Course Requirements

If you have no previous undergraduate study in business, the Lamar University MBA consists of 48 semester hours (16 courses). The program consists of four leveling courses, a required core of eight courses and four elective courses that will allow you to develop a concentration. One or more of the leveling courses may be waived if you have completed equivalent undergraduate coursework.  If you are an international student whose admission to Lamar University required a TOEFL or IELTS exam, you will take Business Communications (BCOM 5300) as part of your leveling requirements.

The MBA portion of your program will then consist of 36 semester hours (12 courses), including eight core courses and four elective (concentration) courses.

Traditional

Leveling

The four leveling courses may be completed after admission to graduate study or before admission when registering as post baccalaureate student (Pre MBA). Undergraduate students are limited to nine semester hours of graduate work in your last twelve hours of coursework.

ACCT 5315     Financial & Managerial Accounting Foundation             3 hours
BULW 5300     Legal Environment of Business                                  3 hours
ECON 5300     Foundations of Microeconomics                                  3 hours
FINC 5300      Foundations of Finance                                              3 hours

*BCOM 5300   Business Communications                                         3 hours

*If you needed a TOEFL or IELTS exam for admission, you will need to take Business Communications, BCOM 5300 as part of your leveling requirements.

In order to complete an MBA from Lamar University, you must complete an exit examination immediately after your capstone course in Strategic Management.  You'll complete a project in strategic analysis based on the knowledge you have gained during your study as an MBA student. 

Core

ACCT 5370 Managerial Accounting

Application of accounting data in decision making; cost analysis as applied in the development of budgets and standards; accounting as a tool for cost and pricing; case problems, using the microcomputer as a decision-making tool, which require you to interpret and discuss your analysis in the context of managerial decision-making.  Prerequisite: Graduate standing and ACCT 5315 or equivalent.

BUAL 5380 Managerial Decision Making

With today’s technology, companies are able to collect tremendous amounts of data with relative ease.  However, the data are usually meaningless until they are analyzed for trends, patterns, relationships, and other useful information.  This course will provide you with a variety of methods to help you analyze data sets and uncover important information.  But data analysis is often only the first step in solving a problem.  Acting on the analysis to make good decisions is the critical next step.  Prerequisite: Graduate standing and approval of advisor.

ECON 5370 Managerial Economics

A study in the depth of the principles and techniques of economics analysis applicable to the problems of business management. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, ECON 5300. 

FINC 5310 Financial Management

A study of the financial policy of business firms along with the theory supporting that policy. Topics include capital budgeting, capital structure, cost of capital, dividend policy, and management of working capital, as well.  Prerequisite: Graduate standing, FINC 5300 or equivalent.

MKTG 5310 Marketing Management

An intensive study of specific marketing concepts and theories. Marketing strategies for the national and multinational firms are surveyed. Emphasis is placed on reading from current journals and other related publications.   Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

MGMT 5340 International Business

This course is an interdisciplinary study of the international dimensions of organizational behavior. This course draws from different fields including psychology, sociology, economics and anthropology to create an understanding of human behavior in a global work environment. Course content includes topics such as cross-cultural management, cross-cultural communication, and global aspects of leadership, motivation, team management, and decision-making.  The course will incorporate a variety of teaching and learning methods - short lectures, readings, research, discussions, cases, movies, student presentations.  You will demonstrate mastery of the material through class participation, group presentations, individual written assignments, and tests.

MISY 5340 ERP Overview

This course will provide you an overview of the fundamental business processes and enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems used to run organizations. The course will begin with an overview of business processes across the supply chain, then show how integrated processes create value, and, finally, the last third of the semester will demonstrate how these integrated processes fit into ERP systems by assigning you to participate in an ERP simulation system (ERPsim) strategy game.

MGMT 5380 Strategic Management

The capstone course for the MBA. The course assumes that the company success depends upon formulation of an astute "game plan" and the ability to implement and execute that game pan proficiently. The purpose of the class is to enable you to “think strategically,” consider the total enterprise, and to make long-term decisions in a global market environment. A prerequisite for the integrative case study.   Prerequisite: Must be in last semester of course work and have approval of advisor.

 

Concentrations

Construction Project Management (Online)

CMGT 5310 Construction Planning and Scheduling

Basic construction project management and scheduling procedures. Work breakdown structure, critical path method, and scheduling logic. Activity durations, status reports, resource allocation, and control. Covers elements of construction ethics.

CMGT 5325 Construction Project Management

Study of the concepts and tools used for the management and control of the construction jobsite, including topics of safety, equipment management, quality control. Covers elements of construction ethics.

CMGT 5350 Legal Practices in Construction

Construction contracts for commercial projects. Contract procedures, bidding, changes, substitutions, specifications, insurance, bonding, claims, disputes, and payments. Responsibilities of owners and contractors. Covers national and local labor law and labor relations.

CMGT 5370 Construction Safety Management

The study of safety standards, procedures and tools used in the construction industry. Emphasis on applicable safety codes, OSHA safety requirements, job safety analysis, and the history and impact of construction safety. Covers elements of construction ethics.

CMGT 5320 Construction Cost Estimating and Analysis

Estimation of construction project costs, direct and indirect, labor, depreciation, material and equipment. Overhead and profit. Topics in cost management include: financial statements, job cost accounting systems, equipment depreciation, forecasting and time value of money, and cost control procedures, bidding and computer-based estimating.

CMGT 5380 Sustainable Built Environment

Introduction to the concept of sustainability and understanding of its impact on the environment and society. Covers fundamentals of sustainable technologies and practices for development and operation of built environment, including buildings and infrastructure. It addresses energy-efficient design and construction, as well as sustainable use of natural resources and renewable energy. It also introduces the USGBC LEED Certificate Program and economic analysis of sustainable practices.

Criminal Justice Management (Online)

CRIJ 5310 Criminal Justice System and Policy

A critical review and analysis of the role of governmental and nongovernmental organizations in the prevention, control and punishment of crime and delinquency. An emphasis is placed on policy analysis and recommendations for change.

CRIJ 5320 Theoretical Foundations of Crime Control

A comprehensive overview of various theoretical approaches to the understanding of crime and delinquency, including selected biological, psychological, sociological, legal and/or political theories.

CRIJ 5340 Special Studies Applied Criminology Law

Includes an analysis of contemporary issues in the understanding, prevention, and control of crime and delinquency both domestically and globally. You may repeat this course for credit as an elective when the area of study varies.

CRIJ 5345 Criminal Justice Leadership

Application of leadership theory and development of management skills important to criminal justice agencies. Personnel practices, organizational behavior, and decision-making models will be reviewed in context with positive leadership traits.

 

Enterprise Resource Planning (On Campus or Online)

MISY 5330 Healthcare Info Systems

This course addresses issues in the development, integration, and management of health care information systems. Specifically, topics in patient care systems, health care delivery applications, advances in health informatics and telematics, and health information resources management will be discussed.

MISY 5340 ERP Overview

This course will provide you an overview of the fundamental business processes and enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems used to run organizations. The course will begin with an overview of business processes across the supply chain and then show how integrated processes create value, and, finally, the last third of the semester will be spent to demonstrate how these integrated processes fit into ERP systems by assigning you to participate in an ERP simulation system (ERPsim) strategy game.

MISY 5350 ERP E-Commerce

Organizations find the need to develop custom "front end" web based applications to add functionality to and make their ERP systems more user friendly. This course will provide you with the conceptual foundation as well as hands on experience at developing these web based applications. The course teaches SAP NetWeaver and SAP Visual Composer. With SAP NetWeaver Portal, you can quickly and effectively integrate SAP solutions, third-party applications, legacy systems, databases, unstructured documents, internal and external Web content, and collaboration tools. SAP Visual Composer is a powerful design tool that facilitates the creation of portal content using a graphical user interface, rather than manually writing code. It provides sophisticated, yet simple-to-use tools for creating portal iViews that process data from back-end systems such as R/3 and BW, as well as external sources such as relational databases and Web services.

MISY 5360 Business Intelligence

This course will expose you to business intelligence, defined as the user-centered process of exploring data, data relationships and trends - thereby helping to improve overall decision making. This involves an iterative process of accessing data (ideally stored in the data warehouse) and analyzing it- thereby deriving insights, drawing conclusions and communicating findings - to effect change positively within the enterprise. BI comprises four major product segments: interactive query tools, reporting tools, advanced Decision Support Systems, and Executive Support Systems. In this course, we will use SAP Business Information Warehouse (SAP BW), a major enterprise software applications for Business Intelligence, analytical, reporting and Data Warehousing (DW) solution.

MGMT 5370 Supply Chain Management

The primary objective of this course is to provide you with an integrative view of the purchasing and logistic functions and the role they play in the overall operations of the organization. The use and applications of information systems (SAP ECC) in the purchasing and logistic functions is included in the course. The information system will provide a foundation for the understanding of the integrative nature of the business organization today.

MISY 5390  Special Topics: Predictive Analytics and Data Mining       

This course will expose students to the concept of business analytics.

Business Analytics is a growing field of study, and it helps business professionals to make informed decisions. In order to make informed decisions, it is imperative to know how to summarize, visualize, examine, and understand useful information from historical data. Students will also gain hands-on experience with SAP analytics solution including SAP HANA, SAP Lumira, and SAP predictive Analytics.

Experiential Business and Entrepreneurship (On Campus)

MGMT 5310 Entrepreneurial Strategy

Entrepreneurial Strategy exposes upper and graduate level business students to the principles of launching a new business. The course combines case analysis, profiling real entrepreneurs, and guest lectures from business owners and advisors in the region. The course will drive you to explore emerging opportunities in new existing markets in which a new venture could be launched. It will also expose you to feasibility analysis to determine success as well as the process of writing a business plan to execute the start-up venture in the market. While prior business background is not completely necessary, the course will help you, if you have taken a variety of business courses, to coalesce your knowledge into a comprehensive plan to launch your own business.

MGMT 5311 Concepts and Application for New Ventures

The course is designed to provide an introduction to entrepreneurship including an overview of the tools and theories involved in starting and growing a business.

 

Students will have the option to take one of the following:

MGMT 5320 Healthcare Entrepreneurship

This course will present to you the different organizations and professions involved in the business and practice of healthcare, that is, the providers and payers for health care services. The course begins with an in depth look at Agency and Stewardship Theory of Man and how each theory is part of the present organizations and players in the health service business. The course will involve an in depth discussion of the organization of healthcare insurance markets, managed care organizations and economics, not- for-profit healthcare firm models and efficiencies versus for profit organizations, hospital and long term care facility (nursing home/long term care/hospice) organization and various business models of the physician's practice, pharmaceutical and biotech industry, and the makeup of the health services salaried and hourly wage work force.

BULW 5330 Employment Law

Historical interpretations and present provisions of regulations governing labor. Common law; state and federal statutes; Fair Labor Standards Act; Worker’s Compensation; Social Security; liability; United State Department of Labor; social legislation; fair employment practices.

MGMT 5360 Human Resource Management

Review of the basic elements of employed performance, with analysis of the factors involved in employment, placement and personnel planning. This course blends theory and practice so the student may better understand the policies and procedures required for recruitment selection and personnel planning.

With prior approval from the MBA director, you may pick one of the four projects below to apply management principles and theory in a practical setting. (This will replace one course from the two above.)

BUSI 5360 Internship

Using an outside organization or one of the learning institutes within the College, you must submit a paper with an analysis of their experiential learning, prepare an industry bibliography and write a paper summarizing the tasks and accomplishments encountered within the organization

BUSI 5380 Global Enrichment

The global enrichment program allows you to increase your interest in other cultures, become less ethnocentric as you become aware of cultural differences, develop language skills within a cultural context, and become more culturally sensitive and accepting. You will make professional contacts, gain a sense of direction for your future career, and gain a sense of responsibility in working on a project.

Financial Management (On Campus)

FINC 5330 International Finance

Theory, practice and problems involving international commerce between nations.

FINC 5340 Investments

A study of investment alternatives, financial markets, securities, and methods of analysis.

FINC 5350 Cases in Corporate Finance

A study of business cases which focus on a variety of financial issues and solutions.

FINC 5360 Money and Capital Markets

This course provides an understanding of the global financial system through a study of financial markets, major types of financial institutions, and financial regulation. A conceptual and analytical framework is developed and used to understand historical and current developments and to evaluate and proposed changes to the system with and emphasis on their effects on business. The effects of changes in key economic variables on business are also explored.

FINC 5370 Derivatives & Risk Management

Nature and functions of the various futures and options markets; hedging for risk reduction, speculative trading for profit; the role of futures and options in overall portfolio strategy, along with fundamental concepts such as basis, spreading, normal and inverted markets, and money management.

 

General MBA

MGMT 5312 Personal Leadership

Stephen Covey's book, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, serves as the foundation for this highly interactive course. You will gain an understanding of the 7 Habits content. The course fosters personal and professional growth, empowers more meaningful relationships and productive collaboration, increases productivity, and results in a healthy work/life balance.

MGMT 5313 Team Leadership

This course teaches FranklinCovey® Leadership: Great Leaders, Great Teams, and Great Results. Unleash the talent and capability of your teams by carrying out the 4 imperatives of Great Leaders. This course will help you learn how to build credibility and trust with others, define your team's purpose and align it with the organizations goals, and encourage growth and responsibility of the unique talents of your team.

MGMT 5360 Human Resource Management

Review of the basic elements of employed performance with analysis of the factors involved in employment, placement and personnel planning. This course blends theory and practice so the student may better understand the policies and procedures required for recruitment selection and personnel planning.

BULW 5330 Employment Law

Historical interpretations and present provisions of regulations governing: labor and common law; state and federal statues; Fair Labor Standards Act; Worker's Compensation; Social Security liability; United States Department of Labor; social legislation and fair employment practices

MISY 5360 Business Intelligence

This course will expose you to business intelligence, defined as the user-centered process of exploring data, data relationships and trends - thereby helping to improve overall decision making. This involves an iterative process of accessing data (ideally stored in the data warehouse) and analyzing it- thereby deriving insights, drawing conclusions and communicating findings - to effect change positively within the enterprise. BI comprises four major product segments: interactive query tools, reporting tools, advanced Decision Support Systems, and Executive Support Systems. In this course, we will use SAP Business Information Warehouse (SAP BW), a major enterprise software applications for Business Intelligence, analytical, reporting and Data Warehousing (DW) solution.

MGMT 5311 Concepts & Applications for New Ventures

This course is designed to provide students an overview of entrepreneurship, particularly in the development of new products and services. The course reviews the various challenges facing the aspiring entrepreneur through a combination of course materials, case study analysis and discussions on topics related to entrepreneurship. In addition, students will be introduced to various techniques which help an aspiring entrepreneur fine tune their products as well as recognize promising market segments they could target.

MKTG 5350 Digital Marketing 

This course is a comprehensive review of marketing strategies that are enabled and enhanced by rapidly-evolving electronic and interactive media and communication methods. Analysis of current events and business cases involving online marketers is an integral part of the course.

MGMT 5370 Supply Chain Management

The primary objective of this course is to provide you with an integrative view of the purchasing and logistic functions and the role they play in the overall operations of the organization. The use and applications of information systems (SAP ECC) in the purchasing and logistic functions is included in the course. The information system will provide a foundation for the understanding of the integrative nature of the business organization today.

 

Healthcare Administration (Online)

ECON 5360 Health Care Economics

This course is designed to familiarize you with the economic theories and policies that will drive public and business decisions in regards to the provisions of and payment for Healthcare and Health Services. You will learn how healthcare economic theory differs from standard commodities of consumer goods and services and how this difference must be addressed when assessing business ventures in healthcare.

MGMT 5320 Healthcare Entrepreneurship

This course will present to you the different organizations and professions involved in the business and practice of healthcare, that is, the providers and payers for health care services. The course begins with an in depth look at Agency and Stewardship Theory of Man and how each theory is part of the present organizations and players in the health service business. The course will involve an in depth discussion of the organization of healthcare insurance markets, managed care organizations and economics, not- for-profit healthcare firm models and efficiencies versus for profit organizations, hospital and long term care facility (nursing home/long term care/hospice) organization and various business models of the physician's practice, pharmaceutical and biotech industry, and the makeup of the health services salaried and hourly wage work force.

MGMT 5330 Healthcare Strategy

This course will concentrate on the social issues concerning the Healthcare industry. Is healthcare a right or a privilege? The answer to this question will define how health services will be compensated, how capital for healthcare facilities and technologies will be acquired, and who will be responsible for the cost of healthcare. Students will familiarize themselves with the differences concerning the efficiencies, costs, and values of fee for service versus managed care and private insurance versus government controlled single payer (universal) health care. A significant portion of this course will be directed towards the present model of healthcare process outcomes and the value chain model of patient satisfaction.

MISY 5330 Healthcare Information Systems

This course addresses issues in the development, integration, and management of health care information systems. Specifically, topics in patient care systems, health care delivery applications, advances in health informatics and telematics, and health information resources management will be discussed.

MNSC 5312 Healthcare Policy & Finance

Utilize theoretical models to analyze healthcare policy and finance, and political processes and strategies, which influence the policy process and results in improved healthcare for a diverse society

You may choose one of the following:

MGMT 5360 Human Resource Management

Review of the basic elements of employed performance with analysis of the factors involved in employment, placement and personnel planning. This course blends theory and practice so you may better understand the policies and procedures required for recruitment selection and personnel planning

MGMT 5312 Personal Leadership

Stephen Covey's book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, serves as the foundation for this highly interactive course. You will gain an understanding of the 7 Habits content. The course fosters personal and professional growth, empowers more meaningful relationships and productive collaboration, increases productivity, and results in a healthy work/life balance.

BULW 5330 Employment Law

Historical interpretations and present provisions of regulations governing: labor and common law; state and federal statues; Fair Labor Standards Act; Worker's Compensation; Social Security liability; United States Department of Labor; social legislation and fair employment practices. 

MGMT 5313 Team Leadership

This course teaches Franklin/Covey's Leadership: Great Leaders, Great Teams, and Great Results. Unleash the talent and capability of your teams by carrying out the 4 imperatives of Great Leaders. This course will help you learn how to build credibility and trust with others, define your team's purpose and align it with the organizations goals, and encourage growth and responsibility of the unique talents of your team.

MSNA 5321 Planning and Organizing Healthcare Delivery

Use midlevel change and systems theory as the foundation for planning and organizing healthcare delivery. Emphasis is placed on analysis of the mission, philosophy, strategic planning and organizational structures. 

 MSNA 5331 Direct and Control Healthcare Delivery

Use quality improvement models as the foundation for directing and controlling healthcare delivery. Emphasis is placed on the analysis of human resources and budgeting processes.

Leadership (On Campus)

MGMT 5312 – Personal Leadership

Stephen Covey's book, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, serves as the foundation for this highly interactive course. You will gain an understanding of the 7 Habits content. The course fosters personal and professional growth, empowers more meaningful relationships and productive collaboration, increases productivity, and results in a healthy work/life balance.

MGMT 5313 – Team Leadership

This course teaches FranklinCovey® Leadership: Great Leaders, Great Teams, and Great Results. Unleash the talent and capability of your teams by carrying out the 4 imperatives of Great Leaders. This course will help you learn how to build credibility and trust with others, define your team's purpose and align it with the organizations goals, and encourage growth and responsibility of the unique talents of your team.

MGMT 5314 – Tactical Leadership

Using FranklinCovey® Leading at the Speed of Trust you will participate in this interactive course that engages leaders in identifying and closing the trust gaps that exist in their organizations. Instead of paying outrageous "trust taxes," you can begin to realize "trust dividends," which are the benefits that come from trusting relationships.

MGMT 5315 - Strategic Leadership

Using FranklinCovey® 4 Disciplines of Execution, you will act as a manager creating actual work plans. The outcome of this course is to identify the most important goals for you and your team to pursue, then to create measures and identify the key activities that will predict goal achievement.

MGMT 5316 – Performance Leadership

Using FranklinCovey® The 5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity you will learn how to achieve extraordinary results. This solution will empower you to achieve outcomes that have previously been outside your reach.

MGMT 5360- Human Resource Management 

Review of the basic elements of employed performance with analysis of the factors involved in employment, placement and personnel planning. This course blends theory and practice so the student may better understand the policies and procedures required for recruitment selection and personnel planning.

 

Management (Online)

MGMT 5311 Concepts & Applications for New Ventures

This course is designed to provide students an overview of entrepreneurship, particularly in the development of new products and services. The course reviews the various challenges facing the aspiring entrepreneur through a combination of course materials, case study analysis and discussions on topics related to entrepreneurship. In addition, students will be introduced to various techniques which help an aspiring entrepreneur fine tune their products as well as recognize promising market segments they could target.

MGMT 5312 – Personal Leadership

Stephen Covey's book, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, serves as the foundation for this highly interactive course. You will gain an understanding of the 7 Habits content. The course fosters personal and professional growth, empowers more meaningful relationships and productive collaboration, increases productivity, and results in a healthy work/life balance.

MGMT 5313 – Team Leadership

This course teaches FranklinCovey® Leadership: Great Leaders, Great Teams, and Great Results. Unleash the talent and capability of your teams by carrying out the 4 imperatives of Great Leaders. This course will help you learn how to build credibility and trust with others, define your team's purpose and align it with the organizations goals, and encourage growth and responsibility of the unique talents of your team.

MGMT 5360- Human Resource Management

Review of the basic elements of employed performance with analysis of the factors involved in employment, placement and personnel planning. This course blends theory and practice so the student may better understand the policies and procedures required for recruitment selection and personnel planning.

BULW 5330- Employment Law

Historical interpretations and present provisions of regulations governing: labor and common law; state and federal statues; Fair Labor Standards Act; Worker's Compensation; Social Security liability; United States Department of Labor; social legislation and fair employment practices.

MGMT 5390 Operations Management

Course description forthcoming in 2017.

Service Marketing and Management (On Campus)

MGMT 5314 Tactical Leadership

Using FranklinCovey® Leading at the Speed of Trust you will participate in this interactive course that engages leaders in identifying and closing the trust gaps that exist in their organizations. Instead of paying outrageous "trust taxes," you can begin to realize "trust dividends," which are the benefits that come from trusting relationships.

BULW 5330 Employment Law

Historical interpretations and present provisions of regulations governing: labor and common law; state and federal statues; Fair Labor Standards Act; Worker's Compensation; Social Security liability; United States Department of Labor; social legislation and fair employment practices.

MKTG 5340 International Marketing

Analysis and planning of marketing mix on an international scale. The course focuses on the aspects of international marketing such as the international market, the identification of global opportunities and threats, the formulation of international marketing strategy, and the organization and control of global markets.

MKTG 5350 Digital Marketing

This course is a comprehensive review of marketing strategies that are enabled and enhanced by rapidly-evolving electronic and interactive media and communication methods. Analysis of current events and business cases involving online marketers is an integral part of the course.

MGMT 5360 Human Resource Management

Review of basic elements of employed performance, with analysis of the factors involved in employment, placement, and personnel planning. This course blends theory and practice so you may better understand the policies and procedures required for recruitment selection and personnel planning.

MGMT 5350 Strategic Cases in Services Marketing and Management

The course focuses on the unique challenges of managing services and delivering quality service to customers. The attraction, retention, and building of strong customer relationships through quality service (and services) are at the heart of the course content. The course is equally applicable to organizations whose core product is service (e.g., banks, transportation companies, hotels, hospitals, educational institutions, professional services, telecommunication, etc.) and to organizations that depend on service excellence for competitive advantage (e.g., high technology manufacturers, automotive, industrial products, etc.). Classroom sessions may consist of a mixture of short lectures, student discussions of material and assignments, case discussions, media presentations, active learning exercises, and guest speakers.