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Specializations

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Students in the MBA program may pursue an optional area of specialization in accounting, business analytics, finance, information systems, 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; however, no more than one approved elective (3 credits) may be applied to both specializations. 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

Business Analytics

Business analytics helps organizations to better understand the information contained within large volumes of data and to identify data that is most important to companies in making strategic business decisions. The business analytics specialization will give students an understanding of the skills, technologies, and best business practices for data-driven decision-making.

Required course:

  • MIS 536 Business Analytics Foundation

Choose any two courses:

  • MIS 515 Business Data
  • MIS 532 Advanced Business Software Development
  • MIS 533 Data Management for Decision Makers
  • MIS 539 Topics in Management of Information Systems (if topic approved)
  • MIS 546 Advanced Business Analytics
  • MIS 541 Analytics in the Insurance Sector
  • MIS 544 Social Media Analytics
  • MKT/MIS 568X Marketing Analytics

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 528 Advanced Fixed Income Analysis and Portfolio Management
  • FIN 530  Financial Analysis and Valuation
  • FIN 534  Financial Derivatives
  • FIN 535  Venture Capital, Private Equity, Mergers and Acquisitions
  • FIN 550 Financial Econometrics
  • FIN 572  Real Estate Finance

Information Systems

The information systems specialization will help students gain advanced knowledge and skills in business process management, business-oriented programming, data management systems,  and communications technology.  Students develop the management expertise and technological knowledge required to lead businesses to increased organizational effectiveness and efficiency.

Choose any three courses:

  • 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 Management
  • MIS 539 Topics in Management of Information Systems
  • MIS 655 Organizational and Social Implications of HCI

Marketing Specialization

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 551  Marketing Channels
  • MKT/MIS 568X Marketing Analytics

Supply Chain Management Specialization

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 553X Supply Chain Planning
  • SCM 563  Purchasing and Supply Management
  • SCM 585  Strategic Demand Planning
  • SCM 513X Biorenewables Supply Chain Management