MSM or MBA, Minor in Information Technology Curriculum

The curriculum of our MSM and MBA programs is designed to immediately improve the professional competencies of our students. Principles learned in the earlier courses are often built upon in later courses.

MSM Program Coursework

The MSM curriculum is composed of the following six courses along with the chosen minor.

MSM 5013 Organizational Behavior and Leadership (6 weeks - 3 semester hours)
Serves as the foundation for the program by providing a survey of key management theories and terminology. Both classical approaches and contemporary conceptualizations of management are studied. Special emphasis is placed on leadership, motivation, culture, team building, and organizational communication.

ECO 5023 Global and Economic Environment (6 weeks - 3 semester hours)
Familiarizes students with the economic forces, institutions, and policies that govern the environment in which business operates. Changes in both the national and global economy are explored from managerial, market and financial perspectives. Topics include opportunity cost, demand and supply, industrial organization, antitrust, deregulation, fiscal and monetary policies, trade policies, and exchange rates.

MKT 5093 Marketing Management (6 weeks - 3 semester hours)
Focuses on the importance of modern organizations being market driven and globally competitive. It examines the role of the marketing function and fundamentals, such as market segmentation, targeting, product life cycle, new product planning, distribution strategies, pricing, promotion, forecasting, market analysis, and competitor analysis. Students conduct marketing audits of actual organizations.

ITI 5073 Management Information Systems (6 weeks - 3 semester hours)
Emphasizes computer systems technology and is designed to enable the learner to understand the field from a managerial perspective. Existing and emerging technologies will be reviewed to provide an awareness of technology capabilities from the managerial perspective. Topics to be covered include information systems planning, systems management, the systems development life cycle (SDLC), project management (P.M.), change management, networking and telecommunication concepts. Other topics to be discussed are transaction processing systems (TPS), decision support systems (DSS), executive information systems (EIS), enterprise resource planning (ERP), and artificial intelligence/expert systems AI/ES. Cases will be used to supplement the learning experience and to apply course principles and concepts. Project management and systems analysis methods will be thoroughly explored and applied in a learner-selected project where the learner carries out the project planning and implementation strategies/techniques to see the project to fruition.

BUS 6073 Data-Based Decision-Making (6 weeks - 3 semester hours)
Provides participants with tools and techniques to perform data analysis and hypothesis testing in order to make data-based management decisions. Data collected from students' organizations is used throughout this course to answer practical, "real-world" research questions. Topics include basic statistics, control charts, one-sided mean tests, two-sided mean tests, variance comparison, correlation analysis, and introduction to experimental design.

BUS 6013 Business Ethics and Organizational Culture Development (6 weeks - 3 semester hours)
Analyzes and develops models for business culture development. Key components of ethics, vision, mission, and institutionalization of culture are addressed from a Christian world view. The use of the case-study method where real-life business situations, organizations, and cultures are examined for their foundation and decision-making basis will play an important role. A key goal is to improve student's clarity and consistency in judging organizational models and developing plans for institutionalization of organizational ethical and cultural change.

Information Technology Coursework

The curriculum for the minor must be taken in addition to either the MSM or the MBA curriculum.

ITI 6600 Legal, Regulatory, and Ethical Environment (6 weeks - 3 semester hours)
Explores the many legal, ethical and regulatory issues that come with using information technology. Key topics will include technology licensing and contracts, privacy, piracy, security, confidentiality, intellectual property rights, and internet regulation.

ITI 6000 IT Architecture (6 weeks - 3 semester hours)
Explores the discipline related to IT architecture and its basis. The key components of IT architecture are examined and considered in light of the organization needs and processes, which include application, security, data, and technology architectures.

ITI 6300 IT Project Planning, Management and Financial Control (6 weeks - 3 semester hours)
Examines the key components of IT projects and it introduces the student to a variety of project planning, management, and financial control techniques that can be applied in an IT project context. Within this context students will explore the management of scope, time, cost and quality. The unique issues related to IT project management will also be discussed.

ITI 6500 IT Governance and Strategy (6 weeks - 3 semester hours)
An introduction to managing IT as a resource that creates business value. Using cases and research, students will discover how to determine what comprises a good IT investment portfolio. Students will also be introduced to a variety of IT governance structures and will focus on the important components to be considered when determining how one will govern an organization's information technology needs and resources. Key components to be considered include alignment of IT with the business, responsibility and accountability in the use of resources, consideration of risk and business continuance, and organizational compliance and performance.

MBA Program Coursework

The MBA curriculum includes all of the courses from the MSM curriculum, plus the curriculum for your chosen minor, along with the following four courses:

ACT 6203 Advanced Managerial Accounting (7 weeks - 3 semester hours)
A review of managerial accounting concepts and techniques used by managers in planning, performance evaluation, and decision-making. Topics include, but are not limited to, the following: classification of costs, determining costs of products, the study of cost behavior and its application in making business decisions, introduction to capital budgeting, operating budgets, standard costing, and the use of management accounting in evaluating business performance. Prerequisite: MSM 6053 Fundamentals of Financial Accounting or equivalent.

BUS 6023 Production and Operations Management (6 weeks - 3 semester hours)
Teaches students how to organize and manage labor, equipment, material, information systems, and resources required to deliver products that satisfy customer needs. The course provides business students with the understanding of manufacturing planning and control systems, continuous process improvement techniques, lean manufacturing methods, strategic quality management systems, and other manufacturing practices.

BUS 6213 Advanced Managerial Finance (6 weeks - 3 semester hours)
Integrates many of the financial concepts that managers need to understand. These concepts include capital budgeting, break-even analysis, working capital management, financial instrument valuation, cost of capital, and the risk and return trade-off. Emphasis will be on the application of concepts and techniques in the analysis of cases.

BUS 6033 Organizational Strategy and Change (6 weeks - 3 semester hours)
An integrative course that focuses on the formulation of overall organizational policy within a dynamic, global environment. The perspective taken is that of top management, and the key questions are: "What industry are we in?" and "How do we successfully compete in this industry given its characteristics and our strengths?" This course also examines the means by which the aforementioned strategies can be implemented and successful ways to execute the inevitable changes that will accompany them. Special emphasis is placed on motivation and compensation, training, leadership and culture. In addition to examining various theoretical conceptualizations of change, several diagnostic tools will be utilized.