MBA-Master of Business Administration

MBA 601. Accounting and Finance for Managers. 3 Hours.

Decision oriented survey course of the principles of both financial accounting and financial management. Broad study of the basic concepts and tools of financial accounting and finance from both the theoretical and practical perspectives. Topics include financial reporting responsibilities of management, analysis and interpretation of financial statements, and the application of time value concepts to the valuation of stocks, bonds, and capital projects.

MBA 608. Strategic Cost Analysis and Decision Making. 3 Hours.

Determination and use of cost data for decision making, control, and evaluation of performance, and formulation of goals and budgets. The strategic context of managerial decision making is emphasized.
Prerequisites: MBA 601 [Min Grade: C]

MBA 612. Corporate Governance. 3 Hours.

This course examines the process by which individuals inside and outside a publicly-traded or other complex organization seek to govern the organization’s activities, including boards of directors, shareholders, management, independent auditors, internal risk managers, and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

MBA 613. Information Security Management. 3 Hours.

Develop an understanding of key information security concepts. Develop an understanding of how people, technology and organizational policies should be developed and managed to safeguard an organization's information resources. Learn how to manage under uncertainty and risk. Develop policies and procedures to make information systems secure. Learn how to audit and recover from security breaches.

MBA 614. Social Media and Virtual Communities in Business. 3 Hours.

This course focuses on how social media and virtual communities are changing business in fundamental ways. Students gain practical facility in the use of social media tools and learn meta-skills like how to use new social media tools, how to use filters to make sense of social media, and how to curate news and reports in a manner that contributes to business knowledge and intellect.

MBA 616. Web Analytics. 3 Hours.

The Web Analytics course introduces technologies and tools used to realize the full potential of web sites. The course focuses on collection and use of web data such as web traffic and visitor information to design web sites that will enable firms to acquire, convert, and retain customers.

MBA 617. Data Science for Business. 3 Hours.

This course is an introduction to the topic of Business Intelligence with the emphasis of providing a descriptive understanding to the following major components: data warehousing, business performance management, data mining, and business intelligence implementation.

MBA 618. Technology Based Project Management. 3 Hours.

Equips students with the fundamental principles of project management required for successfully implementing IT solutions.

MBA 619. Information Technology and Business Strategy. 3 Hours.

Designed to improve students' understanding of business strategies and the technology management practices that support them, this course focuses on understanding the basic concepts and terminology of information technology and developing insight into the role of information technology in the strategy and management of organizations.

MBA 621. Topics in Corporate Finance. 3 Hours.

An advanced course in finance with emphasis on special topics such as financial planning, working capital management, leasing, hybrid financing, real options, and international capital budgeting. Case studies are used.
Prerequisites: MBA 601 [Min Grade: C]

MBA 622. Portfolio Theory and Construction. 3 Hours.

Theoretical and practical aspects of investments and portfolio management. Preq: MBA 621.

MBA 623. Mergers and Acquisitions. 3 Hours.

In-depth examination, study, and analysis of current issues and problems in selected areas of finance. Preq: MBA 621.

MBA 624. Global Financial Management. 3 Hours.

Financial analysis and decision-making in international context. All traditional areas of corporate finance explored. Preq: MBA 621.

MBA 625. Real Estate Decision Analysis. 3 Hours.

Master's level course designed to provide students with the tools and analytical framework for making real estate decisions. Preq: MBA 621.

MBA 626. Credit Markets and Instruments. 3 Hours.

Detailed coverage of the credit markets (Money and Bond markets) of the U.S. and an introduction to the international aspects of those instruments. Preq: MBA 621.

MBA 627. Financial Risk Analysis and Management. 3 Hours.

Exploration of issues in the measurement, analysis, and management of financial risk including interest rate, exchange rate, and commodity price risks. Preq: MBA 621.

MBA 628. Valuation Seminar. 3 Hours.

A blend of theory and practice to gain knowledge and skills in the valuation of businesses and interests therein. Preq: MBA 621.

MBA 629. Treasury Management. 3 Hours.

Multi-disciplinary approach to analysis of financial statements and working capital management. Financial planning, corporate liquidity, and short-term financial policy issues. Preq: MBA 621.

MBA 631. Management and Organizations. 3 Hours.

Course focuses on both the internal organizational environment, specifically organizational behaviors, and externally, the legal, ethical, and social environment both domestically and internationally. Students will be able to identify policy issues externally from the legal, social, and ethical environment. Students will also gain an understanding of internal organizational behavior.

MBA 634. Strategic Management. 3 Hours.

The integration of management, finance, accounting, marketing, economics, production, information technology, and decision making concepts through the study of business policy and strategy. Must be in last term in the MBA program to register. Permission of advisor required.

MBA 635. International Business Policy. 3 Hours.

Problems and strategic considerations of firms engaged in international business.

MBA 636. Human Resource Administration. 3 Hours.

Critical management theory as applied to human resource problems such as employment, employee education and training, labor management, health and safety, compensation, and human resources research.

MBA 637. Operations and Supply Chain Management. 3 Hours.

Concepts and principles necessary to manage the operations and supply chain function in both service and manufacturing organizations. Topics include planning, controlling, directing, and organizing of people, facilities, and materials involved in operations and supply chain management. Global considerations also presented.

MBA 638. Managerial Communication Skills. 3 Hours.

An advanced business communications course for MBA students focusing on the verbal and nonverbal communication skills required of managers in today's business environment.

MBA 641. Macroeconomics Analysis and Decision Making. 3 Hours.

Macroeconomic analysis; modern theory of aggregate demand and supply; forecasting and link between business firm and micro environment. Preq: MBA 662.
Prerequisites: MBA 662 [Min Grade: C]

MBA 642. Economics for Managers. 3 Hours.

Enables students to understand core microeconomic and macroeconomic concepts and how economics theory can be used to direct managers in understanding economic forces and making rational global and domestic economic decisions.

MBA 643. Healthcare Leadership Development. 3 Hours.

Assesses and develops current and emerging leaders in healthcare. Increases awareness of topics and essential skills relevant to effective leadership and management. Participation in a team-based course project is required.

MBA 644. Transformational Leadership and Change. 3 Hours.

This course examines and applies team-based leadership principles; assesses and hones leadership skills in negotiation and conflict management; and challenges team-based leaders to address current and emerging issues via strategic thinking and organizational change. Participation in a team-based course project is required.
Prerequisites: MBA 643 [Min Grade: B]

MBA 645. Game Theory in Industrial Organization. 3 Hours.

Introduces students to the logic of game theory, in the context of selected topics in the theory of industrial organization. Emphasis will be on applying game-theoretic logic to generic business issues, studied as cases. Preq: MBA 642.

MBA 646. Advanced Leadership. 3 Hours.

This course assesses and develops leadership knowledge, skills, and abilities. Current and emerging theories of leadership are examined in terms of their scientific evidence and practical strengths and weaknesses. Participants develop a leadership value and mission statement, as well as an individual leadership development plan.

MBA 651. Marketing Strategy. 3 Hours.

This course focuses on planning, implementing, and controlling strategic marketing activities. The objective is for students to understand the concepts and processes that guide marketing strategy decision making and to be able to apply these concepts and processes to organizations. Marketing strategy is examined in the context of uncertain competitive environments and from a global perspective.

MBA 652. Sales Management. 3 Hours.

This course focuses on the strategic role of an effective sales force in the organization's total marketing effort and business strategy. Students learn to formulate, implement, and evaluate a sales program. Topics include developing sales goals, creating a sales organizational structure, building a sales program, leading and motivating the sales force.

MBA 653. Marketing Analysis and Decision Making. 3 Hours.

Fundamentals of market-based management and the impact of marketing decisions on profitability. Core themes include customer value, customer satisfaction and marketing performance metrics. Students acquire an understanding of important marketing tools by applying them to key marketing mix decisions.

MBA 654. International Marketing. 3 Hours.

Examination of international marketing activities, including environmental issues, marketing strategy, and tactical considerations in entering foreign markets.

MBA 658. Applied Marketing Research. 3 Hours.

This course covers the fundamentals of the marketing research process, including problem definition, research design, research performance, collecting, inputting and analyzing data using IBM SPSS software, interpretation of statistical results into managerial insights, and the presentation of those results to business managers.

MBA 659. Green and Gold Fund Investment Portfolio Management. 3 Hours.

The Green and Gold Fund is UAB's student-managed investment portfolio. Fund members perform actual investment portfolio management with real money. For three credit hours in MBA 659, a student must hold the position of CIO, chief economist, or portfolio manager.

MBA 662. Quantitative Analysis for Business Managers. 3 Hours.

Covers a wide range of topics in quantitative analysis for managerial decision making. The goal is to provide students with essential analytical skills needed to make better business decisions with an emphasis on proficiency using Microsoft Excel.

MBA 671. Health Care Marketing. 3 Hours.

This class is designed for master level students seeking employment in the healthcare industry. The primary objective of this course is to provide students with a comprehensive overview of the marketing fundamentals in the health care environment. This course also examines health care organizations as customers in a B2B environment.

MBA 673. Planning and Pitching a New Business Concept. 3 Hours.

The business plan is the DNA or genetic map of a technology venture. It is the foundation for the capital raise, as well as the roadmap for operational milestones. Unfortunately, most business plans focus on internal strategy rather than a comprehensive assessment of the competitive landscape. Therefore, particular attention will be paid to market research, competitive analysis, and product/market fit.

MBA 676. MBA Internship. 3 Hours.

Offers qualified graduate students the chance to gain first-hand experience in a local business while receiving academic credit.

MBA 681. From Idea to IPO. 3 Hours.

This course is specifically designed to give graduate students in business, medicine, and engineering a deeper understanding of the issues involved in determining how to take the right idea from the laboratory to the marketplace.

MBA 683. Leading Innovation. 3 Hours.

This course exposes students to the nature of innovation, how innovation occurs, barriers to innovation and how to create and sustain an environment that encourages and rewards innovation. Students will also learn how to build, manage and grow a start-up company. Areas such as lean start-up techniques will be covered along with defining mission, vision and values, hiring and staffing and building effective business processes.

MBA 690. Directed Study. 3 Hours.

Selected topics in business:graduate level.

MBA 691. MBA Independent Study. 3 Hours.

Individualized study directed by a faculty member. Requires instructor permission.