MBA Concentrations

MBA Concentration Requirements

Learn more about Suffolk MBA concentrations.

Boston campus concentrations include: Accounting Business Intelligence, Corporate Accounting and Finance, Forensic Accounting, Government and Not-for-Profit Accounting,Business Intelligence, Creative Disruption: Entrepreneurship for New and Existing Businesses, FinTech, Investments, Risk Management, Health Sector Management, Market Research and Customer Insights, Product Management, Global Marketing, Strategic Management, and Supply Chain Management. The schedule of when courses within a concentration are offered vary by semester. 

MBA/JD students can declare a concentration only if they are approved to substitute at least three (3) electives due to MBA core course waivers.

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.

View the requirements for MBA Concentrations.

Accounting Concentrations

Accounting Business Intelligence Concentration

Required Courses (6 credits)

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:

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.

Elective course (1 course, 3 credits)

Choose 1 course from the following list:

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.

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:

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.

Corporate Accounting and Finance Concentration

Required Course (3 credits)

Prerequisites:

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

Credits:

3

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-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.

Elective Courses (2 courses, 6 credits)

Choose 2 electives from the following list:

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 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

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students analyze the main functions of investment banks such as origination syndication and distribution of security issues. They examine pricing of new issues and secondary offerings by investment banks mergers and acquisitions leveraged buyouts valuation of closely held companies and restructuring of distressed companies. The role of investment bankers in restructuring industry and financing governments and ethical issues faced by investment bankers will be studied.

Prerequisites:

TAX-801 or approval of the MST Director

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course examines the concepts principles and practices of taxation of corporations and their shareholders. The effects of taxation on corporate formation capital structure income tax calculation corporate distributions to shareholders stock redemptions and partial and complete liquidation are covered. Tax planning and professional practice will be emphasized throughout the course via realistic tax cases and the completion of a comprehensive corporate tax return problem including adjusting entries work paper preparation and a tax accrual calculation. To enhance oral presentation skills students will analyze a realistic case and will present aspects of the case to the class.

Forensic Accounting Concentration

Required Course (3 credits)

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.

Elective courses (2 courses, 6 credits)

Choose 2 courses from the following list:

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.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Presents an in-depth study of corporate crime and financial fraud. Examines accounting devices and schemes employed to defraud stakeholders failure of industry watchdogs and the regulatory and legislative environment. Topics include:corporate governance corporate finance corporate compliance programs ethical misconduct by outside legal accounting investment and banking professionals Sarbanes Oxley Act Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Organizational Sentencing guidelines mail fraud wire fraud money laundering conspiracy securities violations qui tam litigation(whistleblowers)and financial accounting crimes.

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.

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.

Government and Not-for-Profit Accounting Concentration

Required Course (3 credits)

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.

Elective Courses (2 courses, 6 credits)

Choose 2 course from the following list:

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Recessions and economic stagnation loss of economic base and natural disasters have significant consequences for the effectiveness of governments and nonprofits yet during times of fiscal crisis these organizations carry more responsibility as people look to these organizations for leadership and relief from hardships. This course addresses strategies to prepare for and cope with fiscal crises. Students will learn to assess economic and financial vulnerability develop management and budget methodologies that are adaptable to changing economic conditions and develop strategies to ensure long-term financial viability and effectiveness of governments and nonprofits.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course is designed to build financial management skills for students who wish to start or advance nonprofit management careers and for students who are likely to interact with nonprofits through grants contracts or partnerships. The course focuses on the effective allocation of resources to programs which in turn have been designed to achieve the strategic goals of a nonprofit organization. From this point of view financial management is not a disconnected management function but an integral part of what managers do to fulfill as nonprofit organization's mission. Basic financial management knowledge and skills - including financial analysis budgeting full-cost accounting pricing services performance measurement control of operations and financial reporting are taught within the context of the organization's strategic goals.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course provides an in-depth look at today's philanthropic trends patterns and best practices in fundraising techniques.

Business Intelligence

An MBA with a concentration in Business Intelligence 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 (DHS) permits international students graduating from STEM programs to apply for a 24-month extension of their initial year of Optional Practical Training (OPT). Please be advised that DHS is the ultimate and deciding authority on all OPT applications and STEM extensions. For more detailed information, please visit the ISSO webpage.

This concentration provides fundamental concepts and practical tools on data management, analysis and presentation, which can help companies make complex business decisions related to operations, sales, marketing, and research and development.

Required Courses (2 courses, 6 credits)

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:

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.

Elective Course (1 course, 3 credits)

Choose one elective from the following list:

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.

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:

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.

Creative Disruption: Entrepreneurship for New and Existing Businesses

This concentration provides actionable knowledge about creativity, innovation, and organizational change all in an entrepreneurial context of creating something new and valuable.

Take a minimum of 2 courses from the list below:

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Corporate entrepreneurship refers to alternative approaches that existing firms use to innovatively generate new products new services new businesses and new business models. This course emphasizes the cultivation of each student's ability to evaluate innovations and business models for development in a corporate setting. It emphasizes various kinds of internal corporate ventures and multiple "external" collaborative approaches that include corporate venture capital investments licensing and different types of alliances and formal joint ventures. Special emphasis will be placed on skills needed to promote and manage corporate entrepreneurship including opportunity recognition selling an idea turning ideas into action developing metrics for venture success and strategies for aligning corporate entrepreneurial projects with company strategies and growth opportunities and managing the conflicts that may arise between existing businesses and corporate entrepreneurial ventures. Students will also learn to identify the elements of an organization's culture structure and reward and control systems that either inhibit or support the corporate entrepreneurship and analyze how corporate entrepreneurial activities relate to a company's ability to drive innovation throughout the organization.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Corporations place high importance on innovation and new product development for competitiveness and profitability. Since many companies are operating in a global environment there's a need to find ways to harness the talent of people at multiple locations. This course is designed to teach global innovation and new product development using "virtual team and connectivity" techniques involving multiple locations/countries while equipping students with the necessary knowledge expertise and capabilities towards this goal. This course may also be conducted with Suffolk Law School students.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Ever wonder what great breakthroughs are on the horizon to improve business thinking processes products and services? If you have this course is for you. We will learn about how businesses are using principles of design thinking and biomimicry to create entirely new ways of meeting the challenges of modern business: those are needs to reduce costs increase revenues minimize waste & energy use maximize novel approaches & meet consumer and business needs. You may recognize the term "design thinking" if you are a follower of Apple Inc. which has used this process in the development of all of their products and services over the past 15 years. Biomimicry principles are those that seek their inspiration from nature; after all nature has been problem-solving for 3.8 billion years -- surely there is something to learn from this to be adapted to solving modern challenges. The course will be both conceptual and practical with various experiential learning opportunities.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This advanced course is held in an experiential setting to help entrepreneurial-minded students managers etc. develop and practice their business skills working with real startups or small business under pro bono consulting arrangements. This course will be under the supervision of a faculty member coach and advisor. Students will learn to assess client situations develop alternatives and identify and defend solutions at times within the client organization. This course is offered as a joint practicum with Suffolk Law School or as an independent study.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Enables a student-initiated directed study project. The student and faculty advisor must concur on a written proposal and final report. The project must be approved by the dean of academic affairs prior to registration.

The third elective can be either an MGES course listed above or one of the following:

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.

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:

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-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.

Finance Concentrations

Corporate Finance Concentration

Choose three courses from the following list: (9 credits)

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:

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:

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:

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:

This course addresses the financial needs of private businesses focusing on the financial motives and needs of private company owners and their advisors. The course is an opportunity to present private finance as a complement to corporate finance/public finance so as to prepare students to better serve or participate in making better financing decisions in the marketplace of privately held businesses.

Prerequisites:

MBA-650

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students analyze the main functions of investment banks such as origination syndication and distribution of security issues. They examine pricing of new issues and secondary offerings by investment banks mergers and acquisitions leveraged buyouts valuation of closely held companies and restructuring of distressed companies. The role of investment bankers in restructuring industry and financing governments and ethical issues faced by investment bankers will be studied.

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:

MBA-650

Credits:

3.00

Description:

An in-depth analysis of timely special issues in the field of finance. Specific topics are announced when the course is scheduled.

Prerequisites:

Instructor's approval required

Credits:

3.00

Description:

A student-initiated directed study project generally for three credit hours and completed within one quarter or semester. The student and faculty advisor must concur on a written proposal and final report and the proposal must be approved by the Office of the Dean prior to registration.

Prerequisites:

MBA-650 and Instructor's approval. Limited to MSF students only.

Credits:

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 MSF advisor and a faculty advisor regarding career-related learning outcomes. Over the course of a semester students collaborate with their corporate internship supervisor and complete projects related to the field of finance. Offered every semester.

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.

Finance 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.

ISOM Elective (1 course, 3 credits)

Take one from the following list of electives:

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.

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.

Investments Concentration

Choose three courses from the following list: (9 credits)

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 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:

MBA-650 or MSF Program Director Approval

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The foundation of most of modern financial models and theories are based on neoclassical economists' assumption that most economic agents are rational decision makers. Behavioral finance recognizes that our cognitive biases and errors along with our individuality are not always consistent with the rationality assumption and utility maximization. This course will examine the implications of human psychology emotions and biases on financial decision-making process as well as potential impact on the overall financial markets.

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:

This course addresses the financial needs of private businesses focusing on the financial motives and needs of private company owners and their advisors. The course is an opportunity to present private finance as a complement to corporate finance/public finance so as to prepare students to better serve or participate in making better financing decisions in the marketplace of privately held businesses.

Prerequisites:

MBA-650

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students analyze the main functions of investment banks such as origination syndication and distribution of security issues. They examine pricing of new issues and secondary offerings by investment banks mergers and acquisitions leveraged buyouts valuation of closely held companies and restructuring of distressed companies. The role of investment bankers in restructuring industry and financing governments and ethical issues faced by investment bankers will be studied.

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.

Prerequisites:

Complete two of the following courses: FIN-750 FIN-613 FIN-805 FIN-713

Credits:

3.00

Description:

MSF Thesis work

Prerequisites:

MBA-650

Credits:

3.00

Description:

An in-depth analysis of timely special issues in the field of finance. Specific topics are announced when the course is scheduled.

Prerequisites:

Instructor's approval required

Credits:

3.00

Description:

A student-initiated directed study project generally for three credit hours and completed within one quarter or semester. The student and faculty advisor must concur on a written proposal and final report and the proposal must be approved by the Office of the Dean prior to registration.

Prerequisites:

MBA-650 and Instructor's approval. Limited to MSF students only.

Credits:

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 MSF advisor and a faculty advisor regarding career-related learning outcomes. Over the course of a semester students collaborate with their corporate internship supervisor and complete projects related to the field of finance. Offered every semester.

Risk Management Concentration

 

Required Courses (6 credits)

 

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:

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.

Elective Course (1 course, 3 credits)

Choose one course from the following list. 

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:

MBA-650 or MSF Program Director Approval

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The foundation of most of modern financial models and theories are based on neoclassical economists' assumption that most economic agents are rational decision makers. Behavioral finance recognizes that our cognitive biases and errors along with our individuality are not always consistent with the rationality assumption and utility maximization. This course will examine the implications of human psychology emotions and biases on financial decision-making process as well as potential impact on the overall financial markets.

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 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.

Prerequisites:

Complete two of the following courses: FIN-750 FIN-613 FIN-805 FIN-713

Credits:

3.00

Description:

MSF Thesis work

Prerequisites:

MBA-650

Credits:

3.00

Description:

An in-depth analysis of timely special issues in the field of finance. Specific topics are announced when the course is scheduled.

Prerequisites:

MBA-650 and Instructor's approval. Limited to MSF students only.

Credits:

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 MSF advisor and a faculty advisor regarding career-related learning outcomes. Over the course of a semester students collaborate with their corporate internship supervisor and complete projects related to the field of finance. Offered every semester.

Financial Services and Banking Concentration

Required Courses (3 credits)

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.

Finance Electives (3 Courses, 9 Credits)

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 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:

MBA-650 or MSF Program Director Approval

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The foundation of most of modern financial models and theories are based on neoclassical economists' assumption that most economic agents are rational decision makers. Behavioral finance recognizes that our cognitive biases and errors along with our individuality are not always consistent with the rationality assumption and utility maximization. This course will examine the implications of human psychology emotions and biases on financial decision-making process as well as potential impact on the overall financial markets.

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:

This course addresses the financial needs of private businesses focusing on the financial motives and needs of private company owners and their advisors. The course is an opportunity to present private finance as a complement to corporate finance/public finance so as to prepare students to better serve or participate in making better financing decisions in the marketplace of privately held businesses.

Prerequisites:

MBA-650

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students analyze the main functions of investment banks such as origination syndication and distribution of security issues. They examine pricing of new issues and secondary offerings by investment banks mergers and acquisitions leveraged buyouts valuation of closely held companies and restructuring of distressed companies. The role of investment bankers in restructuring industry and financing governments and ethical issues faced by investment bankers will be studied.

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.

Prerequisites:

Complete two of the following courses: FIN-750 FIN-613 FIN-805 FIN-713

Credits:

3.00

Description:

MSF Thesis work

Prerequisites:

MBA-650

Credits:

3.00

Description:

An in-depth analysis of timely special issues in the field of finance. Specific topics are announced when the course is scheduled.

Prerequisites:

Instructor's approval required

Credits:

3.00

Description:

A student-initiated directed study project generally for three credit hours and completed within one quarter or semester. The student and faculty advisor must concur on a written proposal and final report and the proposal must be approved by the Office of the Dean prior to registration.

Prerequisites:

MBA-650 and Instructor's approval. Limited to MSF students only.

Credits:

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 MSF advisor and a faculty advisor regarding career-related learning outcomes. Over the course of a semester students collaborate with their corporate internship supervisor and complete projects related to the field of finance. Offered every semester.

Global Strategy Concentration

Required Courses (3 courses, 9 credits)

The following course is required:

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course addresses the creation of competitive advantage in a multinational firm. Topics include: analysis of the nature of globalization the formulation and implementation of international strategy market entry and organizational forms and the management of global operations.

Take at least two of the following courses:

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course prepares you for the practice of consulting either within the organization or as an external consultant. Topics include: The practice of consulting finding opportunities managing the consulting firm facilitating the consulting engagement including by focusing on client problems and review of popular models and tools for problem solving.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course is designed to provide you the tools to analyze your organization's competitive situation and develop innovative strategies and proposals that disrupt your competition and are game changers for your industry. You will also learn how to develop blue ocean strategies that create new growth opportunities and bring new customers into your industry. Next you will learn how to assess existing business models and design business models supportive of your overall innovation-based strategy offerings. Lastly you will learn how to access and leverage external sources of innovative ideas through the processes of open innovation including crowd sourcing and co creation and their application in diverse industry settings.

Prerequisites:

MBA-650

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course is designed to examine the underlying theoretical foundations and practice of decisions central to corporate strategy development. Since this subject is important to scholars in strategic management financial economics and public policy it is approached from an integrative interdisciplinary perspective. Topics include: the history of merger waves in America and comparative global trends; types of mergers; merger financial and economic motives; strategic and managerial motives; acquisition processes; synergy of the diversified corporate portfolio; empirical evidence of merger success; post-merger integration; divestment; takeover defense strategies; leveraged buyouts; and public policy issues. Students will develop conceptual and analytical skills required for effective merger and divestment analysis through class lectures selected readings case discussions and guest speakers.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course focuses on the institutional and policy contexts in which businesses develop global strategies. It expands the understanding of global contextual factors impacting business in order to gain deeper local national and global perspectives on competition. The course pays particular attention to social and political dimensions of strategy that are an essential component for superior performance in the contemporary world but receive little consideration in standard strategic analysis such as trade protectionism political risks affecting foreign direct investment the use of the law as a competitive tool government regulation lobbying and corporate social responsibility.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Corporations place high importance on innovation and new product development for competitiveness and profitability. Since many companies are operating in a global environment there's a need to find ways to harness the talent of people at multiple locations. This course is designed to teach global innovation and new product development using "virtual team and connectivity" techniques involving multiple locations/countries while equipping students with the necessary knowledge expertise and capabilities towards this goal. This course may also be conducted with Suffolk Law School students.

Prerequisites:

MBA-660

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The application of marketing principles and practices to competition in global markets. The course emphasizes the skills necessary for cross-cultural marketing.

Prerequisites:

MBA-660 (previously or concurrently)

Credits:

3.00

Description:

A key to successful marketing is cracking the code of consumer behavior. The scope of this course is analyzing consumer behavior both at home and abroad particularly contrasting the emergent markets in the East with more established Western markets. This comparison highlights issues such as the role of consumption in negotiating modernity while honoring tradition responses of consumers to innovations the role of social class and status in consumption and value placed on authenticity in different cultural milieus. This course is constructed in three modules. The first focuses on the globalization of consumption the second on the adoption and consumption of innovations and the last on special topics in cultural and cross-cultural studies.

Health Sector Management

The Health Sector Management concentration provides MBA students an introduction to the healthcare system, and to selected health sector trends and business practices in technology and big data.

Required Courses (2 courses, 6 credits)

Choose 2 courses from the following list:

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.

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 810 or HLTH 831

Credits:

3

Description:

Builds student competencies in the improvement and assurance of the quality and safety of healthcare services. This course builds on the principles, concepts, tools, and analytic methods addressed in the pre-requisite Core II course," ""Quality\"

Required Elective (1 course, 3 credits)

Choose 1 elective of the following courses:

Prerequisites:

HLTH-705 (or HLTH-701)

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course prepares students to plan lead manage and improve primary care and other ambulatory patient care services ("APC") toward achieving the "Triple Aim" of better population health better patient care and lower cost. The course covers a range of APC services including physician practices community health centers ambulatory surgery retail clinics behavioral health and dental care. Students who complete the course will be able to understand and analyze: key structures and processes of APC services and their effects on the Triple Aim; key APC contexts including regulatory reimbursement technological and professional; and important industry trends related to APC. Specific topics include organizational structure and governance; workforce and staffing; facilities and licensure; emerging business models; performance measurement; relationship between primary care and public health; and emerging practice models including the patient-centered medical home.

Prerequisites:

HLTH-705 (or HLTH-701)

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The health and wellbeing of people throughout the world are challenged by many factors. To highlight those factors and what is being done to address them this course focuses on global health problems and needs including those related to infectious and chronic diseases injuries mental illness and substance abuse and complex emergencies such as natural disasters and war with particular attention to women children and families. It also review critical global health-related policy issues such as poverty population growth the food and nutrition crisis water wars environmental degradation and climate change. Among the assignments students write papers on specific global health problems and needs and identify healthcare and health-related organizations and financial resources in selected countries that are addressing the problems and needs. The course closes by examining the challenges of how to prioritize the deployment of scarce resources and mobilize citizens governments and for-profit and non-profit organizations to enhance people's health and wellbeing and save civilization.

Prerequisites:

HLTH-705 (or HLTH-701)

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course revisits the health system as a diverse set of public and private entities working together to build and sustain health at the community and population levels. It prepares students to be boundary-spanners within that system and to plan and manage services that optimize community and population health. The traditional "caring and curing" mission of healthcare delivery organizations is expanding toward prevention wellness and population health. As a result interdependencies are growing among healthcare service delivery organizations other community-based services and public health agencies. Topics covered in this course include both the traditional and emerging roles of public health professionals and agencies (e.g. research surveillance prevention education behavior change seeking healthier living conditions); community health entities including community health centers accountable communities for health and community-integrated health systems; measurement of and responses to environmental and social determinants of health; movement and reporting of health data and information moving across organizational and sectoral boundaries; collaborative initiatives such as primary care public health integration and learning health systems that crosses public-private boundaries.

Managing Talent Concentration

 

Required Courses (choose three):

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Students learn and practice effective management skills including listening to and coaching others time and meeting management seeking receiving and delivering feedback influencing (with or without formal authority) stimulating positivity in the workplace and job crafting. The themes of self-awareness professional development and effective communication will be woven throughout the course.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Most employees will encounter difficult interpersonal situations at some point in their careers. This course focuses on the high costs of incivility to employee well-being and productivity. Students will reflect on their experiences learn techniques to improve their communication skills and experientially practice having difficult conversations. Topics such as abusive supervision sexual harassment and abnormal psychology will also be covered. Students will gain insight into how to cope with challenging interpersonal situations address problematic behaviors and develop more positive relationships in the workplace.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Matters related to diversity and inclusion are increasingly salient to business impacting companies' mission brand talent management strategies and performance. In this class we will learn about common dynamics that occur in diverse groups and organizations; explore the power of inclusion and the challenges to leveraging it; discuss relevant current events their impact on business and business' responses to them; and study best practices for building diverse and inclusive companies.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course emphasizes the theory and skills of win-win negotiation. Students assess their own negotiation styles analyze the process of negotiation and apply theory-based skills for integrating problem solving approaches to negotiation. The course utilizes a mix of teaching tools including readings lectures cases exercises videotapes and role-playing.

Marketing Concentrations

Market Research & Customer Insights Concentration

Choose three (3) from the following:

*At least two courses must be marketing courses.

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:

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.

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.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Most employees will encounter difficult interpersonal situations at some point in their careers. This course focuses on the high costs of incivility to employee well-being and productivity. Students will reflect on their experiences learn techniques to improve their communication skills and experientially practice having difficult conversations. Topics such as abusive supervision sexual harassment and abnormal psychology will also be covered. Students will gain insight into how to cope with challenging interpersonal situations address problematic behaviors and develop more positive relationships in the workplace.

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:

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:

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.

Product Management Concentration

Choose three (3) from the following:

*At least two courses must be marketing courses.

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.

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:

Corporations place high importance on innovation and new product development for competitiveness and profitability. Since many companies are operating in a global environment there's a need to find ways to harness the talent of people at multiple locations. This course is designed to teach global innovation and new product development using "virtual team and connectivity" techniques involving multiple locations/countries while equipping students with the necessary knowledge expertise and capabilities towards this goal. This course may also be conducted with Suffolk Law School students.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Most employees will encounter difficult interpersonal situations at some point in their careers. This course focuses on the high costs of incivility to employee well-being and productivity. Students will reflect on their experiences learn techniques to improve their communication skills and experientially practice having difficult conversations. Topics such as abusive supervision sexual harassment and abnormal psychology will also be covered. Students will gain insight into how to cope with challenging interpersonal situations address problematic behaviors and develop more positive relationships in the workplace.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course is designed to provide you the tools to analyze your organization's competitive situation and develop innovative strategies and proposals that disrupt your competition and are game changers for your industry. You will also learn how to develop blue ocean strategies that create new growth opportunities and bring new customers into your industry. Next you will learn how to assess existing business models and design business models supportive of your overall innovation-based strategy offerings. Lastly you will learn how to access and leverage external sources of innovative ideas through the processes of open innovation including crowd sourcing and co creation and their application in diverse industry settings.

Prerequisites:

MBA-660

Credits:

3.00

Description:

In many firms the brand or portfolio of brands has become the most valuable asset requiring strategic management in order to secure the goals of the organization. Hence developing strong brands for markets around the world has become increasingly important in today's global economy. This objective of this course is to examine appropriate theories models and other tools to help make branding and communication decisions for brands globally. The course presentation will combine lectures case studies guest speakers and a semester long team-based project.

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, 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:

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.

Global Marketing Concentration

Choose three (3) from the following:

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:

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.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Corporations place high importance on innovation and new product development for competitiveness and profitability. Since many companies are operating in a global environment there's a need to find ways to harness the talent of people at multiple locations. This course is designed to teach global innovation and new product development using "virtual team and connectivity" techniques involving multiple locations/countries while equipping students with the necessary knowledge expertise and capabilities towards this goal. This course may also be conducted with Suffolk Law School students.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Most employees will encounter difficult interpersonal situations at some point in their careers. This course focuses on the high costs of incivility to employee well-being and productivity. Students will reflect on their experiences learn techniques to improve their communication skills and experientially practice having difficult conversations. Topics such as abusive supervision sexual harassment and abnormal psychology will also be covered. Students will gain insight into how to cope with challenging interpersonal situations address problematic behaviors and develop more positive relationships in the workplace.

Prerequisites:

MBA-660

Credits:

3.00

Description:

In many firms the brand or portfolio of brands has become the most valuable asset requiring strategic management in order to secure the goals of the organization. Hence developing strong brands for markets around the world has become increasingly important in today's global economy. This objective of this course is to examine appropriate theories models and other tools to help make branding and communication decisions for brands globally. The course presentation will combine lectures case studies guest speakers and a semester long team-based project.

Prerequisites:

MBA-660

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The application of marketing principles and practices to competition in global markets. The course emphasizes the skills necessary for cross-cultural marketing.

Prerequisites:

MBA 660

Credits:

3

Description:

At the dawn of the 21st century, business and society is confronted with a confluence of factors ranging from widespread poverty," untapped business markets and issues of sustainability. The diverse sources of information that point to an uncertain future suggests that a ""business as usual"" approach has to be replaced with more proactive alternatives that address the needs of untapped markets\"

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:

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:

SBS-700, SBS-604 and Instructor's approval.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

A semester long internship in a company non-profit organization or public agency in the Boston Metropolitan area usually requiring the equivalent of at least one day per week on site. The internship project is described in a written proposal agreed upon by the company sponsor and faculty members. The intern must complete a mid-semester progress report a final report and/or presentation.

Supply Chain Management

This concentration offers the fundamental principles, best practices, and practical skills necessary to implement integrated solutions to improve overall supply chain performance.

The three essential courses will cover all relevant topics with a hand-on approach. Together with the current MBA curriculum, nearly all relevant skills will be addressed.

Required Courses (3 courses, 9 credits)

Note: these courses are not offered every semester. Please see your advisor to plan accordingly.

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:

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.