MBA - International

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Master of Business Administration in International Management Courses

Foundation Course Descriptions
The following courses provide a foundation for the MBA program for individuals with limited business training. The Division suggests that students discuss their academic background with the Program Director prior to making a decision to enroll in any of these classes. These courses are three semester credit hours but do not count toward the MBA degree requirement. Individuals who do not have sufficient background in financial accounting or quantitative methods may be required to take one or both of these courses.

BUS

500A

FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING

Three credit hours

This course develops a working knowledge of the basic accounting system. The primary focus is on financial accounting by the business entity. Students learn to read and understand the four standard financial reports: the balance sheet, income statement, statement of cash flows, and statement of retained earnings with emphasis on their implications for management.

BUS

500Q

QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS

Three credit hours

A course for individuals who have limited skills in Excel, algebraic techniques or statistical analysis. Students are exposed to statistical models and applications for quantitative methods in modern management.
 


 

Master of Business Administration in International Business Course Descriptions

 

BUS

524

MANAGEMENT SCIENCE/ COMPUTER MODELS

Three credit hours

This course expands the general manager’s knowledge of the computer models necessary to deal with the complex relationships making up an integrated system. Linear regression, forecasting/time series, linear programming, simulation, and probabilistic decision models are studied. The emphasis is on the description of common management problems in terms of these models, the solution of such models, and the analysis of the results for making decisions from a systems perspective.

BUS

545

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

Three credit hours

Working capital management, investment decisions, cost of capital, and long-term financial decisions are the focus of this course. The method of presentation takes account of theory, application, and integration into the general systems approach.

BUS

612

MICROECONOMICS/INTERNATIONAL TRADE

Three credit hours

A study of economic theory of the firm and markets on which many managerial decisions are based. The theory serves as a foundation for understanding the patterns of international trade and the role of the firm in global markets. The theory also has a role in a nations international trade policy. Subjects include theory of demand, price making, costs, production, economies of scale, market structures, comparative advantage, international terms of trade, and trade barriers.

BUS

640

INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT

Three credit hours

This course introduces the student to the nature and scope of participation in and management of international economic enterprises. The new global markets require an understanding of the interdependency, interaction, and integration of planning, organizing, executing, and controlling across national and cultural boundaries. The course is designed to educate the future global manager who will eventually articulate and support the international strategy of the organization.

BUS

622

MACROECONOMICS

Three credit hours

This course includes the study of national and global business cycles, monetary and fiscal policy, the role of central banks in foreign exchange markets, and the role of international institutions such as the International Monetary Fund. Other subjects covered include national income and employment theory, links between the domestic and international sectors, flexible versus fixed exchange rates, management of exchange rate risk, balance of payment issues, and international monetary systems.

BUS

626

INTERNATIONAL MARKET RESEARCH

Three credit hours

The methods by which primary and secondary data are collected (including the internet) and the different techniques for analyzing such data are presented. Quantitative techniques, including multivariate models, are studied.

BUS

630

INTERNATIONAL MARKETING STRATEGY

Three credit hours

The emphasis in this course is on developing international marketing strategies. Alternatives in product, pricing, promotion, and distribution strategies are discussed. Case studies are used extensively.

BUS

642

INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION

Three credit hours

This course defines culture and communication, reveals some important relationships between the two, and explores relevant systems of belief, value, and thought that increase analytical and problem-solving skills in international business relationships. Also included are the business etiquette practices that are an outgrowth of the above topics.

BUS

650

INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: BUS 610

The traditional areas of corporate finance are studied from the perspective of decisions peculiar to a global corporation. These perspectives include dealing with multiple currencies, frequent exchange rate changes, differing rates of inflation, multiple money markets, segmented capital markets, constraints on ownership and the return of invested capital and earnings, and political risks of expropriation, nationalization, or counter- trade arrangements.

BUS

652

STRATEGIC LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: BUS 626

This course is a study of strategic problems including exporting and importing procedures, insurance, documentary credit, statistical quality control, ISO 9000, benchmarking, and international transportation.

BUS

660

THE POLITICAL AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE MULTINATIONAL CORPORATION

Three credit hours

This course examines the role of power and ethics in the conduct of international business. Actual cases are studied that demonstrate some of the dilemmas faced by the multinational corporation and the growing concern with integrating the ethical and social concerns with business actions in a way that is beneficial to both business and society.

BUS

661

MANAGING MULTINATIONAL PROJECTS: A STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT APPROACH

Three credit hours

This course deals with the principles of project/systems management and the challenge of joint efforts with other nations. Emphasis is on team building, developing an effective organization structure, work planning and scheduling, and cost control within a dynamic multinational environment. Students will investigate the legal, social, economic, political, technological, and cultural implications of global projects. They will also analyze cases, estimate costs of multinational projects, and examine methodologies for multinational project funding.

           


IMBA Elective Seminars
Elective seminars will be offered during a three-week term in the Fall and Spring semesters. These seminars will cover topics of current interest or provide in-depth coverage of selected topics from the core courses. The majority of the seminars will be assigned one semester hour of credit and will meet for three hours and ten minutes one night per week for a three-week period. Seminars will occasionally be given greater credit because of required travel, more class-time, or extensive out-of-class assignments. Seminars will not be offered during the summer. Additionally, students may elect to participate in one of the international seminar programs sponsored by the Business Division. These Academic Seminars, to various parts of the world, typically are for 10-15 days. Academic credit may be given with the prior approval of a faculty member and the Program Director.



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