Full-Time MBA Core Courses
*BUSI 683: The Global Economic Environment is taken in the
second year of the MBA program.
*The Smith Experience is typically taken in the second year of the MBA program.
Core Course Descriptions
BUSI 610 Introduction to Financial Accounting; (2 credits)
Overview of financial accounting, periodic financial statements and the
financial reporting process. Importance of financial statements as information
source for creditors and investors and as a means by which managers can
communicate information about their firms.
BUSI 611 Managerial Accounting; (2 credits)
Use of accounting data in corporate planning and control. Cost-volume-profit
analysis, budgeting, pricing decisions and cost data, transfer pricing,
activity-based management, performance measures, and standard costing.
BUSI621: Strategic and Transformational IT (Technology
Selective); (2 credits)
Introduces students to the key issues in managing information technology (IT)
and provides an overview of how major IT applications in today's firms support
strategic, operational, and tactical decisions. Topics include: synchronizing IT
and business strategy; the transformational impacts of IT; evaluating and coping
with new technologies; governing, managing, and organizing the IT function
outsourcing/off-shoring considerations; assessing the business value of IT and
justifying IT projects; and managing IT applications in functional areas to
support strategy and business process.
BUSI622: Managing Digital Business Markets (Technology
Selective); (2 credits)
The objective is to understand the strategic and tactical issues involved in
managing digital businesses and markets. Also, some of the characteristics of
digital businesses and markets that make them unique and understand how
companies can best manage them will be examined.
BUSI 630 Data Models and Decisions; (2 credits)
To develop probabilistic and statistical concepts, methods and models through
examples motivated by real-life data from business and to stress the role that
statistics plays in the managerial decision making process.
BUSI 634: Operations Management (2 Credits)
Operations management is concerned with efficient and effective design and
operation of business processes for delivering products and/or services.
Emphasis is given to process analysis and design, capacity management and
bottlenecks, waiting lines and the impact of uncertainty in process performance,
quality management, lean, six-sigma, and revenue management. .
BUSI 640 Financial Management; (2 credits)
Analysis of major corporate financial decisions using a market-oriented
framework. Topics include capital budgeting, security portfolio theory,
operation and efficiency of financial markets, options pricing, financing
decisions, capital structure, payout policy and international finance.
BUSI 650 Marketing Management; (2 credits)
This course is an overview of decisions marketing managers make to create and
maintain enduring customer-based equity. These decisions involve identifying
marketing opportunities, selecting customer targets, effectively positioning
products and services, and implementing competitive marketing support programs.
Students will learn marketing decision-making models and how to apply them.
BUSI 662: Leadership and Teamwork; (2 credits)
Examine concepts of team-building and leadership which are critical to
managerial success. Topics include: leadership, decision making, communication
and conflict, work motivation, building effective teams, and organizational
change and culture.
BUSI 681 Managerial Economics and Public Policy; (2 credits)
Basic microeconomic principles used by firms, including supply and demand,
elasticities, costs, productivity, pricing, market structure and competitive
implications of alternative market structures. Market failures and government
intervention. Public policy processes affecting business operations.
BUSI 683 The Global Economic Environment; (2 credits)
Relationship between national and international economic environments.
Determinants of output, interest rates, prices and exchange rates. Analysis of
effect of economic policies (fiscal, monetary, trade, tax) on the firm and the
BUSI 690 Strategic Management; (2 credits)
Integrative strategic management focusing on strategy formulation and
implementation in domestic and global settings. Industry and competitor
analysis, industry and firm value chain, leadership, goal setting,
organizational structure and culture. Case study approach to top management and