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if you have not recently completed a course – please contact your advisor immediately to ensure that you stay on track with your program design.
ACCT 5323. Accounting for Managers.
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; techniques in support of planning and control management decisions and
budgeting for business operations; and management accounting methods, terms and practices.
Formerly ACCT 6300.
ACCT 5325. Intermediate Financial Accounting I.
Provides an in-depth coverage of the accounting system and basic financial statements
with an emphasis on topics of interest to financial managers including revenue recognition,
statement of cash flows, working capital, cash and receivables, and long-term liabilities. Prerequisites:
ACCT 5323, ACCT 6300 or equivalent.
ACCT 5326. Intermediate Financial Accounting II.
This course is a continuation of Intermediate Financial Accounting I. Covers selected
accounting items with an emphasis on the topics of interest in corporate financial
reporting including investments, leases, pensions, deferred taxes, stockholders equity
and earnings per share. Prerequisite: ACCT 5325 or equivalent.
ACCT 5330. Introduction to Taxation.
Focuses on the basic theories and practices of individual income taxation. Involves
hands-on experience in preparing individual tax returns and research projects. Prerequisite:
ACCT 5323 or ACCT 6300.
ACCT 5350. Accounting Information Systems.
Studies the manual and automated records, documents, procedures, and controls used
in accounting systems. Course content emphasis is on the use of technology in financial
accounting, decision-making, and auditing. Prerequisite: ACCT 5323 or ACCT 6300.
Focuses on an audit of financial statements used for external reporting. Focuses on
developing skills relevant to effective written and oral communication in applied
business contexts. Applications will be drawn from corporate reporting, financial
statements and audit opinions. Prerequisite: ACCT 5326.
ACCT 6330. Financial Statement Analysis.
Focuses on the analysis of statements including shareholders’ equity, income, balance
sheet, and cash flow. Topics include the analysis of financing and investing activities,
profitability, growth, and economic value. Prerequisites: FINA 6305 or ACCT 5325.
ACCT 6375. Advanced Auditing.
Focuses on the development and preparation of an opinion on the audit of financial
statements used for external reporting. Topics will continue and further the Auditing
course and include preparation of audit work papers, planning, audit risk assessment,
gathering of audit evidence, evaluating audit evidence, concluding the audit and preparation
of the audit opinion. Focuses on developing skills relevant to effective written and
oral communication in applied business contexts. Applications will be drawn from audit
cases and analysis. Prerequisite: ACCT 5375.
ACCT 6390. Business Ethics for Accountants.
Develops a framework for addressing ethically challenging situations in management
and synthesizing the individual’s personal values with sound management practice.
The course offers an integration of ethical reasoning, objectivity, independence,
and other core values into the development of accounting professionals. Formerly
ACCT 7320. Cost Accounting
Focuses on cost accounting and control. The course emphasizes cost-volume-profit relationships,
standard costs and variance analysis, costing techniques, relevant costs, budgeting
and activity-based costing. Prerequisite: ACCT 5326.
ACCT 8380. Accounting Research Methods.
Covers research methods for solving complex accounting and reporting issues including
both financial accounting and tax accounting cases. Prerequisites: ACCT 5323, ACCT
5330, and ACCT 5326.
BANA 6350. Quantitative Methods.
Course covers traditional management science / operations research concepts, models
and methods that are employed to make better, objective, verifiable, communicable,
and more informed decisions for problems routinely encountered in business by decision
makers. Emphasis is on application, interpretation, and use of results to make better
decisions for planning and operations. Prerequisites: BUAD 5350.
BANA 6380. Advanced SAS Programming.
This course provides a comprehensive overview of the business-analytics project lifecycle.
It discusses understanding the problem, identifying the appropriate data, retrieving,
preparing, and exploring the data, applying a set of candidate analytics techniques,
selecting the most appropriate technique, and communicating the results into actionable
business recommendations. Prerequisites: BANA 6350.
BANA 7320. Data Visualization.
This course provides an introduction as well as hands-on experience in data visualization.
Students will learn to analyze the context of data visualization, to identify, access
and prepare data for visualization, to apply best practices in visual analytics, to
design user-oriented visualizations based on essential cognitive and perceptual principles,
and to create dash board and data stories that effectively communicate data insights
to facilitate managerial decision making. Students will complete data visualization
assignments as well as a final project featuring an interactive dashboard and datastory.
Co-requisite: BANA 6350.
BANA 7350. Forecasting Methods.
This course addresses tools and techniques required for analyzing business data for
forecasting. Topics include time series analysis and time series forecasting. Students
will learn to apply these techniques to support business decision makers. Prerequisite:
BANA 6H30. Co-requisite: BANA 6350.
BANA 7365 Predictive Modeling
The course addresses practices related to predictive modeling (decision tree, regression,
neural network, ensemble and boosting models, among others). Topics include modifying
data for better analysis results, model training and testing, machine learning methods,
comparing and explaining complex models, generating predictions, and communicating
results to help make better business decisions. This course is open only to MS students
in Business Analytics. Prerequisite: BANA 6350, BANA 6H30.
BANA 7380. Advanced Business Analytics.
This course addresses tools and techniques required for creating predictive models
to support business decisions and techniques for communicating results of advanced
analytics techniques. Topics include selecting and engineering predictive features,
creating preliminary scorecards, performing inference techniques, determining scorecard
performance, and communicating the results. Co-requisite: BANA 6350.
BANA 6390. Big Data Analytics & Cloud Computing.
This course addresses concepts, tool and techniques for using large datasets to address
business problems. This includes understanding big data concepts, common architectures,
and using industry-standard tools to store, query, transform and analyze large datasets.
Techniques related to importing and working with diverse types of data across different
technical environments are discussed and practiced. Prerequisites: BANA 6H15 and BANA
3 Credits Classroom
This course provides the four cornerstones necessary to establish the foundation for
effective study of business at the masters level. Cornerstone 1: ability to research
and write for graduate course work with citation that respects the intellectual property
of the original author and demonstrates an evidence-based perspective on management.
Cornerstone 2: knowledge of the primary questions and approaches for each of the functional
areas of a business enterprise. Cornerstone 3: basic skills underlying an analytic
approach to management and decision making. Cornerstone 4: understanding the business
environment and its effect on policies, practices and decision making.
BUAD 5350. Data Analysis for Decision Making.
Focuses on the analysis and presentation of quantitative information in a manner that
facilitates understanding and decision-making. The course covers basic sampling, statistical
analysis, reporting, and data presentation techniques. Equivalent to BUAD 6300.
BUAD 6301/7301. Independent Study.
A member of the resident faculty, with permission of the 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.
BUAD 6305. The Effective Leader.
Facilitates the development of interpersonal and team skills leaders need to function
effectively. 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.
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 is required prior
to course registration. The Internship Contract must be on file with the Office of
BUAD 8310. Business and Society.
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 responsibility and the ethical dimensions of
decisions that impact stakeholder groups and corporate sustainability in a competitive
environment are discussed. Prerequisites: MANA 5F50.
BUAD 8390. The Capstone Experience.
Taken in the last semester and designed to integrate all earlier course work. Under
the guidance of the professor, each student participates on a team that is assigned
to work with a real organization (i.e., consulting client) on a comprehensive project.
Teams are expected to develop a scope of work (or proposal), research the firm /
industry, interact with the client on an appropriate basis and present their project
findings / recommendations to the client in the form of a report, presentation, or
debriefing near the end of the semester. Capstone approval is required to enroll.
Prerequisites: ACCT 5323 or ACCT 6300, BUAD 5350, FINA 6305, OPER 6305, MANA 5F50
and MARK 5F50.
CYBS 5F70. Foundations of Cybersecurity.
This course provides an introduction to the study of cybersecurity and the need to
maintain confidentiality, integrity and availability of information. Students will
be introduced to cyber laws and governance issues, risk management, security tools,
security awareness and the ongoing responsibilities associated with maintaining a
CYBS 6350. Data Protection.
Provides 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. Examines access controls,
availability, authentication, confidentiality, data integrity, and non-repudiation
as well as defenses against DDOS and other data attacks. Security by diversity and
security in depth are presented as fundamental requirements. Prerequisite: TECH 5F70.
Equivalent to TECH 6350.
CYBS 6355. Compliance and Legal Issues.
Examines legal, privacy, and compliance environments facing organizations globally.
Students build an understanding of the complexities of security, 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 expand students’ knowledge of particular federal and state regulatory and
industry-based obligations. It also examines how security and compliance obligations
can be used to establish the security, compliance, and risk management programs for
an enterprise. Equivalent to TECH 6355.
CYBS 7350. Operational Cybersecurity Management.
Focuses on developing skills relative to an understanding of the business risks that
exist when proper cybersecurity access controls are not effectively implemented. Students
will study breach cases and have the opportunity to interface with security experts
to gain an in-depth understanding of current risks, threats, and vulnerabilities organizations
face. Lab simulations will be completed and each lab will be analyzed for its meaning
and purpose in increasing security knowledge. Students will create a cybersecurity
breach report and as a team project create an access control plan with recommendations
for overcoming or minimizing cyber breach situations through the use of proper controls,
the control framework, lab experiences, and other resources explored in the course.
Co-requisite: CYBS 6350. Equivalent to TECH 7350.
CYBS 7355. Penetration Testing and Vulnerability Assessment.
In-depth understanding of penetration (pen) testing and "ethical hacking", including
requirements and reporting. Examination of the business impact of testing and will
conduct security testing (including network and web application penetration testing)
in the lab environment including: intelligence gathering, identifying and exploiting
vulnerabilities, conducting post-exploitation exercises, and reporting results. Students
are 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 &
CYBS 7357. Replaces TECH 7355 Information Security Risk Mitigation.
CYBS 7357. Network Security
Provides a comprehensive explanation of network security basics including how hackers
access networks and the use of network security tools to provide countermeasures.
Strategies for meeting the challenges from expanded network boundaries are developed
through active hands-on exercises in networked lab environments. Prerequisite: CYBS
5F70 and CYBS 6350.
CYBS 7359. Digital Forensics.
This course provides an in-depth analysis of the 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 such as hard disk drives and other digital media.
Highlights how computers are used in crimes and how to focus on a digital investigation.
Prerequisite: CYBS 6355 and 7350. Equivalent to TECH 7358 and TECH 7359.
CYBS 8396. Strategic Cybersecurity Practicum
This course is taken in the last semester and is designed to integrate all earlier
coursework. This course examines Cybersecurity at a program level by developing strategy that
includes components including mission, values, organizational structure, network structure,
policy, risk assessment, vulnerability management, metrics business continuity, awareness,
education, culture, staffing, mobile device management, and threat analysis. Students
will complete detailed strategic road maps that they will present to an executive
board for approval. This course is only open to MS students in Cybersecurity. Approval
is required to enroll. Prerequisites: CYBS 6350, CYBS 7350 and 7357.
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
FINA 6305. Managerial Finance.
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
Prerequisites: ACCT 5323 or ACCT 6300, BUAD 6300, and ECON 5F70.
FINA 7310. Intermediate Managerial Finance.
Builds on Managerial Finance 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. Prerequisite: FINA 6305.
FINA 7320. International Financial Markets.
Policies and practices required to manage foreign exchange risk, finance international
trade, and meet working capital and investment needs of multinational companies. Prerequisite:
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. 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. Students 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 looks at how banks and other financial institutions
make money by bringing issuers and investors together. Prerequisites: ACCT 5325 &
FINA 7327. Corporate Valuation.
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. Builds upon
the concepts covered in FINA 6305 Managerial Finance and FINA 7310 Intermediate Managerial
Finance. Prerequisite: FINA 7310.
Development of 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 are discussed in detail. 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 are covered. Prerequisite: FINA 7322.
FINA 8395. Portfolio Management.
This course serves as the final 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: FINA 7310 and
FINA 7322. Approval required – final term.
MANA 5F50. Foundations of Management and Strategy.
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 are examined with an emphasis on the strategic
MANA 6307. Managing Complex Organizations.
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.
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. Prerequisites: ACCT 5323 or ACCT 6300, BUAD 6300, FINA
6305, OPER 6305, MANA 5F50 and MARK 5F50.
MARK 5F50. Foundations of Marketing.
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.
MARK 6305. Value-Based Marketing.
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.
Study and application of ROI concepts and practices for delivering higher levels of
marketing productivity and profitability. Prerequisite: MARK 5F50.
OPER 6305. Management of Operations.
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.
TECH 5F70. Foundations of Information Technologies and Management.
This course examines the global issues facing IT and Cybersecurity organizations today
by providing an understanding of IT infrastructure, services, and technologies for
competitiveness, efficiency, and effectiveness. Students investigate security threats
faced by enterprises through the tenets of cybersecurity of confidentiality, integrity,
availability, and governance.
TECH 6360. Programming Concepts.
Introduces the student to programming. Upon completion of this class, the student
will be able to write non-trivial programs dealing with business. Topics include language
components, control flow constructs, strings, input/output, database handling, classes,
modules, and regular expressions. The course includes hands-on labs requiring students
to bring a PC to class. Prerequisite: TECH 5F70.
TECH 6362. IT Project Management.
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. Prerequisite:
TECH 5F70. Formerly OPER 6370.
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. Prerequisite TECH 5F70.
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 7375. Strategy and IT Governance.
Encompasses both the internal and external domains that must be mastered and managed
by today's CIO. Major activities 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 frameworks (e.g., CMMI, COBIT, 6-Sigma, etc.), while juggling change management
in the global environment. Corequisite: TECH 6370.