Graduate Course Descriptions

ACT 555: Financial Reporting & Analysis (3)
A focus on financial accounting from both the user’s and the preparer’s perspective including the language and preparation of financial statements. Utilizes actual annual reports, 10-Ks, and proxy statement for analysis and interpretation.

ACT 556: Managerial Accounting Decisions (3)
A focus on managerial accounting from management decision-making perspective. Course includes CVP analysis, systems design, and variable costing. Analysis and interpretation of cost data, segment reporting, relevant costing and profit planning.

ACT 566: Not-for-Profit Accounting & Finance (3)
Selected topics in accounting theory and external reporting for Governmental and Not-For-Profit Entities.  State and local government reporting, accounting for private not-for-profit organizations, college and university accounting, and accounting for hospitals and other health care providers will be examined.

ACT 568: Taxation of Business Entities (3)
A study of federal income tax reporting for business entities, including C-Corporations, S-Corporations, and Partnerships. Current tax laws, regulations, and research are emphasized.

BUS 515: Global Marketing Strategy (3)
This course is an examination of how a firm designs and implements the best combination of the marketing elements to best achieve its marketing objectives and serve its target markets. Principal topics include resource allocation, marketing research, segmentation and positioning, branding, distribution, pricing, and integrated marketing communications.

BUS 530: Human Resource Management (3)
A study of the importance of human capital to the organization. Emphasis will be on strategic planning and the legalities of managing that capital.

BUS 533: Operations Management (3)
A class in operations, supply chain, and production management with applications. Includes project management, product and process design, production scheduling, process control, capacity management, facility layout, supply chain and inventory management, management resource planning, and just-in-time production scheduling.

BUS 540: Legal Environment (3)
A study of the legal issues of importance to business management at any level of the organization, including contracts, torts, commercial instruments, sales, and forms of business ownership.

BUS 560: Ethical Decision-making (3)
This course is an examination of situations that give rise to ethical issues that managers will encounter in a business setting, various ethical theories, the position of different stakeholders in ethical decision making, and legal issues in ethical decision making.

BUS 565: Data Analysis for Decision Making (3)
An introduction to business optimization, simulation, and decision modeling. Topics include optimization with linear and non-linear programming, decision- analysis and decision trees, queuing models, deterministic and probabilistic simulations, forecasting techniques, Fourier transforms, and elements of expert systems and neural networks.

BUS 570: Global Strategy (3)
This course will present a global perspective of international management. Students will learn fundamental theories of international management in preparation for making business decisions in the future.

BUS 575: Strategic Management Capstone (3)
This capstone course will integrate concepts and business applications learned throughout the MBA coursework. Students are expected to address a strategic challenge facing a host organization and to develop a proposed course of action designed for sustainability of the company’s mission and operations. Extensive internal and external scanning and analysis will be required.

FIN 562: Strategic Financial Management (3)
This course will cover the methods, policies, markets and institutions involved in financing the business enterprise. Capital budgeting, theory of capital structures, and financial decision-making are discussed.

FIN 572: Investment Analysis (3)
This course focuses on interpreting, designing, and conducting research studies based on quantitative methodology and a general overview of statistical methods commonly used by the nurse scientist to analyze data.  Students use quantitative criteria to critique published quantitative research studies with emphasis on application for evidence-based practice. Students explore current nursing and related healthcare problems, define their personal area of interest and complete a quantitative research proposal.

NSG 506: Quantitative Research Methods and Statistics for the Nurse Scientist (5)
This course focuses on interpreting, designing, and conducting research studies based on quantitative methodology and a general overview of statistical methods commonly used by the nurse scientist to analyze data.  Students use quantitative criteria to critique published quantitative research studies with emphasis on application for evidence-based practice. Students explore current nursing and related healthcare problems, define their personal area of interest and complete a quantitative research proposal.

NSG 601: Health Policy (2)
This course focuses on extant U.S. health policy and the broader aspects of policy process including strategies, activities, and outcomes. Evaluation of health policy development and process of health policy analysis are introduced. Use of health policy analysis and critique will allow the student to recognize the assumptions that are inherent in specific health policies. The student will develop an action framework for challenging an existing health policy or creating new policy. U.S. health policy will be placed in context with global health policy.

NSG 604: Economics in Health Care and Nursing Services (3)
This course focuses on the interrelationship between health care policy and health care financing. Students are expected to use basic principles of fiscal management and budgeting, and health economics. An emphasis is placed on the nurse manager’s ability to analyze and monitor the cost-effectiveness of clinical decisions in macro, micro, and meso systems.

NSG 606: Organizational Culture and Behavioral Patterns (3)
This course provides insight into organizational culture and behavior patterns by analyzing individual and group behavior within a variety of work place settings. Key issues such as perceptions, attitudes, stress, conflict, negotiations, group dynamics, team building, and managing change are emphasized. Students are expected to discern workplace dynamics, and plan change to enable organizational success through increasing job satisfaction and productivity.

NSG 690: Nursing Research Project I (2)
During this directed study, each student is expected to develop a formal written proposal for an individual scholarly project.  Each student provides a brief overview of their scholarly project to the Committee they have constituted.  See the Thesis/Project Policy for guidelines. Pre-requisites: MSN Program student and completion of the graduate core courses.

NSG 691: Nursing Research Project II (2)
Students will complete their individual project during this directed study.  Each student will complete the project according to the guidelines set forth in the Masters Thesis/Project Policy and the agreements made with their project committee. Pre-requisites: NSG 690

NSG 692: Nursing Research Thesis I (3)
During this directed study, each student is expected to develop a formal written proposal for an individual research thesis and obtain IRB approval for the research.  Pre-requisites: MSN Program student and completion of the graduate core courses.

NSG 693: Nursing Research Thesis II (3)
Students will complete their research thesis during this directed study and successfully complete the Thesis Examination (See Thesis Guidelines). Pre-requisites: NSG 692