PMBA Elective Course Descriptions

While course offerings vary to stay current with market trends, sample electives are available.

Electives Available for Incoming Spring 2020 Start Students

There are no electives being offered on Saturdays this Spring. Selecting "Saturdays" on your application will indicate your track selection for the fall. 

MGG 640 Theory and Practice of Negotiations - HYBRID (3 credits)

Introduction to the analytical concepts necessary for effective negotiations. Emphasis is on the negotiation and bargaining skills required by general managers. Classroom lectures are supplemented by experiential exercises.

MGM 620 Consumer Insights - HYBRID (3 credits)

This course will focus on gaining an in-depth understanding of customers and their behavior, by answering these inter-related questions: (1) What are consumer insights and why are they important? (2) How do we develop a deeper understanding of customer segments? (3) How do we delve deeper into customer needs? (4) How do we gain insights into how customers make buying decisions?

MGI 617 Workforce Performance Management (3 credits)

This course focuses on how to improve performance in the workplace. Students will learn about the linkage between a manager’s responsibility to produce results and how those results are achieved through the behavior of others. Further, students will develop an understanding of why people do what they do and learn how to apply that understanding to developing and maintaining systems that support organizational objectives and ensure positive outcomes.

MGO 660 Introduction to Entrepreneurship (3 credits)

The course helps students learn how to start and run a successful business so they can use their gifts and talents, become financially independent and contribute to society. Four domains associated with the topic of entrepreneurship are examined in detail.

Previous Three-Credit Electives

MGG 650 Consulting Practices (3 credits)

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, as well as 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.

MGH 632 Healthcare Strategy and Operations (3 credits)

This course covers the application of management knowledge and skills in the strategic guidance and operational direction of health systems service organizations. Attention is given to unique aspects of the challenge of managing the delivery of health services, particularly to such issues as managing relationships with medical staffs, regulatory bodies, other professional groups and third-party payers. The integration of management functions such as finance and accounting, marketing, human resources and service production, amid rapidly changing expectations will also be covered in assigned case analysis.

Prerequisite: None.

MGH 641 The Business of Health Care (3 credits)

This course is an overview of the health care industry and frames the severe challenges facing leaders in the field. It will take a business approach to the issues presented, but will always juxtapose financial issues with value creation. It begins with a short look at classic economics and why they do not always apply in health care. It will take an in-depth look at the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the implications it has on all parts of the industry. It will follow with a review of each component of the industry: government, health plans, employers, providers and suppliers. Each review will focus on the unique challenges leaders are facing in a dynamic, changing environment.

Prerequisite: None.

MGH 644 Healthcare Delivery Models (3 credits)

This course provides a practical, in-depth assessment of the new ways health care providers and health care insurers are redesigning how care is provided in response to the industry’s pursuit of the “Triple Aim” of better individual care, better population health and lower per capita costs. The Affordable Care Act clearly outlines the country’s path away from traditional fee-for-service reimbursement and towards value-based care models that increasingly place more direct risk upon providers and provider networks. That direction has been mirrored by both government-based, employer-based and private health insurers across the country, and nearly every major provider of care is redesigning its delivery in response. The course will feature outside speakers from all parts of the delivery network and health insurance industry, each outlining their organizational response to this challenge. It will be supplemented by case studies selected from around the country (and internationally, as appropriate), so participants can relate regional responses to broader market responses.

Prerequisite: None.

MGO 633 Supply Chains and Global Operations (3 credits)

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: 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.

Prerequisite: MGO 630.

MGO 634 Project Management (3 credits)

This course deals with defining, organizing and managing activities associated with complex, multidisciplinary projects. Such endeavors are critical to raise an organization's level of performance and enable it to have a competitive edge. When applied in the real world, many aspects of MBA education require extraordinary and coordinated effort by various parts of the organization for implementation. In times of rapidly changing technologies and managerial processes, the need for cross-functional teams to achieve long- and short-term goals is increasingly imperative.

MGO 636 Supply Chains: Designs, Modeling and Optimization (3 credits)

The course will enable you to obtain APICS professional certification (CPIM/CFPIM) with minimum preparation after the course. It focuses on design, modeling and optimization of global supply chain networks. The course deals with modeling approaches and quantitative tools and techniques for design and optimization of global supply chain networks. The course also covers information systems and technologies for supply chain planning and coordination. The topics covered include: supply chain strategy formulation, performance metrics, new forecasting models applicable for supply chain contexts, newsvendor models for capacity and aggregate planning, models for location and design of supply and distribution entities, interorganizational planning, advanced planning systems, multi-echelon inventory management techniques, distribution requirements planning (DRP) systems, joint transportation-inventory models, and pricing and revenue management techniques.

Prerequisite: MGO 630.

MGO 637 Purchasing and Supply Management (3 credits)

This course focuses on purchasing and supply management principles and practices in the context of global supply chains. Purchasing is important because the value of materials procured in manufacturing, and service supply chains such as retail, can make up more than 65% of the cost of the goods sold. Given the globalization of supply sources, it has become increasingly necessary to understand the complexities of global supply markets, cross-border legal aspects of purchasing, global vendor development, systematic reduction of supply risk, strategic alliances and supply network building, vendor managed inventory (VMI) contracts, and new forms of negotiation strategies with suppliers. Purchasing practices to support lean organizations to ensure just-in-time delivery on a global basis are also covered. In addition, given the growth of internet technology, e-commerce technologies to support purchasing, and supplier relationship management (SRM) systems are also covered. 

Prerequisite: MGO 630.

MGS 610 Digital Forensics (3 credits)

This is an introductory course in Digital Forensics where students will learn how to acquire, authenticate and analyze digital evidence. Technical and managerial topics will be explored, providing students with both theoretical and practical hands-on experience using forensic equipment and software. The additional topics of E-Discovery, Data Retention, Litigation, Internal Investigations, Regulatory Compliance and Incident Response will also be discussed within the context of Digital Forensics. EnCase, Access Data FTK and other open source forensic software programs are used in this course.

MGI 601 Workforce Engagement (3 credits)

This course will examine human resources from a strategic perspective, emphasizing the contribution of HR decisions to the development of a high-performance organization. Human resources management will be treated as a dynamic system that enables organizations to cope more quickly and effectively with a rapidly changing environment. The course will focus on topics that confront managers in a variety of organizational roles, such as reward systems, performance management and the selection and retention of high performance employees. Emphasis will be given to the identification, evaluation and solution of specific HR problems facing managers with these responsibilities.

MGG 620 Sustainability as a Business Strategy (3 credits)

Sustainability as a Business Strategy is designed to build awareness, prepare and empower the next generation of business leaders to address the global challenges we face through the creation of sustainable solutions for the marketplace. The course will start with a level set that examines the importance of purpose in business and the rise of entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs and the change agent.  Part of the level setting will also include coursework on key megatrends that are driving major market shifts and changes in business behavior. This includes incorporation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into business plans. We will then take a deeper dive into the issues of climate change and the circular economy thereby understanding the business opportunities they present.  Students will be evaluated based on classroom engagement and new sustainable business solutions they pitch through the World’s Challenge initiative.