MBA Courses


Business Administration Courses

500. Statistics and Quantitative Methods (3). Quantitative methods and statistics as applied to business and economics; topics include optimization, descriptive statistics, probability theory, sampling and statistical inference, hypothesis testing, regression and correlation analysis, and analysis of variance.

501. Organizational Communication (3). Focuses on prevalent communication skills in complex organizations; students participate in a variety of communication-related activities including questionnaire design, developing presentation materials, presentational speaking, and researching and writing an effective business report; topics include organizational communication, nonverbal communication, and communication technology.

502. Contemporary Economic Fundamentals (3). Students will learn core microeconomic and macroeconomic concepts. Topics include demand and supply analysis, firm structure, macroeconomic data, and analysis of macroeconomic models. 

505. Overview of the U.S. Healthcare System (3). This course provides a broad overview of the healthcare system in the United States. Topics include how the system has evolved over time, how it is structured, and current issues that affect the system. Students will be introduced to the three primary issues facing all healthcare systems: quality, access and cost. 

511. Concepts of Finance and Accounting (3). Examines the essential concepts of financial reporting, budgeting and analysis for decision making. Topics include: understanding financial information, analysis of financial statements, budgeting and capital investment and financing strategies. 

520. Healthcare Analytics (3). Prerequisite: ST 260, BA 500 or equivalent with a grade of "C" or better; familiarity with spreadsheets and databases. A graduate level approach to healthcare administration decision-making using data-driven techniques and results from software programs in a healthcare-related field. Topics will include database management for large electronic healthcare datasets, data visualization methods to generate graphics and dashboard for presentations and descriptive data mining techniques to detect patterns in the data.

524. Strategies in Entrepreneurship (3). This course provides a broad overview of Entrepreneurship, including an analysis of potential business venture opportunities as well as launching and establishing a business venture to exploit an opportunity. Also includes a focus on innovative high technology entrepreneurship.

525. Legal/Regulatory Environment of Healthcare (3). Examines legal and regulatory principals and their application in the U.S. healthcare system. Topics include, but not necessarily limited to: the legal system, medicine and access to care, legal aspects of the profession-patient relationship; legal aspects of liability for healthcare organizations; and the regulatory environment of healthcare.

530. Business Analytics (3). Prerequisites: BA 500 or equivalent. A graduate-level course of Business Analytics that builds upon the software skills learned in the undergraduate Quantitative Methods/Business Statistics course and introduces statistical analysis programming techniques using R (R Studio). Additionally, emphasis will be placed on interpreting and summarizing results. Topics to include data management and data cleansing, data visualization graphics, regression techniques and model building for big data, descriptive and predictive data mining.

545. Quantitative Methods for Business Decision Making (3). Prerequisite: BA 500 or equivalent. May not be taken for credit if student has completed BA 540. Focuses on quantitative decision-making methodology for contemporary business managers, including such topics as decision-making under certainty, linear programming, queuing models, simulation, inventory modes, PERT, and decision support system.

587. Business Policy & Strategy (3). Prerequisites: at least 18 hours of MBA course work including ACC 512, FIN 515, and MKT 513. Prerequisite or corequisite: EC 515. Integrative study of strategic decision-making and policy formulation; extensive reading and case analysis. BA 587 must be taken at JSU.

590. International Business (3). Provides an integrated treatment of theory and applications relative to international business and the U.S. Includes the impact of cultural, legal, and environmental issues on business; understanding foreign exchange markets, foreign direct investment, and entry modes into developing markets; and analyzes international markets as prospective locations. Presents the world from diverse perspectives, including those of small and midsize international companies and developing country multinationals. Investigates motives and needs of global competitors, customers, and partners.


Accounting Courses

410G. Financial Accounting III (3). Prerequisite: ACC 310 with a minimum grade of C. A detailed study of business expansion including combinations and international operations, and an overview of partnership accounting.

470. Internal Auditing (3). Prerequisite: ACC 301, ACC 310 and ACC 360 (minimum grade of "C" required for all prerequisites). The theory and practice of internal auditing with coverage including internal control, risks and control of information technology, management of internal audits, data analytics and sampling, and communicating engagement results. 

476G. Advanced Income Tax Accounting (3). Prerequisite: ACC 372. Advanced  federal income tax topics including property transactions and international taxation issues. The course also focuses on the taxation of corporations, S corporations, and partnerships. Limited coverage is provided on the taxation of trusts and estates as well as the alternative minimum tax. Understanding the implementation of the current regulations as well as tax planning strategies are discussed. (Fall.)

497G. Seminar in Accounting (3). Prerequisites: ACC 200. Examines critical accounting topics through intensive review of current literature and pronouncements. Assesses student’s ability to effectively communicate accounting information.

512. Accounting Information Analysis (3). Prerequisite: ACC 200 or BA 511. Analysis and use of accounting data as a tool for managerial decision making; analysis of financial reporting, cost behavior, budgeting, and decision making.

589. Internship in Accounting (3). Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor and approval of the MBA Director. (Grade of Pass or Fail only.) Provides the graduate student with practical experience in the field of accounting via a “real-world” work experience arrangement with an accounting firm.

598. Independent Research (3). Prerequisite: Completion of 18 semester hours of graduate courses including a three semester hour quantitative course. Permission of the instructor and approval of the MBA Director. In-depth study of selected topic(s).

Economics Courses

465. Health Care Economics (3). Prerequisites: EC 221, BA 502, or equivalent. An economic exploration of the health care industry including demand-cost analysis, methodology development, financing health care services, and efficient resources allocation. 

485G. Field Experiences (3). Field trip to New York City to study important New York business and economic sites, such as the New York Stock Exchange, the Federal Reserve, the Fulton Fish Market, a large international bank, an advertising agency, a bond advisory company, and other tours relevant to economics. Summer only.

515. Managerial Economics (3). Prerequisite: EC 221 or BA 502. Advanced study of microeconomic principles, with analysis applied to actual business management situations.

589. Internship in Economics (3). (Grade of Pass or Fail only.) Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor and approval of the MBA Director. Provides the graduate student with practical experience in the field of economics via a “real-world” work experience arrangement.

598. Independent Research (3). Prerequisite: Completion of 18 semester hours of graduate courses including a three-semester hour quantitative course. Permission of the instructor and approval of the MBA Director. In-depth study of selected topic(s).

Finance Courses

474G. Investments (3). Prerequisite: FIN 301 or equivalent. Investment principles and practices; emphasis on security analysis, portfolio management, and the individual investor.

515. Financial Management (3). Prerequisite: FIN 301 or BA 511. Study of financial decision concepts for maximizing value of the firm involving the financing, investment, and dividend decisions.

589. Internship in Finance (3). (Grade of Pass or Fail only.) Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor and approval of the MBA Director. Provides the graduate student with practical experience in the field of finance via a “real world” work experience arrangement.

590. International Finance (3). Prerequisite: FIN 515 or equivalent. Integrated treatment of theory and application relative to U.S. and international financial activities including financial institutions, trade agreements, economic policies, investment action, and multinational enterprise.

598. Independent Research (3). Prerequisites: Completion of 18 semester hours of graduate courses including a three-semester hour quantitative course. Permission of the instructor and approval of the MBA Director. In-depth study of selected topic(s).

Management Courses

504. Business Organization and Administration (3). Accelerated course in management concepts, functions, and practices; consideration of structural and behavioral aspects of organization and management. This course is for students pursuing Master of Public Administration (Administrative Management) only. Credit is not allowed for MBA students.

522. Human Resources Seminar (3). Industrial personnel and manpower management including personnel selection and placement, manpower planning, development and appraisal, and the role of human resource management.

530. Contemporary Issues in Management (3). Investigation of current literature and practices in the field of management. A seminar course that includes lecture, discussion, and supervised student research into assigned topics.

537. Business Leadership (3). Focuses on leadership as a strategic tool as well as an individual competence; i.e. what leadership means, is, and does. Examines critical strategic functions encountered at both the organizational and individual levels.

589. Internship in Management (3). (Grade of Pass or Fail only.) Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor and approval of the MBA Director. Provides the graduate student with practical experience in the field of management via a “real-world” work experience arrangement.

598. Independent Research (3). Prerequisite: Completion of 18 semester hours of graduate courses including a three-semester hour quantitative course. Indepth study of selected topic(s). Permission of the instructor and approval of the MBA Director.

Marketing Courses

513. Marketing Administration (3). Executive level analysis of marketing strategies involved in market segmentation, pricing, promotion, product development, and distribution channels.

530. Contemporary Issues in Marketing (3). Prerequisite: MKT 513. Investigation of current literature, problems, and changes/opportunities taking place in the field of marketing; seminar course that includes lecture, discussion, and supervised student research into assigned topics.

589. Internship in Marketing (3). (Grade of Pass or Fail only.) Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor and approval of the MBA Director. Provides the graduate student with practical experience in the field of marketing via a “real-world” work experience arrangement.

590. International Marketing (3). Prerequisite: MKT 513. Impact of cultural differences on target markets and marketing strategy examination; trade barriers and methods of entry considered; course depends heavily on case writing and presentation.

598. Independent Research (3). Prerequisites: Completion of 18 semester hours of graduate courses including a three-semester hour quantitative course. Permission of the instructor and approval of the MBA Director. In-depth study of selected topic(s).