MSSF Program Courses (BUSE)

A505 Strategic Cost Management (3cr)
Discussion of the development and use of accounting information for managerial control and decision making. Accounting methods for cost accumulation and allocation, standard costing, budgeting, inventory valuations, performance measurement, cost-volume-profit relationships, special decisions, current developments in managerial accounting, and other topics will be discussed.

A507 Modeling & Simulation (3cr)
To increase decision-making effectiveness by learning more about quantitative methodology and by better understanding its contribution to the decision making process. Includes analysis and solution of realistic problems using microcomputer software.

C522 Financial Management (3cr)
A study of the theory and practice of corporate finance. Areas studied include organizing capital expenditure, planning dividend policy and capital structure strategies, making short-term financial decisions, mergers, pension plans, and the international aspect of corporate finance.

E577 Financial Statement Analysis (3cr)
The purpose of the course is to develop the conceptual and practical skills needed for in-depth company analysis and honing of critical thinking skills useful in understanding financial reporting concepts and analyzing financial statements. The course combines a text that develops financial statement analysis concepts with a text covering  cases (using well-known companies) specific to particular aspects of financial reporting and analysis.

E580 Community Service in Business (0cr)
All MBA and MSSF students must complete a community service project to graduate. This involves donating a minimum of 20 hours to an approved community project (e.g. volunteering for Big Brothers/Big Sisters; providing tax assistance for the elderly; participating in a United Way agency) and a written report to the Graduate Business office.

E594 Business Analysis & Valuation (3cr)
Use of financial statement data to: analyze business strategy, assess accounting policies and estimates for analysis and valuation purposes, evaluate financial performance utilizing financial ratio and cash flow measures, and forecast a firm’s future to estimate its value. Resulting information is used in a variety of decision-making contexts.

E595 Advanced Corporate Finance (3cr)
Practical analysis of financial problems in case-oriented format. Financial models will be used to place data in analytical form to aid the analysis. Areas covered include allocating capital for real investment, financing a firm, knowing whether and how to hedge various risks, and allocating funds for financial investments.

E597 Fraud Issues in Business (3cr)
This course provides a framework for managers to understand, prevent, and detect fraud. Topics include fraud law; who commits fraud and why; fraud symptoms, prevention, and detection; common fraud schemes; fraudster profiles; auditor responsibilities and study of current and historical cases of real-life frauds.

Elective Courses (BUSE)

E551 Managerial Forecasting (3cr)

The purpose of this course is to teach students to model and estimate economic problems effectively. Classical regression analysis and its most important exceptions (special cases) will be addressed. Understanding the intuition behind modeling the system and the subsequent results will also be heavily emphasized.

E552 Negotiation (3cr)

An introduction to frameworks, processes, strategies and tactics of negotiation. Conceptual and experiential learning are integrated to provide students with a toolkit of negotiation skills applicable in a variety of negotiation settings commonly faced by managers. We will emphasize skill development through role playing and cases.

E553 Consumer Behavior (3cr)
To provide an interdisciplinary approach to understanding consumer buying behavior. Emphasis is on the individual and social processes that influence the consumer in the marketplace.

E554 Human Resource Management (3cr)
This course deals with major topic areas within the field of human resource management. It is a survey of principal theoretical, legal, and applied concerns that influence both public and private sector employers. Special attention is given to applications of timely interest to private employers.

E557 Investment Management (3cr)
Emphasizing the formulation of policies and portfolio strategies in the management of investment funds for individuals and institutions. Topics also include methods of investment analysis and selection, investment timing, and evaluation of portfolio performance.

E560 Venture Growth Management (3cr)
This course explores what it takes to start and successfully work in a small business from startup to ongoing concern. Topics include leadership, prioritization and balancing control and agility in a dynamic environment. Also discussed are the basics of business planning including the business model, the customer value proposition, and the elevator pitch. If you plan to start or work with a small business, this course will help you chart the course ahead in exploring the new business environment.

E562 Special Topics in Business (3cr)
Course topics vary. For each semester this course is offered, the specific topic will be indicated.

E567 Portfolio Management and Investment Analysis (3cr)
This course introduces students to the basics of portfolio management and investment analysis. Students will be exposed to the theoretical and practical components of investment analysis for the purpose of security selection and portfolio management. Topics include developing investor policy statements, security valuation, portfolio  allocation, risk measurement, and investment ethics.

E568 International Financial Management (3cr)
Financial management of foreign operations of the firm. Financial constraints of the international environment and their
effect on standard concepts of financial management. Study of international currency flow, forward cover, and international banking practices.

E581 Special Topics: Information Technology Management Issues (3cr)
The course will focus on the key information systems issues that exist in the business world that must be managed, dealt with, and resolved. Such issues include data center consolidations, outsourcing, IS resources/staffing, client server systems management, telecommunications, and the infrastructure to support business initiatives.

E588 Project Management (3cr)
This course introduces students to the full range of project management problems, solution methods, and decision processes. Topics include: project selection, project organizational structures, project planning, scheduling, and budgeting, negotiations, project monitoring and control, project auditing and determination, and resource constrained project scheduling.

E590 Independent Study (3cr)
Research, analysis, and discussion of current business related issues for academic credit. Approval must be granted by the Graduate Business office and supervised by a Graduate Business faculty member. Can be repeated for a total of 6 credit hours.

E591 Analysis of Current Economic and Business Conditions (3cr)
Analysis of Current Economic and Business Conditions is an intensive applied course. The course will monitor and analyze economic indicators and follow trends for the purpose of forecasting the macro-economic outlook.

E592 E-Business
The transition to an information-based service economy is reality. This transition, fueled by internet-based technology, is having a significant impact on how business is conducted and how businesses are structured. This course will examine the impact and potential of Web-based technology on business principles and practices.

E596 Intermediate Accounting II (3cr)
This course provides a more detailed examination of U.S. financial reporting topics, with an introduction to International Financial Reporting Standards. Topics include reporting for liabilities, stock holders’ equity, financial reporting of taxes and leases, error reporting, and full disclosure in financial reporting.

G533 Auditing (3cr)
In-depth study of the process of auditing, attestation, and assurance services in an advanced technological environment. Includes coverage of auditing and attestation standards, the code of professional conduct, auditor’s legal responsibilities, fraud auditing, and the emerging issues of global auditing.

H541 Not-For-Profit Accounting (3cr)
Accounting for non-profit-seeking entities: state and municipal governments, schools, hospitals, and philanthropic entities. Includes study of GAAP for these entities as promulgated by FASB and GASB.

H546 Advanced Corporate Taxation (3cr)
This course will address advanced corporate formation, merger and acquisitions, and liquidations. The course material also covers tax topics specific to corporations such as when to make the Corporate Selection and the accumulated earnings tax.