Management (MSM)

MSM 6000 Foundations of Management — 2 credits

Foundations of Management prepares students for the rigorous work they will encounter in future MSM course work. This interdisciplinary course serves as a method of leveling for all students to ensure they have a solid understanding of essential management and business principles in preparation for graduate-level MSM coursework. Course topics include the general principles of: management, marketing, economics, global studies, business law, ethics, accounting, finance, information systems, and statistics. Simultaneous to assessing and developing their knowledge in these subject areas, students will build their skills in library research, APA writing and citations, presenting, and case study analysis.
Prerequisite: Admission to M.S. in Management program.

MSM 6200 Business Analytics — 2 credits

This course involves utilizing Excel for analyzing data. Business analytics are applied in many areas within business including management, marketing, accounting, finance, sales, operations, and strategic planning. It is now critical for managers to be able to make sense of the increasing availability of extremely large amounts of information called “Big Data.” In this course students will learn basic analysis and business modeling methods to analyze data while utilizing Excel. Emphasis will be placed on students acquiring the ability to apply, analyze, and evaluate data to make sound and strategic business decisions by thinking critically about the analysis or model constructed. Emphasis will also be placed on utilizing Excel to calculate descriptive statistics.
Prerequisite: Admission to M.S. in Management program.

MSM 6300 Decision Analysis — 2 credits

This course provides students with the skills needed to gather, analyze, interpret and understand the limitations of the data required to effectively inform business decision making. Students will articulate the difference between qualitative and quantitative data, as well as primary and secondary sources of data. Students will analyze data using parametric and non-parametric techniques such as, confidence intervals, hypotheses testing, regression analysis, chi-square, and ANOVA. Particular emphasis will be placed on the ethical implications of collecting and using data for business decisions. Potential limitations and how to best deal with those limitations are also discussed. Standard spreadsheet and statistical analysis software will be used extensively in this course to analyze large data sets that a typical firm may encounter in making key business decisions.
Prerequisite: Admission to M.S. in Management program.

MSM 6400 Project Management — 2 credits

This course strengthens and deepens project management knowledge and applicable skills. Course topics include leading and conceptualizing effective projects, and understanding how to leverage information and technology to be a more productive leader in the workplace. Basic tools and techniques of project management are studied. Upon completion of the course, the graduate student will understand how to design, analyze, and execute a project. The goal of this course is to facilitate the knowledge that will assist the student to successfully manage projects.
Prerequisite: Admission to M.S. in Management program.

MSM 6500 Operations and Process Management — 2 credits

Operations and Process Management provides students with a strong understanding of operations management in both service and product related organizations. The course examines the key functions within operations that surround the supply chain, including productivity, quality, capacity, and overall flow. Students will engage in hands-on practice utilizing a variety of tools for evaluating process improvements, while applying the business acumen in preparing organizational recommendations. Course topics include the general principles of operations management, operations performance, operation strategy, process analytics, quality, improvements, and project management as it pertains to these initiatives.
Prerequisite: Admission to MS in Management program.

MSM 6800 Managerial Economics — 2 credits

Managerial Economics shows students the value of integrating economic concepts into their problem-solving skills as they prepare to take on ever-increasing management responsibilities in their lives and careers. The course explores a range of fundamental economic concepts and how they apply to business decisions by entrepreneurs, managers, owners and employees. Course content will highlight economics oriented decision-making by covering topics such as supply and demand, cost/benefit and marginal analysis, pricing, competition, investment, business cycles, and international trade, as well as fiscal and monetary policy, currency exchange, price discrimination, collusion, monopolies, and government regulations. This course will utilize a variety of topics and theories to increase students’ overall understanding of business from an economic perspective.
Prerequisite: Admission to MS in Management program.

MSM 6900 Organizational Behavior — 2 credits

Managing people and organizations is complex in today’s diverse world. This course examines and compares various strategies for successful management and leadership within organizations with regard to individual, social, and group characteristics and behavior. Particular attention will be given to issues of diversity, inclusion, power, influence, and politics with a focus on how leadership can develop a plan to achieve cultural synergy, corporate responsibility, and social justice within organizations.
Prerequisite: Admission to MS in Management program.

MSM 7400 Marketing Management — 2 credits

Marketing Management provides students with an in-depth understanding of the field of marketing. The course integrates the theoretical underpinnings of the marketing discipline with practical applications in today’s marketplace. Course topics include strategic marketing, competitive analysis, environmental analysis, marketing mix, marketing segmentation, targeting, positioning, integrated marketing communication, global marketing, and the impact of technology on marketing practices. Through case study analysis, students will conduct research, analyze data, and develop effective market strategies. Students also gain exposure to marketing professionals and a variety of marketing career paths.
Prerequisite: Admission to the MS in Management program.