UB_March2014_389_250_v2The University of Bridgeport’s online MBA program is offered through eight-week sessions with breaks in-between. By offering courses year-round, students can start the online MBA program at almost any time and complete the program within one year.

Please note: MBA students may be required to take additional prerequisite courses based on previous academic history.

Start Terms

The University of Bridgeport has five start terms throughout the year: January, March, June, August and October.

Please note: Students who have not taken online courses through the University of Bridgeport will need to complete an online orientation the week before classes begin.

 

MBA Sample Course Sequence

 

Core Coursework

MGMT 505: Organizational Behavior

This course enables students to explore individual and group behavior in organizations and the contextual factors that impact workforce performance and organizational effectiveness. An understanding of topics including organizational culture and structure, ethics and corporate social responsibility, team dynamics, leadership, decision making, and motivation is emphasized. Students gain insight from the perspective of both theory-oriented research and practice-oriented professional communities through the discussion of concepts and organizational practices and the analysis of research findings and trends.

MKTG 505: Marketing and Branding

This course introduces students to the essentials of marketing and brand management at the graduate level. Students will learn concepts and frameworks from the marketing and branding literatures, such as the definition of marketing and the concept of Customer-Based Brand Equity (CBBE). Students will then apply the knowledge by leading a class discussion, interacting with the current industry professionals in the field, conducting a brand audit with group members, and putting together a personal brand plan. As a result of taking this course, students will build their own toolkit to market any brands in their future endeavors.

ITKM 505: Information Systems & Knowledge Management

The course introduces guiding theories and concepts of knowledge management and its relationship to contemporary workplaces. This course will explore various issues of creating, storing, sharing, and applying knowledge in organizational environments, which will include a review of the role and basic functions of information technology. Successful organizations foster both innovation and efficiency via knowledge. Students will evaluate the different dynamics related to realizing organizational progress through the effective and efficient use of talent, structure, culture, methods, and technology. In addition to the required textbooks, students will be required to research industry journals as a way to evaluate the application of knowledge in real settings across various industries.

ACCT 505: Managerial and Cost Accounting

This course provides an introduction to managerial and cost accounting used by management in conducting daily operations, planning future operations, and developing overall business strategies. The objective is to gain an understanding of the role of accounting in the management process of planning, directing, controlling, and improving the organization’s objectives (goals) and to translate those objectives into a course of action. This course includes a comprehensive review of the following topics: basic managerial accounting concepts; job order cost accounting; process cost accounting; break-even point and target profit; budgeting; and standard cost variances.

FIN 505: Advanced Financial Management and Policy

The development of various advanced concepts in corporate finance relating to the management of working and investment capital, including appreciation of the financial planning process, the issuance of stock and the role of venture capital, discussion of the cash-planning process and the use of the cash budget, international finance. The student should be able to understand various advanced concepts in corporate finance. Teaching methods include lecture-discussion, problems and a review of current activities in finance. Upon completion of this course, each student will be able to use and apply financial concepts to case situations, as well as understanding such advanced concepts as leverage and capital structure, international finance, dividend policy and payment mechanics, raising equity capital, financial planning, and working capital management.


 

Concentrations

Analytics Intelligence

ITKM 548: Enterprise Intelligence and Decision Support Systems

This course provides a managerial overview of the business drivers and critical success factors for the effective delivery of enterprise intelligence solutions.

ITKM 549: Technical Concepts for Analytics Professionals

This course provides a working knowledge of enterprise intelligence and analytics technical tools via hands on work.

ITKM 560: Foundations in Advanced Enterprise Analytics

This course provides in depth understanding of sophisticated analytics methods and applications.


Human Resources Management

MGMT 511: Human Resources Management

This course enables students to examine the current research findings, trends, and best practices of human resource management, as well as the strategies and tactics necessary to sustain an effective and proactive human resources function in an organization. An understanding of topics including recruitment and selection, employment law, performance management, training and development, compensation and benefits, and employee engagement is emphasized, in both domestic and global contexts. Students will gain insight into effectively leveraging findings from relevant research studies to address current and projected human resource management challenges and needs.

MGMT 512: Organizational Development

This course enables students to gain an understanding of the needs and challenges that drive organizational development and change management interventions in various organizational contexts from a micro to a macro level.  Students will be introduced to the history, research, and the theoretical models of change upon which the OD process is based, as well as trends, ethical considerations, and best practices.  Students will gain insight into the OD process through analysis and discussion of each phase, including needs assessment, data collection and analysis, diagnosis and recommendation, implementation, and evaluation, as well as the critical competencies of a successful OD professional. A focus is placed on the integration of strategies and programs that facilitate planned, positive organizational change and result in workforce agility, effectiveness, and sustainable processes.

MGMT 515: Workforce Assessment

This course enables students to examine the theoretical concepts, research, real-world applications, and practical considerations relevant to individual and group assessment in organizational settings.  An understanding of the instruments and approaches available for various workforce assessment needs is emphasized, as well as the appropriate interpretation and use of the information obtained.  A focus is placed on employee selection, performance evaluation, training and development, retention, and program evaluation, and the implications of decisions made in these areas based on assessment results.


Management

MGMT 511: Human Resources Management

This course enables students to examine the current research findings, trends, and best practices of human resource management, as well as the strategies and tactics necessary to sustain an effective and proactive human resources function in an organization. An understanding of topics including recruitment and selection, employment law, performance management, training and development, compensation and benefits, and employee engagement is emphasized, in both domestic and global contexts. Students will gain insight into effectively leveraging findings from relevant research studies to address current and projected human resource management challenges and needs.

MGMT 539: International Issues

This course focuses on current international issues that affect business operations at home and abroad. Changing business environments are discussed and analyzed. Students are required to formulate new global business strategies in light of emerging international trends and events. In some cases, students may supplement their study by field trips and on-site analysis.

MGMT 555: Global Program and Project Management

This course focuses on the managerial aspects of how to effectively manage, plan and execute programs and projects with a focus on high quality deliverables: arriving on time, within budget, within scope, and to the customer’s satisfaction. Areas covered will include program and project management life cycle phases, executive sponsorship, portfolio investment management selection and prioritization, requirements, scope and project charters, planning, development, estimating, staffing, leadership, scheduling, risk management, change management, project metrics, vendor integration and management and other related topics. This course is based on current and emerging best practices and principles. Project Management certification requirements and real world case studies are discussed.

 

 

Capstone

MGMT 582: Business Planning

This course focuses on the development of the entrepreneurial spirit and develops specific skills to fulfill plans that develop from that creative and persevering spirit. Many different aspects of entrepreneurial ability will be emphasized including a strong work ethic, leadership, team building and the development of business relationships. The course also covers the growth of an existing business through entrepreneurship. Students will conceive, develop, and present a comprehensive business plan intended to obtain external financial support or internal organizational support. This course includes a comprehensive review of the marketing, operational, financial, product, service and business strategy and plans that must be mastered and developed as foundation for start-up of a small business or entrepreneurial enterprise.

BUCP 597: Policy and Strategy

The integration capstone course provides an opportunity for students to apply the knowledge and skills they have learned throughout their MBA studies and their business experiences from a multi- and inter- disciplinary perspective. Students examine the challenges in – and methods for – achieving organizational excellence in the new economy. Using a combination of Quality tenets and published best practices, students will evaluate the multidimensional performance of industries and companies, construct a formal proposal that improves an organization’s performance, and create a personal strategy for post-graduation success. Students develop the conceptual knowledge and pragmatic skills to discern why, when, and how to apply relevant concepts and techniques.

 

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