Course Sequences and Descriptions
Graduate Studies for Success (1 credit hour, 2 weeks)
This course will focus upon the factors that make graduate adult students successful when attempting to balance work, family, church obligations/demands with weekly Master of Science in Management course requirements. Students will master Moodle proficiencies in order to effectively navigate our learning management system. Students will submit a writing sample that determines whether they need to participate in a Writing Workshop. Students will also have a hands-on experience with various library sources they will need when completing research for course requirements. A portion of this course will also be devoted to building the community of this new cohort as these students will spend the next 20 months on their Master of Science in Management learning journey.
Corporate and Personal Ethics (2 credit hours, 6 weeks)
This course examines ethical theories as they relate to various contemporary issues in business. Conceptual models for improving the clarity and consistency of ethical judgment in business settings will be addressed. Special consideration will be given to the application of Christian ethical principles to decision making.
Technology for Managers (3 credit hours, 8 weeks)
This course introduces or reinforces, as appropriate, productivity and communication tools for managers use in business. Beyond understanding appropriate use in the business setting, students will utilize many of these tools throughout their graduate program.
Leadership: Theory & Practice (3 semester hours, 8 weeks)
This course focuses on the concept of leadership in organizations. Students will understand the complexity of structural, political, symbolic and human resource issues in applying a framework for analyzing leadership in organizations. Students will also build skills for modeling an authentic voice for leadership through the use of effective presentation skills.
Foundations of Project Management (3 semester hours, 8 weeks)
This course provides a comprehensive overview of Project Management. The course addresses the culture, principles, ethics, and basic techniques of project management. The course reviews the general stages of a project and describes how the stages are interrelated. Basic concepts and tools of project management (i.e., introduction and use of MS Project) as well as work breakdown structure, scheduling, process improvement, strategic planning, and risk management are introduced and used in Master of Science in Management candidate.
Emotional Intellegence, Mediation, and Conflict Resolution (3 credit hours, 8 weeks)
Research shows that emotional intelligence is much more powerful than IQ (and technical expertise) in determining who emerges as an effective manager/leader. IQ (and technical expertise) are threshold or baseline competencies that help you to get in the door, but alone they do not make you a star (performer). Emotional Intelligence can. Although most conflicts are best resolved at the lowest level, there are occasions when a good mediator can effectively intercede and minimize the chances of the conflict escalating or losing an otherwise good employee. And, there are times when - in order to resolve a conflict - you need to have a crucial conversation (e.g., where opinions vary, emotions are running high and the stakes are high). How do you prepare for a crucial conversation? This course is a living laboratory where students can safely practice applying all of these concepts/skills.
Accounting and Finance for Managers (3 credit hours, 8 weeks)
This course focuses on accounting as the language of business and explores the information that is communicated by financial statements and other accounting reports. The course also will include financial management topics such as cash flow planning, budgeting and working capital management. Emphasis will be placed on the use of financial information for decision-making. This course will also provide a foundation for students as they prepare a business plan in the Entrepreneurship course.
Marketing Management (3 credit hours, 8 weeks)
This course examines the issues involved in organizing and operating start-up businesses and new ventures, as well as the role of marketing in today’s organization. Attention is given to the ethical, social, and economic problems faced by marketing managers.
Entrepreneurship (3 credit hours, 8 weeks)
Successful managers possess the skill set to develop a business plan. The student will identify new business idea and identify the market needs for the product/service, set financial goals, identify the unique features of the product/service, identify their business model, research the competitive market, identify the ideal target market and pricing strategies, determine their branding strategies, determine the best legal form of doing business, put together a management and organizational plan, conduct sales projections and produce a three-year income statement, determine what kind of funding they will need for operations and growth and present their completed business plan.
Strategic Human Resource Management (3 credit hours, 8 weeks)
An overview of the major functions of human resources, including equal employment opportunity, affirmative action, assessing and maximizing the job-person match, managing performance, recruitment, selection and staffing, employee development, compensation, incentives and benefits administration, work design and labor unions. Emphasis will be placed on legal issues, ethical implications and practical applications related to organizational strategy and effectiveness.
Organizational Development & Leading Transformational Change (3 credit hours, 8 weeks)
This course examines the various factors that impact human and organizational performance as well as the structural and environmental forces influencing the change management process within organizations. Issues studied include: root causes of performance problems, cost-effective interventions, strategies for the management of planned change, resistance to change, the role of change agents, intervention strategies and team development.