Electives

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All electives are worth three units of credit, unless otherwise indicated. Click the course name to view description, prerequisites, and semester.
 

Accounting

ACCT 554 Accounting Analysis of Financial Statements (3 units)

Description: Accounting disclosures are analyzed in the context of investing and credit decisions. Course includes analysis of cases and empirical research in financial statement analysis. This course is especially relevant for those preparing to take the CFA Level I and II examinations or preparing for careers in investment management, banking, or finance.

Prerequisites: Completion of an Introductory Financial Accounting course
Offered: Fall 


Business Administration

BNAD 597B Advanced Consulting Projects (3 units)

Description: The goal of this course is to provide second year MBA students, along with M.S. and Ph.D. students from colleges of science and engineering, with an advanced, multi-disciplinary consulting experience that utilizes and builds upon the skills acquired in BNAD 597A. This advanced consulting project enriches the Eller MBA experiential learning component, providing students with the opportunity to engage in an advanced consulting project as part of the 2nd year curriculum. Course may include a required company site visit.

Prerequisites: Competitiveapplication process, instructor consent
Offered: Spring


Economics

ECON 527 Current Topics in Healthcare Economics and Policy (3 units)

Description: This course uses the core principles and methods of health economics to analyze current important issues in healthcare economics & policy. Graduate-level requirements include being held to a higher performance standard and will be expected to write a more extensive research paper.

Prerequisites: Department consent required
Offered: Fall

ECON 554 Innovation and Technology Strategy (3 units)

Description: Study of how new knowledge or new ideas can be transformed into commercial success.

Prerequisites: Course Requisites: ECON 500, ECON 550, and Department consent required
Offered: Fall

ECON 578 Energy, the Environment, and Business Strategy (3 units)

Description: Analysis of issues and ideas that cut across corporate social responsibility, sustainable business practices, energy considerations, and environmental innovation.

Prerequisites: Department consent required
Offered: Spring 


 

Entrepreneurship

ENTR 500A Technology, Entrepreneurship, and Commercialization (3 units)

Description: This course will expose MBAs and other Graduate students to venture creation and technology commercialization. Students will form teams across all disciplines as well as utilizing UA IP. Teams will be exposed to entrepreneurship in the economy and the determinants of entrepreneurial activity. The course will delineate skills needed to start a new enterprise, division, or product/service line, to recognize economic opportunity and understand key requirements for a successful venture.

Prerequisites: Department consent required
Offered: Spring

ENTR 554 Leading and Organizing for Innovation (3 units)

Description: This graduate level course will focus in on what is increasingly understood to be a primary reason for the gap between aspirations and outcomes for innovation and entrepreneurship: the leadership and organization of the innovative process.  As companies shift their thinking about innovation from being a fundamentally technological or mechanistic endeavor to one that is more organic, creative, and human-centered, so have they shifted their management concerns.

Prerequisites: Department consent required
Offered: Fall

  
Note:
 The McGuire Entrepreneurship Program year-long experience offers additional courses that are required for those accepted through the competitive application process. ENTR courses described above are available to all Full-Time MBA students.


Finance

FIN 512 Advanced Corporation Finance (3 units)

Description: Accounting disclosures are analyzed in the context of investing and credit decisions. Course includes analysis of cases and empirical research in financial statement analysis. This course is especially relevant for those preparing to take the CFA Level I and II examinations or preparing for careers in investment management, banking, or finance.

Prerequisites: Completion of an Introductory Financial Accounting course
Offered: Fall 

FIN 513 Fundamental Valuation Modeling (3 units)

Description: This course is designed to provide students with a hands-on introduction to fundamental valuation, and financial decision making.  The course objectives are to integrate and operationalize the various topics included in managerial finance, i.e., the financing and investment decisions.  The course builds upon and reinforces the theoretical and institutional framework presented in the first semester core courses, primarily through the vehicle of case studies. Course is a prerequisite for many other Finance courses.

Prerequisites: FIN 510A and FIN 510B
Offered: Both Fall and Spring; MBAs pursuing Finance concentration tracks are encouraged to take during spring semester of their first year

FIN 514 Financial Management of the Multi-National Enterprise (3 units)

Description: International finance markets and the financial management of the multinational firm.

Prerequisites: FIN 513
Offered: Spring

FIN 515 Venture Capital (3 units)

Description: Topics include dynamics/complexities of venture capital (private equity), management of VC funds, the VC underwriting process/function, and risk/return management.

Prerequisites: FIN 510A and FIN 510B
Offered: Fall

FIN 516 Financial Statement Analysis for Investment Management (3 units)

Description: Financial Statement Analysis for Investment Management is designed to develop your ability to analyze financial statements for the purposes of investment management and will cover the materials in the CFA Level 1 and Level 2 exam curricula. Corporations have a fair degree of latitude for reporting results within the bounds of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) 'outside of the United and States' and Generally Accepted Accounting Standards (GAAP) within the United States. A financial analyst needs to have an understanding of the implications of managers¿ financial reporting choices in order to make meaningful valuation assessments.

Prerequisites: FIN 510A and FIN 510B
Offered: Fall

FIN 518 Investment Banking (3 units)

Description: Examines the role of financial institutions and economic activities. In-depth evaluation analysis recognizing that the value of assets may depend on who controls them.

Prerequisites: FIN 510A and FIN 510B
Offered: Fall

FIN 521 Investment Analysis (3 units)

Description: Portfolio theory with applications to the markets for equities, fixed income securities, and options. Risk analysis and investment strategies.

Prerequisites: FIN 510A and FIN 510B
Offered: Fall

FIN 522 Advanced Risk Management and Derivatives (3 units)

Description: Risk, return, and price behavior of securities in competitive markets. Financial futures, options, and other financial and real investments.

Prerequisites: FIN 521
Offered: Fall

FIN 523A Applied Investment Management (3 units)

Description: To apply classroom learning to an active management of a student managed portfolio. Graduate-level requirements include structured management and leadership positions for the graduate students as the senior members of "investment firms."

Prerequisites: FIN 510A, FIN 510B, and Instructor consent
Offered: Fall

FIN 523B Applied Investment Management (3 units)

Description: To apply classroom learning to an active management of a student managed portfolio.  Graduate-level requirements include providing management and leadership positions for the graduate students as the senior members of "investment firms."

Prerequisites: FIN 523A and Instructor consent
Offered: Spring

FIN 524 Applied Risk Management (3 units)

Description: Applied Risk Management will expand the important concepts of Risk Management and Derivatives into the area of case studies and analysis of application techniques in real life financial situations.

Prerequisites: FIN 510A and FIN 510B
Offered: Spring

FIN 525 Empirical Methods in Finance (3 units)

Description: This course is to familiarize the students with the database and various statistical methods needed to undertake practitioner-type research in finance.

Prerequisites: FIN 513
Offered: Spring

FIN 526 Portfolio Management Theory (3 units)

Description: The Portfolio Management Theory course provides an overview of portfolio management from the point of view of a trust officer, mutual fund manager, pension fund manager, or other manager of securities. It will provide an introduction to the management of investment portfolios. The course is taught from the viewpoint of the institutional money manager. An integrated case analysis is designed to give the student the opportunity to apply what has been presented in the text and the classroom. Just as in real life, the case requires you to analyze a situation and suggest a solution to that situation. Also, just as in real life, there may not be a unique solution to the case.

Prerequisites: FIN 521
Offered: Spring

FIN 532 Corporate Financial Strategy

Description: Financial decision-making in corporations. Case studies.

Prerequisites: FIN 513
Offered: Spring

FIN 536 New Venture Finance (3 units)

Description: Role of entrepreneurship and innovation in economic growth. Development of new venture idea and assessment of financial requirements and potential.

Prerequisites: FIN 510A and FIN 510B, Required course for McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship year-long experience

Offered: Fall

FIN 542 Fixed Income: Markets, Instruments, and Strategies (3 units)

Description: This course is designed to introduce students to fixed income markets and securities. The basic analytical tools of fixed income valuation are also presented.

Prerequisites: FIN 510A and FIN 510B
Offered: Fall

FIN 544 Interest Rate Models (3 units)

Description: This class builds an understanding of why the yield curve is shaped the way it is and why the yield curve changes over time.

Prerequisites: FIN 542
Offered: Spring

FIN 545 Credit Risk Modeling (3 units)

Description: This course covers the topic of credit risk with particular emphasis on mathematical models that can price bonds or portfolios of bonds.  The course will cover both structural and reduced form models, as well as the foundations required to build such models.

Prerequisites: FIN 542
Offered: Spring

FIN 560 Real Property Investments (3 units)

Description: The focus of this course is on evaluating, financing, and managing investments in real property.

Prerequisites: FIN 513
Offered: Spring 


Management and Organizations

MGMT 516 Nonprofit Consulting (3 units)

Description: This course will provide graduate students with both academic and real-world knowledge and experience in management consulting for nonprofit organizations.  Specifically, students will complete readings, attend lectures, participate in class activities, and ultimately work in a team to consult with local organizations which cultivates effective philanthropists, strengthens nonprofits, and invests in collaborative solutions - building powerful relationships to tackle our community's social challenges.

Prerequisites: Department consent required
Offered: Spring 

MGMT 530 Human Resources Policies (3 units)

Description: An integrative, case-oriented course focusing on problems and policies in the procurement, development, compensation, and motivation of personnel.  Graduate-level requirements include sexual harassment grievance procedure project and presentation. Co-convenes with undergraduate students.

Prerequisites: Department consent required
Offered: Fall

MGMT 535 International Management (3 units)

Description: Broaden perspectives on globalizing business and international integration.  Enhance analytical and communication skills in approaching and resolving international issues. Co-convenes with undergraduate students.

Prerequisites: Department consent required
Offered: Spring 

MGMT 548 Healthcare Entrepreneurship (3 units)

Description: In this course you will focus your business and entrepreneurial skills on contemporary healthcare challenges and opportunities.  Through a series of readings, case studies, discussions, guest speakers, and assignments, you will explore a number of contemporary healthcare problems and identify entrepreneurial solutions to these problems. Graduate-level requirements include completion of one additional assignment. Each graduate student will help facilitate one of the classes by gathering additional readings, preparing a brief presentation, preparing a set of discussion questions, or developing an in-class activity.

Prerequisites: Department consent required
Offered: Spring

MGMT 564 Leading through Negotiations (3 units)

Description: Explore the major concepts and theories of psychology of bargaining and negotiation, and the dynamics of interpersonal and intergroup conflict and its resolution. Course is cross listed with LAW.

Prerequisites: Department consent required
Offered: Fall


Management Information Systems

MIS 506 Healthcare Information Systems (3 units)

Description: This course introduces students to the concepts and practices of healthcare information systems. Topics include: (1) introduction to the health IT discipline; (2) major applications and commercial vendors; (3) decision support methods and technologies; (4) information systems design and engineering; and (5) new opportunities and emerging trends. A semester-long group project will provide students hands-on experience in planning and building healthcare information systems; associated ethical and legal concerns, software engineering and human-computer interaction issues, and user acceptance and outcomes evaluation methods will also be discussed. Graduate-level requirements include leading a class discussion on a course related topic. Co-convenes with undergraduate students.

Prerequisites: Department consent required
Offered: Both Fall andSpring

MIS 515 Information Security in Public and Private Sectors (3 units)

Description: This course exposes the student to a broad range of computer systems and information security topics.  It is designed to provide a general knowledge of measures to insure confidentiality, availability, and integrity of information systems.  Topics range from hardware, software and network security to INFOSEC, OPSEC and NSTISS overviews. Components include national policy, threats, countermeasures, and risk management among others. Graduate-level requirements include an oral case study report as their final.

Prerequisites: General knowledge of computer systems and networks. Credit allowed for only one of the courses: MIS 515 or MIS 556
Offered: Both Fall andSpring

MIS 516 Information Security Risk Management (3 units)

Description: The objective of our MIS 416 / 516 course is to provide our University of Arizona students with a thorough and operational knowledge of information security so that this critical area is recognized as a management issue and not an I.T. issue. As the course topics within our MIS 416 / 516 syllabus have been directly "mapped" against the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) certification requirements for National Training Standard for Information System Security for professionals, students completing the current MIS 416 / 516 course are awarded the NSA-CNSS certificate No. 4016. (NTSISS 4016; Risk Analyst).

Prerequisites: Department consent required
Offered: Spring

MIS 517 Systems Security Management (3 units)

Description: The information security arena contains a broad array of multi-level models for assessing, planning, implementing and monitoring the mitigation of security risks.  At the very core of this information security spectrum are the actual system and network devices which store, manage, transmit and secure information.  This course is designed to provide a working knowledge of issues and techniques surrounding the proper safeguarding of operating systems and related components.  Filled with Information Assurance topics, this course offers a solid base for system administrators and technical managers.  Graduate-level requirements include an additional project and presentation.

Prerequisites: Department consent required
Offered: Both Fall andSpring

MIS 527 Introduction to Enterprise Computing Systems (3 units)

Description: Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems represents integrated strategy for management of information among organizations, suppliers and customers. Graduate-level requirements include completion of a group project on an advanced complementary or enabling technology using ERP. Students' projects include implementation or demonstration and presentation to class.

Prerequisites: Department consent required
Offered: Spring

MIS 531 Enterprise Data Management (3 units)

Description: This course introduces the student to fundamentals of database analysis, design, and implementation. Emphasis is on practical aspects of business process analysis and the accompanying database design and development. Topics covered include: conceptual design of databases using the entity relationship model, relational design and normalization, SQL and PL/SQL, web based database design, and implementation using Oracle or some other modern Database Management Systems. Students are required to work with a local client organization in understanding their business requirements, developing a detailed set of requirements to support business processes, and designing and implementing a web based database application to support their day- to-day business operations and decision making. Students will acquire hands-on-experience with a state-of-the-art database management system such as Oracle or Microsoft SQL Server, and web-based development tools.

Prerequisites: Department consent required, Required for MIS concentration- Business Intelligence track and prerequisite for MIS 587
Offered: Fall

MIS 545 Data Mining for Business Intelligence (3 units)

Description: Corporations today are said to be data rich but information poor. For example, retailers can easily process and capture millions of transactions every day. In addition, the widespread proliferation of economic activity on the Internet leaves behind a rich trail of micro-level data on consumers, their purchases, retailers and their offerings, auction bidding, music sharing, so on and so forth. Data mining techniques can help companies discover knowledge and acquire business intelligence from these massive datasets.   This course will cover data mining for business intelligence. Data mining refers to extracting or "mining" knowledge from large amounts of data. It consists of several techniques that aim at discovering rich and interesting patterns that can bring value or "business intelligence" to organizations. Examples of such patterns include fraud detection, consumer behavior, and credit approval. The course will cover the most important data mining techniques --classification, clustering, association rule mining, visualization, prediction -- through a hands-on approach using XL Miner and other specialized software, such as the open-source WEKA software.

Prerequisites: Department consent required
Offered: Both Fall andSpring

MIS 565 Managing for Quality Improvement (3 units)

Description: Operational aspect of quality improvement. Topics include statistical process control, quality management programs. Graduate-level requirements includes a report. Co-convenes with undergraduate students.

Prerequisites: Department consent required
Offered: Both Fall and Spring

MIS 573A Production and Operations Management (3 units)

Description: Productive systems, including service type industries; activities entailed in selecting, designing, operating, controlling, and updating systems. Forecasting, aggregate planning, MRP, inventory models under uncertainty, scheduling.  Graduate-level requirements include an additional term paper or program. Co-convenes with undergraduate students.

Prerequisites: Department consent required
Offered: Both Fall andSpring

MIS 573B Production and Operations Management (3 units)

Description: Productive systems, including service type industries; activities entailed in selecting, designing, operating, controlling and updating systems. Topics include strategy and competition, supply chain management, project management, facilities layout and location, quality and assurance, and reliability and maintainability. Graduate-level requirements include an additional term paper or program. Co-convenes with undergraduate students.

Prerequisites: Department consent required
Offered: Both Fall andSpring

MIS 577 The Supply Chain and Logistics (3 units)

Description: Organization, management and control of material flow processes; logistical strategies and relationships of procurement, handling, warehousing, transportation, and inventory control. Graduate-level requirements include an additional term paper or program.

Prerequisites: Department consent required
Offered: Fall

MIS 578 Project Management (3 units)

Description: Project Management is the application of knowledge, analytical skills, scheduling software tools and techniques related to various project activities in order to meet project requirements. This course specifically addresses the nine project management "knowledge areas", the five project management "process groups" and the 4-way constraints of project management (i.e., scope, time, cost, quality).Graduate-level requirements include an additional term paper or team-based PM Project with a real organization. Graduate-level requirements include an additional term paper or team-based PM Project with a real organization.

Prerequisites: Department consent required
Offered: Both Fall andSpring

MIS 586 Big Data Analytics (3 units)

Description: The amount of data in our world has been exploding, resulting in what is popularly known as Big Data. At least three major forces are driving the interest and growth in Big Data (1) a rapid increase in the amount of data being generated on the internet, (2) the evolving strategy of firms to collect data from sources both internal and external along the entire product and process lifecycle, and (3) the phenomenal growth of social media, mobile applications, and sensor based technologies as well as the Internet of Things.  All of these forces are generating a flood of data which is increasing in volume, variety and velocity. The objective of this course is to introduce students to Data Science techniques to collect, process, visualize and analyze all kinds of "Big Data". It will provide training to those interested in becoming Data Scientists.  The course will delve into Web analytics and students will be exposed to tools such as Google analytics and participate in a Google Online Challenge to compete for awards. Topics related to network analysis techniques will be covered in detail where students will learn how to construct, mathematically analyze and visualize different types of networks. Additionally, students will also learn about using MongoDb, Hadoop, and executing map-reduce jobs to process and analyze large datasets collected from social media sites such as Twitter, Youtube, and Facebook.

Prerequisites: Department consent required
Offered: Fall

MIS 587 Business Intelligence (3 units)

Description: The objective of this course is to give students a broad overview of managerial, strategic and technical issues associated with Business Intelligence and Data Warehouse design, implementation, and utilization. Topics covered will include the principles of dimensional data modeling, techniques for extraction of data from source systems, data transformation methods, data staging and quality, data warehouse architecture and infrastructure, and the various methods for information delivery. Critical issues in planning, physical design process, deployment and ongoing maintenance will also be examined. Students will learn how data warehouses are used to help managers successfully gather, analyze, understand and act on information stored in data warehouses. The components and design issues related to data warehouses and business intelligence techniques for extracting meaningful information from data warehouses will be emphasized. The course will use state-of-the-art data warehouse and OLAP software tools to provide hands-on experience in designing and using Data Warehouses and Data Marts.  Students will also learn how to gather strategic decision making requirements from businesses, develop key performance indicators (KPIs) and corporate performance management metrics using the Balanced Scorecard, and design and implement business dashboards.

Prerequisites: MIS 531 or equivalent course
Offered: Spring


Marketing

MKTG 530 Management of Marketing Communications (3 units)

Description: Application of communications theory and research findings in advertising, sales promotion, publicity, personal selling; planning, conduct and administration of programs of information and persuasion.

Prerequisites: MKTG 510
Offered: Fall

MKTG 531 Introduction to Social Media Marketing (3 units)

Description: This course is designed to introduce students to the complexities of social media marketing through revealing foundational theories and associated concepts of collective behavior, social influence, and social media marketing. This is essentially a marketing strategy course. The primary focus of this course will be on understanding: consumers’ social interactions, the impact technology has on marketplace relationships, the various social media channels available to marketers, how to build social media marketing strategies, and how to track their effectiveness. Our levels of analysis will shift from individuals to collectives. You will be responsible for conducting primary and secondary research, recognizing course theories in action, creating effective social media marketing campaigns, and managing social media marketing efforts.

Prerequisites: MKTG 510 and Department consent required
Offered: Fall

MKTG 542 Relationship Marketing (3 units)

Description: Strategic approaches in customer relationship management to include customer identification, acquisition, development, attrition and retention.  Analytical tools are used to explore customer databases, lifetime value of customers, and return on marketing investment.

Prerequisites: MKTG 510
Offered: Fall

MKTG 555E Special Topics in Marketing (3 units)

Description: Course addresses special topics in marketing with current managerial relevance. Such topics could include marketing strategy, marketing decision models, marketing and electronic commerce, etc.

Prerequisites: MKTG 510
Offered: Spring

MKTG 556 Pricing Strategy and Tactics (3 units)

Description: Great products/services supported by attractive advertising and distribution create value for the customer while effective pricing captures value for the company.  Although pricing cannot fully compensate for poor product development, promotion and distribution, ineffective pricing can surely prevent those efforts from resulting in financial success.  Many companies create great value for their customers yet fail to capture that value in their earnings due to lack of integration between their value creation activities and their pricing decisions.  Experts say that for marketing strategists, pricing is the moment of truth.  The purpose of this course is to make sure that when you reach that moment of truth you know 'what' to do and 'how' to do it. To equip you with the required expertise, this course covers theories, conceptual frameworks and analytical tools used to make effective pricing decisions.

Prerequisites: MKTG 510
Offered: Fall

MKTG 559 Product Strategy (3 units)

Description: Formulating and implementing strategy for growth; analyzing and influencing market structure; developing, pricing, testing new entries; managing the portfolio.

Prerequisites: MKTG 510
Offered: Spring

MKTG 560 International Marketing (3 units)

Description: Marketing planning and strategies for foreign environments; cultural, political, economic factors affecting the international marketer, multinational corporation and multinational market groups.

Prerequisites: MKTG 510
Offered: Spring

MKTG 572 Marketing Research for Managers (3 units)

Description: Specification of management information needs, evaluation of research proposals and findings, methods of gathering and analyzing data, administrative aspects of research and decisions.

Prerequisites: MKTG 510
Offered: Spring


 

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