The fully accredited, 45-credit hour Professional MBA program is composed of 39 credit hours in the major disciplines of business, as well as special topics such as leadership and communication, and six credit hours of electives.
Delivered in a structure designed for working professionals, our instructional format is unlike typical lecture-driven classrooms. Our professors engage participants in a three-way dialogue – challenging students to learn from their peers, their professors, as well as themselves. By bringing their own experiences to the table in a meaningful way, students learn innovative approaches to solving real-world business problems.
- ACCT 610 – Financial Accounting
Develop a conceptual framework for understanding and using corporate financial statements. Oriented towards the user of financial accounting data (rather than the preparer) and emphasizes the reconstruction of economic events from published financial data.
- ACCT 620 – Management Accounting
Applications of concepts useful to management, in the analysis of accounting data for the purposes of costing and income determination, decision making and control of various organizational activities.
- FINC 612 – Financial Management
Focuses on investment and financing decisions in corporate firms. Emphasizes principles, techniques and applications in corporate finance, including: risk and return, capital budgeting, discounted cash flow valuation, capital structure, and payout policy.
- FINC 651 – Financial Innovation and Risk Management
Development of an understanding of the nature of capital markets where various financial instruments trade; study of the underlying determinants of interest rates as well as the term structure of interest rates, the role played by the Federal Reserve System (the Fed) in the conduct of monetary policy and how it affects the economy; exploration of the risk-return relationship to financial derivatives like options; important major innovations in the financial markets; development of an understanding of a broad range of complex securities and how financial decision makers can use them for a variety of purposes including in refinancing and valuation decisions to adjust risk exposure and manage a variety of risks.
- FINC 662 – Energy Finance*
Explore the financial aspects of the energy industry from exploration to delivery at the pump. Specific emphasis will be placed on the upstream segment because of its unique financial aspects, but special attention will also be given to the midstream and downstream segments.
Information and Operations Management
- SCMT 610 – Business Analytics
Utilization of quantitative tools such as forecasting, optimization and Monte Carlo simulation in order to deal with uncertainties in business and to assist in making better business decisions.
- SCMT 614 – Operations Management
Theory and applications of designing, analyzing and controlling productive systems in the allocation and use of resources to produce goods and services.
- MGMT 611 – Microeconomics
A multi-disciplinary analysis of the foundations of business behavior discussing business interaction with customers under alternative market conditions and interaction with suppliers, investors, employees and other stakeholders, considered in the context of alternative legal, political and social institutional arrangements.
- MGMT 614 – Leading People in Organizations
Recruiting, selecting, and managing people in organizations including human resource management principles and analysis of how organizations function; performance appraisal, compensation, training, leadership, group dynamics, decision-making, control mechanisms and organizational change processes.
- MGMT 618 – Corporate Strategy
Formulation and implementation of corporate strategy with consideration of the political environment of business.
- MGMT 637 – Entrepreneurship*
Process of launching a new venture; process by which opportunities can be discovered and selected; attributes of entrepreneurs and new venture teams; process of developing business plan; core entrepreneurial strategies–business level, organizational design, marketing, financial; strives to develop competencies, concepts, operational tools relevant to creating, implementing new ventures.
- MGMT 679 – International Business
Determinants of U.S. competitiveness in international markets; the international environment of business; introduction to multinational enterprises, global competition, international organizations, protection of intellectual property; international trade regulation; strategic trade theory. Course includes the required International Experience for Professional MBA students.
- MKTG 613 – Marketing Management
Examines the history of marketing, the environment that impacts marketing decisions of firms and consumers, buyer behavior, marketing ethics, marketing research, market segmentation, product positioning, new product management, and strategic challenges associated with integrating major marketing mix decision elements; product, price, distribution, and promotion.
- MKTG 638 – Digital Marketing Strategy*
Implications of increasing electronic interactivity between consumers and firms; migration of products to the electronic marketplace and its effects on the marketing channel; Internet’s impact on marketing mix decisions; competitive advantage; public policy issues.
- MKTG 673 – Services Marketing*
Marketing concepts and strategy as applied to service organizations, unique characteristics of services, marketing challenges posed by those characteristics and ways to meet those challenges effectively. Special emphasis on service quality.
- BUAD 620 – Business Communication
Business Communication spans the entire Professional MBA program. Effective oral and written communication for corporate settings; communication theory and practice (integrated with other courses); practice with oral presentation skills in corporate situations.
- BUAD 679 – Leadership and Professional Development
Leadership and Professional Development spans the entire Professional MBA program. Activities and assignments are designed to help you discover your leadership potential and use this knowledge to achieve greater personal and professional fulfillment in your life and career.
- BUAD 693 – Capstone Consulting Project
The Capstone Consulting Project creates an opportunity for students to demonstrate their cumulative business knowledge and leadership skills by tackling an important challenge facing their real-world client. This project requires students to work with an organization to identify and define a problem or issue, develop an approach that incorporates their classroom learning, and then produce actionable recommendations that can significantly impact the organization. Students conduct research, perform quantitative and/or qualitative analysis, develop and test solutions, formulate options and recommendations, produce professionally written deliverables and deliver a final oral presentation.
- BUAD 689 – Predictive Analytics: R Programming and Tableau*
The use of data, visualization of data, statistical algorithms developed based on data, and meaningful insights derived from models and analysis for effective managerial decision making. Learn the R programming language for statistical computing and graphics to solve business problems. This elective is offered in conjunction with the MS Analytics program.
- BUAD 689 – Analytics for Financial Reporting*
Following a path that is actively being used by financial institutions and the perspective of a data science team, use the skills and insights of data science to create a dashboard that summarizes information from various sources and creates signals that financial analysts can use to make informed investment recommendations. This elective is offered in conjunction with the MS Analytics program.
All courses subject to change.