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Course Descriptions

Twenty-eight credits in core courses and nine credits in concentration electives are required to graduate. All admitted students will be required to enroll in BUAD 500, Fundamentals of Accounting & Finance. However, if a student has successfully completed undergraduate accounting and finance course work, the dean may waive enrollment in BUAD 500. Students are required to complete BUAD 500 as early in the program as possible.

Core Courses

BUAD 500 Fundamentals of Accounting and Finance (2 Credits)
This course is an introductory study of the accounting and finance theories used while making business decisions. It assumes no prior accounting or finance knowledge. The two major learning objectives for the course are that students learn how to use the basic financial statements to make business decisions, and how to evaluate various business decisions using relevant quantitative and qualitative managerial accounting information. At the discretion of the dean of the Schneider School, the successful completion of relevant, prior coursework in accounting and finance may waive enrollment in this course. 

BUAD 510 Introduction to Business Leadership (1 Credit)
This course provides a gateway experience for students entering the program. Through readings and case study analyses, faculty will build a sense of team/community among enrolled students. The concept of “leadership as vocation” will be introduced. In addition, students will learn about special features and requirements of the SNC MBA, and will learn about general expectations for graduate work.

BUAD 511 Leadership and Managing Organizational Change (3 Credits)
This course prepares innovative leaders to put fresh ideas to work and do so responsibly. It will examine the skills and tools required to be a transformational, charismatic leader. Students will explore how successful leaders influence groups, understand behavior, and lead people toward the achievement and realization of the organizational vision. (Taken early in the program.)

BUAD 512 Business Ethics and Values-Based Leadership (3 Credits)
This course examines the roles played by values and ethics in the many decisions faced by business organizations. Students will examine how their values are determined and how they inform responsible behavior in organizations. Further, the course will analyze the role of firms in promoting sustainability in the communities in which they operate. (Taken early in the program.)

BUAD 520 Managing in a Diverse Workplace (1.5 credits)
As organizations become increasingly diverse, managers must develop skills and sensitivities for leading effectively in such an environment. This course explores various forms of diversity in the workplace, including gender, race, generation and cultural background. The focus is on acquiring the knowledge and skills to embrace and creatively engage this diversity to enhance both individual and organizational outcomes.

BUAD 521 Business Analytics (1.5 Credits)
This course provides an introduction to the many ways in which data, statistical and quantitative analysis, and predictive modeling can be used to drive decisions in organizations. The development and use of data warehouses will be discussed along with the use of dashboards and scorecards for performance assessment.

BUAD 522 Economics for Managers (3 Credits)
This course is primarily focused on applied microeconomics for business decision-­making, covering topics such as market analysis and price determination, cost determination, and demand analysis. The course will also provide students with an introduction to the macroeconomic variables that managers should understand in order to assess changes in the business environment.

BUAD 523 Strategic Marketing (3 Credits)
This course takes a strategic and analytical approach to the study of consumers, products and markets. Attention focuses on the recognition of opportunities, the development of marketing strategies, and the design of an effective marketing mix both for consumer and business markets. Work with simulations makes participants aware of the financial impact of marketing strategies.

BUAD 524 Financial Management (3 Credits)
This courses focuses on the major financial decisions faced by organizations as they look to enhance firm value. Students will develop various tools of financial analysis and apply them to the major decision areas such as the investment decision (capital budgeting), the financing decision (capital structure) and working capital management.

BUAD 525 Managing People, Teams and Projects (3 Credits)
This course examines the design and implementation of management practices for aligning human resource practices and the strategic intent of the organization. Similarly, the challenge of managing groups and teams will be addressed. In addition, project-management fundamentals and principles from the standpoint of the manager who must organize, plan, implement and control non-routine activities to achieve schedule, budget and performance objectives will be explored.

BUAD 526 Managing Operations, Systems and Processes (3 Credits)
This course focuses on how to use operations and systems to gain strategic advantage. Transforming inputs into outputs and using information to improve that transformation are the keys to the success of firms – from manufacturers managing their supply chain to service providers.

BUAD 527 Global Strategy and Venturing (3 Credits)
Managers make significant strategic decisions as part of their jobs as they seek to grow a business. Such decisions may include developing and introducing a new product or process, acquiring another firm, responding to a competitor or to a crisis, forming a strategic alliance, or entering a new market. These decisions are complex and must take all business functions (finance, marketing, human resource management, operations) into consideration.

General Elective Courses

BUAD 589 General Electives (1.5-3 credits per course)
MBA general elective courses will typically be 1.5 credits and will draw from a wide variety of specialized topics.

BUAD 589 Entrepreneurship
This course focuses on the entrepreneurial process of identifying attractive new business opportunities, exploring the feasibility of those opportunities, developing a business plan, gathering the necessary resources, building a team and growing a new venture. The leadership role of the entrepreneur is central to this process, and as such, is the focal point of the course. 

BUAD 589 Financial Crises
The "Great Recession" of 2008-09 has had deep and lasting impacts on the United States and around the world. While the catalyst may have been a drop in housing values, the crisis was much more severe than the direct effects on home values in that it threatened the entire global financial system. It is not the first financial crisis and it is unlikely to be the last. This course explores the history of financial crises, with special attention to the most recent version. Students will read several books written about financial crises and view several films that focus on the financial crisis. This course will explore the unique, nearly perfect storm of factors that made the "Great Recession" so severe, and see what lessons are to be learned in order to make crises of this sort less frequent and less devastating. 

BUAD 589 Fraud Prevention for Managers
This course explores the various types of occupational fraud, including asset misappropriation, corruption and financial statement fraud and how to detect and prevent fraudulent activities. In addition to basic methods of fraud detection, course topics will focus on a managerial approach to identifying and implementing techniques that can help to limit an organization's exposure to fraud in a variety of non-profit and for-profit settings. 

BUAD 589 Intercultural Communication 
This course focuses on the influence of culture on human communication processes. The course will address how cultural values and practices affect the way people encode, decode and interpret verbal and nonverbal messages across a variety of contexts. Specific topics include cultural value orientations, cultural group memberships, verbal and nonverbal language, sex and family roles and management and business practices across cultures. Case studies will be used to illustrate and apply these concepts. 

BUAD 589 Media for Organization Leaders
This course helps leaders understand the role of media in their organizational operations. Topics will include media relations, social media in the workplace, the use of video in constructing a narrative and crisis communications. Students will develop a better understanding of how the media works and how an organization can leverage media to its advantage.

BUAD 589 Sports Marketing and Innovation 
This marketing course will explore the essentials of effective sports marketing activities including marketing sports products and services, understanding sports consumers, sports marketing research, brand development and sponsorship and licensing. 

BUAD 589 Theories of Leadership
This course is a critical examination of leadership theories. Through critical examination of leadership theories and case studies, students will understand and be aware of how human behavior affects the outcomes in organizations. This course will develop effective leaders by giving them multiple tools, the skills to use each of the tools and the wisdom to match frames to situations. 

Health-Care and Medical Professionals Concentration Elective Courses

BUAD 579 Health-care and medical business-management upper-level courses (1.5 credits per course)
These courses will focus on topics specific to health-care and medical business management issues.

BUAD 579 Developing Organizational Culture in the Service Industry
There is an abundance of research outlining the role and importance of organizational culture on the long term success of organizations, especially in health care and service sectors. This course will explore organizational culture in depth with a special focus on the service industry. Topics will include definitions of culture, the challenges and measures of culture, how culture is developed, the role of intervention, ritual and storytelling in cultural sustenance. This course counts as one of the four concentration-specific electives required for the Health-Care and Medical Professionals concentration.

BUAD 579 Evolution of the Health Care System

The health care industry is continually influenced by social, technological, economic, environmental, and political factors and forces. These macro-environmental forces shape the industry structure and the roles of participants in that structure. This seminar examines how these factors and forces have created the health care industry we see today, and compare it to alternative health care systems that have formed in other counties. We will also discuss how the future of these macro-environmental trends might shape the future American health care system. This course counts as one of the four concentration-specific electives required for the Health-Care and Medical Professionals concentration.

BUAD 579 Health Policy and Economics
Health policy in America introduces strong economic incentives that shape how consumers, payers, providers, suppliers and regulators interact in the marketplace. As policy-makers struggle to improve the overall value produced by the health care industry, they introduce new programs and incentive systems to achieve the "triple aim" of improved quality, improved patient experience and lower cost. This seminar examines how health policy is formed at a national, state and local level; how economics influence the behaviors of key stakeholders; and how different business models are emerging to compete in an industry going through a fundamental transformation. This course counts as one of the four concentration-specific electives required for the Health-Care and Medical Professionals concentration. 

Supply-Chain and Manufacturing Concentration Elective Courses

BUAD 569 Supply-chain and manufacturing management upper-level courses (1.5 credits per course)
These courses will focus on topics specific to supply-chain and manufacturing management issues.

BUAD 569 Business Sustainability
An introduction to developing and implementing a successful program in the domain of sustainability and social responsibility. Learners are exposed to financially, environmentally, and socially responsible objectives that are supported by strategies and achieved by clear tactics that have measurable outcomes. The focus will be on the "Triple-Bottom-Line" or three P's of People, Planet and Profit. This course counts as one of the four concentration-specific electives required for the Supply Chain & Manufacturing concentration.

BUAD 569 Fundamentals of Project Management
This course will walk the student through the fundamentals of project management in a hands-on format. It will follow the PMI methodology for project management and will expose the student to all phases of the Project Management Lifestyle (Initiation, Planning, Execution, Monitor & Control and Closure). The student will learn how to properly define the scope of a project and create a detailed project plan that will enable them to effectively execute a project. They will also learn how to perform risk analysis and productively monitor, control and communicate the progress of an active project, in addition to topics related to project management. This course counts as one of the four concentration-specific electives required for the Supply Chain & Manufacturing concentration.

BUAD 569 Fun with Supply Chains 
This course will use a combination of readings, case studies, business simulations and student presentations to address different key decisions in supply chain management. Specific topics will include an overview of supply chain communications and collaboration, transportation decisions on a network, inventory planning, pricing and the effects of major supply chain disruptions. This course will be taught in collaboration with St. Norbert faculty and senior local supply chain leaders. This course counts as one of the four concentration-specific electives required for the Supply Chain and Manufacturing concentration.

BUAD 569 Lean and Six Sigma
This course will focus on the basic fundamentals of Lean and Six Sigma, including how to properly define a business problem and establish a performance baseline. It will also provide the framework on how to effectively design, facilitate and complete an RDM or Kaizen event, in order to quickly deliver positive change. This course counts as one of the four concentration-specific electives required for the Supply Chain and Manufacturing concentration.