Online MBA

Curriculum

  • The Online MBA program is a 36 credit MBA with core courses that cover every area of business.
  • The curriculum is divided into three broad areas – Core CompetenciesAdvanced Core and Major Concentration.
  • Our program not only maintains the flexibility and convenience by allowing to go through the program from your current location, but it does so while maintaining a rigorous curriculum.
  • The program will be based on a cohort option where you can complete all requirements within two years.
  • You will also have the flexibility to be in a non-cohort option after you have completed one semester of courses, which will allow you to pace the program based on your own constraints and availability. If you adopt the non-cohort option, you will have a maximum of five years to complete the program.

Course Information

  • All courses will be conducted through a Distance Learning approach using the popular Blackboard Learning Management System (LMS).
  • Courses will require frequent interactions between you and other students and of course, with the professor teaching the course.
  • While a variety of different features are usually used in any online course, typical tools will include audio and video lectures, discussion boards, online assignments and exams, online case discussions, supplemental videos and websites, and other features as required for a specific course.
  • Many parts of the courses will be self-paced, i.e. you can go through these portions in an asynchronous mode. However, depending on a specific course’s requirements, there may be some synchronous portions for which you may have to participate in some online. “live” sessions.
  • All courses will follow a time-based schedule in terms of lesson plans, assignments and completion deadlines.

Core Competencies

Survey of Economics
An intensive survey of basic economics.

Legal, Political, Regulatory and Ethical Environment of Business
Overview of the legal, political, regulatory and ethical environment of business. Legal cases involving contracts, partnerships, business ethics, etc. are analyzed and their impact is evaluated with regard to compliance with local, state, federal, and emerging international regulations.

Business Ethics and Society
An integrative, interdisciplinary approach to the examination of ethical dilemmas as they emerge in various functional areas, including finance, accounting, law, information technology, marketing, human resources, operations, international business, and general management. A consideration of the political and social foundations of the development of organizations, and the moral responsibilities of managers in a multicultural business environment. Topics include stakeholder theory, employment rights, responsible use of technology, e-commerce, globalism, diversity, and respect for the environment.

Advanced Core

Accounting and Financial Reporting
A comprehensive overview of the basic financial statements and how they and other accounting information are utilized for managerial decision making in a global economy. Topics include, but are not limited to, financial reporting and analysis, profit analysis, capital budgeting, planning and forecasting, and cost control. Environmental factors and ethical implications are integrated throughout the course.

Managerial Finance
Introduction to finance and financial management. Study of theoretical principles and analytical techniques used for corporate decision making, including capital budgeting, capital structure, and dividend policy decisions. Topics include time value of money, security valuation, risk and return, financial statement analysis, and financial markets and instruments. Overview of the impact of global, ethical, social, and political issues on financial management. Consideration of other perspectives, such as satisfying diverse groups of stakeholders and environmental concerns.

Information Systems for Managers
The use of information systems to support work processes and decision making at all levels of an organization and across all functional departments such as accounting, finance, and marketing. Topics include centralized versus decentralized information systems, client-server computing, information systems and decision making, database design issues, datamining, data warehousing, knowledge management, the strategic use of information technology, work process redesign (reengineering) with information technology, enterprises resources planning systems, electronic commerce, information systems security, information privacy, and global information technology issues.

Global Decision Making
Course applies a cross functional integrative approach to analyzing, formulating and implementing organizational strategy for different sizes and types of organizations in a global setting. Course reviews the concept of global strategy and analyzes the crucial linkages between strategy development and organizational design. Production, marketing, finance, accounting, information technology, and human resources strategies are formulated and implemented in the global context. Other topics include competitive analysis, industry and firm value chain, leadership, financial and market analysis, and organizational structure and culture in the context of technological, ethical and ecological factors affecting international and global organizations. Students assess the effectiveness of different approaches to strategy by using them to examine performance of multinational companies.

Operations Management
Examination of how manufacturing and service processes utilize human resources, technology, equipment, materials, information and capital to create goods and services. Traditional concepts like operations strategies, production management, inventory management, quality management, project management and management of operations are covered. In addition, new topics such as supply chain management, demand chain management, new technologies, outsourcing are also discussed as they affect organizational efficiency and growth.

Contemporary Organizations: Theory, Behavior and Leadership Skills
This course combines management theory and practice. Students learn current conceptualizations of individual, interpersonal, and organizational behavior; these concepts serve as the basis for experiential role plays and case analyses that develop students’ managerial skills. Topics include self-awareness, organizational culture and design, leadership, power and influence, decision making and problem solving, innovation and change, communication, motivation, team dynamics, and managing diversity.

Marketing Analysis and Management
Managerial decisions in the marketing area. Topics include marketing strategy determination, the role of marketing research, consumer behavior, marketing and the law, consumerism, social responsibility of marketers, international marketing and product, pricing, distribution and channel policy. A special focus on analytical techniques in developing, implementing and controlling marketing plans is provided.

Advanced Quantitative Analysis for Managers
Regression modeling, analysis of variance, time series analysis and business forecasting methods and nonparametric methods. Use of statistical packages.

Major Concentrations

The Strategic Business Management Concentration consists of five cross-disciplinary major concentration courses that will prepare you to have the competitive edge you need to succeed in today's global economy.

Strategic Planning in Marketing
A thorough examination of strategic planning in marketing-the process by which sustainable customer driven competitive advantages are achieved over time by building relationships, offerings, timing, and resources. Particular emphasis placed on planning, integrating, implementing, and analyzing marketing strategies; the context of strategic marketing management within a firm; alternative strategic approaches to marketing; such marketing models as Profit Impact of Marketing Strategy (PIMS); the value chain; benchmarking; customer satisfaction; strategic marketing audits; the global context of strategic marketing; ethical dimensions of marketing strategies; and other key concepts. Individual and group assignments, including a computer simulation.

Information Technology Resource Management
A case-oriented course dealing with the management of information systems and technology in organizations. Topics include strategic use of technology, development of information systems architecture, communications, information highway systems, management of information resources, end user computing, information centers and the human side of systems.

Management of Innovation, Creativity and Design for Sustainability
This course presents theory and practice on the management of innovation, creativity and design for sustainability. It presents basic principles, theories and perspectives on the management of innovation, on the creative process and its interface with the organization, and on the managerial aspects of design. These are framed within the context of an imperative of sustainability, in ecological, economic, ethical and product and service development and delivery.  Current and desirable future practices, major theories, trends and research finding related to innovation, creativity and design for sustainability will be explored.

Strategic Accounting for Managers
A survey course in the strategic use of accounting and tax knowledge with a focus on the analysis, interpretation, and use of this knowledge for business decisions. Topics may include performance evaluation, profitability analysis, business intelligence systems use to leverage accounting information, leveraging interactive data (XBRL) to analyze internal and competitors’ financial data, strategic accounting issues in multinational corporations, and strategic tax planning.

Corporate Financial Policy and Strategic Analysis
A course in corporate financial policy as it relates to strategic decisions. Financial planning for short-term and long-term firm strategies; managing value creation in focused and multi-divisional firms; evaluation of strategic options in capital investment decisions; capital structure decisions for long-term viability and value creation; evaluation of mergers and acquisitions and other corporate restructurings for strategic positioning.

Strategic Healthcare Management
The Strategic Healthcare Management concentration consists of five cross-disciplinary major concentration courses focused on the current practices and advanced strategies in the healthcare industry that will provide you with the competitive edge you need to succeed in all healthcare related organizations.

Health Law and Ethics
Investigates legal and ethical issues and problems encountered by administrators of health care facilities and programs. Topics discussed include government regulation of health care providers; patient consent to and refusal of treatment; reproduction issues; privacy and confidentiality; and mental health issues.  Students analyze legislation, ethicists’ commentary, and case law in medicine and healthcare through research and class participation. 

Health Systems Finance
Application of financial theories, concepts, and models to health services systems with an emphasis on the role of financial principles and analysis to decision-making.  Focuses on strategic financial planning, contract management, and the art of negotiation that promotes the integration of finance and managed care structures, such as health maintenance organizations (HMOs), preferred provider organizations (PPOs), and independent practice associations (IPAs). 

Health Services Human Resources
Reviews activities associated with managing personnel unique to health services industry.  Discussed in depth are such personnel office functions as recruiting, selecting, training, motivating, leading, and evaluating staff and credentials.  Also studied are reimbursement structures, as well as practical operations necessary to manage a diverse and professional operations staff. 

Health Information Systems
Applies management principles to identify, evaluate, and implement health services information systems.  Discusses the role of information technology and management information systems in the delivery of health services.  Emphasis upon how to organize and evaluate effective and efficient computer systems to enhance the functioning of hospitals, physician practices, integrated service delivery systems, managed care organizations and third party payers.

Marketing of Healthcare Services
This is a specialized course dealing with strategic issues related to marketing of healthcare services. Industry and environmental factors that affect healthcare sector, such as growth rate, shifting client demographics, globalization, technological advances, consolidation among providers, and increasingly demanding customers will be discussed. Topics include understanding the roles that health service providers play in assuring a quality service encounter, how the process of providing the service impacts perceived service quality, and how servicescape factors influence consumer choice in service providers.