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Online MBA with a Concentration in Project Management Degree Program

Curriculum

The Post University MBA Degree Program is designed to help students continually build on their skills. Therefore, MBA Program students are required to complete their Foundation courses, followed by their Core courses, followed by their Concentration courses. If the courses offered in a particular MOD make it difficult to follow this course progression, students must seek permission from their Academic Advisor or the Director of the MBA Program prior to altering this program.

Please contact the graduate advisor Caitlin Jokubaitis to register for classes.

MBA Preparatory Course
BUS500 MBA Preparatory Course

BUS500

MBA Preparatory Course - Non-credit

This course introduces Post University MBA students to the program, processes and online technology used in our program. It is designed to help students to understand the rigor expected and the resources available in the MBA program, thereby increasing students' ability to succeed. The course also exposes students to research methodology necessary for success in the MBA program and business/professional situations; strengthens writing skills necessary for graduate-level work and professional success, including APA style practices; satisfies the statistics course requirement and aids students understanding the quantitative skills necessary in the MBA program; and prepares Post MBA students for the capstone experience.

This course is pass/fail and is optional except for students who need to satisfy the program' statistics course requirement.1 This course, which is strongly recommended for success in the Post University MBA degree program, is offered at $300.

1 All Post University MBA students must have taken a business statistics or other statistics course at the undergraduate or graduate level within the last 10 years.

 
MBA Program Foundation Courses 9 crs.
Courses
Credits
BUS501 Economic Foundations of Applied Accounting and Finance

BUS501

Economic Foundations of Applied Accounting and Finance - 3 Credits

Knowledge of the fundamental concepts of finance, financial accounting and economics, including opportunity cost, the time value of money, and financial analysis. An investigation of financial decision making as it applies to business, government, and not-for-profit organizations. Emphasis is on the application of financial and nonfinancial information to a wide range of management decisions, from product pricing and budgeting to project analysis and performance measurement. Students will learn applications for a variety of decision-making tools (such as break-even analysis, activity-based costing procedures, linear programming, discounted cash flow techniques, and the balanced scorecard. Contemporary managerial techniques will be explored such as target costing and kaizen costing as a means of improving operational efficiency and economies.

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3 crs.
BUS504 Integrated Marketing Mix Strategies

BUS504

Integrated Marketing Mix Strategies - 3 Credits

The Marketing Mix Strategies will be addressed in the context of meeting the business strategy goals.  The participants will explore the portfolio of marketing mix strategies and learn how to balance them to achieve a long-term differentiation and growth.  Product, Place, Promotion and Price strategies will be associated with the various stages of a product life cycle.  At the end of the course, each participant should be able to formulate the appropriate marketing mix strategies for their choice of a product/service and a specific product cycle stage.  The course will benefit marketing managers and practitioners, as well as others wishing to understand the advantages and use of integrated approach to selecting Marketing Mix Strategies. 

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3 crs.
BUS505 Organizational Creativity, Discovery, and Innovation

BUS505

Organizational Creativity, Discovery, and Innovation - 3 Credits

This course examines the processes involved in creativity, discovery, and innovation.   Students explore the motivations involved in innovation both internal to the individual and external to the organization. The course provides strong focus on the creative process in a team environment, including managing and leading knowledge workers.  Course content exposes students to the varied approaches and results of the creative process across disciplines such as psychology, marketing, leadership and general management.    

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3 crs.
 
MBA Core Courses 18 crs.
Courses
Credits
BUS508 The Future of Leadership and Management II

BUS508

The Future of Management and Leadership II - 3 Credits

This course is designed to provide an overview of, and insights into management and leadership. Distinguishing between these two important concepts, and then providing a historical perspective will provide context to current management and leadership models as well as best practices and trends for the future. The course will focus on necessary basics such as decision-making and the use of analytics, vision development and deployment, communication, empowerment, risk-taking, managing conflict and leading innovation. The course will also look into other critical areas of management and leadership such as leading in a hyper-connected society, emotional intelligence, and thinking systemically and strategically, all in pursuit of managing and leading for the future.

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3 crs.
BUS510 Financial Modeling

BUS510

Financial Modeling - 3 Credits

This course examines the fundamental principles of financial modeling techniques and introduces practical tools for financial decision-making in both entrepreneurial and innovative business environments. Students will build flexible financial models, which allow in-depth analysis to evaluate options, measure performance, collect data and format data collected with the intent to maximize organizational planning and opportunities. The class sessions will include exercises and implementation of modeling techniques. Assignments will require students to evaluate a business situation and make and support their decision based on their analysis. Because of the hands-on nature of the course, it is assumed that participants have a general knowledge of finance and accounting as well as a basic knowledge of spreadsheets.

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Program, BUS501

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3 crs.
BUS515 Organizational Dynamics and Effectiveness

BUS515

Organizational Dynamics and Effectiveness - 3 Credits

This course focuses on managing organizations for high performance in a rapidly changing business environment. This course provides a unifying framework for issues in building and managing human assets in dynamic organizations, to achieve operational and strategic goals. The student will develop an understanding of essential HRM functions that drive and support the changing world of work. Topics include recruitment, selection, compensation, training, retention and turnover, performance management, and the human resource implications of various strategies. Students will also build up knowledge in operations function in industrial, service, and public organizations which includes forecasting, line balancing, aggregate scheduling, work measurement, quality control, and learning curve.

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3 crs.
BUS520 Competitive Intelligence

BUS520

Competitive Intelligence - 3 Credits

In today's dynamic economic environment, effective business decision making requires managers to utilize timely and accurate information. This course will explore techniques of intelligence gathering to gain valuable insight into customers, competitors, products, services, benchmarking, and due diligence, necessary to making well informed decisions. Traditional resources will be explored such as financial records, public documents, databases, government sources and the Internet. The course will also address the non-traditional methods of gathering intelligence that are not readily available to the casual searcher.

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3 crs.
BUS525 Business Strategy and Planning

BUS525

Business Strategy and Planning - 3 Credits

This course focuses on application of key strategic and managerial approaches necessary to implement the strategy of a firm in a changing world. It examines and discusses how firms develop and implement business, functional, and technology strategies. Emphasis is placed on the vision of the firm, the strategic planning process, and strategic management.

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3 crs.
BUS530 Project Management

BUS530

Project Management - 3 Credits

This course focuses on one of the major growth areas in the field of management, the topic of project management. Projects are defined as temporary endeavors undertaken to create a unique product or service. The course points out that recent interest in project management is based on recognition that many organizational tasks do not fit neatly into business-as-usual. The significant differences between project management and general management are overviewed. The three interrelated objectives of budget, schedule, and specifications are also introduced. The course emphasizes scheduling various projects and concludes with a discussion of monitoring control and learning from projects. The course will also cover benchmarking, quantitative analysis and the voice of the customer. The design of the course involves case discussion, lectures, and problem solving as the primary vehicle for learning. In addition, a project is due at the end of the term, to give the class a laboratory in which the critical thinking skills, which will be sharpened in the class, can be used to initialize and analyze various projects. The class will use computer tools to track projects.

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3 crs.
 
Project Management Concentration 12 crs.
Courses
Credits
BUS604 Virtual Teams and Organizations

BUS604

Virtual Teams and Organizations - 3 credits

Managing Projects across functions and boundaries

The modern organization requires knowledge of how to manage projects across borders and organizational functions, often without close proximity to supervisors and other team members. A manager in today’s business environment needs to learn how to recognize, combine and utilize talent at all levels within and beyond an organization. This course gives a student the ability to organize and manage virtual teams and/or organizations, exposes students to technology used to facilitate the organization and work of virtual teams and organizations, and allows students to create their own vision for applying these concepts to real-world conditions and projects. Using concepts of best practices for internal and external customer focused operational management of projects across functions and organizations.

Prerequisites: BUS530


    Prerequisite: BUS530¬†
3 crs.
BUS623 Project and Risk Management

BUS623

Project and Risk Management - 3 credits

This advanced project management course will help students focus on the higher level functions of balancing time, people and resource issues within the context of identifying and mitigating risk. Students will explore, develop and apply tools to help identify, minimize or eliminate risk in the management of projects. Risk will be quantified and qualified to aid in organizational planning and effectiveness with an eye toward institutionalizing processes to control and communicate risk.

Prerequisites: BUS530


    Prerequisite: BUS530¬†
3 crs.
BUS638 Issues and Applications in Project Management

BUS638

Issues and Applications in Project Management - 3 credits

This course will use a case study-based approach to expose students to the various project management tools, situations and applications needed today and in the future for organizations of all types trying to improve organizational effectiveness. Students will be able to craft a plan of study that will allow them to research areas of interest in groundbreaking project management applications to establish a community of best project management practices and continually improve your organizational effectiveness in managing projects.

Prerequisites: BUS530


    Prerequisite: BUS530¬†
3 crs.
BUS675 Financial Tools for Managing Innovation

BUS675

Financial Tools for Managing Innovation - 3 Credits

This course focuses on financial concepts and how they relate to the innovation process in data-driven organizations committed to continuous improvement. Application of current financial tools in judging value to the firm are defined and analyzed from the perspective of appropriateness in today’s economy and business environment. The student will learn how to use current tools in judging innovation but also develop the thought process of innovating the way we look at project financial valuation. The role of finance in the innovation process is discussed with the intention of modifying existing relationships to improve innovation and the positive impact to the shareholder with an appreciation of meeting all customers’ needs to achieve organizational effectiveness in a continuously changing environment.

Graduate level course with the following prerequisites: Completion of foundation and core course particularly BUS 501, BUS 510

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3 crs.
 
Capstone Course and Culminating Experience 6 crs.
Courses
Credits
BUS698 Capstone Research Course

BUS698

Capstone Research Course - 3 Credits

This course is the pre-curser to BUS699 and as such consists of a formal review of all other MBA courses.  In addition, the student will be responsible for identifying a final project focus commensurate with either the Corporate Innovation Track (i.e., proposal for a new program or process) or with the Entrepreneurship Track (i.e., business plan/new venture). NOTE – If a different project is desired other than the two posted, it will require permission from the lead Professor.  This course will require students to complete a plan for their final project, and to perform a literature review of relevant research to support the final project.  Depending upon the actual project chosen, the student may be required to provide an argument in favor of both the theoretical perspective and the ability to apply the project.

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3 crs.
BUS699 Graduate Seminar and Capstone Project

BUS699

Graduate Seminar and Capstone Project - 3 Credits

This course represents a culminating experience for the MBA program providing students with an opportunity to integrate and apply the knowledge and conceptual and analytical skills acquired during the program into a specific business project. The requirements of the capstone course will vary depending upon the concentration selected: (1) Entrepreneurship: generation of a business plan and presentation that will be submitted to venture capital firms working with the program, or (2) Corporate Innovation: completing a consulting project designed to introduce an innovation (product or services) into an existing business organization. The capstone project is completed under the direction of a faculty coach.

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3 crs.
 
MBA Program Total Credits 45 crs.


1May be waived if a student has taken a business statistics or other statistics course at the undergraduate or graduate level.

The university reserves the right to change or update the curriculum at any time.
The university will notify students of any changes officially through the university website.