Information Technology ManagementMaster of Business Administration

The MBA with an Information Technology (IT) Management emphasis prepares graduates to face the challenges presented by the increasingly interconnected world. Graduates of the program are poised to facilitate communication between technical and non-technical staff, engineer efficient technology solutions, analyze systems security, and conduct risk assessments.

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Master of Business Administration Curriculum Overview

The MBA with an Information Technology (IT) Management emphasis prepares graduates to face the challenges presented by the increasingly interconnected world. Graduates of the program are poised to facilitate communication between technical and non-technical staff, engineer efficient technology solutions, analyze systems security, and conduct risk assessments. Among other things, students will explore topics in project and life-cycle management, bridging the IT-business gap as well as business ethics.
ITM Emphasis Courses
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
MBA - 580 Bridging IT Bus Gap Glbl Set 3
MBA - 585 Project and Lifecycle Mgmt 3
MBA - 590 Info Syst Analysis & Comm 3
MBA - 595 Bus Info Syst Sec, Risk, Qlty 3

Compare technical to non-technical staff in studying ways to build collaborative effectiveness in managing functions and projects. Minimize the barriers to successful intercultural communication by investigating various tools for teamwork in local and global settings. Utilize project case studies and collaborative software tools to practice communicating virtually across diverse settings and maximize teamwork to deliver on business strategy.

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Introduce the entire project lifecycle by practicing collaborative development of various project monitoring and reporting tools in a case-study setting: 1) project scope/charter, 2) work breakdown structure, 3) cost-benefit analysis, 4) communication plan, 5) project schedule, 6) risk register, and 7) quality management plan. Transfer learning objectives to the student's own Management Application Portfolio (MAP) by practicing knowledge retention and by applying concepts from the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK).

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Create a systemic understanding of business requirements by interviewing key stakeholders and diagramming to communicate process workflow. Utilize contemporary case studies to compare software and infrastructure development methodologies such as the Systems Development Lifecycle to Agile Methods. Apply learned skills to key decision-making tasks such as in-house development, outsourcing, software testing, and cloud computing. Create a first draft of the initial phases for the student's own Management Application Portfolio (MAP).

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Analyze how information systems are designed to interact with people and carry out business strategy. Design plans to analyze and secure enterprise-wide data and applications in a growing mobile environment. Assess risk and manage quality in working to meet auditing and compliance standards. Topics include business continuity and disaster recovery, virtualization, and the effects of compliance on infrastructure development. Create first drafts of middle and final phases for the student's Management Application Portfolio (MAP).

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MBA Core Courses
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
MBA - 500 Org Leadership and Dev 3
MBA - 520 Integrated Marketing Comm 3
MBA - 510 Managerial Res Meth & Design 3
MBA - 505 Global Economics 3
MBA - 515 Applied Business Ethics 3
MBA - 525 Strategic HR Management 3
MBA - 530 Managerial Finance and Acctg 3
MBA - 535 Legal Environment for Managers 3

This course introduces leadership in dynamic, changing organizations where customers change, technologies shift, and work processes evolve. In this course students will examine how leaders develop themselves and others and create alignment as an organization changes to meet the needs of the future

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This course will develop marketing strategy and executing diverse communication tactics critical to all enterprises. Consistency in both processes and messages is important. Students will analyze business scenarios and determine strategic objectives, target markets and messages, as well as demonstrate to use and how to apply multiple marketing tactics.

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This course examines the various research methodologies used in organizational settings. It provides an overview of quantitative and qualitative methodologies including research design, data collection and analysis, interviewing, case studies, and action science. The philosophy, ethics, and politics of management research are introduced. Students will critique published research, write a literature review, and design research studies.

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The course will apply economic theory to develop a framework to analyze and predict trade, exchange rate, environmental, health, labor and other policies. Strategies will encompass the interaction of American and global economic institutions and policy making entities such as the United States Trade Representative, Congress, Federal Reserve, WTO, and the European Union.

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This course will review and analyze popular models of ethical decision making. Readings, case studies, and special presenters will provide opportunities to investigate current ethical issues facing leaders and managers in business and organizational settings as well as critically apply various ethical theories and decision-making frameworks. Literature relative to Christian vocation, applied ethics, and value-centered leadership will be explored. Student papers and presentations will demonstrate the integration of a personal and vocational ethic.

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This course looks at human resources management from an operating manager's perspective and focuses on the key role strategic human resource management plays in the development and execution of organizational strategy. Emphasis will be placed on the cultural, behavioral, and the legal issues faced by companies as they attempt to compete in an increasingly expanding global economy. Students will work collaboratively to analyze and compare the complexities and challenges of doing business abroad as well as in the United States and discuss approaches, plans, and programs to address those issues strategically.

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This course will examine the framework and systems of current accounting and finance principles including preparation of financial statements, accounting cycles and balance sheet classifications. Students will apply these principles along with ethical responsibility and critical thinking skills to management practices of business decision making and strategic planning.

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This course integrates the treatment of law and management. It helps managers and leaders spot legal issues before they become legal problems and emphasizes developing the legal astuteness to craft solutions that attain core organizational objectives without incurring undue legal risk. Traditional legal concepts are discussed as well as current topics in developing areas of the law. An emphasis on ethical concerns stimulates understanding of how managers must incorporate considerations of ethics and social responsibility into their managerial actions

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