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MASTER OF INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT
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The MIM program has been designed to prepare students who have already completed a course of study in a non-business field specifically for positions in international management. The course work spans a variety of topics relating to business administration, including management, marketing, accounting communications, business law, and economics. Upon successful completion of the program, students will have the solid basis of knowledge which will qualify them to enter managerial positions in a broad range of careers in international business.
The MIM program is open to qualified applicants who have earned a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent. No particular field of undergraduate specialization is required for admission to the program, but a year of undergraduate mathematics is strongly advised.
In addition to the graduation requirements for all graduate students, candidates for the Master of International Management degree must complete a minimum of 36 semester credits (12 courses) at the graduate level composed of the courses listed as follows, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Graduate students must also successfully complete a comprehensive master’s thesis.
Graduates of the MIM program will be able to:
- Demonstrate foundation knowledge in the functional areas of a global/international business.
- Examine and demonstrate comprehension of the complexities of global/international businesses.
- Select strategies and tools for solving complex problems posed by managing global businesses, and demonstrate understanding of the associated challenges.
Required Core Courses Credits: 36
This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the impact that individual and group behavior can have on organizational performance. It will stress differences in organization behavior across cultures. The course will also focus on the key factors that affect and shape organizational behavior. It will provide: practical examples; exercises and simulations; and methods for problem solving on behavioral issues.
This course in business economics is an essential tool that enhances a manager’s ability to make effective economic decisions. Because understanding concepts is more important than memorizing technics, this course describes both theory and practice so students understand how to produce and apply information that is useful in day-to-day decision making. This course emphasizes the applicability of economic theory to both the business/internal dynamics of the business and the external circumstance under which businesses operate. The course provides the necessary knowledge, tools and understanding of economic discourse as a basis for the study of business as well as a background of the basic economic principles relevant to business.
The collapse of the sub-prime mortgage market, the financial crisis and the global economic crisis make it more important than ever for students and managers to understand the role that finance plays in a global economy, in their own companies, and in their own lives. This course is designed to help students prepare for a changed world. The course combines theory and practical implications. An understanding of finance theory is essential for anyone developing and/or implementing effective financial strategies. The course begins by reviewing fundamental concepts, including background on the economic and financial environment, financial statements, and the time value of money, bond valuation, risk analysis, and stock valuation. With that background the course moves to specific techniques and decision rules that can be used to help maximize the value of the organization.
Multinational Business Management
This course is designed to help students develop the essential skills needed to formulate and implement successful strategic moves in the new competitive and interlaced global environment. Students will come to understand that successful multinational managers view the world as an integrated market where competition and collaboration evolve from anyone and anywhere. This course considers how cultural differences affect strategies and operations and gives the student an appreciation of how social institutions such as the economic system, the polity, the education system, and religion play an important role in any multinational operation. This course emphasizes specific techniques utilized by a multinational firm; its strategy, marketing, finances, decision- making, organization, communication, planning and control.
Methods of Research and Analysis
Business research is a systemic inquiry that provides information to guide managerial decisions. It is a process of planning, acquiring, analyzing, and disseminating relevant data, information and insights to decision makers. This course is designed to give students experience in a wide range of methodological and fieldwork activities involved in an actual piece of research. The main stages in historical, social science and business research are addressed. This course prepares a student for various research projects using empirical research methods including formulation of a research problem statement, literature and theoretic review, research design, data collection and fieldwork and construction of and development of a solid research project. Ethics is also addressed.
IT Applications in Business
This course provides an in-depth look at how today’s business organizations use information technologies and systems to achieve corporate objectives. Information systems are one of the major tools available to managers for achieving operational excellence, developing new products and services, improving decision making, and achieving competitive advantage. This course introduces the students to electronic data processing systems and techniques in the context of organizational management information systems.
This course is designed to take a strategic approach to marketing by outlining the major dimensions of the global business environment. The course will focus on a set of conceptual and analytical tools that prepare students to successfully apply the four Ps to global marketing. The course will help the student develop international strategies in planning market research and control with regards to legal, cultural and economic factors involved in crossing border. Ethics, corporate social responsibility and social responsiveness in the globalization era are also addressed.
Human Resources Management
This course focuses on HRM in a multinational setting in term of human resource activities, types of employees and countries of operation. The complexity of operating in different countries and employing different national categories of workers is a key variable that differentiates domestic and international HRM, rather than any major difference between HRM activities performed. The course familiarizes the student with the basic functions of HR including staffing, recruiting, training and development, compensation, employee relations and performance management with an emphasis on the international environment.
International Business Law
This course emphasizes private and public law. The private law applicable to international business transactions includes the law of international sales, trade finance and letters of credit, licensing and distribution agreements, agreements with foreign sales representatives and other governing law. Public international law includes conventions, treaties and agreements among nations that make up the legal framework within which international business take place. The treaties of the European Union, the GATT agreement, the agreements of the World Trade Organization and NAFTA are prime sources of public international business law. Public international law provides the basis for government regulation of international business. It affects the environment within which a firm develops its international business strategies, and establishes the organization’s responsibility to national laws and administrative regulations. Legal concerns including ethics and social responsibility will be addressed throughout the course.
Managerial Communications for International Business
This course reflects the vital importance of effective communication skills to success in management. This course covers the of basic business communications principles, focusing on communicating economically, accurately, and cogently. Communications strategies to meet business situations that managers encounter are also addressed. Students analyze cases and compose appropriate business communications.
Managerial and Financial Accounting
This course is designed for the MIM and MBA student who has little or no previous background in accounting. The course consists of two parts: financial accounting and managerial (management) accounting, to include cost accounting and budgeting. Financial accounting provides information for external users, primarily investors and creditors, and accounting provides information for internal management. This course introduces students to various accounting themes and evolving concerns. This dual emphasis, finance and accounting, allows students to become grounded in accounting fundamentals. The course addresses important issues such as accounting integrity, fraud, corporate governance, and business ethics, as well as how to use financial statements to make important financial decisions.
In today’s global and economic environment, anyone can access vast amounts of statistical information. The most successful managers and decision makers understand the information and know how to use it effectively. This course introduces the student to the software packages of Minitab 16 and Microsoft Office Excel 2010 and emphasizes the role of computer software in the application of statistical analysis. BA 575 is an intensive introduction to statistical methodology in business and economics. Topics included in the course include descriptive statistics, probability, interval estimations, hypothesis testing, experimental design, ethics in interpretation and multiple regressions.
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