Part-Time MBA Online Courses

Course Descriptions

Not all courses are offered each semester.

22:010:577:20 - (3 cr)
Accounting for Managers

An introduction to financial statement analysis which builds on the fundamentals of accounting, including understanding the accounting equation and its application in building the balance sheet, the income statement, and the statement of cash flows. Basic accounting concepts, accounting principles, and the audit report are presented. Students work in teams to analyze corporate financial statements. The relationship of economic value to accounting measurement is explored together with factors influencing management choices among competing valuation principles. Theory is applied to the valuation of the asset, liability, and owners' equity accounts. Emphasizes the heavy reliance on estimates in constructing financial statements and how management can use such estimates to strategically manage its reporting responsibilities.

22:620:603:20 - (3 cr)
Executive Leadership

The purpose of the course is to: build the MBA student’s understanding of leadership concepts, processes and behavior; develop and strengthen leadership capabilities; and create a framework that can be used to continue to strengthen those capabilities in the future. To be successful in today’s complex business environment, leaders need to have a thorough understanding of those leadership processes, and the skills to effectively influence individuals and groups to meet organizational goals.

22:390:587:20 - (3 cr)
Financial Management

Provides a general survey of the field, including the basic principles of corporate finance, financial markets and institutions, and investment theory. Corporate finance topics covered include the objective of financial management, valuation of assets and associated problems in the valuation of the firm, acquisition of longtrimester assets (capital budgeting), management of short-trimester assets, capital structure, and financial statement analysis. Financial markets and institutions studied include money markets, stock and bond markets, derivatives, and the banking system. Investment analysis topics include portfolio theory and asset pricing models.

Prerequisite: Accounting for Managers (22:010:577), Managerial Economic Analysis (22:223:581), and fulfillment of calculus/statistic proficiency requirements.

22:620:624:20 - (3 cr)
Foundations of Entrepreneurship

This course offers a framework for understanding the entrepreneurial process and exposes students to challenges, problems, and issues faced by entrepreneurs who start new businesses. A case study of actual business scenarios is the principal teaching method, supplemented by lectures, business cases, and guest speakers. The guest speakers will be executives who either run their own business or manage a division of a large company. Students should be prepared to ask guest speakers questions about their businesses and how they solved issues that arrive. i.e. Raising capital is an issue for every business owner and its part of the class assignment. Questions around this topic should assist with understanding this topic.  Major objectives are for students to learn how to identify and evaluate venture (e.g., business, non-profits, grassroots) opportunities, develop a venture concept, assess and obtain the required resources, and manage its growth.

22:620:604:20 - (3 cr)
Human Resource Management

Provides an overview of the HR function’s traditional focus (selection, training, performance management, legal issues), while also delving into more contemporary challenges that include managing change, the changing nature of work and work practices, international and cross-cultural considerations, and the future of HR itself. Students learn a variety of skills and tools that can be utilized to effectively deal with these day-to-day challenges in the workplace.

22:630:586:20 - (3 cr)
Marketing for Decision Making

Develops an understanding of the nature and role of marketing in the firm and in society. Topics include basic marketing orientations; operational meanings of quality and value; analysis of marketing opportunities; and marketing planning, organization and control. Special emphasis is given to management decision making in terms of product design, channels of distribution, pricing, and advertising and promotion. Text, outside readings, and team case analyses.

22:799:580:20 - (3 cr)
Operations Analysis

Covers fundamentals of performance analysis for various operational issues encountered in real life supply chain processes. The major topics include demand forecasting techniques, sales and operations planning (SOP), mathematical programming applications and spreadsheet solutions, supply chain inventory planning, uncertainty, and safety stock management, project resource allocation and risk analysis, network design and facility location selections, and computer simulation and quality management. Harvard Business Cases on developing cost-effective solutions for continuous improvement of a company’s operational efficiency and strategic position in today’s highly dynamic and competitive marketplace are used. The objective of the course is to help our students to develop analytical thinking skills and to build the knowledge of business performance optimization toward operational excellence of supply chains.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

How are online courses delivered?

Online courses essentially deliver the same content that face-to-face courses offer; however, they are delivered online using electronic resources. The online courses are made available through Blackboard. You will have readings to complete, due dates, assignments, the ability to receive feedback from your professor, and you will be tested (this will be made clear to you in the course syllabus). We also strive to maintain a similar level of quality in our online courses, as in our face to face courses and use the same faculty for both For this reason, we have a maximum of 25 students enrolled in our online courses in order to further facilitate collaboration, and discussion between the students and professor.

What type of student is best suited for taking courses online?

In an online course, it is particularly critical that students take ownership of their learning, be self-disciplined, organized and motivated to learn. Interaction, communication, and keeping up with the content in an online course are all essential components to your success.

How much time will I need to devote to an online course?

You will need to work just as hard, and spend just as much time in an online course, as in a face-to-face class. In a face-to-face class students normally spend 3-1/2 hours in class, plus another 6-7 in prep. The expectation of MBA students’ investment in online courses is similar, and is estimated to be 9-10 hours per week for a 3 credit hour class.

How are lectures conducted?

Your professor will record the audio for their lectures so you can listen to them at your convenience. Since they are recorded, you may also go back and review concepts as needed throughout the course. Lecture materials may also include lecture notes, examples worked out step by step, or PowerPoint presentations depending on the professor’s preference and type of content covered.

Do I ever have to be somewhere at a specific day and time?

There may be optional live (synchronous) communication such as chatting with peers while working on a group project, or if you have a question to ask your professor and they have an online office hour.

You may also be required to attend a live (synchronous) discussion/presentation online on a specific date and time periodically throughout your online course. Check your course syllabus for details on the specific requirements for your online course.

Can I contact my professor with questions?

Absolutely, in fact we encourage you to ask questions! Some professors may choose to have regular office hours held physically on campus. This is an optional time for students to meet with their professor to ask questions (this will be made clear to you in the course syllabus). All professors are available via email (generally with a 24-48 hour response time) and some also hold optional live (synchronous) online office hours or review sessions.

Can I complete the assignments whenever I want?

Our online courses operate under “defined flexibility”. This means that you are usually given at least a week to work on a task/assignment, and can choose any time within that time period to work on it. However, you must still abide by the posted due dates.

You will likely have discussions online through threaded discussion boards. These (asynchronous) methods of communication are flexible so you can access them at your own convenience regardless of whether or not others are working in the course at the same time. There are normally defined periods when you must make your discussion postings.

How do I know what the expectations are for a particular online course?

Each course syllabus holds key information including how to contact your professor, how you will be graded, and what you are expected to do.