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Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs

CONTACT:
School of Adult and Graduate Education
Deborah Accurso
Blaney Hall 105
deborah.accurso@cedarcrest.edu
610-740-3770

Courses

Courses and Focused Portfolio

Strategic management is emphasized throughout the program. In addition, students may focus on a specific area of business or industry in their project courses. Course projects combine to create a customized business writing and analysis portfolio that can be shared with potential employers.

Managerial and Leadership Skills
Decision-Making for the Business Leader
Governance, Ethics and Public Policy
Business Statistics
Change and Innovation Management
Financial Accounting & Reporting
Marketing Management, Strategy and Analytics
Organizational Financial Management
Managerial Economics and Modeling
Operations Process and Emerging Technologies
Intercultural Communications and Global Perspectives
Career Mentoring Workshop
Capstone Course- Integrated Practicum

Course Descriptions

BUA 500: Managerial and Leadership Skills – 1 to 3 Graduate Credits

The goal of this course is to enhance the student’s leadership and managerial skills. This course helps students identify their individual leadership strengths and discover opportunities for additional development. It is predicated on a fundamental review of core areas of business and management. Topics include personal accountability, networking skills, industry position analysis, job search strategies, interviewing skills, and negotiation. In addition to self-assessment activities, students develop their business writing skills, including appropriate use of APA documentation standards. MBA students—consult with your faculty advisor and your plan of study regarding the number of credits to register for; MMS students always take this course for 3 credits.

MBA 501: Decision-Making for the Business Leader – 2 Graduate Credits

Corporate and organizational decision-makers face continual change—driven by technology, customers, partners, competitors, and external stakeholders. Decisions must be made at every level of business, from the strategic to the operational, and they must be informed by data and research. Implementing business change requires boldness of vision, but also information, deliberation, and logic. This course examines the rationally decision-making process under uncertainty, including the use of metrics as input and results assessment for continual improvement.

MBA 502: Decision-Making for the Business Leader – 1 Graduate Credit

This self-paced online course allows students to leverage material learned in MBA 501 toward constructing portfolio content relevant to their career interests. As an extension of MBA 501, this course continues to explore how decision-making impacts individuals, teams, workgroups, organizations, and industries. Emphasizing complex and potentially sensitive issues, students will work with decision matrices and evaluations.

MBA 503: Governance, Ethics, and Public Policy – 2 Graduate Credits

This course focuses on professional ethics, corporate governance, and public policy issues impacting business. Topics include ethical leadership principles, ethical issues that may arise in working with clients and donors, developing professional correspondence with clients and donors, as well as managing and monitoring evaluation functions in businesses and organizations. Students will consider regulation of markets and its impact on business and competition, including the production of regulations, as well as how companies and organizations can achieve legal compliance.

MBA 504: Governance, Ethics, and Public Policy – 1 Graduate Credit

This self-paced online course allows students to leverage material learned in MBA 503 toward constructing portfolio content relevant to their career interests. As an extension of MBA 503, this course continues to explore how corporate ethics, government regulation, and public policy impact businesses and markets. Students will develop an in-depth case student and impact analysis memo related to their field of interest.

MBA 505: Business Statistics – 2 Graduate Credits

Statistical information often drives business decision-making. This course focuses on how statistical data is collected and analyzed specifically within modern business practice. Topics include data collection, determination of variables and hypotheses, probability, sampling, confidence intervals, variance, and regression. Students gain an understanding of what problems benefit from statistical approaches, and as well as the limitations of statistical methods.

MBA 506: Business Statistics – 1 Graduate Credit

This self-paced online course allows students to leverage the material learned in MBA 505 toward constructing portfolio content relevant to their career interests. As an extension of MBA 505, this course continues to explore statistical methods, applications, and limitations. Students develop an applied real-world project in addition to completing exercises and case studies.

MBA 507: Change and Innovation Management – 2 Graduate Credits

Change is inevitable in contemporary businesses and organizations, and managing change requires more than strategic decision-making. Change agents must develop innovative and transformational strategies to address individual contributions, geographic dispersion, technology and communication challenges, and organizational networks, structure, and learning, as well as market and environmental change. Students will approach change management and innovation through integrative, strategic and design-based thinking to more thoroughly understand the conditions that support innovation.

MBA 508: Change and Innovation Management – 1 Graduate Credit

This self-paced online course allows students to leverage the material learned in MBA 507 toward constructing portfolio content relevant to their career interests. As an extension of MBA 507, this course continues to explore change management frameworks and design thinking. Students develop a change model including design thinking for their graduate portfolio.

MBA 535: Financial Accounting & Reporting – 2 Graduate Credits

Accounting is the underlying common thread that runs all businesses, and understanding financial accounting and reporting is key to determining the best course of action. Topics include reading, analyzing, and interpreting financial accounting data, general ledger, international accounting principles, and financial statement reporting. Emphasis is placed on the nature of transactions and their impact on financial statements.

MBA 536: Financial Accounting & Reporting – 1 Graduate Credit

This self-paced online course allows students to leverage the material learned in MBA 535 toward constructing portfolio content relevant to their career interests. As an extension of MBA 535, this course continues to explore financial accounting concepts through individual simulation and case study, with a particular emphasis on accounting analytics, including linking non-financial metrics to financial performance.

MBA 537: Marketing Management, Strategy and Analytics – 2 Graduate Credits

This course will explore the current and potential impacts of new, emerging, and rapidly evolving field of marketing analytics. It will discuss the definition, qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods used in the field. It will discuss sales platforms, Reverse engineering marketing strategy, Google Trends, SEO, and become familiar with various social media and marketing techniques used for communications and engagement in a business environment. The learner will develop strategies for using social media and recognize best practices and successful initiatives used by companies that are successful in marketing campaigns. Analyzing product, place, promotion and price, learners will focus on developing a promotional strategy and analyzing the mix of advertising, websites, publicity and personal selling.

MBA 538: Marketing Management, Strategy and Analytics – 1 Graduate Credit

This self-paced online course allows students to leverage material learned in MBA 537 toward constructing portfolio content relevant to their career interests. As an extension of MBA 537, this course continues to explore marketing concepts, including strategies for social media use and best practices in marketing campaigns. Students will focus on developing a marketing and promotional strategy that includes advertising, online media, publicity, and personal selling.

MBA 541: Organizational Financial Management – 2 Graduate Credits

This course presents the foundations of finance with an emphasis on applications key for corporate managers. Topics include the major financial decisions made by corporate managers both within organizations and in their interactions with investors. Essential in most of these decisions is the process of valuation, which will be emphasized throughout the course. Students will explore principles for making investment decisions, valuation of financial assets and liabilities, relationships between risk and return, capital structure choice, payout policy, and risk management.

MBA 542: Organizational Financial Management – 1 Graduate Credit

This self-paced online course allows students to leverage material learned in MBA 541 toward constructing portfolio content relevant to their career interests. As an extension of MBA 541, this course continues to explore organizational financial management concepts. Students will participate in a case study decision in organizational financial management.

MBA 543: Managerial Economics and Modeling – 2 Graduate Credits

Organizational leadership requires an understanding of the economic forces that shape competition and regulation. Students in this course gain and understanding of the strategic implications of economic conditions, using neoclassic and behavioral analytic tools including marginal analysis, demand and supply, market equilibrium and competition. Modeling topics explored include four classic economic models of oligarchy structure, and models of competitive pricing. The course examines the moral and ethical issues in economic decision-making, particularly with regard to fair competition and minimizing negative externalities.

MBA 544: Managerial Economic Modeling– 1 Graduate Credit

This self-paced online course allows students to leverage material learned in MBA 543 toward constructing portfolio content relevant to their career interests. As an extension of MBA 543, this course continues to explore topics in economic modeling for managers. Students will use problem-centered learning approaches to apply economic models and develop policies for markets, pricing, and investment decisions.

MBA 620: Operations Process and Emerging Technologies – 2 Graduate Credits

This course will explore the current and potential impacts of new, emerging, and rapidly evolving technologies on organizations and their operations, across a range of industries and sectors. Topics will include disruptive technologies and change in organizations, the emergence of new technologies within and across industries, and the benefits and challenges of adapting new technologies. Legal and privacy issues are considered. Students will gain insights into emerging technologies across industries and the impact on organizations and how these organizations are coping (or not) with disruption. In addition to tools and best practices, participants will examine challenges and opportunities for designing projects that implement current and emerging technologies to ensure success.

MBA 621: Operations Process and Emerging Technologies – 1 Graduate Credit

This self-paced online course allows students to leverage material learned in MBA 620 toward constructing portfolio content relevant to their career interests. As an extension of MBA 620, this course continues to explore issues related to emerging technologies and their impact on operations, such as process management and human interaction. Students will explore emerging technologies that relate to their field of study and develop an impact analysis for a key technology that will affect their chosen industry.

MBA 622: Intercultural Communications and Global Perspectives – 2 Graduate Credits

This course will explore the impact of globalization as it affects organizations, and the development of multinational corporate and business environments. Learners will also explore cultural norms and differences, and explore how to use methodologies to research, assess, and adapt business content to meet the needs of customers, clients and employee from around the world. Further, learners will gain a richer understanding of the best practices used to create effective workplaces in various multicultural environments.

MBA 623: Intercultural Communication and Global Perspectives – 1 Graduate Credit

This self-paced online course allows students to leverage material learned in MBA 622 toward constructing portfolio content relevant to their career interests. As an extension of MBA 622, this course continues to explore cultural differences and the best practices used to create effective workplaces in diverse and multicultural environments. Students will develop an in-depth case study of multicultural environments.

MBA 640: Career Mentoring Workshop – 1 Graduate Credit

Serving as a career development workshop, this course gives the learner the chance to explore potential career opportunities within a particular area of interest. Students conduct field interviews, identify a personal career mentor, explore professional certifications and memberships, find other useful connections and partnerships, and research potential organizational and workplace opportunities for fit. Participants in the class address their short and long-term career planning goals, and present an updated resume, social media presence, and career plan. Students may repeat this class once for credit.

BUA 650: Integrated Practicum – 3 Graduate Credits

Creating new ideas, capturing new markets, and enhancing organizational effectiveness occur through innovation and transformational leadership. New technologies, processes, competition and globalization require all organizations to distance themselves from the familiar and foster innovation and agility. MBA students will present their graduate writing portfolios for assessment. MMS students in this capstone course will develop an applied, integrated thesis project that demonstrates skills and insights for evaluating, articulating and pitching a new product or service, either as a start-up business or a new initiative within an existing firm.