Prof. Robert Plant, PhD


Professional MBA

The online Professional MBA provides the cross-functional skill set you need to become a business leader. it is taught by the same top-ranked faculty as on campus and provides two optional campus residencies experiences.

Course Overview

Course Sequence

Professional MBA Course Sequence
Course sequence is subject to change


MBA with Corporate Finance Focus

Designed for students who want to complement their MBA with additional finance courses, this focus area includes the option to complete the Certificate of Corporate Finance first or take finance courses throughout the MBA program. This program is especially suited for students interested in corporate finance functions such as the controller’s office, treasury management, capital budgeting, or investor relations.

Course Sequence

Course Sequence - MBA with Corporate Finance Focus
Course sequence is subject to change.

MBA with Financial Decision Making Focus

This focus area will help managers use decision-making theory to better understand economic and financial decisions and guide investors, money managers, and corporate managers. It also provides a framework for thinking through a variety of financial issues.

Course Sequence

MBA with Corporate Decision Making Focus
Course sequence is subject to change.

MBA with Accounting Practice Focus

Build a solid foundation in accounting on top of the well-rounded business education you will acquire through your MBA. Intended for candidates with no prior accounting credits, this certificate will provide you with the critical knowledge of financial and managerial accounting practices, taxation and accounting information systems.

Course Sequence - MBA with Accounting Practice Focus
Course sequence is subject to change.

Course Descriptions

BUS 640 – Fundamentals of Finance, Accounting, & Economics

This course details the fundamentals of financial accounting and finance, as well as microeconomic concepts, and touches on quantitative skills needed to pursue the Master of Science in Finance degree or other master degrees that entail taking elective courses in finance.

MKT 660 – Foundations of Marketing Management

The course introduces students to the analytical concepts and tools of marketing management. Special emphasis is placed on the relationships between marketing and overall company strategy, the development of a customer orientation, the integration of marketing throughout the organization and the implementation of systems for planning and controlling the marketing effort. Students consider problems of consumer analysis, product planning, integrated communication, distribution and pricing. The discovery and application of marketing management skills are developed through the use of readings, cases, exercises, and class discussions.

BTE 621 – Management Information Systems

This course is designed to give prospective managers a foundation in MIS sufficient to understand and effectively use information systems. Topics include types of information systems, role of MIS in organizations, CIO issues, ERP systems, and electronic commerce.

ECO 690 – Essentials of Economic Theory

An economic study of the environment in which the decision making process takes place in management and the functional areas. Structured especially for students without an undergraduate background in economics.

ACC 681: Introduction to Financial and Managerial Accounting

This course provides an introduction to financial and managerial accounting. Since this course focuses on accounting’s role in providing information for management decisions, it also includes techniques for planning and controlling business operations to achieve company goals. Topics include the accounting cycle, financial statements, and financial ratios. From a managerial perspective, topics include job-order, process costing, activity-based costing, cost behavior, cost volume profit analysis, budgets, variances, and capital budgeting.

ACC 682 - Intermediate Accounting

Entities that prepare financial statements are guided by principles of financial reporting practices. These practices are in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). Increasingly, these standards adhere to global practices and standards as well. To increase student knowledge and skills concerning these standards, the course begins with expanded explanations of income statements and balance sheets. As the course progresses, students gain more complex skill with accounting applications such as leases, postretirement benefits, and accounting for income taxes. Additionally, this course includes advance application for the statement of cash flows.

ACC 683 - Taxation

This is an introductory course in taxation in which students will be exposed to the various types of federal taxes and learn the basics of federal income taxation as it applies to businesses and individuals. The course begins with a discussion of basic concepts of federal taxation applicable to all taxpayers. Emphasis is placed on study of the basic income tax formula, including income inclusions, exclusions, deductions, and the tax consequences of property transactions. This is followed by a study of income tax laws as they affect formation, operations, and distributions of corporations and partnerships. The course concludes with a study of the specific income tax provisions applicable to individuals and an introduction to the tax issues associated with the transfer of personal wealth.

ACC 684 – Accounting Information Systems

The primary focus of the course is to cover the nature, design, and implementation of accounting information systems. The objective of the course is to develop students’ understanding of the theory and practice of relational database management systems in the accounting view of enterprise-wide databases.

MAS 610 – Statistical Analysis for Managerial Decision Making

This course covers data analysis, probability concepts, distributions, sampling, estimation, hypothesis testing, simple and multiple regression and correlation analysis.

MGT 600 – Managing Responsible Behavior in Organizations

This course covers concepts of leadership, motivation, group dynamics, personality, organizational development strategies, and other behavioral aspects involved in the effective management of an organization through readings, lecture, video, discussion, and case analyses. The emphasis is on building a sound grasp of leadership practice, and on developing the ability to apply such knowledge to actual business problems.

BSL 695 – Legal Implication in Executive Decision Making

Law and legal process are examined as they mix with the politics and ethics of business, including the weight given to legal implications in the executive decision-making process.

FIN 613 - Intermediate Corporate Finance and Investments

This course builds on Finance 1 to provide a more advanced treatment of topics in investment theories, portfolio selection and corporate finance.

FIN 614 - International Investments and Valuation

This course uses an inter-disciplinary approach, between finance and accounting, to build knowledge of international finance, financial statement analysis and company and project valuation.

FIN 615 - Financial Decision Making

This course focuses on decision making theory and behavioral finance, and includes case applications to apply theory to topics such as agency problems, conflicts of interest, and money management. Students learn about the psychological, social, and cultural determinants of suboptimal managerial behavior and how those common “mistakes” could be avoided.

FIN 616 - Applied Corporate Finance

This course covers topics in corporate finance and business law, which include the financial and legal aspects of mergers, leasing, and financial strategy.

MAS 641 – Operations Research Models in Management

This course studies the application of operations research techniques in management. Topics include linear programming, PERT/CPM, queuing theory, forecasting, inventory models, statistical quality control, decision theory, and simulation.

MGT 653 – Operations Management

Introduction to major managerial problems and decision processes of operations management. Topics include the design of operations, planning, scheduling, quality control, systems analysis and evaluation, resource allocation, materials requirement planning, and integration of operations management with the other functional areas.

MGT 658 – Strategic Management

The formulation and implementation of strategy, from a domestic and international perspective, is explored through cases, readings, and decision simulation. An integration of all the core areas of business is emphasized. This core course is required of all MBA students.

Elective Courses

Students in the Online MBA program have the option to complete a 3-credit course offered during the Miami Residency or an elective online course of 3 or more credits.