing Management, MGT 747 The Advertising Industry in the 21st Century, MGT 748 Buyer Behavior and Marketing Research. Elective.

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MGT 750 Leadership
Focuses on the role of leaders in creating the vision necessary to change firm structures, motivate people, improve performance and position the company for the challenges of the future. The course will engage participants in identifying both good and poor leadership characteristics with an emphasis on cases, examples and relation to the participant’s experience. Participants will be challenged to access themselves as leaders and to identify traits necessary to improve their skills. Leadership will be analyzed and reflected through problems, observation, readings, case analysis, and examples from culture. Elective.

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MGT 751 Project Management
Project management is the process and skill required to manage complex, non-routine, one-time undertakings. Project management is essential to the firm to fuel the process of change. In addition, project management contributes to the strategic goals of the organization by introducing incremental change to meet those goals while allowing the business to continue to serve clients. Important topics will include the process of selecting projects that best support organizational goals, and the technical and managerial processes to complete those goals. Specific skills required include work structuring, budgeting, resource allocation and performance measurement and control. The course will also explore the organizational and behavioral issues involved in managing projects. Elective.

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MGT 752 Small Business Management
Upon successful completion, the student should be able to demonstrate an understanding of various management and entrepreneurial techniques vital to the small business operation. The student should be able to apply certain decision-making and problem solving skills toward the goal attainment of owning and operating a small business venture. The start-up and the continuous operation will be explored. Elective.

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MGT 753 Conflict Management and Negotiation
This course is designed to explore the way that power is used in conflict situations. Students will explore ways to make conflict a creative rather than a negative experience. Methods of conflict resolution will be practiced through simulation of role playing, case analysis and resolution and assignments. This experience will give the students an insight into human behavior. It will allow the student to gain experience and confidence in negotiation, managing workplace conflict, leading group decision making and facilitating processes with teams and individuals. Conflict will be discussed, dissected, and analyzed in the micro (person to person) and macro (larger system) to develop a competency through knowledge, skill and attitude. Elective.

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MGT 757 Training and Development
This course is intended to provide a comprehensive review of concepts and techniques as they relate to Training and Development functions in an organization. Concepts include Needs Assessment, Learning Theories and Program Design, Training Methods and Evaluation, E-Learning, and Employee Development. Prerequisite MGT 708 Human Resource Management. Elective.

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MGT 760 Advanced Financial Topics
This course offers the opportunity to focus on other financial issues facing managers in an increasingly savvy marketplace. The course combines discussion, extensive reading and lecture with several projects suited to demonstrate mastery of the topics included in the course. Prerequisite MGT 712 Managerial Finance, MGT 768.Financial and Capital Issues. Elective.

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MGT 762 Work Styles and Generations in the Workplace
There are three parts to this class, all with an emphasis on developing better leadership, interpersonal skills, and human relations skills while working with managers, peers, and/or subordinates; 1) Learning about generations in the workplace, 2) Emotional intelligence, and 3) Work/learning styles. Elective.

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MGT 765 Current Financial Trends
This course will cover the spectacular 2008 financial meltdown that, according to some, took this nation to the brink of repeating the Great Depression. An examination of what led up to the financial crisis including discussions about the mortgage industry and changes in financial markets. A review of the policy changes that have been or are likely to be enacted in response to this crisis will be made. Prerequisite: MGT 712 Managerial Finance.

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MGT 768 Financial and Capital Issues
Integrates capital structure and corporate financial decisions with corporate strategy. Broad topics include financial markets and instruments, valuing financial assets, valuing real assets, capital structure, incentives, information and corporate control and risk management. Within these broad topics, subtopics include the allocation of capital for real investment, financing the firm, knowing whether and how to hedge risk, and allocating funds for financial investments. Prerequisite: MGT 712 Managerial Finance. Elective.

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MGT 769 Financial Decisions
This course focuses on the application of graduate level financial concepts through case studies to solve financial problems. The course will emphasize additional funds needed, future growth, appropriate capital structure, cash flow issues and others. Prerequisite MGT 712 Managerial Finance, MGT 768 Financial and Capital Issues. Elective.

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MGT 774 Organizational Change and Development
The primary focus of this course is organizational development, the management discipline aimed at improving organizational effectiveness. Students will study organizational change including the concept of planning change. The student will discover the basic roles and styles of the OD practitioner, resistance to organizational change and how to overcome it. Elective.

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MGT 776 Enterprise Risk Management: Culture, Management, and Control
This course analyzes enterprise risk management (ERM) as a thoroughly integrated, systematic process for dealing with the various risks organizations may encounter. Addresses multiple categories of risk, risk tolerance, risk profiles, the benefits of ERM, its conceptual framework, legal considerations, and strategies for implementation. The goal is to provide a thorough understanding of what ERM is, how it works, and what value it provides.  Three credit hours – elective Elective.

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MGT 777 The Role of ERM in Strategic Planning
This course is a second course in a series of three that continues the analysis of enterprise risk management (ERM), its follow on development into a risk management strategy, and integrating this strategy into business planning. This course will concentrate on readings and discussions associated with creating a risk-aware culture, allocating resources based on risk, credit risk management, operational risk management, and financial risk management. The goal is to provide the individual with applicable ideas and concepts to ensure their success in building a comprehensive risk management strategy, while working alongside risk management professionals, that drives a strategic advantage within their business sector. Prerequisite MGT 776.  Three credit hours – elective   Elective.

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MGT 778 Practical Application of Enterprise Risk Management - Student Project
This course is a follow on to MGT 776 and 777. It is designed to have the student perform a risk assessment of a given situation and make recommendations on ways to mitigate the risks to an acceptable level. Areas of concerned risk include: financial, reputation, operational, ethical, and physical safety issues. Special emphasis on how to analyze risk at the strategic, project, and operational levels, as well as identifying risk owners, gaps in information, and proposing ethically sound actions that would reduce risk to an acceptable level while still meeting the overall requirements of the problem set. Prerequisite MGT 776, MGT 777 Three credit hours – elective Elective.

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MGT 784 Money and Banking
This course will examine the roles of Money, Financial Markets, and Banking in the U.S. financial and economic systems. Attention will also be given to the regulatory framework governing commercial banking and the role of central banks in influencing monetary expansion including monetary tools at their disposal. The course will also include an abbreviated look at the economic crisis facing the United States that being in 2008. Prerequisite: MGT 712 Managerial Finance. Elective.

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MGT 795 Strategic Management and Ethics
This course is designed to provide an integrated examination of traditional and emerging strategic and ethical business management issues.  The course explores the means by which the overall direction and strategy of the organization is constructed, established, implemented and revised.   The focus is on analyzing, creating and implementing strategy within the context of the firm’s resources and capabilities. The course develops a perspective of the organization as a whole adapting to its internal and external (primarily competitive and market) environments. Explicit examination is given to the responsibilities, skills and perspectives required of senior executives in the organization. The course also examines ethical management and corporate social responsibility issues and their relation to the implementation of strategic management initiatives in the firm. Students will submit the required final assessment and complete the online comprehensive testing during this course. This course is the Capstone course of the MBA program and is expected to be taken at the end of your program.

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MGT 798 Special Topics
A didactic course that addresses a current topic.

HCMGT 717 Business Skills for the Health Care Manager
Introduces the student to the key concepts of management including organizing, planning, directing human resources, and controlling systems to obtain desired results. Topics include budgeting, human resources administration, the use of technology in management, the role of strategic management in leading organizational growth and development. Elective.

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HCMGT 718 Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care
Introduces the major ethical theories and principles needed to evaluate current legal and ethical issues. Students explore nursing and health care issues such as patient rights, withdrawing life support, promoting client autonomy, business ethics and the legal responsibilities of health care organizations. Students evaluate varied perspectives and develop a reasoned analysis of current topics. Elective.

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HCMGT 719 Topics in Health Care Management
Focuses on the professional, socio-cultural, economic, and political forces exerting pressure on the current health care system. Emphasis is placed on current issues in health care such as growing demand, the increased use of technology, the changing role of government, and the shortage of trained professionals in many health care fields. Elective.

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