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MBA Course Descriptions

MBA 500 Organizational Leadership and Development (4 credits)
This course introduces leadership in dynamic, changing organizations where customers change, technologies shift and work processes evolve. In this course, students will examine how leaders develop themselves and others and create alignment as an organization changes to meet the needs of the future.

MBA 505 Global Economics (4 credits)
This course will apply economic theory to develop a framework to analyze and predict trade, exchange rate, environmental, health, labor and other policies. Strategies will encompass the interaction of American and global economic institutions and policymaking entities such as the United States Trade Representative, Congress, Federal Reserve, World Trade Organization and the European Union.

MBA 515 Applied Business Ethics (4 credits)
This course will review and analyze popular models of ethical decision-making. Readings, case studies and special presenters will provide opportunities to investigate current ethical issues facing leaders and managers in business and organizational settings as well as critically apply various ethical theories and decisionmaking frameworks. Literature relative to Christian vocation, applied ethics and valuecentered leadership will be explored. Student papers and presentations will demonstrate the integration of a personal and vocational ethic.

MBA 510 Managerial Research (4 credits)
This course examines the various research methodologies used in organizational settings. It provides an overview of quantitative and qualitative methodologies including research design, data collection and analysis, interviewing, case studies and action science. Students will critique published research, write a literature review and design research studies.

MBA 520 Integrated Marketing Communication (4 credits)
This course will focus on developing marketing strategy and executing diverse communication tactics critical to all enterprises. Consistency in both processes and messages is important. Students will analyze business scenarios and determine strategic objectives, target markets and messages, as well as demonstrate an understanding of how to use and apply multiple marketing tactics.

MBA 525 Strategic Human Resource Management (4 credits)
This course looks at human resource management from an operating manager?s perspective and focuses on the key role strategic human resource management plays in the development and execution of organizational strategy. Emphasis will be placed on the cultural, behavioral, and legal issues faced by companies as they attempt to compete in an expanding global economy. Students will work collaboratively to analyze and compare the complexities and challenges of doing business abroad as well as in the United States; and discuss approaches, plans and programs to address those issues strategically.

MBA 530 Managerial Finance and Accounting (4 credits)
This course will examine the framework and systems of current accounting and finance principles including preparation of financial statements, accounting cycles and balance sheet classifications. Students will apply these principles along with ethical responsibility and critical thinking skills to management practices of business decision-making and strategic planning.

MBA 535 Legal Environment for Managers (4 credits)
This course integrates the treatment of law and management. It helps managers and leaders spot legal issues before they become legal problems and emphasizes developing the legal astuteness to craft solutions that attain core organizational objectives without incurring undue legal risk. Traditional legal concepts are discussed as well as current topics in developing areas of the law. An emphasis on ethical concerns stimulates understanding of how managers must incorporate consideration of ethics and social responsibility into their managerial actions.

MBA 605 Operations and Technology Management (2 credits)
This course will examine value chain functions such as product-process design, quality management, supply chain management and work force management in order to understand the resource-based view of strategic advantage for the organization. The technology enablement of key operations processes will be examined, creating the linkage between operations management and technology management. Strategy development in the organization utilizing strategic technology analysis leading to technology innovation supported by the value chain functions will be examined.

MBA 610 Tools for Managerial Decision Analysis (4 credits)
This course will focus on how managers think clearly and make effective decisions. Students will examine and apply several models of decision-making. Innovative, critical, emotional and futuristic thinking will be explored. The students will develop their own tools to become effective decision-makers.

MBA 700 Strategic Leadership and Managerial Application Portfolio (4 credits)
This course introduces students to the principal practices and theorists of contemporary strategic thinking. Students will focus on strategic analysis of their industry and the strategic practices of the organizations in that industry. The MAP is a process in which students summarize, synthesize and demonstrate knowledge, skills, and competencies as organizational managers and leaders. Students will draw from their MBA course work, career experiences and synthesizing activities to build a portfolio.