Master of Business Administration Courses

Learn more about the Masters of Business Administration courses offered as a part of the Lebanon Valley College MBA Program.

MBA 801. Introduction to Healthcare Management. The course examines the history of medicine; healthcare delivery systems such as acute hospital care, chronic care, outpatient systems, and long term care; healthcare professions and medical education; US and World healthcare systems; health insurance, healthcare financing and payers; employee based coverage compared to government coverage; public health; and healthcare technology and innovation and its cost. The course provides an introduction to management across functions in a healthcare organization.  3 credits.

MBA 802. Ethical, Legal, and Regulatory Issues in Healthcare. This course introduces students to the legal, regulatory, and ethical issues they are likely to face in managing a healthcare organization. With the increasing intersection between healthcare delivery and law, healthcare managers will encounter a wide range of legal and regulatory issues, including patients' rights, antitrust, institutional liability, privacy, security and reimbursement. It is thus important for students to be familiar with basic legal principles affecting how healthcare institutions operate, how legal rules and doctrine are formulated, and how to interact effectively with attorneys.  3 credits.

MBA 805. Financial Policy. A quantitative and qualitative approach to managerial problems of short and long term financing, asset management, and dividend policies, to advance the understanding of financial concepts, policies, theories and tools to make investment and financing decisions. Emphasis placed on the application of experience to class discussion through problem solving. The primary objective of this course is to be able to evaluate investment opportunities, understand the various sources of financing and its impact on the firm's structure.  Must satisfy Finance prerequisite. 3 credits.

MBA 807. Innovation. Why are some companies considered innovative and others stodgy? What cultural, organizational, and personal elements make innovation in technology possible? This course attempts to answer these questions by exploring how technology ideas are created, fostered, and shared. The course will study innovation from both theoretical and applied perspectives using case studies, creative exercises, research, and simulations as learning experiences.  3 credits.

MBA 810. Organizational Behavior. Utilizing an experiential case study method, this course surveys the evolution of theory and research in the areas of organization behavior. Learning topics include motivation theory, group dynamics, leadership, decision-making, conflict transformation, emotional intelligence and communication. The course affirms a systemic perspective and approach to organizational behavior, a systematic presentation of theory and research in areas of organizational behavior; including motivation, group dynamics, leadership, decision-making, organization change, career planning, and communication.  Must satisfy Organizational Behavior prerequisite. 3 credits.

MBA 815. Marketing Management. A focus on issues in the interplay between marketing and society including the ethics of selling, advertising, marketing research, and the social responsibility of marketers. An understanding of the role of marketing in businesses and not-for-profit organizations and its importance for individuals within a society. Discover how marketing interfaces with domestic and global environments. Understand consumer and organizational buyer behavior for identifying market opportunities, segmenting and targeting markets, and developing positioning strategies.  Must satisfy Marketing prerequisite. 3 credits.

MBA 816. Internet Marketing. The course examines the principles and processes of Internet Marketing. Students will examine current topics including search engine advertising; social media, online advertising strategies and models; metrics, and ethics. The course will also integrate a comparison and contrast of online promotion to traditional channels and extensively employ case studies.  3 credits.

MBA 817. Business and Technology. This course examines the role technology plays in collaboration and knowledge management in business organizations. The class will present both theoretical and applied concepts, including organizational knowledge models, knowledge exchange, collaboration tools, Communities of Practice, and Web 2.0. Case studies are employed to build critical thinking skills, especially for a recurring analysis of the complex relationship between people, information, and IT.  3 credits.

MBA 825. Executive Communications. Executive Communications focuses on the communication skills that managers at all levels must acquire, develop and demonstrate in order to achieve success in the workplace. The course combines communication theory with practical techniques for conveying information; for motivating associates and enhancing teamwork via the spoken and written word; and for exhibiting leadership through language at the interpersonal, small group and organizational levels. Organizational communications skills, emphasizing writing, speaking and listening techniques and interpersonal communication are included. Recommended as one of the first 3 courses taken in the MBA program.  3 credits.

MBA 827. Project Management. Project Management is "the application of knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to project activities to meet project requirements," as defined by the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®). The course provides students an introduction to the five process groups of project management, the nine knowledge areas of project management, and the Project Management Institute (PMI®). Introduces appropriate project management computer software.  3 credits.

MBA 832. Management Information Systems. This course addresses key issues associated with the management of enterprise-level technology and information systems. Topics includes creating business intelligence, using technology for competitive advantage, building and using relational databases, creating and using decision support systems, exploring strategies for e-commerce, understanding systems development, designing and managing networks, protecting information systems, and examining and evaluating emerging technologies.  Must satisfy the Management Information Systems prerequisite. 3 credits.

MBA 833. Managerial Economics. This course studies the role of economic theory in management analysis and decisions. The study of demand, cost, and supply theories from a business viewpoint are also covered. This course is about economic principles and their relevance to business decision-making. It will explore the interaction of information, economic incentives and market competition and how these interact to determine prices, products available, profits, and patterns of trade and organization. At the end of this course students should be able to understand how basic economic reasoning can improve managerial decisions.  Must satisfy Economics (Micro and Macro) prerequisite. 3 credits.

MBA 840. Business Analytics. This course reviews the quantitative techniques and systems approaches that managers need to make effective decisions for their organization. A philosophy of problem solving will be introduced as well as systems thinking and the use of models in solving business problems. Emphasis is placed on analyzing and critically evaluating data to inform managerial decision-making. Topics include supply chain management and control of inventory, forecasting, and quality management. Appropriate computer software is used.  Must satisfy Statistics prerequisite. 3 credits.

MBA 845. Managing Operations and Business Processes. Business decisions are made with consideration of the resources available, costs (both internal and external) and the impact on all stakeholders of an organization. This course provides the knowledge and skills that managers use in describing and understanding, measuring and analyzing, and developing plans for changing the operating process to best serve those interests. Tools such as including Queuing models, Simulations and Linear Programming applications will be employed. Decisions regarding the best use of limited resources, staffing requirements, and facility location/layout are featured.  Prerequisite: MBA 840; must also satisfy Operations prerequisite. 3 credits.

MBA 847. Sales Management. This course will utilizing an experiential case study method, this course critically examines the role of sales management in crafting and executing business strategy. Emphasis is placed on the functions of a sales manager, including the planning, execution, and control of a sales force. Topics are investigated using case study, in class discussion, and analytical and hands on exercises.  3 credits.

MBA 850. Human Resource Management. A survey of personnel management activities in organizations including exploration of recent developments in the field of human resource management. Topics include human resource planning, recruitment, selection, training, equal employment opportunity, performance appraisal, discipline, career planning, compensation, safety, and health. Instruction method includes case study, readings, and classroom lecture.  3 credits.

MBA 855. Legal Environment of Business. Legal concepts and principles important to business decision making including employment law, labor-management relations and relevant legislation, tax consequences of business transactions, government regulation, contract law, and application of the Uniform Commercial Code to business transactions. Case study, readings, and lecture.  3 credits.

MBA 857. Supply Chain Management. This course takes a strategic, managerial, and cross-functional view of supply chain management, enabling managers to participate in the vision and implementation of world-class supply chain networks. To achieve this, the course introduces a Supply Chain Roadmap process model as a guiding framework for designing and implementing integrated supply chains. Students will gain the knowledge and analytical tools to perform analysis and act as change agents within their organizations.  3 credits.

MBA 860. International Business Management. The theories, concepts, practices, and techniques of conducting business in foreign countries. The strategic issues, the operational practices, and the governmental relations of multinational companies are analyzed through the use of case studies, videos, lectures, the development of an international strategic plan, and an international trade game. Topics include: economic, political, and cultural integration; trade restrictions and barriers; overseas investment and financing; entry into foreign markets and marketing strategies  3 credits.

MBA 865. Entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, small business, and acquisitions. Special attention to entrepreneurial behavior, sources of funding and actual case studies in the development of new enterprises.  3 credits.

MBA 870. Labor Management Relations. Directed primarily to the understanding of the issues and alternatives arising out of the work place. The course provides both an overview of what has been identified as industrial relations as well as familiarity with the tools used by its practitioners. Students will study negotiation, administration, wage/fringe issues, and contents of labor agreements.  3 credits.

MBA 875. Accounting for Managerial Decision Making. Provides students previously exposed to managerial accounting principles with the essential tools and strategies managers need to develop data for making decisions related to pricing strategy; product expansion, discontinuance or redesign; performance measurement; resource allocation and management; merger and acquisition planning; and other types of managerial decisions. Stresses ways to avoid mistakes that result when internal decision-making is based on data developed for external financial reporting. Business topics covered include financial statement analysis, responsibility accounting, Economic Value Added (EVA), and Activity Based Costing (ABC).  Must satisfy Accounting prerequisite. 3 credits.

MBA 880. Investments and Portfolio Management. Reviews the tools essential for sound money management. Considers the goals of the investor with respect to risk exposure, tax environment, liquidity needs and appreciation versus income potentials. Strategies will be developed to satisfy these objectives. Mathematical models of portfolio selection to help reduce risk through diversification will be developed. Special attention will be paid to the theories of determinants of asset prices, including the capital-asset pricing model.  3 credits.

MBA 885. Ethical Leadership. A focus on the examination of leadership theories and concepts and how to recognize, analyze, and resolve ethical dilemmas in our leadership roles. Through the use of case studies and self-analysis, students will assess: corporate social responsibility; the public and private morality of leaders; the moral obligations of leaders and followers; the ways in which leaders shape the moral environment of institutions; the temptations of power; and leader-follower interaction.  3 credits.

MBA 890. Special Topics. This course option allows for the exploration of current topics in the field of business management. Topics include Risk Management, Business and Technology, Supply Chain Management, Project Management, International Trade Policy, and Health Care Management.  This course may be repeated for credit as topic changes. 3 credits.

MBA 891. Special Topics in Health Care Management. This course option allows for the exploration of current topics in the field of health care management.  This course may be repeated for credit as topic changes. 3 credits.

MBA 895. Strategic Management. Strategic Management is a capstone course to be taken near or at the completion of the MBA program. Strategic Management is designed to tie together and integrate all the business courses taken by challenging students to look at a total organization and what it must do to compete successfully in its environment. This course includes an examination of the many principles and techniques used today in strategy formation and implementation. Case studies will be used extensively throughout the course to enhance understanding of strategy concepts and practices. Also included is the strategic management of large and small business entities, including the formulation and evaluation of missions, strategies, objectives, and policies. Historical and current situations are discussed. Cases are widely used and outside research is required.  Prerequisite: At least 24 hours of graduate credit. Must satisfy Strategic Management prerequisite. 3 credits.

MBA 900. Internship. Practical, professional work experience related to the student's career interests and academic studies involving both organizational/on-site and faculty supervision. Students may complete up to two internship experiences for credit or not-for-credit during pursuit of the MBA Degree, with a maximum of 3 credits per internship (6 credits total). A minimum of 60 hours of per credit will be required for students seeking credit for their internship.  Graded pass/fail. May be repeated for credit (up to 6 credits of internship may be counted toward the degree). 0-3 credits.

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