Master of Management at Aquinas College
Master of Management: Required Courses
The Global Economy
This is a course in Managerial Economics, which focuses primarily on the microeconomic environment in which a manager must operate. Besides understanding how market structures affect firm performance, the course explores the use of economic concepts as managerial tools.
Research, Analytics & Decision Making
A conceptual presentation of descriptive and inferential statistics and their use in decision making. The course involves research design, planning and evaluation research, problem selection, proposal writing and presentation, and research report writing and evaluation. [This course should be taken within the first nine (9) credit hours of the program.]
Organizational Behavior & Culture
Individual factors affecting human behavior in organizations are explored in this course. Theoretical concepts which provide the foundation for the study of organizational behavior are examined together with an emphasis on leadership, team development, motivation, and communication. Application of these concepts to the management of organizations is accomplished through class activities. While the focus is almost entirely on the core organizational behavior topics, the development of a management philosophy and the understanding of the link between both managerial activities and organizational effectiveness are used as integrating themes. [This course should be taken within the first nine (9) credit hours of the program.]
Policy formation through marketing management is studied with special emphasis on the influence of marketing institutions, market structure, governmental regulations, and fluctuations in population and national income.
Organizational Theory & Design
This course treats the organization as an entity for study, looking at such issues as the historical growth of organizations, organizations as reflections of society, organizational structure, mission, goals, culture, and politics. Emphasis is given to the examination of the characteristics of open systems, studying models of organizations for their effectiveness, developing strategies for innovations and change within organizations.
Ethics & Social Responsibility of Management
A study of the role and responsibilities that organizations have in their relationship to local, state, national, and international communities. Impact on economic, social, and cultural systems, and the ultimate influences an organization has on personal and social functioning are reviewed.
Managing Financial Decisions
An examination of techniques used in establishing standards and budgets for control with an overview of product costing and overhead applications. The course also includes the flow of accounting data in the creation of financial statements. Careful study is also given to the problems of making business decisions, budgeting and cost control, and using accounting data in planning operations and policy formulation.
Negotiating & Conflict Management
This course focuses on the development of negotiating skills in typical organizational settings. Through the use of classroom simulation, students acquire skills in all aspects of negotiating. Extensive use of the workshop format is employed.
Leadership Development & Performance
A study of leadership research including leadership traits, styles, contingency theories, and group leadership approaches. Students apply these results through an analysis of their own personality traits and leadership styles.
Strategic Management & Innovation
This capstone course in the student’s program is intended to consolidate the information accumulated in earlier course work in order to demonstrate the interaction of all sub-functions of the organization. Students will be placed in real-world situations through the use of cases, simulation, and actual management circumstances, and will be expected to defend any recommended actions. There is a summer short-term study away option to Germany offered every 2 years. [Capstone course. This course should be taken following successful completion of 21 MM credits.]