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Course Descriptions

BA 501 BUSINESS RESEARCH METHODS (3)
This course will prepare the student for investigating, interpreting and reporting graduate-level research. The student will examine the statistical techniques for collecting and analyzing data, and develop skills in writing research papers.

BA 502 ACCOUNTING MANAGEMENT OF ORGANIZATIONS (3)
This course will expose students to concepts and techniques used in modern organizations to develop and interpret income statements, balance sheets, and operating, cash and capital budgets; an emphasis is placed on variance analysis, costing of products and services, and the use of accounting information to support managerial decision-making.

BA 503 MANAGEMENT THEORY (3)
An investigation of management theories and their application in organizations. Students will examine organizational systems and models, successful strategies for leadership and decision making, motivation, interpersonal communications, management styles, and group structure and process.

BA 504 MARKETING THEORY (3)
A study of marketing theories applied to today’s managerial decision-making process. Targeting market segments; brand positioning; product, distribution, pricing, and integrated promotion decisions; technology-driven marketing; identifying and evaluating overseas market; and strategies for various markets will be investigated.

BA 505 FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT OF ORGANIZATIONS (3)
A study of the strategies and practices used in organizations to assess and interpret time value of money, net present value, interest rates, debt structure, and stock and bond valuation. Students will apply their knowledge to the evaluation of risk and return, making capital investment decisions, equity financing, and credit policies. An emphasis is placed on the use of financial information to support managerial decision-making, including financial statements and ratios.

BA 521 PRODUCTION AND OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT (3)
The management of transformation processes in industries and businesses will be studied. Topics of inquiry include just-in-time delivery systems, supply chain management, lean production, enterprise resource planning, process selection and layout, and quality management.

BA 522 CORPORATE SUSTAINABILITY (3)
A study of the economic, environmental, and ethical concepts of sustainable business practices. This will include the impact of business and industry on the environment and creating a competitive business advantage through sustainability innovation such as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), renewable energy, and green technology, and managing with limited resources.

BA 523 LEADERSHIP IN A GLOBAL ECONOMY (3)
A study of the skills and traits necessary for leading organizations in a global economy and abroad, including culture, strategy, and behavior. Successful organizational leadership approaches domestically and internationally are examined. International trade and investment, government intervention, international monetary systems, balance of payment analysis, and foreign exchange markets and currencies.

BA 524 HUMAN CAPITAL MANAGEMENT (3)
An examination of the knowledge, abilities, outcomes, skills and tenure that people bring to the organization; the theories of managing the dynamics of individual, group and system relationships to achieve organizational goals; and the application of this human capital to strategic management. The concepts of employee engagement, talent management, return-on hiring, and strategic HR metrics are investigated.

BA 560 STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT (3)
In this capstone course, the MBA candidate will integrate previous coursework and management theories with current business practices through a graduate-level project.