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MGT 501: Strategic Management (3 credits, 8 weeks) MBA-MSM Core

This course will help students critically evaluate their organization's strategic goals and objectives. During the course, students will examine their organization's vision and mission; prepare a thorough external environment analysis, conduct an internal analysis that examines their organization's resources and competitive position, help craft a strategy and predict possible problems and pitfalls that their organization might encounter during strategic implementation.

MGT 510: Organization Theory and Practice (3 credits, 8 weeks) MBA-MSM Core

This course will provide an overview of how organizations work.  Theory, research and application will be utilized to provide students with a deeper understanding of organizational structure, culture, communication, and strategic planning processes.  Students will engage in exercises and activities that will assist with the development of a mature, Christian perspective and analysis of their organization.

MGT 520: Christian Leadership for Managers (3 credits, 8 weeks) MBA-MSM Core

This course will focus on the development of Christian leadership skills including authenticity, inspiration, motivation, and development of trust within an organization.  This course will assist students in developing a solid understanding of the differences between leadership and management.  Major theories and models of leadership will be reviewed through a series of case studies and activities.

 

MGT 525: Human Resource Strategies (3 credits, 8 weeks) MBA-MSM Core

This course assists students with understanding the effective components of human resource use within their organizations from a Christian perspective.  Specific topics include alignment of human resource systems with organizational strategy; evaluation of effective employee motivation programs; staffing systems, rewards and compensation; employee development; and performance management systems.

MGT 530: Legal and Ethical Environments (3 credits, 8 weeks) MBA-MSM Core

This course will identify the ethical and legal issues involved in the management of specific problem areas in business including employment issues, environmental, product liability, marketing and digital information; and provide an understanding of the ethical views, social responsibility, and legal environments from a Christian perspective within which these issues arise in today's economy. Emphasis is placed on analytical problem solving and ethical decision-making.

MGT 551: International Business (3 credits, 8 weeks) MBA-MSM Core

This course is an investigation into the influence of culture, economics, industry, regulation, and strategy on the management and structure of the international firm. The political, economic and organizational forms of international business and trade are explored, as well as the growth and magnitude of multinational ventures. Additionally, characteristics of managing diversity in a global organization and how to create synergy will be examined.

MGT 583: Capstone Experience (3 credits, 16 weeks) MBA-MSM Core

In this capstone course, students will integrate knowledge and skills gained through their program of study as they develop an applied research project.  Students will demonstrate the knowledge and skills gained by leading the design and implementation of an improvement effort in an organization of their choice. This capstone project is carried out over the period of one semester with a team selected by the student and involves the implementation and application of management theory. Students are expected to complete a master's level project demonstrating competency in management theory, the individual area of emphasis, as well as faith integration.

MKT 512: Strategic Marketing Management (3 credits, 8 weeks)

MBA

This course introduces students to strategic marketing analysis, approaches to analyzing marketing capability, market segmentation, customer and competitor analysis. The course focuses on the development of marketing strategies. The course discusses the necessary elements to establish effective marketing evaluation and control systems.

ECON 522: Economic Thinking for Managers (3 credits, 8 weeks) MBA

To manage effectively requires an understanding of how the business world works and how businesses may be made more efficient and profitable. Students in this course will examine the principles of rationality in organizations, economics and group behavior, the role of incentives in organizations, consumer demand and choice, production costs and consumer decisions, economics and organization strategy, and different types of labor markets.

MGT 540: Project Management (3 credits, 8 weeks) MBA

This course will help students become familiar with and understand project management practices and skills, as well as recognize both how and why project management is distinct from strategic or operations management. Further, this course will focus on the factors necessary for successful project management including project management concepts, the project life-cycle, needs identification, effective teams, organization, communications, planning, risk assessment and management, task and resource scheduling, controlling, cost performance, reporting, and an overview of project management software.

MGT 565: Applied Business Research and Statistics (3 credits, 8 weeks) MBA

This course prepares students to apply statistics and probability concepts with ethical considerations to business decisions. Students will learn effective research and analysis skills fundamental to any leadership or managerial role. Students learn important criterion for developing effective research questions, including the creation of appropriate sampling populations and instruments. Other topics include descriptive statistics, probability concepts, confidence intervals, sampling designs, data collection, and data analysis - including parametric and nonparametric tests of hypothesis and regression analysis.

ACCT 560: Managerial Accounting

(3 credits, 8 weeks) MBA

The course focuses on managements' role in accounting. The course is focused on the study of planning, internal management decision-making, and the use of accounting systems for control. Financial results control systems and alternatives to traditional performance measures will be emphasized for various organizational contexts. The course emphasizes how accounting is the key means of exercising responsibility and communicating truth.

FIN 520: Financial Management (3 credits, 8 weeks) MBA

This course is an in-depth analysis of financial management issues faced by managers in both for profit and not-for-profit organizations and managers' responsibility to exercise productive stewardship over financial and physical capital. It covers advanced topics in capital budgeting, working capital management, capital market instruments, lease financing, asset/liability management, financial forecasting and other related topics.

FIN 508: Business Analysis and Valuation using Financial Statements (3 credits, 8 weeks) MSM

This course allows students to learn to analyze any company's financial statements to reveal its true condition and value. Business strategy analysis, focusing on understanding the firm's competitive position within its industry, its key success factor and its risks are included in course topics. Managers will learn how to conduct effective financial analysis to construct meaningful forecasts and valuations. A focus on Christian ethics in finance and accounting will be foundational to this course.

MGT 515: Group and Team Dynamics (3 credits, 8 weeks) MSM

This course focuses on how groups develop, behave and function, and the ways in which groups impact, influence, and are influenced by organizational behavior. Emphasis will be placed on making sense of the inexplicable events and behaviors in organizations, including cascading problems, organizational miscommunication, covert behaviors, and counter-productive organizational attitudes and behaviors, as well as investigating conditions that support functional-working groups and high performance teams.

MGT 523: Emerging Trends in Organizational Management (3 credits, 8 weeks) MSM

This course examines research dealing with fundamental issues and phenomena currently existing in organizations. Students will learn effective research and analysis skills fundamental to any leadership or managerial role. Students will develop an awareness of modern concepts, strategies, and techniques to explore organizational issues, develop reasoned positions, and make compelling arguments in support of solutions.

MGT 545: Managing Change (3 credits, 8 weeks) MSM

This course helps students learn theories and techniques for managing planned and unplanned change in their organizations. It begins by helping students to diagnose needed change within an organization. Students will be introduced to a number of practical models that can guide them in planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating organization change.