MBA Electives

Students take 3 courses totaling nine (9) credits.

MBA 615 Crisis Management (3cr)
Examines leadership, cooperation, and conflict in times of crisis. An emphasis is place on understanding the key dynamics that influence the way that decision makers perceive and respond to crises as well as the organizational and inter-organizational dynamics that impact crisis management. Students will have an interactive experience and a realistic understanding of the limitations and opportunities that arise in high-pressure crisis management situations.

MBA 620 Accounting Systems (3cr)
Studies how accounting information is recorded and summarized using double-entry recordkeeping, first manually and then using a commercial accounting software package. Students will be introduced to the design, operation and management of computerized accounting information systems, and will develop an understanding of how accounting systems serve the other management informational needs of a business.

MBA 642 Non-profit Financial Management (3cr)
Focuses on financial management in a variety of nonprofit organizations, many relying primarily on donor support through pledges, grants, volunteerism and endowments, and others that rely on revenues generated through the provision of services. Examines issues involved in cash flow management, cost analysis, investment management, the analysis of new programmatic investments, and strategic financial analysis. Covers budgeting, expense control, income measurement, and fundraising practices.

MBA 645 Financial Strategy (3cr)
Focuses on the valuation, investment and financing of a firm, and includes an emphasis on how financial decisions impact the success or failure of a business. Agency theory, strategies for investment, theories of choice and decision making, risk measurement, derivatives, efficient capital markets and value creation, capital structure, merger and acquisition strategies, leasing and international financial strategies are some of the topics to be covered.

MBA 650 Competing in Global Economies and Markets (3cr)
Addresses the impact of national and global economic developments on the business environment. The determinants of national income, inflation, interest rates, unemployment rates, business cycles, exchange rates, and foreign investment are discussed, with particular attention to the increasingly important linkages between the U.S. and global economies. The course also examines the effects of U.S. and foreign government policies with respect to taxation, public expenditures, money supply, capital markets, and foreign trade and investment on the economic environment of business.

MBA 655 Doing Business in China (3cr)
Using real-world cases, and working with our academic partners at Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade, this course focuses on the experiences of transnational corporations in managing business in the business environment as it actually exists in today's China. 

MBA 665 Managing for Creativity, Innovation, Change (3cr)
The managerial tools and skills used to clear paths in order to facilitate change within organizations, and to generate creativity and innovation throughout organizations, are examined through case studies, readings, and exercises.

MBA 666 Managing Information in Organizations (3cr)
Explores the nature and place of knowledge in contemporary organizations, paying particular attention to the management of information and data and to the crucial enabling role played by information and communication technology.

MBA 667 Managing Financial Institutions (3cr)
This course provides students with an understanding of financial institution risks, while helping them develop skills in analyzing both financial statements and performance. It will introduce and apply measures of bank risk-adjusted return, extending previous understanding of hedging with futures, options, and swaps. The student will develop skills in analyzing commercial and consumer loan requests and increase 'banking sense' and depth of understanding of current financial institutions.

MBA 668 Health Sector Management (3cr)
This course is intended to provide knowledge and skills needed to develop and implement systems capable of delivering accessible, high quality, efficient health care services. It will draw upon relevant information from disciplinary areas and application areas of study including strategy, operations, marketing, finance, law, human resources, quality improvement, and information technology.

MBA 695 Special Topics in Business (3cr)
Studies a specific topic in a field of organizational management such as accounting, marketing, management, finance, or policy. Emphasis will be on current issues of importance in organizational management or specific areas of student interest or faculty expertise. Content will be identified by subtitle.