MBA Program Curriculum:

The Master’s Degree program prepares students with the necessary skills and knowledge to understand, manage and create financial, business, and leadership careers in executive management. The program provides the tools for business and leadership professionals to develop knowledge, attitudes, and skill sets that will equip them to perform effectively, ethically, and creatively in the corporate or entrepreneurial environment. The CiAM MBA can be applied to employment positions determined to be within the field under the United States Department of Labor’s Standard Occupational Classification codes. Please see the School Catalog for a complete listing.

Additionally, the program includes a mandatory internship course, INT599, that must be fulfilled in at least one term. Please see EXPERIENTIAL INTERNSHIP COURSE (INT 599) for more details. Classroom enrollment is set at a maximum of 20 students per class to allow for personalized interaction for both hybrid and online courses.

 

Course Descriptions:

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ACC501: Accounting for Decision Making

3.0 Semester Credits

This course examines how accounting information is used in managerial decision-making and control. The course stresses how to use rather than how to prepare accounting reports. Topics to be covered include: basic cost concepts, cost volume profit relationships, product costing, differential analysis, strategic product pricing, cost allocation, budgeting, and the evaluation of financial performance.

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BUS501: Quantitative Analysis for Decision Making

3.0 Semester Credits

Metrics and analysis are hallmarks of outstanding management. Managers must understand the basics and application of descriptive and inferential statistics including basic descriptive statistics, statistical inference, hypothesis testing, correlation and regression, time series forecasting, inventory models, simulation, queuing, and decision under uncertainty. Students will also learn how to present data effectively using graphs and charts. The course will also address decision trees and expected value of information.

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DRU501: Leadership based on Drucker’s Principles

3.0 Semester Credits

Drucker's view of leadership is critical to becoming an effective executive: the fundamental decision for the leader, the leader's role in shaping the organization's future, how a leader must develop, what he should and should not do. This class will cover Drucker's models of ethics, duty, motivation and leadership, and marketing, which are fundamental to sound leadership. Students who take this course will develop a deep understanding of leadership and an appreciation that courage, commitment, careful thought and analysis, and character are the foundations they will need to develop over a lifetime of service.

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DRU502: Innovation and Entrepreneurship based on Drucker’s Principles

3.0 Semester Credits

This course will provide the student with an opportunity to learn about Drucker's ideas about the practice of innovation (the seven sources for innovative opportunity and his five principles of innovation), the practice of entrepreneurship (entrepreneurial management, the entrepreneurial business, entrepreneurship in service institutions, and the new venture), and entrepreneurial strategies.  In doing so, this course discusses the basics for every manager who needs to organize successful technology and/or market-driven innovation in both entrepreneurial and established firms. The course will examine how entrepreneurs and managers can shape their firms so that they continuously build and commercialize valuable innovations.

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DRU503: Managing One's Self and One's Career based on Drucker’s Principles

3.0 Semester Credits

We live in an age of unprecedented opportunity. We all like to think that with ambition, drive, and talent, you can rise to the top of your chosen profession regardless of where you started out. But companies today are not managing their knowledge workers’ careers. Instead, you must be your own chief executive officer; you must become more deliberate in managing yourself and your career. In this class, we consider how Peter Drucker explained how to manage your career.

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DRU505: Ethical Leadership

3.0 Semester Credits

This course will prepare students to face the ethical and leadership challenges that they are likely to experience as managers. Students will come to realize that ethical dilemmas are common aspects of the business decision-making process and that leadership plays a crucial role in achieving an acceptable result. As a result of taking this course, students should become more proficient in issue recognition, application of ethical principles, and analysis of the consistency of corporate decision-making processes with such principles. This class will also cover Drucker's models of ethics, duty, motivation and leadership, which are fundamental to sound leadership and ethics. Students who take this course will develop a deep understanding of ethics and leadership and an appreciation that courage, commitment, careful thought and analysis, and character are the foundations they will need to develop over a lifetime of service.

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ETH501: Business Ethics

3.0 Semester Credits

This course will prepare students to face the ethical challenges that they are likely to experience as managers. Students will come to realize that ethical dilemmas are common aspects of the business decision-making process. As a result of taking this course, students should become more proficient in issue recognition, application of ethical principles, and analysis of the consistency of corporate decision-making processes with such principles. While we never expect managers to be joyful when they encounter ethical dilemmas, our goal is to help students develop the competence, courage, and character that will enable right action for the good of all.

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FIN501: Corporate Finance

3.0 Semester Credits

This course introduces the student to the basic decision models of financial management and prepares them to take an active role in financial decision-making in their organization. It introduces the theory, the methods, and the concerns of corporate finance. The main topics include: 1) financial statements interpretation and analysis; 2) management of cash flow and working capital; 3) pro forma analysis; 4) the time value of money and capital budgeting techniques; 5) long-term financing instruments; 6) security market efficiency; and 7) value creation principles.

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GB501: Global Business Concepts

3.0 Semester Credits

Today's markets are becoming increasingly global, and it is imperative that managers understand the theories, institutions, and environmental elements that underlie international commerce. This course will equip students to manage using a comprehensive framework to formulate strategies in the global marketplace. The course covers competitive advantage, competitive strategies, alternative modes of market entry, including import and export through intermediaries, contracts with suppliers and distributors, and foreign direct investment (FDI).

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IS501: Management of Information Systems

3.0 Semester Credits

In this class, students will learn about business and consumer information systems. We will cover MIS theory and practice as they relate to management and organizational theories. Students will learn about the use of IT in different functional areas of the firm. The role of the Internet in facilitating, augmenting, and providing competitive advantage for information systems.

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MGT501: Management and Organizational Behavior

3.0 Semester Credits

This course deals with human behavior in organizations. It will employ a number of conceptual frameworks, case discussions, and skill-oriented activities and challenge students to apply these to our course topic. In part, these will include: motivation, learning and development, group dynamics, leadership, communication, power and influence, change, diversity, organizational design, and culture.

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MGT511: Strategic Management

3.0 Semester Credits

This course introduces the student to the concepts of vision, mission, and determination of the basic long term goals and objectives of a company, and the adoption of a course of action and the allocation of resources for carrying out these goals.

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MKT501: Marketing Management

3.0 Semester Credits

Peter Drucker said that marketing was too important to be left to marketers. Indeed, marketing is one of the most important, complex, and fascinating management disciplines, and is closely tied to other functions of the firm such as R&D, operations, and finance. An understanding of marketing fundamentals is an essential component of management knowledge. The roles of ethics, corporate social responsibility, and public policy intrinsic in marketing decision making in global environments are explored.

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OPS501: Operations Management

3.0 Semester Credits

Operations Management is the study and application of the work of making optimal decisions as to how to get things done by people, working together and with technology.  Topics include process design, capacity planning, forecasting, supply chain management, quality control, and continuous process improvement.  While all of these topics are addressed, most of the focus of this course will be on capacity planning, forecasting, inventory control (part of supply chain management) and continuous process improvement.  While there are no formal prerequisites, some familiarity with basic statistics will be very helpful.

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PM501: Project Management Fundamentals

3.0 Semester Credits

This course explores the role of project management in an organization. Topics include project governance, the project environment, project success, project stakeholders, the role of the project manager, the four project life cycle phases, and the six project management process groups.

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PM502: Project Management in Practice

3.0 Semester Credits

This course explores the key concepts and emerging trends associated with each of the ten project management knowledge areas. Topics covered include component processes, practices, inputs, outputs, tools, and techniques associated with each knowledge area. Prerequisite: PM501

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PM503: Organizational Project Management

3.0 Semester Credits

This course explores how organizations adapt and align project, program, and portfolio management practices with organizational strategy and objectives. Topics include development of an organizational project management (OPM) framework, OPM implementation, and ongoing OPM monitoring. Prerequisite: PM502

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BA501: Database for Business Analytics

3.0 Semester Credits

Structured query language (SQL) is the language of databases. Whether students run reports or collect data for analysis, you need to know SQL to add, delete, edit and view records. This course provides a step-by-step overview and instructions that will help students to get started with SQL language. You will learn how to create SQL statements for data storage, data collection, data computation and reporting. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to manage, query and analyze business datasets by using relational database. Prerequisite: BUS501

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BA502: Applied Probability and Statistics in Data Analytics

3.0 Semester Credits

This course will introduce the theory and applications of probability and statistics. Topics include fundamental concepts of probability, conditional probability, random variables, common distributions, and statistical inference (estimation, hypothesis testing, and regression). Students will learn many practical skills such as descriptive statistics analysis, A/B testing, data visualization. The emphasis is on developing problem-solving skills and applying key results to business analysis with Excel and Tableau. Prerequisite: BA501

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BA503: Advanced Analytics for Business

3.0 Semester Credits

This course teaches the scientific process of transforming data into insights for making better business decisions. The course covers the methodologies, issues, and challenges related to analyzing business data. It will illustrate the processes of analytics by allowing students to apply business analytics algorithms and methodologies to business problems. Students will learn data cleanup, data exploration analysis, forecasting, classification and clustering. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to develop business analytics ideas, analyze data and generate business insights using R language and Tableau. Prerequisite: BA502

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INT599: Experiential Internship Course

0 Semester Credits

The Experiential Internship Course at CIAM incorporates experiential learning into CIAM’s MBA. The course involves bringing the work environment into the academic setting of the MBA program.  As such, each student must register for and complete at least one term of internship during the MBA program.  The internship, employment, or volunteer position must be relevant to the MBA Degree Program and can be paid or unpaid; Full-Time or Part-Time.  A total of at least 45 hours is required during the one term registration occurs. International students will need CPT authorization to take this course. Evaluation: Pass/No Pass

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