Graduate Programs in Business

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Curriculum  Summary

Foundation Courses
 0-15 Units
Core Courses
 24 units
Elective Courses 
 6 - 9 units
Culminating Experience
 3 units 
Program Total
 33 - 51 units

**Foundation Courses may be waived for  students with undergraduate degrees in business or related majors from AACSB schools with B- or better grades in equivalent courses.  


Foundation Courses (15 units)

500 - Level Courses


ACCT 501        FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING

Prerequisite: Graduate Standing. The study of financial reporting principles, structure of the balance sheet, income statement and statement of cash flows. Measurement principles for assets, liabilities, stockholders’ equity, revenue and expenses. Covers management’s responsibility for full and fair disclosure of financial information.

BLAW 508       LAW IN THE BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT
 
Prerequisite: Graduate Standing. Analysis of legal issues managers face today. Includes the study of contract law, business enterprises, employment law, and the regulation of business competition.
 
ECON 500       SURVEY OF ECONOMICS
 
Prerequisite: Graduate Standing. A survey course of the basic principles governing the allocation and utilization of resources. Microeconomic topics include wage and price determination, market mechanisms, efficiency and related issues concerning industry structure. Macroeconomic topics include financial markets and the determination of national income, employment, and inflation.
 
GBUS 502        SEMINAR IN MANAGERIAL FINANCE/ACCOUNTING
  
Prerequisite: ACCT 501. An interdisciplinary course dealing with the financial decision-making process. Topics include: the analysis and interpretation of financial statements, product costing including activity based overhead cost allocations, financial planning and budgeting, working capital management, valuation, capital budgeting, sources of capital and capital structure, dividend policy, and the management of risk and return in an international context.
 
SOM 591         STATISTICS AND STOCHASTIC MODELS FOR MANAGERS
  
Prerequisite: Graduate Standing. Statistical methods and stochastic models to support managerial decision making. Topics include: exploratory data analysis, probability distributions and assessment, expected value variation, estimation of means and proportions, hypothesis testing for one and several populations, F test, chi-square test, simple and multiple regression and correlation, time series and forecasting, decision trees, waiting lines, and simulation. Applications in service organizations and small businesses are provided along with applications for production organizations and large businesses. A key element is a group project involving the application of one or more course topics to a current business problem.
 

Core Courses

600 - Level Courses


ECON 600       SEMINAR IN ECONOMIC TOPICS

Prerequisite: Economics 500 or equivalent. A brief introduction to a wide range of economic topics related to the operation of a modern organization. Topics may include international trade and finance, econometric applications, anti-trust and regulation, and public choice.

FIN 635            SEMINAR IN FINANCIAL THEORY AND POLICY

Prerequisite: GBUS 502 or equivalent. Examination of the theory of finance and its application to financial management of business enterprise.

GBUS 600        ANALYSIS OF CONTEMPORARY ORGANIZATIONS (must be taken in the first seminar)

An interdisciplinary course that introduces new graduate students to the field of business. The course focuses on the nature of organizations and the interrelatedness of the functional areas. The intellectual and historic roots of management theories are explored through readings of primary source materials. Students will develop communication and research skills through individual/group projects tha t focus on organizations and their environments.

IS 628              COMPUTER BASED MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS

Prerequisite: ACCT 501 or equivalent. An introduction to computer-based management information systems at a fairly sophisticated level. Emphasis will be on the understanding of computer concepts, computer applications in an organizational environment, and the analysis and design of information systems.

MGT 620         BEHAVIOR IN ORGANIZATIONS

Prerequisite: GBUS 600 (may be taken concurrently with MGT 620). Covers the behavioral issues facing organizations and their managers, the methods and systems for addressing these issues, and the interpersonal and analytical knowledge and skills to effectively apply these methods and systems. Focus is on practical experience, skill-building and theory on motivation, leadership, interpersonal communication, group processes and team building, decision making, and job and organizational design.

MGT 693         SEMINAR IN STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT

Prerequisite: Last semester of course work for MBA students or advisor’s consent. An integrative seminar dealing with broad business policy problems via the case method. Definition and analysis of internal and external factors affecting the development of the objectives and policies of a firm. Emphasis is on the interrelationships of major functional areas and the pervasive adjustments that may result from changes in a specific policy. Students are expected to use the background and analytic tools obtained from specialized courses in the solution of organization-wide problems.

MKT 640         MARKETING MANAGEMENT

Prerequisite: ECON 500, SOM 591, and GBUS 600. An advanced approach to marketing policy. Analyses of marketing management problems. Emphasis on development of competence in adjusting marketing policies to changes in the general economic, competitive, and social climate.

SOM 686         SEMINAR IN INTERNATIONALLY COMPETITIVE OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT

Prerequisite: SOM 591. Subjects include: productivity and global competitiveness of modern enterprises, diagnostic studies of production strategies, managerial implications and advanced operations technologies of world-class organizations (Flexible Manufacturing Systems [FMS], Computer Integrated Manufacturing Management [CIM]), Statistical Process Control [SPC], and Total Quality Management [TQM]. In-depth case analyses of progressive U.S. and international firms addressing these issues are also covered. A team case project is a key course activity.


Culminating Experience and Electives 

600 - Level Courses


 GBUS 698A (3 Units) – MBA Consulting Project

The MBA Consulting Graduate Project consists of small teams of students performing comprehensive consulting projects under faculty supervision.  The clients are selected and screened by the MBA program. 

*Students may choose to take the Comprehensive Exam (GBUS 697G) in lieu of the MBA Consulting Project.

Electives (9 Units) 

You may choose electives that fit your area of interest. Elective concentration options include: Accounting, Entertainment Industry, Finance, Human Resources, Information Systems, International Business, Management, Marketing, Sustainability and Systems and Operations Management.