Business Analytics

Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA)

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STEM Classification

The MSBA is a graduate degree program with a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) designation. Due to the demand of graduates with expertise in STEM fields, the Department of Homeland Security permits international students graduating from STEM programs to apply for a 24 month extension of their initial year of Optional Practical Training (OPT). For more detailed information, please visit the ISSO webpage.

MSBA Curriculum

11 Courses
31 Credits

Program Length:

  • Full-time in as few as 9 months
  • Part-time in as few as 21 months

Required Course (1 credit)

Must be taken on campus in the first semester of the program.

Credits:

1.00

Description:

SBS-700 is the first required course in Suffolk's graduate programs. The course is based on the precepts of experiential learning. Based on the idea that people learn best by participating in meaningful activities this course provides you with the opportunity to identify your strengths interests values vision and capabilities and identify next steps to leverage your program and realize your professional goals.

Business Analytics Core Courses (18 credits)



Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course introduces students to the concepts and applications of data analytics on large data sets for managerial decision-making. Students will learn foundation skills needed to extract valuable information out of data including various descriptive predictive and prescriptive analytics techniques using SAS Base as the Analytic tool. Student develop knowledge of data visualization and interpretation coupled with conveying data results and insights. Issues on data acquisition storage and management internal and external of a SAS Base framework will be discussed. This course will provide the much-needed coding skills highly sought after by many companies seeking to employ students from our university.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Analyzes various real world business problems and explores the full scope of MS Excel's formulas functions and features to create data models and present solutions. Students analyze data design custom charts graphs PivotTables and Pivot charts create three-dimensional workbooks build links between files and endow worksheets with decision-making capabilities. Students conduct What-If Analysis utilizing Scenario Manager Solver Data Tables and Goal Seek. This course provides the skills necessary to pass the Microsoft Office Specialist Certification in Excel.

Prerequisites:

This course was formerly ISOM-815

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Introduces the importance of information as an organizational resource role of big data in organizations and the application of tools to provide high quality information. Students will be able to select the most appropriate data management tool (e.g. SQL vs. non-SQL databases) to business scenarios. Develops the skills needed to succeed in today's big data environment through the application of data management techniques cases and exercises. Students will become proficient in designing databases using entity relationship modeling and normalization in building and querying databases of various sizes with Access and SQL (an industry standard) preparing high quality data and applying data visualizing techniques. Students will complete a series of business-oriented hands-on exercises prepare cases and complete projects on database design and big data.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Provides students with an understanding of the nature of enterprise integration and enterprise software business process reengineering the implementation within organizations and strategies for maximizing benefits from enterprise systems. To manage complex business processes in today's multi-national wired and wireless world firms need integrated software packages to manage their global business. Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems are used to support a wide range of business functions for all companies across industries. With ERP systems business managers are able to make decisions with accurate consistent and current data. Intensive lab projects on the SAP ERP System with real life business scenarios are utilized to reinforce understanding of enterprise systems functionality and business process concepts.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course teaches students how to build and maintain data warehouses and how to analyze and use this data as a source for business intelligence and competitive advantage. Students study data mining concepts Big Data environments and analytics and the use of analytics tools and methods for producing business knowledge. Topics include extraction transformation and loading; decision support systems; text web and data mining models as well as data presentation/visualization including dashboards scorecards and various charts. Students build a data warehouse and practice the extraction and transformation process used to produce high quality data warehouses. Students will also experience Big Data storage and processing of Big Data. Students will use tools such as MS Excel Tableau Hadoop Hive Pig Spark and SAP Business Warehouse.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Predictive analytics make predictions about unknown future events. It is crucial for companies to ask the right questions perform rigorous analysis and take actions that will result in the most desirable outcomes. This course develops students' capability in applying the core concepts and techniques of predictive analytics to identify opportunity recognize patterns predict outcomes and recommend optimal actions within the context of organizational decision-making. Topics include: business analytics life cycle data pre- processing linear and nonlinear regression tree-based methods model assessment and selection and resampling methods.

Capstone Course (3 credits)

Should be taken as late in the program as possible.

Prerequisites:

Take ISOM-835

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course is built upon the predictive modeling course and covers a broad collect of data mining and business analytics techniques including estimation classification clustering analysis network analysis association rule mining text mining etc. It focuses on turning data into business insights and eventually use data and analytics to create business value. The course takes a holistic approach of business analytics starting from identifying and defining business questions evaluating data quality cleaning and preparing data to selecting models interpreting outcomes and communicating analysis and results to technical and management audiences. Students also are reinforced in their familiarity of data ethics framework communicating analytics results and the implementation of analytics in business. Throughout the course students are involved in hands-on analysis using large sets of real data from a variety of industries. Students are expected to complete a alaytics consulting project with an industry client and a formal presentation of the project.

Required Electives and Concentration Descriptions (9 credits)

Students must complete three (3) courses, nine (9) credits of electives, 800 level or higher (exception 600 and 700 level MBA courses and 700 level HLTH and ISOM courses) within the Sawyer Business School and from the approved MSBA electives lists.

If a concentration is declared, three electives must be in one concentration area. The schedule of when courses within a concentration are offered vary by semester. Concentrations include: accounting, finance, fintech, healthcare management or marketing.

Students who declare a concentration must submit an SBS Graduate Program Concentration Request Form Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor before they declare a concentration.

The concentration appears on the transcript, not the diploma.

Approved MSBA Electives


Credits:

3.00

Description:

This introductory-level accounting course provides students with a solid base in accounting fundamentals including U.S. GAAP the conceptual framework nature of accounts journal entries and ultimately financial statements. Provides in-depth coverage of the process by which accountants analyze journalize post and summarize transactions. Reviews and analyzes multiple examples of current "real life" financial statements. The students would practice data analytics through the analysis of companies' financial ratios. The course includes a discussion of ethical issues facing accounting professionals and time value of money techniques. For MSA GCA & MST students this is the first course in the financial accounting sequence. For MBA students this potential elective course builds upon concepts learned in MBA 640.

Prerequisites:

ACCT-800 or MSA Program Director permission

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This is the first of two intermediate-level accounting courses that build on students' learning in ACCT 800 going in-depth into measurement and reporting of asset liability and stockholders' equity accounts for external financial reporting purposes. Discusses pronouncements of authoritative sources such as the SEC AICPA and the FASB. Introduces students to IFRS and their similarities to and differences from U.S. GAAP. Develops strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Prerequisites:

ACCT-801 or MSA Program Director permission

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This is the second of two intermediate-level accounting courses. The critical thinking and problem-solving skills developed in ACCT 801 are broadened as this class tackles more complex accounting concepts including: dilutive securities earnings per share investments revenue recognition income tax accounting pensions and leases. Since accounting for many of these areas has been a source of substantial debate and major revisions in recent years subject matter covered will be topical. Pertinent pronouncements of standard-setting bodies continue to be studied.

Prerequisites:

ACCT-801

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Builds on all previous courses in the ACCT 800-series. Focuses on accounting for business combinations/consolidations and partnerships.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Examines the concepts and practices of cost measurement: variable costing cost-volume-profit analysis goal setting and performance monitoring standard costing and variance analysis. Students learn how to prepare a financial plan for a business by constructing operating working capital and capital budgets. Students study and practice Excel skills and how those are used to build a financial plan analyze the sensitivity of the financial plan to different changes examine performance and measure and control overhead costs. Students study data analytics techniques and perform analyses in support of decisions such as pricing setting product line and customer profitability policy sourcing of products and services and matching costing systems to strategy. For MSA GCA & MST students this is the first managerial accounting course you will take. For MBA students this potential elective course builds upon concepts learned in MBA 640.

Prerequisites:

ACCT-800 or MBA-640

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Introduces the field of auditing with a concentration in auditing historical financial statements in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards and some exposure to auditing the internal control over financial reporting of large public companies. Covers the environment standards regulation and law of auditing in the US with some exposure to the international environment. Covers audit planning risk and materiality assessments audit evidence evaluation of internal control documentation and audit reports. Includes researching and resolving practice-oriented problems and practice in using computer-assisted audit techniques and electronic confirmations.

Prerequisites:

ACCT-800 or MBA-640

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Examines the pervasiveness and genres of fraud and explores the motivations opportunities and rationalizations that facilitate fraudulent behavior. Covers methods of detection investigation and prevention of financial statement frauds and other types of financial-related frauds.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course examines the techniques used by forensic accountants to conduct investigations of white collar crime. Students will learn what fraud is how we prevent it how we detect it and how we document our findings. They will learn about the "elements of crime" that must be proven for a specific statute (e.g. Title 26 U.S.C. 7201 - Tax Evasion) to be successfully prosecuted. A case study will be utilized to demonstrate the investigative process from inception to conclusion. Through the case students will learn how to: gather and document evidence; write memorandums affidavits and recommendation of prosecution reports; conduct investigative interviews by preparing an interview outline building rapport asking follow-up questions and learning to detect deceit; and provide testimony in a mock trial to a (friendly) prosecutor and (aggressive) defense attorney.

Prerequisites:

ACCT-800 or MBA-640, and MBA-650 or program director approval

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course consists of two parts. The first part teaches students how to use Tableau to analyze large data sets and visualize data patterns to derive meaningful actionable insights. We will utilize different data sets containing detailed information on sales inventory and other operational and financial metrics. This part will also introduce some basic tools used in accessing and compiling relevant big data from online resources such as the SEC's EDGAR website and Twitter. Students will be provided with necessary computer code and software to perform textual analysis for company documents and social media posts. The second part focuses on the analysis of financial statement data in an automated fashion. We will employ advanced tools in Excel along with the state-of-the-art data sources including Calcbench to perform financial data analytics and peer benchmarking. Our discussion on financial ratios and credit risk will have an analytical emphasis. This part will conclude with exercises on forecasting income statement data and valuing public companies.

Prerequisites:

ACCT-804 and ACCT-800 or MBA-640 or program director approval

Credits:

3

Description:

This case based course, teaches students how to better use information for improved decision making. Students will study how to identify the relevant information that is needed to make decisions. The decisions discussed will span a variety of business areas including accounting, finance, marketing and others. A special emphasis would be put on developing and strengthening the students' presentation skills in both face to face and online environments. Students will learn to speak influentially and effectively about numbers and communicate their conclusions and suggested decisions to different stakeholders.

Prerequisites:

ACCT-800 or MBA-640

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Describes various transaction processing cycles and their use in the structured analysis and design of accounting information systems. Students gain an understanding of Enterprise Resource Planning softwares Quickbooks database design XBRL implementations of internal controls and privacy and data security issues.

Prerequisites:

MBA-640 or ACCT-800

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Covers unique aspects of financial reporting in not-for-profit organizations and governmental units. Topics include fund accounting encumbrance accounting GASB pronouncements cost accounting and budgetary control for government and its agencies healthcare educational religious and other not-for-profit organizations. Students learn how to apply the cost benefit analysis in the resources allocation process program planning budgeting and reporting systems.

Prerequisites:

MBA-650 or MSF Program Director Approval

Credits:

3.00

Description:

An in-depth analysis of financial statements this course is designed to help investors and managers in their assessment of business entity. This course also analyzes financial services industry: bank financial statement analysis with an emphasis on off- balance sheet lending and borrowing capital structure issues and innovations in mortgage-backed securities and asset-based financing techniques are covered. Additionally the tax implications of various derivative securities is studied.

Prerequisites:

MBA-650

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students analyze markets for financial assets including the money market and various bond and stock markets. They learn determinants of the level and structure of interest rates the Federal Reserve impact on markets how financial institutions operate with respect to their sources and uses of funds essentials of the regulatory structure of financial markets transaction costs and interrelations among markets.

Prerequisites:

MBA-650

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course extends the body of knowledge acquired in MBA 650. Students expand knowledge of dividend theory capital structure theory capital budgeting long-term financing decisions cash management and corporate restructuring market efficiency and risk and liability management.

Prerequisites:

MBA-650 or MSF Program Director Approval

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students examine markets for investment procedures valuation models basic analytical techniques and factors influencing risk/return tradeoffs. This course emphasizes the professional approach to managing investment assets. A variety of investment vehicles are discussed including stocks bonds options and futures.

Prerequisites:

MBA-650

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students examine techniques and decision-making rules for the evaluation and selection of long-term investment projects by corporations and the interaction of investment and financing.

Prerequisites:

MBA-650 or MSF Program Director Approval

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students explore the pricing of options and futures contracts the characteristics of the markets in which these contracts are traded options and futures strategies and the application of these contracts in the hedging of financial positions. In addition students are exposed to swap markets and a variety of swaps.

Prerequisites:

Take MBA-650;

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The course introduces students to the structure and management of international financial-services firms and methods through which financial institutions manage risk. The course discusses tools for identifying measuring evaluating and managing risks such as interest rate credit foreign exchange liquidity market sovereign and operational risk. The course also introduces key regulations and discusses important ethical issues in the financial-services industry.

Prerequisites:

MBA-650

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students are introduced to mathematical statistics and basic econometrics. They study fundamental econometric tools as well as hypothesis testing analysis of variance linear regressions simultaneous equations and models of qualitative choice.

Prerequisites:

Take FIN-808, FIN-810, and FIN-814. (FIN-814 can be taken concurrently)

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students examine financial theories techniques and models applied to the study of corporate financial decisions aspects of corporate strategy industry structure and the functioning of capital markets.

Prerequisites:

MBA-650 or MSF Program Director Approval

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course covers corporate financial decisions in an international setting with a focus on foreign exchange management and capital budgeting.

Prerequisites:

MBA-650 or MSF Program Director Approval

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course introduces students to the history terminology current developments future challenges and opportunities related to the application of technology to financial discipline. With an emphasis of case studies and guest lecture the class will discuss algorithmic trading predictive behavioral analysis data-driven decision making mobile-only services robo advisers machine learning artificial intelligence cryptocurrencies Blockchain RegTech InsureTech innovations in lending and cybersecurity. Students will be required to complete projects based on a statistical software package.

Prerequisites:

FIN-810

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students learn theory and techniques of scientific portfolio management including the establishment of portfolio objectives evaluation of portfolio performance asset allocation strategies and the use of derivative securities in portfolio insurance.

Prerequisites:

Take MBA-650

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The nature techniques and problems of business forecasting. Covers indicators of business activity short-run econometrics forecasting models and the construction of aggregate forecasts as well as forecasts of major economic sectors. Includes long-term predictions and the application of aggregate and sector forecasts for particular industries and firms. Prerequisite: FIN 818.

Prerequisites:

Take MBA-650;

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students are introduced to the language and principles of real estate. Includes an overview of decision-making in the field with particular emphasis on investment and asset management.

Prerequisites:

FIN-810 (may be taken concurrently)

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students develop a framework for understanding analyzing and valuing modern financial instruments. Students examine several types of derivative securities and their use in managing financial risk. While the interests of issuers intermediaries and investors will all be considered the primary emphasis will be on the perspective of corporate financial managers and the use of modern financial technology in the creation of value for shareholders.

Prerequisites:

Take FIN-810

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The course is designed to provide information on various types of fixed income securities and markets theories and concepts of the term structure of interest rates and valuation of fixed income securities measurement and management of risk for traditional bonds and bonds with embedded options understanding of the role of derivatives such as mortgage-backed securities asset-backed securities swaps and exotic options credit analysis and bond rating portfolio management and performance evaluation. This course is generally offered as an intensive elective.

Prerequisites:

MBA-650

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The course introduces basic corporate valuation models and shows how risk arises in firms and how managing that risk can impact the firm's valuation. It shows different ways and contracts that can be used to change the risk profile of the firm. The course will introduce methods including using derivatives to hedge and the use of insurance and hybrid insurance contracts and through the adjustment of the capital structure and other financial policies of the firm (dividend payout strategies optimal compensation etc.). Throughout the course we will use various risk metrics to demonstrate the impact the risk management strategy has on the firm's exposure to risk and the value that is created by undertaking the activity.

Prerequisites:

Take FIN-810;

Credits:

3

Description:

Students examine fundamental equity analysis as the convergence of a number of skills such as accounting, financial, and strategic analysis with detective work and experience. Students practice communicating and defending an argument, use a business analysis framework that helps tie together strategy and finance, practice model building and practical approach to profitability in the markets.

Prerequisites:

Take MBA-650

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course provides introduction to quantitative business analytics methods and their applications in credit risk analysis. It covers the steps involved in building testing and validating various credit risk models as currently practiced in modern lending financial institutions. The course delves both into the theoretical and the practical aspects of each particular class of models and emphasizes hands-on application of analytical tools and construction of models. Integral part of the course is the development and improvement of business analytics skills through projects using firm- industry- and macroeconomic data. The projects involve data preparation analysis and visualization as well as result interpretation and communication. The primary computing tool for the course is R which is widely used for data analysis in the corporate world and is growing in popularity.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course explores the origins components organization and operation of the U.S. health system. It prepares students for subsequent healthcare administration courses that delve more deeply into key aspects of the health system. Topics include major current health and health system issues; the history and trends underlying those issues; and the organizations professions laws and policies patients and consumers payers and other aspects of the health system. Learning activities focus on the relationships among the many parts of the health system.

Prerequisites:

HLTH-705 (or HLTH-701)

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Builds on Health Systems I: Healthcare in the U.S. by examining the system through the lenses of economics law and policy. In order for students to be better prepared to help their organizations adapt effectively to opportunities and constraints presented by the environments in which they operate they must be able to analyze and evaluate current and evolving healthcare markets laws and public policies payment methods mechanisms for bearing and sharing financial risk and their impact on healthcare business models and organizational models.

Prerequisites:

MHA and MSBA students only. HLTH-705 (or HLTH-701), and HLTH-707 (or HLTH-812), and MBA-625 (or SBS-604).

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Introduces students to concepts analytic tools and techniques in operations management including project management process documentation and analysis process improvement tools Lean Six Sigma methodology queuing theory forecasting Theory of Constraints and supply chain management. Students will understand patient flow and will learn to measure and compare productivity between departments and healthcare organizations to map processes and identify improvement opportunities and to apply quantitative methods for optimal managerial decisions. The course builds on the "Evidence-Based Healthcare Management" foundation course. Class exercises applied concept assignments and other learning tools enable students to understand ways to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of healthcare organizations.

Prerequisites:

HLTH-705 (or HLTH-701), and HLTH-707 (or HLTH-812), and MBA-625 (or SBS-604)

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Introduces students to the new science of analytics in the context of the health and healthcare sectors. Building on the "Evidence-Based Healthcare Management" Foundation course this course further develops students'competencies in seeking and analyzing data and presenting findings. Analytics drives innovative solutions through its use of data science information technology and deep knowledge of a particular industry sector. This course focuses on applications in population health community health business intelligence and behavior change. Students will have establish competency in obtaining information from multiple data sources analyzing metrics applying analytic tools using systems thinking to frame and solve problems evaluating the pros and cons of various analytics approaches and creating solutions through the use of case narratives use cases and client presentations.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Introduces students to a wide range of current innovations as well as innovations that are expected in the future. The course builds students' skills to anticipate adopt and manage innovation in healthcare. It covers innovation in the organization and delivery of healthcare services as well as in the pharmaceuticals biotechnology medical devices and healthcare information technology. In particular the course explores how innovation happens -- i.e. how players across the healthcare industry create identify pursue and support or impede opportunities for innovation.

Prerequisites:

HLTH-705 (or HLTH-701), and HLTH-707 (or HLTH-812), and MBA-625 (or SBS-604)

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The "production" of healthcare is a service of significant personal and social consequence and the quality of that service is high on the agenda of every healthcare leader. A number of trends in the industry are interacting to provide both new challenges and new opportunities for managers in the areas of healthcare quality patient safety and patient experience. Among those trends are new ways of organizing and delivering services new technologies the growth of consumerism and patient-centered care and new standards and expectations. This course builds on Foundation and Core Level 1 courses as it focuses on the complexities and processes of assuring quality performance in healthcare organizations. Among the topics covered in this course are: creating a culture of safety; establishing and sustaining organizational alignment; quality/safety implications for accreditation and regulatory compliance; and measuring and improving the patient experience.

Prerequisites:

HLTH-705 (or HLTH-701) and HLTH-707 (or HLTH-812)

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The success of any healthcare organization depends on the ability of its leaders and managers to continuously identify evaluate and address the key issues facing the organization. Innovations in technology products practices and organization which are continuously reshaping healthcare are among the most important issues. This course introduces students to these types of innovations as part of the larger healthcare environment and integrates them into the larger framework of strategic management of healthcare organizations. The course explores the essential elements of strategic management: systems thinking strategic analysis and strategy development and implementation. Using healthcare industry publications and provocative case studies students conduct assessments of external trends assumptions and implications; identify and assess organizational opportunities and challenges as well as strengths and weaknesses; identify strategic and operational issues; and review and develop strategies and actions to address the issues and achieve success.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

England as part of the United Kingdom has a nationalized healthcare system. Given that it leads the systems in other countries on many aspects of care delivery and health outcomes there is an advantage for healthcare administrators and policymakers in the U.S. to have exposure to this system for what they might learn and apply to improve our own healthcare system. Therefore the purpose of this global travel seminar is to enable students to explore and answer one overarching question: What can we learn from the healthcare system in England that will enable us to better understand and make needed improvements to the healthcare system in the U.S.? At the macro level students will learn about and analyze such features of the healthcare system in England as government ownership of healthcare delivery organizations near-universal insurance coverage allocation of resources according to national and regional budgets and reforms to address serious quality and safety deficiencies. At the micro level students will visit healthcare delivery organizations and meet with healthcare providers managers and policy makers to get a close look at the realities of the healthcare system including quality improvement and cost containment initiatives. By the end of this course students will also understand how the healthcare system in England compares on key dimensions with the healthcare system in the U.S.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course is introductory to use Python for business analytics intended for students with little or no programming experience. Students will learn how to program with Python and how to use it in conjunction with scientific computing modules and libraries to compute analyze and visualize data to make analytics-driven decisions in finance operations marketing accounting and management. By the end of this course students will have confidence and understanding of how to program in Python know how to create and manipulate arrays using numpy library know how to use pandas library to create and analyze data sets know how to use matplotlib and seaborn libraries to create beautiful data visualization and have an understanding of scikit-learn for data analytics.

Prerequisites:

ISOM-821

Credits:

3.00

Description:

To prepare the students for the real data world workforce this course will deliver more advance tools for Data Management. Students who already have the SQL skills within a SQL Server database platform will become proficient in database development using Stored Procedures Data Functions and Cursor processing. Next on the curriculum is a tool to Extract Transform and Load (ETL) the data from multiple sources and store it in a target database. In this course we will use the ETL tool SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS). Finally the student will get an introduction into the design and development of data cubes using SQL Server Analysis Services. Students will complete a series of business-oriented hands-on exercises and projects on database development data movement and data cubes.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Introduces the fundamental principles of information and big data security. Security vulnerabilities threats and risks will be analyzed. Common types of computer attacks and counter-attacks will be identified. Security technologies such as biometrics firewalls intrusion detection systems and cryptography systems will be applied in conjunction with human based safeguards. Business continuity and disaster recovery planning will be covered. Students will then learn how to design and build a layered security defense combining several of the above controls to address the different challenges to data security. The managerial concerns of security and privacy of information will be stressed including the legal and privacy issues. Best practices for planning and auditing security and privacy will then be covered.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Introduces business intelligence and data analytics. Business intelligence and data analytics help organizations in strategic and operational decision making by improving performance management optimizing customer relations monitoring business activity and improving decision support. On a macro-level the class will discuss business cases for the adoption of business intelligence and data analytics. We will discuss technologies and processes for gathering storing accessing and analyzing data to provide users with better insights and business decisions. On a micro-level students will use a variety of tools to build their skills in analyzing data to solve business problems. In summary this course provides a conceptual understanding of business data resources and the development of capabilities for data preparation warehousing selection description mining interpretation visualization communication and innovation.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Introduces the fundamental principles and concepts for effective management of supply chains via performance drivers such as procurement facilities inventory transportation and pricing. No company can do better than its supply chain a complex network of organizations that collaboratively manage transformation processes to deliver products/services to customers. Managing a supply chain is a tremendous challenge for most firms which paradoxically can also be a crucial source of competitive advantage. This "how-to" course also offers hands-on familiarity with analytical models data analysis and interpretation from which supply chain managers can gain deep insights.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Introduces the basic principles tools and technique of the Project Management Life Cycle with practical real-life examples and scenarios. The basic concepts will be studied within the framework of the Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK (R)Guide) guidelines set forth by the Project Management Institute (PMI). Other project management framework will be described though not in detail. The course will attempt to help students understand the relationship between good project management and successful software management development and implementation and the best practices at each stage of project planning execution control and closure. The course will also help build skills to research analyze and report project management case studies that illustrate the topics covered in this course. PMP(R) and (PMBOK(R)Guide) are registered marks of the Project Management Institute Inc.

Prerequisites:

Instructor Permission

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This elective course option involves a student initiated written proposal to a willing and appropriate full-time faculty member for a directed study project. The project should be completed during one semester. The faculty member and student must concur on a written proposal final project and grading criteria. Approval by the Department Chair and the Dean is necessary before registration.

Prerequisites:

Approval of the student's Program Director and ISOM Department chair required.

Credits:

0.00- 3.00

Description:

Provides a hands-on practical learning opportunity for a student-initiated experience at a domestic or international organization. Students work closely with the department chair and faculty advisor regarding career-related learning outcomes. Over the course of a semester students collaborate with their corporate internship supervisor and complete projects in either information systems operations management or business analytics. A final written report and presentation are mandatory if this course is taken for credit. Offered every semester.

Prerequisites:

MBA-625 or SBS-604 or ISOM-631 (may be taken concurrently)

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course provides students with Operations Management concepts techniques and tools to design analyze and improve operational capabilities in any organization. Students will understand and analyze common OM decisions on managing inputs (materials information finances and human resources) and processes to deliver desirable outcomes to customers. Topics covered include operations strategy process analysis quality management and lean operations capacity analysis inventory management product development supply chain management project management revenue management and pricing decision analysis and forecasting. Software tools used may include MS Excel MS Visio and MS Project. This course will contain experiential learning components related to Boston's world-class industries which may include guest lectures simulation exercises and/or visits to local organizations.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course deals with the structure and information content of the three principal financial statements of profit-directed companies namely the income statement balance sheet and statement of cash flows. It develops skill in using accounting information to analyze the performance and financial condition of a company and to facilitate decision making planning and budgeting and performance appraisal in a managerial context. This course also contains an experiential component by offering guided inquiry and real company cases.

Prerequisites:

1 course from each of the following groups: MBA-615 or SBS-603; MBA-625, SBS-604, or ISOM-631; MBA-640 or ACCT-800; These courses may be taken prior to or concurrently with MBA-650.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course introduces the basic principles of corporate finance. The main focus is on fundamental principles such as time value of money asset valuation and risk and return tradeoff. Topics to be covered also include cost of capital capital budgeting and capital structure.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

At its core marketing is about providing consumer value. The practice of doing this is changing constantly-driven by rapid and far-reaching changes in technology; globalization; and the evolution of consumer values practices and lifestyles. This course will present themes theories and trends that are critical for: 1. understanding the business of creating capturing and sustaining value; 2. introducing students to the global consumer and technological realities of marketing in the 21st Century; and 3. providing students with a sound foundation to explore marketing in further depth in upper-level elective courses. This course also contains an experiential component. .

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course teaches students critical thinking and problem solving skills in the context of two essential ingredients of collaboration: leading people and teams and managing projects. Students will learn concepts and processes that support building and launching high performing teams that can manage complex projects efficiently and effectively. Students will collaborate experientially to solve problems facing Boston's world-class industry clusters.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course introduces students to three essential ingredients of innovation: Entrepreneurial Thinking Information Technology in an Age of Disruption and Law as Framework. Entrepreneurial thinking is a critical element in the creation growth and sustainability of an organization. In new ventures entrepreneurs drive innovation with limited resources and within a flat organization. Information technology strategically selected and implemented can provide a significant competitive advantage. Students will survey the increasingly complex evolving and highly competitive business environment in which ethical legal economic and regulatory forces are continuously reshaping the global marketplace both to create and limit competitive opportunities. This course will contain experiential components relating to Boston's world-class industries.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The Immersion course provides an opportunity for students to link their program work to hands-on experience and visits to real-life global companies. The highly experiential intensive course combines classroom learning with a direct business and cultural experience. Students will work in teams directly for a client or several clients solving real challenges using their analytical skills knowledge and experience to develop feasible solutions. Required for all MBA students the course will be offered globally or nationally to accommodate a variety of student needs.

Prerequisites:

SBS-700, MBA-701, MBA-710, MBA-615(or SBS-603), MBA-625(or SBS-604), MBA-635, MBA-640(or ACCT-800,) MBA-650, MBA-660, MBA-720(or MBA-721), MBA-730, and MBA-745(may be taken concurrently)

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students engage in a variety of learning activities such as case studies computer simulations examinations project reports and most especially experiential exercises involving competition. Students will develop a multi-functional general management perspective. The course is designed to help students integrate and apply their knowledge and techniques learned in the core courses of the MBA program into an overall view of the firm evaluate the environment and speculate on the future direction of the organization. Students will also learn about the principal concepts frameworks and techniques of strategic management they will develop the capacity for strategic thinking and they will examine the organizational and environmental contexts in which strategic management unfolds. This course will make extensive use of experiential activities and projects designed to get students to experience the dynamics of competition right in the classroom.

Prerequisites:

MBA Students not eligble for this course.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course takes multiple approaches to the exploration of leadership. Emphasis is put on individual self-awareness as a critical precursor to leadership success. A wide range of activities exercises cases and simulations are used to develop understanding of the dynamics of leadership. Team building both as an activity and a topic for study is used as the model to develop practice and improve individual leadership skills.

Prerequisites:

MBA-625, SBS-604, ISOM-631, OR MBA-622; AND MBA-660

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course explores the role of research in marketing decision-making including the cost and value of information. The course uses cases and problems to explore problem definition research design sampling questionnaire design field methods data analysis and reporting.

Prerequisites:

MBA-660

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course is designed to provide you with both a sound theoretical and an applied approach to developing and implementing marketing strategy at multiple levels of the organization - corporate division strategic business unit and product. Special emphasis will be placed on dealing with contemporary marketing issues in the highly competitive global environment. The course presentation will combine lectures case studies guest speakers and a semester-long team-based project.

Prerequisites:

Take MBA-660;

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course will examine the theories and practices used to plan organize and control global supply chains. The approach will go beyond viewing exchange relationships from a strictly physical sense(movement of goods and services) to focus on the interaction between trading partners with different cultures and how firms are using channel strategies to gain a competitive advantage globally. Specifically this course will explore the role that channel members play as intermediaries between the production and consumption sectors of the economy. This course will explore how channels of distribution have evolved and identify challenges that channel members will face in the globalized 21st century. Subsequently this course will examine how channel members develop global strategies to attract consumers and also how consumers develop strategies to acquire goods and services from channel members."

Prerequisites:

Take MBA-660, MKT-810, MKT-860

Credits:

3.00

Description:

SBS graduate level Global Product Innovation (GMC) offers exciting valuable and practical global product innovation experience with international educational and/or corporate partners. This project-based course is organized by the Suffolk Marketing Department and an overseas partner school. Teams consisting of Suffolk Business students and students from the partner school work on new product or service development and marketing projects targeting one or multiple international markets. The focus will be on the marketing function's input to the innovation process during the pre-launch and launch stages covering a wide range of issues (such as global market selection concept generation and evaluation design and positioning test marketing and product launch and tracking). Students will collaborate via virtual teaming technology throughout the semester and report product or service design and marketing plan to the business clients or entering the SBS New Product Competition in the end of the semester. Through a hands-on product innovation project in the global context students will develop an understanding of the global market dynamism the diversity of global consumer needs and business practices and the challenges and advantages of cross-cultural team collaboration.

Prerequisites:

MBA-660

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course addresses the role of the sales manager in today's challenging business environment. As such the course includes an understanding of direct sales as well as all facets of sales management such as recruitment compensation and management of a sales force. The core of activity is lecture and case study.

Prerequisites:

SBS-604, MKT-810 and MBA-660

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course addresses the practical application of advanced digital marketing techniques. Topics include but are not limited to advanced search engine optimization (SEO) design of search advertising campaigns across multiple digital platforms in highly competitive markets analyzing the customer decision journey and gleaning meaningful insights from user-generated content. Upon successful completion of this program participants shall be able to independently apply a comprehensive set of digital analytics methodologies to generate and interpret the actionable insights that enhances a firm's digital campaign and improve the customer experience in the digital space.

Prerequisites:

Take MBA-660

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course is aimed to understand how to formulate and formalize effective marketing strategies in a world dominated by exponential technological change and how to understand the logics of this disruptive change. Some of the questions the course will explore are what exponential technologies are and the impact that they have on industries customer needs and expectations and how firms can leverage their position to take advantage of these technologies by formulating agile and proactive marketing strategies.

Prerequisites:

Take MBA-660

Credits:

3.00

Description:

New technological marketing strategies are revolutionizing and disrupting the biotech business industry by using comprehensive statistical and analytical models capable of providing insightful prescriptive and predictive data powerful enough to persuade and influence the global biotechnology ecosystem. Artificial Intelligence machine learning neural networks human genomic and microbiome sequencing along with nanotechnology and personalized medicine are helping biotech companies to invent new methodologies of diagnosing and treating disease. Ethically marketing life-changing therapeutics that address major sustainability issues in energy food and health can lead to solutions that will make our earth a safer place for current and future generations.

Prerequisites:

MBA-660

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The foundational course in the digital marketing track this course focuses on the consumer of digital media and five big picture marketing strategy challenges confronting marketers in the new digital (mobile +social) marketing era. Challenge 1: Marketing to a smarter more engaged empowered consumer; Challenge 2: Marketing to a networked collaborative and more social consumer; Challenge 3: Marketing to a more distracted and fickle consumer; Challenge 4: Marketing to a unique individual consumer; and Challenge 5: Marketing to prosumers or producer-consumers. The course takes on these big picture challenges thorough a deep engagement with and critical analysis of readings and cases. Given this focus the course demands thorough preparation for class and active engagement in the class discussion. The evaluation is assignment and project based.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course is designed to help students better understand practice and evaluate qualitative market research. The course introduces established and emerging research techniques which require students to actively engage in the process of conducting qualitative research (e.g. study design data collection analysis reporting and storytelling). Statistical approaches including automated text analysis and content analysis are emphasized.

Prerequisites:

MKT-810 previously or concurrently

Credits:

3.00

Description:

In this course students learn how data analytics transforms businesses and industries using examples and case studies in multiple industries and contexts. Through applied examples the use of statistical methods such as linear regression logistic regression factor analysis decision trees cluster analysis and optimization will be demonstrated. Students will be using the statistical software such as SPSS and R to explore patterns in marketing datasets and build predictive models.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course is required for MSA and MSF students and it is also a recommended elective for MBA students with a finance concentration. This course develops an understanding of the concepts tools and applications of economics at both the micro and macro level. The focus is on how economic analysis influences decision-making in the public and private sectors and how economic tools can enhance managerial effectiveness and organizational efficiency. The economic role of government and its impact on the business environment in a market economy the factors that influence firm performance and competitiveness and the role of financial institutions in the current economic environment are discussed throughout the course.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course focuses on the federal income taxation of individuals with some discussion of business entity taxation where the topics are applicable to both areas of tax law. The course explores the basic structure of individual income taxation including gross income exclusions deductions credits the alternative minimum tax and the tax formula. The course also covers a basic introduction to the taxation of property transactions which is the focus of TAX 802. It emphasizes professional tax practice by incorporating research professional writing and communication skills and the preparation of complex tax returns. The attainment of these essentials skills is facilitated by the routine exposure to the interpretation of statutes of the Internal Revenue Code the review of Treasury Regulations and the exploration of various court cases and rulings as applied to various fact patterns and case studies.

Accounting Concentration (9 credits)

Required Course: (3 credits)

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course deals with the structure and information content of the three principal financial statements of profit-directed companies namely the income statement balance sheet and statement of cash flows. It develops skill in using accounting information to analyze the performance and financial condition of a company and to facilitate decision making planning and budgeting and performance appraisal in a managerial context. This course also contains an experiential component by offering guided inquiry and real company cases.

Select two of the following (if MBA-640 is waived, must select three): (2-3 courses, 6-9 credits)

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This introductory-level accounting course provides students with a solid base in accounting fundamentals including U.S. GAAP the conceptual framework nature of accounts journal entries and ultimately financial statements. Provides in-depth coverage of the process by which accountants analyze journalize post and summarize transactions. Reviews and analyzes multiple examples of current "real life" financial statements. The students would practice data analytics through the analysis of companies' financial ratios. The course includes a discussion of ethical issues facing accounting professionals and time value of money techniques. For MSA GCA & MST students this is the first course in the financial accounting sequence. For MBA students this potential elective course builds upon concepts learned in MBA 640.

Prerequisites:

ACCT-800 or MSA Program Director permission

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This is the first of two intermediate-level accounting courses that build on students' learning in ACCT 800 going in-depth into measurement and reporting of asset liability and stockholders' equity accounts for external financial reporting purposes. Discusses pronouncements of authoritative sources such as the SEC AICPA and the FASB. Introduces students to IFRS and their similarities to and differences from U.S. GAAP. Develops strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Prerequisites:

ACCT-801 or MSA Program Director permission

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This is the second of two intermediate-level accounting courses. The critical thinking and problem-solving skills developed in ACCT 801 are broadened as this class tackles more complex accounting concepts including: dilutive securities earnings per share investments revenue recognition income tax accounting pensions and leases. Since accounting for many of these areas has been a source of substantial debate and major revisions in recent years subject matter covered will be topical. Pertinent pronouncements of standard-setting bodies continue to be studied.

Prerequisites:

ACCT-801

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Builds on all previous courses in the ACCT 800-series. Focuses on accounting for business combinations/consolidations and partnerships.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Examines the concepts and practices of cost measurement: variable costing cost-volume-profit analysis goal setting and performance monitoring standard costing and variance analysis. Students learn how to prepare a financial plan for a business by constructing operating working capital and capital budgets. Students study and practice Excel skills and how those are used to build a financial plan analyze the sensitivity of the financial plan to different changes examine performance and measure and control overhead costs. Students study data analytics techniques and perform analyses in support of decisions such as pricing setting product line and customer profitability policy sourcing of products and services and matching costing systems to strategy. For MSA GCA & MST students this is the first managerial accounting course you will take. For MBA students this potential elective course builds upon concepts learned in MBA 640.

Prerequisites:

ACCT-800 or MBA-640

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Introduces the field of auditing with a concentration in auditing historical financial statements in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards and some exposure to auditing the internal control over financial reporting of large public companies. Covers the environment standards regulation and law of auditing in the US with some exposure to the international environment. Covers audit planning risk and materiality assessments audit evidence evaluation of internal control documentation and audit reports. Includes researching and resolving practice-oriented problems and practice in using computer-assisted audit techniques and electronic confirmations.

Prerequisites:

ACCT-800 or MBA-640

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Examines the pervasiveness and genres of fraud and explores the motivations opportunities and rationalizations that facilitate fraudulent behavior. Covers methods of detection investigation and prevention of financial statement frauds and other types of financial-related frauds.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course examines the techniques used by forensic accountants to conduct investigations of white collar crime. Students will learn what fraud is how we prevent it how we detect it and how we document our findings. They will learn about the "elements of crime" that must be proven for a specific statute (e.g. Title 26 U.S.C. 7201 - Tax Evasion) to be successfully prosecuted. A case study will be utilized to demonstrate the investigative process from inception to conclusion. Through the case students will learn how to: gather and document evidence; write memorandums affidavits and recommendation of prosecution reports; conduct investigative interviews by preparing an interview outline building rapport asking follow-up questions and learning to detect deceit; and provide testimony in a mock trial to a (friendly) prosecutor and (aggressive) defense attorney.

Prerequisites:

ACCT-800 or MBA-640, and MBA-650 or program director approval

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course consists of two parts. The first part teaches students how to use Tableau to analyze large data sets and visualize data patterns to derive meaningful actionable insights. We will utilize different data sets containing detailed information on sales inventory and other operational and financial metrics. This part will also introduce some basic tools used in accessing and compiling relevant big data from online resources such as the SEC's EDGAR website and Twitter. Students will be provided with necessary computer code and software to perform textual analysis for company documents and social media posts. The second part focuses on the analysis of financial statement data in an automated fashion. We will employ advanced tools in Excel along with the state-of-the-art data sources including Calcbench to perform financial data analytics and peer benchmarking. Our discussion on financial ratios and credit risk will have an analytical emphasis. This part will conclude with exercises on forecasting income statement data and valuing public companies.

Prerequisites:

ACCT-804 and ACCT-800 or MBA-640 or program director approval

Credits:

3

Description:

This case based course, teaches students how to better use information for improved decision making. Students will study how to identify the relevant information that is needed to make decisions. The decisions discussed will span a variety of business areas including accounting, finance, marketing and others. A special emphasis would be put on developing and strengthening the students' presentation skills in both face to face and online environments. Students will learn to speak influentially and effectively about numbers and communicate their conclusions and suggested decisions to different stakeholders.

Prerequisites:

ACCT-800 or MBA-640

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Describes various transaction processing cycles and their use in the structured analysis and design of accounting information systems. Students gain an understanding of Enterprise Resource Planning softwares Quickbooks database design XBRL implementations of internal controls and privacy and data security issues.

Prerequisites:

MBA-640 or ACCT-800

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Covers unique aspects of financial reporting in not-for-profit organizations and governmental units. Topics include fund accounting encumbrance accounting GASB pronouncements cost accounting and budgetary control for government and its agencies healthcare educational religious and other not-for-profit organizations. Students learn how to apply the cost benefit analysis in the resources allocation process program planning budgeting and reporting systems.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course focuses on the federal income taxation of individuals with some discussion of business entity taxation where the topics are applicable to both areas of tax law. The course explores the basic structure of individual income taxation including gross income exclusions deductions credits the alternative minimum tax and the tax formula. The course also covers a basic introduction to the taxation of property transactions which is the focus of TAX 802. It emphasizes professional tax practice by incorporating research professional writing and communication skills and the preparation of complex tax returns. The attainment of these essentials skills is facilitated by the routine exposure to the interpretation of statutes of the Internal Revenue Code the review of Treasury Regulations and the exploration of various court cases and rulings as applied to various fact patterns and case studies.

Finance Concentration (9 credits)

Required Course: (3 credits)

Prerequisites:

1 course from each of the following groups: MBA-615 or SBS-603; MBA-625, SBS-604, or ISOM-631; MBA-640 or ACCT-800; These courses may be taken prior to or concurrently with MBA-650.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course introduces the basic principles of corporate finance. The main focus is on fundamental principles such as time value of money asset valuation and risk and return tradeoff. Topics to be covered also include cost of capital capital budgeting and capital structure.

Elective Courses

Select two of the following electives (if MBA-650 is waived, must select three): (2-3 courses, 6-9 credits)

Prerequisites:

MBA-650 or MSF Program Director Approval

Credits:

3.00

Description:

An in-depth analysis of financial statements this course is designed to help investors and managers in their assessment of business entity. This course also analyzes financial services industry: bank financial statement analysis with an emphasis on off- balance sheet lending and borrowing capital structure issues and innovations in mortgage-backed securities and asset-based financing techniques are covered. Additionally the tax implications of various derivative securities is studied.

Prerequisites:

MBA-650

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students analyze markets for financial assets including the money market and various bond and stock markets. They learn determinants of the level and structure of interest rates the Federal Reserve impact on markets how financial institutions operate with respect to their sources and uses of funds essentials of the regulatory structure of financial markets transaction costs and interrelations among markets.

Prerequisites:

MBA-650

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course extends the body of knowledge acquired in MBA 650. Students expand knowledge of dividend theory capital structure theory capital budgeting long-term financing decisions cash management and corporate restructuring market efficiency and risk and liability management.

Prerequisites:

MBA-650 or MSF Program Director Approval

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students examine markets for investment procedures valuation models basic analytical techniques and factors influencing risk/return tradeoffs. This course emphasizes the professional approach to managing investment assets. A variety of investment vehicles are discussed including stocks bonds options and futures.

Prerequisites:

MBA-650

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students examine techniques and decision-making rules for the evaluation and selection of long-term investment projects by corporations and the interaction of investment and financing.

Prerequisites:

MBA-650 or MSF Program Director Approval

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students explore the pricing of options and futures contracts the characteristics of the markets in which these contracts are traded options and futures strategies and the application of these contracts in the hedging of financial positions. In addition students are exposed to swap markets and a variety of swaps.

Prerequisites:

Take MBA-650;

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The course introduces students to the structure and management of international financial-services firms and methods through which financial institutions manage risk. The course discusses tools for identifying measuring evaluating and managing risks such as interest rate credit foreign exchange liquidity market sovereign and operational risk. The course also introduces key regulations and discusses important ethical issues in the financial-services industry.

Prerequisites:

MBA-650

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students are introduced to mathematical statistics and basic econometrics. They study fundamental econometric tools as well as hypothesis testing analysis of variance linear regressions simultaneous equations and models of qualitative choice.

Prerequisites:

Take FIN-808, FIN-810, and FIN-814. (FIN-814 can be taken concurrently)

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students examine financial theories techniques and models applied to the study of corporate financial decisions aspects of corporate strategy industry structure and the functioning of capital markets.

Prerequisites:

MBA-650 or MSF Program Director Approval

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course covers corporate financial decisions in an international setting with a focus on foreign exchange management and capital budgeting.

Prerequisites:

FIN-810

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students learn theory and techniques of scientific portfolio management including the establishment of portfolio objectives evaluation of portfolio performance asset allocation strategies and the use of derivative securities in portfolio insurance.

Prerequisites:

Take MBA-650

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The nature techniques and problems of business forecasting. Covers indicators of business activity short-run econometrics forecasting models and the construction of aggregate forecasts as well as forecasts of major economic sectors. Includes long-term predictions and the application of aggregate and sector forecasts for particular industries and firms. Prerequisite: FIN 818.

Prerequisites:

Take MBA-650;

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students are introduced to the language and principles of real estate. Includes an overview of decision-making in the field with particular emphasis on investment and asset management.

Prerequisites:

FIN-810 (may be taken concurrently)

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students develop a framework for understanding analyzing and valuing modern financial instruments. Students examine several types of derivative securities and their use in managing financial risk. While the interests of issuers intermediaries and investors will all be considered the primary emphasis will be on the perspective of corporate financial managers and the use of modern financial technology in the creation of value for shareholders.

Prerequisites:

Take FIN-810

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The course is designed to provide information on various types of fixed income securities and markets theories and concepts of the term structure of interest rates and valuation of fixed income securities measurement and management of risk for traditional bonds and bonds with embedded options understanding of the role of derivatives such as mortgage-backed securities asset-backed securities swaps and exotic options credit analysis and bond rating portfolio management and performance evaluation. This course is generally offered as an intensive elective.

Prerequisites:

MBA-650

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The course introduces basic corporate valuation models and shows how risk arises in firms and how managing that risk can impact the firm's valuation. It shows different ways and contracts that can be used to change the risk profile of the firm. The course will introduce methods including using derivatives to hedge and the use of insurance and hybrid insurance contracts and through the adjustment of the capital structure and other financial policies of the firm (dividend payout strategies optimal compensation etc.). Throughout the course we will use various risk metrics to demonstrate the impact the risk management strategy has on the firm's exposure to risk and the value that is created by undertaking the activity.

Prerequisites:

Take FIN-810;

Credits:

3

Description:

Students examine fundamental equity analysis as the convergence of a number of skills such as accounting, financial, and strategic analysis with detective work and experience. Students practice communicating and defending an argument, use a business analysis framework that helps tie together strategy and finance, practice model building and practical approach to profitability in the markets.

Prerequisites:

Take MBA-650

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course provides introduction to quantitative business analytics methods and their applications in credit risk analysis. It covers the steps involved in building testing and validating various credit risk models as currently practiced in modern lending financial institutions. The course delves both into the theoretical and the practical aspects of each particular class of models and emphasizes hands-on application of analytical tools and construction of models. Integral part of the course is the development and improvement of business analytics skills through projects using firm- industry- and macroeconomic data. The projects involve data preparation analysis and visualization as well as result interpretation and communication. The primary computing tool for the course is R which is widely used for data analysis in the corporate world and is growing in popularity.

FinTech Concentration

Required Courses (6 credits)

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course is introductory to use Python for business analytics intended for students with little or no programming experience. Students will learn how to program with Python and how to use it in conjunction with scientific computing modules and libraries to compute analyze and visualize data to make analytics-driven decisions in finance operations marketing accounting and management. By the end of this course students will have confidence and understanding of how to program in Python know how to create and manipulate arrays using numpy library know how to use pandas library to create and analyze data sets know how to use matplotlib and seaborn libraries to create beautiful data visualization and have an understanding of scikit-learn for data analytics.

Prerequisites:

MBA-650 or MSF Program Director Approval

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course introduces students to the history terminology current developments future challenges and opportunities related to the application of technology to financial discipline. With an emphasis of case studies and guest lecture the class will discuss algorithmic trading predictive behavioral analysis data-driven decision making mobile-only services robo advisers machine learning artificial intelligence cryptocurrencies Blockchain RegTech InsureTech innovations in lending and cybersecurity. Students will be required to complete projects based on a statistical software package.

Elective Course (1 course, 3 credits)

Take one from the following list of electives:

Prerequisites:

FIN-810 (may be taken concurrently)

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students develop a framework for understanding analyzing and valuing modern financial instruments. Students examine several types of derivative securities and their use in managing financial risk. While the interests of issuers intermediaries and investors will all be considered the primary emphasis will be on the perspective of corporate financial managers and the use of modern financial technology in the creation of value for shareholders.

Prerequisites:

Take FIN-810

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The course is designed to provide information on various types of fixed income securities and markets theories and concepts of the term structure of interest rates and valuation of fixed income securities measurement and management of risk for traditional bonds and bonds with embedded options understanding of the role of derivatives such as mortgage-backed securities asset-backed securities swaps and exotic options credit analysis and bond rating portfolio management and performance evaluation. This course is generally offered as an intensive elective.

Prerequisites:

MBA-650

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The course introduces basic corporate valuation models and shows how risk arises in firms and how managing that risk can impact the firm's valuation. It shows different ways and contracts that can be used to change the risk profile of the firm. The course will introduce methods including using derivatives to hedge and the use of insurance and hybrid insurance contracts and through the adjustment of the capital structure and other financial policies of the firm (dividend payout strategies optimal compensation etc.). Throughout the course we will use various risk metrics to demonstrate the impact the risk management strategy has on the firm's exposure to risk and the value that is created by undertaking the activity.

Prerequisites:

Take FIN-810;

Credits:

3

Description:

Students examine fundamental equity analysis as the convergence of a number of skills such as accounting, financial, and strategic analysis with detective work and experience. Students practice communicating and defending an argument, use a business analysis framework that helps tie together strategy and finance, practice model building and practical approach to profitability in the markets.

Prerequisites:

Take MBA-650

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course provides introduction to quantitative business analytics methods and their applications in credit risk analysis. It covers the steps involved in building testing and validating various credit risk models as currently practiced in modern lending financial institutions. The course delves both into the theoretical and the practical aspects of each particular class of models and emphasizes hands-on application of analytical tools and construction of models. Integral part of the course is the development and improvement of business analytics skills through projects using firm- industry- and macroeconomic data. The projects involve data preparation analysis and visualization as well as result interpretation and communication. The primary computing tool for the course is R which is widely used for data analysis in the corporate world and is growing in popularity.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Introduces the fundamental principles of information and big data security. Security vulnerabilities threats and risks will be analyzed. Common types of computer attacks and counter-attacks will be identified. Security technologies such as biometrics firewalls intrusion detection systems and cryptography systems will be applied in conjunction with human based safeguards. Business continuity and disaster recovery planning will be covered. Students will then learn how to design and build a layered security defense combining several of the above controls to address the different challenges to data security. The managerial concerns of security and privacy of information will be stressed including the legal and privacy issues. Best practices for planning and auditing security and privacy will then be covered.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Introduces business intelligence and data analytics. Business intelligence and data analytics help organizations in strategic and operational decision making by improving performance management optimizing customer relations monitoring business activity and improving decision support. On a macro-level the class will discuss business cases for the adoption of business intelligence and data analytics. We will discuss technologies and processes for gathering storing accessing and analyzing data to provide users with better insights and business decisions. On a micro-level students will use a variety of tools to build their skills in analyzing data to solve business problems. In summary this course provides a conceptual understanding of business data resources and the development of capabilities for data preparation warehousing selection description mining interpretation visualization communication and innovation.

Healthcare Management Concentration (9 credits)

Required Courses: (6 credits)

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course explores the origins components organization and operation of the U.S. health system. It prepares students for subsequent healthcare administration courses that delve more deeply into key aspects of the health system. Topics include major current health and health system issues; the history and trends underlying those issues; and the organizations professions laws and policies patients and consumers payers and other aspects of the health system. Learning activities focus on the relationships among the many parts of the health system.

Prerequisites:

HLTH-705 (or HLTH-701), and HLTH-707 (or HLTH-812), and MBA-625 (or SBS-604)

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Introduces students to the new science of analytics in the context of the health and healthcare sectors. Building on the "Evidence-Based Healthcare Management" Foundation course this course further develops students'competencies in seeking and analyzing data and presenting findings. Analytics drives innovative solutions through its use of data science information technology and deep knowledge of a particular industry sector. This course focuses on applications in population health community health business intelligence and behavior change. Students will have establish competency in obtaining information from multiple data sources analyzing metrics applying analytic tools using systems thinking to frame and solve problems evaluating the pros and cons of various analytics approaches and creating solutions through the use of case narratives use cases and client presentations.

Select one of the following electives: (1 course, 3 credits)

Prerequisites:

HLTH-705 (or HLTH-701)

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Builds on Health Systems I: Healthcare in the U.S. by examining the system through the lenses of economics law and policy. In order for students to be better prepared to help their organizations adapt effectively to opportunities and constraints presented by the environments in which they operate they must be able to analyze and evaluate current and evolving healthcare markets laws and public policies payment methods mechanisms for bearing and sharing financial risk and their impact on healthcare business models and organizational models.

Prerequisites:

MHA and MSBA students only. HLTH-705 (or HLTH-701), and HLTH-707 (or HLTH-812), and MBA-625 (or SBS-604).

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Introduces students to concepts analytic tools and techniques in operations management including project management process documentation and analysis process improvement tools Lean Six Sigma methodology queuing theory forecasting Theory of Constraints and supply chain management. Students will understand patient flow and will learn to measure and compare productivity between departments and healthcare organizations to map processes and identify improvement opportunities and to apply quantitative methods for optimal managerial decisions. The course builds on the "Evidence-Based Healthcare Management" foundation course. Class exercises applied concept assignments and other learning tools enable students to understand ways to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of healthcare organizations.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Introduces students to a wide range of current innovations as well as innovations that are expected in the future. The course builds students' skills to anticipate adopt and manage innovation in healthcare. It covers innovation in the organization and delivery of healthcare services as well as in the pharmaceuticals biotechnology medical devices and healthcare information technology. In particular the course explores how innovation happens -- i.e. how players across the healthcare industry create identify pursue and support or impede opportunities for innovation.

Prerequisites:

HLTH-705 (or HLTH-701), and HLTH-707 (or HLTH-812), and MBA-625 (or SBS-604)

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The "production" of healthcare is a service of significant personal and social consequence and the quality of that service is high on the agenda of every healthcare leader. A number of trends in the industry are interacting to provide both new challenges and new opportunities for managers in the areas of healthcare quality patient safety and patient experience. Among those trends are new ways of organizing and delivering services new technologies the growth of consumerism and patient-centered care and new standards and expectations. This course builds on Foundation and Core Level 1 courses as it focuses on the complexities and processes of assuring quality performance in healthcare organizations. Among the topics covered in this course are: creating a culture of safety; establishing and sustaining organizational alignment; quality/safety implications for accreditation and regulatory compliance; and measuring and improving the patient experience.

Prerequisites:

HLTH-705 (or HLTH-701) and HLTH-707 (or HLTH-812)

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The success of any healthcare organization depends on the ability of its leaders and managers to continuously identify evaluate and address the key issues facing the organization. Innovations in technology products practices and organization which are continuously reshaping healthcare are among the most important issues. This course introduces students to these types of innovations as part of the larger healthcare environment and integrates them into the larger framework of strategic management of healthcare organizations. The course explores the essential elements of strategic management: systems thinking strategic analysis and strategy development and implementation. Using healthcare industry publications and provocative case studies students conduct assessments of external trends assumptions and implications; identify and assess organizational opportunities and challenges as well as strengths and weaknesses; identify strategic and operational issues; and review and develop strategies and actions to address the issues and achieve success.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

England as part of the United Kingdom has a nationalized healthcare system. Given that it leads the systems in other countries on many aspects of care delivery and health outcomes there is an advantage for healthcare administrators and policymakers in the U.S. to have exposure to this system for what they might learn and apply to improve our own healthcare system. Therefore the purpose of this global travel seminar is to enable students to explore and answer one overarching question: What can we learn from the healthcare system in England that will enable us to better understand and make needed improvements to the healthcare system in the U.S.? At the macro level students will learn about and analyze such features of the healthcare system in England as government ownership of healthcare delivery organizations near-universal insurance coverage allocation of resources according to national and regional budgets and reforms to address serious quality and safety deficiencies. At the micro level students will visit healthcare delivery organizations and meet with healthcare providers managers and policy makers to get a close look at the realities of the healthcare system including quality improvement and cost containment initiatives. By the end of this course students will also understand how the healthcare system in England compares on key dimensions with the healthcare system in the U.S.

Marketing Concentration (9 credits)

Required Course: (3 credits)

Credits:

3.00

Description:

At its core marketing is about providing consumer value. The practice of doing this is changing constantly-driven by rapid and far-reaching changes in technology; globalization; and the evolution of consumer values practices and lifestyles. This course will present themes theories and trends that are critical for: 1. understanding the business of creating capturing and sustaining value; 2. introducing students to the global consumer and technological realities of marketing in the 21st Century; and 3. providing students with a sound foundation to explore marketing in further depth in upper-level elective courses. This course also contains an experiential component. .

Select two of the following electives (if MBA-660 is waived, must select three): (2-3 courses, 6-9 credits)

Prerequisites:

MBA-625, SBS-604, ISOM-631, OR MBA-622; AND MBA-660

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course explores the role of research in marketing decision-making including the cost and value of information. The course uses cases and problems to explore problem definition research design sampling questionnaire design field methods data analysis and reporting.

Prerequisites:

MBA-660

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course is designed to provide you with both a sound theoretical and an applied approach to developing and implementing marketing strategy at multiple levels of the organization - corporate division strategic business unit and product. Special emphasis will be placed on dealing with contemporary marketing issues in the highly competitive global environment. The course presentation will combine lectures case studies guest speakers and a semester-long team-based project.

Prerequisites:

Take MBA-660;

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course will examine the theories and practices used to plan organize and control global supply chains. The approach will go beyond viewing exchange relationships from a strictly physical sense(movement of goods and services) to focus on the interaction between trading partners with different cultures and how firms are using channel strategies to gain a competitive advantage globally. Specifically this course will explore the role that channel members play as intermediaries between the production and consumption sectors of the economy. This course will explore how channels of distribution have evolved and identify challenges that channel members will face in the globalized 21st century. Subsequently this course will examine how channel members develop global strategies to attract consumers and also how consumers develop strategies to acquire goods and services from channel members."

Prerequisites:

Take MBA-660, MKT-810, MKT-860

Credits:

3.00

Description:

SBS graduate level Global Product Innovation (GMC) offers exciting valuable and practical global product innovation experience with international educational and/or corporate partners. This project-based course is organized by the Suffolk Marketing Department and an overseas partner school. Teams consisting of Suffolk Business students and students from the partner school work on new product or service development and marketing projects targeting one or multiple international markets. The focus will be on the marketing function's input to the innovation process during the pre-launch and launch stages covering a wide range of issues (such as global market selection concept generation and evaluation design and positioning test marketing and product launch and tracking). Students will collaborate via virtual teaming technology throughout the semester and report product or service design and marketing plan to the business clients or entering the SBS New Product Competition in the end of the semester. Through a hands-on product innovation project in the global context students will develop an understanding of the global market dynamism the diversity of global consumer needs and business practices and the challenges and advantages of cross-cultural team collaboration.

Prerequisites:

MBA-660

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course addresses the role of the sales manager in today's challenging business environment. As such the course includes an understanding of direct sales as well as all facets of sales management such as recruitment compensation and management of a sales force. The core of activity is lecture and case study.

Prerequisites:

SBS-604, MKT-810 and MBA-660

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course addresses the practical application of advanced digital marketing techniques. Topics include but are not limited to advanced search engine optimization (SEO) design of search advertising campaigns across multiple digital platforms in highly competitive markets analyzing the customer decision journey and gleaning meaningful insights from user-generated content. Upon successful completion of this program participants shall be able to independently apply a comprehensive set of digital analytics methodologies to generate and interpret the actionable insights that enhances a firm's digital campaign and improve the customer experience in the digital space.

Prerequisites:

Take MBA-660

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course is aimed to understand how to formulate and formalize effective marketing strategies in a world dominated by exponential technological change and how to understand the logics of this disruptive change. Some of the questions the course will explore are what exponential technologies are and the impact that they have on industries customer needs and expectations and how firms can leverage their position to take advantage of these technologies by formulating agile and proactive marketing strategies.

Prerequisites:

Take MBA-660

Credits:

3.00

Description:

New technological marketing strategies are revolutionizing and disrupting the biotech business industry by using comprehensive statistical and analytical models capable of providing insightful prescriptive and predictive data powerful enough to persuade and influence the global biotechnology ecosystem. Artificial Intelligence machine learning neural networks human genomic and microbiome sequencing along with nanotechnology and personalized medicine are helping biotech companies to invent new methodologies of diagnosing and treating disease. Ethically marketing life-changing therapeutics that address major sustainability issues in energy food and health can lead to solutions that will make our earth a safer place for current and future generations.

Prerequisites:

MBA-660

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The foundational course in the digital marketing track this course focuses on the consumer of digital media and five big picture marketing strategy challenges confronting marketers in the new digital (mobile +social) marketing era. Challenge 1: Marketing to a smarter more engaged empowered consumer; Challenge 2: Marketing to a networked collaborative and more social consumer; Challenge 3: Marketing to a more distracted and fickle consumer; Challenge 4: Marketing to a unique individual consumer; and Challenge 5: Marketing to prosumers or producer-consumers. The course takes on these big picture challenges thorough a deep engagement with and critical analysis of readings and cases. Given this focus the course demands thorough preparation for class and active engagement in the class discussion. The evaluation is assignment and project based.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course is designed to help students better understand practice and evaluate qualitative market research. The course introduces established and emerging research techniques which require students to actively engage in the process of conducting qualitative research (e.g. study design data collection analysis reporting and storytelling). Statistical approaches including automated text analysis and content analysis are emphasized.

Prerequisites:

MKT-810 previously or concurrently

Credits:

3.00

Description:

In this course students learn how data analytics transforms businesses and industries using examples and case studies in multiple industries and contexts. Through applied examples the use of statistical methods such as linear regression logistic regression factor analysis decision trees cluster analysis and optimization will be demonstrated. Students will be using the statistical software such as SPSS and R to explore patterns in marketing datasets and build predictive models.

Business Analytics Learning Goals & Objectives

Learning Goals Learning Objectives
Demonstrate ability to apply analytical reasoning skills in applying business analytics to solve business challenges (Analytical Reasoning)
  1. Identify the problem and related issues
  2. Identify key assumptions
  3. Generate salient alternatives
  4. Examine the evidence and source of evidence
  5. Identify conclusions, implications, and consequences
Demonstrate application of business analytics knowledge even in new and unfamiliar circumstances through conceptual understanding (Knowledge Integration)
  1. Acknowledge that the project covers different key functional areas in business
  2. Display understanding across different key functional areas in business
  3. Identify the methodologies appropriate to solve the problem
  4. Apply and coordinate the methodologies to get the best solution for the problem
  5. Display understanding of the implications of the solution for each functional area
  6. Demonstrate overall ability to integrate knowledge from the different functional areas
Apply ethical principles to business analytics decision making.(Ethics)
  1. Identify conflicts of interests and pressures that could lead to unethical conduct
  2. Understand what kinds of questions are helpful to ask oneself when confronting an ethical dilemma
  3. Demonstrate the ability to identify and take into account the interests of different stakeholders
  4. Understand how business strategies that facilitate "doing good" can be made consistent with profitability
  5. Understand that what is legal may not always be ethical and that what is ethical may sometimes not be legal
  6. Appreciate that ethical norms vary across different countries and cultures
Demonstrate effective oral communication about the entire business analytics cycle (Oral Communication)
  1. Organize the presentation effectively
  2. Deliver the presentation with attention to volume, clarity, grammatical correctness and precision
  3. Develop the topic
  4. Communicate with the audience
  5. Use communication aids effectively
  6. Summarize the presentation
Demonstrate effective written communication about the entire business analytics cycle (Written Communication)
  1. Develop a topic with supporting details
  2. Organize written communication effectively and logically
  3. Use correct word choice and effective sentence structure
  4. Employ normal conventions of spelling and grammar
  5. Provide examples and supporting evidence
  6. Communicate accurate quantitative results

Course Substitution Policy

To substitute an approved elective for a core course, a student must successfully complete equivalent academic coursework at the graduate level in the seven (7) years prior to MSBA matriculation, “B” or better, and provide official transcripts (with English translations, if applicable).

All substitutions are evaluated upon a student's acceptance into the MSBA Program.

All MSBA students must complete a minimum of 31 graduate credits in the Sawyer Business School (10 courses and SBS-700)

Transfer Policy

Review of any coursework taken previously from an AACSB-accredited MSBA program will be completed on a case-by-case basis. The credits cannot apply to a previously completed degree and must be substituted with an approved elective. Only courses for which an earned grade of "B" or better and taken within seven (7) years prior to enter the MSBA program will be considered.

Students Who Leave Boston Before Their Degree is Complete

Occasionally, Suffolk MSBA students must leave the Boston area having not yet completed their degree. You may be able to transfer in six credits of elective courses from an AACSB-accredited MSBA close to your new place of residence. Courses must be pre-approved by Suffolk’s assistant dean of graduate programs and have a grade of "B" or better.

Students who leave the area may also be able to complete all or a portion of their Suffolk MSBA on a part-time basis online.

Transfer Credits from the Moakley Center for Public Management's Certificate Program

Students who have completed a certificate program through the Suffolk University Moakley Center for Public Management may have an opportunity to reduce credit requirements to an SBS graduate degree program (MBA, MMS, MSA, MST, MHA, MSBA, or MSM). All course waivers and/or transfers vary by program and are reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the respective SBS Graduate Programs Office. 

In order for a course to be considered, it must have an SBS graduate program course equivalent, the student must have earned a grade of B or better, and the student must have successfully completed the certificate prior to enrolling in the SBS graduate degree program.

Applicants must also meet the admission standards for the SBS graduate degree program to which they are applying.

 

Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) Online

Learn more about this degree

STEM Classification

The MSBA is a graduate degree program with a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) designation. Due to the demand of graduates with expertise in STEM fields, the Department of Homeland Security permits international students graduating from STEM programs to apply for a 24 month extension of their initial year of Optional Practical Training (OPT). For more detailed information, please visit the ISSO webpage.

MSBA Curriculum

11 Courses
31 Credits

Program Length:
Part-time in as few as 20 months

Required Course (1 credit)

Credits:

1.00

Description:

SBS-700 is the first required course in Suffolk's graduate programs. The course is based on the precepts of experiential learning. Based on the idea that people learn best by participating in meaningful activities this course provides you with the opportunity to identify your strengths interests values vision and capabilities and identify next steps to leverage your program and realize your professional goals.

Business Analytics Core Courses (18 credits)


Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course introduces students to the concepts and applications of data analytics on large data sets for managerial decision-making. Students will learn foundation skills needed to extract valuable information out of data including various descriptive predictive and prescriptive analytics techniques using SAS Base as the Analytic tool. Student develop knowledge of data visualization and interpretation coupled with conveying data results and insights. Issues on data acquisition storage and management internal and external of a SAS Base framework will be discussed. This course will provide the much-needed coding skills highly sought after by many companies seeking to employ students from our university.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Analyzes various real world business problems and explores the full scope of MS Excel's formulas functions and features to create data models and present solutions. Students analyze data design custom charts graphs PivotTables and Pivot charts create three-dimensional workbooks build links between files and endow worksheets with decision-making capabilities. Students conduct What-If Analysis utilizing Scenario Manager Solver Data Tables and Goal Seek. This course provides the skills necessary to pass the Microsoft Office Specialist Certification in Excel.

Prerequisites:

This course was formerly ISOM-815

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Introduces the importance of information as an organizational resource role of big data in organizations and the application of tools to provide high quality information. Students will be able to select the most appropriate data management tool (e.g. SQL vs. non-SQL databases) to business scenarios. Develops the skills needed to succeed in today's big data environment through the application of data management techniques cases and exercises. Students will become proficient in designing databases using entity relationship modeling and normalization in building and querying databases of various sizes with Access and SQL (an industry standard) preparing high quality data and applying data visualizing techniques. Students will complete a series of business-oriented hands-on exercises prepare cases and complete projects on database design and big data.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Provides students with an understanding of the nature of enterprise integration and enterprise software business process reengineering the implementation within organizations and strategies for maximizing benefits from enterprise systems. To manage complex business processes in today's multi-national wired and wireless world firms need integrated software packages to manage their global business. Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems are used to support a wide range of business functions for all companies across industries. With ERP systems business managers are able to make decisions with accurate consistent and current data. Intensive lab projects on the SAP ERP System with real life business scenarios are utilized to reinforce understanding of enterprise systems functionality and business process concepts.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course teaches students how to build and maintain data warehouses and how to analyze and use this data as a source for business intelligence and competitive advantage. Students study data mining concepts Big Data environments and analytics and the use of analytics tools and methods for producing business knowledge. Topics include extraction transformation and loading; decision support systems; text web and data mining models as well as data presentation/visualization including dashboards scorecards and various charts. Students build a data warehouse and practice the extraction and transformation process used to produce high quality data warehouses. Students will also experience Big Data storage and processing of Big Data. Students will use tools such as MS Excel Tableau Hadoop Hive Pig Spark and SAP Business Warehouse.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Predictive analytics make predictions about unknown future events. It is crucial for companies to ask the right questions perform rigorous analysis and take actions that will result in the most desirable outcomes. This course develops students' capability in applying the core concepts and techniques of predictive analytics to identify opportunity recognize patterns predict outcomes and recommend optimal actions within the context of organizational decision-making. Topics include: business analytics life cycle data pre- processing linear and nonlinear regression tree-based methods model assessment and selection and resampling methods.

Capstone Course (3 credits)

Should be taken as late in the program as possible.

Prerequisites:

Take ISOM-835

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course is built upon the predictive modeling course and covers a broad collect of data mining and business analytics techniques including estimation classification clustering analysis network analysis association rule mining text mining etc. It focuses on turning data into business insights and eventually use data and analytics to create business value. The course takes a holistic approach of business analytics starting from identifying and defining business questions evaluating data quality cleaning and preparing data to selecting models interpreting outcomes and communicating analysis and results to technical and management audiences. Students also are reinforced in their familiarity of data ethics framework communicating analytics results and the implementation of analytics in business. Throughout the course students are involved in hands-on analysis using large sets of real data from a variety of industries. Students are expected to complete a alaytics consulting project with an industry client and a formal presentation of the project.

Required Electives and Concentration Descriptions (9 credits)

Students must complete three (3) courses, nine (9) credits of electives, 800-level or higher (exception 600 and 700 level MBA courses and 700 level HLTH and ISOM courses) within the Sawyer Business School and from the approved MSBA electives lists. Online elective course availability varies from semester to semester.

If a concentration is declared, three electives must be in one concentration area. The schedule of when courses within a concentration are offered vary by semester. Concentrations include: accounting, finance, and healthcare management.

Students who declare a concentration must submit an SBS Graduate Program Concentration Request Form. Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor before they declare a concentration.

The concentration appears on the transcript, not the diploma.

Approved MSBA Electives


Credits:

3.00

Description:

This introductory-level accounting course provides students with a solid base in accounting fundamentals including U.S. GAAP the conceptual framework nature of accounts journal entries and ultimately financial statements. Provides in-depth coverage of the process by which accountants analyze journalize post and summarize transactions. Reviews and analyzes multiple examples of current "real life" financial statements. The students would practice data analytics through the analysis of companies' financial ratios. The course includes a discussion of ethical issues facing accounting professionals and time value of money techniques. For MSA GCA & MST students this is the first course in the financial accounting sequence. For MBA students this potential elective course builds upon concepts learned in MBA 640.

Prerequisites:

ACCT-800 or MSA Program Director permission

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This is the first of two intermediate-level accounting courses that build on students' learning in ACCT 800 going in-depth into measurement and reporting of asset liability and stockholders' equity accounts for external financial reporting purposes. Discusses pronouncements of authoritative sources such as the SEC AICPA and the FASB. Introduces students to IFRS and their similarities to and differences from U.S. GAAP. Develops strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Prerequisites:

ACCT-801 or MSA Program Director permission

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This is the second of two intermediate-level accounting courses. The critical thinking and problem-solving skills developed in ACCT 801 are broadened as this class tackles more complex accounting concepts including: dilutive securities earnings per share investments revenue recognition income tax accounting pensions and leases. Since accounting for many of these areas has been a source of substantial debate and major revisions in recent years subject matter covered will be topical. Pertinent pronouncements of standard-setting bodies continue to be studied.

Prerequisites:

ACCT-801

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Builds on all previous courses in the ACCT 800-series. Focuses on accounting for business combinations/consolidations and partnerships.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Examines the concepts and practices of cost measurement: variable costing cost-volume-profit analysis goal setting and performance monitoring standard costing and variance analysis. Students learn how to prepare a financial plan for a business by constructing operating working capital and capital budgets. Students study and practice Excel skills and how those are used to build a financial plan analyze the sensitivity of the financial plan to different changes examine performance and measure and control overhead costs. Students study data analytics techniques and perform analyses in support of decisions such as pricing setting product line and customer profitability policy sourcing of products and services and matching costing systems to strategy. For MSA GCA & MST students this is the first managerial accounting course you will take. For MBA students this potential elective course builds upon concepts learned in MBA 640.

Prerequisites:

ACCT-800 or MBA-640

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Introduces the field of auditing with a concentration in auditing historical financial statements in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards and some exposure to auditing the internal control over financial reporting of large public companies. Covers the environment standards regulation and law of auditing in the US with some exposure to the international environment. Covers audit planning risk and materiality assessments audit evidence evaluation of internal control documentation and audit reports. Includes researching and resolving practice-oriented problems and practice in using computer-assisted audit techniques and electronic confirmations.

Prerequisites:

ACCT-800 or MBA-640

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Examines the pervasiveness and genres of fraud and explores the motivations opportunities and rationalizations that facilitate fraudulent behavior. Covers methods of detection investigation and prevention of financial statement frauds and other types of financial-related frauds.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course examines the techniques used by forensic accountants to conduct investigations of white collar crime. Students will learn what fraud is how we prevent it how we detect it and how we document our findings. They will learn about the "elements of crime" that must be proven for a specific statute (e.g. Title 26 U.S.C. 7201 - Tax Evasion) to be successfully prosecuted. A case study will be utilized to demonstrate the investigative process from inception to conclusion. Through the case students will learn how to: gather and document evidence; write memorandums affidavits and recommendation of prosecution reports; conduct investigative interviews by preparing an interview outline building rapport asking follow-up questions and learning to detect deceit; and provide testimony in a mock trial to a (friendly) prosecutor and (aggressive) defense attorney.

Prerequisites:

ACCT-800 or MBA-640, and MBA-650 or program director approval

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course consists of two parts. The first part teaches students how to use Tableau to analyze large data sets and visualize data patterns to derive meaningful actionable insights. We will utilize different data sets containing detailed information on sales inventory and other operational and financial metrics. This part will also introduce some basic tools used in accessing and compiling relevant big data from online resources such as the SEC's EDGAR website and Twitter. Students will be provided with necessary computer code and software to perform textual analysis for company documents and social media posts. The second part focuses on the analysis of financial statement data in an automated fashion. We will employ advanced tools in Excel along with the state-of-the-art data sources including Calcbench to perform financial data analytics and peer benchmarking. Our discussion on financial ratios and credit risk will have an analytical emphasis. This part will conclude with exercises on forecasting income statement data and valuing public companies.

Prerequisites:

ACCT-804 and ACCT-800 or MBA-640 or program director approval

Credits:

3

Description:

This case based course, teaches students how to better use information for improved decision making. Students will study how to identify the relevant information that is needed to make decisions. The decisions discussed will span a variety of business areas including accounting, finance, marketing and others. A special emphasis would be put on developing and strengthening the students' presentation skills in both face to face and online environments. Students will learn to speak influentially and effectively about numbers and communicate their conclusions and suggested decisions to different stakeholders.

Prerequisites:

ACCT-800 or MBA-640

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Describes various transaction processing cycles and their use in the structured analysis and design of accounting information systems. Students gain an understanding of Enterprise Resource Planning softwares Quickbooks database design XBRL implementations of internal controls and privacy and data security issues.

Prerequisites:

MBA-640 or ACCT-800

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Covers unique aspects of financial reporting in not-for-profit organizations and governmental units. Topics include fund accounting encumbrance accounting GASB pronouncements cost accounting and budgetary control for government and its agencies healthcare educational religious and other not-for-profit organizations. Students learn how to apply the cost benefit analysis in the resources allocation process program planning budgeting and reporting systems.

Prerequisites:

MBA-650 or MSF Program Director Approval

Credits:

3.00

Description:

An in-depth analysis of financial statements this course is designed to help investors and managers in their assessment of business entity. This course also analyzes financial services industry: bank financial statement analysis with an emphasis on off- balance sheet lending and borrowing capital structure issues and innovations in mortgage-backed securities and asset-based financing techniques are covered. Additionally the tax implications of various derivative securities is studied.

Prerequisites:

MBA-650

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course extends the body of knowledge acquired in MBA 650. Students expand knowledge of dividend theory capital structure theory capital budgeting long-term financing decisions cash management and corporate restructuring market efficiency and risk and liability management.

Prerequisites:

MBA-650 or MSF Program Director Approval

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students examine markets for investment procedures valuation models basic analytical techniques and factors influencing risk/return tradeoffs. This course emphasizes the professional approach to managing investment assets. A variety of investment vehicles are discussed including stocks bonds options and futures.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course explores the origins components organization and operation of the U.S. health system. It prepares students for subsequent healthcare administration courses that delve more deeply into key aspects of the health system. Topics include major current health and health system issues; the history and trends underlying those issues; and the organizations professions laws and policies patients and consumers payers and other aspects of the health system. Learning activities focus on the relationships among the many parts of the health system.

Prerequisites:

HLTH-705 (or HLTH-701)

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Builds on Health Systems I: Healthcare in the U.S. by examining the system through the lenses of economics law and policy. In order for students to be better prepared to help their organizations adapt effectively to opportunities and constraints presented by the environments in which they operate they must be able to analyze and evaluate current and evolving healthcare markets laws and public policies payment methods mechanisms for bearing and sharing financial risk and their impact on healthcare business models and organizational models.

Prerequisites:

MHA and MSBA students only. HLTH-705 (or HLTH-701), and HLTH-707 (or HLTH-812), and MBA-625 (or SBS-604).

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Introduces students to concepts analytic tools and techniques in operations management including project management process documentation and analysis process improvement tools Lean Six Sigma methodology queuing theory forecasting Theory of Constraints and supply chain management. Students will understand patient flow and will learn to measure and compare productivity between departments and healthcare organizations to map processes and identify improvement opportunities and to apply quantitative methods for optimal managerial decisions. The course builds on the "Evidence-Based Healthcare Management" foundation course. Class exercises applied concept assignments and other learning tools enable students to understand ways to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of healthcare organizations.

Prerequisites:

HLTH-705 (or HLTH-701), and HLTH-707 (or HLTH-812), and MBA-625 (or SBS-604)

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Introduces students to the new science of analytics in the context of the health and healthcare sectors. Building on the "Evidence-Based Healthcare Management" Foundation course this course further develops students'competencies in seeking and analyzing data and presenting findings. Analytics drives innovative solutions through its use of data science information technology and deep knowledge of a particular industry sector. This course focuses on applications in population health community health business intelligence and behavior change. Students will have establish competency in obtaining information from multiple data sources analyzing metrics applying analytic tools using systems thinking to frame and solve problems evaluating the pros and cons of various analytics approaches and creating solutions through the use of case narratives use cases and client presentations.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Introduces students to a wide range of current innovations as well as innovations that are expected in the future. The course builds students' skills to anticipate adopt and manage innovation in healthcare. It covers innovation in the organization and delivery of healthcare services as well as in the pharmaceuticals biotechnology medical devices and healthcare information technology. In particular the course explores how innovation happens -- i.e. how players across the healthcare industry create identify pursue and support or impede opportunities for innovation.

Prerequisites:

HLTH-705 (or HLTH-701), and HLTH-707 (or HLTH-812), and MBA-625 (or SBS-604)

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The "production" of healthcare is a service of significant personal and social consequence and the quality of that service is high on the agenda of every healthcare leader. A number of trends in the industry are interacting to provide both new challenges and new opportunities for managers in the areas of healthcare quality patient safety and patient experience. Among those trends are new ways of organizing and delivering services new technologies the growth of consumerism and patient-centered care and new standards and expectations. This course builds on Foundation and Core Level 1 courses as it focuses on the complexities and processes of assuring quality performance in healthcare organizations. Among the topics covered in this course are: creating a culture of safety; establishing and sustaining organizational alignment; quality/safety implications for accreditation and regulatory compliance; and measuring and improving the patient experience.

Prerequisites:

HLTH-705 (or HLTH-701) and HLTH-707 (or HLTH-812)

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The success of any healthcare organization depends on the ability of its leaders and managers to continuously identify evaluate and address the key issues facing the organization. Innovations in technology products practices and organization which are continuously reshaping healthcare are among the most important issues. This course introduces students to these types of innovations as part of the larger healthcare environment and integrates them into the larger framework of strategic management of healthcare organizations. The course explores the essential elements of strategic management: systems thinking strategic analysis and strategy development and implementation. Using healthcare industry publications and provocative case studies students conduct assessments of external trends assumptions and implications; identify and assess organizational opportunities and challenges as well as strengths and weaknesses; identify strategic and operational issues; and review and develop strategies and actions to address the issues and achieve success.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

England as part of the United Kingdom has a nationalized healthcare system. Given that it leads the systems in other countries on many aspects of care delivery and health outcomes there is an advantage for healthcare administrators and policymakers in the U.S. to have exposure to this system for what they might learn and apply to improve our own healthcare system. Therefore the purpose of this global travel seminar is to enable students to explore and answer one overarching question: What can we learn from the healthcare system in England that will enable us to better understand and make needed improvements to the healthcare system in the U.S.? At the macro level students will learn about and analyze such features of the healthcare system in England as government ownership of healthcare delivery organizations near-universal insurance coverage allocation of resources according to national and regional budgets and reforms to address serious quality and safety deficiencies. At the micro level students will visit healthcare delivery organizations and meet with healthcare providers managers and policy makers to get a close look at the realities of the healthcare system including quality improvement and cost containment initiatives. By the end of this course students will also understand how the healthcare system in England compares on key dimensions with the healthcare system in the U.S.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course is introductory to use Python for business analytics intended for students with little or no programming experience. Students will learn how to program with Python and how to use it in conjunction with scientific computing modules and libraries to compute analyze and visualize data to make analytics-driven decisions in finance operations marketing accounting and management. By the end of this course students will have confidence and understanding of how to program in Python know how to create and manipulate arrays using numpy library know how to use pandas library to create and analyze data sets know how to use matplotlib and seaborn libraries to create beautiful data visualization and have an understanding of scikit-learn for data analytics.

Prerequisites:

ISOM-821

Credits:

3.00

Description:

To prepare the students for the real data world workforce this course will deliver more advance tools for Data Management. Students who already have the SQL skills within a SQL Server database platform will become proficient in database development using Stored Procedures Data Functions and Cursor processing. Next on the curriculum is a tool to Extract Transform and Load (ETL) the data from multiple sources and store it in a target database. In this course we will use the ETL tool SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS). Finally the student will get an introduction into the design and development of data cubes using SQL Server Analysis Services. Students will complete a series of business-oriented hands-on exercises and projects on database development data movement and data cubes.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Introduces the fundamental principles of information and big data security. Security vulnerabilities threats and risks will be analyzed. Common types of computer attacks and counter-attacks will be identified. Security technologies such as biometrics firewalls intrusion detection systems and cryptography systems will be applied in conjunction with human based safeguards. Business continuity and disaster recovery planning will be covered. Students will then learn how to design and build a layered security defense combining several of the above controls to address the different challenges to data security. The managerial concerns of security and privacy of information will be stressed including the legal and privacy issues. Best practices for planning and auditing security and privacy will then be covered.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Introduces business intelligence and data analytics. Business intelligence and data analytics help organizations in strategic and operational decision making by improving performance management optimizing customer relations monitoring business activity and improving decision support. On a macro-level the class will discuss business cases for the adoption of business intelligence and data analytics. We will discuss technologies and processes for gathering storing accessing and analyzing data to provide users with better insights and business decisions. On a micro-level students will use a variety of tools to build their skills in analyzing data to solve business problems. In summary this course provides a conceptual understanding of business data resources and the development of capabilities for data preparation warehousing selection description mining interpretation visualization communication and innovation.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Introduces the fundamental principles and concepts for effective management of supply chains via performance drivers such as procurement facilities inventory transportation and pricing. No company can do better than its supply chain a complex network of organizations that collaboratively manage transformation processes to deliver products/services to customers. Managing a supply chain is a tremendous challenge for most firms which paradoxically can also be a crucial source of competitive advantage. This "how-to" course also offers hands-on familiarity with analytical models data analysis and interpretation from which supply chain managers can gain deep insights.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Introduces the basic principles tools and technique of the Project Management Life Cycle with practical real-life examples and scenarios. The basic concepts will be studied within the framework of the Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK (R)Guide) guidelines set forth by the Project Management Institute (PMI). Other project management framework will be described though not in detail. The course will attempt to help students understand the relationship between good project management and successful software management development and implementation and the best practices at each stage of project planning execution control and closure. The course will also help build skills to research analyze and report project management case studies that illustrate the topics covered in this course. PMP(R) and (PMBOK(R)Guide) are registered marks of the Project Management Institute Inc.

Prerequisites:

Instructor Permission

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This elective course option involves a student initiated written proposal to a willing and appropriate full-time faculty member for a directed study project. The project should be completed during one semester. The faculty member and student must concur on a written proposal final project and grading criteria. Approval by the Department Chair and the Dean is necessary before registration.

Prerequisites:

Approval of the student's Program Director and ISOM Department chair required.

Credits:

0.00- 3.00

Description:

Provides a hands-on practical learning opportunity for a student-initiated experience at a domestic or international organization. Students work closely with the department chair and faculty advisor regarding career-related learning outcomes. Over the course of a semester students collaborate with their corporate internship supervisor and complete projects in either information systems operations management or business analytics. A final written report and presentation are mandatory if this course is taken for credit. Offered every semester.

Prerequisites:

MBA-625 or SBS-604 or ISOM-631 (may be taken concurrently)

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course provides students with Operations Management concepts techniques and tools to design analyze and improve operational capabilities in any organization. Students will understand and analyze common OM decisions on managing inputs (materials information finances and human resources) and processes to deliver desirable outcomes to customers. Topics covered include operations strategy process analysis quality management and lean operations capacity analysis inventory management product development supply chain management project management revenue management and pricing decision analysis and forecasting. Software tools used may include MS Excel MS Visio and MS Project. This course will contain experiential learning components related to Boston's world-class industries which may include guest lectures simulation exercises and/or visits to local organizations.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course deals with the structure and information content of the three principal financial statements of profit-directed companies namely the income statement balance sheet and statement of cash flows. It develops skill in using accounting information to analyze the performance and financial condition of a company and to facilitate decision making planning and budgeting and performance appraisal in a managerial context. This course also contains an experiential component by offering guided inquiry and real company cases.

Prerequisites:

1 course from each of the following groups: MBA-615 or SBS-603; MBA-625, SBS-604, or ISOM-631; MBA-640 or ACCT-800; These courses may be taken prior to or concurrently with MBA-650.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course introduces the basic principles of corporate finance. The main focus is on fundamental principles such as time value of money asset valuation and risk and return tradeoff. Topics to be covered also include cost of capital capital budgeting and capital structure.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

At its core marketing is about providing consumer value. The practice of doing this is changing constantly-driven by rapid and far-reaching changes in technology; globalization; and the evolution of consumer values practices and lifestyles. This course will present themes theories and trends that are critical for: 1. understanding the business of creating capturing and sustaining value; 2. introducing students to the global consumer and technological realities of marketing in the 21st Century; and 3. providing students with a sound foundation to explore marketing in further depth in upper-level elective courses. This course also contains an experiential component. .

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course teaches students critical thinking and problem solving skills in the context of two essential ingredients of collaboration: leading people and teams and managing projects. Students will learn concepts and processes that support building and launching high performing teams that can manage complex projects efficiently and effectively. Students will collaborate experientially to solve problems facing Boston's world-class industry clusters.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course introduces students to three essential ingredients of innovation: Entrepreneurial Thinking Information Technology in an Age of Disruption and Law as Framework. Entrepreneurial thinking is a critical element in the creation growth and sustainability of an organization. In new ventures entrepreneurs drive innovation with limited resources and within a flat organization. Information technology strategically selected and implemented can provide a significant competitive advantage. Students will survey the increasingly complex evolving and highly competitive business environment in which ethical legal economic and regulatory forces are continuously reshaping the global marketplace both to create and limit competitive opportunities. This course will contain experiential components relating to Boston's world-class industries.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The Immersion course provides an opportunity for students to link their program work to hands-on experience and visits to real-life global companies. The highly experiential intensive course combines classroom learning with a direct business and cultural experience. Students will work in teams directly for a client or several clients solving real challenges using their analytical skills knowledge and experience to develop feasible solutions. Required for all MBA students the course will be offered globally or nationally to accommodate a variety of student needs.

Prerequisites:

SBS-700, MBA-701, MBA-710, MBA-615(or SBS-603), MBA-625(or SBS-604), MBA-635, MBA-640(or ACCT-800,) MBA-650, MBA-660, MBA-720(or MBA-721), MBA-730, and MBA-745(may be taken concurrently)

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students engage in a variety of learning activities such as case studies computer simulations examinations project reports and most especially experiential exercises involving competition. Students will develop a multi-functional general management perspective. The course is designed to help students integrate and apply their knowledge and techniques learned in the core courses of the MBA program into an overall view of the firm evaluate the environment and speculate on the future direction of the organization. Students will also learn about the principal concepts frameworks and techniques of strategic management they will develop the capacity for strategic thinking and they will examine the organizational and environmental contexts in which strategic management unfolds. This course will make extensive use of experiential activities and projects designed to get students to experience the dynamics of competition right in the classroom.

Prerequisites:

MBA Students not eligble for this course.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course takes multiple approaches to the exploration of leadership. Emphasis is put on individual self-awareness as a critical precursor to leadership success. A wide range of activities exercises cases and simulations are used to develop understanding of the dynamics of leadership. Team building both as an activity and a topic for study is used as the model to develop practice and improve individual leadership skills.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course is required for MSA and MSF students and it is also a recommended elective for MBA students with a finance concentration. This course develops an understanding of the concepts tools and applications of economics at both the micro and macro level. The focus is on how economic analysis influences decision-making in the public and private sectors and how economic tools can enhance managerial effectiveness and organizational efficiency. The economic role of government and its impact on the business environment in a market economy the factors that influence firm performance and competitiveness and the role of financial institutions in the current economic environment are discussed throughout the course.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course focuses on the federal income taxation of individuals with some discussion of business entity taxation where the topics are applicable to both areas of tax law. The course explores the basic structure of individual income taxation including gross income exclusions deductions credits the alternative minimum tax and the tax formula. The course also covers a basic introduction to the taxation of property transactions which is the focus of TAX 802. It emphasizes professional tax practice by incorporating research professional writing and communication skills and the preparation of complex tax returns. The attainment of these essentials skills is facilitated by the routine exposure to the interpretation of statutes of the Internal Revenue Code the review of Treasury Regulations and the exploration of various court cases and rulings as applied to various fact patterns and case studies.

Accounting Concentration (9 credits)

Required Course: (3 credits)

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course deals with the structure and information content of the three principal financial statements of profit-directed companies namely the income statement balance sheet and statement of cash flows. It develops skill in using accounting information to analyze the performance and financial condition of a company and to facilitate decision making planning and budgeting and performance appraisal in a managerial context. This course also contains an experiential component by offering guided inquiry and real company cases.

Select two of the following (if MBA-640 is waived, must select three): (2-3 courses, 6-9 credits)

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This introductory-level accounting course provides students with a solid base in accounting fundamentals including U.S. GAAP the conceptual framework nature of accounts journal entries and ultimately financial statements. Provides in-depth coverage of the process by which accountants analyze journalize post and summarize transactions. Reviews and analyzes multiple examples of current "real life" financial statements. The students would practice data analytics through the analysis of companies' financial ratios. The course includes a discussion of ethical issues facing accounting professionals and time value of money techniques. For MSA GCA & MST students this is the first course in the financial accounting sequence. For MBA students this potential elective course builds upon concepts learned in MBA 640.

Prerequisites:

ACCT-800 or MSA Program Director permission

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This is the first of two intermediate-level accounting courses that build on students' learning in ACCT 800 going in-depth into measurement and reporting of asset liability and stockholders' equity accounts for external financial reporting purposes. Discusses pronouncements of authoritative sources such as the SEC AICPA and the FASB. Introduces students to IFRS and their similarities to and differences from U.S. GAAP. Develops strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Prerequisites:

ACCT-801 or MSA Program Director permission

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This is the second of two intermediate-level accounting courses. The critical thinking and problem-solving skills developed in ACCT 801 are broadened as this class tackles more complex accounting concepts including: dilutive securities earnings per share investments revenue recognition income tax accounting pensions and leases. Since accounting for many of these areas has been a source of substantial debate and major revisions in recent years subject matter covered will be topical. Pertinent pronouncements of standard-setting bodies continue to be studied.

Prerequisites:

ACCT-801

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Builds on all previous courses in the ACCT 800-series. Focuses on accounting for business combinations/consolidations and partnerships.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Examines the concepts and practices of cost measurement: variable costing cost-volume-profit analysis goal setting and performance monitoring standard costing and variance analysis. Students learn how to prepare a financial plan for a business by constructing operating working capital and capital budgets. Students study and practice Excel skills and how those are used to build a financial plan analyze the sensitivity of the financial plan to different changes examine performance and measure and control overhead costs. Students study data analytics techniques and perform analyses in support of decisions such as pricing setting product line and customer profitability policy sourcing of products and services and matching costing systems to strategy. For MSA GCA & MST students this is the first managerial accounting course you will take. For MBA students this potential elective course builds upon concepts learned in MBA 640.

Prerequisites:

ACCT-800 or MBA-640

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Introduces the field of auditing with a concentration in auditing historical financial statements in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards and some exposure to auditing the internal control over financial reporting of large public companies. Covers the environment standards regulation and law of auditing in the US with some exposure to the international environment. Covers audit planning risk and materiality assessments audit evidence evaluation of internal control documentation and audit reports. Includes researching and resolving practice-oriented problems and practice in using computer-assisted audit techniques and electronic confirmations.

Prerequisites:

ACCT-800 or MBA-640

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Examines the pervasiveness and genres of fraud and explores the motivations opportunities and rationalizations that facilitate fraudulent behavior. Covers methods of detection investigation and prevention of financial statement frauds and other types of financial-related frauds.

Prerequisites:

ACCT-800 or MBA-640, and MBA-650 or program director approval

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course consists of two parts. The first part teaches students how to use Tableau to analyze large data sets and visualize data patterns to derive meaningful actionable insights. We will utilize different data sets containing detailed information on sales inventory and other operational and financial metrics. This part will also introduce some basic tools used in accessing and compiling relevant big data from online resources such as the SEC's EDGAR website and Twitter. Students will be provided with necessary computer code and software to perform textual analysis for company documents and social media posts. The second part focuses on the analysis of financial statement data in an automated fashion. We will employ advanced tools in Excel along with the state-of-the-art data sources including Calcbench to perform financial data analytics and peer benchmarking. Our discussion on financial ratios and credit risk will have an analytical emphasis. This part will conclude with exercises on forecasting income statement data and valuing public companies.

Prerequisites:

ACCT-804 and ACCT-800 or MBA-640 or program director approval

Credits:

3

Description:

This case based course, teaches students how to better use information for improved decision making. Students will study how to identify the relevant information that is needed to make decisions. The decisions discussed will span a variety of business areas including accounting, finance, marketing and others. A special emphasis would be put on developing and strengthening the students' presentation skills in both face to face and online environments. Students will learn to speak influentially and effectively about numbers and communicate their conclusions and suggested decisions to different stakeholders.

Prerequisites:

ACCT-800 or MBA-640

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Describes various transaction processing cycles and their use in the structured analysis and design of accounting information systems. Students gain an understanding of Enterprise Resource Planning softwares Quickbooks database design XBRL implementations of internal controls and privacy and data security issues.

Prerequisites:

MBA-640 or ACCT-800

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Covers unique aspects of financial reporting in not-for-profit organizations and governmental units. Topics include fund accounting encumbrance accounting GASB pronouncements cost accounting and budgetary control for government and its agencies healthcare educational religious and other not-for-profit organizations. Students learn how to apply the cost benefit analysis in the resources allocation process program planning budgeting and reporting systems.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course focuses on the federal income taxation of individuals with some discussion of business entity taxation where the topics are applicable to both areas of tax law. The course explores the basic structure of individual income taxation including gross income exclusions deductions credits the alternative minimum tax and the tax formula. The course also covers a basic introduction to the taxation of property transactions which is the focus of TAX 802. It emphasizes professional tax practice by incorporating research professional writing and communication skills and the preparation of complex tax returns. The attainment of these essentials skills is facilitated by the routine exposure to the interpretation of statutes of the Internal Revenue Code the review of Treasury Regulations and the exploration of various court cases and rulings as applied to various fact patterns and case studies.

Finance Concentration (9 credits)

Required Courses: (3 credits)

Prerequisites:

1 course from each of the following groups: MBA-615 or SBS-603; MBA-625, SBS-604, or ISOM-631; MBA-640 or ACCT-800; These courses may be taken prior to or concurrently with MBA-650.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course introduces the basic principles of corporate finance. The main focus is on fundamental principles such as time value of money asset valuation and risk and return tradeoff. Topics to be covered also include cost of capital capital budgeting and capital structure.

Electives

Select two of the following electives (if MBA-650 is waived, must select three): (2-3 courses, 6-9 credits)

Prerequisites:

MBA-650 or MSF Program Director Approval

Credits:

3.00

Description:

An in-depth analysis of financial statements this course is designed to help investors and managers in their assessment of business entity. This course also analyzes financial services industry: bank financial statement analysis with an emphasis on off- balance sheet lending and borrowing capital structure issues and innovations in mortgage-backed securities and asset-based financing techniques are covered. Additionally the tax implications of various derivative securities is studied.

Prerequisites:

MBA-650

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course extends the body of knowledge acquired in MBA 650. Students expand knowledge of dividend theory capital structure theory capital budgeting long-term financing decisions cash management and corporate restructuring market efficiency and risk and liability management.

Prerequisites:

MBA-650 or MSF Program Director Approval

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students examine markets for investment procedures valuation models basic analytical techniques and factors influencing risk/return tradeoffs. This course emphasizes the professional approach to managing investment assets. A variety of investment vehicles are discussed including stocks bonds options and futures.

Healthcare Management Concentration (9 credits)

Required Courses: (6 credits)

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course explores the origins components organization and operation of the U.S. health system. It prepares students for subsequent healthcare administration courses that delve more deeply into key aspects of the health system. Topics include major current health and health system issues; the history and trends underlying those issues; and the organizations professions laws and policies patients and consumers payers and other aspects of the health system. Learning activities focus on the relationships among the many parts of the health system.

Prerequisites:

HLTH-705 (or HLTH-701), and HLTH-707 (or HLTH-812), and MBA-625 (or SBS-604)

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Introduces students to the new science of analytics in the context of the health and healthcare sectors. Building on the "Evidence-Based Healthcare Management" Foundation course this course further develops students'competencies in seeking and analyzing data and presenting findings. Analytics drives innovative solutions through its use of data science information technology and deep knowledge of a particular industry sector. This course focuses on applications in population health community health business intelligence and behavior change. Students will have establish competency in obtaining information from multiple data sources analyzing metrics applying analytic tools using systems thinking to frame and solve problems evaluating the pros and cons of various analytics approaches and creating solutions through the use of case narratives use cases and client presentations.

Select one of the following electives: (1 course, 3 credits)

Prerequisites:

HLTH-705 (or HLTH-701)

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Builds on Health Systems I: Healthcare in the U.S. by examining the system through the lenses of economics law and policy. In order for students to be better prepared to help their organizations adapt effectively to opportunities and constraints presented by the environments in which they operate they must be able to analyze and evaluate current and evolving healthcare markets laws and public policies payment methods mechanisms for bearing and sharing financial risk and their impact on healthcare business models and organizational models.

Prerequisites:

MHA and MSBA students only. HLTH-705 (or HLTH-701), and HLTH-707 (or HLTH-812), and MBA-625 (or SBS-604).

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Introduces students to concepts analytic tools and techniques in operations management including project management process documentation and analysis process improvement tools Lean Six Sigma methodology queuing theory forecasting Theory of Constraints and supply chain management. Students will understand patient flow and will learn to measure and compare productivity between departments and healthcare organizations to map processes and identify improvement opportunities and to apply quantitative methods for optimal managerial decisions. The course builds on the "Evidence-Based Healthcare Management" foundation course. Class exercises applied concept assignments and other learning tools enable students to understand ways to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of healthcare organizations.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Introduces students to a wide range of current innovations as well as innovations that are expected in the future. The course builds students' skills to anticipate adopt and manage innovation in healthcare. It covers innovation in the organization and delivery of healthcare services as well as in the pharmaceuticals biotechnology medical devices and healthcare information technology. In particular the course explores how innovation happens -- i.e. how players across the healthcare industry create identify pursue and support or impede opportunities for innovation.

Prerequisites:

HLTH-705 (or HLTH-701), and HLTH-707 (or HLTH-812), and MBA-625 (or SBS-604)

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The "production" of healthcare is a service of significant personal and social consequence and the quality of that service is high on the agenda of every healthcare leader. A number of trends in the industry are interacting to provide both new challenges and new opportunities for managers in the areas of healthcare quality patient safety and patient experience. Among those trends are new ways of organizing and delivering services new technologies the growth of consumerism and patient-centered care and new standards and expectations. This course builds on Foundation and Core Level 1 courses as it focuses on the complexities and processes of assuring quality performance in healthcare organizations. Among the topics covered in this course are: creating a culture of safety; establishing and sustaining organizational alignment; quality/safety implications for accreditation and regulatory compliance; and measuring and improving the patient experience.

Prerequisites:

HLTH-705 (or HLTH-701) and HLTH-707 (or HLTH-812)

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The success of any healthcare organization depends on the ability of its leaders and managers to continuously identify evaluate and address the key issues facing the organization. Innovations in technology products practices and organization which are continuously reshaping healthcare are among the most important issues. This course introduces students to these types of innovations as part of the larger healthcare environment and integrates them into the larger framework of strategic management of healthcare organizations. The course explores the essential elements of strategic management: systems thinking strategic analysis and strategy development and implementation. Using healthcare industry publications and provocative case studies students conduct assessments of external trends assumptions and implications; identify and assess organizational opportunities and challenges as well as strengths and weaknesses; identify strategic and operational issues; and review and develop strategies and actions to address the issues and achieve success.

Course Substitution Policy

To substitute an approved elective for a core course, a student must successfully complete equivalent academic coursework at the graduate level in the seven (7) years prior to MSBA matriculation, “B” or better, and provide official transcripts (with English translations, if applicable).

All substitutions are evaluated upon a student's acceptance into the MSBA Program.

All MSBA students must complete a minimum of 31 graduate credits in the Sawyer Business School (10 courses and SBS-700)

Transfer Policy

Review of any coursework taken previously from an AACSB-accredited MSBA program will be completed on a case-by-case basis. The credits cannot apply to a previously completed degree and must be substituted with an approved elective. Only courses for which an earned grade of "B" or better and taken within seven (7) years prior to enter the MSBA program will be considered.

 

Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics

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Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics Curriculum

5 Courses
15 Credits

Program Length:
Part-time in as few as 9 months

Required Courses (15 credits)

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course introduces students to the concepts and applications of data analytics on large data sets for managerial decision-making. Students will learn foundation skills needed to extract valuable information out of data including various descriptive predictive and prescriptive analytics techniques using SAS Base as the Analytic tool. Student develop knowledge of data visualization and interpretation coupled with conveying data results and insights. Issues on data acquisition storage and management internal and external of a SAS Base framework will be discussed. This course will provide the much-needed coding skills highly sought after by many companies seeking to employ students from our university.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Analyzes various real world business problems and explores the full scope of MS Excel's formulas functions and features to create data models and present solutions. Students analyze data design custom charts graphs PivotTables and Pivot charts create three-dimensional workbooks build links between files and endow worksheets with decision-making capabilities. Students conduct What-If Analysis utilizing Scenario Manager Solver Data Tables and Goal Seek. This course provides the skills necessary to pass the Microsoft Office Specialist Certification in Excel.

Prerequisites:

This course was formerly ISOM-815

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Introduces the importance of information as an organizational resource role of big data in organizations and the application of tools to provide high quality information. Students will be able to select the most appropriate data management tool (e.g. SQL vs. non-SQL databases) to business scenarios. Develops the skills needed to succeed in today's big data environment through the application of data management techniques cases and exercises. Students will become proficient in designing databases using entity relationship modeling and normalization in building and querying databases of various sizes with Access and SQL (an industry standard) preparing high quality data and applying data visualizing techniques. Students will complete a series of business-oriented hands-on exercises prepare cases and complete projects on database design and big data.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Provides students with an understanding of the nature of enterprise integration and enterprise software business process reengineering the implementation within organizations and strategies for maximizing benefits from enterprise systems. To manage complex business processes in today's multi-national wired and wireless world firms need integrated software packages to manage their global business. Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems are used to support a wide range of business functions for all companies across industries. With ERP systems business managers are able to make decisions with accurate consistent and current data. Intensive lab projects on the SAP ERP System with real life business scenarios are utilized to reinforce understanding of enterprise systems functionality and business process concepts.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Predictive analytics make predictions about unknown future events. It is crucial for companies to ask the right questions perform rigorous analysis and take actions that will result in the most desirable outcomes. This course develops students' capability in applying the core concepts and techniques of predictive analytics to identify opportunity recognize patterns predict outcomes and recommend optimal actions within the context of organizational decision-making. Topics include: business analytics life cycle data pre- processing linear and nonlinear regression tree-based methods model assessment and selection and resampling methods.

Degree Progression Policy

Candidates who apply within one year of completing their graduate certificate will have applicable courses applied to a Sawyer Business School (SBS) graduate degree program in the same discipline as the certificate as long as a grade of "B" or better was earned in that course.

Candidates who apply to a degree program different from their certificate program’s discipline area or beyond one year, will have coursework evaluated on a case by case basis for relevancy, current degree requirements and current Sawyer Business School waiver and transfer policies.