Graduate Courses

The faculty has approval to offer the following courses in the academic years 2017–2018 and 2018–2019; however, not all courses are taught each semester or summer session. Students should consult the Course Schedule to determine which courses and topics will be offered during a particular semester or summer session. The Course Schedule may also reflect changes made to the course inventory after the publication of this catalog.

Business Administration: B A

B A 180C, 280C, 380C. Information Technology Management.

Restricted to students in the MBA program. A discussion of technical architecture, including hardware/software platforms, operating systems, networking and the Internet; development strategies; and management issues for the introduction of new technology. For each semester hour of credit earned, one lecture hour a week for one semester. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and admission to the McCombs School of Business.

B A 380F. Accounting Information for Managerial Decision Making.

Restricted to second-year students in the MBA program. Financial information regarding revenue, cost, and assets, with an emphasis on the interpretation of numbers to derive well-informed management decisions. Covers the role of taxes in business strategy. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

B A 380M. Management Science.

Introduction to the structure and use of mathematical models and methods for analyzing managerial decision problems. Development and application of modeling concepts and skills underlying the analytical techniques used to solve such problems. Introduction to a range of computers, and use of the latest in computer-based decision support systems. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Admission to the McCombs School of Business.

B A 180N, 280N, 380N. Operations Management.

An introduction to the issues and decisions involved in the production of goods and services. Focuses on designing, operating, controlling, and improving the systems that accomplish production. For 180N, one lecture hour a week for one semester; for 280N, four lecture hours a week for half a semester; for 380N, three lecture hours a week for one semester. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and admission to the McCombs School of Business.

B A 180S, 280S, 380S. Managerial Economics.

Microeconomic and macroeconomic forces that influence an organization's decisions: interest rates, business cycles, financial systems, input demand and supply, industry factors, market structure, and externalities. For each semester hour of credit earned, one lecture hour a week for one semester. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and admission to the McCombs School of Business.

B A 181C. Strategic Career Planning.

Restricted to first-year students in the MBA program. Issues surrounding career planning, including exploration and implementation. Professional development issues, including self-assessment. One and one-half lecture hours a week for one semester. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

B A 181T, 281T, 381T. Marketing Management.

An introduction to the marketing perspective on strategy development and to the elements of marketing analysis. Includes the functional decision areas of the marketing manager, such as products and product lines, pricing policies, branding, promotion and advertising, and channels of distribution, and how organizations use these components to create, capture, and sustain value for the firm. For 181T, one lecture hour a week for one semester; for 281T, four lecture hours a week for half a semester; for 381T, three lecture hours a week for one semester. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and admission to the McCombs School of Business.

B A 182T, 282T, 382T. Managerial Accounting.

An investigation of the conceptual and operational relationship of planning and control with management and accounting information systems. Topics include data collection and analysis for short-range and long-range organizational decisions. For each semester hour of credit earned, one lecture hour a week for one semester. Only one of the following may be counted: Accounting 329, 359, 287 (Topic 1), 287 (Topic 5), 387 (Topic 1), 387 (Topic 5) Business Administration 182T, 282T, 382T. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and admission to the McCombs School of Business.

B A 184S, 284S, 384S. Economics for Business.

Restricted to students in the McCombs School of Business. Microeconomic and macroeconomic forces that influence an organization's decisions, such as interest rates, business cycles, financial systems, input demand and supply, industry factors, market structure, and externalities. For each semester hour of credit earned, the equivalent of one lecture hour a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

Topic 1: Managerial Microeconomics. Microeconomic forces that influence an organization's decisions, including input supply and demand, industry factors, market structure, and externalities. For each semester hour of credit earned, one lecture hour a week for one semester. Offered on the letter-grade basis only.
Topic 2: Managerial Macroeconomics. Macroeconomic forces that influence an organization's decisions, including interest rates, business cycles, and financial systems. For each semester hour of credit earned, the equivalent of one lecture hour a week for one semester. Offered on the letter-grade basis only.

B A 184T, 284T, 384T. Financial Accounting.

An examination of the information needs of capital market participants in a dynamic and complex socioeconomic system; emphasis on interpretation, measurement, and disclosure of economic events. For 184T, one lecture hour a week for one semester; for 284T, four lecture hours a week for half a semester; for 384T, three lecture hours a week for one semester. Accounting 381 and Business Administration 184T, 284T, 384T may not both be counted. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and admission to the McCombs School of Business.

B A 185T, 285T, 385T. Financial Management.

An exploration of concepts and techniques employed in investment decision making, working capital management, and financing the activities of a business. For 185T, one lecture hour a week for one semester; for 285T, four lecture hours a week for half a semester; for 385T, three lecture hours a week for one semester. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and admission to the McCombs School of Business.

B A 186T, 286T, 386T. Statistics.

A unified approach to basic concepts in collection, analysis, and interpretation of data, emphasizing capabilities of different statistical methods and business applications. Students use statistical software packages. For 186T, one lecture hour a week for one semester; for 286T, four lecture hours a week for half a semester; for 386T, three lecture hours a week for one semester. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and admission to the McCombs School of Business.

B A 287T. Legal and Regulatory Environment of Business.

Examination of relationships between public and private institutions, with emphasis on the legal constraints on managerial decision making. Two lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Admission to the McCombs School of Business.

B A 188T, 288T, 388T. Strategic Management.

Designed to help students develop a general management orientation. Subjects include the role of the general manager, formulating business and corporate-level strategy, managing strategic change, strategy implementation, and developing general managers. For each semester hour of credit earned, one lecture hour a week for one semester. Business Administration 188T, 288T, 388T and Management 385 (Topic 49: Strategic Management) may not both be counted. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and admission to the McCombs School of Business.

B A 389T. Managing People and Organizations.

Development of the general areas of theory most central to dealing with the varieties of social/psychological behavior of direct import to the administrator and manager. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Admission to the McCombs School of Business.

B A 390C. Hardware, Software, and Telecommunications.

Provides a broad familiarity with the latest advances in the fundamental concepts and terminology of computer architecture and software. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Admission to the McCombs School of Business and to the concentration in information systems management.

B A 190D, 290D, 390D. Management Information Systems.

The use of decision support systems and database management concepts in an organization for information management and processing by mainframe and personal computer. For each semester hour of credit earned, one lecture hour a week for one semester. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and admission to the McCombs School of Business.

B A 390F. Information Systems Design and Implementation.

Specification, design, implementation, and testing of information systems. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Admission to the McCombs School of Business.

B A 390H. Managing Information.

Management and use of information in organizations, including database management, analytical approaches for effective information management, and organizational issues. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and admission to the McCombs School of Business.

B A 390J. Data Communications, Networks, and Distributed Processing.

Functional aspects of data communications, computer networks, and distributed information systems, using campus computers and the network systems available in the classroom. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Admission to the McCombs School of Business.

B A 191, 291, 391, 691. Special Studies in Business Administration.

Conference course. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

Topic 1: Finance.
Topic 2: Management.
Topic 3: Real Estate.
Topic 4: Risk Management.
Topic 5: Accounting.
Topic 6: Marketing.
Topic 8: Business, Government, and Society.

B A 192C, 292C, 392C, 692C. Special Studies in Business, Government, and Society.

Restricted to McCombs graduate students. For each semester hour of credit earned, the equivalent of one lecture hour a week for one semester. Conference course. May be repeated for credit. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

B A 192D, 292D, 392D, 692D. Special Studies in Business, Government, and Society.

Restricted to McCombs graduate students. For each semester hour of credit earned, the equivalent of one lecture hour a week for one semester. Conference course. May be repeated for credit. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

B A 192E, 292E, 392E, 692E. Special Studies in Finance.

Restricted to McCombs graduate students. For each semester hour of credit earned, the equivalent of one lecture hour a week for one semester. Conference course. May be repeated for credit. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

B A 192F, 292F, 392F, 692F. Special Studies in Finance.

Restricted to McCombs graduate students. For each semester hour of credit earned, the equivalent of one lecture hour a week for one semester. Conference course. May be repeated for credit. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

B A 192G, 292G, 392G, 692G. Special Studies in International Business.

Restricted to McCombs graduate students. For each semester hour of credit earned, the equivalent of one lecture hour a week for one semester. Conference course. May be repeated for credit. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

B A 192H, 292H, 392H, 692H. Special Studies in International Business.

Restricted to McCombs graduate students. For each semester hour of credit earned, the equivalent of one lecture hour a week for one semester. Conference course. May be repeated for credit. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

B A 192J, 292J, 392J, 692J. Special Studies in Legal Environment of Business.

Restricted to McCombs graduate students. For each semester hour of credit earned, the equivalent of one lecture hour a week for one semester. Conference course. May be repeated for credit. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

B A 192K, 292K, 392K, 692K. Special Studies in Legal Environment of Business.

Restricted to McCombs graduate students. For each semester hour of credit earned, the equivalent of one lecture hour a week for one semester. Conference course. May be repeated for credit. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

B A 192L, 292L, 392L, 692L. Special Studies in Management.

Restricted to McCombs graduate students. For each semester hour of credit earned, the equivalent of one lecture hour a week for one semester. Conference course. May be repeated for credit. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

B A 192M, 292M, 392M, 692M. Special Studies in Management.

Restricted to McCombs graduate students. For each semester hour of credit earned, the equivalent of one lecture hour a week for one semester. Conference course. May be repeated for credit. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

B A 192N, 292N, 392N, 692N. Special Studies in Management Information Systems.

Restricted to McCombs graduate students. For each semester hour of credit earned, the equivalent of one lecture hour a week for one semester. Conference course. May be repeated for credit. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

B A 192P, 292P, 392P, 692P. Special Studies in Management Information Systems.

Restricted to McCombs graduate students. For each semester hour of credit earned, the equivalent of one lecture hour a week for one semester. Conference course. May be repeated for credit. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

B A 192Q, 292Q, 392Q, 692Q. Special Studies in Marketing.

Restricted to McCombs graduate students. For each semester hour of credit earned, the equivalent of one lecture hour a week for one semester. Conference course. May be repeated for credit. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

B A 192R, 292R, 392R, 692R. Special Studies in Marketing.

Restricted to McCombs graduate students. For each semester hour of credit earned, the equivalent of one lecture hour a week for one semester. Conference course. May be repeated for credit. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

B A 192S, 292S, 392S, 692S. Special Studies in Operations.

Restricted to McCombs graduate students. For each semester hour of credit earned, the equivalent of one lecture hour a week for one semester. Conference course. May be repeated for credit. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

B A 192T, 292T, 392T, 692T. Special Studies in Operations.

Restricted to McCombs graduate students. For each semester hour of credit earned, the equivalent of one lecture hour a week for one semester. Conference course. May be repeated for credit. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

B A 192U, 292U, 392U, 692U. Special Studies in Risk Management.

Restricted to McCombs graduate students. For each semester hour of credit earned, the equivalent of one lecture hour a week for one semester. Conference course. May be repeated for credit. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

B A 192V, 292V, 392V, 692V. Special Studies in Risk Management.

Restricted to McCombs graduate students. For each semester hour of credit earned, the equivalent of one lecture hour a week for one semester. Conference course. May be repeated for credit. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

B A 398L. Written and Oral Communication for International Students.

Designed to provide students at the high-intermediate level of English proficiency with communication skills beyond pronunciation and grammatical accuracy. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, admission to a doctoral program in the McCombs School of Business, and consent of instructor.

B A 398R. Master's Report.

Preparation of a report to fulfill the requirement for the master's degree under the report option. The equivalent of three lecture hours a week for one semester. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in business administration, completion of the core courses for the degree, and consent of the supervising professor and the graduate adviser.

B A 398T. Supervised Teaching in Business Administration.

Teaching in the McCombs School of Business for two semesters under the close direction of the course instructor or supervisor; weekly group meetings with the instructor, individual consultations, and reports throughout the teaching period. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, approval of the department chair and the dean, and appointment as a teaching assistant.