Master of Business Administration Courses


Master of Business Administration

MBA 548E Budgeting and Finance for Community Organizations (2)
This course provides basic economic, financial, and accounting tools for leaders in nonprofit organizations, social service agencies, and other community organizations. Students will learn the economic and financial principles that guide policy-making, how to conduct economic and financial analyses of proposed projects and initiatives, and how to set up and manage a budget. Students will apply these concepts to projects from their work-place and community settings.
MBA 560E Entrepreneurship (2)
This course explores the entire cycle of new venture creation from concept development to cash flow, including idea generation, feasibility research, planning, funding, building a team, executing the launch, finding customers and producing profit. The course focuses on the skills and activities of successful entrepreneurs; they know their industry, seize opportunities, work with passion and tenacity, build powerful teams, get more from less, provide phenomenal customer service, differentiate their products and services, and contribute to their communities. At the conclusion of the course students will understand the challenges of starting a business, the keys to success, and whether or not self-employment is right for them.
MBA 600B Marketing Fundamentals (1)
This course provides an overview of marketing in order to clarify the role of marketing in business and society. Students will learn the elements of marketing (i.e., the 4 P’s) within an organization, and the environment in which marketing occurs. The course also helps generate awareness of various firms’ marketing activities and tactics.
MBA 601B Survey of Economics (1)
This course explores the fundamental concepts of economics and presents the major insights of economic analysis. While economics has many facets, this course focuses on central unifying principles of economics. The course examines individual behavior as well as the collective behavior of businesses and industries, governments and countries, and the globe as a whole. Microeconomics starts by thinking about how individuals make decisions. Macroeconomics considers aggregate outcomes. The course demonstrates how the two points of view are essential in understanding most economic, social, and business phenomena.
MBA 602B Business Quantitative Analysis (1)
The course explores fundamental statistical tools of analysis essential for decision making in business. The course uses examples-based approach in introducing fundamental concepts in statistics including data explorations, probability and probability distributions, sampling and sampling distributions, and estimation and hypothesis testing. Course materials are based on a spreadsheet program (excel) that is used to formulate, analyze, and solve a wide variety of business problems.
MBA 603B Financial Markets and Institutions (1)
This course provides the student with knowledge of global financial markets; the institutions that operate in those markets and the manner in which various markets and institutions interrelate. The course covers: types of markets and financial institutions; determinants of interest rates; the risk and term structure of interest rates; asset-backed securities; forwards, futures, options, swaps, and other derivatives; and equity markets.
MBA 604B Financial Statement Analysis (2)
This course explores the concepts and application of recording, analyzing and reporting business transactions and processes for financial reporting and analysis. The course focuses on understanding published financial statements and using the information to analyze the performance and future prospects of the business.
MBA 605C Communication and Teamwork (2)
In today’s complex, volatile business climate, leaders must communicate skillfully and work effectively in teams. Research spanning several decades consistently has shown that leaders with strong communication and team skills are more likely to receive job offers and promotions, and they’re more successful when faced with a wide range of leadership challenges, including working in teams, coaching others, and resolving conflicts. Leaders who communicate well are more credible, and leaders with well-developed team skills are more effective. This course focuses on working skillfully with teams and communicating clearly in writing, presentations, discussions, and in interpersonal situations.
MBA 610C Data and Decision Analytics (2)
Data and decision analytics explores the strategic significance of statistics in developing the scientific framework for organizational decision making. The course analyzes approaches to decision making under uncertainty and problems in optimization including shadow prices and linear programming. Topics include expected monetary value (EMV), sensitivity analysis, decision trees, multivariate regression model building and diagnostics, extrapolation and model-based forecasting, exponential smoothing, Box-Jenkins ARIMA methodology, and simulation modeling, designed to facilitate aspects of organizational decisions.
MBA 615C Creating Competitive Strategies (2)
This course focuses on strategic management principles, including the tools of strategic decision-making, basic analysis of competitive advantage, and strategy alternatives at various levels. In the course students evaluate real-world business scenarios and create recommended strategies for organizations.
MBA 620C Managerial Economics (2)
Managerial economics applies economic concepts and economic analysis to the problems of formulating sound managerial decisions. The course is a thorough blending of insights from economics with business knowledge and applications. The course explores managing in competitive and non-competitive markets, quantitative analysis of demand, production and cost, theories and applications of pricing and resource allocation, contract theory, information economics, and the role of government in the marketplace.
MBA 625C Leadership and Decision Making (2)
This course is designed to increase students’ understanding of human behavior in organizations and build effective leadership and decision-making skills.
MBA 626E Lectures in Entrepreneurship (2)
This course brings successful entrepreneurs from the community into the classroom. Each entrepreneur will discuss critical issues relevant to his or her business: developing the idea, validating the concept, planning the venture, raising funds, building a team, launching the company, sales and marketing, customer service, growing the business, and the keys to success. Students will relate the key principles taught by each entrepreneur to research and theory they’ve learned in other courses, and then apply what they’ve learned to the creation of new ventures. This course is repeatable for credit.
MBA 627E Social Entrepreneurship (2)
In this course, students will learn innovative approaches to creating and leading enterprises designed to address community issues. The course prepares students to apply management and entrepreneurial skills creatively in for-profits, nonprofits, foundations, and advocacy groups, and helps them learn to apply business management principles to social problems and opportunities. Learning approaches include cases, films, readings, and guest speakers from a variety of organizations in the community.
MBA 628E Marketing New Ventures (2)
This course brings together all the topics, concepts and skills relevant to marking new ventures. It addresses the unique issues and challenges entrepreneurs face when bringing new products and businesses to market. Students will study the marketing strategies and methods used by start-up, early-stage, and small-business enterprises. The course compares conventional marketing with entrepreneurial marketing through use of the case method.
MBA 630C Managerial Accounting (2)
This course is concerned with the study and application of accounting concepts in relation to planning and control of business operations. Quantitative techniques for forecasting and budgeting and the behavioral impact of accounting systems will be included.
MBA 634E Business Model Development (2)
In this course you will turn a general idea for a new business into a coherent and well-articulated business model. You will learn to convey this model to others orally, visually, and in writing, and to write a business plan and a brief executive summary of that plan. You will produce a two-minute video that persuasively describes your business idea to a wide audience. Finally, you will craft and deliver a 10-to-20 business plan “pitch” to an audience of potential investors or advisors.
MBA 635C Marketing Management (2)
This course is designed to provide the learners with the understanding necessary to develop and implement marketing strategies that profitably satisfy customers’ needs. Through this course, learners gain knowledge and skills for effective decision-making, strategic planning, execution, and evaluation in a wide variety of business situations. The course addresses the importance of organizations being market-oriented in order to secure long-term and reliable revenues and profitability.
MBA 637E Negotiations and Persuasion (2)
In today’s complex business environment, effective negotiation skills are critical in order to build valuable alliances, adapt to unexpected developments, and overcome conflicts. This course will develop negotiation skills with a focus on analyzing the interests of other parties and using language to facilitate successful negotiations.
MBA 640C Executive Decision Making and Financial Performance (2)
This course introduces techniques for high-level financial performance evaluation and decision-making. The course focuses on capital structure, cost of capital, investment decisions, valuation, and working capital management.
MBA 643E High Performing Organizational Cultures (2)
Every organization has a culture. This culture can either enable or hinder organizational success. In this course, we will work with a number of tools that will help you understand what you do and perhaps do not know about your organization’s culture; assess your organization’s culture and identify areas for improvement; think strategically about the possibilities of organizational culture change; and identify specific action steps you can and should take to move your organization along the journey of being a high-performing organizational culture.
MBA 644E Exploring Innovative Organizational Cultures (2)
From W. L. Gore & Associates to Morning Star to Semco to Zappos, more organizations are being structured as “self-managing” or “self-organizing” systems. In this course, we will explore the workings of these exemplary organizations, and others, to try to understand the deep dynamics of high-performing self-managing organizations.
MBA 645C Ethics and Corporate Governance (2)
This course focuses on the fundamentals of corporate governance, emphasizing the leader’s responsibility to make ethical, legal, socially responsible decisions on behalf of the organization.
MBA 647E Creating High Performing Teams (2)
Teams are a ubiquitous feature of modern organizational life, but teams serve different functions and purposes. Understanding the different types of teams and matching the team to the task are the first steps in creating high-performing teams. In this course we will consider what makes teams effective and ineffective. We will also consider those occasions when individual effort is likely to be superior to team effort.
MBA 650C Operations Management (2)
Upon the completion of this course, students will be able to explain and illustrate the purpose, importance and place of operations management in organizations; identify and discuss the key operational issues faced by operations managers; and select and apply appropriate tools and techniques to analyze complex operational issues, and use them to develop viable courses of action.
MBA 651E The Nonprofit Organization (2)
The course provides an overview of the history, development, role, auspices, organization, and purposes of nonprofit agencies in the U. S. and the world. Emphasis is placed on structure, planning, program, policies, organizational management, governance and stewardship, resource development, community building, advocacy, volunteer services, and problems that face nonprofits. The course also addresses social, political, economic, cultural and ideological issues. Group and individual projects, research on nonprofit agencies, and oral presentations will be included. Class time will include lectures, discussions, case studies, team projects and guest speakers.
MBA 653E Internship (1-3)
Work experience in field of study or career. Requires completion of a minimum of 15 Westminster credit hours or permission of instructor, completion of the Career Center Internship workshop, and consent of Practice/Experience Coordinator and Career Center Internship Coordinator. This course is repeatable for credit.
MBA 655C High Performance Business Strategies (2)
This course focuses on designing organizations and leading people in ways that support particular business strategies. In the course emphasis is placed on the tools and principles most useful in eliciting high performance from individuals, teams and large groups in organizations. The centerpiece of the course is a live case study; several individuals from a local organization join the class regularly to discuss their challenges in relation to the topics covered in the course.
MBA 656E Accounting Practicum (VITA) (2-4)
This course is designed to teach students how to prepare 1040 federal returns and related schedules, prepare multi-state returns and related schedules, and process taxpayers for various financial services administered by the VITA Clinic.  Students will be certified by the IRS and trained as financial advocates. IRS certifications must be completed before commencing their fieldwork. Students will also receive ethics training related to tax preparation, cultural sensitivity training, and learn client-interviewing skills.
MBA 660ECC Investment Strategy and Applications (2)
Students in this course will be managing the $50,000 D.A. Davidson Student Investment Fund for the academic year (students are enrolled in both Fall and Spring semesters). The course will give students experience preparing industry/sector analyses, researching and using various investment styles, making stock selections, monitoring portfolio selections, preparing performance reports and portfolio re-balancing. The class is designed to prepare students for employment opportunities in investment research and management. The course will include materials designed to help students prepare for the Level 1 Exam for the Chartered Financial Analyst professional designation.
MBA 660ERR Internet and Social Media Marketing (2)
No business practice has changed as much as marketing has in the last 10 years. This change has been brought about by one key factor: the Internet. This course will cover an array of topics related to social media marketing, such as: search engine optimization, social marketing best practices and strategies, Facebook advertising methods, social media policies, etc.
MBA 665C Competeing in a Global Environment (3)
This course focuses on global business and includes an international context tour. It provides a framework to develop strategies incorporating global influences for the firm seeking to compete globally and the firm facing competitive pressures from abroad. Economic, social, financial, demographic, diverse and multicultural environments are considered. At the end of the course, students will travel to a region outside the US for a 10-day period, analyzing as a whole the aspects of doing business in a global environment as studied in class. Prerequisite: Completion of 24 credit hours of the program and a valid passport. (A Visa may be required for certain countries and for all foreign students.)
MBA 668E Directed Studies (1-3)
Independent research/readings in areas not fully covered by core or elective courses. Requires all MBA Module I courses and consent of instructor and school dean. This course is repeatable for credit.
MBA 669E Leadership (2)
This is an applied course in leadership from a practitioner’s perspective. Enhance your personal leadership by learning the power of integrity, purity of motive, trust, and respectful communication. Explore organizational behavior framework and leadership theories to create open and collaborative work environments that engage employees, develop commitment and increase satisfaction. Heighten awareness of your own personal leadership styles, strengths and weaknesses through real world business simulations and cases.
MBA 670C MBA Capstone (2)
This course enables students to apply and incorporate the full range of skills and knowledge learned in the MBA program to complete a major project that helps a company gain competitive advantage. Students choose their own capstone project usually by initiating and completing a project within the organization in which they are currently employed. The Graduate ETS Major Field Test is administered in MBA 670C. Click here for ETS Major Field Test description information. Course is taken in the student’s last semester.
MBA 675E Introduction to Data Analytics (2)
This course will introduce future leaders and decision makers to the current state of data analytics, from the historical development of key technological innovations, to current applications of data science within organizations. The course will review various types of data science practitioners and data analytics tools, and will discuss how to build a data culture within an organization. The course will cover new technological innovations along with how these technologies can be used by a data analytics team.
MBA 676E Applied Data Analytics (2)
This course will introduce future leaders and decision makers to the most frequently used tools of data analytics, including database languages, programming languages, and visualization tools. The data types, their transformations, and their interpretations will also be emphasized. Students will use the tools covered to solve a real-world data analytics problem for an organization in the local business community.
MBA 677E Marketing Data Analytics (2)
This course can be applied to both the marketing and business analytics concentration. This course will teach future leaders and decision makers how to use data analytics tools in marketing. Using the tools covered, students will analyze marketing problems faced by company in the local community, and will then present clear recommendations to the company. The interpretation of various analytic methods will be emphasized.
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