Curriculum

The MBA program at Tennessee Tech consists of ten, 3-hour courses for a total of 30 hours:

  • Seven 3-hour core courses (21 hours)
  • Three 3-hour electives (9 hours)

As many as 9 semester hours may be transferred from other AACSB accredited schools. Credit will not be allowed for courses taken more than five years prior to application to Tennessee Tech.

Core Courses

Each core course in this group will be required of all MBA candidates with the exception of ACCT 6010 for those students in the Accounting concentration.

ACCT 6010. Accounting Information for Management Decisions

Analysis, interpretation, and use of accounting information by managers in directing the operations of organizations. This class does not apply to students in the Accounting concentrations- those students will take a fourth accounting elective.

FIN 6020. Financial Management

Concepts and theories of corporate financial management with emphasis on value-based decision-making, including the financing decision, the investment decision, and relevant special topics.

ECON 6050. Analytical Decision Making

Analytical decision making for business operations including statistics, quantitative methods, and other optimization and simulation models.

MKT 6100. Strategic Marketing

Strategic marketing issues and opportunities that impact both the marketing process and marketing program. Decisions will also consider environmental variables as well as the internal elements of an organization.

BMGT 6200. Organizational Leadership

An examination of behavioral concepts required for effective leadership within business organizations.

DS 6220. Management of Information Technology

Concepts of current components of information technology and their management as it relates to the support of the strategic business plan.

BMGT 6950. Business Strategy

An integrative capstone course dealing with the formulation and implementation of corporate strategy.

Prerequisites: ACCT 6010, FIN 6020, ECON 6050, MKT 6100, BMGT 6200.

Elective Courses

Students choosing a concentration will select an elective within that concentration, general MBA students can choose electives from any discipline with the exception of most Accounting courses.

NOTE: Non-degree seeking students are not eligible for accounting electives unless (a) they currently hold a Master of Accountancy or (b) they are currently enrolled in another university's MBA program and have taken the following prerequisite undergraduate courses: Principles I & II, Intermediate I & II, Tax, Auditing, and Cost.

ACCT 6110 Financial Accounting and Reporting

Prerequisite: Undergraduate accounting core including ACCT 3170, ACCT 3180, ACCT 3210, ACCT 3330, and ACCT 3620 (or their equivalents).

A case study course covering compliance with relevant authoritative pronouncements used in the preparation of general purpose financial statements.

ACCT 6250 Governmental, Not-For-Profit, and Healthcare Accounting

This is a case study course in accounting and reporting for governmental and not-for-profit entities, including healthcare entities.

ACCT 6310 Tax Research and Strategy

Prerequisite: Undergraduate accounting core including ACCT 3170, ACCT 3180, ACCT 3210, ACCT 3330, and ACCT 3620 (or their equivalents).

A case study course emphasizing research, analysis, development, and communication of solutions to tax-related problems using modern information technology resources.

ACCT 6620 Auditing and Attestation

Prerequisite: Undergraduate accounting core including ACCT 3170, ACCT 3180, ACCT 3210, ACCT 3330, and ACCT 3620 (or their equivalents).

Emphasizes case studies, auditing simulations, modern authoritative pronouncements, and current events in the accounting profession.

FIN 6470 Investment Challenge I

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Advanced portfolio theory through actual management of a real investment portfolio.

FIN 6480 Investment Challenge II

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Advanced portfolio theory through actual management of a real investment portfolio.

FIN 6710 Perspectives of Risk and Insurance

FIN 6710 examines the economic principles underpinning risk and insurance and introduces key risk and insurance concepts and practices. The causes of change in risk management and insurance are examined through exploration of relevant physical, technological, cultural, regulatory, and other environmental perspectives.

FIN 6720 Corporate Risk Management

Application of the risk management process, including risk control and risk financing techniques, to risk management problems in business. Emphasizes risk identification and evaluation, together with alternative methods of risk control and risk financing techniques.

FIN 6730 Risk Management Modeling

This course will introduce students to mathematical and simulation modeling of risk. The first part of the course reviews the basic mathematics of optimization, and then develops conceptual models of preference and choice. These models are then used to model uncertainty, risk aversion, and theories of information. The second part of the course reviews statistics, introduces students to simulation, and then provides hands-on experience with simulation modeling.

FIN 6910 International Finance

International markets and instruments, global financing strategies, global capital budgeting, global working capital management, international tax planning.

BMGT 6400 Employee Relations

The purpose of this class is to expose students to factors that influence the quality of the employee-employer relationship. Special emphasis will be placed on the effects of managerial behaviors and human resource practices. Specific topics will include a) the connection between employee relations and a company's financial performance, b) the relational aspects of a company's HR practices (e.g., selection, performance appraisal, termination), and c) the importance of fairness and trust perceptions.

BMGT 6800 Strategic Human Resource Staffing

This course will focus on the recruitment, selection, and retention of human resources within organizations. Specific topics will include workforce planning, recruiting, selection, and organizational entry. The strategic importance of these topics will be addressed by considering the legal, social, organizational, and technological environments in which staffing decisions are made.

BMGT 6810 Strategic Human Resource Performance Management

This course will focus on the development, protection, and compensation of human resources within organizations. Specific topics will include performance appraisal and feedback, compensation, benefits, training, and health and safety. The strategic importance of these topics will be addressed by considering the legal, social, organizational, and technological environments in which labor relations decisions are made.

FIN 6910 International Finance

International markets and instruments, global financing strategies, global capital budgeting, global working capital management, international tax planning.

ECON 6920 International Economics

A case study course emphasizing the global environment in which today's businesses function.

MKT 6930 International Marketing

International markets, instruments, and global marketing strategies. This course will focus on the study of consumer behavior and buying cultures in all major regions of the world, and it relates this information to the creation of international marketing plans and strategies.

BMGT 6940 International Management

Theory and practice of managing across borders. This course is about global management. It demonstrates how cultural factors influence behavior in the workplace and examines the skills needed to manage across national borders.

MBA 6980 International Experience

Develops graduate students' understanding and knowledge of international business in a foreign nation. This course is based on the assumption that immersion in an alternative national setting is an extremely powerful method of learning. The aim of the course is to introduce a global business approach to students. Topics covered include cultural differences, international strategy, regional politics, the internal economic situation, marketing, international finance, quality in services, organizational development and change, international negotiations, and international operations.

Note: Course not offered every year.

DS 6530 Decision Support Systems

An introduction to expert systems, decision support systems, and executive information systems as they are employed in business organizations.

DS 6540 Business Telecommunications Systems

Introduces students to the concepts of telecommunications, wide and local area networks, and other state-of-the-art communications technologies.

DS 6550 Data Resources Management

Introduces students to the concepts, terminology, tools, and techniques comprising the general area of data resources management.

MKT 6510 Services Marketing

This course will focus on service organizations and services marketing issues to make students aware of the unique challenges involved in marketing and managing organizations in sectors such as finance, health care, entertainment, hospitality, professional services, retailing, education and transportation. Specific topics will include learning and developing strategies for real life business cases to close potential service gaps such as customer, knowledge, service development/design, performance, and communication gaps that have negative impact on service performance and quality perceptions of customers about the service offering.

MKT 6630 Small Business Management & Entrepreneurship

A case course concentrating on the salient issues and management decisions covering entrepreneurship, the formation and management of new business ventures, and the complex managerial process of small business ownership.

MKT 6930 International Marketing

International markets, instruments, and global marketing strategies. This course will focus on the study of consumer behavior and buying cultures in all major regions of the world, and it relates this information to the creation of international marketing plans and strategies.

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