MS/MBA in Management

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program has been designed to provide the appropriate academic preparation for individuals to hold professional careers in either the private or the public sector. It is a comprehensive program directed to equip students with the theoretical basis complemented with necessary tools, techniques, skills, and applications to cope with the complexities and demands of the internal and external business environments, and to make better decisions.

The program builds on and develops fundamental knowledge in the area of management. Students are guided and mentored as to the appropriate pedagogical methodologies so as to acquire critical analytical skills and research capabilities. The individual course of study follows a personalized, interdisciplinary curriculum developed in conjunction with the graduate advisor. The program is a 39 credit-hour, self-contained program. The length of the program for a full-time student is normally two years, but the degree may be earned in less time by attending summer session courses.  

The program is committed to providing its students with the targeted education and technical knowledge necessary to enter the management profession, and to pursue a successful professional career. The field of Management offers challenging and rewarding opportunities in service, commercial and industrial firms. Moreover, this program helps prepare students for post-graduate studies or any other advanced certification programs for example, Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Manager (CM), and Project Management Professional (PMP).

 

 
 
TOTAL REQUIRED CREDITS FOR GRADUATION (39 credits)
CORE REQUIREMENTS (18 credits)
CODE DESCRIPTION PREREQUISITE CR.
ECO 500 Business Economics Placement Test
3
FIN 500 Financial Management Placement Test
3
MGT 500 Contemporary Management Placement Test
3
MGT 501 Adv. Quantitative Methods in Business Placement Test
3
MGT 502 Research Methods in Business Placement Test
3
MKT 500 Marketing Management Placement Test
3
EMPHASIS ELECTIVES (12 credits)
CODE DESCRIPTION PREREQUISITE CR.
MGT 520 Human Resource Challenges for the New Mi MGT 500
3
MGT 525 Advanced Business Communication Consent of Advisor
3
MGT 530 Quality Management and Control MGT 500
3
MGT 535 Organizational Behavior MGT 500
3
MGT 540 Strategic Management MGT 500
3
MGT 545 Production & Operations Management MGT 500
3
MGT 550 Project Planning & Management MGT 500
3
MGT 555 Enterpreneurship MGT 500
3
MGT 560 Organizational Design, Analysis & Skills MGT 500
3
MGT 565 Conflict Resolution MGT 500
3
MGT 570 Management of Technology & Innovation MGT 500
3
MGT 575 Intercultural Communication in Business MGT 500
3
MGT 580 E-Commerce Strategy MGT 500
3
MGT 585 Human Resources Development MGT 520
3
MGT 587 Training & Development in Business MGT 520
3
MGT 588 Talent Management MGT 520
3
MGT 590 Special Topics in Management Consent of Advisor
3
MGT 595 Seminar in Management Consent of Advisor
3
ELECTIVES (9 credits)
The electives are to be chosen from other concentration courses with the consent of the advisor, and may include the following courses
CODE DESCRIPTION PREREQUISITE CR.
MGT 598 Research Project in Management Consent of Advisor
3
MGT 599 Research Thesis in Mgt Consent of Advisor
6
Course Descriptions
ECO 500
Business Economics
Students are presented with advanced concepts and analytical tools of microeconomic theory: demand, supply and equilibrium; opportunity cost; efficiency; perfect and imperfect competition; oligopoly and game theory; risk and uncertainty; economics of information; investment; public goods and externalities. Applications and case studies in managerial decision-making. Furthermore, this course shall emphasize to students the mutual relationship between the macroeconomic environment and business, including how fiscal, monetary, foreign exchange, and other policies of the government interact to help shape the macroeconomic environment. Causes and consequences of inflation and unemployment. Economic growth and technological progress. Open economy, international flow of goods and capital, exchange rates.
Prerequisite: Placement Test
FIN 500
Financial Management
Concepts and theories applicable to the financial administration of a firm. Cases, problems, and readings to illustrate various financial problems and techniques for solving such problems. Topics include valuation, risk and return, capital budgeting, cost of capital, financial analysis and planning, and working capital management.
Prerequisite: Placement Test
MGT 500
Contemporary Management
Students are coached to build on the different management theory approaches so that they are capable to integrate appropriate skills for better decision-making, to acquire an understanding of the practices related to leadership and organizational behaviour of the business constituents to manage structure and change affecting business strategies and to develop an understanding of the recent trends in management theory.
Prerequisite: Placement Test
MGT 501
Adv. Quantitative Methods in Business
Examination of important quantitative approaches to management decision-making. Application of various analytical methods, models, and theories to a variety of management decision areas. Use of tools such as decision theory, simulation, PERT/CPM and linear programming to minimize risk and uncertainty in management activities. Quantitative controls and decision support as applied to the operations of business. Advanced applications in business analysis, decision support, and development of decision support system. Introduction to econometric techniques used in business: Simple and multiple regressions.
Prerequisite: Placement Test
MGT 502
Research Methods in Business
Applications of research methods to facilitate business enterprise decision-making. Topics include review of the different research methods used (qualitative and quantitative), business environment analysis and problem definition, secondary literature review, data collection methodology as tied to hypotheses defined, questionnaires design, sampling techniques, statistical validation and results interpretation. Several cause-effect techniques studied. Students are to work on a research topic to experiment with these topics.
Prerequisite: Placement Test
MKT 500
Marketing Management
Controllable and uncontrollable marketing variables in today's business environment. Topics include factors affecting consumer demand and methods of satisfying it, market structure, and product-mix selection, distribution, promotion, pricing, and market research. The course structure, projects, and cases are designed to develop the students' ability to generate effective marketing strategies in the face of uncertainty in group and competitive setting. Marketing planning, marketing research, designing, and marketing policies will be implemented.
Prerequisite: Placement Test
MGT 520
Human Resource Challenges for the New Mi
An integrated selection of human resource management topics to develop students' skills and critical thinking. Topics include human resource strategy, human resource development, technology impact, and leadership involvement to enhance human dignity at work. Students will be involved in role playing, simulations, and team work exercises.
Prerequisite: MGT 500
MGT 525
Advanced Business Communication
Business communication techniques and tools form a fundamental cornerstone in the preparation of leaders of the future. Therefore, this course is designed in such a way to fulfill the theoretical and the practical foundations of business communication. This course is interactive and is based on a combination of lectures, class discussions and presentations. Its subject is communication as it applies to leaders in organizations. This course will help the student to analyze audiences, develop arguments, test abilities to persuade in speaking, and improve overall ability to effectively communicate as managers. Course work will primarily involve individual and group presentations, meeting facilitation, class participation and discussion. Case studies are used extensively.
Prerequisite: Consent of Advisor
MGT 530
Quality Management and Control
The issues related to assuring the quality of output of a manufacturing or service system and approaches for managing quality will be discussed. Statistical quality control techniques for different transformation processes, quality information systems, and concepts of total quality management such as benchmarking and continuous process improvement will be applied.
Prerequisite: MGT 500
MGT 535
Organizational Behavior
Current research on group behavior in organizations. Group processes and structural factors affecting the interaction process and intra- and inter group performance characteristics. An examination of various models of individual and group motivation and decision making processes and their implications for effectively leading and managing individuals and groups to achieve superior performance in organizations. Effects of variables such as organizational structures and reward systems on members' satisfaction and performance. Laboratory simulation and team research projects used to pursue advanced topics.
Prerequisite: MGT 500
MGT 540
Strategic Management
To explore the methods used to direct an organization. To study how an effective general manager may integrate various functions such as marketing and finance. Particular attention will be given to competitive positioning; understanding comparative costs; and addressing issues such as cannibalization, network externalities, and globalization.
Prerequisite: MGT 500
MGT 545
Production & Operations Management
This course provides students with fundamental theoretical and working knowledge about production and operations management in manufacturing as well as in service sectors. Topics covered include a synthesis of production and management techniques used by operations managers, facility management and layout, material requirements planning, inventory control, total quality management, new product development processes, process analysis, supply chain management role and integration, analysis and synthesis of workforce utilization, automation, and globalization impact on factories of the future. Software packages and case studies are utilized in the application of these topics.
Prerequisite: MGT 500
MGT 550
Project Planning & Management
This course builds on the fundamentals of project management. Topics include planning, organization, scheduling, costing and control. Students are brought to reality by examining different case studies and working on a selected project management software.
Prerequisite: MGT 500
MGT 555
Enterpreneurship
The entrepreneurial process from the conception of an idea to the creation of a new venture. An examination of the conceptual frameworks, tools, and techniques to understand and to evaluate the different aspects of the entrepreneurial process. At the end of this course students will be exposed to the know-how of assessing business opportunities, developing a business plan, understanding various ways of mobilizing resources, creating different forms of new ventures, and building a top management team for the growth of the venture.
Prerequisite: MGT 500
MGT 560
Organizational Design, Analysis & Skills
An analysis of research, which integrates theory and design of organizations. Reviews of empirical research findings and methods of organizational analysis; design and modification of organizations. Focus on the organization of the future, its characteristics and the strategic design, political and cultural implications for working in and managing such an organization. Examines the impact of the new organization on the roles and careers of individual managers, the functioning of groups, the processes that exist within organizations, the relationships of organizations with their environments, and the learning and change practices needed to enhance global performance.
Prerequisite: MGT 500
MGT 565
Conflict Resolution
This course will seek to provide an introduction to the study of conflict, different approaches to its analysis, management and resolution. The intention is for students to learn skills for analyzing and resolving conflicts through hands-on approach, that is, through simulation games and case studies from actual real life situations. Negotiation skills and mediation techniques in different types and levels of conflict will receive special attention, with emphasis on applications to business as well as international politics.
Prerequisite: MGT 500
MGT 570
Management of Technology & Innovation
Examines a variety of problems in the management of science and technology with emphasis on the strategic management of technology. Topics include integration of business strategy with technology, the product development process, manufacturing/process technologies, time to market, strategic alliances, and automation decisions. Case studies are used extensively.
Prerequisite: MGT 500
MGT 575
Intercultural Communication in Business
This course shall explore cross-cultural differences by reviewing how problems are perceived and how they are approached. Moreover, students shall be coached to identify how actors from different cultures can have different understandings of the interaction process and different styles of communicating. Both situations are reviewed: business, that can affect investment decisions in another country and cause labor problems in the workplace. And politics, where a wide variety of expressions and interpretations can start a war. This course will explore conflict and communication patterns among different cultures and will develop models for resolving the conflict and problems that may arise from lack of appropriate cross-culture communications. Case studies are extensively used.
Prerequisite: MGT 500
MGT 580
E-Commerce Strategy
A non-technology course covering the management of change caused by the Internet. Starting with an exploration of the basic notions of disruptive changes in technology and business models, case studies and current developments are used to examine strategic alternatives and management, looking at external as well as internal factors. Students are assumed to be familiar with the application of the Internet and its elements
Prerequisite: MGT 500
MGT 585
Human Resources Development
The objective of this course is to complement the requirements of human resources management by exposing students to the breadth of human resources development topics. The primary topics are strategic human resources management, training and development, career management, and organizational development and change. A wide variety of secondary topics may also be covered in this course, including learning principles, evaluation of human resources development interventions, employee orientation and socialization, performance management and coaching, diversity, and employee counseling. Case studies shall be used extensively to upgrade students' analytic capabilities in the topics under study.
Prerequisite: MGT 520
MGT 587
Training & Development in Business
This course is intended to acquaint students with the training and development concept by covering the following topics: Definition, functions, needs analysis (Person Analysis, Task Analysis, Organization Analysis), strategic impact, processes involved, and impact of the Job Characteristic Model. Students are also trained with the skills, techniques, and knowledge to identify Job Competencies, criteria and processes for identifying and assessing training needs, designing, implementing, managing, and evaluating Training and Development Programs, Management Development Programs, Budgeting of Training, Cost-Benefit Analysis, and ROI of Training. Also, this course will assess the pros and cons of using Technology in training including CBT, Multimedia Training, E-Learning/Online Learning, and Distance Learning.
Prerequisite: MGT 520
MGT 588
Talent Management
Students will explore the principles of managing (recruiting and keeping) talent in an organization. Topics include: Workforce Planning, Recruiting, Onboarding, Performance Management, Training and Performance Support, Succession Planning, Compensation and Benefits, and Critical Skills Gap Analysis. This course uses real life case studies to stress the concept of coaching to manage, keep, and grow talent in an organization.
Prerequisite: MGT 520
MGT 590
Special Topics in Management
Examination of contemporary and developing issues. Identification and review of trends in management practices and their impact on management behavior, thought, and decision-making. A multiple set of one credit courses based on case studies and projects.
Prerequisite: Consent of Advisor
MGT 595
Seminar in Management
A course designed to examine and review Management Theory trends, developments and applications that impact efficiencies and quality of decision making regarding resources in organizations. Selected topics are taken from all functional management applications.
Prerequisite: Consent of Advisor
MGT 598
Research Project in Management
Students aim to apply theoretical and practical concepts into a selected field of management. The final work is a review of secondary literature or building a case study to reveal a trend or a specific behavior characteristic of the working environment. This research may reveal some originality.
Prerequisite: Consent of Advisor
MGT 599
Research Thesis in Mgt
Students conduct a full-fledge research using a specific research methodology to investigate in depth an issue related to management practices. Original research results should be obtained.
Prerequisite: Consent of Advisor

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