College of Business

Online MBA

Elective Course Descriptions

Advanced Tax Problems – ACCT 5316

This course gives particular attention given to tax regulations applicable to partnerships and corporations together with preparation of federal income tax returns for such businesses.  Consideration also given to federal gift tax and estate tax.  Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to develop effective research strategies for tax research problems. Comparisons are made between primary and secondary sources of federal tax law, including the utilization of databases and specialized tax research tools. Real world tax problems are analyzed and effective means to communicate solutions to writing tax research issues are shared.

Advanced Auditing and Taxation – ACCT 5327

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to assess audit risk including tax account risks. You will learn how to plan an audit and understand appropriate audit tools An understanding of a GAAS compliant audit practices and procedures are learned, including an of audit tax accounts.  Students will complete an audit and issue an audit report. Utilization of data analytics tools and utilities in an ERP for internal control and substantive tests will be covered.  Each student will write a tax case paper based on the audit-related cases posted in Blackboard. 

Energy Accounting and Taxation – ACCT 5360

This course provides a pragmatic study of energy accounting and taxation. It covers financial and managerial accounting for upstream oil and gas operations; oil and gas reserves; successful efforts and full cost accounting methods; production activities and project analysis; oil and gas tax accounting. A thorough financial statement analysis is conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of an oil and gas company.  Global considerations are incorporated through a tax project using Ernst and Young’s (EY’s) global taxation of oil and gas report.

Federal Partnership and LLC Taxation – ACCT 5370

A survey of the federal income tax laws applicable to Partnerships and LLC entities. Topics covered include the introduction of Partnerships & LLCs (formation, operations, and basis).  Focus is all given to partnership distributions, transfer of interest, and terminations.  A third component of the class is LLC taxation status and operating rules.

Energy Finance – FINC 5350

This course helps students learn the up-to-date energy outlook. It exposes students to the structure of oil and gas industry, and key terminologies. In addition, it introduces financial statement analysis, capital budgeting and risk analysis, relative valuation, alternative energy such as nuclear and windmill power, and risk management in the energy industry. The goal of this course is to enhance students’ understanding of financing and investment decisions in energy industry.

Databases & Data Warehousing – ISYS 5351

Database design with emphasis on the Relational Database Model. Concepts on data warehousing and on-line analysis processing (OLAP) and the differences between operational database systems and data warehouses are covered. Prerequisite: ISYS 5347 - Information Systems and Business Analytics

Exploratory Data Analysis & Visualization – ISYS 5352

Explore data and data sources. Find, extract, understand, process, aggregate, and integrate data for further analysis and model definition utilizing established procedures and methods, including tabular and visualization reports. Prerequisite: ISYS 5347 - Information Systems and Business Analytics

Predictive Analytics – ISYS 5353

Explore data mining techniques for efficient data retrieval and process. Learn to identify and discern the right predictive analytic techniques for diverse business problems. Students will be exposed to analytics software. Prerequisite: ISYS 5347 - Information Systems and Business Analytics

Human Resource Management – MGMT 5339

This MBA elective course blends theory and practice surrounding the development and implementation of human resource management policy in organizations, to include: staffing; compensation; training and development; performance management; change management; employee and labor relations; employee health, safety and security; workforce diversity; ethics; the impact of globalization; and HRM delivery systems. It also incorporates the most relevant research and practical issues in contemporary strategic and operational human resource management.

Health Service Management and Regulations – MGMT 5366

This course reviews the dynamic nature of organizations in the healthcare arena, as well as the legal implications for leaders and managers as part of this type of organizations. The major managerial concepts that influence organizations in the healthcare sector, common management issues in these organizations; and the main law and regulations that affect the healthcare field are examined.  

Leadership, Change & Innovation – MGMT 5370

Successful organizations require quality leaders who are dynamic and synergistically moving the organization forward though competitive markets both domestically and abroad. As technology is accelerating the rate of change and organizational boundaries blur, organizations need leaders who are equipped to meet the challenge. This course focuses the theoretical foundations of leadership and the important role of the leader in organizational change and innovation initiatives. The investigation of leadership theory, change management, and innovation in this course leads students to demonstrate their understanding of dynamic leadership as it relates to self, others and the organization. Further, the course addresses change and innovation as it relates to competitive advantage in an ever changing global market. Drawing on both historical and current global events, students will examine the complex demands of the three dimensions leadership. First, leaderships impact to the workforce, followed by the organizations need to effectively manage change and innovation, and finally wrapping the topic area with leadership of knowledge management and sustaining organizational knowledge. 

Health Care Information Technology – MGMT 5372

This course is designed to provide the Student with an introduction to health care information technology (HCIT). Designed from a healthcare executive’s point of view, this class aims to (1) teach basic executive HCIT skills and strategies; (2) present an overview of basic and advanced HCIT systems and infrastructure; (3) provide background and context for understanding the current state of HCIT and the industry’s vision for its digital future. Prerequisites: ISYS 5347 – Information Systems and Business Analytics and MGMT 5366 – Health Service Management & Regulations

Applied Health Informatics – MGMT 5374

This course is designed to accomplish 3 Primary Goals: To provide the Student with: (1) an Introduction to Digital Health & Informatics; (2) Background and Context required to demonstrate Proficiency in the Digital Age of Healthcare; (3) Critical-Thinking Ability and Problem-Solving Skills required to Identify Problems in Healthcare that can be Solved, in part, via the Application of Digital Technologies & Health Informatics. Prerequisites: ISYS 5347 – Information Systems and Business Analytics and MGMT 5366 – Health Service Management & Regulations

Negotiations – MKTG 5310

This course is concerned with the application of strategies and tactics, as well as the necessary ethical and critical thinking skills that are available to be applied to a variety of business, non-profit, and political environments. Special emphasis is placed on collaborative over competitive styles of negotiating.


Logistics and Supply Chain Management – MKTG 5320

This course will examine the basic components of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, the effect of efficient flow of materials, information, and financials within and among organizations, as well as the analytical foundations related to key concepts such as inventory, capacity, quality and customer service. Challenges and opportunities related to technology implementation and sustainable development will be addressed.

Crisis Communication and Management- MKTG 5350

Examines crisis communication and management in the aftermath of unexpected events such as, cyber-attack, product recall, natural or manmade disaster, and other situations that require intelligent communication to internal and external stakeholders.  Includes how to develop an effective crisis communication plan and strategy.

Managing Socio- Political Environment- MKTG 5330

This course will examine crisis communication and management of an increasingly polarized socio-political climate. How to navigate through issues relevant to politics, racial tension, gender discrimination, sexual harassment, first amendment rights, incivility on campuses, religious dialogue, and intersectionality. These issues largely arise on various social media platforms, which are often resulting from the spreading or suppressing of popular news, fake news, withheld truths, or even well-intentioned stories that are taken over by online mobs and twisted into something else altogether. This course will address ways to approach social media, importance of civility and understanding, illicit positive conversation and best practices to maintaining a respectful and professional working environment.