Graduate Course Descriptions


The Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business at the University of Dallas offers courses both in the classroom and online.

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Please note that there are classes that will be phased out soon. Be sure to carefully review the rotation schedule so you don't miss your opportunity to take those classes. This is especially important if you have not recently completed a course – please contact your advisor immediately to ensure that you stay on track with your program design.

30 Hour MBA Courses:

 


Course Number

Course Name and Description

Credits

Classroom/ Online

ACCT 5325  

Intermediate Financial Accounting I
Provides an in-depth coverage of the accounting system and basic financial statements with an emphasis on topics of interest to financial managers including revenue recognition, statement of cash flows, working capital, cash and receivables, and long-term liabilities. Prerequisites: ACCT 5323, ACCT 6300, or equivalent.

3

Both

ACCT 5326

Intermediate Financial Accounting I
This course is a continuation of Intermediate Financial Accounting I. Covers selected accounting items with an emphasis on topics of interest in corporate financial reporting including investments, leases, pensions, deferred taxes, stockholders’ equity, and earnings per share. Prerequisite: ACCT 5325 or equivalent.

3

Both

ACCT 5330

Introduction to Taxation
Focuses on the basic theories and practices of individual income taxation. Involves hands-on experience in preparing individual tax returns and research projects. Prerequisite: ACCT 5325, ACCT 6300, or equivalent.

3

Both

ACCT 5350

Accounting Information Systems
Studies the manual and automated records, documents, procedures, and controls used in accounting systems. Course content emphasis is on the use of technology in financial accounting, decision-making, and auditing. Prerequisites: ACCT 5323, ACCT 6300, or equivalent.

3

Classroom

ACCT 5360

Auditing
Focuses on an audit of financial statements used for external reporting. Topics also covered include professional ethics, internal and operational auditing, assurance services, attestation services, GAAS and the Fundamental Principles, financial statement assertions, business cycles, COSO, current business events, and Sarbanes-Oxley issues. Prerequisite: ACCT 5326.

3

Classroom

ACCT   5323

Accounting for Managers
Focuses on the acquisition, analysis, reporting and use of both external and internal financial information about business events important to managers and the organization. The course emphasizes the transformation of information into basic financial statements; an introduction to knowledge and skills relevant to the internal use of accounting information; techniques in support of planning and control management decisions and budgeting for business operations; and management accounting methods, terms and practices. Prerequisite: ECON 5F70 Formerly ACCT 6300.

3

Both

ACCT 6330

Financial Statement Analysis
Focuses on the analysis of statements including shareholders’ equity, income, balance sheet, and cash flow. Topics include the analysis of financing and investing activities, profitability, growth, and economic value. Prerequisites: FINA 6305 or ACCT 5325.

3

Classroom

ACCT 6340

Entity Tax
Encompasses the study of federal income tax laws for corporations, partnerships, gifts, estates, and trusts. Topics include a detailed examination of corporate and partnership formation, income taxation, and income distribution from a variety of taxable entities. Prerequisite: ACCT 5330.

3

Classroom

ACCT 7340

Advanced Accounting
Provides in-depth coverage of financial reporting topics including: business combinations, partnerships, foreign currency transactions, governmental and not-for-profit accounting. Prerequisite: ACCT 5326.

3

Classroom

ACCT 8380

Accounting Research Methods
Covers research methods for solving complex accounting and reporting issues including both financial accounting and tax accounting cases. Prerequisites: ACCT 5323, ACCT 5330, and ACCT 5326.

3

Classroom

ACCT 8395 

Accounting Theory and Practice
Serves as the MS Accounting final course and includes coverage of accounting theory.  The course concentrates on advanced topics of U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and the application of those principles. The course is taken in the last semester of the MS program. Prerequisites: ACCT 5330, ACCT 5326, and BUAD 6330.

3

Classroom

BUAD 5315

Applied Verbal Reasoning
Students will develop and demonstrate an ability to analyze, evaluate, and synthesize written and oral business and economic information, to analyze and effectively apply grammar, composition, and rhetoric for business communication, and to identify and understand the relationships among words and concepts for use in business information analysis and presentation. A minimum passing grade of C (2.0) is required for this course for Qualifying Admission. 

3

Classroom

BUAD 5316

Quantitative and Statistical Reasoning
Students will develop and demonstrate knowledge and skills for effective application of finite mathematic principles for analysis of business information. Emphasis will be on problem solving using algebraic and statistical manipulation of formulae and data. A minimum passing grade of C (2.0) is required for this course for Qualifying Admission. 

3

Classroom

BUAD 5317

Applied Analytic Writing
Students will develop and demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary for the effective presentation of technical and persuasive writing, using principles of grammar, composition and rhetoric. Written case analysis, critical analysis and argument, and expository writing are emphasized. Mastery of external source citation is required. A minimum passing grade of C (2.0) is required for this course for Qualifying Admission.

3

Classroom

BUAD 5318

Practical Business Immersion
Students will develop knowledge in the foundational concepts and practices essential to the management of projects, people, and resources in contemporary organizations in the context of an applied field project. Students will be required to demonstrate effective team member, client management, problem identification, analysis and solving, and presentation skills. Students may be required to attend client meetings and cultural or industry immersion activities in addition to designated class meeting times or locations. A minimum passing grade of C (2.0) is required for this course for Qualifying Admission. 

3

Classroom

BUAD   6300

Business Analytics
An applications-oriented course that integrates practices related to the development, analysis, presentation, and protection of data in an organizational environment. Key practices in information technology, the development and application of metrics for business and statistical analysis, the effective display of information, and data integrity will be addressed.

3

Both

BUAD 6301/

7301

Independent Study
A member of the resident faculty, with permission of the Senior Associate Dean, supervises these special research studies. Students must submit a proposal, outline, and an approved Independent Study Contract in order to register. A copy of the contract must be on file with Office of Student Records. Formerly MGT. 6301. 

3

Classroom

BUAD   6305

The Effective Leader
This course facilitates the development of interpersonal and team skills leaders need to function effectively. The focus is on the integrated behavioral competencies that organizations value today; self awareness, communication, collaboration, and relationship-building.  Students will plan and implement new behaviors relevant to individuals who hold leadership positions, as well as those who informally assume leadership roles as they work with others to achieve business goals.  

3

Both

BUAD 6330

Business Communication
Course focuses on developing skills relevant to effective written and oral communication in applied business contexts. Students will practice skills in technical and commercial writing, electronic communications, visual/graphic presentation, interviewing and information gathering, and expository, persuasive, and extemporaneous speaking. Applications will be drawn from corporate summaries and reports, accounting statements and opinions, and managerial, employment, public relations and marketing communications. 

3

Classroom

BUAD 6390

Business Ethics for Accountants
Develops a framework for addressing ethically challenging situations in management and synthesizing the individual’s personal values with sound management practice.  The course offers an integration of ethical reasoning, objectivity, independence, and other core values into the development of accounting professionals.  Formerly BUAD 6390.

3

Both

BUAD 8101

Professional Internship
University-directed experience in a professional employment setting appropriate to the student's professional objectives. The supervising instructor, based on the Internship Contract, monitors the internship. Approval of the Associate Dean for Academic Operations is required prior to course registration. The Internship Contract and the final report must be on file with the Office of Student Records. Formerly MGT. 8101. 

1

Classroom

BUAD 8301

Professional Internship
University-directed experience in a professional employment setting appropriate to the student's professional objectives. The supervising instructor, based on the Internship Contract, monitors the internship. Approval of the Associate Dean for Academic Operations is required prior to course registration. The Internship Contract and the final report must be on file with the Office of Student Records. Formerly MGT. 8301. 

3

Classroom

BUAD   8310

Business and Society
Course examines the social, political, legal and regulatory environments that constitute the background in which a for-profit business firm conducts its activities in domestic and global contexts. Corporate social responsibility and the ethical dimensions of decisions that impact stakeholder groups and corporate sustainability in a competitive environment are discussed. Prerequisites: 3 credit hours of core courses.

Both 

BUAD 8330

International Study Tour
This course provides students with on-site experience in a variety of public, private and governmental organizations. International tours visit countries worldwide allowing students to experience the local corporate and social cultures. 

Classroom 

BUAD   8390

The Capstone Experience
The Capstone Experience is designed to integrate all earlier course work. The goal of the course is to develop an ability to consider an enterprise as an integrated entity, to use the concepts of policy and strategy, and to understand the environmental constraints and ethical considerations facing an organization. This course may be taken only in the final trimester of study. Capstone sections may require prerequisites as specified by the professor. Prerequisites: ACCT 5323 or ACCT 6300, BUAD 6300, FINA 6305, OPER 6305.

Both 

CYBS 5F70

Foundations of Cybersecurity
Provides an understanding of IT infrastructure and services, their vulnerabilities as well as the size and complexity of security threats faced by enterprises. Course will focus on the tenets of cybersecurity of confidentiality, integrity, availability and governance. Building on an understanding of these infrastructures, the development of security practices, policies, awareness and compliance programs, and legal and regulatory issues will be examined. Development of a threat assessment mapped to a solution that is supported with a cost/benefit analysis will also be developed. Formerly: TECH 5350/MGT 5387. 

3

Both 

CYBS 6350 

Data Protection
Provides students with a working knowledge of fundamental data protection techniques for protecting data at rest, data in motion, and data in processing. Techniques include encryption algorithms and systems (symmetric, asymmetric, standard, digital certificates, and hashes), Steganography, data masking, and data obfuscation. The course will also examine access controls, availability, authentication, confidentiality, data integrity, and non-repudiation are covered and defenses against DDOS and other data attacks. Security by diversity and security in depth will be presented as fundamental requirements. Formerly TECH 6350 Cryptography. 

Online

CYBS 6355 

Compliance and Legal Issues 
This course examines legal, privacy, and compliance environments facing organizations globally. Students will build an understanding of the complexities of security, compliance and legal obligations starting with a general foundation of laws and industry standards that apply across most organizations that handle sensitive data. Examination of industry verticals will expand students’ knowledge of particular federal and state regulatory and industry-based obligations. Course also examines how security and compliance obligations can be used to establish the security, compliance, and risk management programs for an enterprise.  Equivalent to TECH 6355

Online 

CYBS 7350 

Operational Cybersecurity Management 
The Operational Cybersecurity Management course focuses on developing skills relative to an understanding of the business risks that exist when proper cybersecurity access controls are not effectively implemented.  Students will study breach cases and have the opportunity to interface with security experts to gain an in-depth understanding of current risks, threats, and vulnerabilities organizations face.  Lab simulations will be completed and each lab will be analyzed for its meaning and purpose in increasing security knowledge.   Students will create a cybersecurity breach report and as a team project create an access control plan with recommendations for overcoming or minimizing cyber breach situations through the use of proper controls, the control framework, lab experiences, and other resources explored in the course. Co-requisite: CYBS 6350. Equivalent to TECH 7350.

Online

CYBS 7351 

Strategic Cybersecurity Management 
The Strategic Cybersecurity Management course examines cybersecurity at a program level by developing a cybersecurity strategy that includes components including mission, values, organizational structure, network structure, policy, risk assessment, vulnerability management, metrics, business continuity, awareness, education, culture, staffing, mobile device management, and threat analysis. Students will complete detailed strategy roadmaps that they will present to an executive board for approval. Prerequisite: CYBS 6350

Online

CYBS 7355 

Penetration Testing & Vulnerability Assessment 
Course provides an in-depth understanding of penetration (pen) testing and "ethical hacking", including requirements and reporting. Students will examine the business impact of testing and will conduct security testing (including network and web application penetration testing) in the lab environment that includes: intelligence gathering, identifying and exploiting vulnerabilities, conducting post-exploitation exercises, and reporting results. Students will be required to create a comprehensive report summarizing the findings including recommendations to mitigate the risks identified. Topics will include social engineering, web application testing, managing a security test, and tools of attack. Prerequisite: CYBS 7350. Replaces TECH 7355 Information Security Risk Mitigation.

Online

CYBS 7359 

Digital Forensics 
Course provides an in-depth analysis use of industry tools, technologies and practices involved in gathering, protecting and analyzing digital evidence. The class uses industry tools to perform forensic analysis and examines how various operating systems store data on storage media—hard disk drives and other digital media. The course will highlight how computers are used in crimes and how this can be linked to criminal motivations to focus a digital investigation. Prerequisite: CYBS 6355 & CYBS 7350. Equivalent to TECH 7358 and TECH 7359.

Online

CYBS 8395

Cybersecurity Practicum
The Practicum is taken in the last semester and designed to integrate all earlier coursework. Under the guidance of the professor, each student completes a practical exercise in a simulated cybersecurity management role. Approval is required to enroll. This course is open only to MS students in Cybersecurity. Prerequisites: CYBS 6350 and CYBS 7350.

3

Online

ECON 5F70

Foundations of Business Economics 
This course is designed to help managers make informed decisions with the aid of economic analysis. It applies micro concepts of supply, demand and cost, and methods of industry analysis, that assist the manager in making quantitative decisions. Macro concepts involving the banking system, monetary policy, and tax policy are addressed as they relate to inflation, unemployment and business fluctuations to allow managers to have a better understanding of the environment in which a firm, its competitors and customers operate. 

3

Both

FINA   6305

Managerial Finance
Focuses on risk-return analyses that managers use to maximize firm value. Topics include time value of money (review), valuation of financial instruments, capital budgeting, cost of capital and capital structure, working capital management and dividend policy. Prerequisites: ACCT 5323 or ACCT 6300, BUAD 6300 and ECON 5F70.

3

Both

FINA 7310  

Intermediate Corporate Finance 
Builds on Financial Management (FINA 6301) and presents additional concepts and models for financial decision making. Topics covered include capital budgeting, lease financing, working capital management, mergers and acquisitions, risk management, capital structure theory, dividend policy, and multinational financial management. Formerly MGT 7372. Prerequisite: FINA 6305. 

Both 

FINA 7320  

International Finance 
Policies and practices required to manage foreign exchange risk, finance international trade, and meet working capital and investment needs of multinational companies. Formerly MGT 7385. Prerequisites: FINA 6305. 

Both 

FINA 7322  

Investments
This course provides a thorough overview of investments, providing students with knowledge of basic types of securities (bond, stock, foreign exchanges and derivatives) and how the markets for these securities operate. Students will learn about the principles of finance, including arbitrage, market efficiency, asset pricing models and portfolio theory. Specific topics include risk-return and mean-variance efficient frontiers, diversification and pricing of risk, security, pricing, etc. In addition, students will apply skills in modern investment pricing techniques, including the pricing of fixed-income securities, equities, foreign exchange and derivatives. Principles of portfolio selection and management and risk control will also be covered in relevant topics. Finally, the course will look at how banks and other financial institutions make money by bringing issuers and investors together. Prerequisites: ACCT 5325 & FINA 6305.

Classroom

FINA 7327  

Corporate Valuation 
The course focuses on providing students with theoretical and applied understanding of key methods and tools used in valuing companies in order to evaluate mergers and acquisitions, new projects or make strategic decisions. Analysis of the factors that drive corporate value will be emphasized. This course will build upon the concepts covered in FINA 6305 Managerial Finance and FINA 7310 Intermediate Corporate Finance. Prerequisite: FINA 7310. 

Classroom 

FINA 7350  

Derivatives
In this course, students develop an understanding of financial derivative instruments (forwards, futures, options and swaps) and their applications to investment strategy and risk management. Throughout the course, we cover material in the contracts, hedging, arbitrage, pricing and risk management of financial derivative instruments. Derivatives pricing models such as Binomial Tree Model and BSM Model will be discussed in detail. In the class, students learn how to apply futures strategies for long and short hedge and how to apply option strategies such as covered calls, spreads and butterflies and options Greeks for financial engineering and risk management purpose. Students will also use options and futures contracts for tactical portfolio strategies purpose. Relevant topics such as securitization and real options will also be covered in the class. Prerequisite: FINA 7322. 

Classroom 

FINA 8395  

Portolio Management
This course serves as the final class of the MS Finance program. The objective of the course is to apply all of the theoretical finance knowledge students have learned in other MS Finance courses. By studying the empirical evidence relevant for portfolio management, we will cover investment strategies and risk management of equity portfolios, such as estimation of capital market parameters, trade-off between risk and return, equilibrium asset pricing models, portfolio construction, optimal portfolio selection and random walk as applied to portfolio management, etc. Prerequisites: FINA 7310 and FINA 7322. Approval required – final term.

Classroom 

MANA 5F50

Foundations of Management and Strategy
This course is designed to provide a basic exploration of organizations in their environments and provide an introduction to the management process. The foundational tools of planning, organizing, directing and controlling will be examined, with an emphasis on the strategic management process.

1.5

Both

MANA   6307

Managing Complex Organizations
Presents an employee-centered analysis of organizational value creation through the leadership of human resources.  The intersection of organizational theory, behavior, development and change serves as the context in which students are challenged to develop knowledge, skills and ability necessary to plan,evaluate, implement and improve human resource initiatives.  Emphasis is placed on critically evaluating multi-dimensional value creation perspectives. Prerequisite: MANA 5F50.  Equivalent to MANA 6305.

Both 

MANA   8320

Global Strategy 
Course provides students with an overview of the technological, economic, political/legal, cultural and financial dimensions of the global business environment with special focus on international trade and foreign direct investment. An experiential simulation is used to develop students’ skills in coordinating the strategy and operations of a multi-national enterprise in a high velocity, global environment. Prerequisites: ACCT 5323 or ACCT 6300, BUAD 6300, FINA 6305, and OPER 6305.

Both 

MARK 5F50

Foundations of Marketing
This course surveys the marketing activities and decisions of both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations involved in providing need-satisfying products and services to consumers in domestic and global markets. The overall goal of the course is to provide students with a working knowledge of the fundamental marketing concepts. 

1.5

Both 

MARK   6305

Value-Based Marketing 
This course connects marketing decisions with their financial implications. It expands marketing's traditional customer-centric focus with an emphasis on marketing's value to the organization. Students study and apply ROI concepts and practices for delivering higher levels of marketing productivity and profitability. Prerequisite: MARK 5F50.

Both 

OPER   6305

Management of Operations
This course focuses on the operations function, which creates an organization's products and/or services. The focal point of operations is the efficient acquisition, management, and transformation of resources into products and services. Operations strategy, operations' impact on profitability, and important strategic and tactical decisions that affect operations are studied. Prerequisite: BUAD 6300. 

3

Both

TECH 5F70 

Foundations of Information Technologies and Management 
This course examines the global issues facing IT and Cybersecurity organizations today by providing an understanding of IT infrastructure, services, and technologies for competitiveness, efficiency, and effectiveness.  Students will investigate security threats faced by enterprises through the tenets of cybersecurity of confidentiality, integrity, availability, and governance. 

Online 

TECH 6362

IT Project Management
This course provides a comprehensive overview of project management. It takes a socio-technical perspective on the management of projects. The content deals with planning, scheduling, organizing and implementing projects in business settings. Emphasis is on the project management process and tools. Basic concepts and tools of project management, such as work breakdown structure, scheduling, earned value analysis and risk management are introduced.Formerly OPER 6370.

3

Both

TECH 6370 

Process Mapping and Management 
Understanding business processes and their active, continuous management is fundamental to recommending IT and other managerial change solutions. Process mapping skills for 'as-is' and 'to-be' business processes are developed and practiced. In addition, techniques for change analysis, problem finding and resolution, technology impact analysis, benchmarking, error proofing, and change management are developed. Formerly MGT 6387. 

Both 

TECH 7362

IT Project Scope and Time Management 
This course examines topics related to scope and time management. Specific topics related to scope management include defining the scope, creating work breakdown structures and planning scope change control procedures. Time management topics include activity definition, activity sequencing, estimating activity resource requirements, estimating activity duration, schedule development and schedule control techniques. Prerequisite: TECH 6362. Formerly OPER 7370.

3

Both

TECH 7372 

Enterprise Architecture 
An enterprise architecture supports enterprise-wide information technology resource design and provides a blueprint for hardware, software, network, and data to best service business needs. This course examines the theory, principles, best practices, and common frameworks applied to development of an EA and builds on them to discuss how to develop an EA for an organization. EA scalability, standardization, measurement, and assessment are for different size organizations. Needs analysis provides the basis for determining the most effective type of EA. 

Classroom  

TECH 7374 

Program and Services Management 
IT management has evolved to the management of programs, such as outsourcing, and management of services, such as help desk. Program management encompasses several development projects that may include business organization structure, processes, infrastructure, applications, and services. Service management is an on-going role to manage bundles of services after they become operational. For program management, the discussion centers around key programs and organizational decisions managed through IT, design of program management functions. For services management, IT provides a service to the organization that directly affects the organization's relationship with its customers. For both types of management, understanding needs, design of changes, measurement, and assessment are discussed.

Classroom  

TECH 7375 

Strategy and IT Governance 
Encompasses both the internal and external domains that must be mastered and managed by today's CIO. Major activites reviewed include development of IT strategy that aligns with the organization's strategy and defining a portfolio management approach to applications and their sourcing, dealing with increasing regulatory and compliance issues and the management of processes within IT, guided by standards (e.g., ISO 20000) and framewords (e.g., CMMI, COBIT, 6-Sigma, etc.), while juggling change management in the global environment. Corequisite: TECH 6370. 

Classroom  

TECH 8395 

Information and Technology Management Practicum 
The Practicum is taken in the last semester and is designed to integrate all earlier coursework. Under the guidance of the professor, each student completes an applied research project on an approved topic. Approval is required to enroll. This course is open only to M.S. students in Information and Technology Management. Formerly TECH 8395. Thesis II. Prerequisites: TECH 6370 and TECH 6362 or OPER 6370.

Online