Business Administration (MBA)

Accounting I Business Administration I Decision Science I Economics I International Business I Legal Studies | Management I Marketing

Accounting

ACCT B601 Financial Accounting for Decision Making 3 crs.

This course introduces the accounting cycle from recording financial transactions to the preparation and analysis of financial statements. The course emphasizes the uses of the income statement, balance sheet, and statement of cash flows.

ACCT B715 Management Control + Decision Making 3 crs.

This course discusses control and decision making from the information provided by management control and information systems. Course topics include discussion of a comprehensive management information system (MIS) and its supporting integration of the MIS with organizational strategy, and utilization of such systems to generate information to serve managerial needs.

Prerequisite: FIN B601

ACCT B893 Special Topics in Accounting 3 hrs.

ACCT B899 Independent Study in Accounting 3 hrs.

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Business Administration

BA B750 Global Strategy 3 crs.

This course integrates the student’s academic and professional experiences with the purpose of enhancing her/his capacity to formulate and implement successful global strategies. Its basic methods are discussion of cases and a project. The cases focus on the skills, knowledge, and expertise appropriate to a leader’s role, functions, and expected contributions to the corporation and society at large. As a result, students will enhance their capacity to creatively identify alternative courses of action; objectively and thoroughly assess these options’ pros and cons; and convincingly argue and support their conclusions and recommendations. The project has two components.  In the first, team members identify key factors shaping the future structure and competitive behavior of a global industry; and in the second, each student does a strategic audit of a company within this industry, with the purpose of presenting and defending strategic recommendations to the company’s board of directors.

Prerequisite: MGT B725

BA B795 Community Service 0 crs.

This course involves 30 hours of volunteer work (without compensation) that must be completed in a not-for-profit setting located in the greater metropolitan New Orleans community. The organization must be approved by the Director of Graduate Programs.

BA B815 Private Equity Investments 3 crs.

This course examines evaluation of business models; valuation and due diligence of new ventures; and the process and mechanics of new venture equity funding. Areas of primary emphasis in the course are the role of consultants; critical evaluation of the effectiveness of business models presented; the scope of angel investing; the stages of seeking equity funding; and performing due diligence of potential investments. This is an integrative course that includes the study of marketing, management, production and operations, insurance, economics, human resources, business law and decision methods - as they apply to new ventures.

Prerequisities: ACCT B715, FIN B700, MGT B711

BA B820 Individual + Corporate Entrepreneurship 3 crs.

This course relates and integrates the student’s academic and professional experience through the analysis of an independent/corporate new venture start-up. The course takes a systems approach to problems which are confronted in developing a new business over time, intuition and creative problems solving techniques.

Prerequisite: FIN B601

BA B855 Capstone 3 crs.

This course integrates all the knowledge gleaned from MBA coursework and apply that knowledge through the creation of a comprehensive business plan. This business plan will demonstrate mastery of business philosophy, theory, application, and practice through the design and integration of strategies and plans needed to meet the overall aim of the organization. Effectiveness will be demonstrated through the alignment of all organizational processes, including leadership systems; strategic, tactical and operational planning; identification of customers and important stakeholders and designing systems for incorporating requirements; information systems and methods for collecting, analyzing and disseminating knowledge; human resource systems; operational, support services and supplier integration, and financial and compliance processes for monitoring performance. Successful completion of the business plan will demonstrate the mastery sufficient for advancement into a professional career.

All MBA Core Courses are pre- or corequisite

Must be taken in last semester of residence

BA B893 Special Topics in Business 3 crs.

BA B899 Independent Study in Business 3 crs.

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Decision Science

DECS B601 Business Statistics 3 crs.

This course introduces the statistical methods which have found wide application in business. Topics covered include descriptive statistics, probability concepts and distributions, estimation, hypothesis tests, contingency tables, analysis of variance, simple and multiple regression analysis, and decision theory. Business applications and extensive use of statistical software, including spreadsheets, are an integral part of the course.

DECS B700 Business Analytics 3crs.

The course develops qualitative and quantitative approaches for decision making in the field of management. Students learn how to use theoretical and quantitative tools to enhance their ability to analyze real world problems, identify possible solutions, and make the right decisions to achieve performance excellence.

Prerequisite: DECS B601

DECS B899 Independent Study in Decision Science 3 crs.

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Economics

ECON B603 Economics 3 crs.

This course is an introduction into economic analysis; efficiency and equity; production and exchange; costs, supply and demand; markets, organizations, and government; competition, cooperation and coercion, international trade.

ECON B893 Special Topics in Economics 3 crs.

ECON B899 Independent Study in Economics 3 crs.

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Finance

FIN B601 Financial Management 3 crs.

This course introduces the principles of financial analysis and management of a business. Students learn how to think in terms of the present values of alternatives so that they can choose the proper course of action to follow. The effects of time and uncertainty on business decisions, especially in the selection of assets and the raising of funds for asset purchases, are studied. Students learn how the unencumbered system of financial markets and firms allocates scarce resources to benefit consumers. Analysis of alternative courses of action in terms of a system of cash flows is covered.

Prerequisite: ACCT B601

FIN B700 Advanced Financial Management 3 crs.

This course advances the graduate student’s knowledge and comprehension of financial management by providing a deeper understanding of the theory, practice, and application of the principles of business finance. The course emphasizes the application of financial theory by giving the student a framework analyzing and recommending alternative solutions to business financial problems. Case analysis will be used.

Prerequisite: FIN B601

FIN B805 Investments 3 crs.

This course examines different types of investments, all of which have the dimensions of risk and expected return. Students study the flow of funds in the economy which leads to the term structure of interest rates underlying investment; they learn how to analyze and forecast interest rates and their effects on the values of securities; they compute anticipated and realized rates of return; and they learn portfolio theory, which explains how the risk borne by the investor affects the rate of return he/she requires on a stock. Fundamental analysis of publicly-traded securities is a major portion of the course, and students forecast the earnings and dividends of firms and study how these fundamental factors affect the stock price. The functioning of financial markets, and their efficiency, is also explored.

Prerequisite: FIN B601

FIN B893 Special Topics in Finance 3 crs.

FIN B899 Independent Study in Finance 3 crs.

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International Business

INTB B893 Special Topics in International Business 3 crs.

INTB B899 Independent Study in International Business 3 crs.

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Legal Studies

LGST B600 Ethical + Legal Compliance 3 crs.

This course helps students become aware of the ethical and legal norms internal to commerce; the larger ethical and legal context within which commercial activity takes place; the reciprocal interaction between commerce and the other institutions in society; the new ethical and legal challenges posed to business by the evolution of science, technology, globalization, bureaucratization, government, law, politics, and religion; and, finally, specific ethical and legal challenges to management, marketing, accounting and finance..

Management

MGT B600 Management 3 crs.

This course provides a foundation of performance management principles and skills for graduate business students. Students will learn management’s role in facilitating organizational performance and achieving a competitive advantage. Students will use management tools in making sound financial and ethical decisions for the organization. Through class assignments and projects students will build skill in performing research, developing performance measures, making decisions, influencing others, and presenting results with impact.

MGT B705 Business Professionalism 3 crs.

This course improves the abilities of participants in the areas of effective presentations (including design), professional business writing, business etiquette, communication preferences, coaching skills, and nonverbal communication skills.

MGT B711 Management Science + Operations 3 crs.

The course introduces fundamental quantitative approaches for decision making in the field of operations management. Students will learn how to use quantitative tools to enhance their ability to analyze real world problems, identify possible solutions, and make right decisions to achieve performance excellence of operations.

Prerequisite: DECS B601

MGT B725 Leadership Dynamics 3 crs.

This course is a study of the interactions that exist between people, especially in the context of organizations. In particular, it examines two important processes in organizations: leadership and team-building. Topics include the roles of context and followers in the emergence of leaders, exercise of power, ethical issues faced by leaders, influence, diversity, team influences on beliefs and perceptions, the development of teams and team norms, conformity and deviance in teams, team decision making, and designing teams for effective performance and decision making. Other related issues associated with human behavior in organizations, including coaching, conflict resolution, negotiation, and empowerment, will also be studied.

Prerequisite: MGT B600, MGT B711

MGT B735 High Performance Work Systems 3 crs.

This course applies the Systems Thinking and Learning paradigm to human resource management, such that students will enhance their ability to analyze real world problems, identify possible solutions, and make right decisions to align the work force with the organizational aim and processes. In line with this aim and the characteristics needed for successful managers, this course seeks to guide students in embracing a theory of business based on philosophies, theories, and approaches to business and its execution; understanding and describing systems theory, recognizing that organizations are complex systems, and addressing high levels of complexity in human resource management using a framework based on systems theory; identifying, interpreting and utilizing statistics and methods for recognizing actual and potential gaps in performance and reducing variance in organizational results; creating a comprehensive strategy and action plans for organizational problem solving and development, which are systematically aligned with human resource management and executed through processes that ensure proper implementation and execution.

Prerequisite: MGT B600

MGT B825 Global Supply Chain Management 3 crs.

This course examines global supply chain management as a systematic approach to managing business through analyzing and controlling flows of information, materials, and cash from raw material suppliers to the final customers. It represents a philosophy of doing business that stresses processes and integration. As a graduate course, it focuses on how to design and manage the supply chain to match firms’ competitive strategies and achieve the high profits of the whole supply chain. Topics include decision making on supply chain design, sourcing, coordination, inventory management, logistics management, and information sharing.

Prerequisite: FIN B601, MGT B711

MGT B893 Special Topics in Management 3 crs.

MGT B899 Independent Study in Management 3 crs.

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Marketing

MKT B700 Marketing Management 3 crs.

This course covers the process of designing products and services and the processes of marketing products and services. Important concepts covered are decreasing cycle time; determining opportunities; determining customer needs; translating needs into requirements; estimating sales potential; and setting price, distribution, and promotion strategies. An applied project is an important element of this course.

Prerequisite: MGT B725

MKT B893 Special Topics in Marketing 3 crs.

MKT B899 Independent Study in Marketing 3 crs.

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