Specialization Courses

After completing the preparatory courses (if required) and the core courses, a student may elect one of the following concentrations.  Should a student not wish to select one of the tracks, he or she may choose any three courses from among the tracks and receive a general MBA degree.

*Please see catalog for prerequisites for certain tracks.


MBA Concentrations

Track 1: Accounting
ACCT 5113-Accounting Theory
ACCT 5123-Advanced Auditing Concepts
ACCT 5133-Advanced Financial Accounting


Track 2: Leadership and Organizational Development

MGMT 5623-Team and Group Leadership
MGMT 5633-Systems Diagnosis and Intervention Techniques
MGMT 5643-Organizational Development and Design
MGMT 5663-Human Resources Management
MGMT 5673-Non-Profit Organization Management

Track 3: Project Management
BUSA 5243-Management Science and Operations
BUSA 5253-Project and Technology Management
BUSA 5263-Quality Assurance and Control

Track 4: Health Services Management
HSMT 5243-Foundations of Integrated Health Care Management
HSMT 5253-Hospital Operations Management
HSMT 5263-Practice Management in Health Care Systems

Track 5: Finance
FINC 5113-Advanced Financial Management
FINC 5123-Financial Planning
FINC 5133-Risk Management
FINC 5143-Investments
FINC 5153-International Trade and Finance

Track 6: Marketing
MKTG 5733-Marketing Research
MKTG 5743-International Marketing
MKTG 5753-e-Commerce Marketing and Mgmt

Track 7: Human Resources
HRMT 5663/MGMT 5663-Human Resource Management
HRMT 5673-Core Human Resources/Compensation and Benefits
HRMT 5683-Strategic Human Resources/Organizational Development  

 

Track 1: Accounting

ACCT 5113-Accounting Theory
This course studies the evolution of alternative theories of accounting, including recognition, valuation, and measurement considerations. It includes the historical development of accounting and the standard setting process in financial accounting, and how that history has impacted current practice. Other topics include the regulation of financial reporting; the postulates, principles and concepts of financial accounting; and the conceptual strengths and weakness of current standards are explored, along with research techniques that advance the profession of accounting.


ACCT 5123-Advanced Auditing Concepts
This course studies advanced concepts, theories, and techniques applied to external financial, governmental, and internal audit engagements.


ACCT 5133-Advanced Financial Accounting 
This course studies advanced concepts and techniques applied to consolidations theory and practice. Emphasis is on real-world applications of how information supports managerial decision-making


Track 2: Leadership and Organizational Development

MGMT 5623-Team and Group Leadership
This course examines leadership within organizational settings. Leadership dilemmas and issues relating to groups are analyzed. Emphasis is placed on enhancing team leadership in organizations.


MGMT 5633-Systems Diagnosis and Intervention Techniques
The course will focus on assessing the health-effectiveness of an organizational system and planning an intervention/change strategy that will increase the effectiveness of the organization. Specific attention will be given to the factors that need to be taken into consideration for those involved in the change process.


MGMT 5643-Organizational Development and Design
This course will investigate the emerging field of organizational development-major theories and basic concepts on the nature of work. Discussion will focus on forces impacting individual, group, and system performance and productivity within complex socio-technical systems.
 

MGMT 5663-Human Resources Management
The course provides students with the basic principles and techniques of human resource management.  The course takes a practical view that integrates the contributions of the behavioral sciences with technical aspects of implementing the HR function in today's business environment.  The class will cover the scope and content of the personnel function performed by the organization's HR department.


MGMT 5673-Non-Profit Organization Management
This course will examine the many facets of nonprofit leadership and management of nonprofit organizations.  Similarities and differences between nonprofit and for-profit will be explored.  The course will place special emphasis on the importance of using appropriate business practices in managing a nonprofit organization.  Topics of social entrepreneurship and volunteer management are included in this course.



Track 3: Project Management

BUSA 5243-Management Science and Operations
The course examines the integration of human, technology, and material resources in the management of operations in service and manufacturing organizations. Examines the use of quantitative methods designed to equip the student to excel in the quantitative aspects of business decision making.


BUSA 5253-Project and Technology Management
This course explores major problems, tasks, and techniques required to manage the technical program in each phase of the product life cycle. Emphasis is placed on organizational planning and development, decision making, and internal/external interface techniques.


BUSA 5263-Quality Assurance and Control
This course discusses the fundamental concepts and methods of quality and productivity improvement.

Track 4: Health Services Management

HSMT 5243-Foundations of Integrated Health Care Management
The course examines the organization and operations of health care systems in general. It covers the topics of board, management and medical staff roles and responsibilities; health care policy; financial management; contracting and negotiations; and insurance.


HSMT 5253-Hospital Management
This course covers operational issues of health care administration. It focuses on hospital operations, but other types of organizations are discussed. Primary emphasis is on planning, forecasting, scheduling, staffing, inventory, logistics, and quality control issues in hospitals. The course also covers public health and medical specialties requirements.
 


HSMT 5263-Practice Management in Health Care Systems
This course emphasizes planning, implementation, and control in managing health care professional practices. It examines directing and training professional staff, legal, and organizational structures used in practice management groups, and the importance of patient satisfaction in health care practices. Financial issues related to practice management are also covered.

 

Track 5: Finance

FINC 5113 -Advanced Financial Management
This course will be a comprehensive study of the financial tools and the skills needed by managers responsible for managing corporate financial holdings.  the course objectives correspond to CFP educational requirements.  Topics covered includes: Dividend Policy; Acquirement Venture Capital; Investment Banking; Long-term Debt and Leasing; Options and Derivatives; International Financial Management; and Strategic and Operational Financial Planning.


FINC 5123-Financial Planning
This course will be comprehensive in the study of the financial tools and the skills needed by today's managers in assisting clients to prepare insurance acquirement, home purchases, and other financial milestones. Course objectives correspond to CFP educational requirements and are included under the headings of General Principles of Financial Planning; Employee Benefits Planning; Income Tax Planning; Retirement Planning; and Estate Planning.  These areas of study directly correspond to CFP educational requirements.
 


FINC 5133-Risk Management
This course studies the tools and skills needed in assisting clients to prepare risk assessment of insurance needs and financial investing. Course objectives correspond to the CFP body of knowledge requirements.  Topics covered include: Principles of Insurance; Analysis and Evaluation of Risk Exposure; Legal Aspect of Insurance; Insurance Coverage for Property and Casualty; Health, Life Disability Income; and Long-Term Care.  Other topics cover Insurance Policy Selection and Policy Ownership Issues.

FINC 5143-Investments
This course studies the investing tools and skills needed by today's managers responsible for managing investments and various types of risk.  Course topics correspond to CFP educational requirements.  Course topics covered will include a study of types and use of investment vehicles, types of investment risks, measures of investment risks and returns, bond and stock valuation methods, formula investing , investing strategies, asset pricing models, hedging and option strategies, and tax issues of investment vehicles.

 

FINC 5153-International Trade and Finance

This course is cross listed as meeting the requirements as an elective course for both International Business and Finance Tracks. The course curriculum emphasizes global trade and international finance covering global economics and current financial factors in the world, balance of trade, managing rate risk, structuring international transactions, and international capital markets.

 

 

Track 6: Marketing

 

MKTG 5733 Marketing Research

This course will provide a basic understanding of approaches and methods of marketing research used by marketing managers and marketing researchers to solve marketing problems. Areas of focus include survey methodology and application of statistical methods.

 

MKTG 5743 International Marketing

This course features discussion of international marketing concepts and strategies, including organizational issues, international segmentation, and the influence of culture. Critical topics dealing with standardization versus adaption, foreign mode of entry, distribution alliances and export marketing are part of the curriculum. The course will also address the cultural and regulatory nuances related with international advertising and promotion.

 

MKTG 5753 e-Commerce Marketing and Management

This course presents the concept of mass-customization. The course is presented from the perspective of the e-commerce customer and examines the basic principles of marketing used to create the customer. It then focuses on the marketing mix necessary to keep the customer. Topics include one-to-one marketing, the virtual value chain, successes and failures of the on-line marketers, and on-line surveys of web sites. The course then shifts to the concepts of managing an e-commerce business.

Track 7: Human Resources

HRMT 5663-Human Resource Management
This course provides students with the basic principles and techniques of human resource management. The course takes a practical view that integrates the contributions of the behavioral sciences with technical aspects of implementing the HR function in today's business environment. The class will cover the scope and content of the personnel function performed by the organization's HR department.

HRMT 5673-Core Human Resources/Compensation and Benefits
The purpose of this course is to delve into the individual's side of Human Resources within an organization. This will be accomplished by examining modern approaches to employee compensation and benefits, job design, recruitment and selection, and performance management with an emphasis on outcomes and metrics. This is designed to give company managers and executives at all levels a good understanding of the HR function within an organization in order to effectively achieve corporate goals.

HRMT 5683-Strategic Human Resources/Organizational Development

The purpose of this course is to focus on the strategic elements of the Human Resources function within an organization. This will be accomplished by examining key theories in organizational development, employee training and development, employment law and compliance, risk management and workforce planning. This course is designed to give managers and executives the tools to align their workforce with the strategic organizational goals.

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