MBA Concentrations

NO CONCENTRATION 

Many students do the regular MBA with no concentration, meaning the three electives in the MBA program can come from any business-related discipline, and MBA students may take three electives from three different areas (or two different areas) if they so wish. The MBA Director will assist you in choosing electives.  Any elective below is acceptable, given all any necessary prerequisite has been completed--also, electives in CIS (Computer Information Systems) and other fields are acceptable as well, given the prerequisite courses have been completed. 
 
However, some students prefer to do the MBA with a concentration in one of the following business disciplines. An MBA with a concentration of your choice means that all three of your electives will be taken in your chosen discipline area:

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Business Analytics

Preferably taken in CIS 650 - CIS 609 - CIS 643
CIS 650-Software Development
Explores software development practices used in contemporary software projects using technical
perspectives. Software development methods including structured, object oriented, and patterns
based development will be covered. Starting from fundamentals of software development, the
course will cover advanced techniques in software development.
CIS 609 - Data Management or CIS 603 - Project Management
Course provides the student with a comprehensive introduction to databases, the technical skills
required to plan, implement and maintain a databases using appropriate software. A significant part
of the course will be spent on development of Structured Query Language (SQL) queries and
processes to extract (E) data from multiple sources, transform (T) data as needed and the loading
(L) of the same into datawarehouses (ETL).
CIS 643 - Advanced Business Analytics
Course provides a conceptual overview of data mining techniques that are used to discover patterns,
to predict trends, and to classify observations. In addition, the course includes hands-on practice
using modern analytic software and analysis of contemporary business case studies. Prerequisite:
CIS 623.

Cybersecurity

CYS 601 Data Communications and Networking
A study of data communication, network infrastructure, transmission technologies, and
hardware/software components that support modern business communications. Designed to provide
students with the technical foundation to manage and secure contemporary data networks. (Same
as CIS 601)
CYS 615 Information Systems Security
A study of modern computer, network, and information system security. This course provides an
overview of security challenges and mitigation controls in the information system environment.
Topics include network intrusion prevention and detection, incident response, malicious software
(malware), public key encryption, message authentication, and privacy issues. (Same as CIS 615.)
CYS 625 Information Security Risk Management
Information security risk management is the application of risk management techniques to business
information technology systems to reduce the risk, threats, and vulnerabilities. Using an industry
standard risk management framework, conduct an information technology risk assessment using
both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, develop risk management policies and reports,
create risk management mitigation plan, and define risk management mitigation security
measurements and baselining. Prerequisite: CYS 615 or permission of instructor.

Economic Development

ECO 610 - Introduction to Economic Development
Course will introduce students to the process, purpose, and background needed for the local
economic development process.
ECO 611 - Economic Development Methods
Course will introduce students to the methods and sources of information used in the economic
development process.
FIN 610 - Economic Development Finance
Course will introduce students to the financial concepts, tools, programs, and practices needed by
economic development professionals.
Or
ECO 655 - Cost Benefit Analysis
Course will introduce the student to the techniques of benefit-cost analysis and program evaluation
tools used in business and government applications.

Finance

FIN 603 Advanced Corporate Finance 
A continuation of the study of corporate finance with particular emphasis on valuation and strategy. Material learned in an earlier course will be employed in analyzing various corporate decisions. Prerequisite: FIN 602.
FIN 632 Investment Management Business 
Study and analysis of financial investments. Emphasis is on common stock and bonds with lesser
emphasis on derivative securities as potential investments. Modern portfolio theory and the related
implications for expected rates of return on risky assets is examined. The influence that financial
markets can have on all aspects of the global economy is addressed. Not available to students who
have taken FIN 533. Prerequisite: FIN 602.
FIN 650 Derivative Securities 
A study in the understanding of current derivative securities and the markets in which they are
traded; the design and testing of innovative derivative securities. Prerequisite: FIN 602 and MAT 220
(calculus is done internally via MSU Canvas course).

Global Communications

JMC 601 Media, Culture, Gender, and Race 
An analysis of theories and research in mass media influences on images of culture, race, and
gender in our society. Focus on the role of news, entertainment and advertising media in the
construction and perpetuation of systemic views about members of these particular groups.
JMC 620 Strategic Communication 
Course is designed to explore strategic communication strategies for businesses and other
organizations which must communicate with the public. The course addresses the media, methods
and ethics of institutions' interactions with a variety of publics. This course uses a lab-based format
each week to apply the concepts of the course material. Students should be prepared to think, write,
compose, and practice strategic communication skills on weekly basis.
JMC 658 New Technologies
The development of technology in media industries and related businesses, such as consumer
electronics and office systems. Topics include the nature of technical innovation, economic
feasibility, public policy, social impact, and diffusion models.

Marketing

MKT 669 Seminar in Global Marketing 
This course covers the practice of marketing in the global economy. It develops students' abilities to
engage in global marketing strategic planning, select appropriate entry strategies and develop
responsive marketing tactics. It also enhances students' skills in using information technology
resources, assessing world markets, analyzing ethical issues and communicating in writing. May not
be taken for credit by students who have completed MKT 568.  Prerequisite:  MKT 667.
MKT 675 Seminar in Digital Marketing
This course reflects the shift in marketing from traditional media to digital platforms such as those
based on the Internet and mobile networks. Topics include digital marketing strategies as they relate
to the elements of digital marketing, such as search engine marketing, social media marketing, and
others. Digital marketing tools used to create campaigns will be discussed. Credit cannot be earned
for MKT 475 and MKT 675. Prerequisite:  MKT 667.
JMC 602 Seminar in Advertising 
An in-depth study of the profession of advertising, with a focus on contemporary issues, problems,
and challenges; guided discussion and analysis of case studies.
Or
JMC 603 - Seminar in Public Relations
An in-depth study of the profession of public relations with a focus on contemporary issues,
problems, and challenges using guided discussion and analysis of case studies.

Healthcare Administration (our only MBA concentration that requires four
courses)

HIA 601 Overview of the Healthcare Delivery System
Course provides an overview of historical and contemporary topics associated with health care
systems and their components. The course examines the complex components of the nation's health
care system and their interactions including organizational structure, financing, the impact of
technology, utilization determinants and the involvement of federal agencies as well as private
sectors.
HIA 605 Healthcare Administration and Management
Prepares administrators and practitioners to manage health care organizations by introducing
concepts and skills essential to effective health care administration. Prerequisite: HIA 601 or
permission of instructor.
HIA 610 Healthcare Planning
A course designed to provide health care administrators and practitioners an understanding of the
critical issues and techniques used in successful planning efforts, including a comparison of public
sector program planning and private sector strategic planning. Prerequisite: HIA 605 or permission
of instructor.
HIA 615 Financial Aspects of Health Service Organizations 
A course designed to provide health care administrators and practitioners a basic understanding of
health care financial management principles and their application to the practical aspects of
managerial decision-making in health care facilities. Prerequisite: HIA 605 or permission of
instructor.

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Accounting

ACC 600 Advanced Accounting 
ACC 601 Accounting for Governmental and Nonprofit Entities 
ACC 602 Advanced Income Tax 
ACC 603 Cost Management in the Global Economy 
ACC 605 Corporate Governance and Accounting Ethics 
ACC 606 Auditing Theory and Practice 
 
ACC 695 Special Problems
BUS 640 Legal Obligations of Business
 
NOTES: 
Accounting concentration students may not take:
  1. ACC 600 if they took ACC 500 (Advanced Accounting),
  2. ACC 601 if they took ACC 501 (Accounting for Governmental and Nonprofit Entities),
  3. ACC 602 if they took ACC 502 (Advanced Income Tax),
  4. ACC 606 if they took ACC 516 (Auditing Theory and Practice), or
  5. BUS 640 if they took BUS 540 (Legal Obligations of Business).
Accounting concentration students would need at least a "C" in the following special prerequisite courses:
  • ACC 200 Financial Accounting
  • ACC 201 Managerial Accounting
  • ACC 300 Intermediate Accounting I
  • ACC 301 Intermediate Accounting II 
  • ACC 302 Federal Income Tax 
  • ACC 303 Cost Accounting 
  • ACC 506 Principles of Auditing and Assurance Services