Specializations 2016-12-13T04:36:41+00:00

Students in the MBA program may pursue an optional area of specialization in accounting, finance, technology and information management, marketing, or supply chain management. An area of specialization requires nine credit hours of approved MBA elective coursework within one of the above fields of study.

Students may pursue a double specialization which requires a minimum of seven elective courses. At least one elective must be outside the two specialization areas.

Accounting Specialization

The accounting specialization is designed to equip the accounting professional with the necessary knowledge and skills to work effectively within today’s technology-driven, global economy.  Issues and challenges facing the accounting profession today are explored.

Choose any three courses:

ACCT 581  Accounting for Decision Making
ACCT 583  Advanced Managerial Accounting (Prereq: ACCT 383 or ACCT 581)
ACCT 584  Advanced Accounting Information Systems (Prereq: ACCT 384)
ACCT 585  Taxes and Business Strategy (Prereq: ACCT 485)
ACCT 586  Advanced Federal Taxation (Prereq:  ACCT 485)
ACCT 588  Governmental and Non-profit Institution Accounting (Prereq: ACCT 387)
ACCT 591  Fraud Examination and Prevention
ACCT 592  Corporate Financial Reporting
ACCT  594  Business Valuation (Prereq: ACCT 387 or ACCT 592)
ACCT 595  Advanced Accounting Problems (Prereq: ACCT 387)
ACCT 596  International Accounting
ACCT 597  Advanced Auditing and Assurance Services (Prereq: ACCT 497)
ACCT 598  Financial Accounting: Theory and Contemporary Issues

Finance Specialization

The finance specialization will provide you with an understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of corporate financial management and investments strategies.

Choose any three courses:

FIN 510  Advanced Corporate Finance

FIN 515  Case Studies in Financial Decision Making
FIN 520  Investments
FIN 530  Financial Analysis and Valuation
FIN 534  Financial Derivatives
FIN 535  Venture Capital, Private Equity, Mergers and Acquisitions
FIN 572  Real Estate Finance

The marketing specialization will help you acquire skills in analyzing and using existing data to make effective marketing decisions. Marketing coursework provides you with an understanding of various marketing concepts, models, and tools to examine how consumers behave and markets function.

Choose any three courses:

MKT 540  Advanced Marketing Management
MKT 541  International Marketing
MKT 542  New Product Development and Marketing
MKT 543  Services Marketing
MKT 544  Marketing Research
MKT 545  Integrated Marketing Communications
MKT 547  Consumer Behavior
MKT 549  Global Marketing: Planning and Execution
MKT 551  Marketing Channels

Supply chain management (SCM) is one of the fastest growing areas in business today. Increased globalization and rapidly advancing information technology tools are prime factors affecting the movement of parts, management of inventory flow, fulfillment of customer orders, and whether dealer requirements and deadlines are met in a timely manner. SCM integrates global information and processes across all business functions including supply management, operations, information technology, and logistics.

Choose any three courses:

SCM 520  Decision Models for Supply Chain Management
SCM 522  Supply Chain Planning and Control Systems
SCM 524  Strategic Process Analysis and Improvement
SCM 560  Strategic Logistics Management
SCM 563  Purchasing and Supply Management
SCM 585  Strategic Demand Planning

The Technology and Innovation Management (TIM) specialization examines issues related to the development and management of information and knowledge-based technologies. Topics include decision support and data-mining, human-computer interaction, system security and integrity, and project management. The TIM specialization also focuses on the management of innovation and the commercialization of new technologies.

Choose three courses:

(MGMT 583 required for the TIM specailization)

MGMT 569  Technology Entrepreneurship
MGMT 583  Strategic Management of Innovation (required)
MIS 532  Advanced Business Software Development
MIS 533  Data Management for Decision Makers
MIS 534  Electronic Commerce
MIS 535 Telecommunications Management
MIS 537  Project Management
MIS 538  Business Process Systems
MIS 539  Topics in Management of Information Systems
MIS 655  Organizational and Social Implications of HCI