MBA Program Course Descriptions
Business Courses (BA)
500 Business Fundamentals I (3 credits) This course integrates some of the practical tools and strategies of business operations into a cohesive foundational bridge for the MBA program. The goal is to introduce a broad range of interdisciplinary skills, knowledge, and abilities that will prepare students for the rigor of graduate study. It is only required for conditionally admitted students. Prerequisites: Matriculated MBA students only.
502 Business Fundamentals II (3 credits) This course provides students with an introduction to a variety of analytical tools and techniques that can be applied within a real-world business setting. It provides a foundation for the analytical skills necessary for an MBA degree and prepares students for the rigor of graduate coursework. It is only required for conditionally admitted students. Prerequisites: BA 500
530 Global Issues of Social Responsibility and Law (3 credits) This course is an extensive examination of the major ethical issues and challenges facing today’s global manager. With an overview of international trade law and an examination of the basic principles of business ethics, the student evaluates the legal and social responsibility issues that are encountered in the international marketplace. Specifically, the course includes the areas of contracts, intellectual property rights, product liability, employment issues, environmental concerns and unfair/predatory business practices. Prerequisite: Matriculated graduate business program students only.
540 Multinational Marketing (3 credits) This course examines the role of marketers in creating, communicating and delivering value to their customers. Students acquire an understanding of the needs of different customers (both domestic and foreign) and address global issues involving product positioning, development, pricing, distribution and promotion. Sessions in the computer lab familiarize students with how organizations record and report information pertaining to their marketing efforts. Prerequisite: Matriculated graduate business program students only.
560 Managing in the Global Workforce (3 credits) This course provides concepts, tools and techniques that are needed to effectively manage a global workforce. The major focus for the course is the roles and activities of the human resources department in managing a global workforce. A secondary focus is the roles and activities of individual managers. Prerequisites: Matriculated graduate business students only.
580 Shareholder Value Management (3 credits) This course is designed to help the student understand the role of managerial accounting in creating value for the organization. It shows how the internally generated accounting information is used as a basis for managerial decision making. Topics covered include the balanced scorecard, activity-based costing system, performance evaluation and cost-volume-profit analysis. The course also emphasizes how management planning and control can have behavioral (social) and ethical implications on the organization and the individuals involved. Prerequisite: Matriculated graduate business program students only.
583 Business Internship (3 credits; may be repeated) This course offers students practical training and substantive working experience in the business community. Candidates prepare a learning contract with an Arcadia MBA adviser and an official contact from the host organization to determine learning goals, assignment responsibilities, and means of evaluation. Paid and unpaid internships qualify for course credit. Students are expected to make an oral presentation demonstrating competence in the personal learning outcomes identified for the internship. The minimum hours required for a 3-credit internship is 15 hours per week (total of 105 hours) within the accelerated seven-week MBA course format. Internships of longer duration also may be approved. Prerequisite: BA 500 Business Fundamentals I and BA 502 Business Fundamentals II
600 Leadership for Effective Organizations (3 credits) This course studies the role that leadership plays in organizational success, with a focus on the importance of emotional intelligence in inspiring and motivating others. It explores the neuroscience research on the role of emotions in leadership behavior and examines different organizational structures and frameworks with a focus on how leadership adapts to be successful in different organizations. There is a significant focus on individual leadership where students identify their own leadership aspirations, behaviors and styles. Prerequisite: Matriculated graduate business program students only.
612 E-Commerce (3 credits; Fall; Online only) This course explores the key elements in marketing on the Internet, including branding, creating competitive advantage, planning a Web site, online research, customer relationship management, advertising, social media, and integration of online and traditional marketing strategies in a global marketplace
620 Managerial Economics (3 credits) This course introduces the economics of the firm, including price theory, consumer behavior, concepts of elasticity, equilibrium under different market conditions, demand and supply factors of production, introduction to welfare economics and its effects on modern organizations, game theory for decision-making, forecasting technique analysis, production and cost analysis, pricing decisions, economics of capital budgeting, simulation in managerial decision making and applied agency theory in organizations. Prerequisite: Matriculated MBA students only.
640 Operations and Technology (3 credits) The course provides students with knowledge and application of business technologies in support of operational management areas such as planning and execution. Learners are exposed to key technologies such as ERP (SAP) and latest tools/techniques for achieving increased process integration, flexibility, agility. The course utilizes management case studies along with hands-on, team-oriented exercises to enable learners to improve operational effectiveness by using emerging technologies. Prerequisite: Matriculated MBA students only.
670 International Business Experience (A) (0 credits) Each course focuses on global organizational strategy, and students will participate in a travel experience. Viewing firsthand the environmental factors that influence business decision making provides students a context for the development of global strategies. Site visits to organizations permit students to learn about and discuss items related to organization strategy. Prerequisites: Matriculated MBA students and must have completed four courses within the program prior to travel. Prerequisites 670A: Students must be matriculated in the MBA with a Global Perspective program, in good academic standing and have completed four courses in the program.
International Business Experience (B) (2 credits) Prerequisites 670B: Students must be in good academic standing and have completed BA670A.
680 International Finance (3 credits) This course provides concepts, tools and techniques that are needed to effectively analyze financial crises and how they affect multinational companies. The major focus of the course is financial markets, international monetary systems and foreign exchange risk management. Prerequisite: Matriculated graduate business program students only.
695 Global Strategic Management (4 credits) This capstone course is the final course in the MBA program. It focuses on the strategic management process. Students gain an understanding of strategies suitable for conducting business in developing and developed economies by integrating their international experiences and earlier coursework within the framework of theories and issues in strategic management. Prerequisites: Students must have completed all courses within the graduate business program including all international travel requirements.