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Third semester MBA students self-register for their courses.  Students typically take 15 credit hours but can take up to 19 credit hours.

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Concentrations

Analytics Concentration

Analytics concentration students must take MGG 633, MGF 690 and two data analytics elective courses from those listed under the electives tab:

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Spring first year

MGG 633LEC Model Managerial Process

Historically, managers have considered decision making as an art; something learned by trial and error; something based on creativity, judgment, intuition, and experience. This course gives you a structured way of attacking a wide range of real problems, using data-driven analysis to guide decision-making. We will consider how to think about and manage uncertainty and risk, how to translate data about the business into useful insights, how to put value on various courses of action, and how to generally make informed decisions. The main focus of the course will be on modeling decisions in the spreadsheet environment, illustrated by applications from operations, finance, marketing, and human resources. The approaches and techniques for decision-making are useful throughout the firm, both within functional areas and for the essential management challenge of working across functional boundaries.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2018


Spring 2018 (01/29/2018 - 05/11/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
11536 S1G LEC MW 2 - 3:20 p.m. Alfiero 103 Krzystofiak, Frank J
11513 S2G LEC MW 12:30 - 1:50 p.m. Alfiero 103 Krzystofiak, Frank J

Summer

For this concentration, you need to have foundational programming knowledge or to have taken non-credit bridge courses, either prior to beginning your MBA or during the summer of your first year, to give you a broad introduction to foundational analytics methods (e.g., SAS, R). You may select any two courses from the following list, or an alternative course approved by the chair of the MBA/MS program committee:

  • Basics of SAS programming (equivalent to the requirement of Base SAS Certificate)
  • Basics of R programming
  • Other programming skills (e.g., Python)

Fall second year

MGF 690SEM Special Topics in Finance

Credits: variable
Semesters offered: Fall 2018


Fall 2018 (08/27/2018 - 12/07/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
19604 F1F SEM Financial Analysis with R M 5 - 7:50 p.m. Jacobs 214 Yan, Yuxing

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Finance Concentration

The Finance concentration requires five courses total (15 credits), MGF 633 and four electives courses from those listed under the electives tab.
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Required Course

MGF 633LEC Investment Management

This course provides students with a general understanding of the operation of capital markets and basic analytical tools of investment management. Specifically, the course covers such topics as principles of valuation, risk analysis, modern portfolio theory, Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM), market microstructure, index models, arbitrage pricing models, bonds and common stocks valuation, efficient market hypotheses, investment management, and option pricing models.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2018 | Spring 2018


Fall 2018 (08/27/2018 - 12/07/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
12521 F3F LEC TR 2 - 3:20 p.m. Alfiero 103 Jiang, Feng
12423 F1F LEC TR 11 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. Jacobs 110 Jiang, Feng

Spring 2018 (01/29/2018 - 05/11/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
11616 S1F LEC MW 12:30 - 1:50 p.m. Jacobs 112 Chung, Kee Ho

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Health Care Management Concentration

The Heath Care concentration requires five courses total (15 credits), MGH 641, MGH 642 and three electives from the courses listed under the electives tab.
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MGH 641SEM Business of Health Care

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2018


Spring 2018 (01/29/2018 - 05/11/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
20574 S1H SEM M 6:30 - 9:10 p.m. Cooke 127B Zielinski, Lawrence J

MGH 642SEM Innovators in Health Care

The class will focus on the major challenges facing the healthcare industry and innovative solutions being developed across the country. We will start with the qualities of the innovator and how they can be learned; we will then move on to an in-depth look at major innovation evaluation models, with specific focus on innovations in hospitals, physician practice, chronic disease, and personal health.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2018


Fall 2018 (08/27/2018 - 12/07/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
19864 F1H SEM M 6:30 - 9:10 p.m. Clemen 04 Zielinski, Lawrence J

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Information Assurance Concentration

The Information Assurance concentration requires five courses total (15 credits), MGS 650, and MGS 651 and three electives from the courses listed under the electives tab.  Once complete, students must complete The Graduate School approval form to receive the certificate.
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Required Courses

MGS 650LEC Information Assurance

This is an interdisciplinary course in Information Assurance that has two primary objectives: 1) to introduce students to fundamental concepts, terminologies, IA models and practices. 2) to view how different fields of disciplines interact in this area. The course will familiarize students with the technical, legal, socio-political, and managerial issues of IA. Broadly, the issues that we will cover in this course include: security investigation and analysis; ethical, legal, and professional aspects of Information assurance; risk management and implementation and maintenance of information assurance.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2018
Pre-Requisite: MGS 602


Fall 2018 (08/27/2018 - 12/07/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
12382 F1S LEC M 6:30 - 9:10 p.m. Jacobs 106 Border, Charles B
19532 F2S LEC TR 5 - 6:20 p.m. Norton 218 Cleary, Kevin Patrick

MGS 651LEC Managing Computer Networks

The area of computer networks is currently the fastest growing part of the MIS world. This course will discuss concepts in the management of computer networks. It is an introductory course which will discuss issues in designing computer networks, administration, network operating systems and network interconnection alternatives. A hardware lab on networking will provide a "hands-on" part of the course. The course will provide the MBA (MIS concentration) student with the foundation skills to develop a career in the field of networks through their exposure to network administration, design, pricing, etc. In addition, the hardware lab for hands on network administration is unique and is not available for student use anywhere else on campus. Course topics will be drawn from: introduction to microcomputers and Local Area Networks; LAN hardware, systems software, and installation; LAN administration; Wide Area Networks; and emerging technologies.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2018
Pre-Requisite: MGS 602 Or MGS 607 Or MGS 650


Spring 2018 (01/29/2018 - 05/11/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
11568 S1S LEC M 6:30 - 9:10 p.m. Knox 04 Border, Charles B

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Information Systems and E-Business Concentration

The Information Systems and E-Business concentration requires six courses (18 credits) as a primary concentration, MGS 602, MGS 613, MGS 614, MGS 616 and MGS 655 and one elective from course listed under the elective tab.  

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Required Courses

MGS 602LEC Global IT Infrastructure Mgmt

This course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of business data communications. The objective of the course is to provide students with a firm foundation for covering more advanced topics in subsequent courses. The student will develop an understanding of networks including the internet and the development of World Wide Web based applications. The course will also cover the basic principles of network operating systems concepts and the role of network operating systems in developing Web applications. The course includes extensive coverage of business telecommunication including voice and data. Coverage is extended to coding and digitizing, modems, protocols, and network architectures as well as management aspects. Cases on telecommunications and electronic commerce, as well as current readings, will also be part of the pedagogy.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2018


Fall 2018 (08/27/2018 - 12/07/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
12320 F1S LEC MW 5 - 6:20 p.m. Capen 262 Joyce, Ian Nicholas

MGS 613LEC Database Mgmt Systems

This course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of database management systems (DBMS) and the skills needed to design and implement a relational database. Students will be introduced to data modeling concepts, modeling tools, the process of transforming conceptual models into relational database designs, and finally the steps needed to implement those designs. Emphasis is placed on Entity-Relationship diagramming, data normalization, database administration, and data definition, data manipulation and query development using Structured Query Language (SQL). Other topics covered include: object-oriented databases, database security and integrity, web/database integration, application development in a Client/Server environment, distributed databases, data warehousing, data mining and knowledge management via the Internet to support electronic commerce. Readings, lectures, interactive case assignments and a database design project reinforce the role of DBMS in supporting organizational systems, transaction processing and decision support applications.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2018


Fall 2018 (08/27/2018 - 12/07/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
12223 F2S LEC MW 12:30 - 1:50 p.m. Frnczk 454 Mulgund, Pavankumar Pralhad
12469 F1S LEC MW 2 - 3:20 p.m. Nsc 228 Mulgund, Pavankumar Pralhad
20717 F3S LEC TR 3:30 - 4:50 p.m. Baldy 108 Mulgund, Pavankumar Pralhad

MGS 614LEC Systems Analysis & Design

This course provides an introduction to the systems development life cycle (SDLC) emphasizing the recent adaptive approaches to SDLC, such as the unified process life cycle and agile methods. The course focuses on the disciplines of business modeling, requirements analysis, and logical design and utilizes the Unified Modeling Language (UML) for analysis, modeling, and design of business-oriented information systems. Information assurance issues of system controls and security are covered with respect to their impact on system requirements and design models.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2018


Spring 2018 (01/29/2018 - 05/11/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
16627 S2S LEC F 9 - 11:40 a.m. Talbrt 115 Mulgund, Pavankumar Pralhad
21612 S3S LEC TR 11 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. Jacobs 122 Mulgund, Pavankumar Pralhad
11566 S1S LEC TR 9:30 - 10:50 a.m. Jacobs 122 Mulgund, Pavankumar Pralhad

MGS 616LEC Predictive Analytics

This course teaches the technical and managerial skills needed in developing predictive analytics applications which are used by customer-centric corporations - retail, financial, communication, and marketing groups - to help make decisions involving complex systems. The course concentrates on a set of well-known predictive analytics methods to support business decision making. Topics such as association rule mining, decision trees, neural networks, regression analysis and cluster analysis are covered in great depth. Extensive hands-on experience using software such as SAS Enterprise Miner is provided.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2018 | Spring 2018


Fall 2018 (08/27/2018 - 12/07/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
24089 F1S LEC TR 9:30 - 10:50 a.m. Knox 04 Amo, Laura Casey

Spring 2018 (01/29/2018 - 05/11/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
11567 S1S LEC TR 12:30 - 1:50 p.m. Jacobs 112 Smith, Sanjukta Das
20884 S3S LEC MW 3:30 - 4:50 p.m. Alfiero 102 Smith, Sanjukta Das
16630 S2S LEC TR 2 - 3:20 p.m. Jacobs 112 Smith, Sanjukta Das

MGS 655LEC Distributed Computing and Big Data Technologies

Large scale computing environments aggregate resources from many autonomous computers to satisfy the information processing needs of modern enterprises. This course introduces techniques for creating functional, usable, high-performance distributed systems. Objectives are twofold: (1) gain a solid understanding of the technical issues, concepts and systems in the rapidly advancing technologies in distributed computing, and (2) acquire substantial knowledge on how to work with big data in distributed environments. The course is organized into two parts: study of DCS technologies, and study of large scale systems. We will discuss communication and networking services, application support services, large scale distributed system design, data management and interoperability of systems including consistency and data replication. Students will learn to use a framework for data intensive distributed applications (Apache Hadoop) and an associated parallel programming model, MapReduce.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2018


Fall 2018 (08/27/2018 - 12/07/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
12491 F2S LEC MW 2 - 3:20 p.m. Nsc 222 Dutta, Haimonti
20718 F3S LEC MW 9:30 - 10:50 a.m. Frnczk 454 Dutta, Haimonti
12202 F1S LEC MW 12:30 - 1:50 p.m. Norton 210 Dutta, Haimonti

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International Management Concentration

The International Management concentration requires four total courses (12 credits), MGO 680, MGO 633 and two electives from the courses listed under the electives tab.

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Required Courses

MGO 633LEC Global Operations Management

This course deals with design, control, and operation of supply chains for competing effectively in the context of global operations management. Both manufacturing and service (such as health care) industry supply chains are covered. The topics covered include: state-of-the-art qualitative and quantitative techniques for optimum configuration of in-bound and outbound logistics, principles of postponement in design, processes and logistics, mass customization, global location factors for offices, plants and distribution centers, collaborative planning, forecasting and replenishment (CPFR) systems, countering bullwhip effects in supply chains, vendor managed inventory (VMI), strategic alliances and partnering, global purchasing and buyer-supplier relationships, and the complexities of the material, information, and cash flows across international borders. This course supplements MGS 616, which covers e-commerce integration aspects of supply chains.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2018
Pre-requisite: MGO 620


Spring 2018 (01/29/2018 - 05/11/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
11658 S1O LEC R 6:30 - 9:10 p.m. Jacobs 106 Tacheva, Zhasmina Yanislavova

MGO 680LEC International Strategic Management

A basic understanding of the global business environment is essential to everyone. Understanding the global economy is necessary for all engaged in business and careers regardless of the size or type of business or career endeavor. The class will discuss the strategy of international business issues involved in today¿s global world. In general, the major topics of global business will be discussed to give students a working vocabulary and basic level of knowledge and skills involved in today¿s global business. For example, the course will explore the interrelation of government and business across boarders and the economic dynamics between countries/regions, including a general overview of the international monetary system, international trade and foreign direct investment. The main premise of this course is that significant business knowledge and skills are increasingly defined by a complex system of cross border, global transactions. Firms face challenges in staying competitive in a global environment of producers, suppliers, and customers where countries are increasingly opening their borders to trade and investment.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2018


Fall 2018 (08/27/2018 - 12/07/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
20246 F1O LEC UNSP Online Kim, Kenneth A

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Management Consulting Concentration

The Consulting concentration requires four courses total (12 credits). MGS 650 and three electives under the electives tab.

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MGG 650LEC Consulting Practices

This is a practical, hands-on course that will focus on the concepts, tools, and techniques associated with being a successful consultant and agent of change. The course covers the nuts-and-bolts of the consulting relationship. Students will learn about contracting, managing the relationship, and alternative deliverable formats. Students will also learn about the dynamics of change in organizations and the processes that create and sustain organizational development. Students will engage in the design and execution of a group consulting project in a local organization.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2018


Spring 2018 (01/29/2018 - 05/11/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
11535 S1G LEC W 6:30 - 9:10 p.m. Jacobs 106 Everest, Nicholas J

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Marketing Management Concentration

The Marketing concentration requires four total courses (12 credits), MGM 667, MGM 651 and two electives from the courses listed under the electives tab.

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In addition to the required core and concentration courses, you can take special topic seminars, electives and an independent study in marketing.

MGM 667LEC Marketing Research

Methods and functions of research in marketing management. Attention given to problems of conceptualization, implementation, and evaluation of research designs and to techniques of analysis of research data.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2018


Spring 2018 (01/29/2018 - 05/11/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
11552 S1M LEC TR 2 - 3:20 p.m. Norton 209 Goswami, Indranil

MGM 651SEM Consumer Behavior

Pertinent theoretical and empirical findings about the behavior of consumers and industrial and institutional buyers are discussed. Topics include motivation, learning, attitude formation, attitude change, and the relation between attitudes and behavior as applied to buyers. The impact of the electronic environment is also discussed as are innovation and market communication and the social and cultural concepts underlying strategies of market segmentation.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2018


Fall 2018 (08/27/2018 - 12/07/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
12257 F1M SEM MW 2 - 3:20 p.m. Jacobs 106 Lindsey, Charles Daniel

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Supply Chains and Operations Management Concentration

The Operations Management concentration requires five total courses (15 credits), MGO 631, MGO 633, MGO 632 OR MGO 634 and two electives from the courses listed under the electives tab.

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MGO 631LEC Production and Inventory Planning

This course focuses on production and inventory management problems in the entire supply chain, and the application of quantitative models and information systems and technologies for these problems. An enterprise resource planning (ERP) system platform is assumed and the course also covers the implementation aspects of ERP systems. The topics covered include supply chain strategy and coordination mechanisms, forecasting systems, aggregate planning, advanced planning systems (APS), master production scheduling, materials requirements planning (MRP) systems, inventory management for suppliers, manufacturers and distributors, cellular manufacturing, just-in-time (JIT) systems, lean manufacturing, optimized production technology (OPT), and flexible manufacturing systems (FMS) technologies. The completion of this course will enable students to take the certification examinations (CPIM/CFPIM) for American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS).

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2018


Fall 2018 (08/27/2018 - 12/07/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
12332 F10 LEC TR 11 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. Jacobs 214 Wang, Xiaoqiang

MGO 633LEC Global Operations Management

This course deals with design, control, and operation of supply chains for competing effectively in the context of global operations management. Both manufacturing and service (such as health care) industry supply chains are covered. The topics covered include: state-of-the-art qualitative and quantitative techniques for optimum configuration of in-bound and outbound logistics, principles of postponement in design, processes and logistics, mass customization, global location factors for offices, plants and distribution centers, collaborative planning, forecasting and replenishment (CPFR) systems, countering bullwhip effects in supply chains, vendor managed inventory (VMI), strategic alliances and partnering, global purchasing and buyer-supplier relationships, and the complexities of the material, information, and cash flows across international borders. This course supplements MGS 616, which covers e-commerce integration aspects of supply chains.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2018
Pre-requisite: MGO 620


Spring 2018 (01/29/2018 - 05/11/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
11658 S1O LEC R 6:30 - 9:10 p.m. Jacobs 106 Tacheva, Zhasmina Yanislavova

MGO 632LEC Strategic Quality Management

The most significant factor in determining the long-run success or failure of any organization is quality. This course examines quality from that strategic perspective, examining how models such as product design, customer focus, lean manufacturing, Six Sigma, Total Quality Management (TQM), and the ISO 9000 family of standards are used to improve business results.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2018


Spring 2018 (01/29/2018 - 05/11/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
11559 S1O LEC T 6:30 - 9:10 p.m. Jacobs 112 Hayden, William M.

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MGO 634LEC Project Management

A project is a unique endeavor to create something of value. Modern project management does not belong exclusively to any particular industry, as it is useful to large corporations, government agencies, and individuals alike. This course covers the defining, organizing, and managing of complex, multidisciplinary projects, focusing on concepts and skills increasingly critical to 21st century work.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2018


Fall 2018 (08/27/2018 - 12/07/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
19193 F2O LEC W 6:30 - 9:10 p.m. Jacobs 106 Hayden, William M.
12412 F10 LEC R 6:30 - 9:10 p.m. Alfiero 104 Hayden, William M.

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