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SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Master of Business Administration
Doctor of Business Administration

Course Descriptions

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MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

Master's participants in Small Business Development (MBA) complete a minimum of 36 credits above the baccalaureate degree including a final examination, and the thesis project or major project in lieu of thesis, as outlined below:

Academic Major (Required: 18 credits)
Academic Minor (Required: 9 credits)
Research Preparation (Required: 3 credits)
EXM 880: Master's Comprehensive Examination (Required: noncredit)
RES 885: Thesis Proposal (Required: 2 credits)
RES 890: Thesis (Required: 4 credits)
EXM 895: Oral Review of Thesis (Required: noncredit)

Course Descriptions

THE ACADEMIC MAJOR
Master's students must complete 18 graduate credits in core coursework comprising an academic major. These are the foundational competencies in theories, principles, and practices, and the historical, philosophical, and social-cultural implications of the discipline. These courses represent the core competencies and essential elements, which define your field of study and establish the underlying foundations upon which you may base your advanced professional development.

This concentration examines the details of entrepreneurial studies, small business development and small business management, finance, business communications, business ethics, human resource development, marketing, and business law.

Required: 18 credits, as outlined below:

MGT 500: Readings in Entrepreneurial Studies (3 credits)
PLUS minimum of 15 credits selected from:

MGT 502: Database Management (3 credits)
MGT 504: Statistics for Management (3 credits)
MGT 506: Logistics Management (3 credits)
MGT 508: Alternative Dispute Resolution (3 credits)
MGT 510: Management in the Face of Change (3 credits)
MGT 512: Management Information Systems (3 credits)
MGT 514: Quality Management (3 credits)
MGT 516: Business Law (3 credits)
MGT 518: Addressing Workplace Diversity (3 credits)
MGT 520: Strategic Policy Formation (3 credits)
MGT 522: Organizational Assessment (3 credits)
MGT 524: Management for Change (3 credits)
MGT 530: Performance Management (3 credits)
MGT 532: Human Resource Management (3 credits)
MGT 534: Ethical Theories for Business (3 credits)
MGT 538: Executive Decision-Making (3 credits)
MGT 540: Productivity in the Workplace (3 credits)
MGT 542: Human Behavior in Organizations (3 credits)
MGT 544: Discrimination in the Workplace (3 credits)
MGT 546: Global Entrepreneurship (3 credits)
MGT 548: Individual Financial Planning (3 credits)
MGT 550: Public Management (3 credits)
MGT 554: Investments and Risk (3 credits)
MGT 556: Organizational Development and Transformation (3 credits)
MGT 558: Leadership in Management (3 credits)
MGT 562: Theories of the Paradigm Shift (3 credits)
MGT 564: Cultural Implications of Paradigm Shift (3 credits)
MGT 565: Philosophical Perspectives in Paradigm Studies (3 credits)
MGT 566: Creativity and Systemic Change (3 credits)

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THE ACADEMIC MINOR
Master's students also complete coursework in an academic minor consisting of at least 9 credits. The academic minor may include additional studies in the field of business and corporate administration, international business administration, small business development and eBusiness, or another appropriate field of study. The minor may also be interdisciplinary in nature.

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RESEARCH PREPARATION
Master's students must pursue studies providing advanced research knowledge necessary for success in their final projects (thesis or major project in lieu of thesis). At least three semester credits of research preparation coursework is required and this might focus upon quantitative and qualitative methods or participatory action research techniques, especially subject selection, research design, and statistical analysis, as appropriate to each student's proposed project. Through this requirement, students learn to effectively define applied problems or theoretical issues and articulate the rationale for the study. They should learn to present an effective scholarly review of the academic literature and implement quantitative, qualitative or participatory action methods for evaluating academic issues.

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COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION
Once the student has completed the coursework elements of the degree, they schedule the Comprehensive Examination. The primary mentor and a faculty member representing the minor field of study conduct both the written and oral components of the examination. The written portion is open book style with selected essay questions requiring creative responses that reach for the higher levels of cognition. Your answers are expected to draw from both the primary and secondary competencies of your program with proper referencing of the scholarly literature. The oral component of the examination is normally completed by telephone conference and is intended to allow detailed investigation of your written responses.

THESIS PROPOSAL
Master's students are expected to prepare a formal proposal related to the concept for research under the direction of the primary mentor and following the guidelines provided by the University.

THESIS PROJECT
Following approval of the thesis proposal, the student will begin the research project. The thesis may take the form of a traditional research project or it may be a major scholarly project of the type appropriate to the discipline. Whichever approach to the thesis is approved, the resulting project must demonstrate mastery of a body of knowledge in the major field of study, be the original work of the student and represent a meaningful contribution to the betterment of the human condition or an improvement of the professional field.

The thesis research may be conducted via quantitative, qualitative, or participatory action research. The body of the thesis manuscript, structured according to a set of approved manuscript guidelines, should exceed 75 double spaced, typewritten pages. If the thesis takes the form of a major scholarly project, it must follow the guidelines provided by the University for such projects.

REVIEW OF THESIS
Once the students have prepared the thesis manuscript, they will be asked to schedule the formal review process. The primary mentor and a faculty member representing the secondary academic area will conduct the formal physical review of the thesis manuscript and the oral review of thesis.

The physical review of the thesis manuscript usually takes the review committee four to six weeks. Each reviewer will prepare questions and commentary relative to the underlying review of the literature, the thesis methodology, the mechanics of your project, and the presentation of the findings, conclusions and recommendations.

The oral examination is carried out by telephone conference call and is designed to allow detailed investigation of the thesis. The faculty reviewers explore issues related to the thesis including methodology, review of literature and interpretation of the findings.

One outcome of the thesis review process is a set of final expectations directing the student through the remaining tasks for completing the thesis manuscript. Once the final manuscript is approved, the student will submit the formal document to an approved bindery and later ship the bound thesis to the University for permanent archival storage.

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DOCTOR OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

Doctoral participants in Small Business Development (DBA) must complete 48 hours of graduate credit above the Master's degree, as outlined below. This includes 36 credits in subject matter coursework, as well as a major project or dissertation and comprehensive examinations.

Academic Major (Required: 18 credits minimum)
Academic Minor (Required: 12 credits minimum)
Research Preparation (Required: 6 credits minimum)
EXM 980: Comprehensive Final Examination (Required: noncredit)
RES 985: Dissertation Proposal (Required: 4 credits)
RES 990: Dissertation Project (Required: 8 credits)
EXM 995: Oral Review of Dissertation (Required: noncredit)

Course Descriptions

ACADEMIC MAJOR
Doctoral students must complete 18 graduate credits in core coursework comprising an academic major. These are the foundational competencies in theories, principles, and practices, and the historical, philosophical, and social-cultural implications of the discipline. These courses represent the core competencies and essential elements, which define your field of study and establish the underlying foundations upon which you may base your advanced professional development.

This concentration examines the details of entrepreneurial studies, small business development and small business management, finance, business communications, business ethics, human resource development, marketing, and business lawp>

Required: 18 credits, as outlined below:

MGT 600: Readings in Management and Entrepreneurial Studies (3 credits)
PLUS a minimum of 15 credits selected from:

MGT 502: Database Management (3 credits)
MGT 504: Statistics for Management (3 credits)
MGT 506: Logistics Management (3 credits)
MGT 508: Alternative Dispute Resolution (3 credits)
MGT 510: Management in the Face of Change (3 credits)
MGT 512: Management Information Systems (3 credits)
MGT 514: Quality Management (3 credits)
MGT 516: Business Law (3 credits)
MGT 518: Addressing Workplace Diversity (3 credits)
MGT 520: Strategic Policy Formation (3 credits)
MGT 522: Organizational Assessment (3 credits)
MGT 524: Management for Change (3 credits)
MGT 530: Performance Management (3 credits)
MGT 532: Human Resource Management (3 credits)
MGT 534: Ethical Theories for Business (3 credits)
MGT 538: Executive Decision-Making (3 credits)
MGT 540: Productivity in the Workplace (3 credits)
MGT 542: Human Behavior in Organizations (3 credits)
MGT 544: Discrimination in the Workplace (3 credits)
MGT 546: Global Entrepreneurship (3 credits)
MGT 548: Individual Financial Planning (3 credits)
MGT 550: Public Management (3 credits)
MGT 554: Investments and Risk (3 credits)
MGT 556: Organizational Development and Transformation (3 credits)
MGT 558: Leadership in Management (3 credits)
MGT 562: Theories of the Paradigm Shift (3 credits)
MGT 564: Cultural Implications of Paradigm Shift (3 credits)
MGT 565: Philosophical Perspectives in Paradigm Studies (3 credits)
MGT 566: Creativity and Systemic Change (3 credits)

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ACADEMIC MINOR
Doctoral students completing the degree by coursework, also complete coursework comprising a 12 credit academic minor. The primary mentor guides the student in the selection of this coursework. The academic minor may include additional studies in the major field or another appropriate field of study. The minor may also be interdisciplinary in nature.

RESEARCH PREPARATION
Doctoral students must pursue studies providing advanced research knowledge necessary for success in their final projects (dissertation). At least six semester credits of research preparation coursework are required. This coursework might focus upon quantitative and qualitative methods or participatory action research techniques including subject selection, research design, and statistical analysis, as appropriate to each student's proposed project. Through this requirement, students learn to effectively define applied problems or theoretical issues and articulate the rationale for the study. They should learn to present an effective scholarly review of the academic literature and implement quantitative, qualitative or participatory action methods for evaluating academic issues.

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COMPREHENSIVE FINAL EXAMINATION
Once the student has completed the coursework elements of the degree, they will schedule the Comprehensive Examination. The primary mentor and a faculty member representing the secondary academic area conduct the written and oral components of the examination. The written portion is open book style with selected essay questions requiring creative responses that reach for the higher levels of cognition. Student responses are expected to draw from the academic competencies of the program with proper referencing of the scholarly literature. The oral component of the examination is normally completed by telephone conference and is intended to allow detailed investigation of your written responses.

DISSERTATION PROPOSAL
Doctoral students are expected to prepare a formal proposal related to your concept for research under the direction of your primary mentor and following the guidelines provided by the University.

DISSERTATION PROJECT
Following approval of the dissertation proposal, the student will begin the research project. The dissertation may take the form of a traditional research project or it may be a major scholarly project of the type appropriate to the discipline. Whichever approach to the dissertation is approved, the resulting project must demonstrate mastery of a body of knowledge in the major field of study, be the original work of the student and represent a meaningful contribution to the betterment of the human condition or an improvement to the professional field.

The dissertation research may be conducted via quantitative, qualitative, or participatory action research. The body of the dissertation manuscript, structured according to a set of approved manuscript guidelines, should exceed 125 double spaced, typewritten pages. If the dissertation takes the form of a scholarly project, it must follow the guidelines provided by the University for such projects.

REVIEW OF DISSERTATION
Once the students have prepared the dissertation manuscript, they will be asked to schedule the formal review process. The primary mentor and two faculty members representing the secondary academic area and the field of research will conduct the formal physical review of the dissertation manuscript and the oral review of dissertation.

The physical review of the manuscript usually takes the review committee four to six weeks. Each reviewer will prepare questions and commentary relative to your underlying review of the literature, the dissertation methodology, the mechanics of your project, and your presentation of the findings, conclusions and recommendations.

The oral examination is carried out by telephone conference call and is designed to allow detailed investigation of the dissertation. The faculty reviewers explore the issues related to the dissertation including methodology, review of literature and interpretation of the findings.

One outcome of the dissertation review process is a set of final expectations directing the student through the remaining tasks for completing the dissertation manuscript. Once the final manuscript is approved, the student will submit the formal document to an approved bindery and later arrange for the bound dissertation to be shipped to the University for permanent archival storage.

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