Graduate Program 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, microblogs and social networking sites. 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 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 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 698 – MBA Capstone (3)

This course integrates all prior course work into a capstone experience in which students will have the opportunity to either 1) create a comprehensive business plan or 2) conduct a research project that proposes a solution to a significant management problem or issue.  In the final written report, students will thoroughly explore all relevant background information and present their findings.  Additionally, the report will include a discussion of important ethical considerations and global perspectives as they relate to the project.  Students will work in groups to peer-review their work throughout the course and deliver a digital presentation summarizing their research and conclusions. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and Chair approval.


CD 500 – Professional Practice and Ethics (3)
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 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. Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate proficiency in Excel through Microsoft Office Specialist certification examination. Lab fee required.  Prerequisite: Graduate or Senior standing.


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 a collaborative case study project. Prerequisite: Graduate or Senior standing

ID 530 – Leadership Seminar (3)

The course offers graduate students and qualified upper division students opportunities to reflect on leadership through readings, presentation, discussion, and drawing on the experiences of guest speakers and students themselves in a variety of contexts.  Includes a practice-based research project.  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 

MBA Program

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