Stetson University

Graduate Programs

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Course Overview

The program can be completed in whole or in part either either Stetson University's DeLand campus or the Center in Celebration. International study opportunities are also available for select core and elective courses. The advanced-level coursework consists of 30 credit hours- 24 credit hours of core courses and six credit hours of elective courses.

The curriculum is divided into two broad categories: the prerequisite foundation and the advanced M.B.A.-level classes. Many applicants do not need the foundation coursework; evaluations for the necessity of foundation courses are made based upon transcripts received during the application process. Foundation courses is usually required if the applicant's undergraduate degree is not in a business field or if a grade lower than C was received in a required foundation course. In these cases the foundation courses supplement your undergraduate degree and prepare you for graduate study in the individual subject areas.

Course Structure

Advanced-level classes meet weekly in the evenings beginning at 6 p.m. At the DeLand campus and the Celebration center, classes are offered Monday through Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m.; at the Gulfport campus, classes are offered on Tuesday and Thursday evenings in the fall and spring semesters, and on Monday and Tuesday evenings during the summer semester. During the summer semester classes meet from 6 to 9:45 p.m. due to the semester's abbreviated schedule.

Elective courses are occasionally offered during the fall and spring semesters at the DeLand campus, but are only guaranteed to be available during the summer semester.

Course Overview

Foundation Courses

All foundation courses are worth four credit hours unless otherwise noted.

Business Finance

FINA 311

An introduction to corporate finance from the viewpoint of the financial manager. Major topics include fundamental concepts, financial theory, time value of money, cash flow valuation, stocks and bonds, capital budgeting, and risk and return. Prerequisite(s): ACCT 211, ECON 103 and STAT 301.

Business Statistics

STAT 301

This class focuses on the use of statistics in the business world and society as a whole. Emphasis is placed on descriptive and basic inferential statistics including graphical methods, summary statistics, introduction to correlation and regression, probability and probability distributions, sampling and sampling distributions and confidence intervals. Computer applications. Prerequisite: BSAN 101 and satisfaction of the Information Technology Proficiency Requirement.

Essentials of Economics

ECON 103

An analysis of the economic problem of scarcity that arises because human material wants often exceed the resources required to provide them. The first half of the course focuses on solving these economic problems from the perspective of individual economic agents, such as consumers, producers and government. The second half of the course focuses on the economy as a whole from an aggregate perspective, analyzing the measurement and significance of gross domestic product, unemployment, and inflation. Monetary and fiscal polices are studied to understand their impact on these critical variables. (The ECON 103 course may be replaced by both ECON 112 Principles of Economics (Macro) and ECON 102 (Principles of Economics - Micro).

Human Relations, Leadership and Teamwork (formerly Principles of Management)

MGMT 305

This course exposes students to the fundamental concepts of organization and management. It emphasizes the role of a manager as a decision-maker and how managers, in every organization, plan, organize, motivate, and control in rapidly changing environments. Prerequisite: junior standing.

Introduction to Financial Accounting

ACCT 211

Financial Accounting with emphasis on the concepts and standards for financial reporting in corporate accounting. Sophomore standing and satisfaction of the Information Technology Proficiency Requirement are prerequisites.

The Marketplace and Consumers (formerly Principles of Marketing)

MKTG 315

An introduction to the decision-making concepts and processes used in developing effective marketing programs for consumer and industrial goods and services. This course is junior-level.

Advanced-Level MBA Courses

While it is in the student's best interest to complete the foundation courses before attempting advanced-level courses, a student may be permitted to take them simultaneously. However, a student must have completed certain business foundation courses before they can enroll in specific advanced-level courses as the prerequisites demonstrate.

All advanced-level courses are worth three credit hours unless otherwise noted; please remember that two business electives totaling six credit hours must be taken.

Advanced Accounting Seminar

ACCT 520

An introduction to advanced issues in accounting and reporting from a user perspective. Open only to MBA students. Prerequisite: ACCT 211.

Advanced Financial Management

FINA 511

Corporate finance course aimed at further understanding and application of financial concepts learned in the basic course. Emphasis placed on the responsibility of the financial manager to contribute to the operating efficiency of the firm, its long-range objective and the financial decision-making process. Graduate only. Prerequisite: ECON 103, STAT 301, ACCT 211, FINA 311.

Business Electives

Elective offerings vary and may include current issue topics in the following subjects: Business Projects, Decision Science, Finance, Management, Information Technology and Marketing. Prerequisites vary, depending on elective subject.

International Business and Finance

FINA 503

Examination of macroeconomic principles by focusing on foreign exchange consequences, financial institutions, international payments flows, international monetary system and international banking. Graduate only. Prerequisite: ECON 103, STAT 301, ACCT 211, FINA 311.

Managerial Decision Analysis

BSAN 507

An analysis of the quantitative decision making process in management. Emphasis on decision theory, probabilities, marginal reasoning, game theory, linear programming, queuing, simulation and trends in statistical analysis. Graduate only. Prerequisite: STAT 301.

Marketing Decision-Making

MKTG 516

A study of the process for designing and implementing strategic programs for the marketing of goods and services. Topics covered include the gathering of decision-making data, setting of strategic direction and the creation of marketing programs. Graduate only. Prerequisite: MKTG 315.

Organizational Theory and Behavior

MGMT 519

This course studies the organization from both a micro and macro perspective by focusing on organizational structure and organizational interactions. The dynamics and links between individual, groups, and the environment are analyzed to highlight the determinants of organizational effectiveness. Graduate only. Prerequisite: MGMT 305.

Strategic Management

MGMT 595

An integrated concept of business administration which will relate the principles and problems studied in the various "functional" fields. Case studies. Graduate only. Capstone course. Prerequisite: All business foundation courses and 12 credits of advanced level courses, which must include ACCT 520 or FINA 511.

Technology for Business Transformation

BSAN 591

Using case analysis, class discussion, and problem-solving exercises, this course explores the critical factors affecting business success through the use of information technology. Business strategy issues, uses of business intelligence, e-business technologies, streamlining business operations, creating an environment that builds innovation and organizational transformation are discussed in detail. Graduate only.

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