Graduate Course Descriptions

The Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business at the University of Dallas offers courses both in the classroom and online.

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30 Hour MBA Courses:


Course Number

Course Name


Classroom/ Online

ACCT 5325   Intermediate Financial Accounting I
Continuation of Financial Accounting. It provides an in-depth coverage of the accounting system and basic financial statements learned in the first financial accounting course. Selected accounting items are covered with an emphasis on the topics of interest to financial managers including revenue recognition, statement of cash flows, working capital, cash and receivables, and long-term liabilities. Formerly MGT. 5369 or MGT 7368
Prerequisites: ACCT 6300/5F20 or equivalent. 
3 Both
ACCT 5326 Intermediate Financial Accounting II
Continuation of Intermediate Financial Accounting I. Selected accounting items are covered with an emphasis on the topics of interest in corporate financial reporting including investments, leases, pensions, deferred taxes, stockholders equity and earnings per share. Formerly MGT 5370.
Prerequisite: ACCT 5325. 
3 Both
ACCT 5330 Introduction to Taxation
Course concentrates on the basic theories and practices of taxation, including income, consumption and property tax. The main focus is on the U.S. individual tax. The course will involve hands-on experience in preparing both individual and business tax returns. Formerly MGT 5377 Students who took FINA 6365 prior to Summer 2007 may not take this course.
Prerequisite: ACCT 6300/5F20 or equivalent. 
3 Both
ACCT 5350 Accounting Information Systems
Study of the manual and automated records, documents, procedures and controls used in accounting systems. Course content emphasis is placed on information technology and the use of technology in financial accounting, decision-making, and auditing. Formerly MGT 6344.
Prerequisites: ACCT 6300/5F20 or equivalent & BUAD 6300 or TECH 5F70/5F50/5F55 or equivalent.  
3 Classroom
ACCT 5360 Auditing
A study of the topic of auditing focusing on the audit of financial statements used for external reporting. Topics also covered include professional ethics, internal and operational auditing, forensic accounting, and assurance services. Formerly MGT 6357.
Prerequisite: ACCT 5325. 
3 Classroom
ACCT   6300 Accounting for Managers
This course focuses on the acquisition, analysis, reporting and use of both external and internal financial information about business events important to managers and the organization. The course emphasizes the transformation of information into basic financial statements; an introduction to knowledge and skills relevant to the internal use of accounting information and techniques in support of planning and control management decisions and budgeting for business operations; management accounting methods, terms and practices; and an introduction to financial management and the time value of money.
3 Both
ACCT 6330 Financial Statement Analysis
Advanced financial accounting course focusing on the analysis of statements including shareholder's equity, income, balance sheet, and cash flow. Topics include the analysis of financing and investing activities, profitability, growth, economic value, and valuation of operations and debt.
Formerly MGT 7361.
Prerequisites: FINA 6305 or ACCT 5325. 
3 Classroom
ACCT 6340 Corporate Tax
The study of federal income tax regulations and accounting for corporations and shareholders. Topics include a detailed examination of corporate formation, capital structure, income taxation, and income distribution. Formerly MGT 6327.
Prerequisites: ACCT 5330. 
3 Classroom
ACCT 7340 Advanced Accounting
Provides in-depth coverage of financial reporting topics including: business combinations, partnerships, segment and interim reporting, foreign currency transactions, and governmental and not-for-profit accounting. Formerly MGT 7369.
Prerequisite: ACCT 5326. 
3 Classroom
ACCT 8380 Accounting Research Methods
Research methods for solving complex accounting and reporting issues including both financial accounting and tax accounting cases. Prerequisite: 3 credit hours of tax; 3 credit hours of intermediate accounting. Formerly MGT 8370.
Prerequisite: 3 credit hours of tax; 3 credit hours of intermediate accounting; BUAD 6300/5F20 or equivalent. 
3 Classroom
ACCT 8395  Accounting Theory
Course serves as the practicum to and fulfills the research requirement for the M.S. in Accounting. Course concentrates on advance topics of U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. This course focuses on the practice of accounting and the application of GAAP and is the last course taken in the MS program. Formerly MGT 8385.
Prerequisite: 3 credits of Intermediate Financial Accounting, 3 credits of tax, BUAD 6300/5F20 or equivalent, and BUAD 6330 and BUAD 6390. 
3 Classroom
BUAD 5315 Applied Verbal Reasoning
Students will develop and demonstrate an ability to analyze, evaluate, and synthesize written and oral business and economic information, to analyze and effectively apply grammar, composition, and rhetoric for business communication, and to identify and understand the relationships among words and concepts for use in business information analysis and presentation. A minimum passing grade of C (2.0) is required for this course for Qualifying Admission. 
3 Classroom
BUAD 5316 Quantitative and Statistical Reasoning
Students will develop and demonstrate knowledge and skills for effective application of finite mathematic principles for analysis of business information. Emphasis will be on problem solving using algebraic and statistical manipulation of formulae and data. A minimum passing grade of C (2.0) is required for this course for Qualifying Admission. 
3 Classroom
BUAD 5317 Applied Analytic Writing
Students will develop and demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary for the effective presentation of technical and persuasive writing, using principles of grammar, composition and rhetoric. Written case analysis, critical analysis and argument, and expository writing are emphasized. Mastery of external source citation is required. A minimum passing grade of C (2.0) is required for this course for Qualifying Admission. 
3 Classroom
BUAD 5318 Practical Business Immersion
Students will develop knowledge in the foundational concepts and practices essential to the management of projects, people, and resources in contemporary organizations in the context of an applied field project. Students will be required to demonstrate effective team member, client management, problem identification, analysis and solving, and presentation skills. Students may be required to attend client meetings and cultural or industry immersion activities in addition to designated class meeting times or locations. A minimum passing grade of C (2.0) is required for this course for Qualifying Admission. 
3 Classroom
BUAD   6300 Business Analytics
An applications-oriented course that integrates practices related to the development, analysis, presentation, and protection of data in an organizational environment. Key practices in information technology, the development and application of metrics for business and statistical analysis, the effective display of information, and data integrity will be addressed.
3 Both
BUAD 6301/
Independent Study
A member of the resident faculty, with permission of the Senior Associate Dean, supervises these special research studies. Students must submit a proposal, outline, and an approved Independent Study Contract in order to register. A copy of the contract must be on file with Office of Student Records. Formerly MGT. 6301. 
3 Classroom
BUAD   6305 The Effective Leader
This course facilitates the development of interpersonal and team skills leaders need to function effectively. The focus is on the integrated behavioral competencies that organizations value today; self awareness, communication, collaboration, and relationship-building.  Students will plan and implement new behaviors relevant to individuals who hold leadership positions, as well as those who informally assume leadership roles as they work with others to achieve business goals.  
3 Both
BUAD 6330 Business Communication
Course focuses on developing skills relevant to effective written and oral communication in applied business contexts. Students will practice skills in technical and commercial writing, electronic communications, visual/graphic presentation, interviewing and information gathering, and expository, persuasive, and extemporaneous speaking. Applications will be drawn from corporate summaries and reports, accounting statements and opinions, and managerial, employment, public relations and marketing communications. 
3 Classroom
BUAD 6390 Business Ethics
Develops a coherent framework, focused on the concept of virtue, for resolving ethically challenging situations in management and integrating the manager's personal life and values with sound management practice. Extensive readings in imaginative literature are used to illustrate and practice applications of the framework. Formerly MGT 6399. 
3 Both
BUAD 8101 Professional Internship
University-directed experience in a professional employment setting appropriate to the student's professional objectives. The supervising instructor, based on the Internship Contract, monitors the internship. Approval of the Associate Dean for Academic Operations is required prior to course registration. The Internship Contract and the final report must be on file with the Office of Student Records. Formerly MGT. 8101. 
1 Classroom
BUAD 8301 Professional Internship
University-directed experience in a professional employment setting appropriate to the student's professional objectives. The supervising instructor, based on the Internship Contract, monitors the internship. Approval of the Associate Dean for Academic Operations is required prior to course registration. The Internship Contract and the final report must be on file with the Office of Student Records. Formerly MGT. 8301. 
3 Classroom
BUAD   8310 Business and Society
Course examines the social, political, legal and regulatory environments that constitute the background in which a for-profit business firm conducts its activities in domestic and global contexts. Corporate social respon-sibility and the ethical dimensions of decisions that impact stakeholder groups and corporate sustainability in a competitive environment are discussed. Prerequisites: 3 credit hours of core courses.
BUAD 8330 International Study Tour
This course provides students with on-site experience in a variety of public, private and governmental organizations. International tours visit countries worldwide allowing students to experience the local corporate and social cultures. 
BUAD   8390 The Capstone Experience
The Capstone Experience is designed to integrate all earlier course work. The goal of the course is to develop an ability to consider an enterprise as an integrated entity, to use the concepts of policy and strategy, and to understand the environmental constraints and ethical considerations facing an organization. This course may be taken only in the final trimester of study. Capstone sections may require prerequisites as specified by the professor. MBA or MSMBA students only. Formerly MGT 8390. 
CYBS 5F70 Foundations of Cybersecurity
Provides an understanding of IT infrastructure and services, their vulnerabilities as well as the size and complexity of security threats faced by enterprises. Course will focus on the tenets of cybersecurity of confidentiality, integrity, availability and governance. Building on an understanding of these infrastructures, the development of security practices, policies, awareness and compliance programs, and legal and regulatory issues will be examined. Development of a threat assessment mapped to a solution that is supported with a cost/benefit analysis will also be developed. Formerly: TECH 5350/MGT 5387. 
3 Both 
CYBS 6350  Data Protection
Provides students with a working knowledge of fundamental data protection techniques for protecting data at rest, data in motion, and data in processing. Techniques include encryption algorithms and systems (symmetric, asymmetric, standard, digital certificates, and hashes), Steganography, data masking, and data obfuscation. The course will also examine access controls, availability, authentication, confidentiality, data integrity, and non-repudiation are covered and defenses against DDOS and other data attacks. Security by diversity and security in depth will be presented as fundamental requirements. Formerly TECH 6350 Cryptography. 
CYBS 6355  Compliance and Legal Issues 
This course examines legal, privacy and compliance environments facing organizations globally. Students will build an understanding of the complexities of these compliance and legal obligations starting with a general foundation of laws and industry standards that apply across most organizations that handle sensitive data. Examination of industry verticals will expand the student's knowledge of particular federal and state regulatory and industry-based obligations. Course also examines the relevant laws and regulations with regard to law enforcement and civil investigation of digital crimes. Replaces TECH 6355 Trusted Systems 
CYBS 7350  Operational Cybersecurity Management 
This course focuses on operational cybersecurity management issues such as business continuity planning, disaster recovery, identity management, change management, metrics, accreditation, certification, and validation. Examines in detail effective risk assessment programs, disaster recovery planning, how to interpret the sources and levels of risk, how to apply appropriate defensive systems employing security in depth and diversity concepts, and back-up and recovery procedures. Replaces TECH 7350 Managing Information Security. 
CYBS 7351  Strategic Cybersecurity Management 
Students are required to examine cybersecurity at a program and architectural level regarding issues such as risk management, audit, privacy, Information Security Management System (ISMS), and identity management within an organizational context; and be able to define a risk assessment, security awareness, metrics and education strategy; and then present it to the executive board. Prerequisite: CYBS 6350. 
CYBS 7355  Penetration Testing & Vulnerability Assessment 
Course provides an in-depth understanding of penetration (pen) testing and "ethical hacking", including requirements and reporting. Students will examine the business impact of testing and will conduct security testing (including network and web application penetration testing) in the lab environment that includes: intelligence gathering, identifying and exploiting vulnerabilities, conducting post-exploitation exercises, and reporting results. Students will be required to create a comprehensive report summarizing the findings including recommendations to mitigate the risks identified. Topics will include social engineering, web application testing, managing a security test, and tools of attack. Prerequisite: CYBS 7350. Replaces TECH 7355 Information Security Risk Mitigation.
CYBS 7359  Digital Forensics 
Course provides an in-depth analysis use of industry tools, technologies, and practices involved in gathering, protecting and analyzing digital evidence. The class uses industry tools to perform forensic analysis and examines how various operating systems store data on storage media - hard disk drives and other digital media. The course will highlight how computers are used in crimes and how this can be linked to criminal motivations to focus a digital investigation. Prerequisite: CYBS 6355 and 7350. Equivalent to TECH 7358 and TECH 7359 (Fall 2008 through Summer 2012).
CYBS 8395 Cybersecurity Practicum
The Practicum is taken in the last semester and designed to integrate all earlier coursework.  Under the guidance of the professor, each student completes an applied research project on an approved topic.  Approval is required to enroll.  This course is open only to M.S. students in Cybersecurity.  
3 Online
ECON 5F70 Foundations of Business Economics 
This course is designed to help managers make informed decisions with the aid of economic analysis. It applies micro concepts of supply, demand and cost, and methods of industry analysis, that assist the manager in making quantitative decisions. Macro concepts involving the banking system, monetary policy, and tax policy are addressed as they relate to inflation, unemployment and business fluctuations to allow managers to have a better understanding of the environment in which a firm, its competitors and customers operate. 
3 Both
FINA   6305 Managerial Finance
This course focuses on risk-return analyses that managers use to maximize firm value. Topics include time value of money (review), valuation of financial instruments, capital budgeting, cost of capital and capital structure, working capital management, and dividend policy.
Prerequisites: ACCT 6300, BUAD 6300, and ECON 5F70.
3 Both
FINA 7310   Intermediate Corporate Finance 
Builds on Financial Management (FINA 6301) and presents additional concepts and models for financial decision making. Topics covered include capital budgeting, lease financing, working capital management, mergers and acquisitions, risk management, capital structure theory, dividend policy, and multinational financial management. Formerly MGT 7372.
Prerequisite: FINA 6305. 
FINA 7320   International Finance 
Policies and practices required to manage foreign exchange risk, finance international trade, and meet working capital and investment needs of multinational companies.
Formerly MGT 7385.
Prerequisites: FINA 6305. 
FINA 7322   Investments
This course provides a thorough overview of investments, providing students with knowledge of basic types of securities (bond, stock, foreign exchanges and derivatives) and how the markets for these securities operate. Students will learn about the principles of finance, including arbitrage, market efficiency, asset pricing models and portfolio theory. Specific topics include risk-return and mean-variance efficient frontiers, diversification and pricing of risk, security, pricing, etc. In addition, students will apply skills in modern investment pricing techniques, including the pricing of fixed-income securities, equities, foreign exchange and derivatives. Principles of portfolio selection and management and risk control will also be covered in relevant topics. Finally, the course will look at how banks and other financial institutions make money by bringing issuers and investors together.
Prerequisites: ACCT 5325 & FINA 6305.
FINA 7327   Corporate Valuation 
The course focuses on providing students with theoretical and applied understanding of key methods and tools used in valuing companies in order to evaluate mergers and acquisitions, new projects or make strategic decisions. Analysis of the factors that drive corporate value will be emphasized. This course will build upon the concepts covered in FINA 6305 Managerial Finance and FINA 7310 Intermediate Corporate Finance. Prerequisite: FINA 7310. 
FINA 7350   Derivatives
In this course, students develop an understanding of financial derivative instruments (forwards, futures, options and swaps) and their applications to investment strategy and risk management. Throughout the course, we cover material in the contracts, hedging, arbitrage, pricing and risk management of financial derivative instruments. Derivatives pricing models such as Binomial Tree Model and BSM Model will be discussed in detail. In the class, students learn how to apply futures strategies for long and short hedge and how to apply option strategies such as covered calls, spreads and butterflies and options Greeks for financial engineering and risk management purpose. Students will also use options and futures contracts for tactical portfolio strategies purpose. Relevant topics such as securitization and real options will also be covered in the class.
Prerequisite: FINA 7322 or FINA 7327. 
FINA 8395   Portolio Management
This course serves as the Capstone class of the M.S. Finance program. The objective of the course is to apply all of the theoretical finance knowledge students have learned in other MS Finance courses. By studying the empirical evidence relevant for portfolio management, we will cover investment strategies and risk management of equity portfolios, such as estimation of capital market parameters, trade-off between risk and return, equilibrium asset pricing models, portfolio construction, optimal portfolio selection and random walk as applied to portfolio management, etc.
Prerequisite: Approval required – final term.
MANA 5F50 Foundations of Management and Strategy
This course is designed to provide a basic exploration of organizations in their environments and provide an introduction to the management process. The foundational tools of planning, organizing, directing and controlling will be examined, with an emphasis on the strategic management process.
1.5 Both
MANA   6307 Managing Complex Organizations
Presents an employee-centered analysis of organizational value creation through the leadership of human resources.  The intersection of organizational theory, behavior, development and change serves as the context in which students are challenged to develop knowledge, skills and ability necessary to plan,evaluate, implement and improve human resource initiatives.  Emphasis is placed on critically evaluating multi-dimensional value creation perspectives.
Prerequisite: MANA 5F50.  Equivalent to MANA 6305.
MANA   8320 Global Strategy 
This course provides students with an overview of the technological, economic, political/legal, cultural and financial dimensions of the global business environment with special focus on international trade and foreign direct investment. An experiential simulation is used to develop students' skills in coordinating the strategy and operations of a multi-national enterprise in a high velocity, global environment.
Prequisites: ACCT 6300, BUAD 6300, FINA 6305, OPER 6305. 
MARK 5F50 Foundations of Marketing
This course surveys the marketing activities and decisions of both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations involved in providing need-satisfying products and services to consumers in domestic and global markets. The overall goal of the course is to provide students with a working knowledge of the fundamental marketing concepts. 
1.5 Both 
MARK   6305 Value-Based Marketing 
This course connects marketing decisions with their financial implications. It expands marketing's traditional customer-centric focus with an emphasis on marketing's value to the organization. Students study and apply ROI concepts and practices for delivering higher levels of marketing productivity and profitability.
Prerequisite: MARK 5F50.
OPER   6305 Management of Operations
This course focuses on the operations function, which creates an organization's products and/or services. The focal point of operations is the efficient acquisition, management, and transformation of resources into products and services. Operations strategy, operations' impact on profitability, and important strategic and tactical decisions that affect operations are studied.
Prerequisite: BUAD 6300. 
3 Both
TECH 5F70  Foundations of Management of IT 
This course is intended to be an introduction to information technology and how IT/IS functions within a global economy. Students will become conversant with technologies for competitiveness, efficiency, and effectiveness for the management of IT and also for the use of IT by the rest of the organization. 
TECH 6362 IT Project Management
This course provides a comprehensive overview of project management. It takes a socio-technical perspective on the management of projects. The content deals with planning, scheduling, organizing and implementing projects in business settings. Emphasis is on the project management process and tools. Basic concepts and tools of project management, such as work breakdown structure, scheduling, earned value analysis and risk management are introduced.Formerly OPER 6370.
3 Both
TECH 6370  Process Mapping and Management 
Understanding business processes and their active, continuous management is fundamental to recommending IT and other managerial change solutions. Process mapping skills for 'as-is' and 'to-be' business processes are developed and practiced. In addition, techniques for change analysis, problem finding and resolution, technology impact analysis, benchmarking, error proofing, and change management are developed. Formerly MGT 6387. 
TECH 7362 IT Project Scope and Time Management 
This course examines topics related to scope and time management. Specific topics related to scope management include defining the scope, creating work breakdown structures and planning scope
change control procedures. Time management topics include activity definition, activity sequencing, estimating activity resource requirements, estimating activity duration, schedule development and schedule control techniques. Prerequisite: TECH 6362. Formerly OPER 7370.
3 Both
TECH 7372  Enterprise Architecture 
An enterprise architecture supports enterprise-wide information technology resource design and provides a blueprint for hardware, software, network, and data to best service business needs. This course examines the theory, principles, best practices, and common frameworks applied to development of an EA and builds on them to discuss how to develop an EA for an organization. EA scalability, standardization, measurement, and assessment are for different size organizations. Needs analysis provides the basis for determining the most effective type of EA. 
TECH 7374  Program and Services Management 
IT management has evolved to the management of programs, such as outsourcing, and management of services, such as help desk. Program management encompasses several development projects that may include business organization structure, processes, infrastructure, applications, and services. Service management is an on-going role to manage bundles of services after they become operational. For program management, the discussion centers around key programs and organizational decisions managed through IT, design of program management functions. For services management, IT provides a service to the organization that directly affects the organization's relationship with its customers. For both types of management, understanding needs, design of changes, measurement, and assessment are discussed.
TECH 7375  Strategy and IT Governance 
Encompasses both the internal and external domains that must be mastered and managed by today's CIO. Major activites reviewed include development of IT strategy that aligns with the organization's strategy and defining a portfolio management approach to applications and their sourcing, dealing with increasing regulatory and compliance issues and the management of processes within IT, guided by standards (e.g., ISO 20000) and framewords (e.g., CMMI, COBIT, 6-Sigma, etc.), while juggling change management in the global environment.
Corequisite: TECH 6370. 
TECH 8395  Information and Technology Management Practicum 
This course is open only to M.S. students in Cybersecurity and Information and Technology Management. Students will select a topic in their major area and once approved, develop a research  paper and present their topic to an approved public venue. Prerequisite: Approval required – final term. (Formerly TECH 8395. Thesis II)