Course Descriptions

The coursework can be divided into three categories: core business courses to build a solid business foundation, international management courses specifically designed for our program and program electives. Core courses build a strong business base found in any MBA program. These include foundation courses (e.g., Organizational Behavior, Marketing, Accounting, Finance) as well as courses in functional areas of business administration (e.g., Strategic Management, Global Perspectives).

Courses are taught in eight weeks to semester long modules that build upon each other. In the final semester students further synthesize the knowledge learned throughout the program.

Accounting

This course covers financial, managerial, and cost accounting. This course lays an important foundation, since you will need to understand financial statements, cost systems, and cost behavior for this program and your career The course studies information that is:

  • Measured, reported to and used by individuals and entities external to organizations – generically known as financial accounting.
  • Measured, reported and used within organizations – generically known as managerial accounting.

Students will have an opportunity to examine transactions, events, and practices that occur in the context of several functional areas – such as production, operations and marketing and subsequently study how accounting systems interact with them. Students will emerge from the course as more financially literate individuals who can understand the linkages between accounting and other business disciplines.

MSBA Proseminar (Global Perspectives in Business)

This course enhances the work done in the classroom through an ongoing series of seminars and workshops, corporate visits both from business leaders and to various headquarters, and talks by corporate executives and entrepreneurs. Topics that will be covered include but are not limited to leadership and negotiation, business ethics, career planning, networking, and corporate governance.

Introduction to Finance

This course provides an introduction to financial management and decision making for graduate students who do not necessarily have previous training in the discipline of making decisions pertaining to investments in projects and financing their operations. Topics covered include: an overview of financial environments, valuation of securities, risk- return relationships, capital budgeting, financial analysis and planning, cost of capital, and options.

Marketing Management

There are three main learning objectives for this course. First, the students learn the terminology, institutions, and programs of modern marketing. Second, we focus on the strategic analysis of marketing opportunities, and the communication of marketing decisions through the case analysis method. Third, students must apply this knowledge in an innovative and interactive marketing simulation for their final project.

Multinational Management

Examines critical issues facing managers who work in multinational firms. Designed to develop students’ skills for working in a global business environment. Topics include foreign market entry strategies, global management of the functional areas of business, and management and control of multinational firms in the global marketplace.

Process Management

Process Management involves ensuring that the underlying product or service is of the highest quality, that the appropriate design and technology is chosen for the production or service process, the planning and control of the flow of parts or customers is managed so that lead times are reduced to minimal levels, and the distribution of the finished goods or services is efficiently done. Process Management requires making decisions to handle issues that range from how to ensure that the customers get products on time, to determining how much capacity is needed to provide a high level of service, to evaluating which technology will best meet a given company’s needs.

The course focuses on fundamental principles for designing a new process, improving an ongoing process, and managing a process to ensure customer satisfaction. This course is a foundational one for Supply Chain Management, which looks at linkages across organizations, whereas Project Management is a more specialized body of knowledge for a specific type of process aimed at answering the “How” questions.

Supply Chain Management (SCM)

In this course, students explore how firms can better organize their operations to align their supply with the demand for their products and services. We analyze key tradeoffs and phenomena related to supply chains – from suppliers to distribution. The Supply Chain Management (SCM) course develops analytical skills, in addition to introducing state-of-the-art concepts and problem-solving tools that are directly applicable to the design and planning of supply chains. Students cover issues of SCM in a wide variety of industries — from groceries and automotives, to services and humanitarian organizations. We discuss the impact of shifts from traditional channels to electronic markets, and the new initiatives that have been introduced to address these new challenges, such as: Vendor Managed Inventory, Variety Postponement, Remanufacturing, Contracts, and Quick Response. The course is real-world focused and uses a mix of lectures, case discussions and applications.

Managing Organizations

Examines and analyzes the organization as a social system and the impact of its various components on work attitudes and behavior; topics include the development of organizational structures, organizational effectiveness, decision making and policy formulation, leadership, and change.

Current Topics in International Management

Continuation of Multinational Management (BADM 582) . Examines topics related to management and integration of multinational firms not covered in Multinational Management.  Possible topics include foreign investment decision making, global manufacturing and supply chain management, international joint ventures and strategic alliances, cross-border mergers, global R&D, and global strategic human resource management.

Global Marketing

Analyzes marketing strategy across national boundaries, the problems of marketing within foreign countries, and the coordination of global marketing programs. Includes problems faced by the exporter, licensor, joint venture, and multinational firm. The full range of market activities are discussed from a global perspective.

International Comparative Management

Compares and contrasts different regional/national business systems and organizational practices including those from both developed and developing countries. Designed to advance students’ global management knowledge and cross-cultural skills for functioning effectively in a transnational economy. Includes an optional overseas study trip to visit local companies and subsidiaries of multinational firms.

Global Business Simulation