Graduate Programs Course Descriptions

ACCT 501 – Accounting and Finance for Managers (3)
Provides students with a basic understanding of accounting and finance theory, concepts and tools to assist in the management of organizations and/or entrepreneurial ventures. The course is designed to allow students to view accounting as an information tool for managers and finance as a discipline to assure fiduciary success. Specific applications include balance sheet and income statement preparation and understanding, cash flow analyses, financing alternatives including cost of funds analysis, and what types of accounting systems best fit certain types of organizations or ventures. Prerequisite: Graduate or Senior standing

BUS 512 – Business Writing and Communication (1)
This course covers a variety of technical and business writing styles for effective business communication. Writing fundamentals are emphasized, applied to common forms of communication such as business letters, emails, memoranda, formal reports and proposals. Students will also learn the style and strategy for creating and repurposing content for Web 2.0+ platforms, such as blogs, micro-blogs and social networking sites. Prerequisite: Graduate or Senior standing 

BUS 515 – Innovation Management (2)
This course discusses various approaches and processes of innovation and how it is managed in startups and larger enterprises. Enabling processes and inhibitors for creativity and innovation are identified. Some topics of intellectual property law such as copyrights and patents are discussed. Emerging trends in innovation management will be discussed. Prerequisite: Graduate or Senior standing

BUS 535 – Global Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (2)
Entrepreneurship is an integral part of economic change and growth. The course explains how economic conditions and incentives affect entrepreneurship, and how the actions of entrepreneurs in turn affect the broader economy. Entrepreneurship is viewed as an economic development strategy and entrepreneurs as agents of change and innovation. The course draws from recent theoretical insights and empirical findings to show how economics can contribute to our understanding of entrepreneurship. Prerequisite: Graduate or Senior standing

BUS 550 – Marketing Strategy (3)
This course covers fundamental marketing principles with a focus on effective marketing strategies in a digital era characterized by significant transformation from information technology. Markets of today require thinking globally but acting locally. They are also highly connected, participatory, and green, tooled to empower individuals and turn individual actions into massive market forces. In a way, the course re-conceptualizes the role of traditional marketing principles to explain the modern marketing actions fueled by the globalization, advanced technology, far-reaching connectivity, and unprecedented social presence. Prerequisite: Graduate or Senior standing

BUS 550L – Marketing Research and Analytics Lab (1)
This course takes an experiential learning approach to leveraging social networks, search engine marketing and social media platforms to promote an organization’s brand or objectives. Students will work with real-world tools, scenarios and data. The course helps prepare students for work in marketing, consulting, and brand management in both B2C and B2B commerce. Students interested in entrepreneurship will find the course useful, as new businesses often rely on digital marketing to promote their brand and connect with consumers and investors. Prerequisite: Graduate or Senior standing 

BUS 560 – Organizational Systems – Theory & Practice (3)
The course provides our students with a solid foundation and understanding of the broad field of Organizational Systems. This includes not only recognizing the inter-dependence within and across the organization’s departments, functions, and divisions but recognizing the impact of their interactions across an industry. This course will also take a look into how the organizations decisions and actions. Prerequisite: Graduate or Senior standing

BUS 561 – Organizational Strategy and Planning (3)
This course discusses the complexities of managing an organization from the perspective of the CEO or COO. The course is framed by the strategic management process, which includes setting goal setting, approaches to resource allocation, competency development toward competitive advantage and strategy execution. Students will learn how to develop a sustainable, values-based strategy based on internal organizational capabilities and external market opportunities in a competitive global marketplace. Prerequisite: Graduate or Senior standing

BUS 597 – Fieldwork: Exploration (1)
Students are introduced to the process of conducting fieldwork in an organization. The course discusses elements of action research and the process of scholarly inquiry. Students will learn how to gain access to an organization, identify and explore organizational challenges and gather evidence toward a business problem and solution. Prior coursework in marketing, accounting and finance, and entrepreneurship or organizational systems will be utilized. Students will deliver a final presentation and report of their findings as a business plan or fieldwork report. Prerequisite: Graduate standing

BUS 640 – Statistics, Decision-making, and Modeling (3)
The is a graduate level business research course that incorporates and links statistical analysis, related research methods, decision making and modeling for different assumptions & scenarios. It integrates a number of analytical methods and applies them to a variety of business problems. Topics include hypothesis testing, Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) and topics in regression analysis and forecasting. Students are expected to use Excel, SPSS or STATA and learn how to incorporate statistical results into sample reports.Prerequisite: Graduate or Senior standing; undergraduate statistics course from a regionally accredited institution [see Marymount offerings]

BUS 697 – Research Seminar I (3)
This course is the first of two research seminar courses integrating all prior coursework into a capstone experience. In this course, students will gain access to an organization, investigate an organizational problem, and develop a proposal for a business plan solution. Students will gather evidence and co-create a resolution with a client organization and its key stakeholders. Students will deliver a final presentation and report their findings as a business plan proposal. Prerequisite: Senior standing and chair approval. The BUS 697-698 sequence is generally taken in final two semesters of program.

BUS 698 – Research Seminar II (3)
This course is the second of two research seminar courses integrating prior coursework to a capstone experience. In this course, students implement the project proposal created in the first seminar, BUS 697. The course reinforces skills developed in applied/action research and provides guidance for the action research process. The aims of the project will vary depending on the client organization’s needs, but students should draw upon all prior coursework to develop a comprehensive business solution. Students deliver a final presentation and report their findings as a business plan, case study, fieldwork or similar report. The course culminates in a professional presentation of the student’s research project. Prerequisite: BUS 697 

CD 500 – Professional Practice and Ethics (4)
This course provides a basis for understanding one’s professional role and how to follow guidelines for success, taking into consideration questions of conscience, ethics, and values, as well as the tensions between community engagement, advocacy and participatory research, and specialized expertise. It will introduce concepts, tools, and skills needed to perform in diverse professional environments. Prerequisite: Graduate or Senior standing 

CD 535 – Community Development Theory & Practice (3)
The course introduces students to theories, debates and practical strategies regarding the sustainable development of less advantaged communities. Students gain an enhanced understanding of the complexities of community, development, sustainability, and participation. They critically analyze ―community‖ as a set of social relations, as a local economy, as a built and natural environment, and as political organization. The course assumes communities have assets and obstacles, and that central to improving community life are communication, organization, inclusion, information and professional expertise. Examines concerns of economic opportunity, institutions, habitation, conflict, security, lack of specific skills and resources that impact livelihood potential; examines organizational efforts to improve communities have their own characteristics, whether community-based, religious, governmental, NGO or others. Prerequisite: Graduate or Senior standing

CD 550 – Community Ethnography (3)
Introduces the ideas and techniques of field-based ethnography, including ethnographic accounts in conjunction with community members. Evolving from the participant-observation model of cultural anthropology, the course teaches students how to see, hear, record, document, and elicit information from community members, and how to weave this material together with other qualitative, quantitative, and geospatial material to create a holistic account of a community, village, or neighborhood. The course provides concrete training in writing and other kinds of graphical representations of social reality, using ethnographic techniques, accounts, maps, photos, charts and tables, and serves as a foundational course for the doing of graduate level field work. Prerequisite: Graduate or Senior standing

CD 575 – Community Design and Land Use Planning (3)
The course provides a framework for analyzing the planning and design issues that a real estate developer will encounter as part of any project. Students will learn to evaluate site for development potential, identify those factors that will influence its design and begin to understand the effect that zoning laws and community stakeholders have on the built environment. The course will include all major real estate product types. The course will teach basic drafting skills such as drawing to scale and the 1-hour lab each week will require a drawing assignment.Prerequisite: Graduate or Senior standing

CS 500 – Advanced Data Analysis (1)
Use and manipulation of data sets needed for data analysis and presentation. Students will build and edit detailed electronic spreadsheets containing advanced features and functions such as financial and statistical formulas, pivot tables and charts, scenarios, and data filters. Proficiency in Microsoft Excel will be developed.

ECO 520 – Economics for Planning (3)
The course supports effective planning by presenting a resource framework and relating the use of economic indicators to interpret a community’s economic context at the global, national, regional, local, and project level. Students study the interplay of these economic contexts through individual and collaborative case study projects. Prerequisite: Graduate or Senior standing

EDU 540 – Comparative Education Systems (3)
One of society’s most important functions is to educate its citizens. K-12 schooling, whether public or private, is arguably one the most effective mechanisms to create and reproduce culture Literacy and numeracy are taught to children the world over, but differing educational systems also reflect and inculcate values that vary from culture to culture. In this course, we will explore differing educational systems in various regions of the world, as well as the growing trend toward ―international education.” The relationship of learner-teacher-subject-parent, and the impact these learning systems have on the creation of a nation’s culture will be explored. Prerequisite: Graduate or Senior standing

GIS 500 – Geospatial Analytics lab (1)
An introduction to the fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) including concepts and skills in spatial reasoning and geospatial thinking. Involves hands-on experience working with map scales, coordinate systems, spatial data sources and accuracy, data structures, map features and attributes, map overlays, application of databases, creation of charts and graphs and presentation of data in map layouts. Focus is on community-related and business applications and the various ways in which GIS can be used in spatial query, problem analysis and decision-making support. Tools include ArcGIS and Community Analyst Prerequisite: Graduate or Senior standing Recommended pre-requisite or co-requisite: PSY 540 Research Methods and Assessment 

ID 530 – Leadership Seminar (3)
The course offers upper division and post-baccalaureate students opportunities to reflect on leadership through readings, presentation, discussion, and practice-based research. Prerequisite: Graduate or Senior standing

ID 545 – Leadership as Storytelling (4)
Students will review relevant literature on leadership attributes, organizational behavior, and modern communication techniques. Readings, case studies, and field experiences prepare students to develop a leadership messaging plan to a business or organization. Special emphasis is placed on interviewing leaders in the field and reviewing the most current trends in integrated media campaigns.Prerequisite: Graduate or Senior standing

ID 580 – Cross-Cultural Leadership (3)
Cross-cultural leadership explores effective leadership across cultures and its impact on international business leadership and management. The impact of culture on concepts of leadership, values, expectations, and patterns of communication will be examined, both to demonstrate the importance of cultural sensitivity in global management and to assist students in developing their own strategies for effectively communicating and negotiating with individuals from other cultures. The course will also examine a variety of ethical and evolving multiethnic workplace issues, and discuss appropriate management styles for multicultural organizations. Students will learn effective ways to research specific cultures and communications styles in order to prepare themselves for cross-cultural encounters and assignments in other cultures. Prerequisite: Graduate or Senior standing 

ID 647, 657, 667 – Fieldwork
(3 course sequence, 3 units each)
Students will apply their knowledge and skills and develop professional expertise within the community. Via their work with community partners, students will contribute to building and maintaining community partnerships. Prerequisite for ID 647: Graduate standing- Co-requisite: ID 648, Prerequisite for ID 657: PSY 540 and ID 647- Co-requisite: ID 658, Prerequisite for ID 667: ID 657 – Co-requisite: ID 668

ID 648, 658, 668 – Research Seminar
(3 courses, 1 unit each)

Topics will be offered to address student professional development needs. Example seminars include writing, career development, mentoring, and project management and presentation. Prerequisite for ID 648: Graduate standing – Co-requisite: ID 647, Prerequisite for ID 658: ID 648 – Co-requisite: ID 657, Prerequisite for ID 668: ID 658 -Co-requisite: ID 667

MCR 501 – Conflict Analysis, Negotiation, and
Management (3)
An introduction to Mediation and Conflict Resolution studies, with focus on different root causes and perceptions of conflict. Conflict analysis is examined as foundation for successful conflict management and effective action, including prevention, limitation, negotiation, resolution and transformation of conflict situations. Prerequisite: Graduate or Senior standing

MCR 502 – Mediation Theory & Practice (3)
The field of “Mediation” as an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is rapidly growing throughout all areas of employment and many professions. There are innumerable ways of incorporating “mediation” principles and techniques into daily practices to enhance productivity, improve interpersonal and international relationships, provides for conflict healing and peace building. This course consists of learning techniques of mediation based in dispute resolution theory, with lectures, small group exercises, and role-playing designed for diverse cultural backgrounds, for students who want to acquire a strong foundation in mediator skills. Course training is highly focused on practice of mediation not only between the disputants and but also between the disputants and a neutral third party. Prerequisite: Graduate or Senior standing

PSY 540 – Research Methods and Assessment (4)
This course is intended to prepare graduate students to assess, plan, and conduct community-based research. Students from several disciplines will share perspectives, develop skills, and explore ways to effectively respond to community needs via research. Students will learn to enlist community partners as researchers to develop a research plan, collect, analyze, and disseminate data to appropriate audiences.Prerequisites: Graduate or Senior standing; undergraduate statistics course from a regionally accredited institution [see Marymount offerings]

PSY 600 – Community Intervention and Social Change (3)
This course will examine concepts, values, theories, strategies, and tactics of community intervention and social change. Interventions will be studied in terms of both their theoretical roots and implications or practical considerations. Specific intervention strategies considered will include community organizing, alternative settings, mutual help, and advocacy.Prerequisite: Graduate or Senior standing

PSY 610 – Psychological Science and Public Policy (3)
This course will explore the use of public policy to influence social change. To this end, students will survey major areas of basic and applied psychology. Applied research aims to improve individual and community well-being, and basic research will be used to support these aims. Students will select a current social issue and collate relevant research to support a policy position. Prerequisite: Graduate or Senior standing

PSY 630 – Prevention Science (3)
This course will discuss the history of the field of prevention, basic concepts, conceptual models, and approaches. Applications regarding specific social problems and social settings will be investigated. This course will allow students to critically evaluate prevention programs in the community. Further, it is anticipated that students will become well equipped to design a prevention plan that holds promise for enhancing individual and/or community well-being.Prerequisite: Graduate or Senior standing

PSY 640 – Organizational Development & Consultation (3)
This course will explore the consulting role within organizations. Ethics, skills, and techniques of action research and organizational development will be discussed. Further, the process of organizational and group behavior and learning will be explored.Prerequisite: Graduate or Senior standing

PSY 650 – Human Diversity & Cultural Competence (3)
This course will provide a foundation of knowledge for effective research and practice with diverse individuals and groups. Diverse backgrounds, worldviews, and traditions will be explored based on race, ethnicity, class, religion, gender, ability, sexuality, and age. We will also explore how elements of the social structure construct have led to systems of oppression and privilege. Prerequisite: Graduate or Senior standing

PSY 660- Program Evaluation (3)
This course will familiarize students with different types of program evaluation. Students will explore needs assessments, and process and outcome evaluation. Students will investigate conceptual frameworks and develop indicators and an evaluation plan to measure aspects of social programs. Discussion of the strengths and limitations of numerous study designs will allow students to plan and execute effective assessments of community programs. Prerequisite: Graduate or Senior standing, plus completion of PSY 540

Graduate Programs

The Marymount California University graduate programs were developed with the busy, working professional in mind.

Marymount offers the following graduate degrees:
Master of Science in Community Psychology
Master of Business Administration
Master of Science in Leadership & Global Development

Contact the Admission office for more info
Phone:(310) 303-7208
Email: graduateadmission@marymountcalifornia.edu

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