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Master of Business Administration – Information Technology

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a highly valued degree in the business world. USU’s MBA program combines business theory with practical skills that students can apply in their jobs on a daily basis. USU MBA students will gain a deep understanding of the functional areas of a business including finance and accounting, marketing, human resources and information technology. MBA students will develop leadership skills through courses in organizational behavior, business law and ethics, international/global management, strategic planning and organizational change and innovation. The MBA curriculum also teaches critical thinking and problem solving, project management, communication, teamwork and ethics.

USU’s MBA program provides working adults the opportunity to earn an advanced degree without interrupting their careers – or commute to classes. All MBA courses are offered both online and on-campus, providing students with the flexibility to attend a course anytime – and anywhere. Class participation is required, which allows students the opportunity to interact with and learn from the USU faculty and each other. The MBA program offers a flexible curriculum designed to maximize the amount of transfer credits that can be counted towards their degree.

 

Tuition Rate:
$12,420 (including fees)
Monthly Payment Plan:
$325 per month for 38 months
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Individuals wishing to enroll in the Masters of Business Administration degree program must apply and be admitted to the University. All admission materials must be submitted directly to the admissions office by the application deadline (if applicable). An application to USU includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Complete and submit an application for admission,
  • Applicants must submit their official transcripts from the bachelor degree-awarding institution, and any post-bachelor degree institution(s); Programs with undergraduate prerequisites require official transcripts from the originating institution(s). Foreign transcripts must be evaluated and translated, if applicable, by an acceptable evaluating agency.
    • A member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES)
    • A member of the Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE)
    • Nursing applicants may use the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS)
  • Have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 or higher.
  • Meet any program specific entrance requirements. See program specific admissions requirements.
  • Complete an Enrollment Agreement.
TUITION & COST

Per Credit: $325
Estimated Tuition: $12,420 (including fees)*
Monthly Payment Plan: $325/month for 38 months

*Rate effective for students accepted on or after January 15th, 2018.

COMPLETION TIME

3 semesters/12-16 months

*Dependent on course load

The MBA Information Technology (IT) concentration covers all aspects of technology infrastructure, including hardware, operating systems, applications, data storage and communication systems related to business. Companies are highly dependent upon information technology and the professionals that manage the organization’s information technology infrastructure. Critical to the concentration is the design of the business processes that take advantage of the technologies, the development of managerial procedures and policies to protect these assets and social, legal, financial, organizational and ethical issues in the context of the modern organization.

IT professionals provide customer service with a focus on technology. They work to meet the computer technology needs of business, government, healthcare, schools, and other kinds of organizations. Their emphasis is on the “technology” more than the content or information it conveys. The Master in Business Administration Information Technology concentration teaches these critical skills in the context of business and technology.

An emphasis is placed on tools and methods for the analysis and design of information systems and the management and organizational skills needed for their implementation. The concentration covers SAS Visual Analytics, Business Intelligence (BI) Reports, Data Visualization for Problem Solving and other technologies for multidimensional analysis, basic Online Analytical Processing (OLAP) for BI, and SQL with OLAP extensions.

Master of Business Administration - Information Technology Total
36

Core Courses

ACT 514: Managerial Accounting

Use of accounting data in corporate planning and control. Cost-volume-profit analysis, budgeting, pricing decisions and cost data, transfer pricing, activity-based management, performance measures, and standard costing.

3 Credits

BUS 500: Business Information Systems

This course emphasizes the business and organizational aspects of Information Systems (IS) to provide a competitive advantage, combining the knowledge of business technology. The course includes important topics related to IS, such as Foundations of IS, Data Analytics and Information Management, Enterprise Architecture, Systems Analysis and Design, Knowledge Management and the types of IT Infrastructure used in organizations.

3 Credits

BUS 505: Operations Management and Decision Models

This core course focuses on levers for structuring, managing, and improving a firm’s recurring business operations processes to achieve competitive advantage in customer responsiveness, price, quality, and variety of products and services. Critical to effective management of operations is the ability to model decisions.  Successful decision making requires the ability to structure complex problems, critically analyze options in a constantly changing world of work, and making the best decision given the information available. Students learn how to evaluate and apply analytical tools including optimization, simulation, and decision trees to examine and implement managerial decision models. Business applications include resource allocation, risk analysis and sequential decision-making through time.

3 Credits

BUS 544: Business Economics

Basic microeconomic principles used by firms, including supply and demand, elasticities, costs, productivity, pricing, market structure and competitive implications of alternative market structures. Market failures and government intervention. Public policy processes affecting business operations.

3 Credits

FIN 510: Financial Management

The financial management of an organization is critical to its long-term viability. In this course students are introduced to financial management concepts. Students will develop graduate level math skills and learn how financial analysis is used to make decisions. Topics covered include: ratio analysis, risk assessment, ROI, cost of capital, and the time value of money.

3 Credits

MKT 506: Marketing Strategy

The primary responsibility of marketing management is to create a mutually beneficial exchange between a company and its customers and to sustain that exchange in a competitive marketplace. This course provides the opportunity for an in-depth review and analysis of the latest theories from psychology and behavioral decision-making, economics and industrial organization, statistics and management science that make up the basis of any marketing strategy that drives this mutually beneficial exchange. Building on the foundational concepts of marketing, students gain increased knowledge on the evolving field of practice related to all areas of organizational marketing.

3 Credits

MGT 504: Talent Acquisition, Performance, and Behavior

In this course, students will study the changing role of the Human Resources function, and the impact this change is having on organizations. In addition, students will analyze current trends students will analyze current trends and issues facing the Human Resource professional, and the skills that will be required to be successful.

3 Credits

MGT 599: Capstone

This is the final course in the MBA program. It is designed to have students demonstrate their understanding through a culminating experience promoting synthesis and application of business concepts and theories from all of their coursework. The United States University MBA core provides students with the essential foundation to build their business mastery: accounting and finance, talent acquisition and development, economics, marketing, operations, information systems, and business policy. The learning experience across the curriculum included principles and application of strategy and execution, ethical and legal considerations in the workplace, diversity, and change management.

3 Credits

Concentration Courses - Information Technology

BIS 543: Business Process Modeling and Enterprise Wide Information Systems

This course provides an introduction to the concepts of business process modeling. The concepts covered include encompassing the definition of a process, characteristics of a process-oriented application, business process analysis, basic design patterns for process control flow used to assemble tasks, and standard graphical representations used to model a process. The course focuses on the strategic role of information technology and information systems in today’s society. Other relevant and related issues include the identification of the challenges faced by managers of modern firms, the understanding of the technologies that will help them meet these challenges, the design of the business processes to take advantage of the technologies, and the development of managerial procedures and policies to protect these assets.

3 Credits

BIS 545: Organizational, Legal and Ethical Issues in the Digital Enterprise

This course discusses the regulatory context and the ethical implications in which the digital enterprise operates. Students investigate the context in which professionals work, the laws and the processes and procedures used to create them, human aspects of running a company, software contracts and liability, intellectual property rights, and the legislation that affects the way in which computers are used or misused. The course provides student with an opportunity to sharpen their understanding of social, legal, financial, organizational and ethical issues in the context of today’s business environment, as well as the role of professional codes of conduct and ethics, and regulatory requirements.

3 Credits

BUA 539: Business Systems Analysis, Modeling and Design Methodologies

This course provides an overview of widely used techniques for the design and improvement of information systems and the systems development life cycle. Included is an introduction to tools and methods for the analysis and design of information systems and the management and organizational skills needed for their implementation. The course addresses information analysis in entity-relationship modeling and process modeling in dataflow diagrams as the key skills in structured system analysis and design.

3 Credits

BUI 541: Decision Support Systems and Business Intelligence

This course addresses tools that are used by decision-makers to develop a better understanding of their businesses and customers. Students assess a broad field of decision support systems, thorough discussion of SAS Visual Analytics, Business Intelligence (BI) Reports, Data Visualization for Problem Solving and other technologies for multidimensional analysis, basic Online Analytical Processing (OLAP) for BI, and SQL with OLAP extensions.

3 Credits