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Manhattan College’s online M.B.A. provides an interdisciplinary approach to graduate business education that looks at business in context, across all relevant business functions. A module-based curriculum gives graduates the operational and analytical knowledge, leadership skills and cross-functional understanding to solve tomorrow’s real-world business problems successfully.
Module 1: Analysis and Risk Management Courses (Choose 3 courses)
This course focuses on the role of the financial manager as decision maker. The first half of the course, therefore, deals with the tools of the trade: It defines the financial environment and its diagnostics system, the analysis of financial statements. It then studies the interest rates and time value of money in connection with the characteristics of discounted cash flow method of asset valuation. The second half of the course involves in dynamic financial management: building a discussion of the relationship between risk and return will be followed by the bonds and stocks as financial assets and their valuation. Finally, the capital budgeting and basic long-term financing including the impact of financial leverage on firm value will be covered.
Decision makers require rigorous support from extensive data analysis. This course provides you with several tools to prepare, analyze, and present the results of data analysis. These tools cover topics in data design and visualization, exploratory data mining and basic machine learning, probability, sampling and statistical inference, traditional and robust regression, Monte Carlo simulation and bootstrapping, and decision optimization. Tools will be built in Excel and R, an open source programming language in wide use. They will be applied across an organization’s value chain to problems of inventory, market share, pricing, budgeting and forecasting, and risk management, among other topics.
Financial markets have existed since ancient civilization. The Aztecs held worth in the Cacao bean, the ancient Egyptians in metal, and the ancient Chinese in silk. Markets were necessary so that people could trade their assets for others that were needed or desired. With an increasing complexity, financial markets continue to exert a powerful presence in our lives and are central to the functioning of our economy. What shape do assets take in the modern economy? What role do financial markets play and how do they function? How are assets such as stocks and bonds priced in these markets? This course introduces the main financial principles necessary to understand the role of financial markets today.
MBAC 510, MBAC 530
Spreadsheet packages have changed the way business executives make strategic decisions. Decision makers increasingly rely on sophisticated quantitative analysis through the intuitive and comfortable environment offered by computerized spreadsheet packages. This course is designed to introduce MBA students to quantitative modeling for strategic decision-making using the popular spreadsheet package, Microsoft Excel. The course covers applications for various business areas including finance, marketing, and operations. Applications include break even analysis, cash flow analysis, pricing models, revenue management, project management, portfolio analysis, supply chain management, and channel selection. Though the course covers the use of a spreadsheet package, the focus is not on the technicalities of the software. The course focuses on the process of understanding, structuring, and solving business issues as well as interpretations of solutions.
Module 2: Leadership and Social Justice Courses
In a globally integrated economy, it is imperative that we investigate and understand multi-disciplinary and multi-dimensional perspectives to global business issues. In this course, we examine how doing business globally has become incredibly viable and challenging at the same time. We explore economic, social, cultural and technological issues in the context of a diverse global environment. For example, we investigate Facebook in emerging economies (i.e: the push back on free internet for all), Netflix in Kenya (i.e: streaming entertainment without local censorship), Apple (i.e: personal security versus national security), Uber (the shared economy and employee rights) and more.
This course covers ways in which economists approach and solve environmental and natural resource problems. Using economic concepts such as supply, demand, equilibrium, and welfare analysis, we explore the problems associated with externalities and market failure. We then study ways in which environmental economists approach and correct market failures. In particular, we study different policy instruments such as Pigouvian taxes, command and control policies, cap and trade, and tradable pollution permits. After exploring these policies, we study specific problems associated with public goods and common pool resources. Moreover, we examine the importance of ecosystem services and their valuations. In particular, we study both revealed and stated preference approaches to measure the values of environmental amenities. Through these variety of topics, we aim at understanding the way economists approach environmental and natural resource problems.
This M.B.A. online course uses a behavioral science approach to help students understand leadership and its impact on the organizational behavior of individuals. Students will examine leadership theories, learn about current research findings, investigate examples of leadership in practice and engage in developmental activities to evaluate and enhance their leadership skills.
Module 3: Organizations and the Competitive Environment Courses (Choose 3 courses)
Supply chains are an integral part of contemporary business practices. This course will examine key issues related to the design and management of supply chains. It will include discussion on the integration of various parts of the supply chain, including suppliers, factories, distribution centers, warehouses and retailers. Theories related to the efficient distribution of products to customers will be presented. Also, management techniques addressing tradeoffs between cost and service will be discussed. The use of information systems in supply chain management will be introduced. Much of the course concepts will be covered through case studies and simulations.
Managerial Economics introduces the students to the application of economic principles to key management decisions within organizations. MBAC 635 consists of three parts. Part I examines the theory of demand and the relevant estimation and forecasting techniques. Part II introduces the economic theories of production and cost in the short and long run. Finally, part III combines all the elements of demand, production, and cost as we examine the notion of profit maximization and pricing strategy in case of perfectly and non-perfectly competitive markets. This course teaches future managers how to apply theories and techniques to solve real-world problems and how to think analytically to make better decisions. Thus, this course provides future managers with the conceptual and quantitative tools for analyzing problems and developing strategies at their business.
MBAF 530 or equivalent
The objective of this course is to facilitate students’ understanding of basic concepts and to enhance their appreciation for the importance of marketing strategies. The course focuses on the impact of marketing strategy and research on the operations of organizations, and on the behavior of consumers. The topics engage students in experiential activities designed to demonstrate the implementation of marketing theories. Topics include marketing processes and research; international and global marketing; strategic planning and budgeting; economic, cultural and legal aspects of marketing; and topical developments in marketing.
The goal of this course is to improve students’ skills in all types of negotiations (from two party one-shot deals to complex transactions) by undertaking a series of interactive in-class negotiation exercises. In addition, we will use analytical, behavioral and contextual perspectives to analyze case studies and conflict resolution techniques. Students will learn first by actually negotiating, and then by stepping back to compare their approach and results with others. The course covers a variety of contexts as well as a basic understanding of third-party interactions.
This advanced business ethics course uses readings and case studies to explore issues in the management of ethics in organizations and professions. Students examine the recurring ethical issues in the world of business, in professions and in society as a whole. Emphasis is placed on gaining a practical understanding of ethical theories and of the application of these theories in ethical decision-making. This course challenges students to analyze and resolve the kinds of moral problems and ethical dilemmas they may face in their own business, professional or personal lives.
Students will tackle problems related to the development or maintenance of the competitive advantage of the firm. Readings and cases by leading researchers and practitioners in the field are used to provide real context in developing the tools and skills required for strategic analysis. Students will also examine processes, models and theories for strategic planning.
Application and integration of the project management body of knowledge (PMBOK) areas to managing projects. Focuses on project management tools and techniques for defining and managing the project’s goal, scope, schedule, and budget. Other topics include quality management, risk management, knowledge management and managing high tech projects.
The objective of this course is to familiarize students with statistical data analysis methods and the corresponding computing tools and techniques. The topics of the course are exploratory data analysis, discrete and continuous probability distributions for the purpose of statistical data analysis, interval estimation of population means and proportions, hypothesis testing of population means and proportions and one-way analysis of variance of population means, linear regression modeling, analysis and prediction and time-series forecasting. This course is designed to meet a prerequisite of the MBA program. The course is open to students who have completed an undergraduate degree in a field other than business. Permission of MBA program director is required.
The course introduces fundamental principles of accounting and demonstrates their use in financial and managerial reporting for business organizations. It emphasizes the four financial statements produced by the accounting information system and the concepts governing their preparation. It covers the relevant components of the annual report providing additional information to investors. It emphasizes the analysis of financial statement ratios. Managerial accounting topics include costing methods, cost-volume-profit analysis, budgetary planning and control, and standard costs. The course introduces ethical issues in accounting for analysis and discussion. This course is designed to meet a prerequisite of the MBA program. The course is open to students who have completed an undergraduate degree in a field other than business. Permission of MBA program director is required.
This course provides an introductory study of both microeconomics and macroeconomics. Microeconomics studies the behavior of individual households and firms in the marketplace, with topics including supply and demand, economic efficiency and welfare, the role of the government, and international trade. Macroeconomics covers the economy as a whole and is largely concerned with the level of output and prices in an economy. Topics include inflation and unemployment, money and banks, the role of the federal budget, monetary policy, and economic growth. This course is designed to meet a prerequisite of the MBA program. The course is open to students who have completed an undergraduate degree in a field other than business. Permission of MBA program directory is required.
In this course, principles of management are introduced and how they are applied in organizations so that they may operate more effectively and/or efficiently. It is split into two parts beginning with broad concepts before moving on to more specific and quantitative topics. The course begins with classical theories on management, ethical behavior, innovation, teamwork, business strategy, and international business before moving on to the 2nd half of the course that will focus more on optimization. In this second part, decision-making will be based on calculations towards maximizing profit and/or minimizing cost. Topics include outsourcing, forecasting, statistical quality control, project management, queuing, linear programming, and inventory control. This course is designed to meet a prerequisite of the MBA program. The course is open to students who have completed an undergraduate degree in a field other than business. Permission of MBA program director is required.
MBAF 510 or equivalent