Course Descriptions

Accounting Reporting and Control (2 credit hours)
Introduction to management accounting as part of the firm’s information system, with a focus on modern cost accounting and budgetary systems for planning and controlling business operations.

Leadership and Teams (2 credit hours)
Develops and integrates fundamental behavioral concepts and theory having administrative applications; initially focuses on the individual decision maker and ultimately includes interpersonal, organizational, and social structures and influences; and develops strategies and methods of research on behavioral applications in business.

Managing Organizations (2 credit hours)
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.

Marketing Management (2 credit hours)
Introduces concepts useful in understanding marketing systems and buyer behavior in addition to developing skills in making marketing decisions; the orientation is primarily managerial and uses examples from both business and non-business contexts.

Strategic Management (2 credit hours)
Policy construction and planning of policy implementation at the executive level; case studies of company-wide situations from the management point of view; and integration and application of material from previous courses.

Process Management (2 credit hours)
Introductory course in decision-making to address problems in production; includes the theoretical foundations for production management, as well as the applications of decision-making techniques to production problems in the firm; and considers production processes, plant layout, maintenance, scheduling, quality control, and production control.

Project Management (2 credit hours)
The objective of this course is to master the principles of efficient project planning and control (needs analysis, work breakdown, scheduling, resource allocation, risk management, and performance tracking and evaluation) within given timeframes and stated cost projections. Concepts and techniques will be developed by navigating best-in-class resources in project management and through a popular project management software package. In addition, task teams of five members each will hone skills through completing problem sets and a comprehensive project plan.

Introduction to Finance (2 credit hours)
Introduction to financial management and decision making that provides a survey of finance for graduate students who do not necessarily have previous training in the discipline. Different sections of the course will cover the collective set of topics specific to finance.

Introduction to Business (4 credit hours)
A broad-based introduction into the complex and fascinating world of management and serves as a useful gateway to the MSM curriculum. Topics include fundamentals of economics, money and banking, industry and competitive analysis, business-level and corporate-level decision making and more. You will have an opportunity to analyze existing companies, as well as to try your hand in creating a business plan in an industry of your choice. Management of companies is not a world of certainty. Thus, within the classroom, reasonable people (with different experiences) will view alternative decisions differently, and class discussion will be an integral component of the class. Creativity and team participation will also be highly valued as you discover the complexity and variety of data collection and analytical tasks that go into creating a viable and effective business plan.

Communication Strategy in Business (2 credit hours)
Introduction to communication, business presentation, and essential interpersonal skills, including message clarity, attentive listening, and constructive feedback for more effective cooperation, conflict management, teamwork, and productivity. Covers communication concepts and skills that help heighten emotional intelligence and offer strategies for communicating effectively across cultural, generational, and gender lines.

Integrated Project (2 credit hours per semester)
Hands-on team project solving multifunctional business problems at actual area businesses. The fall course focuses on applying basic concepts and techniques for identifying business problems, formulating questions, collecting the required information, analyzing the data, and deriving solutions for an enterprise. The spring course extends the analysis to include new dimensions along lines such as activity type, firm size, and degree of interaction with global markets. Faculty supervised.

Global Business (2 credit hours)
Examines the economic, political, and legal environments of international business. Analyzes differences in financial management, marketing, and management practices for firms doing business across countries.

Information Systems (2 credit hours)
Examines the design and management of enterprise-wide database systems. Topics include (1) information modeling and presentation; (2) computerized methods for organizing information; (3) object-oriented modeling and design; (4) web-based enterprise information systems; (5) business application and management of enterprise database systems; and (6) methods of cyber security for data protection and secure online communication and transaction.

Communicating with Data and Decision Making (2 credit hours)
Making decisions in organizations often requires data, an approach that is increasingly becoming critical with the proliferation of data. Data should be understood for insights, aid in decision making, or help persuade or influence others. This course will introduce concepts and techniques to understand and communicate data for insights and decision-making. Topics include data types, data visualization, descriptive statistics, understanding and representing variation, multiple variables, time series, and maps. The course will follow a practice-based approach.

Approved Elective(s) (4 total credit hours).
Electives may also include courses from other colleges (e.g., LAS, FAA) and may be specific to student interests in areas of design, entrepreneurship, and non-profits.