Master of Business Administration Electives

We are continuously developing and adding to our extensive list of elective choices to meet the demand of today's rapidly changing business, industry and nonprofit sectors. This page will be updated as new elective options are added. You can further focus your degree by selecting a concentration.

AC 6050 Advanced Accounting (3 credit hours)

Course explores advanced topics in financial accounting and reporting, including business combinations and consolidations, accounting for routine operations of state and local government entities and other non-business entities, partnership and personal financial statements, and foreign currency translation and transactions. Prerequisite: AC 3000.

AC 6510  International Accounting (2 credit hours)  

This course examines the accounting and reporting of multinational corporations, the impact of culture and capital markets on countries’ accounting concepts and standards; and the development and use of international accounting standards. 

AC 6600 Corporate and Partnership Taxation (3 credit hours)

Course studies major taxes and taxation issues as they pertain to corporations, partnerships and sole proprietorships. Emphasis is given to concepts, practice, research and communication of tax issues. Prerequisite: AC 3000.

AC 6650 Individual Taxation (3 credit hours)

Course analyzes federal and state taxation issues as they pertain to individuals. Emphasis is given to concepts, practice, research and communication of tax issues. Prerequisite: AC 3000.

AC 6750 Auditing (3 credit hours)

 Course explores the examination of financial statements by independent public accountants. Topics include auditing standards, planning the audit, evidence gathering, the work paper preparation and review process, and types of audit reports. The graduate-level course requires independent, accelerated additional work appropriate for the graduate level. Prerequisite: AC 3500 or MIS 3100 or equivalent.

AC 6800  Fraud Examination (2 credit hours)

Covers the principles and methodology of fraud detection, investigation, and deterrence.  The course includes such topics as fraud against organizations, consumer fraud, financial statement fraud, interview techniques, investigation techniques, and data-driven fraud detection.  Prerequisite:  AC3000 or equivalent.

ACFN 6350  Contemporary Issues in Finance and Accounting (2 credit hours) 

This course will examine the modern practices and methods used in accounting and finance.  Topics would include cash and working capital management, key financial metrics, making a business case, capital acquisition, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, risk assessment and management, and new valuation models and financial products.  The Wall Street Journal is required for this course.  Prerequisite: AC6000 and FN6100 or equivalent.

BUS6301 Applied Data Mining (2 credit hours)

The course provides a comprehensive overview of data mining techniques used to realize unseen patterns, including traditional statistical analysis and machine learning techniques. Students will analyze large datasets and develop modeling solutions to support decision making in various domains such as healthcare, finance, security, marketing, and customer relationship management (CRM). Models will include decision trees, clustering, classification, k-means, neural nets, support vector machines, ensemble methods and other supervised and unsupervised predictive models primarily for structured data. Students will also learn how to apply these models into production through business rules and SQL. Statistics and exposure to any programming language is required. Basic knowledge is SQL is helpful.  The primary software tools for this class will be R and Python 

BUS6302 Data Visualization (2 credit hours)

This course is about the interactive exploration of data, and how it is achieved using state-of-the-art data visualization software. Students will be able to present complex quantitative and qualitative data visually. Participants will learn to explore a range of different data types and structures. They will learn about various interactive techniques for manipulating and examining the data and producing effective visualizations. Participants will be guided through an exploration of quantitative business data to discern meaningful patterns, trends, relationships, and exceptions that reveal business performance, potential problems and opportunities. Data visualization is both an art and a science. It is an art concerned with unleashing creativity and innovation, designing communications that appeal on an aesthetic level and survive in the mind on an emotional one. Statistics and exposure to any programming language is required.

BUS6303 Predictive Models (2 credit hours)

The course will teach advanced statistical techniques to discover information and build predictive models from large sets of data. Emphasis is place on applications for marketing research and operations. Methods will include multiple and logistic regression, propensity models principal component analysis, market basket analysis, longitudinal data analysis and product launch models. Statistics and exposure to any programming language is required. The primary software tool for this class will be R. Python and Tableau will also be incorporated.

BUS6304 Text Mining (2 credit hours)

This course will introduce the essential techniques of text mining, understood as the extension of data mining's standard predictive methods to unstructured text. Students will also learn web scraping techniques and collection of unstructured data from social media sites like Twitter, as well as a company web site. An introduction to processing images will also be included. Students will also be introduced to sentiment analysis and natural language processing. Statistics and exposure to any programming language is required. The primary software tool for this class will be Python & R. Tableau will also be incorporated. Applied data Mining is recommended prior to taking this course.

BUS6305 Preparation and Analysis for Big Data (2 credit hours)

This course will emphasize the extraction, transformation and preparation of data from traditional relational databases as well as more complex storage systems (such as Hadoop) for analytical purposes. Students will be introduced to data wrangling, munging and scraping of both structured and unstructured data. Students will also be introduced to parallel process for big data such as map reduce and query languages like HIVE. Exposure to any programming language is required. The primary software tool for this class will be Python as well as access to a standard rational database (Oracle or Mysql) and a Hadoop system.

BUS6306 Web and Social Media Analytics (2 credit hours)

The primary focus of the course is the application of descriptive and predictive techniques to web analytics and other social media platforms including user behavior modeling and e-metrics for business intelligence. Students will also work with Google analytics and other web based analytical platforms to judge performance and ROI of a company’s web and social media programs. The primary software tool for this class will be Google Analytics and other web based tools.

BUS6307 Dashboard Creation and Implementation (2 credit hours)

This course provides instruction for creating analyses and dashboards in business intelligence applications. Students will begin by building basic analyses to include in dashboards, with more complexity as the course progresses. Emphasis is placed using the proper metrics and ways to display them for different users. Dashboards will be built for implementation on both desktops as well as tablet devices. Students will also identify KPIs and how they may be used across different levels of the organization.  Examples include human resources, recruiting, sales, operations, security, information technology, project management, customer relationship management and many more departmental dashboards. Students will also be introduced to analytical strategy models like the balanced scorecard. The primary software tool for this class will be MicroStrategy.

BUS6308 Analytics and Strategy (2 credit hours)

The focus of this class is the implementation of analytics as a competitive advantage across the enterprise. In this course, students will read case studies and hear from guest speakers about challenges and opportunities generated by the advent of “big data.” Students will make group presentations and write critical response papers related to these case studies. Students will consider some of the traditional business frameworks

FD 6000 Developing Annual Sustainability (2 credit hours)

This course is a study of the process of raising annual revenue effectively by matching strategies with constituents. Focus on creation and implementation of an effective annual fundraising plan and methods to involve volunteers in the fundraising process, including annual campaign, special events and earned income strategies.

FD 6100 Major Gifts and Capital Campaigns (2 credit hours)

This course is an introduction to the major gifts process. Using ethically based strategies, students analyze successful major gifts efforts as they learn to utilize the case statement, volunteers, and board members to further the organizational cause. This course also examines capital fundraising as a component of the overall development program with a focus on the campaign plan and volunteer leadership.

FD 6200 Technology & Marketing Trends in Fundraising (2 credit hours)

This course is a study of the importance and use of technology in fundraising.  Focus on the selection and use of fundraising systems to manage gift processing, donor management/stewardship, and mailing list tracking needs.  Attention to case studies and industry trends for successful online strategies and practices using social media tools and their impact on donor response, stewardship, and accountability.

FD 6300 Prospect Research and Proposal Writing (2 credit hours)

This course is a comprehensive overview of the grants process within the context of an institution’s development plan, with specific reference to the research, writing, and managing of a range of grant types. Emphasis is placed on writing competitive proposals that address funder priorities and meet the needs of the organization, developing accurate budgets, and developing and utilizing effective methods

FN 6410 Venture Capital (2 credit hours)

Venture Capital is a subset of private equity financing. This survey class is designed to explore the business of venture capital financing: fundraising, sourcing deals, and exit strategies.  Students will be exposed to learning through case studies, current events, and guest speakers with experience in the field. The goal of the course is to provide the student with insights into how the venture capital investment process works from both sides of the desk.

FN 6420 Financial Risk Management (2credit hours)

The course overviews the derivatives markets, the instruments traded in these markets (options, futures, forwards and swaps) and the principles underlying price determination of these instruments. Option valuation models such as the Black-Scholes model are covered. The focus of the course is on financial engineering - the use of derivatives in managing risk. Management of interest rate risk, equity risk, currency risk, commodity price risk and derivatives risk is discussed.

FN 6460 Personal Financial Planning (2 credit hours)

Overall objective of the course is to master personal financial planning topics specific to graduate-level students who want to use this information in their personal and/or professional lives.  The following topics will be covered:  overview of the financial planning process; cash management, debt management, and saving; income taxes; home and auto buying decisions; insurance & risk management; investments; retirement planning; and estate planning.  Speakers will be brought in to the class on occasion to discuss their areas of expertise.  Pre-requisites: ACFN6310

FN 6625. Investments (2 credit hours)

Course explores how securities markets work, and how individual investors employ systematic methodologies to accomplish investment objectives.  Topics include environmental analysis, evaluation of equities, analysis of fixed income securities, fundamental and technical analysis of the stock market and capital market theory.  Prerequisite: FN6100 or equivalent (ACFN6001).

HC 6150 Health Systems (2 credit hours)

This course surveys the major components and organizational interrelationships of the United States health care system. Students examine the various healthcare organizations (HCOs), personnel issues, delivery systems, policy, and payment mechanisms. This course introduces students to the public policy and business practice issues associated with access, cost and quality. 

HC 6200 Cost Management and Control (2 credit hours)

This course examines how medical care is provided and how it is purchased.  It looks at methods in which physicians, hospitals, and other providers are reimbursed for their services. This course is meant for the general healthcare manager as well as those seeking information that may be of value in other health management positions.  It will examine methods of reimbursement used by commercial payers, Medicare and Medicaid. Emphasis is also applied to evaluating if contracts are profitable for the health care organization. The class will introduce alternative methods of organization and payment including patient centered medical homes, accountable care organizations, and the Affordable Care Act.  

HC 6300 Health Care Policy (2 credit hours)

This course examines political issues affecting contemporary health care services by analyzing policy goals, public policy formulation processes, and external environments.  Analysis blends the use of managerial epidemiology, biostatistics, political and economic analysis, with an understanding of public health initiatives.  Future health care leaders also gain an appreciation for how political structures determine interactions with local and national governments.

HC 6350 Quality Improvement in Health Care (2 credit hours)

This course examines and familiarizes the student with the concept of quality and the process of quality improvement across the health care continuum.  Focuses on the history and evolution of quality, its terms, principles, theories, and practices, particularly as it relates to population health management and patient centered medical homes.  The student is introduced to a diverse collection of methods of improving quality, including but not limited to continuous Quality Improvement and Total Quality Management, and to the guidelines for implementing quality programs and processes to improve health care access, quality, and value.   Students will be asked to review the changes implemented by health care systems from across America to make quality health care more safe, timely, effective, equitable, efficient, and patient-centered.

HC 6400 Health Information Technology (2 credit hours)

This course examines past developments and emerging trends within the general discipline of Management Information Systems (MIS), and within the specific discipline of Health Care Information Technology (HCIT). It explores the business management processes required for successful Information Systems planning, design and implementation within health care organizations of various sizes and types.  Field visits and case studies expose students to the practical challenges involved in systems selection, implementation and ongoing utilization, including ethical issues, human responses to change, and best practices in project management.

MG 6093 Barcelona: Business in the EU (2 credit hours) 

This course explores the cultural and business practices in other countries and requires international travel.  Through travel and participation in business and cultural activities with lectures by government officials, business managers, and university faculty, students study the similarities and differences across specific countries and cultures. Students will study the business and cultural aspects of countries visited and the effect these factors have on international business markets. Other topics covered include market entry; cultural, legal, and environmental factors; economics and financial risk; international structure and strategy; and corporate governance models. The destination for this year’s trip is Barcelona, Spain.

MG 6170 Social Entrepreneurship (2 credit hours)

This course uses the principles of entrepreneurship to help solve social problems. Examples will be used from both developing countries as well as communities in need in the developed world. Students will have the opportunity to examine and develop successful models of entrepreneurship and innovation in these unique settings.

MG 6275 Developing Leadership in Organizations (2 credit hours)

This course explores how individuals develop as leaders, and how organizations can support that development. Leadership development programs are reviewed, as are organizational strategies to support individual development. Issues relevant to leadership development are explored, including culture and gender. Using their new understanding, students will develop a leadership development strategy for a specific organization.

MG 6355 Entrepreneurship (2 credit hours)

This course focuses on the unique issues facing the small businessowner and operator, extensive coverage of critical business functions that the small business owner and operator is likely to face.  The course emphasizes:1) How to locate and assess a potential business opportunity2) How to craft a strategy and plan for developing the opportunity into a business3) The stages of building the business4) The personnel, professional and personal issues of the small business owner and operator.

MG 6365 Business in the EU (1 credit hour) 

This course explores the cultural and business practices in the European Union.  Students who plan to attend to Barcelona trip in January should enroll in this course.  However, the course is open to all students interested in learning more about the European Union.  Topics covered include market entry; cultural, legal, and environmental factors; economics and financial risk; international structure and strategy; and corporate governance models.

MG 6420 Organizational Development and Consulting (2 credit hours)

Course increases students’ awareness of organizational processes and practices, including leadership, management, motivation, morale, group dynamics, interpersonal communications, conflict, and group problem-solving. The course provides conceptual insights and behavioral skills needed for successful leadership of continuous improvement in individual, team, and organizational performance.  MG6310

MG 6430 Organizational Theory & Design (2 credit hours)

The course utilizes theories drawn from psychology, sociology, political science, economics and the complexity/information sciences to explain why a given organization achieves the results that it does in a given organizational context. The student will learn the strengths and weaknesses of these theories as they are applied to understanding, appraising and strengthening an organization's capability to successfully execute its mission. Building on this understanding of organizational dynamics, the student will learn to design or modify an organization's socio-technical systems to optimize performance in a given competitive context. This design optimization will involve analysis of the sense making and decision-making performance of the organization, appraisal of the appropriateness of various organizational structures, business process design, and attention to the interactions between people and technical systems. Moving beyond analysis and optimization of a single firm, the course also prepares students to appraise and optimize the performance of multi-organizational systems that depends on high levels of inter-organizational collaboration.

MG 6460 Innovation (2 credit hours)

Peter Drucker claimed “the business enterprise has two—and only two—basic functions: marketing and innovation.” This course will take a 360 degree look at the notion of business innovation, ranging from the entrepreneurial to corporate and from the individual (creativity) to the collective (strategic). Students will explore a number of resources that help stake out a definition for innovation specific to business results and explore ways to foster creativity whether it be from an entrepreneurial perspective or an intrapreneurial effort to improve enterprise results.

MG 6461 Business in Asia (1 credit hour)

This course builds upon several key concepts introduced in BUS 6100 Global Markets..  It extends discussion of how political, economic, legal, and technological developments are affecting the management of international business operations as they relate specially to Asia.  It pays special attention to the role of culture and the challenges in managing employees, operating facilities, and targeting markets across Asia and other cultures. 

MG 6530 Managing Small Business Growth (2 credit hours)

 This course focuses on the unique issues and challenges a small private business faces during the early growth stage of the business cycle.  The course emphasizes importance of 1) Regulatory requirements that companies face 2) Overcoming challenges in obtaining favorable contracts and financing  3) The decision making process involved in establishing the environment of the business 4) How to develop and articulate a plan for growth.

MG 6540  Cross Cultural Management (2 credit hours)

Global managers are cross-cultural managers, and need intercultural business skills to manage workplace diversity. They face different challenges than ever before and need to know how to communicate, delegate, mentor and present ideas in culturally appropriate ways. They need to understand how to manage across cultures.

MG 6680 Organizational Change (2 credit hours) 

Change management within modern organizations, whether public, private or not-for-profit, is a complex process with many moving parts.  The larger an organization becomes the greater the complexity.  This course focuses on the fundamental assessments, tools, processes and interventions used to identify, agree upon, and enact a successful change initiative.  Using an integrated learning model, students will explore and apply these principles on both written and live case studies.  Specifically, the following will be addressed:  multiple models of the change process (techno-structural, human systems, balanced metrics), tools of organizational analysis, methods for overcoming stakeholder resistance, and techniques for ensuring buy-in and support from people at all levels of the organization.

MG6001 Spirituality and Values in Leadership (2 credit hours)

This course explores how the faith and values of a leader can and should shape their leadership. Students will explore the nature of leadership as expressed in multiple faith traditions, including the Jesuit perspective on leadership, and the idea of a “mensch manager.” Mensch is Yiddish term for a gentle, proper person of integrity, honor and humility. Students will articulate what their own guiding values are, and explore how to remain true to their own principles while in the pursuit of success. They will also examine the implications of relying on one’s faith when working in a religiously diverse context.

MK 6420 Selling and Persuasion (1 credit hour)

A specially designed class to help you learn principles, skills, and insights into selling and persuasion.  The learning objectives include:  Learn principles of selling and persuasion; apply principles and skills of selling and persuasion to organizations and for personal and professional career success; meet, talk, and interact with successful individuals who demonstrate selling and persuasion skills; recalling Rockhurst and Mensch values use these skills and capabilities ethically.

MK 6510  International Marketing (2 credit hours)

This course addresses the global issues that impact concepts relevant to companies engaging the international marketplace. It introduces the student to the cultural, economic, geographic, political and legal issues that affect the where, when and how to enter foreign markets. The course uses contemporary materials to expand beyond the text and bring real life problems and solutions into the classroom for student discussion.

NP 6010 Administration of Nonprofit Organizations (2 credit hours)  

This course provides a comprehensive analysis of the role and function of a professional in the management process of a nonprofit organization. Specific topics addressed include: the nature of leadership and management in the nonprofit sector; fundraising and financial management; governance and the respective roles of board, staff and volunteers; the political, economic and inter-organizational environment; community relations; needs assessment; and planning and performance measurement. The graduate-level course requires independent accelerated additional coursework appropriate for the graduate level.

NP 6060 Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations (2 credit hours)

Understanding the basic concepts of funding streams, budgeting and financial statement analysis is essential to building and maintaining a strong organization. This course examines the principles and practices of financial and managerial accounting in nonprofit organizations. It is designed to teach students how to use financial information in the management of nonprofit organizations.