Business: Master of Business Administration (MBA)

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The Master of Business Administration degree provides the student with a common body of knowledge in business administration via the required core courses and undergraduate prerequisites for the degree. Students must take 36 semester-credit-hours of graduate level courses.

Areas of Concentration

Courses and Objectives

1. Finance and Investment

The area of concentration in Finance and Investment is designed to (1) provide a working understanding of the financial decision-making process in profit and nonprofit organizations and (2) introduce the candidates to the functions of the financial market. This concentration is for career-oriented students in commercial and investment banking, corporate planning and treasury functions, and short-range and long-range domestic and international financial planning. The focus is on financial tools and techniques in acquisitions, divestments, and investment analysis for domestic and overseas operations.

2. General Management

The area of concentration in General Management is designed to provide professional preparation for careers in middle and upper level management. In addition, it further develops the abilities of those currently employed in these positions by providing them with current trends in the field of management. Case studies are used to develop analytical and problem solving competencies in the various functional areas of business and in their interdependencies. Courses in this area cover Human Resources Management, Production Management: Quality Approaches, Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining, Management of International Business Organizations, etc.

3. Management Information Systems

The area of Management Information Systems promotes the development of vital competencies appropriate to professional management in the field of information science. It prepares the candidate for the evaluation, development, and deployment of information systems within and across organizations. The student develops skills in evaluating existing systems and in designing and implementing strategies to harness the power of information technologies and information systems to bring about improvement in business situations. Students are asked to select four courses in this area of concentration. Course selection includes: Computer Programming Languages; Systems Analysis and Design: Industrial Problem-Solving, Database Management Systems, Accounting Information Systems, Telecommunication Systems, Telecommunications for Business Systems, Managing an Organization in the Marketspace, etc.