Business Courses (MBA)

Accounting | Business Administration | Decision Science | Economics | Finance | Management | Marketing

Accounting

ACCT B715 Financial + Managerial Accounting 3 crs. (CORE)

This course provides an overview of how financial data can be used by managers, entrepreneurs, and executives to improve the decision-making process and improve organizational productivity and performance. The financial accounting portion of the course develops student skills in reading and understanding financial statements, analyzing investments, and measuring and assessing financial performance. The managerial accounting portion of the course develops student skills in budgeting, cost accounting, cash flow analysis, and the analysis and interpretation of internal financial reports.

ACCT B893 Special Topics in Accounting 3 crs.

This course designation is applied to topical electives in Accounting offered on an irregular basis.

ACCT B899 Independent Study in Accounting 3 crs.

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Business Administration

BA B701: MBA Experience Week 1 cr. (CORE)

This course serves a workshop to introduce students to graduate level study in business and is the formal academic orientation to the MBA program. Students meet and interact with College of Business MBA faculty, staff, and MBA students. Students will also be introduced to strategies for successful team work, case analysis, and financial statement analysis in order to be prepared for success in the MBA program.

BA B702: Venture + Ideation Week 1 cr. (CORE)

In this course, students will be engaged with the New Orleans entrepreneurial ecosystem and will experience entrepreneurial processes by formulating an idea, a business model and a pitch presentation. Students learn techniques for effective, iterative development of entrepreneurial ideas into marketable and scalable business concepts. By engaging with local entrepreneurs, faculty and each other, students also build teamwork skills relevant to fast-paced, project based work environments.

BA B703: Career Management Week 1 cr. (CORE)

This course will help students formulate career goals and development paths and analyze possible careers in different industries and organizations. Students participate in career workshops that help them develop a better understanding of the job market, attend coaching sessions to develop professional plans after their MBA, develop skills in business professionalism, and interact with alumni, entrepreneurs, and executives.

BA B704: Ethics + Social Justice Week 1 cr. (CORE)

Ethics + Social Justice Week introduces students to issues related to ethical behavior and social justice and applies them to real business cases and dilemmas.  In addition, it introduces students to the Jesuit value system and how Jesuit values apply to ethical issues in business.  Students will become more self-conscious and constructively self-critical of their ethical preconceptions. Students will be better able to identify ethical challenges and be aware of the strategies of resources available to deal with them effectively.

BA B750 Competitive Strategy 3 crs. (CORE)

This course focuses on the roles and activities of general managers, executives, leaders, entrepreneurs, and other executives who run businesses. Students develop skills in competitive analysis and the analysis of industry structure, as well as in formulating or executing strategy in small, diverse, or multinational firms. The course focuses on case analysis to analyze ambiguous problems, develop strategic-thinking skills, and apply analytical models to solve complex problems

BA B855 MBA Capstone Project 3 crs. (CAPSTONE)

This course integrates all the knowledge gleaned from MBA coursework and applies that knowledge through the creation of a comprehensive business plan. This business plan will demonstrate mastery of business philosophy, theory, application, and practice through the design and integration of strategies and plans needed to meet the overall aim of the organization.  Successful completion of the business plan will demonstrate the mastery sufficient for advancement into a professional career.

Must be taken in last semester of residence

BA B893 Special Topics in Business 3 crs.

This course designation is applied to topical electives in Business offered on an irregular basis.

BA B899 Independent Study in Business 3 crs.

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Decision Science + Economics

DECS B725 Managerial Economics + Statistics 3 crs. (CORE)

The course develops qualitative and quantitative approaches for problem-solving and decision-making in the field of management. Students will learn how to use theoretical and analytical tools from the fields of economics and statistics to enhance their ability to understand real world problems, identify possible solutions, and make the right managerial decisions to achieve organizational performance excellence.

DECS B835 Business Decision Modeling 3 crs. (ELECTIVE)

This course covers the development and interpretation of statistical, financial, and mathematical models for business decision making. Modeling techniques discussed may include applied probability distributions, time series analysis / forecasting, classification and/or clustering models, scenario / what-if analysis, linear optimization and sensitivity analysis, simulation models, decision trees / decision analysis, and expected value / utility analysis. Students gain expertise in the application of rigorous quantitative analysis to complex business decisions in the areas of strategic planning, financial management, and operations research.

Cross-listing: FIN B835

Prerequisite: DECS B725

DECS B893 Special Topics in Decision Science 3 crs.

This course designation is applied to topical electives in Decision Science offered on an irregular basis.

DECS B899 Independent Study in Decision Science 3 crs.

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ECON B893 Special Topics in Economics 3 crs.

This course designation is applied to topical electives in Economics offered on an irregular basis.

ECON B899 Independent Study in Economics 3 crs.

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Entrepreneurship

ENTR B815 Venture Capital Investment 3 crs. (ELECTIVE)

This course exposes students to the world of venture capital and personal angel investment, equipping them to evaluate business opportunities from the investor’s perspective. Taught by practicing professionals, this class put students side-by-side with active local investors and teaches them to evaluate business models, understand term sheets, investment mechanics and valuation, as well as how to identify opportunities and perform due diligence on early-stage, high-growth start-up ventures.

Cross-listing: FIN B815

ENTR B820 Innovation + Entrepreneurship 3 crs. (ELECTIVE)

This course exposes students to the new venture development process using methods used in the world’s top start-up incubator programs. Students will receive expert coaching as they generate a novel business model, validate that model in their target market through real customer contact, and create a go-to-market plan and fundraising strategy that makes their business a reality. In doing so, students will learn skills that will serve them when they launch their own startup or drive corporate innovation initiatives.

ENTR B825 Entrepreneurial Strategy 3 crs. (ELECTIVE)

This class uses the both traditional and “live” case method to explore various topics related to starting, growing, and “exiting” scalable, high growth, businesses. It immerses students into the local entrepreneurial ecosystem, exposing them to the everyday challenges and strategic decisions that must be made by the entrepreneur. The class also helps students understand the transition from a “start-up,” an entity searching for a business model, to a scalable growth-oriented business.

ENTR B830 New Venture Consulting 3 crs. (ELECTIVE)

This course teaches students how help advance startups through various stages of development, allowing them to experience what it is like to both be an integral part of a founding team and guide founder decision making in an early-stage company. Students will be part of teams during two consulting engagements: one as the Loyola IDEAcorps team “moving the needle” for a local entrepreneur in New Orleans Entrepreneur Week and another as an autonomous consulting team working hand-in-hand with a growing start-up.

Prerequisite: ENTR B820

ENTR B831 Lean Startup Launchpad 3 crs. (ELECTIVE)

This course provides real world, hands-on learning on what it’s like to commercialize a new technology. Students will take a novel technology sourced from partner institutions, such as Stennis Space Center, and work to translate the core technology into a viable business through an in-depth customer discovery process. In this “flipped classroom”, students will work closely with inventors, engineers and an extensive network of coaches and mentors to understand a specific technology in the context of a market, and understand what it takes to connect entrepreneurship, engineering, and innovative science.

Prerequisite: ENTR B820

Finance

FIN B700 Financial Management 3 crs. (CORE)

The course emphasizes the application of financial theory by giving the student a framework for analyzing and recommending alternative solutions to business financial problems. Special emphasis will be on financial decision-making that requires integrating the core finance areas of corporate finance, investments, portfolio management, and multinational finance. The course combines application to real life cases with theoretical concepts. The course provides the tools needed for fundamental as well as technical analysis of selected publicly traded companies.

FIN B805 Investment Management 3 crs. (ELECTIVE)

This course advances the graduate student’s knowledge and comprehension of financial markets and securities by providing a deeper understanding of the theory, practice and application of the principles of investments. The course emphasizes the application of financial theory by giving the student a framework for analyzing a variety of markets and investments including stocks, bonds and options. Topics such as time value of money, risk and return, portfolio management, and securities valuation will be discussed.

Prerequisite: FIN B700

FIN B815 Venture Capital Investment 3 crs. (ELECTIVE)

This course provides student with insight into the benefits of a career in venture capital, and equips them with many of the tools and practices needed to pursue opportunities in this field. The most important topics covered in the course are: 1. How to evaluate business models from the perspective of a variety of key stakeholders; 2. How to best approach valuation and conducting due diligence on new ventures, based on the latest guidance from leading venture capital funds; and 3. How to seek equity funding and the mechanics of new venture equity funding.

Cross-listing: ENTR B815

FIN B820 Financial Statement Analysis 3 crs. (ELECTIVE)

This course examines techniques for the analysis of financial statements, explores the relationship between the selection of accounting procedures and the quality of the resulting statements, analyzes the profitability and riskiness of the firm through the entrepreneurial alertness of management, forecasts future pro-forma financial statements, and values the firm through discounted future cash flows.

Prerequisite: FIN B700

FIN B830 Real Estate Investment 3 crs. (ELECTIVE)

This course examines the analysis and risk-return characteristics of various types of real estate with the emphasis on residential income properties. The focus of the course is on evaluating cash flow, tax shelter and appreciation benefits of real estate investments. A paper applying real estate investment analysis and techniques serves as the term project.

Prerequisite: FIN B700

FIN B835 Business Decision Modeling 3 crs. (ELECTIVE)

This course covers the development and interpretation of statistical, financial, and mathematical models for business decision making. Modeling techniques discussed may include applied probability distributions, time series analysis / forecasting, classification and/or clustering models, scenario / what-if analysis, linear optimization and sensitivity analysis, simulation models, decision trees / decision analysis, and expected value / utility analysis. Students gain expertise in the application of rigorous quantitative analysis to complex business decisions in the areas of strategic planning, financial management, and operations research.

Cross-listing: DECS B835

Prerequisite: DECS B725

FIN B893 Special Topics in Finance 3 crs.

This course designation is applied to topical electives in Finance offered on an irregular basis.

FIN B899 Independent Study in Finance 3 crs.

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Management

MGT B700 Organizational Behavior + Leadership 3 crs. (CORE)

This course provides students with a fundamental understanding of the basic functional areas of management, organizational behavior, and strategic decision making from a manager’s point-of-view. The course helps students develop the skills to analyze and address management / leadership challenges and opportunities, and the knowledge to create a sustainable organization with world-class performance.

Note: This course satisfies the MGT B760 Strategic Leadership requirement for students entering the MBA Program prior to AY 2016-17

MGT B705 Strategic Communications 3 crs. (CORE)

The course introduces students to professional business communication style, as well as professional dress and conduct. The course also focuses on the strategic aspects of communication and concludes with a communication strategy audit of a real-world firm with the goal of improving team, listening, or communication environments.

MGT B710 Operations + Process Management 3 crs. (CORE)

The course introduces fundamental quantitative approaches for decision making in the field of operations and process management. Students will develop skills in analyzing how logistical and operations decisions impact the performance of the firm as well as the entire supply chain. In the latter half of class, students will develop skills which will enable them to analyze processes, ensure quality, create value and manage flow of information, products and services across a network of customers, enterprises and supply chain partner.

Note: This course satisfies the MGT B711 Operations + Supply Chain Mgmt. requirement for students entering the MBA Program prior to AY 2016-17

MGT B725 Quality + Performance Excellence 3 crs. (ELECTIVE)

This course is designed to introduce the student to the knowledge and skills necessary to create high performing, sustainable, resilient, and responsible organizations. The course focuses on organizational design and diagnosis using the Baldrige Quality Award Criteria for Performance Excellence. The course also covers essential leadership / managerial skills from the field of quality management and leadership theory to empower students to influence an organization to move ahead through continuous improvement.

MGT B800 Management Consulting + Research 3 crs. (ELECTIVE)

This course is designed to challenge students to analyze organizational data from operations and report it in such a way that provides usable, feasible, and important advice to managerial decision-makers. Students will be organized into consulting teams, and will work with real and simulated data to understand how to develop appropriate analytical questions, design empirical investigations for analysis, interpret the results, and advance suggestions based on the ways in which the results may be construed within the boundaries of internal and external organizational constraints.

Prerequisite: MGT B700

MGT B830 Project Management 3 crs. (ELECTIVE)

In this course, the student will learn the fundamentals of project management through a structured approach based on a life-cycle methodology that follows a project from concept to closure including the realization of expected value and delivery of successful business outcomes.  The course will present the industry-proven technical and behavioral best practices that contribute to the delivery of successful projects. The course covers the majority of the Project Management Institute’s Body of Knowledge a student should be familiar with in order to successfully become certified as a Project Management Professional [PMP] or Certified Associate in Project Management [CAPM].

Note: Loyola does not offer these certifications; the student must pursue certification independently

Prerequisite: MGT B710

MGT B835 Lean Six Sigma 3 crs. (ELECTIVE)

This class is designed to help students prepare for the ASQ Six Sigma Green Belt exam by covering the specific body of knowledge that is tested on the ASQ exam. The course will cover material specified in the ASQ Six Sigma Green Belt body of knowledge. Students will learn lean principles and the systematic D-M-A-I-C approach to process management. This class will also give students an opportunity to apply course concepts via the execution of a practical Six Sigma project with the assistance of the instructor.

Note: Loyola does not offer the Six Sigma exam; the student must pursue certification independently

Prerequisite: MGT B710

MGT B893 Special Topics in Management 3 crs.

This course designation is applied to topical electives in Management offered on an irregular basis.

MGT B899 Independent Study in Management 3 crs.

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Marketing

MKT B700 Marketing Strategy 3 crs. (CORE)

This course enables students to develop the skills necessary to make intelligent strategic marketing decisions for an organization. The course addresses how marketing activities and customer orientations impact all aspects of an organization's strategy, especially: (1) identifying customer value; (2) prioritizing customer value segments; and (3) aligning organizational processes in order to maximize customer value as a means of achieving excellence in firm performance. The purpose of this course is to prepare leaders who understand the need for a customer-centered organization and use marketing skills and expertise in creating overall performance excellence in an organization.

MKT B810 Retail + Sales Management 3 crs. (ELECTIVE)

This course explores the domain of retailing and sales, tools for marketing to the final consumer. Emphasis is placed on aspects of sales & retailing not covered in other courses. Students examine trends in retailing, covering historical perspective, retailing structure and institutions, consumer behavior in the retail sector, franchising, retail pricing, location strategy, and retailing productivity. The course also provides the conceptual basis for addressing strategic and tactical problems of sales management, and develops the ability to apply these concepts to actual situations.

Prerequisite: MKT B700

MKT B815 Integrated Brand Promotion 3 crs. (ELECTIVE)

This course investigates the value and use of traditional and innovative communication technologies as applied to promotional problems and opportunities at the brand level. Projects include secondary research of the field of brand promotion and the production of a real brand’s promotional campaign. The course's objective is to introduce students to the concepts and vocabulary of advertising and promotion from a brand perspective, and to provide experience in developing a brand promotion plan.

Prerequisite: MKT B700

MKT B820 Digital Marketing + Analytics 3 crs. (ELECTIVE)

The course is an integration of electronic and technological topics that are popular with today’s connected consumer. In particular, the course examines unpaid search engine marketing, paid search engine marketing, and social media marketing topics. The course has a strategic flavor to it, with implications and relevance to marketing. Students will gain a clear understanding of how today’s businesses can use Google and social media to achieve positive results. Furthermore, the course is designed for students to earn a professional certification from Google, which will make any student a more desirable job candidate

Note: Loyola does not offer Google certification; the student must pursue certification independently

Prerequisite: MKT B700

MKT B825 Consumer Analysis + Research 3 crs. (ELECTIVE)

This course explores how marketing managers can measure, analyze and understand consumer attitudes and behavior. This course focuses on the role of marketing at the intersection of applied social pyshcology (examing internal and external influences on how consumers think, act, feel and make decisions) and applied research methods (the collection, measurement and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data).

Prerequisite: DECS B725, MKT B700

MKT B840 Services Marketing 3 crs. (ELECTIVE)

This course concentrates on service industries and on addressing the distinct needs and challenges of managing services and delivering quality service to customers. The primary theme of the course is that service organizations (e.g., banks, transportation companies, hotels, hospitals, educational institutions, professional services) require a distinctive approach to marketing strategy – both in its development and execution.  The course will build on ideas from other marketing courses and then extend these ideas to make them specifically applicable to service industry settings. 

Prerequisite: MKT B700

MKT B893 Special Topics in Marketing 3 crs.

This course designation is applied to topical electives in Marketing offered on an irregular basis.

MKT B899 Independent Study in Marketing 3 crs.

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