MBA Program

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The curriculum totals 36 credit hours – a 24-hour core and 12 hours of electives. Core classes are all taught by doctorally-qualified faculty. Visiting faculty, who are experts in their industry, supplement teaching specialized courses.

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Core Curriculum

ACC 510 Strategic Cost Management (3 hrs.)
A review of both traditional and contemporary systems for providing timely and relevant information for decision-making. Emphasis is on recent and emerging accounting strategies developed to support management in implementing world class concepts such as value chain analysis, activity based management, just-in-time management, life cycle cost management, costs of quality, and productivity measurement and control. Qualitative as well as quantitative measures and techniques are examined.

ECO 510 International Economics and Finance (3 hrs.)
Survey of corporate financial management and the global economic environment. Primary course topics emphasize sophisticated pricing policies, managing under uncertainty, global competition considerations, global financial markets, corporate finance policies, and the various impacts of government policy. This course provides a basis for analyzing financial and economic decisions based on modern financial and economic theory.

FIN 610 Financial Management & Performance (3 hrs.)
This course will examine the critical financial issues and decisions facing organizations. Students will gain exposure navigating and analyzing financial statements to better understand and position organizations, including the budgeting process. A particular focus will be placed on generating and managing cash flow. Identifying and attracting a variety of funding sources is also addressed. Lastly, an examination of the means by which organizations can enhance their value and the requisite financial mechanisms to do so is undertaken.

ITB 515* Global Business Study Tour (3 hrs.)
Students experience the variations in business and industry sectors and cultural differences first-hand by visiting other global markets. Tours include a combination of business and corporate meetings with visits to historic sites and the unique communities of selected countries. Particular emphasis is given to identifying cultural differences in values, customs, attitudes and behaviors that impact the marketplace and organizational environments. Students are encouraged to explore and examine particular areas of business interest during the study tour and while completing course requirements. This course may be repeated as an elective with permission of MBA Program Chair. Requires international travel.

MGT 515 Leadership and Ethics (3 hrs.)
This course seeks to foster the practice of robust Christian leadership in business (and other organizational settings). The foundation for effectiveness in leadership is built on Christian character and virtue as well as understanding of leadership theory and research. The leader is prepared for ethical decision-making and for strength of character by which to execute those decisions. The course draws first from the Bible and then from philosophy, psychology, history, literature and current events for its principles, exemplars, and case studies.

MGT 575 Business Research Methods and Metrics (3 hrs.)
Study of the Business Research Process and Techniques. Students will learn and utilize specific steps within the research process including Hypothesis, Exploration, Refining Hypothesis, Data Collection, Data Preparation, Data Analysis & Interpretation, and Research Reporting within course projects and assignments. Various Research Methods will be examined and utilized within course projects. Methods that will be introduced include Case Study Design, Focus Groups, Questionnaires, Surveys, Appreciative Inquiry, and Listening. Upon completion of the course students will be able to effectively use research methods within their organizations to tackle issues as they arise and produce quantitative analysis to be used in their decision making.

MGT 610 Management Theory and Strategy (3 hrs.)
Current and historical perspectives related to the organization and business strategy foundational to top management development, including organizational analysis that leads to strategy formulation and implementation. This course emphasizes the examination of present and historical management theory and practice, as well as current trends in business literature and numerous industry applications.

MKT 510 Global Marketing and Business Cultures (3 hrs.)
Study and application of the current challenges confronting marketing organizations in today’s global marketing environment. Critical success factors essential to effective and efficient marketing efforts are developed through numerous industry applications. Individual, organizational, and industry factors that impact market-oriented planning, global market development, effective channels management, integrated marketing communications, and attention to competitive advantages are examined. Marketing leadership skills are emphasized, including intercultural communication, cultural sensitivity, acculturation, collaboration, and cultural synergy. The examination of competitive strategy, positioning, advantages, and opportunities are analyzed and discussed.



Discretionary Courses

ITB 515 Global Business Study Tour (3 hrs.)
Students experience the variations in business and industry sectors and cultural differences first-hand by visiting other global markets. Tours include a combination of business and corporate meetings with visits to historic sites and the unique communities of selected countries. Particular emphasis is given to identifying cultural differences in values, customs, attitudes and behaviors that impact the marketplace and organizational environments. Students are encouraged to explore and examine particular areas of business interest during the study tour and while completing course requirements. This course may be repeated with permission of MBA Program Chair. Requires international travel.

MGT 510 Organizational Design and Change (3 hrs.)
The behavior of groups and individuals in organizations is examined using current management theory and research. Emphasis is given to understanding, predicting, motivating, and changing work-related behaviors in organizations. Key topics include organizational structure, culture, power, diversity, performance, resistance, and communication, particularly related to the rapid pace of organizational growth and change.

MGT 535 Business Creativity and Innovation (3 hrs.)
Processes that are used to develop new ideas and opportunities are covered from a managerial perspective, including how to stimulate creativity and imagination in employees and associates. Challenges to innovation management, new product development, collaborative efforts, and the learning organization are examined through theory and application. Course includes both individual and group processes used to strengthen organizational creativity.

MGT 545 Business and Organizational Sustainability (3 hrs.)
This course examines the development of sustainable organizations and practices. This course is interdisciplinary in nature, integrating science, business, and environmental studies. A look at how sustainable business practices improve long-term profitability, the health of natural systems, and the social infrastructure of our world community is undertaken. Among other activities students will analyze how to manage resource scarcity, and apply case studies to the business model. Students will also evaluate the business case for sustainable practice in selected sectors and organizations, examine the potential for implementing sustainable business practices for selected sectors and organizations, and consider the implications for Christians in sustainable organizations.

MGT 620 Leading Strategies and Organizations (3 hrs.)
This course addresses current trends and practices regarding organizations, their structures, intended outcomes and how they deal with culture, employee behavior, and values. Students will examine best practices and innovative strategies designed to create and evaluate organizational behaviors, individual and organizational learning, communicating across cultures, and intellectual capital. This course also examines organization leaders in such areas as communication, motivation, work teams, organizational change, stress, influence, loyalty, and trust. This course may be repeated with permission of MBA Program Chair.

MGT 680 Human Resource Development (3 hrs.)
Rapid changes in technology and job design, along with the increasing importance of learning-and knowledge-based organizations, makes human resource development, with a focus on performance, an increasingly important topic. This course is a study of current trends in human resource development in organizations with a focus on how individuals and groups learn and interact with organizations including motivation, group dynamics, system theory, organizational culture, learning and change. Specifically students will learn how to identify development needs through assessments, analyze jobs, identify and develop a variety of development activities, including training and coaching, and evaluation of development programs.

MKT 610 Strategic Marketing Management (3 hrs.)
The marketing concepts and theories underlying marketing decision making are developed, including market analysis, segmentation strategies, new product development processes, marketing performance assessment, channels management, and business-to-business environments. Applications of marketing practice are made to a variety of organizations and industries.