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Courses

The program curriculum requirements include Core I undergraduate-level prerequisite courses and Core II graduate-level MBA courses.

Core I courses are designed to provide a foundation of the basic concepts and techniques used in the functional area disciplines of business. Students with an undergraduate degree in business will have typically completed the Core I courses as part of their bachelor’s degree. Non-business degree holders can complete the Core I courses as part of the IUP MBA program, by transferring them from another university, or by self-study and successful completion of CLEP exams.

Core II consists of twelve required MBA courses (36 credits). If you choose to receive a concentration, you may take electives (nine additional credits) from the following areas: Accounting, Finance, Human Resource Management, Management Information Systems, International Business, and Marketing. Opportunities to do an MBA internship as one of the electives is also available.

Core I Prerequisite Courses

Ten core undergraduate prerequisite courses provide the basic foundation in the functional areas of business as well as the analytical proficiency required in the MBA courses.

The following is a list of general titles of courses and credit hours that are considered a minimum to meet the Core I requirements:

  • Accounting Principles I *(3 hours)
  • Probability and Statistics (3 hours)
  • Finance (3 hours)
  • Principles of Microeconomics* (3 hours)

* CLEP exams are available.

Core II Graduate Courses

Core II classes consist of 36 credit hours of graduate business courses. The required courses are as follows:

ACCT 607 Management Accounting

Designed for management personnel who are not accountants,but who need to understand the accounting process and the use of accounting information by management in making decisions and in performance evaluation.

MGMT 613 Organizational Analysis

An integrative course oriented toward an empirical analysis of the phenomena and theories of large, complex, formal organizations. Intergroup phenomena are also treated as they pertain to the larger organization. Special study is made of the organization as an economic, decision-making, bureaucratic, and political system. The analysis and design of organizations are viewed from a number of perspectives, including classical theory and case analysis, to illustrate and extend the major topics of the course.

BTST 670 Organizational Communication

This course investigates all levels of organizational communication. Students will identify, evaluate, and develop communications appropriate for various internal and external constituents of the corporation. In this process, students learn principles of corporate imaging, identity, and reputation building. Students will study and apply advanced communication skills required for leadership, executive responsibilities, and group dynamics. Emphasis will be on active learning. Cases and exercises will help develop team-building skills and insights on the problems faced by teams. The influence of emerging team structures will be explored through simulations and various communication technologies, including the virtual environment.

ECON 634 Managerial Economics

Applications of economic theory to organizational decision-making. Managerial practice is analyzed using techniques of maximization, minimization, and optimization. Organizational objectives are evaluated using techniques of statistical estimation of revenues, costs, and outputs.

QBUS 601 Data Analysis and Decision Making

Familiarizes students with statistical techniques for making comparisons and predictions about a population based on sample data. Major attention is given to identifying and describing the process involved in carrying out a statistical analysis and how a variety of desktop tools and statistical packages may be used within the managerial and business decision process. Topics include analysis of variance, regression (linear and multiple), time series, statistical process control, decision analysis, linear programming, and simulation.

IFMG 640 Management Information Systems

Introduces MIS concepts and theories to the graduate student. Deals with information processing and communication as they relate to the development and design of effective business applications. Computer system hardware, software, and database management concepts are discussed in terms of the integration of specific business subsystems into a comprehensible organizational management information system. Managerial involvement in the planning, utilization, and control of information systems is emphasized.

MKTG 603 Marketing Management

An analytical and quantitative approach to decision making, and to the planning, development, implementation, and control of a marketing program.

FIN 630 Financial Management

An extension of basic managerial finance, dealing with theory and practice of analyzing companies, financial planning, capital budgeting, management of working capital, and obtaining funds for the corporation.

MGMT 637 Operations Management

Acquaints the student with a broad range of strategic, tactical, design, and operating (day-to-day) decisions within the operations function in both service-providing and goods-producing businesses. Emphasis will be on the new paradigm of operations management, with focus on current technologies, concepts, philosophies, and managerial practices. Students will obtain a comprehensive insight on a wide variety of topics, including management of quality, productivity, technology, and inventory, product and process design, facility location and layout, project management, service, and manufacturing management.

BLAW 633 Case Problems in Business Law

Deals with solution of case problems as applied to various topics in the field of business law.

MKTG 650 International Business

Provides the student with the knowledge needed for operating effectively in a global economy. Examines the operations of firms functioning in the global market place. Focuses on how these companies function in a globally integrated economy through sophisticated networks of alliances, mergers and acquisitions, and integrated systems of knowledge and product flows. The course highlights the necessity for companies to balance the need for global integration while responding to national/cultural variations.

MGMT 695 Business Policy

Provides the graduate student an opportunity to utilize, integrate, and apply the theories, concepts, principles, and tools acquired during his/her business education (accounting, finance, marketing, management, management information systems, statistics, etc.) to real-world business problems and situations. Utilizes lectures, case studies, library research, field research, simulations, role playing, group decision making, and other strategic planning exercises.

Optional concentrations/specializations are available in the following areas

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Business
  • Marketing
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Master of Business Administration Program
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