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Online MBA | Six Concentrations

Leadership

Course work emphasizes effective leadership and communication skills to prepare students to become the next generation of principals in C-suites, boardrooms or management positions -- anywhere scientifically tested leadership best-practices are called for. Students cover business strategies, data analysis for business decisions, management techniques and organizational behavior. Personalized coaching is part of the core curriculum.

Leadership Courses

MBA 5123 – Effective Leadership & Communication

Based on the established foundations of the Authentic Leadership Model and utilizing the in-depth CDR Assessment Group program for self-assessment and leadership coaching, this course facilitates the development of interpersonal and team skills leaders need to function effectively. The primary focus is on integrated behavioral competencies demanded in organizations today: self-awareness, communication, negotiation, collaboration, and relationship building. Students will work through their own, individualized leadership profile assessments, evaluate effective leadership behaviors, and explore techniques and processes to communicate and negotiate effectively within organizations.

ACCT 5213 – Accounting for Business Decision Making

Emphasis on the application of accounting information for financial reporting and managerial decision making.

MGMT 5213 – Business Strategy for Creating Value

Focuses upon organizational, competitive, and environmental issues confronting organizations and how firms identify, seize, and defend opportunities in today’s dynamic and rapidly changing global economy.

ECON 5313 – Data Analysis for Business Decisions

Focuses on the identification and access of information sources and analyzing the information to make informed decisions and solve managerial problems. Topics include numerical and graphic description of data, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, regression analysis and predictive modeling, linear allocation models and allocating resources, forecasting, and decision analysis. The course utilizes spreadsheet, statistical, and simulation software.

ECON 5413 – Managing at the Crossroads: The Global Economic Environment

Emphasizing the perspective of managers in the private sector, this course focuses on interactions of economic principles at work at the interfirm, intra-industry, and inter-industry levels (microeconomics), at the economy-wide level (macroeconomics), and at the global level (international economics).

MKTG 5103 – Strategic Marketing Decisions for Creating Value

This course is concerned with crafting marketing strategies and making marketing decisions. At the end of the course, students should be able to structure and solve rather complex marketing problems.

FIN 5303 – Financial Strategy and Decision Making

Fundamental concepts such as time value of money and risk-return relationships in finance are presented in detail. Financial decisions faced by modern business enterprises are analyzed in the framework of financial theories. These decisions include capital budgeting, long-term financing, dividend policy, short-term financial management, and performance evaluations.

IT 5603 Advanced Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence

This course seeks to expand students’ knowledge of the role of technology and data in the decision making process and in the planning and management of organizations. Students gain understanding of Business Intelligence, Analytics, Data Science, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Decision Support Systems (DSS), Data Mining, Machine Learning, Predictive Analytics, Big Data, Cloud Computing, Robotics, Group DSS, Collaboration Systems, and the Internet of Things (IoT).

MGMT 5703 – Ethical, Societal, and Legal Environment of Business

This course examines areas of law and ethics that relate to the contemporary business environment. Areas of study include contracts, torts, white collar crime, product liability, anti-competitive practices, consumer protection, employment practices, business organizations, and the legal and ethical responsibilities.

MGMT 5713 – Strategic Leadership of the Organization

This course enhances the student’s ability to manage organizations and their members. The primary objective is to increase understanding of organizational behavior theory, research and practice at the individual, intragroup, and intergroup levels.

MBA 5113 – Special Topics in Business

Rotating variable topics course allowing students to develop expertise in a current business topic.

MGMT 6643 – Capstone Experience: Integrating and Applying Business Knowledge

Using a combination of simulations, cases, and/or live-case client projects this course integrates principles and concepts from all earlier course work. Emphasizes management of the enterprise as a process of integration using strategic processes and bound by the resources, environmental constraints, and ethical considerations of the enterprise.

Financial Analytics

The Online MBA with a concentration in Financial Analytics educates students with a broad spectrum of knowledge in corporate finance and investments, data analysis, computer programming, Excel-based financial modeling and portfolio and risk management. Graduates emerge well-prepared to answer specific business questions and forecast possible future financial scenarios for organizations.

Financial Analytics Courses

MBA 5123 – Effective Leadership & Communication

Based on the established foundations of the Authentic Leadership Model and utilizing the in-depth CDR Assessment Group program for self-assessment and leadership coaching, this course facilitates the development of interpersonal and team skills leaders need to function effectively. The primary focus is on integrated behavioral competencies demanded in organizations today: self-awareness, communication, negotiation, collaboration, and relationship building. Students will work through their own, individualized leadership profile assessments, evaluate effective leadership behaviors, and explore techniques and processes to communicate and negotiate effectively within organizations.

ACCT 5213 – Accounting for Business Decision Making

Emphasis on the application of accounting information for financial reporting and managerial decision making.

MGMT 5213 – Business Strategy for Creating Value

Focuses upon organizational, competitive, and environmental issues confronting organizations and how firms identify, seize, and defend opportunities in today’s dynamic and rapidly changing global economy.

ECON 5313 – Data Analysis for Business Decisions

Focuses on the identification and access of information sources and analyzing the information to make informed decisions and solve managerial problems. Topics include numerical and graphic description of data, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, regression analysis and predictive modeling, linear allocation models and allocating resources, forecasting, and decision analysis. The course utilizes spreadsheet, statistical, and simulation software.

ECON 5413 – Managing at the Crossroads: The Global Economic Environment

Emphasizing the perspective of managers in the private sector, this course focuses on interactions of economic principles at work at the interfirm, intra-industry, and inter-industry levels (microeconomics), at the economy-wide level (macroeconomics), and at the global level (international economics).

MKTG 5103 – Strategic Marketing Decisions for Creating Value

This course is concerned with crafting marketing strategies and making marketing decisions. At the end of the course, students should be able to structure and solve rather complex marketing problems.

FIN 5303 – Financial Strategy and Decision Making

Fundamental concepts such as time value of money and risk-return relationships in finance are presented in detail. Financial decisions faced by modern business enterprises are analyzed in the framework of financial theories. These decisions include capital budgeting, long-term financing, dividend policy, short-term financial management, and performance evaluations.

MGMT 5703 – Ethical, Societal, and Legal Environment of Business

This course examines areas of law and ethics that relate to the contemporary business environment. Areas of study include contracts, torts, white collar crime, product liability, anti-competitive practices, consumer protection, employment practices, business organizations, and the legal and ethical responsibilities.

Concentration Courses

IT 5603 Advanced Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence

Expand students’ knowledge of the role of technology and data in the decision making process and in the planning and management of organizations. Students gain understanding of business intelligence, analytics, data science, artifi cial intelligence (AI), decision support systems (DSS), data mining, machine learning, predictive analytics, big data, cloud computing, robotics, group DSS, collaboration systems, and the Internet of Things (IoT).

IT 5113 Computer Programming for Data Scientists

A course designed to teach the fundamentals of programming as it relates to the development of data science and analytics solutions. May include software platforms Python or R.

FIN 5113 Computational Finance and Financial Modeling

Introduces Excel VBA, Monte Carlo simulation, efficient frontier, portfolio optimization, asset pricing models, capital budgeting decisions, yield curves and bond strips.

FIN 5213 Portfolio & Risk Management

Programming and data analytics. Calculate portfolio performance parameters, conduct security fundamental analysis with ratios and build optimized portfolios using the Index Model. Discussion of risk measures such as Value at Risk (VaR), Conditional Tail Expectations (CTE), and Lower Partial Standard Deviation (LPSD). Risk management strategies through hedging

Energy

The Online MBA with a concentration in Energy educates students to adapt to the rapidly changing landscape unique to the energy industry. Graduates emerge with a deeper understanding of effective leadership and management, legal and ethical environments, communication, negotiation and dispute resolution specific to the energy industry.

Energy Courses

MBA 5123 – Effective Leadership & Communication

Based on the established foundations of the Authentic Leadership Model and utilizing the in-depth CDR Assessment Group program for self-assessment and leadership coaching, this course facilitates the development of interpersonal and team skills leaders need to function effectively. The primary focus is on integrated behavioral competencies demanded in organizations today: self-awareness, communication, negotiation, collaboration, and relationship building. Students will work through their own, individualized leadership profile assessments, evaluate effective leadership behaviors, and explore techniques and processes to communicate and negotiate effectively within organizations.

ACCT 5213 – Accounting for Business Decision Making

Emphasis on the application of accounting information for financial reporting and managerial decision making.

MGMT 5213 – Business Strategy for Creating Value

Focuses upon organizational, competitive, and environmental issues confronting organizations and how firms identify, seize, and defend opportunities in today’s dynamic and rapidly changing global economy.

ECON 5313 – Data Analysis for Business Decisions

Focuses on the identification and access of information sources and analyzing the information to make informed decisions and solve managerial problems. Topics include numerical and graphic description of data, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, regression analysis and predictive modeling, linear allocation models and allocating resources, forecasting, and decision analysis. The course utilizes spreadsheet, statistical, and simulation software.

ECON 5413 – Managing at the Crossroads: The Global Economic Environment

Emphasizing the perspective of managers in the private sector, this course focuses on interactions of economic principles at work at the interfirm, intra-industry, and inter-industry levels (microeconomics), at the economy-wide level (macroeconomics), and at the global level (international economics).

MKTG 5103 – Strategic Marketing Decisions for Creating Value

This course is concerned with crafting marketing strategies and making marketing decisions. At the end of the course, students should be able to structure and solve rather complex marketing problems.

FIN 5303 – Financial Strategy and Decision Making

Fundamental concepts such as time value of money and risk-return relationships in finance are presented in detail. Financial decisions faced by modern business enterprises are analyzed in the framework of financial theories. These decisions include capital budgeting, long-term financing, dividend policy, short-term financial management, and performance evaluations.

Concentration Courses

MGMT 5723 Leadership and Management in the Energy Industry

Provides an overview of all sources of energy throughout all generation and delivery cycles. Explores leadership and management in the energy industry with current, high-level energy executives. Evaluates the interactions between land, legal, engineering, geology, geophysics, and product marketing departments of an energy company. Enhances the ability to manage organizations and members. Organizational structure, design, culture, change and development are studied. Future energy sources, environmental issues, social responsibility, industry ethics and leadership issues are examined.

ELAW 5703 Legal and Ethical Environment of the Energy Industry

Provides an overview of the law, ethics and legal analysis. Examines areas of law and ethics that relate to the contemporary business environment in the energy industry. Areas of study include: contracts, torts, crime, business organizations and the legal and ethical responsibilities of energy industry leaders.

MGMT 6743 Internal and External Communication in the Energy Industry

This class examines the social interactions necessary to conduct successful activities both within the energy firm and its external constituencies. There is a special focus on negotiation methods, marketing issues and communication methods.

ELAW 5453 Negotiation and Dispute Resolution

Designed to improve students' understanding of the negotiation process and their practical skills as participants in energy deals and negotiations. Integrates intellectual and experiential learning by combining reading and lectures with exercises, role-plays, presentations, and in-depth class discussion.

FIN 6373 Energy Management Capstone Experience

Culminating the MS program, students integrate concepts from each of their courses to address emerging issues and challenges facing energy organizations. Based on their research and analysis, students will provide justified recommendations in written reports and professional presentations to stakeholders as they critically examine cutting-edge issues in the energy industry. Students present their work during the required 2-day on-campus residency. Prerequisite: FIN 5303, ACCT 5593.

Corporate Accounting

The Online MBA with a concentration in Corporate Accounting will teach students the language of business and build frameworks that use accounting information for financial decisions or for managerial incentives. Graduates emerge well-prepared to measure economic performance, make effective decisions and lead organizations to better outcomes.

Corporate Accounting Courses

MBA 5123 – Effective Leadership & Communication

Based on the established foundations of the Authentic Leadership Model and utilizing the in-depth CDR Assessment Group program for self-assessment and leadership coaching, this course facilitates the development of interpersonal and team skills leaders need to function effectively. The primary focus is on integrated behavioral competencies demanded in organizations today: self-awareness, communication, negotiation, collaboration, and relationship building. Students will work through their own, individualized leadership profile assessments, evaluate effective leadership behaviors, and explore techniques and processes to communicate and negotiate effectively within organizations.

ACCT 5213 – Accounting for Business Decision Making

Emphasis on the application of accounting information for financial reporting and managerial decision making.

MGMT 5213 – Business Strategy for Creating Value

Focuses upon organizational, competitive, and environmental issues confronting organizations and how firms identify, seize, and defend opportunities in today’s dynamic and rapidly changing global economy.

ECON 5313 – Data Analysis for Business Decisions

Focuses on the identification and access of information sources and analyzing the information to make informed decisions and solve managerial problems. Topics include numerical and graphic description of data, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, regression analysis and predictive modeling, linear allocation models and allocating resources, forecasting, and decision analysis. The course utilizes spreadsheet, statistical, and simulation software.

ECON 5413 – Managing at the Crossroads: The Global Economic Environment

Emphasizing the perspective of managers in the private sector, this course focuses on interactions of economic principles at work at the interfirm, intra-industry, and inter-industry levels (microeconomics), at the economy-wide level (macroeconomics), and at the global level (international economics).

MKTG 5103 – Strategic Marketing Decisions for Creating Value

This course is concerned with crafting marketing strategies and making marketing decisions. At the end of the course, students should be able to structure and solve rather complex marketing problems.

FIN 5303 – Financial Strategy and Decision Making

Fundamental concepts such as time value of money and risk-return relationships in finance are presented in detail. Financial decisions faced by modern business enterprises are analyzed in the framework of financial theories. These decisions include capital budgeting, long-term financing, dividend policy, short-term financial management, and performance evaluations.

MGMT 5703 – Ethical, Societal, and Legal Environment of Business

This course examines areas of law and ethics that relate to the contemporary business environment. Areas of study include contracts, torts, white collar crime, product liability, anti-competitive practices, consumer protection, employment practices, business organizations, and the legal and ethical responsibilities.

Concentration Courses

ACCT 5913 Special Topics – Cost Accounting

Cost accounting fundamentals; cost-volume-profit relationships; budgets and standards as keys to planning and control; relevant costs for pricing decisions; capital budgeting. Prerequisite: ACCT 2213

ACCT 5253 - Accounting Information Systems & Data Analytics

Provides an understanding of accounting subsystems, systems analysis, and design issues. Integrates students' knowledge of basic accounting principles with the current information technology used in the processing and analyzing of accounting information. Introduces students to data analytic tools and procedures through assignments in spreadsheets and databases. Introduces internal control concepts vital to prepare them for understanding external auditing principles. Prerequisite: ACCT 2113, ACCT 2213

ACCT 5133 Financial Statement Analysis

Survey of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and other topics related to international accounting. Learning to apply financial statement analysis for decision making using case studies of U.S. and International companies. Using data analytics to forecast, analyze and value companies based on a variety of commonly used valuation models and techniques. Prerequisite: ACCT 3123.

ACCT 5323 Principles of Fraud Examination

Develops the main topics in fraud examination, including: the nature and motivations for fraud; fraud prevention, detection, and investigation; various types of fraud; and, some of the more infamous fraud cases. Utilizes an open-ended, seminar format in which students actively participate in gathering materials and discussion. Prerequisite: ACCT 3113

Health Care Administration

The Online MBA with a concentration in Health Care Administration educates health care professionals with a broad spectrum of knowledge to navigate the challenges of today’s health care system. Graduates emerge with a deeper understanding of strategic leadership, data analytics and artificial intelligence, marketing and patient satisfaction, financial strategies, medical law and regulation specific to the health care industry.

Health Care Administration Courses

MBA 5123 – Effective Leadership & Communication

Based on the established foundations of the Authentic Leadership Model and utilizing the in-depth CDR Assessment Group program for self-assessment and leadership coaching, this course facilitates the development of interpersonal and team skills leaders need to function effectively. The primary focus is on integrated behavioral competencies demanded in organizations today: self-awareness, communication, negotiation, collaboration, and relationship building. Students will work through their own, individualized leadership profile assessments, evaluate effective leadership behaviors, and explore techniques and processes to communicate and negotiate effectively within organizations.

ACCT 5213 – Accounting for Business Decision Making

Emphasis on the application of accounting information for financial reporting and managerial decision making.

ECON 5313 – Data Analysis for Business Decisions

Focuses on the identification and access of information sources and analyzing the information to make informed decisions and solve managerial problems. Topics include numerical and graphic description of data, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, regression analysis and predictive modeling, linear allocation models and allocating resources, forecasting, and decision analysis. The course utilizes spreadsheet, statistical, and simulation software.

ECON 5413 – Managing at the Crossroads: The Global Economic Environment

Emphasizing the perspective of managers in the private sector, this course focuses on interactions of economic principles at work at the interfirm, intra-industry, and inter-industry levels (microeconomics), at the economy-wide level (macroeconomics), and at the global level (international economics).

Concentration Courses

MGMT 5713 Strategic Leadership of the Organization

This course enhances the student’s ability to manage organizations and their members. The primary objective is to increase understanding of organizational behavior theory, research and practice at the individual, intragroup, and intergroup levels. Topics covered in the first module include individual differences; values, attitudes, and the perceptual process; motivation theories; and learning and reinforcement theories. Module two includes interpersonal communication, group behavior, leadership, decision making, power and politics, and conflict and negotiation. The third module comprises organizational structure and design, organizational culture, and organizational change and development.

MGMT 6643 Capstone Experience: Integrating and Applying Business Knowledge

Using a combination of simulations, cases, and live-case client projects this course integrates principles and concepts from all earlier course work. Emphasizes management of the enterprise as a process of integration using strategic processes and bound by the resources, environmental constraints, and ethical considerations of the enterprise. Must be taken in the semester in which student is graduating.

IT 5603 Advanced Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence

Expand students’ knowledge of the role of technology and data in the decision making process and in the planning and management of organizations. Students gain understanding of business intelligence, analytics, data science, artificial intelligence (AI), decision support systems (DSS), data mining, machine learning, predictive analytics, big data, cloud computing, robotics, group DSS, collaboration systems, and the Internet of Things (IoT).

MKTG 6143 Healthcare Marketing and Client Satisfaction

Employs leading-edge knowledge from services marketing to integrate key aspects of strategic marketing planning and implementation with the achievement of practice-based objectives for assuring client satisfaction. Topics include organizing for marketing; psychographic, demographic, and epidemiological analysis of the market; analysis of the product, price, place, and promotion; competitor analysis; market opportunity and demand for forecasting; market strategy; along with understanding the nature and antecedents for client satisfaction and the assessment and assurance of client satisfaction objectives. Prerequisite: MKTG 5103.

FIN 6333 Healthcare Financial Strategies & Decision Making

Establishes a mastery understanding and ability to apply basic financial management principles within the emerging patient-centered care environment and in a variety of healthcare operational settings. A wide range of healthcare financial management topics are covered, including healthcare accounting systems, financial analysis, revenue planning, resource management and allocation, third-party reimbursement, regulation, legislation, and contemporary healthcare finance problems

MGMT 6723 Medical Law and Regulation

Examines medical ethics, laws and regulations pertaining to the obligations and liabilities of health and healthcare institutions, health agencies, third-party payors, and healthcare providers. Significant emphasis deals with enhancing students’ understanding of the Affordable Care Act and its impact on healthcare practice and management.

MGMT 6703 Strategic Management of Healthcare Organizations

Emphasizing best practices related to setting up and managing the organization, this course focuses on managerial and operational concepts including strategic planning; quality improvement, organizational strategy and design; individual, interpersonal, and team/group management; along with employment and human resource management topics including selection, staffing, retention, discipline, motivation, productivity, and team building.

Data Analytics

The Online MBA with a concentration in Data Analytics will prepare students to meet ‘Big Data’ business challenges. Graduates emerge well-prepared to apply data analysis, visualization and artificial intelligence prediction tools to create maximum value and expand market opportunities for organizations.

Data Analytics Courses

MBA 5123 – Effective Leadership & Communication

Based on the established foundations of the Authentic Leadership Model and utilizing the in-depth CDR Assessment Group program for self-assessment and leadership coaching, this course facilitates the development of interpersonal and team skills leaders need to function effectively. The primary focus is on integrated behavioral competencies demanded in organizations today: self-awareness, communication, negotiation, collaboration, and relationship building. Students will work through their own, individualized leadership profile assessments, evaluate effective leadership behaviors, and explore techniques and processes to communicate and negotiate effectively within organizations.

ACCT 5213 – Accounting for Business Decision Making

Emphasis on the application of accounting information for financial reporting and managerial decision making.

MGMT 5213 – Business Strategy for Creating Value

Focuses upon organizational, competitive, and environmental issues confronting organizations and how firms identify, seize, and defend opportunities in today’s dynamic and rapidly changing global economy.

ECON 5313 – Data Analysis for Business Decisions

Focuses on the identification and access of information sources and analyzing the information to make informed decisions and solve managerial problems. Topics include numerical and graphic description of data, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, regression analysis and predictive modeling, linear allocation models and allocating resources, forecasting, and decision analysis. The course utilizes spreadsheet, statistical, and simulation software.

ECON 5413 – Managing at the Crossroads: The Global Economic Environment

Emphasizing the perspective of managers in the private sector, this course focuses on interactions of economic principles at work at the interfirm, intra-industry, and inter-industry levels (microeconomics), at the economy-wide level (macroeconomics), and at the global level (international economics).

MKTG 5103 – Strategic Marketing Decisions for Creating Value

This course is concerned with crafting marketing strategies and making marketing decisions. At the end of the course, students should be able to structure and solve rather complex marketing problems.

FIN 5303 – Financial Strategy and Decision Making

Fundamental concepts such as time value of money and risk-return relationships in finance are presented in detail. Financial decisions faced by modern business enterprises are analyzed in the framework of financial theories. These decisions include capital budgeting, long-term financing, dividend policy, short-term financial management, and performance evaluations.

MGMT 5703 – Ethical, Societal, and Legal Environment of Business

This course examines areas of law and ethics that relate to the contemporary business environment. Areas of study include contracts, torts, white collar crime, product liability, anti-competitive practices, consumer protection, employment practices, business organizations, and the legal and ethical responsibilities.

Concentration Courses

IT 5603 Advanced Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence

Expand students’ knowledge of the role of technology and data in the decision making process and in the planning and management of organizations. Students gain understanding of business intelligence, analytics, data science, artifi cial intelligence (AI), decision support systems (DSS), data mining, machine learning, predictive analytics, big data, cloud computing, robotics, group DSS, collaboration systems, and the Internet of Things (IoT).

IT 5113 Computer Programming for Data Scientists

A course designed to teach the fundamentals of programming as it relates to the development of data science and analytics solutions. May include software platforms Python or R.

IT 5213 Data Engineering

An integrated study of systems for collecting, storing and retrieving data with a particular emphasis on relational databases. May include Snowflake, SQL SERVER, MySQL.

IT 5313 Data Visualization

Course description: A course on communication of analytical and data science results using visualization software. May include Tableau, PowerBi and other visualization packages.

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