Graduate Business Program

Master of Science: Management

Master of Business Administration

Master of Business Administration: Information Technology

School of Business and Technology

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The School of Business and Technology

The School of Business and Technology includes the Department of Business Administration and the Department of Information Technology. The School of Business and Technology also offers graduate programs in business and information technology. The Department of Business Administration offers the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree with concentrations in accounting, community development, information technology, E-commerce, digital multimedia communication, music business, marketing and management. The Department of Information Technology offers the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Information Technology with concentrations in digital graphic design and multimedia, web development, and specialized computing for traditional students. The School of Business and Technology also offers nontraditional baccalaureate and master's degree programs in management, business administration, and information technology for working adult students. Graduate business programs are offered leading to the following degrees: Master of Science in Management (MSM), Master of Business Administration (MBA), and Master of Business Administration in Information Technology (MBAIT).

A major goal of the school is to enable students to develop strong competencies in their chosen career fields, thereby preparing them to make positive contributions to their professions and society. Programs focus on fulfilling the mission of the University by developing business and technology leaders and managers who understand and appreciate Christ's call to servanthood as the foundation of effective leadership and management.

General Description

The graduate programs are innovatively designed based on the lifestyle and needs of today's highly mobile graduate business students. The curriculum requires few prerequisites and has an integrated, applications-based qualitative and quantitative focus. Its curriculum promotes a learning environment where students use an integrated systems approach to hone organizational management and leadership skills and techniques. This approach encourages students to view problems from many perspectives and to identify comprehensive business solutions that incorporate key issues such as strategic planning, globalization, and market and product development within the scope of legal environments and business ethics. Students are also challenged to consider critical issues such as normal organizational constraints of human, operational, and financial capital in their decision making processes. Finally, students learn to apply implementation skills including visionary leadership, effective communication, team-building, and change management to an increasingly diverse workforce.

The delivery system is unique as well. The curriculum is modularized, concentrated, focused on team-based learning, and designed specifically for working adults who desire to incorporate their diverse academic and experiential backgrounds into their learning process.

The MSM Program is comprised of 36 semester hours and takes approximately 19 months to complete. The MBA Program, comprised of 47 semester hours, takes approximately 25 months to complete. The MBAIT Program consists of 44 semester hours and can be completed in 24 months. The program courses are designed to strategically build on one another. Each cohort group will move through the program one course at a time, in a lock-step fashion. Classes meet one night each week in four-hour sessions.

Students are a part of a cohort group who will attend all the courses together, forming an important, cohesive support group. Classes are taught seminar/discussion style. Team-based learning approaches are emphasized, capitalizing on student collaboration and peer accountability. The graduate faculty is committed to instructional strategies and assessment methods that allow for maximum synthesis, exploration, and analysis by the students at a graduate level of depth and complexity.

The aim is to extend the students' knowledge and intellectual maturity and to equip the student with specialized skills and a sense of creative independence that will allow the student to provide effective leadership in any organization. Competency-based evaluation methods, application-based projects, learning contracts, and other individualized instructional techniques are used wherever appropriate.

Greetings

From the Dean

The School of Business and Technology seeks to provide a quality learning environment that calls students to excellence in the marketplace.

To the task of continuing to develop your talents and to become truly "excellent," I welcome you whole-heartedly to the School of Business and Technology. If I may be of help to you, please do not hesitate to let me know.

James T. Hiatt, B.S., J.D., M.B.A.
Dean, School of Business and Technology

From the Director

Welcome to the School of Business and Technology at Trevecca Nazarene University. We are pleased and excited to have you as part of the Trevecca community. I believe you will find our graduate programs challenging and rewarding as you seek to prepare yourself for the changing marketplace. Our goal and desire is to help equip you with the knowledge and tools necessary to effectively lead and support organizations. Based on the University and School missions, we seek to develop business and technology leaders that exemplify Christ and serve as models in the workplace. I hope you find your experience at Trevecca rewarding and a true blessing. I look forward to being of help to you on your journey. May the Lord richly bless you along the way!

Edward C. Anthony, B.S., M.S., M.B.A, Sc.D.
Director, Graduate and Professional Studies

The Master of Science: Management (MSM) Program

MSM Program Mission

The Master of Science: Management (MSM) Program exists to provide a quality graduate-level business education for professional adult students. This program seeks to equip and empower students to lead in organizations and to achieve organizational excellence. The MSM Program functions from a Christian world-view and is committed to continuous improvement.

MSM Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the MSM program should be able to:

  1. Articulate practical examples of how the Christian worldview is integrated into the leadership and managerial practices of organizations.
  2. Develop lifelong habits that lead to personal and professional effectiveness.
  3. Develop principle-centered leadership perspectives and skills.
  4. Understand the historical evolution of management/leadership thought based on key environmental and societal changes.
  5. Attain a deeper understanding of macroeconomic and microeconomic environmental issues with an enriched perspective on global competitiveness and international business.
  6. Further understand strategic and operational responsibilities including identification and communication of the organization's purpose, vision, and culture.
  7. Possess effective strategic analysis and planning tools.
  8. Solve problems and make effective decisions based on effective research, deductive reasoning, and inferential critical thinking skills.
  9. Understand key strategic and operational marketing and sales practices.
  10. Acquire greater understanding of key accounting and financial information used in strategic and operational decision-making.
  11. Acquire greater understanding of data management--the gathering, analysis, dissemination, and utilization of information across the system, which is fundamental to goal setting, decision making and effective communication in organizations.
  12. Analyze alternative models for organizational change and development.
  13. Acquire a greater appreciation for the ways a corporation's culture and value system influence the overall functioning of the organization.
  14. Expand their understanding of key management responsibilities including the management of an organization's information, human, capital, technology, and operational resources.

If a student qualifies academically and desires to pursue additional graduate-level business courses upon completing the MSM Program, the student may apply to take three additional upper-level graduate courses and receive the MBA degree.

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program

MBA Program Mission

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program exists to provide a quality graduate-level business education for professional adult students. This program seeks to equip and empower students with quantitative and legal skills for organizational leadership and excellence and it functions from a Christian world-view.

MBA Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students should be better equipped to effectively assume broad managerial responsibilities in a variety of organizational settings.
  2. Students should possess an advanced understanding of the specialized skills required to manage and grow a business enterprise, including:
    1. an enhanced understanding of how to apply leadership skills in challenging organizational settings
    2. an expanded understanding of how to manage a business enterprise in an ever changing global environment
    3. the ability to solve complicated and realistic business problems, and
    4. the application of quantitative methods and data analysis to business decision-making
  3. Students should show an increased ability to utilize quantitative techniques and explain theoretically how to apply the analysis to managerial decisions.
  4. Students should possess an advanced set of skills as applied to the legal, financial, and accounting functions.

The Master of Business Administration: Information Technology (MBAIT) Program

MBAIT Program Mission

The Master of Business Administration: Information Technology (MBAIT) Program exists to provide a quality graduate-level business education for professional adult students. This program seeks to equip and empower students with both the business and technical skills needed to successfully lead an IT organization as it supports the strategic and operational objectives of a business from a Christian world-view.

MBAIT Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students should be better equipped to effectively assume broad managerial responsibilities in a variety of organizational settings with specific understandings to the strategic and operational requirements of an IT organization.
  2. Students should possess an advanced understanding of the specialized skills required to manage and grow an IT enterprise, including:
    1. an enhanced understanding of how to apply leadership skills in challenging organizational settings
    2. an expanded understanding of how to manage an IT enterprise in an ever-changing global environment
    3. an understanding of how to manage critical IT systems such as communication infrastructure, enterprise database systems, and financial applications
    4. the ability to solve complicated and realistic business problems by appropriately applying information technologies
    5. an understanding of how to apply IT governance to successfully implement and support business critical information technologies, and
    6. the application of quantitative methods and data analysis to business decision-making
  3. Students should show an increased ability to utilize quantitative techniques and explain theoretically how to apply the analysis to managerial decisions.
  4. Students should possess an advanced set of skills as applied to the legal, financial, and accounting functions.

Admission Policies and Procedures

MSM/MBA Admission Requirements

Admission into the MSM and MBA programs is competitive and based on a careful appraisal of the applicant's academic record, performance on the admission testing, recommendations, and work experience.

To be considered for admission, applicants must

  1. Submit a completed application.
  2. Have earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution, with a cumulative undergraduate grade-point-average (GPA) of 2.7 or higher. Applicants must submit one official transcript from all colleges/universities attended (undergraduate and graduate work). These transcripts must be sent directly from the institution to College of Lifelong Learning Admissions, Trevecca Nazarene University, 333 Murfreesboro Rd., Nashville, TN 37210. All hours from regionally accredited institutions will be considered in calculating the cumulative GPA.
  3. Demonstrate significant employment experience and competence via a résumé and letter of recommendation from the current employer.
  4. Submit two additional letters of recommendation. All letters of recommendation should comment on the applicant's academic and/or career performance and potential.
  5. Successfully pass the following assessment exams administered in the Office of the College of Lifelong Learning:
    1. A critical thinking skills analysis with a score of 17 or higher. This is a 35 question multiple choice test. Sample questions can be seen at : http://www.insightassessment.com/SampleTest1.html
    2. Compose a 1-2 page double-spaced, typed document analyzing a current business problem. The document should contain a well-organized argument addressing the problem and should be a sample of the applicant's best writing. A passing score is a 3.5 out of 5.
    3. A quantitative skills proficiency exam with a score of 76 percent or better. Please call to receive a study guide.

MBAIT Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission, applicants must:

  1. Submit a completed application.
  2. Have earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution, with a cumulative undergraduate grade-point-average (GPA) of 2.7 or higher. Applicants must submit one official transcript from all colleges/universities attended (undergraduate and graduate work). These transcripts must be sent directly from the institution to College of Lifelong Learning Admissions, Trevecca Nazarene University, 333 Murfreesboro Rd., Nashville, TN 37210. All hours from regionally accredited institutions will be considered in calculating the cumulative GPA.
  3. Show competence in the following three content areas: Quantitative Analysis, Finance, and Accounting. These pre-requisite course requirements can be met in one of the following three ways:
    1. a transcript evaluation may reveal whether these requirements have been met through prior course work
    2. student can sign up to take the necessary classes in our current on-campus offerings
    3. the student can take the courses in Trevecca's virtual on-line program
  4. Demonstrate significant employment experience and competence via a résumé and letter of recommendation from the current employer.
  5. Submit two additional letters of recommendation. All letters of recommendation should comment on the applicant's academic and/or career performance and potential.
  6. Successfully pass the following assessment exams administered in the Office of the College of Lifelong Learning:
    1. A critical thinking skills analysis with a score of 17 or higher. This is a 35 question multiple choice test. Sample questions can be seen at : http://www.insightassessment.com/SampleTest1.html
    2. Compose a 1-2 page double-spaced, typed document analyzing a current business problem. The document should contain a well-organized argument addressing the problem and should be a sample of the applicant's best writing. A passing score is a 3.5 out of 5.
    3. A quantitative skills proficiency exam with a score of 76 percent or better. Please call to receive a study guide.

Conditional Admission

If the admissions requirements are not fully met, the Graduate Program Admissions Committee will review the applicant's file and may grant admittance to the program on a conditional status. A student receiving conditional admission must have at least a 3.0 at the end of semester one. Also, the student must receive a minimum of a C+ in each individual course in semester one. If both these conditions are met, the student will be granted full standing admission in the program and will be subject to the standard program policies. If both conditions are not met fully, the student will be dismissed from the program.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition

$599.00 per credit hour

Books and Materials*

$200.00 per course

Total MSM investment

$23,656.00

Total MBA investment

$30,812.00

Total MBAIT investment

$28,956.00

*The book and materials fee for each course is an average cost for the books for the entire program. It also includes other various fees, such as a $150 per semester technology fee and a $100 graduation fee.

Upon notification of acceptance, the student must pay a non-refundable admission fee of $200 in order to reserve a place in the class. This fee will be applied toward the first semester tuition.

Academic Policies

Graduation Requirements

To receive the Master of Science: Management (MSM), a student must meet the following requirements:

  1. The required 36 semester hours of graduate credit must be completed with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Note: grades for all graduate courses, including transfer credits, will be used to calculate the student's cumulative graduate grade-point average.
  2. No course or credit hours will count toward graduation if the grade earned is a C- or below.

To receive the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree, a student must meet the following requirements:

  1. The required 47 semester hours of graduate credit must be completed with a cumulative graduate grade point average of 3.0 or better on a four-point scale.
  2. No course grade of C- or below will count toward graduation.

To receive the Master of Business Administration: Information Technology (MBAIT) degree, a student must meet the following requirements:

  1. The required 44 semester hours of graduate credit must be completed with a cumulative graduate grade point average of 3.0 or better on a four-point scale.
  2. No course grade of C- or below will count toward graduation.

Application for graduation must be completed by September 30 for December diplomas and by December 31 for May or August diplomas.

Graduation requirements are defined by the student's "graduation year" catalog or the catalog immediately preceding his/her graduation year.

There is no qualifying or exit examination. A student achieves candidacy status in the MSM Program when he or she has earned at least 24 semester hours of graduate credit with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. A student achieves candidacy status in the MBA or MBAIT Program or when he or she has earned at least 36 semester hours of graduate credit with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.

Probation/Suspension Policy

Any student making a grade of C- in any course will be automatically placed on academic probation. The student may continue in the program but must repeat that course with a later group.

Each student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 each semester to remain in academic "good standing." If the cumulative GPA falls below 3.0, after the completion of nine semester hours, the student will be placed on academic probation for the following semester (twelve credit hours). Upon gaining the required 3.0 average, the student will be again in good standing. However, if the student does not increase the average to 3.0 during the probationary semester, the student will be placed on academic suspension and may apply to the Admission Committee for reinstatement after a three month waiting period. The student will be assigned to a later group if reinstated by the Admission Committee.

Any student making a grade of D+ or below in any course will be automatically placed on academic suspension. After a three month waiting period, the student may petition to return to the program. If reinstated by the Admission Committee, the student may repeat the course with a later group and (if achieving a grade of C or better) may continue in the program sequence with that later group.

Any student receiving more than one grade of D+ or below will be permanently dismissed from the program.

Grading System

Trevecca Nazarene University's grading system, based on class work and examinations, is as follows:

Description

Grade

Quality Points

Exceptional

A

4.0

 

A-

3.7

Superior

B+

3.3

 

B

3.0

 

B-

2.7

Average

C+

2.3

*Passing

C

2.0

 

C-

1.7

 

D+

1.3

 

D

1.0

 

D-

0.7

 

F

0.0

*Note: A grade lower than a C in a course must be repeated.

Incomplete

"I"

Given for sickness or emergency reasons near end of a course. The incomplete must be approved by the teacher and the program director. The "I" must be removed within six weeks or the grade will be based on points earned for completed work.

Withdrawal

"W"

Granted to a student who officially withdraws from a class before the beginning of the third class meeting. The grade of "W" may be assigned by the program director or the school dean in extenuating circumstances.

Class Attendance

Due to the highly concentrated nature of the Graduate Business Programs, attendance at all classes is mandatory for student success in the course work and the personal and small group relationships facilitated in the class sessions. In addition, attendance records are essential to comply with accreditation regulations. Each professor is required to record attendance at each class. Arriving late or leaving early counts against the student's attendance record and will be recorded by the professor. The attendance report will be sent to the program office before the next class session.

If a student experiences a situation which demands an unavoidable absence, the student is obligated to contact the professor to make arrangements prior to the class meeting. If the absence is unavoidable and if the professor is informed on a timely basis, the following guidelines apply:

  1. Make-up assignments that equate to the time missed must be arranged with the professor. There is a limit of one absence during a course for which the professor can make such arrangements.
  2. If two absences occur within one course, the student must withdraw from the course with the grade of F.

The student's academic advisor will monitor attendance records. The policy on extreme absences is outlined below:

  1. When a student misses three classes in the program, he or she will be contacted in writing to ensure that the student will be able to successfully complete the program.
  2. Any student who has accumulated six absences will be terminated from the program.

Note: All prior absences DO carry over when changing groups except for repeated courses. An absence that is 'made up' (through attending another class session or completing a makeup assignment as directed by the professor) will still count against the student as an absence.

Withdrawal from Courses or the Program

If a student wishes to withdraw from an ongoing class with a grade of W, the student must provide a written request prior to the third class meeting. The request must be submitted to student's advisor in the College of Lifelong Learning during regular business hours. If a student attends the third class session, a letter grade must be assigned. Students who drop out of a group may continue in a later group with the approval of the director provided they are in good standing and the group selected has space available.

An administrative fee of $100 is charged for changing groups.

If a student withdraws from the program, issuance of grades for specific courses will be governed by the above policy. The student can withdraw from an ongoing class if the withdrawal request is submitted to the office prior to the third class meeting. Once the request has been received, the student will receive a W for any subsequent courses for which registration has been completed. Any refund of tuition will be governed by the refund policy which appears in the Financial Services section of this catalog.

Academic Honesty

Academic honesty is expected of all students at Trevecca Nazarene University. It is an integral part of the educational process where learning takes place in an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect. Each student is responsible to maintain high standards of academic ethics, personal honesty, and moral integrity. Dishonest academic behavior will be dealt with fairly and firmly.

The following types of infractions may result in course failure and/or program termination:

  1. Plagiarism, using another's statements or thoughts without giving the source appropriate credit.
  2. Cheating on an exam.
  3. Unauthorized multiple submissions of the same paper or major parts of a paper for another assignment.
  4. Submitting a borrowed or purchased paper for course credit.
  5. Defacing or unauthorized removal of course materials either from the classroom or library.
  6. Signing the roll for someone who is not present in class.
  7. Falsifying documentation including logs, reading lists and other self reported items.

Graduate Business Courses

MSM Program Coursework

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.

MSM 6013 - Personal and Professional Ethics (6 weeks - 3 semester hours)

Develops a conceptual model for ethical decision-making in an organizational context. It relies heavily on the case-study method where real-life business situations are examined for their ethical issues and dilemmas. A key goal is to improve student's clarity and consistency in ethical judgments in both personal and professional situations. Analyzing business situations through the worldview of Christian values will be emphasized. Students write codes of ethics for their organizations and themselves.

MSM 5023 - Global and Economic Environment (8 weeks - 4 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.

MSM 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.

MSM 6063 - Foundations of Managerial Finance (8 weeks - 3 semester hours)

An introduction to the basics of business finance. Topics include breakeven analysis, leverage, short-term financial management, time value of money, cost of capital, capital budgeting, capital structure, bonds, preferred stock, and common stock. These topics will be covered from an introductory viewpoint and will give students the required foundation necessary to successfully complete an advanced course in this area. Prerequisite: MSM 6053 Fundamentals of Financial Accounting or equivalent.

MSM 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.

MSM 6053 - Fundamentals of Financial Accounting (8 weeks - 3 semester hours)

An introduction to financial accounting that teaches students how to use financial statements in the decision-making process. Topics covered include, but are not limited to: investments by owners, debt and equity instruments, income statements, distributions to owners, cash and accrual accounting, depreciation, inventory systems, cash flow, and ratio analysis. An annual report project is assigned as an integral part of this course.

MSM 6100 - Human Resource Development and Management (6 weeks - 3 semester hours)

Analyzes the strategic role of the human resource function in relation to the company's overall objectives. The focus is how the company builds and maintains a work environment conducive to business performance excellence while enabling employees to develop and utilize their full potential. Key topics include employment law, the labor market, human resource planning and costing, HRIS, workforce diversity and EEOC, union/management and compensation systems, health/safety/security, employee rights and discipline, training and development.

MSM 6023 - Production and Operations Management (8 weeks - 4 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.

MSM 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.

MSM 6033 - Organizational Strategy and Change (8 weeks - 4 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.

MSM 6300 - Special Project in Management (1- 3 credit hours)

Independent study.

MBA Program Coursework

Required for those pursuing the MBA degree

Students desiring the MBA degree must complete all MSM coursework with a 3.0 GPA or higher prior to being considered for the MBA degree. Students who have completed the MSM course requirements will be required to take three additional MBA-level courses to complete the MBA Program. The three additional courses are (1) Advanced Managerial Accounting, (2) Advanced Managerial Finance, and (3) The Legal Environment of Business. These courses will be offered in the same format as the MSM Program.

MBA 6203 - Advanced Managerial Accounting (8 weeks - 4 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.

MBA 6213 - Advanced Managerial Finance (8 weeks - 4 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. Prerequisite: MSM 6053 Fundamentals of Financial Accounting or equivalent.

MBA 6223 - The Legal Environment of Business (6 weeks - 3 semester hours)

Provides fundamental knowledge of legal concepts and principles important to business decision-making. Topics include the legal system, torts and product liability, contracts, agency, forms of business organization, employment law, and government regulation.

MBAIT Pre-requisite Courses

ACT 5000 - Introduction to Financial Accounting (or equivalent) (8 weeks - 3 semester hours)

An introductory course in financial accounting for the purpose of learning to use financial statements in the decision-making process. Topics covered include, but are not limited to the following: investments by owners, debt and equity instruments, income statements, distributions to owners, cash and accrual accounting, depreciation, inventory systems, cash flow, and ratio analysis. An annual report project is assigned as an integral part of this course.

BUS 5010 - Introduction to Quantitative Analysis (6 weeks - 3 semester hours)

Provides participants with tools and techniques to perform data analysis and hypothesis 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 design of experiments.

FIN 5000 - Introduction to Managerial Finance (or equivalent) (8 weeks - 3 semester hours)

An introduction to the basics of business finance. Topics include breakeven analysis, leverage, short-term financial management, time value of money, cost of capital, capital budgeting, capital structure, bonds, preferred stock and common stock. These topics will be covered from an introductory viewpoint and will give each student the required foundation necessary to successfully complete an advanced course in this area.

MBAIT Program Coursework

BUS 5000 - Organizational Behavior and Leadership (6 weeks - 3 semester hours)

Serves as the foundation for many of the proceeding courses in the program by providing a survey of key management theories and terminology. While contemporary conceptualizations of management are discussed, classical approaches are also examined. Special emphasis is placed in leadership, motivation, culture, team-building, and organizational communication.

ECO 5023 - Global and Economic Environment (8 weeks - 4 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.

ITI 5073 - Management Information Systems (6 weeks - 3 semester hours)

Emphasizes computer systems technology as a vital tool in managerial decision-making. The learner will be equipped with practical application tools, techniques and theories regarding effective management information systems (MIS) within a Total Quality Management setting. Students will be exposed to a variety of software in the areas of decision support systems (DSS), executive information systems (EIS), database management systems (DBMS), and presentation software. Project management and systems analysis methods will be thoroughly explored as the learner develops a practical approach to the use of information technology (IT).

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.

BUS 6023 - Production and Operations Management (8 weeks - 4 semester hours)

Teaches students how to organize and manage labor, equipment, material, information systems, and resources required to deliver products that satisfy customer needs. It also 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 6033 - Organizational Strategy and Change (8 weeks - 4 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.

ACT 6203 - Advanced Managerial Accounting (8 weeks - 4 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.

FIN 6213 - Advanced Managerial Finance (8 weeks - 4 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. Prerequisite: ACT 6203 Advanced Managerial Accounting or equivalent.

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 6200 - Enterprise Database Systems (6 weeks - 3 semester hours)

Examines the fundamentals of database architecture, database management systems, and database systems in relation to the management of organizational data. Components, methodologies, and tools used to design and implement an enterprise database architecture are given significant coverage.

ITI 6500 - IT Governance and Strategy (8 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.

Graduate Business Program Administration

JAMES T. HIATT, J.D., M.B.A.
Dean, School of Business and Technology

EDWARD C. ANTHONY, B.S., M.S., M.B.A., Sc.D.
Director, Graduate and Professional Studies

Graduate Business Faculty

JAMES E. AGEE, III, Associate Professor of Management, 2000--
B.B.A., Eastern Nazarene University, 1994; Ph.D., University at Albany, 2000; M.A., Trevecca Nazarene University, 2005.

EDWARD C. ANTHONY, Director of Graduate and Professional Studies; Professor of Information Technology and Management, 2002--
B.S., Southern Connecticut State University, 1979; M.S., Southern Connecticut State University, 1982; M.B.A., University of New Haven, 1992; Sc.D., University of New Haven, 1996.

JONATHAN B. BURCH, Associate Professor of Management and Leadership, 2000--
B.A., Trevecca Nazarene University, 1997; M.B.A., Trevecca Nazarene University, 2006; Ed.D., Trevecca Nazarene University, 2003.

KENNETH J. BURGER, Professor of Marketing and Management, 2003--
B.S., North Dakota State University, 1967; M.B.A., Kent State University, 1971; D.B.A., University of Kentucky, 1981.

JAMES T. HIATT, Dean, School of Business and Technology; Professor of Business, 1983--
B.S., Trevecca Nazarene University, 1976; J.D., University of Tennessee, 1979; M.B.A., Middle Tennessee State University, 1991.

J. ALLEN JINNETTE, Assistant Professor of Accounting, 2004--
B.B.A., Middle Tennessee State University, 1992; M.S., Middle Tennessee State University, 1993; C.P.A., Tennessee, 1994; M.P.A., Georgia State University, 2000; Ph.D. The University of Mississippi, 2010.

MICHAEL J. LEIH, Chair, Department of Information Technology; Associate Professor of Information Technology, 2009--
B.A., Point Loma Nazarene University, 1988; M.S., California State University at Fullerton, 1994; Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University, 2009.

MARY ANN MEINERS, Professor of Economics, 1990--
B.S., Georgetown 1975; Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, 1988.

GREG RUNYAN, Chair, Department of Business Administration; Associate Professor of Business, 1987--
B.S., Trevecca Nazarene University, 1979; C.M.A., C.F.M., C.P.A., Tennessee; M.B.A., Tennessee State University, 1989.

TY J. TABERNIK, Associate Professor of Information Technology, 2006--
B.A., Trevecca Nazarene University, 2000; M.S., Purdue University, 2002; M.B.A., Trevecca Nazarene University, 2005; Ph.D., Capella University, 2008.

SCOTT D. WARD, Professor of Finance, 2006--
B.S., University of Southern California, 1980; M.B.A., Indiana University, 1982; M.A., University of Rochester, 1988; Ph.D., University of Rochester, 1992.