Chatham University

Business Administration (MBA) Curriculum

The Chatham MBA consists of 36 credits separated into three parts:

Program Requirements

+Degree Requirements

Proficiency in written and oral communications, college level math, and computer usage, including word processing, spread sheets, databases, and the Internet, are required. In addition, basic knowledge of statistics, accounting, marketing and economics are essential. Students without previous business coursework or life experience in these areas must complete two college-level Foundation courses.

The pre-requisite (Foundation) courses are as follows (2 courses):
BUS110 Business Statistics

This course introduces essential research tools in business. Topics include descriptive statistics of central tendency and variability and hypotheses testing statistical analysis using correlation, analysis of variance, and regression. Problems use applications from business cases, marketing research, and economic policy.

3
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MTH110 Elementary Statistics

Topics include statistical measures and distributions, decision making under uncertainty, application of probability to statistical inference, linear correlation, introduction to nonparametric statistical methods, and application to problems drawn from the natural and social sciences. Three hours of class per week. Three hours of class per week.

3
ACT222 Financial Accounting Principles I

This course represents an introduction to accounting principles including the accounting process, double-entry bookkeeping, adjusting entries, and the preparation of financial statements. The objectives of this course are to make students aware of the importance of accounting information in every type of organization (private business, not-for-profit, and governmental).

3

+Core Requirements

The MBA consists of a Core of 9 courses (27 credit hours) and the requirements of one specific concentration (Healthcare Management, Entrepreneurial Leadership and Strategy, Sustainability, Supply Chain Management, Project Management, or Self-Designed Concentration). Students should declare their Concentration as they enter the program.

(9 required courses - 27 credit hours are required in all six concentrations)
BUS570 Global Business

This course introduces students to international business and management by studying cultural influences, government, and business structures in our global economy. Students also learn about trade relations, international finance and legal and labor agreements. Also covered, are topics on information needs, production systems, marketing and promotion, and career planning.

3
BUS576 Sustainable Human Capital

Cultivate theoretical understanding and ethical and practical skills for managing human capital. Explore individual, group, and organizational levels of analysis focusing on topics of motivation, communication, group dynamics, decision making, culture, power, and politics. Analyze the effectiveness of tools for talent acquisition and development, such as compensation, feedback, and assessment.

3
BUS577 Information Systems and Analytics

This course explores the strategic management of technology, information, and people from a Chief Information Officer’s (CIO) perspective. The business value and organizational challenges of enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, customer relationship management (CRM) systems, data warehouses, analytics, and Big Data are critically examined through cases and hands-on projects.

3
BUS618 Economics for Managers

This course teaches how economic tools and techniques can be used to solve business problems. Economics describes why firms do what they do and points to business strategies. The course focuses on economic applications. The course provides an understanding of how economics influences marketing, management, and other business-related decisions.

3
BUS652 Managerial Accounting

This course examines accounting information that is used in managerial decision making within the organization. Focus is on interpretation of financial statements, cost accounting, financial planning and analysis, the development of internal controls, and constructing budgets.

3
BUS671 Marketing Management

This course takes the Chief Marketing Officer’s (CMO) perspective to explore marketing as a core business practice. Discussions focus on theories and principles for interfacing with customers, competitors, partners, and the external environment. Concepts are applied to planning and executing the conception, pricing, promotion, and distribution of goods and services.

3
BUS672 Corporate Finance

This course deepens an understanding of financial analysis tools and concepts. Students will learn how and when to use the financial-analytical tools required to make effective business and policy decision. Functional areas addressed are assessing financial health, planning financial performance, interpretation of data and recommendations, supply-chain management.

3
BUS698 Strategy and Entrepreneurship

"Develop strategies to gain and sustain competitive advantage. Examine the goals of an organization, the social, political, technological, economic, and global factors in the business environment, industry structure, market dynamics, and firm strengths and weaknesses. Develop and implement strategy across industries, and as an entrepreneur, through case analyses and simulations. "

3
BUS699 Business Consulting Capstone

This course is the culminating experience in the MBA program. Student teams apply knowledge and skills gained through the MBA program to solve business problems for entrepreneurs enrolled in the MyConsulting Corner program of Chatham University’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship. Students develop professional consulting skills by working with CWE’s Executive-In-Residence.

3

+Entrepreneurial Leadership and Strategy Concentration

9 credits

BUS550 Innovation and Commercialization

This course focuses on how to successfully commercialize an innovation. Understanding commercialization activities such as pre-product launch planning, market testing, actual product launch, and post-launch follow-up is a major part of the course. The course provides a run-through of the complete cycle from idea to market entry.

3
BUS575 Leading Organizations and Projects

The course cultivates the student’s executive leadership potential for organizational development and transformation, with specific applications to the project management environment. Theoretical perspective and case analyses will explore topics of leading one’s self, motivating project teams, change management, and transforming the organization.

3
BUS623 Strategic Performance for Women Executives

This course will cover issues specific to women business leaders such as conflict management, negotiation and persuasion, mentoring structures, crisis communication, and organizational change. Other topics will include implicit and explicit attitude toward female authority in the workplace; implicit social cognition; attitudes, self-esteem, and stereotypes, etc.

3

+Food and Agriculture Concentration

Food and agriculture are critical industries that present unique challenges and opportunities. Specialized expertise in food and agriculture prepares MBA students for leadership positions as well as entrepreneurial ventures in both public and private sectors. Food and agriculture organizations need MBA-educated professionals to help them make strategic decisions, innovate, and grow, while creating value for the wellbeing of people, animals, plants, in addition to shareholders. Chatham's MBA concentration on Food and Agriculture develops future professionals in the food and agriculture industries with a practical, application-focused education in collaboration with Chatham's Food Studies Program of its world-renowned Falk School of Sustainability. Students in the Food and Agriculture concentration gain theoretical understanding and hands-on experience with food and agriculture systems, innovations, and regulations. Elective classes may take place at the Eden Hall Campus, Shadyside Campus, evening, online or during the day on weekdays.

Elective options (9 credits)
FST508 Food Systems

Examines philosophical, sociological, econcomic, and cultural issues related to the production and consumption of food. From Agrarianism to the Green Revolution, explores the transformations of industrialization, technology, and migration. Provides foundation in food systems and commodity chains as concepts and methodological tools for uncovering the relationship between communities, agriculture, markets, and consumers.

2
FST502 Essential Readings in Food and Agriculture

This class provides grounding in essential texts in the contemporary understanding of food and agriculture. Readings include key food histories, journalism, critical nutrition and food industry writers, and agriculture and environmental treatise. Class will meet monthly to analyze texts. Students will contribute to forum and blog discussions throughout the year.

1
FST520 Basic Agroecology

Through working on Chatham's Eden Hall Campus farm as well as neighboring farms, students will integrate best practices for sustainable agriculture with theory encountered in class. Topics will include basic principles of soil fertility, biodiversity, agriculture history, affects of both conventional and organic agriculture, and the politics surrounding the issues.

3
FST518 Business of Food and Agriculture

In this class the student will learn both history and current practices related to food and agriculture as economic enterprises in the United States and the world. Skills include ability to understand strategic management principles including identifying target markets, niche marketing, SWOT analysis and diffusion of innovation theory. Students will be able to develop a business plan including understanding barriers of entry, compiling demographic data, developing feasibility studies, long and short term business goals, define and calculate a breakeven point, and budget formulation.

3
FST624 Chocolate: Politics and Pleasure

This course will explore chocolate as a global product including history and culture, agriculture (growing trees, processing beans), direct/fair trade, labor and justice, health, chocolate production, sales, marketing, and sustainability. Experiential components include chocolate making, tempering; culinary practices, and site visits to chocolate manufacturers, culminating in the design and marketing of a sustainable chocolate product.

3
FST532 Sustainable Meat Production

As part of sustainable agriculture and culinary knowledge, understanding meat production outside the conventional large scale processing facilities is a critical skill for students who will work with restaurants, farm markets, and other distribution venues.

3
FST683 Special Topics

3
FST522 GIS: Food and Agriculture

This course provides students with a solid foundation of the principles and applications of GIS, an introduction to the desktop software ArcGIS, and demonstrates its use in the public sectors related to food, agriculture, and resource use. Students will have the flexibility to focus on their particular area of interest through project work.

3
FST531 Sustainable Fermentation

Through hands-on production, tastings, lectures, students learn basics of fermentation,winemaking principles and practices, sensory evalution through tastings, viticulture history, wine regions and types, winemaking methods, chemistry and winery operations. Local production includes root beer, beer, sake, local meade and vinegar. Emphasis will be on sustainable viniculture practices and local/global links.

3

+Healthcare Management Concentration

9 credits online; offered jointly with the Chatham MSN program

BUS511 Health Policy & Advocacy

Analyze and synthesize innovative approaches to issues in health care delivery at all levels. Politics, policy, market forces, and advocacy are used to assess how system approaches affect health care delivery. Transformational leadership for political and policy activism are emphasized, while exploring regional, national, and global health issues and trends. licy activism are emphasized, while exploring emerging regional, national, and global health issues and trends.

3
BUS540 Leadership for Change in Healthcare Organizations

Focuses on the needs of health care leaders to take health care delivery into the future through innovative initiatives. Includes: variables impacting health care delivery systems; reimbursement and funding for design change; managing competition; creating the health care delivery system of the future; and managing human and financial resources.

3
BUS551 Health Informatics: Database Management for Evidence-based Decision Making

This course is designed to assist the student in understanding the various database systems used within a healthcare setting. Key to this course is understanding how healthcare professionals can collect and extract data from database systems to assess the organizations performance and impact on patient outcomes.

3

+Information Management Concentration

4 Concentration Courses. 12 credits

PWR670 Principles of Information Architecture

In this course students will learn about the evolution of the discipline and the underlying principles and fundamentals, including task analysis, scenario development, taxonomy creation, and findability design. We will build on these basics with practical and contemporary applications and tools.

3
ACT580 Accounting Information Systems

This course examines critical business processes and IT audits through theories of Accounting Information Systems (AIS) and using auditing tools and enterprise systems. Case analyses and project assignments nurture professional competence in communicating objectives and procedures through systems documentation techniques, systems analysis and design methodologies, and information processing.

3
BUS551 Health Informatics: Database Management for Evidence-based Decision Making

This course is designed to assist the student in understanding the various database systems used within a healthcare setting. Key to this course is understanding how healthcare professionals can collect and extract data from database systems to assess the organizations performance and impact on patient outcomes.

3
BUS582 Foundations of Project Management

This course explores the knowledge areas and project stages from the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK). Students acquire concepts and skills in initiating, planning, executing, monitoring, controlling, and closing projects. The course examines the management of project integration, scope, time, cost, human resources, communications, risk, and procurement.

3
LAR515 Geographic Information Systems

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are computerized systems designed for the storage, retrieval and analysis of geographically referenced data. GIS uses advanced analytical tools to explore at a scientific level the spatial relationships, patterns, and processes of cultural, biological, demographic, economic, geographic, and physical phenomena. The technical focus of the course includes computer lab tutorials and case studies using ArcGIS desktop GIS software from Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (ESRI.) Application areas covered in this course include city and regional planning, community planning, economic development, education, election, and environmental studies, housing and property evaluation, transit and transportation issues, land use, historic studies, crime analysis and policing, emergency management, public works utilities, census population and demographic studies, health, and business applications, including marketing, advertising, and site selection.

3
PWR674 Web Design and Development II

A continuation of Web Design and Development I, this course will advance student knowledge and understanding of multimedia authoring tools.

3

+Project Management Concentration

9 credits

BUS575 Leading Organizations and Projects

The course cultivates the student’s executive leadership potential for organizational development and transformation, with specific applications to the project management environment. Theoretical perspective and case analyses will explore topics of leading one’s self, motivating project teams, change management, and transforming the organization.

3
BUS582 Foundations of Project Management

This course explores the knowledge areas and project stages from the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK). Students acquire concepts and skills in initiating, planning, executing, monitoring, controlling, and closing projects. The course examines the management of project integration, scope, time, cost, human resources, communications, risk, and procurement.

3
BUS680 Complex Issues in Project Management

Case studies and simulations engage students in the examination of complex issues in project management, such as control, portfolio management, and rescuing failing projects. The Student will be able to analyze, evaluate, and optimize projects in specific environments and industries.

3

+Supply Chain Management Concentration

9 credits

BUS641 Sustainable Supply Chain Management

This course provides students with an understanding of how supply chain works, how and where along the supply chain sustainability questions should be addressed/considered, and the impacts of those decisions on stakeholders further down the chain. Topics include: packaging, transportation, energy use, and waste.

3
BUS661 Logistics and Operations

3
BUS662 Global Procurement

3

+Sustainability Concentration

9 credits

BUS639 Sustainability and Assessment Reporting

An in-depth study of how to measure, track, and report on sustainability issues in a business. Includes a study of how to create effective Social Responsibility reports and the standards currently used to measure sustainability. Teaches students how to monitor and measure sustainability issues from within a business.

3
BUS641 Sustainable Supply Chain Management

This course provides students with an understanding of how supply chain works, how and where along the supply chain sustainability questions should be addressed/considered, and the impacts of those decisions on stakeholders further down the chain. Topics include: packaging, transportation, energy use, and waste.

3
SUS580 Sustainable Behavior Change

This hybrid course combines classroom and online instruction with real-world application. Students learn the latest science concerning sources of environmental degradation. In teams, students apply motivational theory, collect secondary and primary data, and develop an action plan for increasing pro-environmental behaviors (PEB) in a specific context.

3

+Self-Designed Concentration

Choose 9 credits

ACT540 Government and Non-Profit Accounting

This course's focus is upon the principles of fund accounting and the financial reporting, budgeting and auditing of both public and private not-for-profit organizations. Particular attention is given to accounting procedures for the activities of state and local governments, but the course also considers other not-for-profit entities.

3
ACT545 Accounting Theory

This course encourages students to take a conceptual view of accounting, urging them to get beyond the process and to grasp the reasoning behind the accounting procedures. The focus is upon what it means for accounting to be a source of information and providing a framework for evaluating accounting alternatives.

3
ACT573 Business Law and Ethics

This course provides students with a broad-based understanding of legal issues that affect modern businesses. The course covers the following substantive law areas: Choice of Entity, Corporate Governance, Raising Money, Securities Regulation, Bankruptcy, Contracts, Intellectual Property and Employment Law.

3
ACT580 Accounting Information Systems

This course examines critical business processes and IT audits through theories of Accounting Information Systems (AIS) and using auditing tools and enterprise systems. Case analyses and project assignments nurture professional competence in communicating objectives and procedures through systems documentation techniques, systems analysis and design methodologies, and information processing.

3
ACT625 Cost Analysis

Cost Analysis introduces students to the role cost considerations play in management decision making. Topics include the classification and allocation of costs, job order and process costing, standard costs, budgeting and planning, cost-volume-profit analysis, and using costs as performance measurements. Pre-requisite: ACT222; 3 credits

3
BUS507 Accounting Essentials

This course is a basic overview of accounting and financial management issues and techniques to provide insight into the financial performance of organizations. The course provides a survey of the preparation, interpretation, analysis, and use of accounting statements and financial information. In addition, managerial accounting issues such as employee performance, efficiency, product rates and customer satisfaction stats will be covered.

2
BUS640 Sustainability Assessment & Reporting

An in-depth study of how to measure, track, and report on sustainability issues in a business. This course will include a study of how to create effective Social Responsibility reports and the standards currently used to measure sustainability such as the GRI Standards. It will also teach students how to monitor and measure sustainability issues from within a business.

3
BUS550 Innovation and Commercialization

This course focuses on how to successfully commercialize an innovation. Understanding commercialization activities such as pre-product launch planning, market testing, actual product launch, and post-launch follow-up is a major part of the course. The course provides a run-through of the complete cycle from idea to market entry.

3
BUS651 Strategic Management: Organizational Change

This course explores the systematic processes implicit in strategic planning, including definition of mission, environmental forecasting, analysis of risk, scenario construction, trend analysis, and formulation and implementation of strategy. Through analysis of cases drawn from diverse organizations, students develop approaches to corporate and nonprofit management at the top level. Prerequisite(s): Management core and 12 credits of advanced required courses or permission of the program director.

3
BUS575 Leading Organizations and Projects

The course cultivates the student’s executive leadership potential for organizational development and transformation, with specific applications to the project management environment. Theoretical perspective and case analyses will explore topics of leading one’s self, motivating project teams, change management, and transforming the organization.

3
BUS582 Foundations of Project Management

This course explores the knowledge areas and project stages from the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK). Students acquire concepts and skills in initiating, planning, executing, monitoring, controlling, and closing projects. The course examines the management of project integration, scope, time, cost, human resources, communications, risk, and procurement.

3
BUS623 Strategic Performance for Women Executives

This course will cover issues specific to women business leaders such as conflict management, negotiation and persuasion, mentoring structures, crisis communication, and organizational change. Other topics will include implicit and explicit attitude toward female authority in the workplace; implicit social cognition; attitudes, self-esteem, and stereotypes, etc.

3
BUS639 Sustainability and Assessment Reporting

An in-depth study of how to measure, track, and report on sustainability issues in a business. Includes a study of how to create effective Social Responsibility reports and the standards currently used to measure sustainability. Teaches students how to monitor and measure sustainability issues from within a business.

3
BUS641 Sustainable Supply Chain Management

This course provides students with an understanding of how supply chain works, how and where along the supply chain sustainability questions should be addressed/considered, and the impacts of those decisions on stakeholders further down the chain. Topics include: packaging, transportation, energy use, and waste.

3
BUS661 Logistics and Operations

3
BUS662 Global Procurement

3
BUS680 Complex Issues in Project Management

Case studies and simulations engage students in the examination of complex issues in project management, such as control, portfolio management, and rescuing failing projects. The Student will be able to analyze, evaluate, and optimize projects in specific environments and industries.

3
SUS580 Sustainable Behavior Change

This hybrid course combines classroom and online instruction with real-world application. Students learn the latest science concerning sources of environmental degradation. In teams, students apply motivational theory, collect secondary and primary data, and develop an action plan for increasing pro-environmental behaviors (PEB) in a specific context.

3
ACT620 Advanced Financial Accounting

This course introduces the student to many advanced financial accounting issues. Includes the application of GAAP rules for consolidation of inter-corporate acquisitions and investments in other entities, multi-national accounting issues involving foreign currency transactions and translation of foreign entity statements, accounting for partnerships, and segment and interim reporting requirements.

3
ACT630 Advanced Tax Accounting

This course is designed to introduce students to advanced strategies in taxation. The course's focus is upon how tax research is performed and the basic concepts underlying the strategic tax planning. Tax issues associated with new businesses, business operation, growth, expansion, termination, and liquidations and estate planning are examined.

3
ACT699 Forensic Accounting

Focuses on preventing, detecting, and investigating common types of internal and external fraud. Designed to cultivate advanced understanding methods of analysis of financial crime allegations. Provides the culminating experience of Chatham University's MAcc program. Should be one of the last courses taken in the MAcc Program.

3