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nsu_5437.JPGThe EMBA program is structured totally different from your prior college experience.

Thats because EMBA participants aren’t preoccupied with grades but instead are focused on learning how to increase the effectiveness of their organization and expand their career opportunities. Therefore, the Nicholls EMBA program is designed to be rigorous and applicable, void of watered down courses or irrelevant projects.

EMBA participants progress through the curriculum together and are encouraged to contribute to the learning process by sharing perspectives shaped by their unique professional experiences. Classes are held approximately every other Saturday, with additional work completed online between meetings.

GATEWAY SEMINARS
Prior to most courses, two-week gateway seminars are presented. These seminars provide participants with the necessary foundations of knowledge needed to succeed in each of the major subject areas.

GRADUATE COURSES
Courses in the EMBA program are delivered sequentially, beginning each spring. The program is 33 credit hours (typically 11 courses), with the final requirements for the degree being completed in 18 months.

The curriculum consists of ten required and one elective courses. Required courses include:

The Language and Tools of Business Analysis (12 hours)

* ACCT 500: Managerial Decision Support. An integrated study and application of financial and managerial accounting tools and concepts used for planning and control functions in modern organizations.

* BSAD 501: Quantitative Business Analysis & Decision Support. Foundations of statistical methods for business analysis and decision making. Special topics covered include data collection; types of data; graphical analysis; descriptive statistics; frequency distributions; random variables; probability distributions; sampling distributions; estimation; hypothesis testing; correlation; linear regression; forecasting.

* ECON 500: The Economic Environment of Business.  Foundations of economic principles for business analysis and decision making. Special topics covered include macroeconomic variables; fiscal policy; financial intermediaries and money creation; monetary policy; supply and demand; elasticity; production and cost; forecasting; breakeven analysis; market structure.

* FINC 515: Performance and Planning.   Provides concepts and analytical framework to measure firm performance and establish short-term plans based on value-based management.

Understanding Organizational Processes, Markets, and Employees (9 hours)

* CIS 501: Managing Information Technology & Business Processes. Utilization of information systems and evolving technologies as strategic assets are discussed. The impact of integrative use of information resources, communication technologies, and emergent systems management tools on decision making for effective and efficient planning and performance assessment is presented. The significance of proficient management of information systems in value creation and gaining strategic advantage for the firm is emphasized.

* MKTG 501: Market Analysis, Planning & Control.  A study of value creation for the firm, as well as external and internal constituents that drive business growth, through analyzing the market for opportunities to create competitive advantages while avoiding competitive and environmental threats.  Special emphasis is placed on the marketing plan to achieve these advantages, including a results-oriented method for monitoring results and making adjustments.

* MNGT 502: Managing Human Capital.  An analysis of theories addressing human behavior in work settings and formal processes involved in the management of employees. Special emphasis is placed on the application of theories with respect to interpersonal work interactions and human resource key functions.

Achieving Competitive Success (9 hours)

* FINC 520: Value-Based Management.  Provides the analytical framework to evaluate the long-term strategic investment and financing decisions the firm’s management faces.

* BSAD 525: Managing Strategic Resources for Competitive Advantage. Formulation and implementation of effective organizational strategy in the pursuit of a competitive advantage.  The nature of strategy and its relationship with firm performance are stressed.  Content topics include the importance of strategic direction, analyses of internal and external environments, business and corporate-level strategies, and strategy implementation.  A case approach involving the integration of current concepts in all business disciplines.

* BSAD 507: Leadership, Ethics & Accountability. Examines leadership as the integrating force in the functional areas of a business enterprise.  Key areas of study are (a) developing organizational goals and strategic plans, and (b) guiding, developing and motivating the people within the organization.  Contemporary leadership studies blend strategic thinking and psychological/behavioral aspects to achieve organizational goals within ethical frameworks.

Elective (3 hours)

Elective courses are typically worth three credit hours, although proposals for shorter, more specialized topics may also be presented.  It is important that the EMBA curriculum reflect the best practices in business education. Therefore, the College of Business Administration reserves the right to alter the curriculum at any time through appropriate procedures.

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