Master of Management at Aquinas College

Master of Management: Courses

MG 500
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.

MG 510
Research, Analytics & Decision Making
(To be taken within the first nine (9) credit hours)
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.

MG 520
Organizational Behavior & Culture
(To be taken within the first six (6) credit hours)
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.

MG 530
Marketing Management
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.

MG 540
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. (Macro O.B.). 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.

MG 570
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.

MG 580
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.

MG 610
Sustainable Business Innovations Lab
This course will investigate triple top-line entrepreneurial innovation, effective organizational design and workplace innovation deployment skills through in-class discussions as well as practice-based projects. It is designed to give students exposure to all dimensions of the innovative process in a real-world environment. Prerequisite: MG 672

MG 638
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.

MG 641
Managerial Presentation Skills
This experiential course focuses on the individual development of skill building for public speaking. Specifically, emphasis is placed on creating effective speech content, conducting an audience analysis and speech critique, as well as understanding the causes and remedies of communication apprehension related to public presentation. Instruction in vocal and physical delivery is provided in addition to ample feedback.

MG 646
Group Dynamics
A study of group process and functions, including theories of group and team dynamics, the major variables influencing group process, and specialized group techniques particularly applicable to organizational functioning.

MG 648
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. Prerequisite: MG 520 or MG 540 or equivalent.

MG 649
Organizational Development & Change
The course focuses on a systematic approach to planned organizational change. Students discuss various ways of assessing the organization’s current status (strengths, weaknesses, needs, etc.), prescribing the appropriate changes, strategies and effective interventions, and planning ways to overcome resistance to change.

MG 671
Industrial Ecology
This course examines the advantages of nature-based industrial systems for humankind and the natural community. Intelligent approaches the sustainable energy and material systems that contribute positively to community are outlined and discussed. A wide variety of organizations that have begun a transition toward authentic sustainable business practices are examined.

MG 672
Sustainable Business Management*
This course examines successful triple top-line principles and practices in our world today and the specific strategies employed by the intrepid business leaders who are making considerable progress orchestrating sustainable business inside their organizations. Classroom discussion applies value-producing sustainable business principles inside a variety of sizes and types of organizations. Prerequisites: MG 671

MG 673
Building Social Capital
This course examines the role of social capital in building organizations and communities that support sustainability. The key elements and various forms of social capital will be explored by looking at the different ways that communities develop and how the human relationship with ecological systems can be enhanced. In addition to theoretical foundations, both U.S. and international business and community case studies will also be used as a way to better understand how social structures, networks and norms help to strengthen the interdependencies among social capital, natural capital and commerce.

MG 685
Integrated Marketing Communications
This course develops a detailed understanding of the various promotional tools such as advertising, personal selling, sales promotion, and publicity. Means of estimating costs and results are explored together with those perspectives useful in coordinating promotional objectives and efforts within the organization. Applications are developed to include the creation of promotional plans and budgets as well as the design of promotional efforts such as advertising campaigns and sales tactics, with an emphasis on legal and ethical guidelines. Prerequisite: MG 530 or equivalent.

MG 687
Global Marketing
The course investigates marketing strategies and functions as they are adjusted for the international environment of the organization. Pricing and product design are evaluated in the context of currency fluctuations, differing cost patterns, and different economic and cultural determinants of demand. Promotion and physical distribution are investigated in the context of infrastructure capabilities, costs, and culturally determined expectations for performance. Integrative international marketing strategies are developed, utilizing an understanding of financial implications in various reference currencies as well as both classic and state-of-the-art concepts of appropriate international strategy. Prerequisite: MG 530.

MG 689
Consumer Behavior
A study of the factors which shape and influence the behavior of consumers in the marketplace. Both macro- and micro- consumer behavior aspects are reviewed, with major emphasis on contributions from the behavioral sciences, including such topics as sensation and perception, learning and motivation, attitude formations, and group influences on consumer behavior. Prerequisite: MG 530

MG 690
Marketing Strategy
This course develops an understanding of the organization’s market niche through the integration of perspectives in psychology, consumer behavior, microeconomics, finance, ethics, law, and strategic management. Strategic options for the enhancement of the organization’s position are explored, utilizing applications which include market research, computer simulations, and case studies. Prerequisite: MG 530.

MG 694
Managing 21st Century Organizations*
To provide managers with an overview of factors currently affecting both management and organizations together with their potential future effect on work and organizations.

MG 695
Strategic Management & Innovation (Munich)
(To be taken within the last six (6) credit hours of the program)
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.

MG 696
Topical Issues in Management

MG 697
Internship (up to 6-credits)
(Students must have completed at least 21 credit hours)
Up to three (3) elective credit hours may be earned through an internship in a new area of learning and directly related to a Master of Management study area. This internship is negotiated with a full-time faculty member with related experience in conjunction with the Career Services Department. On-site visits to observe the student will be utilized as part of the evaluation process. A field supervisor must also be identified. The student is responsible for finding an organizational setting and for identifying both the field supervisor and the Aquinas faculty member. The Career Services Department will assist in arranging an internship (paid or unpaid). Special registration forms must be completed before a student can be registered. The forms are available in the Career Services Office. Grading will be on a Credit/No Credit (Cr/NC) basis. Approval of the Director of the School of Management is required.

MG 699
Independent Project (custom research)
An individually negotiated project of a defined nature is established by a contract between the instructor and student. Approval of the Director of the School of Management is required.

MG 699
Independent Study (course number based)
Required or elective courses may be taken by independent study. All independent studies must be contracted with a faculty member and approved by the Director of the School of Management. Forms are available in the Graduate Studies Office. Students are limited to two (2) independent studies or independent projects or combination, for a total not to exceed six (6) credit hours.