Business and Global Innovation

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    Executive Director: Art Comstock, Ph.D.

    Statement of Philosophy

    The graduate business program enables students to acquire and further develop their managerial and leadership competencies to successfully meet the dynamic challenges of a knowledge-based society and to nurture values conducive to ethical and socially responsible behavior.

    Accreditation

    The Business and Global Innovation programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

    General Information and Prerequisites

    The following master’s degrees are offered by the Marywood University Business and Global Innovation programs:

    Master of Business Administration (MBA)

    Master of Science in Management Information Systems (MS-MIS)

    Master of Science in Financial Information Systems (MS-FIS)

    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. Prerequisites include: Accounting Concepts, Business Economics, Computer Technologies for Management, Financial Tools, Managerial Concepts, Marketing and Sales Concepts, Legal Environment of Business and Business Statistics. Those who do not have the needed undergraduate credits may be able to fulfill the requirements through equivalency exams (DSST and/or CLEP) or through one credit modules offered by the Business faculty. For further information, contact the program Executive Director. In addition, if a student is pursuing the MBA degree in Management Information Systems, prerequisites also include two programming languages.

    The Master of Science degree programs are designed to prepare candidates for career advancement by providing the graduate student with an area of specialization in Management Information Systems or Financial Information Systems. Students seeking the MS degree in Management Information Systems or Financial Information Systems will have to satisfy the Common Professional Component (CPC) through the one credit modules offered in the MBA program, or take the DSST and/or CLEP exams and achieve a satisfactory score. In addition, prerequisites for Management Information Systems also include two programming languages.

    General Requirements

    Scores on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) are strongly encouraged to be submitted as part of the application for admission, but they are not required.

    Students are required to file an application for degree candidacy after completing twelve graduate business credits in addition to the undergraduate prerequisites specified on their letters of admission. A final comprehensive examination must be passed prior to conferral of degree.

    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. Financial tools and techniques in acquisitions, divestments, and investment analysis for domestic and overseas operations are some of the skills provided by this area of concentration.

    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 utilized to develop analytical and problem solving competencies in the various functional areas of business and in their interdependencies. Courses in this area may 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. Possible course selections include: Systems Analysis and Design: Industrial Problem-Solving, Database Management Systems, Accounting Information Systems, Telecommunication Systems, Managing an Organization in the Marketspace, etc..

    Master of Business Administration

    Each candidate for the Master of Business Administration degree must select an area of concentration. Twelve credits are required in the concentration. Students taking additional concentrations in the MBA program can cross-reference one course or three credits. The available areas and core requirements are as follows:

    36 semester hours

    I. CORE COURSES

    24 semester hours

    BUS 531 Advanced Topics in Management Information Systems
    3
    BUS 541 Organizational Behavior and Development
    3
    BUS 542 Financial Planning and Management
    3
    BUS 548 Operation Analysis and Management (Quantitative Methods)
    3
    BUS 568 Legal Aspects of the Administrative Process
    3
    BUS 570 Marketing and Strategic Planning
    3
    BUS 590 Research Methodology
    3

    BUS 554

    Policy Formulation and Strategy Management
    (capstone course: to be taken after completion of at least 24 graduate credits.)
    3

    Core courses that are prerequisite to concentration courses must be completed prior to taking the concentration course.

    II. CONCENTRATIONS (Select one)

    12 semester hours

    A. Finance and Investments

    (Select four courses)

    BUS 556 Business Venture and the Entrepreneur
    3
    BUS 564 Accounting Information Systems
    3
    BUS 581 Acquisition and Divestment
    3
    BUS 582 Business Taxation
    3
    BUS 583 Retirement and Estate Planning 3
    BUS 584 Managerial Economics
    3
    BUS 585 Risk Management and Insurance 3
    BUS 586 SEC and the Financial Markets
    3
    BUS 587 International Trade and Investment
    3
    BUS 588 Portfolio Theory and Capital Markets
    3
    BUS 589 Advanced Topics in Real Estate Management 3
    BUS 598 Special Topics
    3
    BUS 599 Independent Research
    3

    B. General Management

    (Select four courses)

    BUS 509 Leadership
    3
    BUS 510 Management Role of the Information Professional
    3
    BUS 513 Web-based Marketing 3
    BUS 534 Business Intelligence 3
    BUS 543 Human Resources Management
    3
    BUS 546 Managing the Organization in the Marketspace
    3
    BUS 549 Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining
    3
    BUS 550 Production Management: Quality Approaches
    3
    BUS 551 Management of International Business Organizations
    3
    BUS 553 International Marketing
    3
    BUS 556 Business Ventures and the Entrepreneur
    3
    BUS 569 Management of Innovation and Technology
    3
    BUS 581 Acquisition and Divestment
    3
    BUS 584 Managerial Economics
    3
    BUS 598 Special Topics
    3
    BUS 599 Independent Research
    3

    C. Management Information Systems*

    (Select four courses)

    BUS 509 Leadership in the Information Age
    3
    BUS 510 Management Role of the Information Professional
    3
    BUS 513 Web-based Marketing 3
    BUS 514 Web-based Systems Development 3
    BUS 534 Business Intelligence
    3
    BUS 535 Data Mining and Warehousing 3
    BUS 546 Managing the Organization in the Marketspace
    3
    BUS 556 Business Venture and the Entrepreneur
    3
    BUS 562 Systems Analysis and Design: Industrial Problem-Solving
    3
    BUS 563 Information Systems-Database Management
    3
    BUS 564 Accounting Information Systems
    3
    BUS 566 Telecommunications for Business Systems
    3
    BUS 569 Management of Innovation and Technology
    3
    BUS 593 Web Application Design and Development 3
    BUS 594 Business Information Security and Continuity 3
    BUS 595 ERP Systems 3
    BUS 598 Special Topics
    3
    BUS 599 Independent Research
    3

    * This track requires proficiency and satisfactory completion of courses in two computer languages, one or both of which must be an object-oriented language.

    Master of Science

    36 semester hours (plus the required prerequisites)

    Management Information Systems (MIS)

    The Master of Science degree program in Management Information Systems provides maximum flexibility in the education of the professional information systems person. In this program the student has the opportunity to select three courses, in addition to the required courses. These courses may be advanced work in the Management Information Systems concentration, or they may be courses that complement the Management Information Systems concentration. The electives must be approved by the Executive Director or the graduate student’s advisor.

    The MS-MIS degree prerequisites include satisfaction of the CPC through the one-credit modules offered to graduate students, through undergraduate courses, or through successful completion of the DSST and/or CLEP exams. Prerequisites will also include two programming languages. For further information, contact the Executive Director.

    A. CORE

    BUS 531 Advanced Topics in Management Information Systems
    3
    BUS 541 Organizational Behavior and Development
    3
    BUS 548 Operational Analysis and Management
    3
    BUS 590 Research Methodology
    3

    BUS 554

    Policy Formulation and Strategy Management
    (taken completion of at least 24 graduate credits)
    3

    B. AREA OF CONCENTRATION

    (Select four courses)

    BUS 509 Leadership  3
    BUS 510 Management Role of the Information Professional 3
    BUS 513 Web-based Marketing 3
    BUS 514 Web-based Systems Development 3
    BUS 534 Business Intelligence 3
    BUS 535 Data Mining and Warehousing 
    3
    BUS 546 Managing the Organization in the Marketspace
    3
    BUS 562 Systems Analysis and Design: Industrial Problem-Solving
    3
    BUS 563 Database Management Systems
    3
    BUS 564 Accounting Information Systems
    3
    BUS 566 Telecommunications for Business Systems
    3
    BUS 569 Management of Innovation and Technology
    3
    BUS 592 Web Application Design and Development 3
    BUS 593 Business Information Security and Continuity 3
    BUS 594 ERP Systems 3

    C. ELECTIVES

    Selection of any three graduate Business courses, including E-Business courses, for which the candidate is qualified to enroll and has approval of the Executive Director or advisor.

    Financial Information Systems (FIS)

    The stand-alone MS-FIS graduate degree program consists of 36 credits — 18 credits from the required core, 9 credits consisting of Financial electives, and 9 credits consisting of Information Systems electives. The prerequisites for this degree include satisfaction of the CPC through the core one-credit modules offered to graduate students. The structure of this program is as follows:

    A. REQUIRED CORE

    BUS 531 Advanced Topics in Management Information Systems.
    3
    BUS 534 Business Intelligence
    3
    BUS 535 Data Mining and Warehousing
    3
    BUS 554 Policy Formulation and Strategy Management
    (taken after completion of at least 24 graduate credits)
    3
    BUS 588 Portfolio Theory and Capital Markets
    3
    BUS 599 Independent Research
    3

    B. FINANCIAL ELECTIVES

    (Select 3 courses)

    BUS 542 Financial Planning and Management
    3
    BUS 582 Business Taxation
    3
    BUS 583 Retirement and Estate Planning
    3
    BUS 584 Managerial Economics
    3
    BUS 585 Risk Management and Insurance
    3
    BUS 586 SEC and the Financial Markets
    3
    BUS 587 International Trade and Investment 3
    BUS 589 Advanced Topics in Real Estate Management 3

    C. INFORMATION SYSTEMS ELECTIVES

    (Select 3 courses)

    BUS 562 Systems Analysis and Design: Industrial Problem-Solving
    3
    BUS 563 Database Management Systems
    3
    BUS 564 Accounting Information Systems
    3
    BUS 566 Telecommunications for Business Systems 3
    BUS 592 Web Application Design and Development
    3
    BUS 593 Business Information Security and Continuity
    3
    BUS 594 ERP Systems
    3

    Health Services Administration 

    Overview

    A management career in Health Services Administration allows students to gain proficiency in management skills and can improve the delivery of health services in a community. This proficiency contributes to highly successful health care delivery committed to quality. In turn, the consumers benefit from effective and efficient health care services.

    The M.H.S.A. provides graduate education in health care administration for persons seeking careers in the management and administration of health care facilities/organizations and other healthcare settings. This degree also provides opportunities for individuals in health services to seek career improvement and development.

    The M.H.S.A. provides health care managers with a framework for decision-making in the constantly changing health care environment. At the same time the degree provides a background of operational resources for managers in the field.

    This program course will enhance the administrative training of students concerned with the provision of health care and the current health care reform. Students’ needs and goals are met, bringing the application of management skills from a theoretical model. This degree will be a step in meeting the needs of those professionals currently practicing and also will prepare the health service administrators of tomorrow.

    Master of Health Services Administration (M.H.S.A.)

    36 semester hours

    I. CORE COURSES

    24 semester hours

    HSA 506 Research Theory 3
    OR  
    HSA 533 Research Methods (ND 590) 3
    HSA 507 Organizational Dynamics 3
    HSA 518 Policy and Program Analysis 3
    HSA 520 Introduction to Health Services Administration 3
    HSA 532 Legal Aspects of Clinical and Health Care Organizations 3
    HSA 537 Managerial Decision-Making in Health Care Organizations 3
    HSA 538 Institutional Budgeting and Planning 3
    HSA 555 Professional Contribution/Research Design 0
    HSA 597 Management Project/Internship 3

    II. ELECTIVES (12 semester hours)

    HSA 510 Concepts and Issues in Gerontology 3
    HSA 524 Health Care Systems Analysis 3
    HSA 525 Health Care Economics 3
    HSA 527 Gerontological Services Administration 3
    HSA 528 Administration of Long-Term Care 3
    HSA 529 Planning Health Care Services for the Elderly 3
    HSA 539 Overview of Managed Care 3
    HSA 580 Epidemiology/Environmental Health 3
    HSA 583 Marketing and Strategic Planning 3
    GER 525 Aging Changes and Health Problems 3

    Health Services Administration Five-Year Degree Option

    Advanced standing in Marywood University’s graduate Health Services Administration Program is available to qualified majors for a five-year degree option.

    The undergraduate Health Services Administration major prepares students for entry-level positions in health. The program provides the knowledge and skills necessary for administrative positions in nursing homes, hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, managed care, and the many other organizations providing health care in American society. A special track focuses upon health care delivery to the elderly. This major integrates courses in the social sciences (36 credits) as well as the liberal arts (43-46 credits). An important program component is an internship in a nursing home, hospital, managed care, public health agency or other organization during the senior year. Advanced standing is available to qualified majors. A Gerontology major is also available. Contact the program director of administrative studies.

    This program will enhance the administrative training of students concerned with the provision of health care and the current health care reform. Students’ needs and goals are met, bringing the application of management skills from a theoretical model. This degree will be a step in meeting the needs of those professionals currently practicing and also will prepare the health service administrators of tomorrow.

    Students must meet undergraduate core curriculum requirements. See undergraduate catalog or curriculum guides available in the department.

    Master of Health Services Administration/Master of Social Work

    A management career in Health Services Administration and Social Work allows students to gain proficiency in management skills and can improve the delivery of health services in a community. This proficiency contributes to highly successful health care delivery committed to quality. In turn, the consumers benefit from effective and efficient health care services.

    The MHSA/MSW provides graduate education in health care administration for persons seeking careers in the management and administration of health care facilities/organizations and other healthcare settings. This dual degree also provides opportunities for individuals in health services to seek career improvement and development with a framework for decision-making in the constantly changing health care environment. At the same time the degree provides a background of operational resources for managers in the field. This program will enhance the administrative training of students concerned with the provision of healthcare and the current healthcare reform. Students’ needs and goals are met, bringing the application of management skills from a theoretical model. This dual degree will be a step in meeting the needs of those professionals currently practicing and also will prepare the health service administrators of tomorrow.

    Interested students must make application for admission to both programs.

    Social Work Classroom Credits: 39 

    MSW Classroom Credits (36 semester hours)

    SW 501 Practice I: Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families 3
    SW 502 Practice II: Social Work Practice with Groups 3
    SW 503 Practice III: Social Work Practice with Communities and Organizations 3
    SW 504 Practice IV: Advanced Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families 3
    SW 505 Administration in Social Work
    SW 506 Practice VI: Culminating Integrative Seminar 3
    SW 601 Human Behavior I 3
    SW 621 Social Work Perspectives on Psychopathology 3
    SW 701 Research I 3
    SW 702 Research II 3
    SW 801 Social Justice, Welfare Policy and Professional Legacy 3
    SW 802 Social Policy Advocacy 3
    SW 971 Ethical Issues in Social Work Practice 3

     Social Work Practicum (12 semester hours)

    SW 591 Field Education I: Foundation Field 3
    SW 592 Field Education II: Foundation Field 4
    SW 595 Field Education III: Advanced Practice 4
    SW 596 Field Education IV: Advanced Practice 4

     MHSA Classroom Credits (18 semester hours)

    HSA 507 Organizational Dynamics 3
    HSA 520 Introduction to Health Services Administration 3
    HSA 532 Legal Aspects of Clinical and Health Care Organizations 3
    HSA 537 Managerial Decision-Making in Health Care Organizations 3
    HSA 538 Institutional Budgeting and Planning 3
    HSA 555 Professional Contribution/Research Design 0
    HSA 596 Internship 3
    OR    
    HSA 597 Management Project 3

     MHSA General Electives (12 semester hours)

    GER 525 Aging Changes and Health Problems 3
    HSA 510/SW 941 Concepts and Issues in Gerontology 3
    HSA 511 Ethics in Management 3
    HSA 524 Health Care Systems Analysis 3
    HSA 525 Health Care Economics 3
    HSA 527 Gerontological Services Administration 3
    HSA 528 Administration of Long-Term Care 3
    HSA 529 Planning Health Care Services for the Elderly 3
    HSA 539 Overview of Managed Care 3
    HSA 580 Epidemiology/Environmental Health 3
    HSA 583 Marketing and Strategic Planning 3

    M.S. in Gerontology

    A master’s degree in Gerontology will offer students an opportunity to be better prepared for a career in health care fields related to the elderly. It will offer health care professionals the knowledge and ability to make continuous changes and improvements in how the elderly are cared for. Health care providers and administrators with gerontology backgrounds will be very valuable in the changing market place.

    This program will provide the opportunity for students in the fields such as health care administration, nursing, nutrition, social work, public administration, and counseling/psychology to gain knowledge of the needs of the geriatric population—to care properly for the geriatric patients in both social and health care environments. The curriculum will prepare graduates to work more creatively, and do so in an ethical and moral fashion. As the population ages, it will be important for health care workers to adapt to their changing responsibilities, and feel comfortable that the risks they take for attempts at improvement are based upon a solid education and background.

    Program Objectives

    1. To provide students with concepts and theories related to aging. 
    2. To assist students in understanding ethical issues and values pertaining to aging. 
    3. To assist students to effectively identify and make informed decisions in the application of theory to practice. 
    4. To provide students with an understanding of concepts/theories of aging in order to evaluate policy and research needs. 
    5. To expose students to a wide range of administrative and managerial problems, processes, practices, and responsibilities involved in providing gerontological health services. 
    6. To prepare students for planning, organizing, staffing and implementing and administering gerontological health services administration. 
    7. To facilitate the student’s understanding and command of basic theories of management and supervision and applied social science theory related to the delivery of gerontological health services administration. 
    8. To help students develop analytical and evaluation skills and techniques leading to effective managerial decision-making applied to the complex task of providing gerontological health services administration.

    36 credits are required for this degree. 

    GER 510 Concepts and Issues in Gerontology
    3
    GER 520/PSYC 540 Psychological Perspectives on the Aging
    3
    GER 525 Aging Changes and Health
    3
    GER 590/N D 590 Research Methodology
    3
    GER 591/N D 591 Statistical Analysis
    3
    GER 596 Internship 
    3
    GER 599 Practitioners Seminar in Administration
    3
    GER 527 Gerontological Services Administration
    3
    GER 528 Administration of Long-Term Care
    3
    GER 529 Planning Health Care Services for the Elderly
    3
    GER 511 Ethics in Management
    3
    GER 555 Professional Contribution
    3
    GER 583/BIOL 583 Emerging Medicines and Technologies
    3

    Courses may be substituted with approval of the program director.

    Master’s in Gerontology/Master of Social Work

    A Master’s Degree in Gerontology and Social Work will offer students an opportunity to be better prepared for a career in health care fields related to the elderly. It will offer health care professionals the knowledge and ability to make continual changes and improvements in how the elderly are cared for. Health care providers and administrators with gerontology backgrounds will be very valuable in the changing market place.

    The dual degree program is designed for those who wish to combine the development of administrative and managerial expertise in defined service areas with the knowledge, skills, and values of the social work profession. The joint focus prepares students for a range of professional options and opportunities. Participation in a dual degree program permits the student to earn the M.S.W. degree with the M.S. Gerontology in a manner that expedites the time required, by crediting work earned for one degree to the requirements of the other.

    Interested students must make application for admission to both programs.

    Social Work Classroom Credits: 39 

    MSW Classroom Credits (36 semester hours)

    SW 501 Practice I: Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families 3
    SW 502 Practice II: Social Work Practice with Groups 3
    SW 503 Practice III: Social Work Practice with Communities and Organizations 3
    SW 504 Practice IV: Advanced Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families 3
    SW 505 Practice V: Administration in Social Work
    SW 506 Practice VI: Culminating Integrative Seminar 3
    SW 601 Human Behavior I 3
    SW 621 Social Work Perspectives on Psychopathology 3
    SW 701 Research I 3
    SW 702 Research II 3
    SW 801 Social Justice, Welfare Policy and Professional Legacy 3
    SW 802 Social Policy Advocacy 3
    SW 971 Ethical Issues in Social Work   3

    Social Work Practicum (12 semester hours)

    SW 591 Field Education I: Foundation Field 3
    SW 592 Field Education II: Foundation Field 3
    SW 595 Field Education III: Advanced Practice 3
    SW 596 Field Education IV: Advanced Practice 3

    MS Gerontology Classroom Credits (30 semester hours)

    GER 510 Concepts and Issues in Gerontology 3
    GER 511 Ethics in Management 3
    GER 520/PSY 540 Psychological Perspectives on Aging 3
    GER 525 Aging Changes and Health 3
    GER 527 Gerontological Services Administration 3
    GER 528 Administration of Long-Term Care 3
    GER 529 Planning Health Care Services for the Elderly 3
    GER 555 Professional Contribution 0
    HSA 520 Introduction to Health Services Administration 3
    HSA 537 Managerial Decision Making in Health Care Organizations 3
    HSA 538 Institutional Budgeting and Planning 3

    Guidelines and Internship

    AGHE, the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, was consulted for curriculum guidelines and standards. Marywood’s former Certificate in Gerontology received an AGHE Program of Merit accreditation, making it the only school in the Northeast to offer such a program.

    The Research Theory course, Internship, and Professional Contribution must focus on gerontology research and practice. The program director must approve and mentor these activities. The internship should be within an organization and/or facility which includes experiences with both well-functioning older persons and those with disabilities/diseases common to the aging process.

    For the internship, learning objectives must be submitted initially, followed by a conference among student, program director, and external preceptor. Once all learning objectives are clarified and reviewed, the student may register for the experience.

    Degree Requirements

    For degree requirements, the Professional Contribution requires a written proposal submitted to the Program Director for approval, followed by a conference prior to registration. Each student participates in the Practitioners Seminar to integrate/apply knowledge and practice. Please refer to Internship Guidelines and Professional Contribution, which are available in the School of Business and Global Innovaiton.


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