Business Administration (Master's)

Degrees and Certificates

Courses

MBA2001: Personality and Motivation

Credits 3
This course presents major theories of psychology pertaining to personality, motivation, and growth, to explore how this knowledge allows organizations to contribute to the transformation and well-being of individuals, organizations, and society. Practices of contemplation, meditation, and mindfulness are considered in relation to these theories. Course topics include the seminal work of Abraham Maslow, a founder of humanistic psychology and transpersonal psychology; Carl Jung, a transpersonal pioneer; and Erik Erikson, the founder of modern developmental psychology. The course also examines the principles of transpersonal counseling and therapy and transpersonal education, as they relate to ethical business and organizational transformation in the global STEM-based business environment.

MBA2002: Positive Psychology for Business

Credits 3
This course provides a foundation in positive psychology and explores the science and practice of authentic happiness theory and well-being theory. Positive psychology is the scientific exploration of human strength and virtue as opposed to human weakness and suffering; it includes an examination of people’s desire for a happy and meaningful life. We will explore what well-being is, what gets in the way of well-being, what we can do to increase and nurture it in our own lives and organizational settings. The focus will be on cultivating greater positive emotion, enhancing resilience skills, and examining the strengths and virtues that underpin well-being, such as gratitude, forgiveness, compassion, kindness, social and emotional intelligence, humor, courage, and integrity. The course encourages acquisition of knowledge, development of skills, as well as meaningful changes in students’ personal and professional lives. This course prepares students to understand and manage the relationship of individual well-being to well-being in organizational settings and to apply leadership and management strategies to enhance organizational performance and sustainability, enhance motivation and commitment, and combat dysfunctional conflict and stress. Students will learn about emerging applications of positive psychology in organizations, as well as technology and systems that have been shown to increase organizational effectiveness by enhancing employee engagement and well-being.

MBA2003: Decision Science

Credits 3
This course covers the practical ways to develop, strengthen, and balance human and organizational capacities for better decision making. It integrates quantitative, behavioral, interpersonal, transpersonal, and organizational perspectives in strategic global decision making. Topics include decision theory and decision analytics, design thinking, cognitive science, organizational behavior, and transpersonal psychology. The course emphasizes dialogue processes for effective inquiry, balanced with contemplation and reflection, to clarify values, surface assumptions, and develop an appropriate frame. It integrates mathematical decision modeling, data analytics, and data science processes that can be applied to generate valuable insights by focusing further inquiry on essential variables and facilitating deep collaborative reasoning. The course presents myriad case studies to emphasize key strategic decision principles based on reason and data analysis.

MBA3001: Accounting

Credits 3

This course covers the concepts and principles that underlie corporate financial statements, including the balance sheet, income statement, and cash flow statement. The use of accounting reports by both internal and external users is considered. Topics include assets, liabilities, cash flows, profits, revenues, expenses, financial ratios, efficiency, productivity, profitability, budgeting, cost analysis, and management. Case studies are examined in detail using the balance sheets of public companies to consider a company’s performance and future potential. The course concludes with the application of innovative accounting approaches to ensure that the organization is financially successful in the short term and long run and can strategically compete in the global STEM based business environment with a sound financial profile.

MBA3002: Finance

Credits 3

This course introduces the principles of corporate finance. It focuses on measurement and creation of corporate value. The course applies key principles of finance in decision-making and management to enable sound interpretation and analysis of financial statements. Topics include asset valuation, risk analysis, financial statement analysis, financial planning, capital budgeting, asset management, short-term and long-term financing decisions, capital structure, cost of capital, and dividend policy. Fundamental concepts include free cash flow, time-value of money, risk and return, portfolios, and asset pricing models. The course includes strategic case studies to exemplify sound financial judgment and decision making.

MBA3004: Data Analysis and Forecasting

Credits 3

 This course focuses on applying analytical methods for data analysis to support managerial and strategic organizational decision making. Topics include descriptive statistics for summarizing data, probabilistic analysis for quantifying uncertainty, sampling and statistical inference for hypothesis testing, and linear regression analysis for prediction and forecasting. The course has a key emphasis on data analytics and forecasting in the science, technology, engineering, and management domains to ensure that the organization makes viable decision in the complex and ever-changing global business environment.

MBA3005: Operations

Credits 3
The course provides a broad overview of operational issues in science, technology, engineering, and business organizations and presents a variety of quantitative and qualitative techniques for analyzing and optimizing foundational business processes. Topics include time series analysis and forecasting, process analysis, waiting-line models, inventory management, quality management, capacity management, project management, and supply chain management. The course analyzes how operations management decisions impact the value of the firm and are fundamentally interconnected with market strategy and the design of products and services. The course also focuses on the proper management of business operations through continual analysis and evaluation of business processes that are adaptable to rapid changes in the complex global business environment.

MBA3006: Business Law and Ethics

Credits 3
This course introduces basic legal frameworks for business, and fundamental legal issues involved in conducting business in the complex global environment. Topics include legal systems, forms of business, corporate law, duties to shareholders, shareholders’ rights and liabilities, intellectual property, unfair competition, antitrust law, contract law, and employment law. The course explores how law shapes managerial behavior and demonstrates how to apply ethical principles in business settings while coping with external factors such as laws, regulation, politics, and local customs. The course addresses how ethics and law shape tradeoffs across the triple bottom line (economic, social, and environmental), and applies theories of corporate social responsibility and principles of responsible investment to ensure legal and ethical organizational posture. The course also applies strategic analytical tools for ethical organizational decision-making.

MBA3007: Strategy

Credits 3

This course covers the concepts, models, and frameworks for formulating, analyzing, and implementing corporate and organizational strategy. It focuses on the fundamental dimensions of strategy, and how to differentiate between organizational strategy, operations, and tactics. Topics include eliciting corporate values and formulating objectives, analyzing market opportunities and risks, developing long- range strategies, industry analysis, competition, differentiation, and diversification. The course also considers the challenges of managing strategic change, the impact of emerging technologies on business strategy, globalization, and the “triple bottom line” (economic, social, environmental). Extensive case studies are covered in the science, technology, engineering, and management domains to ensure that organizational strategy maps to the current complex global business environment.

MBA3008: Marketing

Credits 3
This course provides an overview of the issues, concepts, and models used in analyzing marketing decisions and managing marketing activities. It presents analytic and data visualization tools and frameworks for making effective marketing decisions to support an organization’s strategic, economic, and social objectives. Topics include market measurement and segmentation, consumer and organizational buying behavior, marketing mix analysis and management, marketing research, new product development, product management, marketing strategy, as well as public policy and ethical considerations in marketing. The course covers how to investigate consumer behavior, segment and target markets, create customer value through product policy, position brands, design channels of distribution, as well as how to develop communication channels and pricing policies. The course has a strategic focus in the science, technology, engineering, and management domains to ensure real world viability of marketing decisions and actions.

MBA4001 : Capstone

Credits 3

The Capstone is the final component of a student’s graduate studies. This is a two-course sequence designed to be broadly integrative. Capstones will have concentration-specific modules and Learning Outcomes. The methodology for this Capstone Project is a simulation-based case study. The student’s objective is to incorporate concepts learned throughout the MBA program to address a strategic challenge facing a host organization. Capstone Part 1 will review and reinforce key concepts from the MBA program through a series of case studies of actual companies, to help students build the skills and abilities they will need to succeed on the simulated summative case study case they will undertake in Capstone Part 2. In Part 2, students will be provided a set of data and documents for an organization (such as quarterly reports, letters to shareholders, strategic plans, market data), and a description of issues and objectives for the study. Students will produce a final written document and (hypothetical) formal presentation to the organization’s key contact. This final report must show that the student has significantly applied concepts from strategy and finance, demonstrated their ability to collect and analyze primary data from a subject entity, and fully addressed the agreed-upon issues to provide novel recommendations that the entity could implement.

MBA4301: Organizational Leadership and Management

Credits 3
This course presents theories and models of managerial and organizational processes from a variety of perspectives, including behavioral and transpersonal, along with the necessary tools and methods to put such models into use in organizations. Students develop skills for authentic and conscious leadership, to promote ethical and socially responsible behavior and enhance motivation, job satisfaction, commitment, positive team dynamics, and cross-cultural understanding. Students will gain an understanding of organizational structure and key principles of organizational design, and the management of organizational change.

MBA4302: Organizational Psychology

Credits 3
In organizations, we rely on people to accomplish tasks, goals, and projects (i.e., supervisors, clients, customers, coworkers, teammates, and subordinates). To better understand people in organizations this course introduces the concepts and topics that aim to develop the students’ ability to effectively manage teams and individuals. Focusing on three levels: individual, group, and organization system, we start by covering job attitudes and emotions, personality and values, decision-making, and motivation. Moving to the group level instruction covers teams, leadership, power, and negotiations. At the organization systems level, students learn about organizational culture, policies, practices, and managing organizational change.

MBA4401: Technology Innovation and Product Management

Credits 3
This course provides students with tools to manage technology and innovation in both large organizations and new ventures. Students will learn to use metrics to assess the project and product lifecycles. Topics include the difference between science and technology, types and varieties of innovations, trajectories of emerging technologies and innovations, the role of intellectual property, and business models and strategies for bringing innovations to market. Students will learn to assess and address the technical, organizational, market, and regulatory risks.

MBA4601: Marketing and Consumer Psychology

Credits 3
This course will cover advanced topics in marketing, designed to enhance the student's knowledge of buyer behavior, relevant theories, and marketing strategies and tactics. Topics include segmentation and buyer personas, jobs to be done theory, influencer marketing, customer experience management, and social listening. Course content will be flexible to reflect the latest thought and practice in marketing and transpersonal psychology.

MBA4602: Sustainability and Global Leadership

Credits 3

Current corporate culture often wrongly focuses on operating efficiency and short-term results instead of sustainable value creation that focuses on the needs of critical stakeholders (including the environment) over time. This course examines how forward-looking leaders can integrate sustainable and socially responsible business practices into an organization. We start by reviewing the concept of sustainability, why it is important and how our own personal standards of living impact the planet we inhabit. We explore various ways sustainability can be applied within an organization to drive innovation and build organizational and societal longevity and adaptability.  The course is taught from a practical point of view, utilizing a combination of readings, current media, interactive sessions, lectures, discussions, case analyses, simulations, presentations, guest speakers, videos, and skill-building exercises. 

WIL5000: Full-Time Internship for Business Administration

Credits 0

This class is a guide through a professional internship to ensure that the internship provides professional learning experiences that will be applied to the professional arena. Students undertake a significant experiential learning opportunity, typically with a company or community-based organization. The internship represents an educational strategy that links classroom learning and student interest with the acquisition of knowledge in an applied work setting. Through direct observation, reflection and evaluation, students gain an understanding of the internship site's work, mission, and audience, how these potentially relate to their academic study, as well as the organization's position in the broader industry or field. Students will produce a critical reflection on their internship experience demonstrating how they have addressed specific learning goals.

WILI5000A: Work Integrated Learning Internship

Credits 3
This course presents a significant WIL experiential learning opportunity, typically with a company or community-based organization. The internship represents an educational strategy that links classroom learning coupled with the acquisition of knowledge in an applied work setting. The internship in a company is mapped to an experienced-based class that enables reflection and contemplation of business skills applied in the real-world environment. Classroom assignments enable critical reflection on the WIL internship experience and how it addresses specific MBA/MSCS Program Learning Outcomes.