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 will cover asset allocation and practical application of investment theory. There is some emphasis on mathematical problems, but the course will concentrate on information that will help the student as practitioners in the accounting and financial fields.