Graduate Business Administration

Degrees and Certificates


GBUS 501: Marketing Strategy and Decision-Making

Leaders of successful companies understand the importance of marketing strategy and key marketing decisions. This course explores the industry/product life cycle and appropriate competitive strategies and then takes those decisions deeper to include the alignment of business strategy with value disciplines, core purpose, core values, core competencies and the marketing mix.

GBUS 505: Economic Decision-Making

This course will focus on current microeconomic issues by utilizing economic history and theory. It will address important economic concerns in today’s global economy and make specific recommendations.

GBUS 515: Individual and Organizational Development

This course is designed to provide students exposure to organizational development (OD), which utilizes the application of behavioral science to adapt to change and improve individuals and systems within an organization. The goal of OD is to help individuals function better within an organization system. Organizational Development has the power to dramatically improve companies and the well-being of employees. Going forward, successful organizations will be those that build an effective employee experience that attracts, retains and engages the right talent. The right staffing ensures continuous organizational improvement through strategic alignment of structure, staff, skills and culture. OD attempts to bring about positive change throughout the system (individual, group and organization) using a wide variety of interventions.

GBUS 602: Financial Decision-Making

This course utilizes quantitative analysis as well as qualitative skills to analyze and interpret a company’s financial statements and position from a manager’s perspective, with an emphasis on making financial decisions. Cases will be used to illustrate analysis of external and internal financial reporting with a focus on forecasting and valuation. Various types of organizations will be considered.

GBUS 605: Business Intelligence

Business intelligence is the implementation of information technology strategies for data analysis in order to provide historical, current and predictive views of business operations. In this course, students learn and apply software that facilitates online analytical processing, analytics, data/process/text mining, complex event processing, business performance management, benchmarking and predictive/prescriptive analytics. This hands-on course emphasizes the application of business intelligence to improve business decision making and strategies interventions.

GBUS 610: Project Management Concepts and Practice

This course guides students through the fundamental project management tools and behavioral skills necessary to successfully launch, lead and realize benefits from projects in profit and nonprofit organizations. Successful project managers possess the skills necessary to manage their teams, schedules, risks and resources to produce a desired outcome. Students explore project management with a practical, hands-on approach through case studies and application exercises. Students will learn to manage the particular challenges of project management, including managing without influence or direct authority, gaining the support of stakeholders and gaining access to resources not directly under their control. Student effort will also be focused on overcoming resistance to change in order to implement successful project management.

GBUS 615: Risk Management

In this course, students will learn to plan and run projects with special consideration of risk management. Students will develop strategies for addressing resource constraints in project planning, scheduling and management. They will learn how to align resources with demand and how to address scheduling conflicts in order to deliver the project on time and under budget. Students will apply crashing techniques (compression strategies) to projects running behind schedule and they will address project creep resulting from new customer requirements. We will use MS Project Management in this course to manage resources and the project schedule. We will also focus on the human element and look at some basic effective team management concepts. Finally, we will explore elements of risk and learn how to control or mitigate those risks during the project lifecycle. Specifically, we will learn to identify potential risks, quantify risk impact and likelihood, implement countermeasures where appropriate and establish systems to monitor and control the risks.

GBUS 620: Supply Chain Management

Supply chain management covers the flow of materials and products from the raw material and component suppliers through the manufacturer value chain and distribution system to the end-user/customer. The processes crucial to this flow include inventory and production planning, forecasting, purchasing, manufacturing, storage and transportation. Students will learn the fundamental concepts related to supply chain management and will apply those concepts in a variety of actual projects or simulations. This course will also focus on the various techniques for material and production planning, execution of orders and priority planning, quality control strategies and distribution channel decisions.

GBUS 686: Consulting Field Experience

This course is designed as the capstone experience of the 5-Year MBA. The field experience will enhance each student’s skills in participating as a team member towards real-world project goals. Working with a small group of students as a consulting team, the students will conduct an experiential learning opportunity in partnership with a local business, with the business partnerships created in conjunction with the MBA concentration areas (healthcare administration or project management). The field experience opportunity will allow for the students to employ practical application of the concepts learned during the MBA program while working directly with industry professionals on a specific business project. A formal presentation and report to the business client will conclude the project.

GBUS 687: Field Experience Seminar

The seminar class will provide the students working on the different consulting field experience projects the opportunity to meet together as a larger group and with faculty to better ensure that the goals, objectives and eventual results of each of the projects are successful. The seminar will cover topic areas including effective written and oral business communication skills, to better prepare the students in developing their final project presentations and reports for the business clients.

GBUS 689: Influence and Power in Organizations

This course explores how leaders use power and influence to build organizational effectiveness and team and personal performance.  We will discuss sources of power, the ethics involved in the use - and sometimes - abuse of power, and your personal relationship with power and influence in multiple settings.  The use of influence in motivating employees, negotiating, collaborating and maintaining a competitive advantage domestically and globally are additional considerations.