William Fannin, Ph.D., Dean
William Phillips, Ph.D., Associate Dean Darrell Scott, M.B.A., Assistant Dean
Professors Balsley, Boes, Fannin, Gallagher, G. Johnson, LeBlanc, Longmore, Pawar, Plewa, Pumphrey, Schwendig, K. Smith, Stratton, Wells Associate Professors de Raadt, Gantt, Hackert, Kilpatrick, M. Johnson, Jolly, Schou, Watts
Assistant Professors Burgess, Hinthorne, Millington, Moore, Ransom, Ruby, J. Smith
Master of Business Administration
Idaho State University offers a program leading to the degree of Master of Business Administration, open both to holders of business and non-business bachelor's degrees. The MBA program at ISU is accredited by the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
The program consists of a set of courses covering the "Common Body of Knowledge" in business (MBA I courses) and a set of graduate courses in business (MBA II courses). Students entering the MBA program with accredited undergraduate degrees in business administration will have met most, if not all, of the "Common Body of Knowledge" course requirements and can generally expect to complete the program in one year of full-time study. Students entering the program from entirely unrelated undergraduate or graduate programs, and most foreign students, should expect to take most of the "Common Body of Knowledge" courses. Under these circumstances, the program may take up to two full years including summer session.
Admission to the program, candidacy, and maintenance of good standing, will be in accord with the requirements of the Graduate School of Idaho State University and additional College of Business requirements.
Admission to the MBA program is granted only to students showing high promise of success in postgraduate business study. The College of Business uses various measures of high promise including:
a. Previous Schooling-Candidate's overall or upper-division grade point average prior to master's admission, or any other relevant measure of scholastic performance
b. Experience -- A record of appropriate employment at increasing levels of responsibility
The minimum requirements that must be met to be considered for admission is defined by the following:
The sum of 200 times the grade point average earned in upper-division and post-baccalaureate course work (4.0 system) plus the total score on the Graduate Management Admission Test must equal at least 1000 points.
Meeting these minimum requirements does not assure admission, however, as many factors are weighed in such a decision. Included among these factors is the student's performance in any "Common Body of Knowledge" courses taken prior to admission.
Please note that no admission decision can be made until the College of Business has received the applicant's transcripts and GMAT score.
MBA Program Requirements
MBA I courses cover the "Common Body of Knowledge" and provide the student with a broad background and the basic skills essential in all areas of business.
All students must complete the MBA I course requirements listed below, except those individual courses specifically waived by the College of Business graduate faculty on the basis of completion of equivalent work.
MBA I Requirements
MBA 601 Survey of Accounting 3 cr (alternatively, ACCT 201 and ACCT 202 may be substituted)
MBA 602 Survey of Business Statistical Techniques 3 cr (alternatively, MGT 216 and MGT 217 may be substituted)
MBA 603 Organization Behavior and Management Systems 3 cr (alternatively, MGT 312 and CIS 381 may be substituted)
MBA 604 Survey of Finance 3 cr (alternatively, FIN 310 and FIN 315 may be substituted)
MBA 605 Marketing and Strategic Management 3 cr (alternatively, MKTG 325 and MGT 460 may be substituted)
MBA 606 Survey of Management and Its Environment 3 cr (alternatively, MGT 261 and MGT 460 may be substituted)
ECON 607 Survey of Economics 3 cr (alternatively, ECON 201 and ECON 202 may be substituted)
MBA 608 Production and Decision Support Systems 3 cr (alternatively, MGT 329 and CIS 381 may be substituted)
No MBA I 600 level classes have prerequisites. However, most courses assume some basic knowledge of the functions and language of business. Normally, this might be gained through class work or through experience in a business organization. People lacking this background are encouraged to take the Survey of Accounting, Survey of Economics, and Statistics courses early in their program.
All MBA classes assume competency in use of the personal computer. This means competency with basic operations, word processing, and spreadsheets. The primary spreadsheet used is Lotus. Classes are offered by the computer center for individuals lacking these skills.
The student must have completed at least three semester units of calculus.
Foreign students are expected to meet the TOEFL requirements of the University. In addition, foreign students from non-English speaking countries will be required to demonstrate satisfactory writing competency or complete an English Composition class with a grade of C or better.
MBA II Requirements
Candidates for the MBA degree must complete the MBA courses listed below. Students are expected to fulfill the majority of MBA I coursework, the directly related MBA I courses and any explicit prerequisites before taking the MBA II courses.
MBA 630 Business Research (Fall) 3 cr MBA 631 Graduate Seminar in Accounting (Spring) 3 cr MBA 632 Graduate Seminar in Production/ Operations Management (Fall) 3 cr MBA 633 Graduate Seminar in Management of Information Systems (Fall) 3 cr MBA 634 Graduate Seminar in Finance (Spring) 3 cr MBA 635 Graduate Seminar in Marketing (Spring) 3 cr MBA 636 Graduate Seminar in Management (Fall) 3 cr MBA 640 Business Environment and Policy (Spring) 3 cr
A student must take a minimum of 30 hours of graduate coursework. In cases where MBA I coursework is waived the student will make up the hours needed to make a 30 hour program with elective courses. The elective courses must be approved by the MBA Director prior to enrollment in class for the student to receive credit in the graduate program. The elective credits can include MBA 639 (MBA Paper), MBA 650 (Thesis), MBA 691 (Graduate Seminar in Contemporary Issues in Business Administration), and other selected graduate courses. Graduate courses outside the College of Business are also acceptable as electives when approved by the MBA Director.
The MBA program requires the satisfactory completion of an oral examination in the final term of the student's program.
Any student who, after admission to the College of Business graduate program, falls below a 3.0 GPA in MBA II coursework or receives two C grades or a grade of D or F in MBA II coursework is deemed to be doing unsatisfactory work and is subject to review by the College of Business MBA Committee and to dismissal from the program. Any student who falls below a 2.75 GPA in MBA I coursework is deemed to be doing unsatisfactory work and is subject to review by the College of Business MBA Committee and to dismissal from the program. Students dismissed from the MBA program for academic reasons may re-apply for admission to the MBA program no earlier than four months following their dismissal. However, such requests for re-admission are not encouraged by the College of Business unless students requesting re-admission can demonstrate their ability to perform satisfactorily in the MBA program.
Courses in which a grade of D or F has been earned will not be counted toward fulfillment of MBA I or MBA II program requirements.
Program Completion Requirements
All MBA II course work must be completed within six years prior to graduation from the MBA program. MBA I course work has no time limit. If an individual does not enroll for two consecutive years, the student will be dropped from the MBA program and must apply for re-admission to proceed in the MBA program if the student decides to continue.
ACCT g331 Individual Income Taxation 3 credits. Study of federal income taxation and its application to individual taxpayers and business enterprises. Practical problems in making and filing returns. PREREQ: ACCT 202 OR 241.
ACCT g332 Business and Fiduciary Taxation 3 credits. Study of federal income taxation for corporations, partnerships, estates and trusts. PREREQ: ACCT 331.
ACCT g342 Advanced Managerial Cost Accounting 3 credits. Advanced quantitative techniques for planning and control. Cost estimation and behavior patterns, mathematical and statistical methodology for cost prediction. PREREQ: MGT 217 AND ACCT 241.
ACCT g400 Managerial Tax Planning 3 credits. For prospective business managers, owners, or investors interested in important tax consequences of alternative financial transactions. PREREQ: FIN 315.
ACCT g452 Accounting Theory 3 credits. General study of accounting concepts, principles, current theory and thought. Individual reports by members of the class of selected contemporary accounting literature. PREREQ: ACCT 324.
ACCT g456 Auditing 3 credits. Responsibilities of the auditor, the audit program, how to secure facts, and how to write a report. PREREQ: ACCT 324.
ACCT g457 Advanced Auditing 3 credits. Practical concepts needed by accounting graduates entering the profession of auditing. Statistical sampling, audit of computer systems, and planning the audit. PREREQ: ACCT 456.
ACCT g460 Governmental and Not-For-Profit Accounting 3 credits. Accounting and reporting principles, standards and procedures applicable to governmental units and not-for-profit institutions, i.e. universities, hospitals. Special consideration to financial management problems peculiar to the not-for-profit sector. PREREQ: ACCT 202 OR 241.
ACCT g461 Advanced Accounting I 3 credits. Study of accounting problems arising in connection with partnerships, corporate affiliation; institutional, social, and fiduciary accounting; consignments; installment sales; and foreign exchange. PREREQ: ACCT 324.
ACCT g462 Advanced Accounting II 3 credits. Capstone course integrating special problems of financial, managerial, and tax accounting. Emphasis on analytical and communication skills. PREREQ: ACCT 324 AND 461.
ACCT g463 Legal Environment of Accounting 3 credits. Forms of business organization, bankruptcy, employer/employee relationships, securities regulation, antitrust legislation, legal liability of accountants, insurance, suretyship, commercial paper, other legal issues affecting accountants. PREREQ: MGT 261.
ACCT g480 Comparative International Accounting 3 credits. Study of systems that have proven to be problems in an international accounting context, particularly for corporate financial reporting. Also, the progress toward international harmonization of financial reporting and taxation. PREREQ: ACCT 202 OR 241.
ACCT g492 Special Problems in Accounting 1-3 credits. Research and reports on selected problems or topics in accounting. Restricted to senior and graduate students in business who have the consent of the Dean. May be repeated under a different title for a maximum of 9 credits with the permission of the major advisor and the Dean.
CIS g418 Quantitative Methods 3 credits. Concept of analytical methods, definitions of models involving certainty, total value analysis, marginal analysis, system analysis, linear programming, queuing theory, game theory, etc. as they relate to statistical decision-making. PREREQ: MGT 216.
CIS g420 Survey of Computer Languages 3 credits. Study of language syntax, advantages, disadvantages and requirements of major programming languages and their associated operating systems. PREREQ: CIS 220 OR CIS 275.
CIS g424 Decision Support Systems 3 credits. Study of implementation of decisions support tools and techniques. PREREQ: CIS 220, FIN 315, MGT 216.
CIS g480 Data Base Management Systems 3 credits. Study of concepts of logical and physical data structures, course also covers types of data base languages including design and implementation of actual DBMS on interactive computer. PREREQ: PROGRAMMING LANGUAGE.
CIS g482 Advanced Systems Analysis and Design 3 credits. Provides the knowledge and tools necessary to develop a physical design and an operational computerized system. Also includes study of interactive systems and distributed processing. PREREQ: CIS 382 AND 480.
CIS g484 Expert Systems in Business 3 credits. The application of artificial intelligence to business and industry. Includes an analysis of the knowledge based approach to problem solving and information processing systems. PREREQ: CIS 480.
CIS g485 Network and Communication Systems 3 credits. Study of the implementation and development of network information systems. Protocols and techniques will be compared. PREREQ: CIS 220, CIS 480.
CIS g486 Business System Simulation 3 credits. Study, construction, and operation of computer simulations as aids for management and administrative decisions. PREREQ: MGT 216 AND PROGRAMMING LANGUAGE.
CIS g490 Management of Information Systems 3 credits. Study of the problems associated with the organization, management and operation of a data processing facility. PREREQ: CIS 318 OR PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR.
CIS g491 Seminar in Computer Information Systems 3 credits. Reading, discussion, and reporting on selected topics. Restricted to senior/graduate students in business with consent of the instructor. May be repeated with the instructor's permission for up to 6 credits.
CIS g492 Special Problems in Computer Information Systems 1-3 credits. Research and reports on topics in computer science. Restricted to senior/graduate students in business with consent of Dean. May be repeated under a different title for maximum of 9 credits.
FIN g445 Real Estate Finance 3 credits. Principles and methods of valuing business and residential land and improvements; analysis of sources and methods used in the financing of construction and development. PREREQ: FIN 310 AND 315.
FIN g448 Financial Management of Depository Institutions 3 credits. An analysis of the managerial issues which affect the financial performance of depository institutions such as capital adequacy, liquidity and asset/liability management techniques, profitability analysis, funding and investment decisions. PREREQ: FIN 310 AND 315.
FIN g475 International Corporate Finance 3 credits. Study of financing investment projects abroad including the tapping of overseas capitol markets, financing export transactions, hedging foreign exchange risks, and the control alternatives of international business. PREREQ: FIN 310 AND 315.
FIN g478 Investments 3 credits. Fundamental principles in the risk-return valuation of financial instruments (stocks, bonds, mortgages, options). Includes both the institutional framework in which securities are traded and the application of the capital asset pricing model to portfolio management. PREREQ: FIN 310 AND 315.
FIN g491 Seminar in Finance 3 credits. Reading, discussion and preparation of reports on selected topics. Restricted to senior and graduate students in business who have the consent of the instructor. May be repeated with instructor's permission for up to 6 credits.
FIN g492 Special Problems in Finance 2-3 credits. Research and reports on selected problems or topics in finance. Restricted to senior and graduate students in business who have the consent of the Dean. May be repeated under different title for a maximum of 9 credits with the permission of the major advisor and the Dean.
MGT g312 Individual and Organizational Behavior 3 credits. Study of internal structure and function of organizations and management practices. Provides theoretical and conceptual bases for analyzing relationships among individual, group, and total system behavior in achievement of organizational objectives within larger organizational environments. MGT 512 not open to graduate students in business.
MGT g373 Personnel Management 3 credits. Introduction to the methodology of employee selection, employment and development, personnel supervision and management, financial compensation, job analysis, behavioral tools and techniques employed to deal with personnel problems and contemporary problems of manpower management.
MGT g380 Labor Law and Legislation 3 credits. Study of the development of various laws that control, regulate, direct, and protect labor and management. PREREQ: MGT 261.
MGT g383 Industrial Relations 3 credits. Integrated study of principles and practices of collective bargaining and industrial relations.
MGT g430 Advanced Operations/Production Management 3 credits. Study of problems on line management in organizations. Major sections include strategy, process analysis, manpower planning, inventories, scheduling, and control of operations. Emphasizes both behavioral and technical aspects of problem solving in the area of operations management. PREREQ: MGT 329, MGT 312.
MGT g441 Organizational Behavior 3 credits. Case study approach designed to encourage independent thought in the application of behavioral theories and concepts of organizational problems. Emphasis on integrating theoretical concepts with patterns of organizational direction, control, communications and decision-making. PREREQ: MGT 312 OR PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR.
MGT g450 Manufacturing Strategy 3 credits. Study of the various production alternatives as critical factors in a company's competitive strategies. PREREQ: MGT 329, MGT 312.
MGT g457 Organizational Development 3 credits. Integration and utilization of behavioral science knowledge and organization theory in the development of planned organizational theory in the development of planned organizational change and adaptive techniques to compensate for rapidly changing business environments. PREREQ: MGT 312.
MGT g462 Issues in Business and Society 3 credits. Seminar course designed to focus thinking on critical issues facing managers in making decision choices regarding employees and other stakeholder groups, the community, and the environment. PREREQ: SENIOR STANDING OR PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR.
MGT g464 Organization Theory 3 credits. Integrated study of organization theory developed through analysis of classics in the literature of the field. PREREQ: MGT 312 OR PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR.
MGT g465 International Business 3 credits. Acquaints students with international business. Special emphasis on managerial functions and critical elements of the management process in a firm operating under foreign economic, technological, political, social, and cultural environments. Combination of class lectures, discussions, research papers and cases. PREREQ: ECON 201.
MGT g474 Advanced Personnel Management 3 credits. In-depth study of selected personnel/human resources management topics, including employee selection, performance evaluation, and compensation administration. PREREQ: MGT 216 AND MGT 373.
MGT g491 Seminar in Management and Organization 3 credits. Reading, discussion, and preparation of reports on selected topics. Restricted to senior and graduate students in business who have the consent of the instructor. May be repeated with instructor's permission for up to 6 credits.
MGT g492 Special Problems in Management and Organization 2-3 credits. Research and reports on selected problems or topics in management and organization. Restricted to senior and graduate students in business who have the consent of the Dean. May be repeated under a different title for a maximum of 9 credits with the permission of the major advisor and the Dean.
MKTG g326 Marketing Research 3 credits. Evaluation and study of providing relevant marketing information to management. Emphasizes problem formulation, consideration of data sources, means of acquiring information, sampling, interpretation of results. PREREQ: MGT 216-217, MKTG 325.
MKTG g327 Consumer Behavior 3 credits. Analysis of the psychological and sociological aspects of consumer decision-making and behavior including learning, consumer perception, influence of individual predispositions on buying processes, and group influences. PREREQ: MKTG 325.
MKTG g353 Methods of Marketing Analysis 3 credits. Selected techniques designed to analyze data leading to improved marketing operations and research. Use of models to assist in understanding marketing phenomena and decision making. PREREQ: MKTG 325 AND MGT 216-217.
MKTG g405 Sales Force Management 3 credits. Determination of the amount and allocation of personal sales effort to be applied to the market and methods of organization, evaluating, and controlling this effort. Critical evaluation of current practice in sales planning analysis. PREREQ: MKTG 325 OR PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR.
MKTG g428 Marketing Communications 3 credits. Introduction to the promotion process of business enterprises and other types or organizations. Emphasizes the management and implementation of advertising and sales promotion. Includes organizing and operating a sales force, control, sales planning, demand stimulation, advertising campaigns, selection of media, agency relations, analyses of advertising results. PREREQ: MKTG 325, 326, 327 OR PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR.
MKTG g431 Purchasing Materials Management 3 credits. Introduction to purchasing for consumption or conversion by organizational buyers. Analysis of purchasing's role in the firm. Emphasis placed on the interdependence between purchasing and other functional areas of the firm. PREREQ: MKTG 325, MGT 329.
MKTG g442 Retailing Management 3 credits. Operation and management of retail buying, merchandising, promotion, planning and control. PREREQ: MKTG 325 OR PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR.
MKTG g452 Marketing Channels and Logistics 3 credits. Analysis of the structure and operations of the channels of distribution from the manufacturer's viewpoint. Includes study of the physical distribution system and the business logistics process. Areas of emphasis are transportation, storage, order processing, location analysis, and the operations of functional middlemen. PREREQ: MKTG 325.
MKTG g454 Advanced Marketing Management 3 credits. Study of planning and problem-solving activities confronting the marketing manager. Integrates pricing, promotion, merchandising, and physical distribution and relates these to other major functional areas. PREREQ: MKTG 325, MKTG 353 AND MKTG 405.
MKTG g465 International Marketing 3 credits. Comparative marketing arrangements are examined. Covers factors which need to be recognized by international marketing managers in analyzing markets, covering foreign operations, and in assessing economic, cultural, and political aspects of international markets. PREREQ: MKTG 325.
MKTG g491 Seminar in Marketing 3 credits. Reading discussion, and preparation of reports on selected topics. Restricted to senior and graduate students in business who have the consent of the instructor. May be repeated with instructor's permission for up to 6 credits.
MKTG g492 Special Problems in Marketing 2-3 credits. Research and reports on selected problems or topics in marketing. Restricted to senior and graduate students in business who have the consent of the Dean. May be repeated under a different title for a maximum of 9 credits with the permission of the major advisor and the Dean.
MBA 601 Survey of Accounting 3 credits. Intensive survey of accounting for students with no prior business background. Major emphases on the content of accounting reports and on interpretation and managerial use of the information.
MBA 602 Survey of Business Statistical Techniques 3 credits. Study of classical statistics and forecasting, techniques of regression, and time-series classical decomposition. Computer interactive analysis of statistical information for managerial decision making.
MBA 603 Organization Behavior and Management Systems 3 credits. Organizational behavior at the individual, group, and system levels; design and structure of organizations as goal seeking, information processing open systems; dynamics of organizational decision processes; international dimensions of organizational behavior.
MBA 604 Survey of Finance 3 credits. Survey of financial management of the firm. Major emphasis is on the investment and financing decisions of corporate management and the domestic and international environment of these decisions. Use of spreadsheets as analytical tools is emphasized.
MBA 605 Marketing and Strategic Management 3 credits. Study of basic marketing. Strategic planning as applied to marketing issues; including situation analysis, opportunity and threat identification, segmentation targeting and positioning as elements of strategy development, and control and evaluation of strategic plan implementation.
MBA 606 Survey of Management and Its Environment 3 credits. Study of organizations and their worldwide social, economic, legal, and cultural environment. Study of administrative processes and management policy determination. Emphasizes social and ethical values.
MBA 608 Production and Decision Support Systems 3 credits. Study of the management of operations in private and public enterprise and in particular manufacturing. Use of computers and models in the decision making process of a firm.
MBA 630 Business Research 3 credits. The role of research in management. Study of research methods and procedures and study of statistical techniques for data analysis. PREREQ: MBA 602 AND MBA 605 OR EQUIVALENT.
MBA 631 Graduate Seminar in Accounting 3 credits. Use of accounting by management as part of the planning and controlling functions through cost control, control over operations, and budgeting; the use of accounting data in the motivation and evaluation of personnel. PREREQ: MBA 601 OR EQUIVALENT.
MBA 632 Graduate Seminar in Production/Operations Management 3 credits. Study of Production/Operations Management from a general management perspective. Includes such issues as technology planning, capacity/facilities planning, organization of operations and quality control. PREREQ: MBA 608 OR EQUIVALENT.
MBA 633 Graduate Seminar in Management of Information Systems 3 credits. Management aspects of design and implementation of an information system: including impact on organizational structure and planning. PREREQ: MBA 603 AND 608 OR EQUIVALENT.
MBA 634 Graduate Seminar in Finance 3 credits. Study of financial problems from the viewpoint of both the firm and the lender of funds. Emphasis is placed on the integration of theory and cases. PREREQ: MBA 604 OR EQUIVALENT.
MBA 635 Graduate Seminar in Marketing 3 credits. Managerial approach to marketing; focuses upon the role of the executive in problem-solving; relates the role of marketing to various social, economic, political, and legal systems influences. PREREQ: MBA 601, 604, 605, 607 OR EQUIVALENT.
MBA 636 Graduate Seminar in Management 3 credits. Study of organization design and organization change. Topics include organization structure, measurement and reward systems, selection and development, functional differentiation and integration, organizing international operations, change, organization development, and long range organizational effectiveness. PREREQ: MBA 603 OR EQUIVALENT.
MBA 639 MBA Paper 3 credits.
MBA 640 Business Environment and Policy 3 credits. Study of strategic processes and integrating analysis and policy determination at the overall management level with emphasis on the international operations of a business firm. PREREQ: ALL MBA I COURSEWORK OR EQUIVALENT.
MBA 650 Thesis 6 credits.
MBA 691 Graduate Seminar in Contemporary Issues in Business Administration 3 credits. May be repeated for up to 9 credits under different titles. PREREQ: PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR.
MBA 692 Special Problems in Business Administration 2-3 credits. Research readings or reports on selected problems and topics. May be repeated under a different title for a maximum of 6 hours credit. Requires the consent of the instructor.