Business Core Courses

MSBA 625 (3 sh)

Economic Policy and the Global Environment

An application of microeconomic theory to management decisions. A review of traditional neoclassical production and cost theory is used as a platform to delve into modern business economics. The focus is on how firms fit in the analysis of market activity, how economists see the problem of organizing economic activity, understanding when markets solve that problem and why sometimes they do not. The course ends with an examination of the impact of macroeconomic policies from a global economic perspective.

MSBA 715 (3 sh)

Managerial Accounting

The use of accounting information in management decision making is examined. Specific topics include cost/volume/profit analysis; product costing systems; use of accounting data in pricing, capital expenditures and product decisions; and planning and control systems, including budgeting and measures of divisional performance.

MSBA 627 (3 sh)

Marketing Management

Concepts and techniques of planning, implementing and controlling the marketing function are the focus of this in-depth study. Monitoring conditions and assessing opportunities, delineating target markets, consumer/buyer research and planning, and strategy procedures are given considerable attention.

MSBA 717 (3 sh)

Financial Management

Selected topics in corporate finance are examined through case and seminar approach. Major topics include enterprise valuation, risk management strategies using financial derivatives such as options and futures, and international financial management.

MSBA 641 (3 sh)

Advanced Operations and Supply Chain

This course provides tools for the assessment of performance, analysis of business processes, the evaluation and implementation of process change. Integration of information systems technology within and across organizational boundaries is often a critical component of the change process. This course introduces database tools for managing and analyzing organizational information and explores the implications of emerging eCommerce, supply chain and cross-functional software applications.

MSBA 623 (3 sh)

Management and Organizational Behavior

This course focuses on the development of the skills needed to manage and lead organizations. Analysis of work behavior from the viewpoint of both behavioral research and managerial practice. Understanding of issues such as motivation, individual differences and managing change provides students with foundation needed for managing performance, quality and operations.

MSBA 645 (3 sh)

Project Management

This course provides an overview of the knowledge, skills and processes associated with project management. The course covers project planning, scheduling and controlling, and will provide students with skill building using project management tools, techniques and software.

Business Analytics Courses

MSBA 643  (3 sh)

Analytics I: Quantitative Methods

This course examines the foundational business analytics skills and tools required to make effective managerial decisions. Specifically, using statistics and probability, this course examines business decisions related to marketing, supply chain, and operations such as market basket analysis, RFM analysis, market segmentation, queuing, quality control, and forecasting consumer demand and input availability, simple visualization techniques, among many other topics. In addition to Excel, this course incorporates more advanced business analytics software such as SAS and Enterprise Miner and Guide.

MSBA 661 (3 sh)

Analytics II: Decision Modeling

This course is designed to provide students with a conceptual understanding of the role management science plays in the decision making process. This course focuses on the development of decision models and their application to management problems. Specific topics covered in this course include fundamental techniques such as linear programming, network models, regression analysis, heuristic and optimization models, forecasting, and Monte Carlo simulation.

MSBA 662 (3 sh)

Analytics III: Business Data Mining

This course will examine how data analysis technologies can be used to improve decision making and study the principles and techniques of data mining such as clustering, classification, decision trees, neural networks, and survival analysis. We will examine real-world examples and cases to place data mining techniques in context, to develop data-analytic thinking, and to illustrate that proper application is as much an art as it is a science. In addition, we will work hands-on with data mining software.

MSBA 663 (3 sh)

Analytics IV: Programming Basics

Students learn to apply statistical techniques to the processing, manipulation, and interpretation of data from various industries and disciplines using statistical programming packages. Students will use statistical programming to manage data, write subroutines, make informative graphs, and apply advanced modeling techniques to build and evaluate models. This is a project-based course with a strong programming component.

MSBA 675 (3 sh)

Analytics V: Capstone

Capstone course content and projects vary each semester.