Course Catalog: Professional Master of Business Administration

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Graduate courses

PMBA 300
Managerial Analysis and Team Dynamics

Develops the strategies and practices for effective problem solving, leadership, cross cultural issues, group dynamics and teamwork in the context of day-to-day management. Emphasizes skill practice through case studies, structured exercises, simulations and discussion. Seminar format maximizes opportunities to practice techniques, team learning and exchanges of viewpoints and experiences.

Units: 4

PMBA 305
Quantitative Aspects of Decision Making

Provides a survey of statistical methods widely used in management problem solving and decision making. Course topics include data analysis, descriptive and inferential statistics, regression analysis, model building and time series modeling. Emphasis is on learning to use basic statistics and quantitative methodology to better analyze and solve various management challenges. Real world data using spreadsheet applications and add-ins will be used throughout the course.

Units: 4

PMBA 310
Accounting for Decision Making

Introduces the fundamental concepts and terminology of accounting for business enterprises with an emphasis on the use of accounting and financial information in managerial decision making. Areas of study include financial statement analysis, financial accounting concepts and principles and managerial cost systems such as the generally accepted accounting principles, the financial accounting process, analysis and interpretation of financial statements, and contemporary cost management principles.

Units: 4

PMBA 315
Managerial Economics

Surveys macroeconomics and microeconomics, domestic and international economic policies, and major issues in business economics; emphasis on the application of economic analysis to current economic issues. Students will analyze the management processes associated with resource acquisition and allocation; theories of demand, production, cost and pricing with emphasis on applications and the forecasting of business and financial conditions. Quantitative methods are stressed.

Units: 4

PMBA 320
Financial Management

Looks at the field of financial management from a managerial perspective. Students will focus on understanding capital budgeting and on planning and control decisions: how the firm's funds are to be allocated across the universe of global investment opportunities, and how the success of these efforts are to be monitored and evaluated. In addition, liquidity or cash management, a daily preoccupation of the financial manager, will be explored. They will learn the concepts, tools, and techniques necessary to making value-adding decisions in the SBU. In the process, the integration of finance with the other functional areas and strategic concerns of the firm will be emphasized. Presents coverage of the international aspects of financial management. Case analysis and team projects are used as appropriate.

Units: 4

PMBA 325
Management and Communications

Conducts an in-depth study of how organizational design, corporate cultures, managerial process and communication make up the essential qualities of excellent global companies. Students will conduct an in-depth study of management decision making, leadership styles and managing during uncertainty and crisis. This will include the principles of management, staffing, planning, organizing, controlling, leading, and communicating, as well as management concepts of motivation, morale and cross cultural communications. Students are encouraged to develop individual evaluative criteria for communications style with the aid of the instructor and peers.

Units: 4

PMBA 330
Innovation and Technology Management

Explores the theory and practice of managing innovation and technology and their role in competitive business situations in a global economy. Students will examine the strategic and managerial issues related to the adoption and implementation of new technologies and to the innovation process. Product, process and information technologies will be covered through case studies, readings and class discussions. Emphasis will be placed on technology planning, development and acquisition, global sourcing and managing the technically oriented business functions.

Units: 4

PMBA 335
Marketing Management

Discusses theory of modern marketing with a strategic emphasis on integrating marketing activities with company objectives, the customer and environmental opportunities. Key topics covered include market research and segmentation, product positioning, pricing policies, distribution channels and promotion/ advertising/selling. Students will be exposed to marketing in a variety of contexts such as for-profit, nonprofit, internet and the global context. Course involves both individual and group work culminating with the production of an original marketing plan written by each student.

Units: 4

PMBA 340
Operations Management

Introduces operations management as a key functional area of management in an international business and explores its links with other key functional areas of the firm. Students will learn about the acquisition and allocation of resources, product and process design, process improvement techniques, global supply chain and materials management, operation of the production system, and technology deployment to support and improve the entire value chain. Both manufacturing and service systems will be explored. Students will be introduced to contemporary operations management issues, such as just-in-time systems, flexible production systems, agility, mass customization, process reengineering and quality management programs.

Units: 4

PMBA 345
Contextual Environment of Business

Examines the critical impact of non-market forces including the international, legal, political, social, environmental and cultural roles played by the business enterprise in conducting global business. In addition to purely legal concerns, a major emphasis of the course is also the ethical, social and environmental obligations of both the individual manager and the corporation as a whole.

Units: 4

PMBA 350
Developing Personal Leadership

Using a workshop method, this course is designed to provide students with opportunities to learn and obtain skills and knowledge necessary for developing an effective personal leadership style as well as a career and life plan. The focus of this class is on developing an understanding of emotional intelligence and how to develop a concrete action/development plan that integrates self-awareness with a life goal. This, in turn, results in career/life style choices that fit their personal vision.

Units: 4

PMBA 355
Strategic Management

Covers the development and implementation of strategies for gaining competitive advantage in a global economy. Students will consider the strategic problems encountered by top-level managers in a competitive global market from an integrated perspective. Students will learn varied approaches to analyzing strategic situations, developing a competitive strategy and managing policies to implement these strategies including: controlling organization-wide policies, leading organizational change and the allocation and leverage of resources. Students will consider such emerging topics as global strategy, competitive dynamics, technology-based competition, business-governmental relationships, corporate social responsibility, ethics, environmental and cooperative strategy.

Units: 4

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