Course Descriptions

The following courses are required for the M.S. in Management Degree:

Second Summer Semester

This course will provide an introduction to the analytical foundations of business decision making. Students will learn to identify important issues to be considered when working with data to answer a question. They will also learn the basics of analyzing data and making decisions based on the analysis. Topics covered include basic statistics through regression analysis.  

Accounting is the language of business. This course will teach students how to interpret financial statements to evaluate the performance and strength of a business. Students will also learn how organizations determine the cost of providing goods and services; use accounting data for budgeting and profit planning; and identify strategies for improving the quality of goods and services for customers while increasing efficiency, profitability, and sustainability of the organization.

Fall Semester

Economics for Managers covers the micro and macroeconomic concepts required to understand the environment in which business firms operate. Topics covered include supply and demand, the behavior of firms and consumers, business cycles, exchange rates, and the effects of monetary and fiscal policies. 

This course will examine individual, group, and organizational issues that affect and shape organizations. Topics will include individual differences, motivation, communication, decision-making, leadership, power, organizational structure and design, and change.

Information Systems are an essential tool for conducting business and gaining a competitive edge in an increasingly global economy. This course will educate future managers on conceptual foundations underlying the management of information resources. Students will also be exposed to widely used business applications software.

Human resource management plays an important role in creating and sustaining competitive advantage. This course will focus on the manager’s role in attracting, developing, and retaining talent in organizations. Contemporary issues such as globalization, outsourcing, workforce diversity, mergers and acquisitions, downsizing, and occupational health, safety, and security will be explored in terms of their strategic value.

Spring Semester

This course covers the theory and practice of financial management including financial instruments and markets, financial statement analysis, financial forecasting, cost of capital and capital budgeting, and evaluating investment opportunities. Students will learn the methods and techniques for assessing the financial health of a company, planning future financial performance, and creating value for shareholders.

Since all companies (i.e., both for-profit and non-profit), require some form of selling to be in business, it is incumbent upon managers to have an understanding of marketing processes. This course will educate future managers on the psychology and sociology associated with consumer behaviors. Upon completion students will have the skills needed to make informed and critical decisions required for the company’s future profitability.

The operations function is an integral part of every organization, and managers must be familiar with issues arising in this area. This course will educate future managers on understanding how to manage the provision of goods and services both effectively and efficiently, as well as understanding how to improve related processes.

This class will involve an examination of the role and impact of management decisions on employees, customers, investors, and the environment. This capstone course focuses on management and decision making to facilitate ethical and sustainable organizations.