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MBA Curriculum

The WVU MBA degree is a 14-month, 50 credit-hour program which is coursework-based and does not require a thesis. Concurrent courses are linked by common themes, enabling students to benefit from synergistic development of concepts utilized in the business world.

Summer Semester 1

 

Fall Semester

 

Spring Semester

 

Summer Semester 2

Elective Courses (choose one)

 

BADM 511 - Managerial Economics (3 hr.)

Survey of microeconomic markets in the U.S. economy. Provides a foundation of economic understanding for use in managerial decision-making. Topics covered include supply, demand, markets, pricing practices, and firm strategies in contestable markets. Managerial Economics is the application of economic theory and the tools of analysis of the decision sciences to examine how an organization or decision-maker can achieve its aims or objectives efficiently. This course provides a solid foundation of economic understanding for use in managerial decision-making. Topics covered include supply, demand, markets, pricing practices, and firm strategies in contestable markets. TOP

BADM 522 - Business Research & Statistics (3 hr.)

Survey of major statistical methods used in business and economic research including descriptive statistics, probability, sampling distributions, hypothesis testing, estimation, linear regression, time series, and forecasting. The primary objective of this course is to expose you to issues involved in business research and statistics. Statistical analysis is important to businesses and provides the foundation for decision making. Dealing with data is an everyday occurrence for business professionals. This course will address how to get information from data and will cover describing data and relationships, probability, confidence interval estimation, and hypothesis testing among other topics. TOP

BADM 535 - Organizational Behavior (3 hr.)

This course provides students with an understanding of the behavior of individuals, groups, and formal organizations. Emphasis is placed on employee performance and satisfaction and in applying theories of human behavior to solving problems in organizational administration. This course included topics about leadership concepts and practices designed to motivate and support an organization's workforce with particular emphasis upon leadership skills, ethics, and effective communications. Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to: Describe the principles of effective leadership at all levels in business organizations; Critically analyze situations faced by business leaders such as those related to designing organizations, implementing organizational change, building organizational culture, enabling innovation, and leading corporate mergers; Evaluate various motivational tools available to business leaders in getting the best performance from individual employees, teams, and the organization as a whole. TOP

BADM 512 - Law, Ethics & Diversity (3 hr.)

This course offers an overview of a wide array of ethical, social and legal issues that relate to the interface between business and government. It provides an opportunity to explore the ethical and legal reasoning through the analysis of case studies. This course is designed to provide you with a basic understanding of the legal environment in which business operates. The intent of this course is not to create lawyers or legal experts, but rather to provide an introduction to fundamental principles of business law in such areas as contracts, torts, employment issues and intellectual property. Regardless of your career path, you will undoubtedly be exposed to business situations that have significant legal implications. As such, the goal of this course is to provide you with the tools you will need to work with lawyers and others to develop winning strategies, make well informed decisions, and react appropriately to legal situations as they arise. TOP

BADM 524 - Financial Accounting (3 hr.)

This course covers the accounting principles underlying financial statements and their evaluation for planning, decision making, and control, and the basic functioning of capital markets. Upon completion of the course, students will know how to Apply accounting concepts and principles; Prepare and interpret the basic financial statements; Analyze financial statements; Understand the role of accounting in the basic functioning of the capital markets; Understand the basic terms used in the capital markets. TOP

BADM 528 - Managerial Accounting (3 hr.)

This course builds upon the financial management and accounting concepts with new topics in valuation, capital budgeting, performance measurement, working capital management, and capital structure. Upon completion of the course, students will know how to: Identify trends in the business environment and the role of management accountability; Classify costs and prepare an income statement and statement of cost of goods manufactured for a manufacturing company; Distinguish between job order costing and process costing; Use CVP analysis to compute breakeven points for profit planning while performing sensitivity analysis; Make special order and pricing decisions; Understand and prepare the components of the master budget. TOP

BADM 527 - Macroeconomics (3 hr.)

Multi-disciplinary approach that synthesizes macroeconomic, business strategy, and management perspectives. This course explores the impact of the external environment on the profitability and success of the firm, how monetary and fiscal policies influence macroeconomic performance, and how macroeconomics issues affect business profitability and success. Topics include the national economy and national economic performance with particular emphasis upon business cycles, unemployment, and inflation. Also topics such as Keynesian and classical theories, monetary and fiscal policy, and international trade are studied. It emphasizes the theme that the odds of business success are enhanced by a strong grasp of the global business environment, including business cycle trends, socio-economic and demographic trends, political factors, and industry-specific characteristics. TOP

BADM 536 - Leadership & Organizational Change (3 hr.)

In this course, students will learn how to: Demonstrate theories and examples of effective leadership at all levels in business organizations; Critically analyze situations faced by business leaders such as those related to designing organizations, implementing organizational change, building organizational culture, enabling innovation, and leading corporate mergers; Evaluate various motivational tools available to business leaders in getting the best performance from individual employees, teams, and the organization as a whole. Topics include leadership concepts and practices designed to motivate and support an organization's workforce. Students discuss principles of leadership and explore how these principles affect traditional human resource management topics and organizational change. TOP

BADM 591 - Professional Development Practicum 1 (1 hr.)

This course offers a series of seminars that offer practicum experiences for professional and career development designed to build career management skill sets. Most individual seminars carry 3 contact hours per session. The course is designed to build career management skill sets that will assist the student not only in obtaining a professional position upon graduation, but will be utilized throughout the evolution of his/her career. TOP

BADM 591X - Strategic Communications (3 hr.)

The course provides a study of public relations, reputation management and communication for MBA students. The course includes an introduction to communication strategy, function and performance. Students will be introduced to the principles of executive and personal branding; media relations; community relations; multicultural and multigenerational communication; integrated marketing communication; crisis communication; social media; and how organizations manage relationships with important audiences. The course is taught in association with the Public Relations Society of America and is a part of PRSA's MBA Initiative. Students' evaluations/feedback/input pertaining to the class will be used by PRSA as it encourages MBA programs across the world to include public relations in the curriculum. TOP

BADM 523 - Decision Analysis (3 hr.)

Quantitative course utilizing and building upon applied mathematical skills in solving managerial business problems and decision-making situations. The central theme of the course is decision analysis and decision model building and solving these decision models utilizing various combinations of spreadsheets. This also refers to the art of facing a real-world problem and expressing it in quantitative terms in order that an improved understanding of the situation can be achieved. This will often require skills learned in functional areas as well as the experiential learning accumulated through work experiences in the real world. One focus in the course will be on the use of a field project to present issues and develop the student's problem solving skills. The applications discussed will focus on a variety of managerial decision making issues and problems. TOP

BADM 525 - Marketing Management (3 hr.)

Introduction to the marketing environment with emphasis on the process of planning and executing the conception, pricing, promotion, and distribution of ideas, goods, and services to create exchanges that satisfy individual and organizational objectives. This course provides you with an overview of the marketing discipline and focuses on managerial decision-making in marketing using strategic planning, market data and competitive analysis. It covers marketing decisions on target marketing, product, channel, pricing, and promotion as a cohesive strategy. The course reviews how marketing management works and how a marketing program should be developed and managed. Primary emphasis is placed on developing an understanding of central marketing concepts and applying them to “real world” problems. TOP

BADM 531 - Operations/Supply Chain Management (3 hr.)

Acquaints students with the concepts of supply chain and the design/operation of productive systems. Emphasizes quality, competitiveness, and their implications for strategy and the use of analysis tools of management science and statistics. The purpose of this course is to provide you with a solid foundation on key topics and tools of supply chain operations and on how they relate to business success. We will discuss some analytical tools, major concepts, and contemporary techniques necessary to solve or be conversant about supply chain issues at the strategic and tactical levels. The course will conclude with an experiential learning application that will provide you with the opportunity to systemically integrate the content covered throughout the course. TOP

BADM 532 - Corporate Finance (3 hr.)

This course deals with the financial management of commercial firms. Topics include how assets should be managed, what assets should be purchased, and how these purchases should be financed. In this course we will examine the capital decisions of the firm. The foundation for corporate decisions is formed through principles developed in microeconomic theory, using the accounting principles underlying financial statements to organize relevant information. The analysis includes a practical consideration of the operation of financial markets, considerations for the inter-temporal comparisons of opportunities, and the elements of the decision-making criteria for the financial manager. TOP

BADM 562 - International Business (3 hr.)

This course introduces students to 1) the major components and key concepts of international business, 2) the cultural/political differences among nations as related to business, 3) world markets, currencies, and exchange rates, 4) the modes of internationalizing a firm, and the role of the World Trade Organization. The final portion of the class will be a trip abroad with your faculty sponsor and several of your classmates. The deliverable from this trip will be a typed paper that addresses international business issues covered in the classroom, and more details will be provided by your faculty sponsor. For international students, a domestic trip is incorporated into this course. TOP

BADM 591 - Professional Development Practicum 2 (1 hr.)

The second in a two-course sequence: This course offers a series of seminars that offer practicum experiences for professional and career development designed to build career management skill sets. Most individual seminars carry 3 contact hours per session. The course is designed to build career management skill sets that will assist the student not only in obtaining a professional position upon graduation, but will be utilized throughout the evolution of his/her career. TOP

BADM 534 - Information Systems (3 hr.)

This course examines information systems and technology in modern business. There is extensive use of cases to explore managerial issues in information systems planning, development, implementation and use. TOP

BADM 551 - Global Planning & Strategy (3 hr.)

Considers the business organization as a whole from a general management perspective to strategy making. Provides analytical tools and frameworks used for identifying and analyzing key strategic issues facing firms today. TOP

ILR 543 - Negotiation Strategy (3 hr.)

Theory and practice of both principled negotiations and position bargaining; extensive role play and technique building exercises for individual and team negotiations; detailed preparation methods for all types of personal and professional negotiations. Upon completion of this course, you will be able to: 1. Assess upcoming negotiations for win-win and position bargaining elements. 2. Match bargaining strategy with the negotiation type and the other negotiator's style. 3. Develop detailed win-win, position or mixed bargaining strategies. 4. Develop and execute a bargaining plan for individual or team negotiations. 5. Utilize a variety of tactics in planned and ad hoc negotiating. 6. Negotiate agreements in both professional and personal arenas. 7. Consider the ethical implications of bargaining tactics. 8. Appreciate international negotiation commonalities and differences. 9. Appraise the success of your bargaining outcomes. TOP

MKTG 440 - Export Management (3 hr.)

Student teams work directly with participating companies to develop export business plans for specific products and specific countries. One country selected by the company and one selected by the consulting team. Students will develop an Export Business Plan, while learning to identify existing local, state, and federal resources. Students will also recognize and cultural diversity, taking country-specific practices and customs into consideration while developing the business plan. TOP

FIN 510 - Investments & Portfolio Management (3 hr.)

This course provides theoretical understanding of how financial decisions are made under uncertainly. The topics include the securities market environment, modern portfolio theory, risk analysis, bond and stock valuations, and derivative securities. TOP

BADM 542 - Personal Financial Planning (3 hr.)

This course will address most areas of personal financial planning including the areas of investment, insurance and taxes. Participants will have a completed financial portfolio and plan upon completion of the course. As a manager of another's business assets, you should have a firm grip on your own financial situation. Unfortunately, most individuals do not make a conscious effort on this charge. The specific purpose of this course is to offer individual students the opportunity to self-reflect and plan in specific personal financial planning areas. The planning components encompass self-assessment, personal budgeting, insurance coverage, investment planning, managing credit, retirement planning, estate planning, and graceful aging. Discussion of these topics is offered on a personal basis with the overall objective of allowing the student to get in touch with his/her individual situation at an early date which should facilitate a much more focused planning approach in future years. The suggestion is that "If you don't manage your money, your money will manage you!" TOP