Business Administration - Graduate Level

BA 300A – SURVEY OF BUSINESS FOUNDATIONS
This course begins with an investigation of the concept Economics, both micro and macro, followed by an examination of basic accounting theory procedures and the fundamental value of the continuing organization. The course also involves a survey of the ways of managing a firm’s resources via planning, organizing, directing, and controlling. The latter focus is given to Marketing, with attention to customer-related products, pricing, distribution and promotion. (3 units)
                   
BA 300B – FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING FOUNDATIONS
The course is an intensive study of the fundamental areas of accounting. It begins with examinations of basic accounting theory and procedures, proceeds to the application of these concepts, and includes planning of profits, costs, and financial control. (3 units)
                   
BA 301 – MANAGERIAL ECONOMICS
The course covers basic economic relationships, demand and supply analysis, forecasting, production and cost theories, market structures and models, pricing practices, capital budgeting and governmental regulations. (3 units) Prerequisite: MATH 10
            
BA 302 – PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT
The nature of the management process is explored through appropriate concepts such as planning, organizing, leading and controlling; evolution and models related to the study of formal and informal organizations. Systems analysis will integrate the various dimensions of management, organizational structure and functions of managers, growth, and re-engineering of business. One assignment will include use of the Internet. (3 units)
            
BA 303 – FINANCE MANAGEMENT
A consideration of financial control at the corporate management level, with special emphasis on the policies and practices required to place and control the sources and uses of capital. Emphasis will be placed on capital management and evaluation of alternative opportunities. Also examined are such matters as valuation, cash flow, funds acquisition, long-term financing, and budgets as tools for decision-making. (3 units)
          
BA 304 – MARKETING MANAGEMENT
The course is analyzing the fundamentals of marketing management – definitions, concepts, and development.  It is intended to enable the student to understand marketing’s decision-making role in a company and the impact of those decisions in establishing distribution, pricing, and promotion in both retail and business markets.  Buyer behavior, product/market development, and the impact of the macro environment in business are studied.  Cases will be used to provide practical applications of the concepts and principles. (3 units)
          
BA 305 – PROJECT MANAGEMENT
The objective of this course is to prepare the graduate student for managing projects undertaken by an organization. It will cover concepts and skills used by managers to propose, plan, secure resources, budget, and lead projects teams to successful completion of their projects.  It will provide graduate students with a holistic, integrative view of project management that describes how projects contribute to the strategic goals of the organization. (3 units)
           
BA 306 – BUSINESS RESEARCH METHODOLOGY
The course objective is to prepare the student for business research. Emphasis is on practical work and not on memorizing or deriving formulas. Ethical aspects of research are featured. Students are expected to develop understanding and practice in research techniques, writing of short reports, use of statistical tools and presentation techniques, preparation of effective tables and diagrams, as well as footnotes and bibliographical references. (3 units) Prerequisites: BA 45 or BA 241, BA 301, BA 304
          
BA 307 – OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT
The objective of this course is to prepare the graduate student for management of core operations of an organization.  It will review core operations of manufacturing product design, sourcing and purchasing, scheduling and control, productivity improvements and overall supply chain design and management. In the industry the course will review asset acquisition, business segments, production planning, job design, and overall productivity analysis and improvement. (3 units) Prerequisite: MATH 10
         
BA 308 – HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT
This course is concerned with those concepts pertaining to the prudent management of a firm’s human resources. It deals with those being considered for positions, those parts of the firm, and those leaving. The concepts are found in the application of principles and norms for recruiting, selection, training, evaluation, and performance appraisal. The value of intra-firm contacts and discussion for matters of discipline and the negotiation of salary and wage matters is emphasized. Also covered are: labor relations, safety, supervision, incentive programs, federal and state regulation, particularly regarding discrimination, harassment, and environmental concerns. (3 units)
             
BA 309 – ETHICS OF BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
The course is an advanced review of ethical theories and values systems. Topics include moral issues, codes of ethics, conflict of interest, social and fiduciary responsibilities, the work ethics, and other situations which arise within business management. (3 units)
              
BA 310 – INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS
This course is intended to deal with the fundamental theories of interna­tional relations, global interdependence, the modern nation-state system, and the causes of war and conditions of peace. It covers theories of direct foreign investments, behavior of MNCs, country risk analysis, money and finances, investment restrictions and incentives, prospects for international investments. (3 units)
                
BA 313 – INTERNATIONAL MARKETING
An analysis of international marketing principles and organizations, including design of operations and products to meet consumer preferences in various parts of the world. Included is a study of international forms of business organization in social, economic, and cultural settings, as well as principles of international marketing management. (3 units)
                  
BA 314 – INTERNATIONAL FINANCE
A study of the theory and practice of international monetary relations; the gold standard; the balance of payments; foreign exchange management and determination; foreign exchange controls; the Euro-currency market; the international bond market; the virtue and functions of the IMF and the World Bank; and the global debt crisis. (3 units) Prerequisite: BA 140 or BA 303
               
BA 315 – INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS AND INVESTMENT STRATEGY
The nature and scope of international business; economic, political and cultural environments; national and international constraint and agreements; problems of general management associated with planning, financing, marketing, human resources, cultural problems, technology, and legal requirements with particular emphasis on the potentiality of direct investment in foreign lands. There will be at least one assignment which makes use of the Internet. (3 units)
                
BA 316 – INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT
A study of economic forces; government actions; and cross-cultural factors influencing international business. Students will develop understanding of managerial decision-making in multinational organizations through feasibility analysis of foreign markets and the impact on it of different economic, social and political systems. Special attention is given to developing countries. (3 units)
             
BA 317 – POLITICAL AND LEGAL ASPECTS OF INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
The course includes: analysis of political, military, economic and ideological factors affecting the behavior of states and the conduct of transnational business, with particular attention to multinational enterprises, formulation of foreign policy processes, including economic and trade policies. It also includes: analysis of international legal systems, with particular emphasis on business disputes arising from anti-trust laws; contracts and agreements; tariff liabilities; nationalization problems; procedures for arbitration and settlement. (3 units)
               
BA 318 – IMPORT-EXPORT MANAGEMENT
Consideration of procedures and transactions involved in the import-export business. Practical financial, legal, transportation and technical aspects are considered. (3 units)
                         
BA 320 – ORGANIZATION BEHAVIOR AND ADMINISTRATION
An analysis of individual, interpersonal, and group behavior within organizations and the influence of human, cultural, technological, structural, and environmental factors. Examined are practices of management, such as designing jobs and organization structures, evaluating and rewarding performance, organizational and employee development, and other management processes. These techniques include high performance organizations, management by objectives, total quality management, and the like; it uses varied approaches to leadership, conflict management, change, and adaptation to the environ­ment. (3 units)  
              
BA 323 – ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
The course includes theoretical and experiential coverage of this manage­ment discipline. It aims to improve the organization's culture and its human and social processes through a systematic change program. Both behavioral science and intuitive based assessment techniques are examined to give an integrated approach to organizational development; use of cases and role-play exercises. (3 units)
               
BA 324 – LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
The course provides a comprehensive survey of the major theories and research on leadership and managerial effectiveness in organizations with practical suggestions for improving leadership skills. The nature and attributes of leadership are investigated through case studies, biographies, and class presentations. Topics include the difference between leadership and management as well as identifying traits and abilities which have distinguished effective leaders from ineffective ones. (3 units)
                 
BA 330 – ENTREPRENEURSHIP
The course is designed to provide an educational vehicle for understanding entrepreneurial thinking and practice. It gives introduction to the process of turning ideas into a successful startup enterprise. Special emphasis on innovations derived from research and technology development. Students will be exposed to what entrepreneurship takes in a startup context, and how integrate execution can be successfully utilized in a variety of career and work contexts. There will be a special effort to define key areas which an entrepreneur should be aware of, and to provide a framework of "toolkit" resources relevant to startup execution. Students draft a business plan related to a business of own interest, using all available tools, techniques and experience. (3 units)
              
BA 331 – SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT OF BUSINESS
In this course, the student will explore the relationship between the organization and its environment, including government, labor, public interest groups, various ideological constellations, the media, academia, and local communi­ties. Ideas are reviewed as to what actions can be taken by corporations and by other organizations and/or individuals to improve relationships between business and its environment. (3 units)
              
BA 336 – HUMAN FACTORS IN SMALL BUSINESSES
The course studies problems in supervising and working effectively with people problems which face the proprietorship, partnership, or closely held corporation in such matters as organizational structure, personnel policies, and managerial succession. (3 units)
               
BA 337 – PERSONNEL LAW
This course covers personnel law from the business perspective. It includes all foundations needed to understand the topic and the most important state and federal guidelines. (3 units)
                 
BA 340 – MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING AND FINANCIAL CONTROL
Emphasis in this broad based course is on imparting to the student an increased knowledge and understanding of the role of management control in the modern multi-plan organization, as well as the development of skills to be used throughout the cycles of a business in solving managerial control problems. Case materials are accompanied by reading. (3 units)
               
BA 343 – INTERNATIONAL BANKING
An in-depth examination of the development and expansion of international banking; legal aspects of international banking; Eurocurrency/Eurodollar; syndication techniques; letters of credit/banker's acceptances; foreign exchange; offshore banking: Swiss banking; the global debt crisis and debt rescheduling. (3 units)
               
BA 344 – INTERNATIONAL SECURITIES AND FOREIGN EXCHANGE
The course includes an overview of the foreign exchange market (Forex), foreign securities, international equities markets, international debt securities, futures and options. The course describes the fundamental principles and operations on these markets. (3 units)
                 
BA 345 – COMMERCIAL BANKING AND LENDING
An in-depth study of the commercial lending business. Borrowing requirements and financial structure for debt financing needs of business. Topics include: loan interviewing and credit investigation, financial analysis, loan structuring and negotiation, loan documentation and closing, problem loans and follow-up. (3 units)
               
BA 350 – MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS
The course introduces different types of information systems for business, their goals, purposes, values, and major functionality. The emphasis is made on criteria and issues in selection of information system, problem definition, requirements, specifications, information flow and presentation, cost / time estimate, implementation, and maintenance. (3 units)  Prerequisites: BA 146, CS 10
               
BA 352 – ADVANCED SYSTEMS ANALYSIS AND DESIGN*
Analysis of real world information systems. Included are requirements analysis, data flow diagrams, data dictionaries, systems proposals and design.  (3 units)  Prerequisite: BA 260 or BA 350
                 
BA 353 – INFORMATION SYSTEMS DATABASE MANAGEMENT*
Explanation and comparison of the techniques and methodologies of database management systems in a business environment. Limitation and application of various DBMS; costs and benefits in selecting DBMS. (3 units)  Prerequisite: BA 260 or BA 350
               
BA 354 – E-COMMERCE
This course provides understanding of e-commerce and its impact on firms, industries and markets. The Web has large impact on how we shop, read, conduct business, learn, and consume information like music, art, and others. The course describes the e-commerce industry, market, strategies, technologies used in electronic commerce; discusses the resulting changes in organizational structure and societal behavior; seeks to understand the forces that drive these changes; and discusses forward-looking perspectives of e-commerce. (3 units)
                
BA 355 – SPECIAL TOPICS IN MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS*
The course focuses on important areas of information systems not covered by the regularly offered courses.  A specific topic for it is chosen by the instructor and announced in the syllabus.  (3 units)   Prerequisites: Instructor’s permission and BA 260 or BA 350
                 
BA 360 – QUANTITATIVE METHODS FOR BUSINESS AND FINANCE MANAGEMENT
While solving a problem, managers must consider both qualitative and quantitative factors. This course covers quantitative methods which help to solve different business problems. Techniques include decision analysis, regression models, forecasting, transportation, and assignment models, Markov analysis, stochastic equations, statistical quality control and others. (3 units)   Prerequisite:  MATH 10 or MATH 15
              
BA 363 – INVESTMENT SCIENCE
The course introduces students to the basic tools used by investment professionals. It deals with different kinds of securities, their pricing, and methods to optimize a choice of an investment portfolio. (3 units) Prerequisite: BA 241 or BA 360
               
BA 364 – INVESTMENTS (REAL ESTATE)
An in-depth study of real estate investments including the nature of real property, market analysis, construction cycles, mortgage lending, equity investment, metro area growth, urban land use, the effect of credit on demand, equity investment criteria, real property valuation and public policies, as well as current news and market conditions in both the United States and international real estate markets will be covered in the course. (3 units)
                
BA 365 – INVESTMENTS (THE STOCK MARKET)
In-depth survey of stock market including nature of stocks, stock exchanges, indices, trading securities and options, convertible securities, mutual funds, investment banks, hedge funds, investment clubs, and dividend policy. Students learn trading mechanisms, tactics, and strategy as well as foundations of fundamental, technical, and sentimental analysis. (3 units)
               
BA 366 – ECONOMETRICS
The course introduces students to a comprehensive treatment of econometric methods for linear models. Among topics covered are: the linear regression, linear simultaneous equations systems, maximum likelihood and instrumental variables estimation strategies, hypothesis testing. Different data and variables presentations and features are discussed. (3 units)  Prerequisite: BA 241 or BA 360
               
BA 367 – CREDIT RISK MANAGEMENT
The course will focus on the conceptual foundations of credit risk modeling and a discussion of how the models are used in practice. Students will gain familiarity with the model frameworks, vocabulary, and model implementation challenges, including the practical challenges associated with building, testing, and applying credit risk models used by banks and asset managers. (3 units)

BA 368 – STRATEGIC GAME THEORY
This course is a survey of the main ideas and techniques of game-theoretic analysis related to bargaining, conflict, and negotiation. As such, the course emphasizes the identification and analysis of archetypal strategic situations frequently occurring in bargaining situations. The goals of the course are to provide students with a foundation to: a) apply game-theoretic analysis, both formally and intuitively, to negotiation and bargaining situations; b) recognize and assess archetypal strategic situations in complicated settings; c) feel comfortable in the process of negotiation. (3 units)
          
BA 370 – COMMUNICATIONS IN LEADERSHIP AND NEGOTIATIONS
This course concentrates on critical skills, particularly those needed for intelligent, face-to-face interactions, for effective tactics to achieve cooperation and gain consensus. There is emphasis on various strategies used in negotiating, for both individuals and leaders. Both written and oral assignments are involved. (3 units)
     
BA 380 – BUSINESS STRATEGY AND DECISION-MAKING
Students are expected to develop a better understanding of business strategy approaches and techniques, and to acquire skills and knowledge relating to the decision-making process. Emphasis is on decision-making while still recognizing the importance of the specialized functions of an organization. Readings and case materials are reinforced with participation through written tests, papers, and oral presentations. This is the MBA program capstone course. (3 units)   Prerequisites: BA 301, BA 304, BA 307, BA 320, BA 340, and at least two concentration courses
                     
BA 386 – MBA SPECIAL TOPICS IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
This course offers topics of specialized interest, including case studies and independent research. Topics vary; so students may include this in a customized concentration. This course may substitute for a concentration only once with the permission of the Program Director. (3 units)  Prerequisite: Instructor’s permission
                
BA 388 – SEMINAR ON HIGHER EDUCATION
Offered to students in the doctoral program or to master's degree students as an elective course for extra credits. The seminar examines the core values, structures, processes, language, and personnel of higher education, analyses critical issues facing colleges and management skills for tracking them. It includes oral presentations required for each participating student. (3 units)  
 
NOTE: Graduate courses from BA 301 to BA 388 can be offered as 3 units (45 hours) of lectures or as 2 units (30 hours) of lectures and 1 unit (45 hours) of self-study projects.
                 
BA 391 – GRADUATE INTERNSHIP IN INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS****
BA 392 – GRADUATE INTERNSHIP IN FINANCE MANAGEMENT AND INVESTMENT BANKING****
BA 393 – GRADUATE INTERNSHIP IN GENERAL BUSINESS****
BA 394 – GRADUATE INTERNSHIP IN HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT****
BA 395 – GRADUATE INTERNSHIP IN MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS****
Internship of work experience in the field of concentration with evaluation by the employer and an academic advisor; a detailed report of the work to be submitted for grading. (1-3 units) 
Prerequisite: Records Office permission. CR/NC
                
BA 398 – MBA INTERNSHIP REPORT****
A written report analyzing the work must be submitted upon completion of the assignment and presented to a committee in the form of proposal to improve the related business activity. The employment must be directly related to the student’s area of concentration and faculty approval is required. The employer provides an evaluation of the work, and the student should regularly confer with the faculty advisor who grades the report. (3 units) Prerequisite: During the last term of/after completion of the coursework. CR/NC
               
BA 399 – MBA RESEARCH PROJECT****
A primary research-oriented study of some chosen business problem or practice, or development of an original theoretical concept, under the close supervision of an instructor. The course results in a presentation for a committee. It is normally taken during the last term of the program. (3 units)  Requirements: GPA 3.2 or above, program director’s permission, completion of BA 306 and preferably BA 380. CR/NC
               
BA 413 – INTERNATIONAL MARKETING
An analysis of international marketing principles and organizations, including design of operations and products to meet consumer preferences in various parts of the world. Included is a study of international forms of business organization in social, economic, and cultural settings, as well as principles of international marketing management. A one-unit written research project and its oral presentation are required for the course. (4 units)       
        
BA 414 – INTERNATIONAL FINANCE
A study of the theory and practice of international monetary relations; the gold standard; the balance of payments; foreign exchange management and determination; foreign exchange controls; the Euro-currency market; the international bond market; the virtue and functions of the IMF and the World Bank; and the global debt crisis. A one-unit written research project and its oral presentation are required for the course. (4 units)  Prerequisite: BA 140 or BA 303
                
BA 415 – INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS AND INVESTMENT STRATEGY
The nature and scope of international business; economic, political and cultural environments; national and international constraint and agreements; problems of general management associated with planning, financing, marketing, human resources, cultural problems, technology, and legal requirements with particular emphasis on the potentiality of direct investment in foreign lands. A one-unit written research project and its oral presentation are required for the course. (4 units)
               
BA 416 – INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT
An analysis of economic forces and government actions affecting international business; determinants of policy with regard to entering foreign markets and evaluation of foreign environments, organizational control, compensation, pricing, relations with government agencies and public interest issues in the management of multinational corporations.  A one-unit written research project and its oral presentation are required for the course. (4 units)  Prerequisite: BA 110 or BA 302
           
BA 417 – POLITICAL AND LEGAL ASPECTS OF INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
The course includes: analysis of political, military, economic and ideological factors affecting the behavior of states and the conduct of transnational business, with particular attention to multinational enterprises, formulation of foreign policy processes, including economic and trade policies.  It also includes: analysis of international legal systems, with particular emphasis on business disputes arising from anti-trust laws; contracts and agreements; tariff liabilities; nationalization procedures for arbitration and settlement.  A one-unit written research project and its oral presentation are required for the course. (4 units)
               
BA 418 – IMPORT-EXPORT MANAGEMENT
Consideration of procedures and transactions involved in the import-export business. Practical financial, legal, transportation and technical aspects are considered. A one-unit written research project and its oral presentation are required for the course. (4 units)
               
BA 423 – ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
The course includes theoretical and experiential coverage of this management discipline. It aims to improve the organization's culture and its human and social processes through a systematic change program.  Both behavioral science and intuitive based assessment techniques are examined to give an integrated approach to organizational development; use of case and role-play exercises.  A one-unit written research project and its oral presentation are required for the course. (4 units)
               
BA 424 – LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
The course provides a comprehensive survey of the major theories and research on leadership and managerial effectiveness in organizations with practical suggestions for improving leadership skills. The nature and attributes of leadership are investigated through case studies, biographies, and class presentations. Topics include the difference between leadership and management as well as identifying traits and abilities which have distinguished effective leaders from ineffective ones. A one-unit written research project and its oral presentation are required for the course. (4 units)
                  
BA 431 – SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT OF BUSINESS
In this course, the student will explore the relationship between the organization and its environment, including government, labor, public interest groups, various ideological constellations, the media, academia, and local communities.  Ideas are reviewed as to what actions can be taken by corporations and by other organizations and/or individuals to improve relationships between business and its environment.  A one-unit written research project and its oral presentation are required for the course. (4 units)
               
BA 436 – HUMAN FACTORS IN SMALL BUSINESSES
This course investigates the problems in supervising and working effectively with peoples, problems which face the proprietorship, partnership, or closely held corporation in such matters as organizational structure, personnel policies, and managerial succession.  A one-unit written research project and its oral presentation are required for the course. (4 units) Prerequisite: BA 217 or BA 308
               
BA 437 – PERSONNEL LAW
This course covers personnel law from the business perspective. It includes all foundations needed to understand the topic and the most important state and federal guidelines. A one-unit written research project and its oral presentation are required for the course. (4 units)
               
BA 443 – INTERNATIONAL BANKING
An in-depth examination of the development and expansion of international banking; legal aspects of international banking; Eurocurrency/Eurodollar; syndication techniques; letters of credit/banker's acceptances; foreign exchange; offshore banking: Swiss banking; the global debt crisis and debt rescheduling. A one-unit written research project and its oral presentation are required for the course. (4 units)
               
BA 444 – INTERNATIONAL SECURITIES AND FOREIGN EXCHANGE
The course includes an investigation of the foreign exchange market (Forex), foreign securities, international equities markets, international debt securities, futures and options. The course describes the fundamental principles and operations on these markets. A one-unit written research project and its oral presentation are required for the course. (4 units)
                
BA 445 – COMMERCIAL BANKING AND LENDING
An in-depth study of the commercial lending business.  Borrowing requirements and financial structure for debt financing needs of business.  Topics include: loan interviewing and credit investigation, financial analysis, loan structuring and negotiation, loan documentation and closing, problem loans and follow-up.  A one-unit written research project and its oral presentation are required for the course. (4 units)
                
BA 460 – QUANTITATIVE METHODS FOR BUSINESS AND FINANCE MANAGEMENT
While solving a problem, managers must consider both qualitative and quantitative factors. This course covers quantitative methods which help to solve different business problems. Techniques include decision analysis, regression models, forecasting, transportation, and assignment models, Markov analysis, stochastic equations, statistical quality control and others. A one-unit written research project and its oral presentation are required for the course. (4 units) Prerequisite:  MATH 10 or MATH 15
               
BA 463 – INVESTMENT SCIENCE
The course introduces students to the basic tools used by investment professionals.  It deals with different kinds of securities, their pricing, and methods to optimize a choice of an investment portfolio.  A one-unit written research project and its oral presentation are required for the course. (4 units)   Prerequisite: BA 241 or BA 360
               
BA 464 – INVESTMENTS (REAL ESTATE)
An in-depth study of real estate investments including the nature of real property, market analysis, construction cycles, mortgage lending, equity investment, metro area growth, urban land use, the effect of credit on demand, equity investment criteria, real property valuation and public policies, as well as current news and market conditions in both the United States and international real estate markets will be covered in the course.  A one-unit written research project and its oral presentation are required for the course. (4 units)
               
BA 465 – INVESTMENTS (THE STOCK MARKET)
In-depth survey of stock market including nature of stocks, stock exchanges, indices, trading securities and options, convertible securities, mutual funds, investment banks, hedge funds, investment clubs, and dividend policy. Students learn trading mechanisms, tactics, and strategy as well as foundations of fundamental, technical, and sentimental analysis. A one-unit written research project and its oral presentation are required for the course. (4 units)
                
BA 466 – ECONOMETRICS
The course introduces students to a comprehensive treatment of econometric methods for linear models. Among topics covered are: the linear regression, linear simultaneous equations systems, maximum likelihood and instrumental variables estimation strategies, hypothesis testing. Different data and variables presentations and features are discussed. A one-unit written research project and its oral presentation are required for the course. (4 units)  Prerequisite: BA 241 or BA 360
               
BA 467 – CREDIT RISK MANAGEMENT
The course will focus on the conceptual foundations of credit risk modeling and a discussion of how the models are used in practice. Students will gain familiarity with the model frameworks and model implementation challenges, including the practical challenges associated with building, testing, and applying credit risk models used by banks and asset managers.  A one-unit written research project and its oral presentation are required for the course. (4 units)
                
BA 481 – BUSINESS STRATEGY AND DECISION-MAKING FOR INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
Students are expected to develop an in-depth understanding of the concepts and application of the opportunities and risks that confront a company seeking to grow globally.  Emphasis is on the practical application of strategic concepts to both corporate and business level operations and managerial decision-making. Readings and case materials are reinforced with participation through written tests, research papers and oral presentations. This is the MS program capstone course for the International Business concentration. A one-unit written research project and its oral presentation are required for the course. (4 units)  This course is to be taken in the student’s final term after their completion of all required core courses and all but the final term concentration courses.
                
BA 482 – BUSINESS STRATEGY AND DECISION-MAKING FOR FINANCE MANAGEMENT
Students are expected to develop an in-depth understanding of the concepts and application of the opportunities and risks that confront a company seeking to grow globally.  Emphasis is on the practical application of strategic concepts to both corporate and business level operations and managerial decision-making. Readings and case materials are reinforced with participation through written tests, research papers and oral presentations. This is the MS program capstone course for the Finance Management concentration. A one-unit written research project and its oral presentation are required for the course. (4 units)  This course is to be taken in the student’s final term after their completion of all required core courses and all but the final term concentration courses.
                
BA 486 – DBA SPECIAL TOPICS IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
This course offers topics of specialized interest, including case studies and independent research in both Finance and Investments and Human Resources Management concentrations. Topics vary; so students may include this in a customized concentration. This course may substitute for a concentration only once with the permission of the Program Director. (4 units) Prerequisite: Instructor’s permission
                     
NOTE: Graduate courses from BA 414 to BA 486 can be offered as 4 units which consist of 45 hours of lectures (3 units) and 45 hours of self-study research projects (1 unit) or 30 units of lectures (2 units) and 90 hours of self-study research projects (2 units).
               
BA 491 – GRADUATE INTERNSHIP AND REPORT IN INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS****
A detailed report analyzing the internship work must be submitted upon completion of the assignment and reported to the student’s internship advisor and the graduate committee. The choice of employment must be directly related to the student’s area of concentration in the MS program and advising faculty approval is required. The student should regularly confer with the faculty advisor. (4 units)  Advisor’s approval is required. CR/NC
               
BA 492 – GRADUATE INTERNSHIP AND REPORT IN FINANCE AND INVESTMENTS****

A detailed report analyzing the internship work must be submitted upon completion of the assignment and reported to the student’s internship advisor and the graduate committee. The choice of employment must be directly related to the student’s area of concentration in the MS or DBA program and advising faculty approval is required. The student should regularly confer with the faculty advisor. (4 units)  Advisor’s approval is required. CR/NC
                
BA 494 – GRADUATE INTERNSHIP AND REPORT IN HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT****
A detailed report analyzing the internship work must be submitted upon completion of the assignment and reported to the student’s internship advisor and the graduate committee. The choice of employment must be directly related to the student’s area of concentration in the DBA program and advising faculty approval is required. The student should regularly confer with the faculty advisor. (4 units)  Advisor’s approval is required. CR/NC
                
BA 501 – DOCTORAL RESEARCH SEMINAR IN FINANCE AND INVESTMENTS
The Doctoral Research Seminar in Finance and Investments enables students to engage in an in-depth study of current issues in the finance discipline that offer excellent opportunities for scholarly research and publication of findings.  A variety of financial topics are explored from the standpoint of their conceptual framework and current financial practice.  Specific financial issues are identified as areas where additional research-based information would be of significant benefit to professors and practitioners in terms of understanding and/or applying financial theory, tools or analytical techniques.  Financial research methodologies are presented and students are assigned focused research topics as a part of their course requirements. (3 units) Prerequisites: Completion of all DBA core and at least four concentration courses. CR/NC
                 
BA 502 – DOCTORAL RESEARCH SEMINAR IN HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT
The purpose of this course is to study Human Resources Management through a collection of current readings that explore the important contemporary perspectives and issues in the field from a decidedly applied, rather than theoretical orientation.  The readings include a mix of recently published articles from journals in the field, along with many articles written specifically for the course textbook.  Tools and resources available on the Internet for managing human resources will also be explored. (3 units) Prerequisites: Completion of all DBA core and at least four concentration courses. CR/NC
                
BA 510 – DBA DISSERTATION SEMINAR
The DBA Dissertation Seminar prepares students to begin the dissertation phase of their doctoral study program.  This course provides students with individualized instruction guiding them toward the selection of a dissertation topic that is sufficiently well defined to ensure its successful pursuit and narrow enough in its scope that the student can expect to complete their project within a reasonable time frame.  Further, this course provides students with a framework for dissertation research enabling them to select a research area and topic that will provide meaningful results to practitioners in that field.  Students in this course are required to work with the instructor in selecting a dissertation research topic and develop a formal comprehensive dissertation research proposal.  Upon completion of the course, students present the research proposals to the DBA Program Committee for approval to begin their dissertation research projects. (3 units) Prerequisites: Completion of all DBA core and five elective concentration courses. CR/NC

BA 597 – DBA DISSERTATION I****
This course is designed to orient and familiarize the student with the first stage of the doctoral dissertation research process. The student researches a subject of interest for an appropriate dissertation topic, with the focus on the need to have a manageable research project, using relevant data and research methodology and analytic tools applicable to the subject and approach. Research for this topic will address current literature in the field and the way in which literature searches are conducted. The course then addresses an overview analysis of research options, and data collection techniques and requirements appropriate to the subject of study. Completion of this course requires the student to write the first chapter of the dissertation establishing the structure and organization for the study, and the need and research basis for the continuation of the study, submitting this information to the dissertation advisor and doctoral committee for approval. (3 units)  Prerequisites: Completion of all DBA core courses, DBA candidacy standing, and BA 510.  Advisor’s approval is required. CR/NC
                
BA 598 – DBA DISSERTATION II****
This supervised self study course is intended to deepen students’ skills in data analysis in the direction of understanding the quantitative insights that emerge from the data. With the benefit of specific review into the literature of the study subject selected, and with application of research methodology and use of data elements from BA 597, students will be expected to apply the concepts to Chapter II – Literature Review and Chapter III – Explanation of Methodology, to the selected topic for the dissertation.  The course will address the issues of what perspective to take in analyzing data, what questions to ask, and what parameters to assess, allowing the student to apply application research methodologies, define tools to be used, and project possible conclusions into a working hypothesis. Conclusion of this course will provide foundation for a preliminary draft of Chapter II and Chapter III for review by the Doctoral Committee. (3 units)  Prerequisite: Successful completion of BA 597: DBA Dissertation I. CR/NC
                     
BA 599 – DBA DISSERTATION III****
This supervised self study final course in the DBA program guides the student through completion of the dissertation and its defense with simulated question and answer sessions, and with extensive peer feedback. The course requires the student to present the dissertation research results in an objective manner and to present a summary and discussion of the dissertation research results. The student will submit an outline for Chapter IV of the dissertation that includes the following elements: 1) introductory paragraph; 2) generalization that summarizes the results; 3) presentation of results using text, tables and figures. Completion of this course requires the student to write the fourth chapter of the dissertation. The student must submit an outline for Chapter V of the dissertation that includes the following elements: 1) introduction; 2) statement of problem; 3) review of methodology; 4) summary of results; and 5) discussion of results, including interpretation of findings, relationship of current study to previous research, recommendations and suggestions for additional research. Completion of this course requires the student to write the fifth chapter of the dissertation and to successfully defend the dissertation. (3+ units)  Prerequisite: Successful completion of BA 598: DBA Dissertation II. CR/NC
       
        
*          Classes include 15 hours of independent lab work.
**        Classes include 1 unit or 30 hours of lab work supervised by assistant instructors.
***      Classes include 1 unit or 30 hours of lab work supervised by assistant instructors and 1 unit or 45 hours of self-study.
****    The course can be extended for one additional term with 1 unit.