Course Descriptions - Online MBA
The University of Saint Mary Master of Business Administration requires a total of 36 credit hours of graduate-level courses, including 9 required core courses and 3 elective courses. Courses are taught in eight-week sessions. Students must hold a bachelor‘s degree from a regionally accredited institution, and have an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale to be admitted and begin taking online MBA classes.
MGT 701 Organizational Management (3 credits)
This class explores the role of the manager in organizational settings. It also covers concepts that help students respond to the forces affecting the behavior of individuals in the work place. Through case studies, students examine motivation, self-concept, interpersonal dynamics, conflict and resolution, group dynamics, leadership, and change.
MGT 704 Marketing Management (3 credits)
Learn to apply marketing concepts for identifying, developing, and meeting customer needs. Understand how marketing relates to other corporate functions, such as production, finance, and human resources.
MGT 708 Human Resource Management (3 credits)
This class focuses on key Human Resources issues managers are likely to face—staffing, compensation, performance management, and employee voice. The course emphasizes the influence of business strategy, global competition, technological change, unionization, workforce characteristics, and government regulation on HR decisions.
MGT 709 Managerial Economics (3 credits)
Students examine microeconomic principles that influence how consumers and businesses decide what to purchase and what to produce. The class covers how supply and demand in goods, labor and capital markets determines prices. Macroeconomic environments and the fiscal, monetary, and international trade policies of government are studied as well.
MGT 711 Managerial Accounting (3 credits)
Students learn the relevance of accounting information in marketing, production, systems design, engineering, management, and other non-accounting activities. The class includes an overview of managerial accounting, cost methods and systems used, concepts and methods for managerial decision-making, managerial planning, control, and internal performance evaluation. Special topics—fraud, ethical issues, and more—are included.
MGT 712 Managerial Finance (3 credits)
This class focuses on the importance of finance to the organization and the role of the manager in finance. Topics include the financial environment, goals of the firm, working capital management, the time value of money, valuation of securities, and capital budgeting.
MGT 713 Operations Management (3 credits)
Explore the decisions required to effectively manage production and operations. Examine the planning, coordination, and other activities required to create and distribute goods and services. This course develops and explores the concept of trade off analysis, linking it to manufacturing, operations, and corporate strategy.
MGT 714 Global Management (3 credits)
Study the cultural, social, political, legal, ethical, and economic issues that affect global business and how they influence business structure, organization, and management processes. Through case studies, students develop diagnostic tools for exercising leadership and management.
MGT 795 Business, Policy, and Ethics (3 credits)
This course is an integrated examination of business management focusing on the application, analysis, and synthesis of business and management problems and issues at the executive level. Students will develop a perspective of the organization as a whole and explore the means by which overall direction and strategy is established and implemented. Emphasis is on the responsibilities, skills, and perspectives required of executives. The course also examines ethical and corporate social responsibility issues and the trade-offs that must be assessed and made to achieve strategic objectives. Most students will submit the required final assessment during this course. This course is the capstone course of the MBA program and is recommended to be taken at the end of your program.
Three credits over 8 weeks.
Leadership and Organizational Health:
Coursework within the online MBA Leadership and Organizational Health concentration from University of Saint Mary consists of three specialized courses based on Patrick Lencioni's core leadership model and principles. Upon course completion, you'll be able to take action and drive the changes that will make an impact on your company's success. Courses are highly interactive; integrating videos, mock scenarios, the DiSC™ personal assessment tool, and more, so you'll remain engaged while you master Lencioni's techniques and practices.
MGT 780 Leadership and Organizational Health (3 credits)
In this course, students will learn the foundations of Organizational Health, as defined through open and honest communication, an informed decision making process, and the execution and accountability of business decisions in an organization. The premise of organizational health lies first in an individual's ability to understand themselves and others in the various facets of work life – their individual work preferences, trust, accountability, and commitment – in order to optimize an organization's performance and drive a sustainable competitive advantage. Students will examine the dynamics of healthy and dysfunctional teams, explore individual work behavioral styles and learn how these impact team performance and communication. They will evaluate communication strategies, conflict resolution models, and strategies for building a cohesive and healthy team.
MGT 781 Strategic Leadership and Team Building (3 credits)
In this course, students will learn how to build cohesive teams by exploring the best practices and strategies of healthy organizations. These practices and strategies include six critical areas that define and sustain a healthy organization: (1) the organization's purpose, (2) values that guide the organization's purpose, (3) the business definition, (4) measurement of success, (5) a single overarching goal, and (6) ownership of goals. Students will evaluate an organization's performance against the six critical areas, creating a 'playbook' that ensures organizational health.
MGT 782 Strategic Communication and Human Performance Support Systems (3 credits)
In healthy organizations, leaders communicate a clear, goal-focused message throughout the organization. In this course, students will learn how to develop a strategic communication plan, foster interdependence, and build human capital. Students will examine strategies for healthy organizational communication, assess criteria for effective meetings, and evaluate the components of a human performance support system. Included in this course is a capstone experience where students will apply all four of the Lencioni leadership frameworks by synthesizing and integrating the concepts and principles in a real-world project.
MGT 760 Advanced Financial Topics (3 credits)
This course offers the opportunity to focus on other financial issues facing managers in an increasingly savvy marketplace. The course combines discussion, extensive reading and lecture with several projects suited to demonstrate mastery of the topics included in the course.
MGT 768 Financial and Capital Issues (3 credits)
This class Integrates capital structure and corporate financial decisions with corporate strategy. Topics to be discussed include financial markets and instruments, valuing financial assets, valuing real assets, capital structure, incentives, information and corporate control and risk management. Within these broad topics, students will examine the allocation of capital for real investment, financing the firm, knowing whether and how to hedge risk, and allocating funds for financial investments.
MGT 769 Financial Decisions (3 credits)
This course focuses on the application of graduate level financial concepts through case studies to solve financial problems. The course will emphasize additional funds needed, future growth, appropriate capital structure, cash flow issues and others.
General Management (you may also choose courses from other concentrations):
MGT 731 Management Information Systems (3 credits)
Students will learn to assess an organization's information processing systems in the organization, with a focus on methods of integrating systems into daily operations for analyzing and representing data in forms useful for decision-making.
MGT 751 Project Management (3 credits)
Project management, the process and skill required to manage complex, non-routine, one-time undertakings, is essential to fuel the process of change in an organization and meet strategic goals while continuing to serve clients. Important topics will include the process of selecting projects that best support organizational goals, and the technical and managerial processes to complete those goals. Students will study work structuring, budgeting, resource allocation and performance measurement and control. The course will also explore the organizational and behavioral issues involved in managing projects.
MGT 750 Leadership (3 credits)
This course focuses on how leaders create the vision to change firm structures, motivate people, improve performance, and position the company for the challenges of the future. You will learn to identify both good and poor leadership characteristics with an emphasis on cases, examples, and personal experience. Each of you will be challenged to envision yourself as a leader and to identify traits necessary to improve your skills. Leadership will be analyzed and reflected through problems, observation, readings, case analysis, and examples from culture.
Health Care Management:
Choose three courses:
HCMGT 715 Communication and Relationship Building (3 credits)
Studies communication theory to provide a foundation for understanding how information and ideas are passed from person to person, the role of communication and relationship building in organizational change and transformation, and the methods of developing and strengthening relationships and trust in a diverse environment. Topics to be covered include conflict resolution, therapeutic communication processes and social support for relationships.
HCMGT 716 Leadership and Management (3 credits)
Examines key concepts in leadership and management within the health care system. Emphasis is placed on organizing and delivering health care, assessing resources, planning, managing human resources, improving quality and promoting positive change. Types of leadership will be reviewed and students will develop a sense of their own style of leadership.
HCMGT 717 Business Skills for Health Care Managers (3 credits)
Throughout the course, you will examine key concepts of management including organizing, planning, directing human resources, and controlling systems to obtain desired results. Topics include budgeting, human resources administration, the use of technology in management, the role of strategic management in leading organizational growth, and development.
HCMGT 718 Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care (3 credits)
The course introduces the major ethical theories and principles students need to evaluate current legal and ethical issues in the field of health care. Students explore issues such as patient rights, withdrawing life support, promoting client autonomy, business ethics and the legal responsibilities of health care organizations. Students evaluate varied perspectives and develop a reasoned analysis of current topics.
HCMGT 719 Topics in Health Care Management – Health Care Systems (3 credits)
This course examines the professional, socio-cultural, economic, and political forces exerting pressure on the current health care system. Students study current issues in health care such as growing demand, the increased use of technology, the changing role of government, and the shortage of trained professionals in many health care fields.
Human Resource Management:
MGT 724 Legal and Ethical Environment of Business (3 credits)
The course focuses on issues of concern in light of the law, administration of the law, and ethics, such as grievance and confidentiality, environmental regulation, internal financial controls, and human rights,. Students will study these issues in conjunction with managerial decision-making requirements. Application of theory is through case analysis.
MGT 753 Conflict Management and Negotiation (3 credits)
This course is designed to explore the way that power is used in conflict situations. You will examine ways to make conflict a creative, rather than a negative, experience and will practice methods of conflict resolution through role playing, case analysis and resolution, and assignments. This experience will provide you insight into human behavior to gain experience and confidence in negotiation, managing workplace conflict, leading group decision making, and facilitating processes with teams and individuals. Conflict will be discussed, dissected, and analyzed in the one-on-one and group contexts.
MGT 774 Organizational Change and Development (3 credits)
This course examines methods to improve organizational effectiveness. You will study organizational change, including the concept of planning change. Focus is on the basic roles and styles of the organizational development practitioner, and resistance to organizational change and how to overcome it.
Marketing and Advertising Management:
MGT 747 The Advertising Industry in the 21st Century (3 credits)
This course will address the complex management challenges in advertising today, including the new client service model, working with contract services, campaign planning, modern media and media planning, how to develop a “creative brief,” working with creative staff, and basic advertising production techniques.
MGT 748 Buyer Behavior and Advertising Research (3 credits)
Understanding why and how a consumer decides to purchase a certain product, and what effect advertising has on the decision, is a key part of the marketing and advertising process. You will gain insight into this process through the systematic collection of data through targeted marketing research on the consumer and his or her preferences. This course will explore both sides of the equation: what makes a consumer buy and how do we determine his or her buying style, likes and dislikes, and brand preference.
MGT 749 Advanced Marketing Strategy and Planning (3 credits)
The advertising plan is a critical part of the overall marketing plan for products. Proper utilization of the 4 Ps of the marketing mix in the formulation of strategy will determine the future effectiveness of a campaign. This course will teach you how integrated marketing communications, through targeted strategic planning, will help ensure success of all of the key elements of an advertising campaign. This course will also cover the use of social media.