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MASTER OF SCIENCE IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

General Information
This degree is intended for students who desire a more individually designed program in business for eventual careers in business, government, trade associations, or the business functions of other agencies. It permits substantial specialization in a particular functional area or cross-disciplinary studies.

The Master of Science in Business Administration is accredited by the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business.

Courses for this program are listed in alphabetical sequence (see "Announcement of Courses" section for course disciplines listing).

Program
										Units
BUS 898	Master's Thesis*							    3
Courses offered by the College of Business reserved exclusively 
	for graduate students (800-level courses)				   15
Courses offered by the College of Business and/or in allied fields, 
	as approved by graduate major adviser					   12
		Graduate Approved Program (GAP) total				   30
		Phase II Requirements						 0-27
		Total								30-57
*For the M.S.B.A. program with a limited specialization in International Business, IBUS 895 may be taken in lieu of BUS 898; for the limited specialization in Computer Information Systems and Business Analysis/Operations Research, BICS 895 may be taken in lieu of BUS 898.

Limitations:
Up to six of the units may be upper-division undergraduate courses with the approval of the graduate major adviser and the College of Business graduate director.

In unusual cases, to meet unique needs, up to twelve of the units may be upper-division undergraduate courses provided that the GAP containing more than six such units is approved by the College of Business Graduate Committee prior to the filing of the GAP.

In no instance may the GAP contain undergraduate courses that are:

Accounting Emphasis

Graduate Advisers—Franz, Huang, Leong, Naser-Tavakolian

The M.S.B.A. with an emphasis in accounting includes courses in business, accounting, and tax that can be used by students to meet the 150-hour educational requirement that was recently adopted by the American Institute of CPAs. The requirement is that applicants for membership in the AICPA after the year 2000 must have at least 150 semester hours of education, including a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent.

This program provides an opportunity for students to specialize more extensively in accounting, including financial accounting, auditing, managerial accounting, taxation, and accounting information systems. At least fifteen (15) units of graduate courses in the 800 series beyond the three units required (BUS 898) must be selected, upon advisement, from graduate courses offered by the College of Business.

Graduate level accounting courses for the M.S.B.A. program may be selected from 800-level accounting courses. ACCT 801 may not be taken for credit if ACCT 301 and 302, or the equivalents, have been completed.

See "Announcement of Courses" section for course disciplines listing.

Business Analysis/Operations Research Emphasis

Graduate Advisers—Rech, Salazar, Schainblatt, Schmidbauer, Udayabhanu

The business analysis/operations research emphasis covers techniques used in forecasting, simulation, data analysis, operations research, and quality and productivity, along with other powerful quantitative and computer-based tools for analyzing business problems. All the courses focus on real-world applications rather than on abstract theory. Students also have the option of taking courses that are tied to manufacturing and service operations in public and private organizations.

Designed for students who want to develop a strong specialization in areas requiring analytical thinking and superior problem-solving skills. A background in basic mathematics through calculus is desirable. In addition to the three units prescribed for this degree (BUS 898), students desiring this specialization must take BA 811 and BA/BICS 814, at least three courses with a BA prefix from the following group, and with prior adviser approval, twelve (12) units of electives constituting an integrated specialization: BA 816, BA 851, BA 852, BA 853, BA 854.

See "Announcement of Courses" section for course disciplines listing.

Computer Information Systems Emphasis

Graduate Advisers—Bhimjee, Gill, Hammerstrom, Henley, Nickerson

The computer information systems emphasis offers a professional program in the development, use, management, and support of business information systems in public and private organizations. The core courses provide a foundation in computer technology, in the analysis, design, and implementation of information systems, in telecommunications, and in database management. Students may select from electives offered in object-oriented programming, C/C++ language, business expert systems, and the computing environment.

The program is supported by excellent computer facilities, which include an IBM VM/MVS mainframe computer environment, IBM and compatible microcomputers (286, 386, and 486), Apple Macintosh (SE, Mac II, and Centris), and HP minicomputer. All systems are interconnected by Ethernet LANs.

In addition to the prescribed course (BUS 898 or BICS 895) for this degree, 27 units must be taken as follows: BICS 812 and BA/BICS 814, or equivalencies; three or four classes selected from BICS 862, 863, 864, 865; two 800 level College of Business courses from a single area other than CIS selected with adviser approval; 3-12 units selected from BICS 461, 471, 472, 561, 563, 665, CSC 310, 410, 415, 610, 630, or any graduate-level adviser-approved computer science course such that a coherent program is maintained.

See "Announcement of Courses" section for course disciplines listing.

Finance Emphasis

Graduate Advisers—Mansinghka, Messina, Platt, G.

The primary objective of the program is to provide broad management perspective as well as in-depth analytical skills and conceptual background in the various aspects of domestic and international financial management and decision-making. The courses offered are aimed at understanding, analyzing, and improving managerial decision-making process in the fields of corporate finance, financial markets and institutions, investment and portfolio analysis, financial data analysis, and international finance.

The program is designed to prepare the students for employment positions in the field of finance, which require analytical skills and decision-making abilities.

Students should carefully check prerequisites for all 800 series courses.

At least fifteen (15) units of graduate finance courses in the 800 series beyond FIN 819 (minimum grade of B–) and BUS 898 (Master's Thesis) must be selected with the consent of an adviser. Students must have an adviser-approved program before attempting any 800-level course work.

See "Announcement of Courses" section for course disciplines listing.

International Business Emphasis

Graduate Advisers—Duerr, Evans, Lee, Spier

The program courses are designed to prepare individuals to assume managerial responsibilities in international business, to perform in a responsive and responsible way in the multinational environment, and to contribute to economic development and international understanding through investment, production, and trade. The M.S.B.A. provides an opportunity for greater specialization in international operations and functions.

Specialized international business courses are found in the listings for accounting, finance, management, marketing, and transportation as well as those for international business. They include ACCT 808 and 820; FIN 835 and 836; IBUS 815, 822, 828, 830, 855, 856, 857, 859, 890, 895, and 898; and MKTG 880 at the graduate level.

With an adviser's approval, the student selects courses from the 800-series in the College of Business, and supporting graduate and upper-division courses from appropriate colleges to provide: (1) a functional emphasis; (2) a functional or regional emphasis including language; or (3) a program tailored to the individual needs and objectives of the student.

See "Announcement of Courses" section for course disciplines listing.

Management Studies Emphasis

Graduate Advisers—Albert, Castaldi, Dopp, Ericson, Harrison, MacColl, Silverman

The specialization in management and organization provides the student with detailed knowledge of managerial functions, concepts, and practices; and of organization design and behavior required for decision making in a wide range of managerial positions. The specialization in human resource management (HRM) is designed to prepare individuals for work in personnel departments of business or governmental agencies, or for other positions in the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, The National Labor Relations Board, and similar agencies.

At least fifteen (15) units of graduate courses in the 800 series beyond the three units required (BUS 898) should be selected, upon advisement, from the graduate courses listed for the College of Business. All selections must be approved in advance, in writing, by the graduate adviser. Special emphases are available in management, industrial relations, productivity improvement, and human resource management.

See "Announcement of Courses" section for course disciplines listing.

Marketing Emphasis

Graduate Advisers—Appell, Beall, Bushman, Dalbey, Lowe, Perttula, Wardlow

The program prepares a student for career opportunities in business firms, non-profit organizations, or governmental agencies. The combination of graduate work and specific job experience can lead to staff or line positions in general marketing, sales, advertising, new product development, retail management, and marketing research.

Every student with an emphasis in marketing must complete at least nine (9) units from the following: MKTG 861, 862, 863, 864, 865, 867, and 868. At least six additional graduate units in 800-level courses offered by the College of Business must be selected upon advisement.

See "Announcement of Courses" section for course disciplines listing.

Transportation/Logistics Emphasis

Graduate Adviser—Wardlow, Wood

The program provides opportunities for students interested in more specialized preparation than allowed in the M.B.A. curriculum.

Graduate students with an emphasis in transportation must complete MKTG 821 and MGMT 823; an adviser approved course selected from IBUS 528, 822, MGMT 523, 526, MKTG 527; plus adviser approved upper division or graduate courses from economics, geography, international relations, political science, education, or business, of which at least two courses must be outside the business area. At least eighteen units of the program must be from 800 level courses offered by the College of Business.

See "Announcement of Courses" section for course disciplines listing.

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN TAXATION

Director—Daniels

Advisers—Frankel, McWilliams

General Information
This degree is intended for students who want to develop the technical and conceptual skills necessary to pursue a career in tax accounting. It emphasizes not only the substantive and procedural aspects of tax law, but also policy considerations. This is a narrowly focused program for students to obtain advanced training in taxation. Program graduates will find employment in tax departments of both certified accounting firms and business corporations.

Courses for this program are listed in alphabetical sequence (see "Announcement of Courses" section for course disciplines listing).

Program
										Units
ACCT 811	Introduction to Federal Tax					    3
ACCT 812	Corporate Taxation						    3
ACCT 814	Taxation of Partners and Partnerships				    3
ACCT 816	Tax Research and Computer Applications				    3
ACCT 822	Tax Policy							    3
Four adviser-approved electives							   12
ACCT 898	Master's Thesis in Taxation					    3
		Graduate Approved Program (GAP) total				   30
		Phase II Requirements						 0-30
		Total								30-60

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