School of Management
Interim Director: Ronald D. Hovis
Location: CFO 506
MHSM Program Director: Rob Maurer, Associate Professor
Location: IHSD 8706
Phone: 214-689-6560, 940-898-2111
Graduate Degrees Offered
- Executive Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)
- Master of Business Administration with Accounting Emphasis (M.B.A.)
- Master of Health Systems Management (M.H.S.M.)
- Dual Degree: Executive M.B.A. and M.H.S.M.
- Dual Degree: M.S. in Food Systems Administration and M.B.A.
The primary objectives of the graduate degree programs offered in the School of Management (SOM) are to produce intellectually well-developed graduates capable of responding to the changing needs of business, industry, health care, government, and education. The School of Management recognizes the worth of every graduate student in the University and strives to provide all students with learning opportunities that will assist them in discovering, using, and developing optimally their individual skills, perspectives, and knowledge. A wide selection of course offerings permits the student to gain a comprehensive view of the fields of business and economics.
Executive M.B.A. and the M.B.A. (with Accounting emphasis) Programs
The Executive M.B.A. program and the M.B.A. (with Accounting emphasis) program are two separate academic programs by which a student may earn the degree – Master of Business Administration. The Executive M.B.A. program is designed to provide a broad foundation in business and economics for individuals interested in a variety of managerial and/or leadership positions.
Courses in the Executive M.B.A. program are offered in a variety of formats (primarily online or hybrid) in a number of locations (currently Denton, Alliance, Plano, Dallas, and Houston). Courses may be offered for an entire semester or for a designated shorter period within a semester (e.g., 5 weeks). Most face-to-face meetings for hybrid courses are scheduled on Saturdays. When there are group online class sessions for an online class, such sessions usually convene on a designated weeknight. There are a few elective courses which are offered in a face-to-face format which meet in Denton.
M.B.A. (with Accounting emphasis)
The M.B.A. (with Accounting emphasis) is designed for students wanting to continue their education in accounting, often in preparation for the CPA exam. While a bachelor’s degree in Accounting is not required to enter this program, students must have completed the prerequisite course requirements
. Many of the TWU graduate Accounting courses are offered in the full semester, online format. Many of the courses also hold regularly scheduled online sessions with faculty. Business courses that comprise the non-Accounting portion of this program are drawn from the E.M.B.A. course offerings.
Master of Health System Management (M.H.S.M.)
The Master of Health System Management (M.H.S.M.) is designed to prepare future executives to assume responsible positions in health care organizations and meet the needs of the working professional. Courses in the M.H.S.M. program are offered in a variety of formats. M.H.S.M. course meetings are always held at the TWU Dallas campus, usually in the evening. E.M.B.A. courses that are a part of the M.H.S.M. program are offered as described in the E.M.B.A. section above.
Dual Degree: Executive M.B.A. and M.H.S.M.
The Executive M.B.A../M.H.S.M. dual degree is designed to combine study of both general business and the business of health services. Graduates will be required to complete 57 credit hours and will receive both degrees. The strength of the dual degree lies in the fact that it applies the theoretical concepts of business administration to the management of health care organizations.
Dual Degree: Master of Science in Food Systems Administration and M.B.A.
The Master of Science in Food Systems Administration and M.B.A. dual degree is designed for students who plan to pursue careers in food system management. For more information, see the Nutrition and Food Sciences Department section of this catalog.
Please see the TWU Graduate School admissions requirements section at the beginning of this catalog. In addition to these requirements, the minimum standard for unconditional admission is:
- A GPA of at least 3.0 for the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework. For applicants who have completed post-baccalaureate or graduate coursework, a GPA of at least 3.0 for such coursework is also required. Applicants with a GPA of at least 2.75 may be considered for provisional admission.
- Individuals applying to dual-degree programs must apply and be accepted to each program (both Executive M.B.A. and M.H.S.M.)
- Prerequisite coursework will be required of a particular student based on the desired course of study and their previous academic and/or professional record.
- Students are expected to be proficient in the Microsoft Office suite of products (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Access), and in the use of Internet browsers, prior to commencing studies. For students that need to enhance their proficiency in any of these areas, free tutorials are available at Lynda.com.
- Applicants to a School of Management (SOM) Graduate Degree program must submit two letters of reference and a resume directly to the SOM before their applications will be reviewed by the SOM.
School of Management
P.O. Box 425738
Denton, TX 76204-5738
- Applicants may also be asked to participate in a brief interview.
Full time enrollment for graduate students is nine semester credit hours. It is advised that students not enroll in more than nine semester credit hours. This is especially true for working professionals.
Graduate Certificate in Accounting
Minors Offered to Students from Other Departments
Master’s level requirements established by student’s committee in consultation with the School of Management.
BUS 5013. Foundations in Business. Demonstration and application of the functional areas of the business environment with specific emphasis on marketing, management, business ethics, and the global dimensions of business. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
BUS 5133. Marketing Management. Study of major marketing problems from the point of view of the marketing executive; sales force organization; sales promotion, credit management, cost control, and advertising. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
BUS 5153. Research Methods in Business. Business research methods and statistical analysis used in business research. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
BUS 5203. Accounting Information Systems II - Modeling. Computer programs to create simple-to-sophisticated financial models for use in business problem solving and decision making. Prerequisite or co-requisite: BUS 4173 or BUS 5433. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
BUS 5243. Administrative Managerial Finance. Analysis of the financial administration of sole proprietorships, corporations, government agencies, and non-profit organizations; short- and long-range financial planning; cash management; capital budgeting; social responsibilities. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
BUS 5273. Human Resource Administration. Human resource programming, job requirements, sources of labor supply, selection procedures, training programs, job evaluation, salary administration, employee communication, union-management relations. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
BUS 5423. Auditing. An advanced study of auditor's attest function with emphasis on recent developments using practice cases. Topics include: risk assessment, fraud, SEC, and Sarbanes-Oxley. Prerequisite: BUS 4423. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
BUS 5433. Managerial Accounting. Use of accounting information in decision-making; statement of changes in financial position; budgets, responsibility accounting, and quantitative techniques. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
BUS 5453. Business Leadership. Study of the dynamics of leadership of small groups to large organizations. The application of leadership theory is stressed for both profit and not-for-profit environments. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
BUS 5463. Advanced Tax Research. Primary and secondary tax research materials including online tax services; finding, analyzing, and communicating information for specific tax problems. Prerequisite: BUS 3063. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
BUS 5473. Financial Statement Analysis. In-depth discussion and practice in use of standard tools and methods for the analysis of financial statements. Prerequisite: BUS 3103 or BUS 5433. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
BUS 5483. Accounting for Management Control. Advanced topics in management accounting, such as budgeting, pricing decisions, indirect cost allocations, customer profitability, quality costs, just-in-time and virtual inventory systems, balance scorecard, environmental costing, capacity measurement, benchmarking practices, and performance measurement and compensation. Prerequisite: BUS 3103 or BUS 5433. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
BUS 5493. Accounting Theory. Financial accounting topics related to partnership accounting and consolidations; advanced topics covered on the CPA exam are also covered. Prerequisites: BUS 3023 and BUS 3043. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
BUS 5503. International Business and Economic Study Tour. Directed international Business and Economic Study tour; examination of major trends in a selected foreign country's economic, cultural, and business structures. May be repeated. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
BUS 5513. International Accounting. International accounting principles, reporting and practices in economic development, and changes with FASB and IASB. Prerequisites: BUS 2043, and BUS 2053 or BUS 5433. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
BUS 5523. Management and Organization. Study of the management and administrative roles in business organizations, including hospitals, schools, and government. Principles of management and specific concepts about organizations including behavior, motivation, status, group dynamics, leadership, information decision systems, organizational structure, managerial planning and control. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
BUS 5553. Conflict Resolution. Application of principles and technical tools to solve human resource problems as found in employment, employee education and training, and labor relations. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
BUS 5573. E-Business. Concepts and frameworks for exploring E-Business opportunities; comparison and contrast of various E-Business models and electronic commerce strategies. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
BUS 5663. Managerial Decision Making. Advanced topics in statistical inference relating to decision-making and research in business and economics; probability theory, tests of hypotheses, sampling and experimental design, multiple correlation and non-parametric statistical methods. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
BUS 5713. Consumer Ethics. Ethical behaviors crucial to personal and corporate success; the historical concepts of a consumer-based culture; codes of ethics; theoretical models and managerial behaviors as the foundation to investigate ethics and social responsibility. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
BUS 5743. Project Management. Tools and techniques of project selection and management as defined by the Project Management Institute, including network diagrams, critical path analysis, critical chain scheduling, cost estimates, earned value management, and completion of team project management software required. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
BUS 5763. Strategic Information Systems. Foundation, structure, development, and implementation of information systems; management and control of corporate information systems; decision-support systems and expert systems; information technology economics; global information systems and knowledge management. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
BUS 5893. Applied Business Environment. The last class in the program designed to bring a strategic and integrative perspective. Group work on strategic initiatives for proposed or actual companies. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
BUS 5903. Special Topics. Variable content. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
BUS 5913. Independent Study. Individual study of specific problems in business. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Credit: Three hours.
BUS 5923. Global Business. Similarities and differences in business practices and management styles of global firms across a variety of industries; strategies employed to gain competitive advantage in international markets in the context of NAFTA; impact of history, culture, and current political environment on the global economy. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
BUS 5933. Business Ethics and Legal Environment. A critical examination/evaluation and discussion of ethical alternatives with respect to decision-making and action in business and managerial practice. Examines contemporary cases involving personal, social, and legal issues as well as theoretical and empirical foundations in the classical system of ethics. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
BUS 5953. Cooperative Education. Cooperative work-study arrangement between business, industry, or selected institutions with the University. Preplanning and evaluation will involve 10% of the laboratory hours per week. Maximum enrollment is twelve hours. Nine practicum hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
BUS 5956. Cooperative Education. Cooperative work-study arrangement between business, industry, or selected institutions with the University. Preplanning and evaluation will involve 10% of the laboratory hours per week. Maximum enrollment is twelve hours. Eighteen practicum hours a week. Credit: Six hours.
BUS 5963. Management Operations. Process and project management and development of functional strategies to create value for an employer and their consumers; management tools and approaches for analyzing operations and applications to a wide variety of managerial decisions. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
BUS 5973. Professional Paper. Credit: Three hours.
BUS 5981. The Professional Portfolio. Development of a professional portfolio by students in the Master of Arts in Teaching program demonstrating the student's growth in the Learner-Centered Competencies. Pass-fail grade only. May be repeated. Credit: One hour.
BUS 5983. Thesis. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Credit: Three hours.
BUS 5993. Thesis. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Credit: Three hours.
ECO 5143. Advanced Managerial Economics. Application of economic principles and techniques in solving management problems in the areas of demand analysis, sales forecasting, production and cost analyses, pricing policies, capital budgeting, and economic controls; use of linear programming techniques. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
Health Systems Management Courses
HSM 5003. Management of Health Services Organizations. Introduction to the theories, concepts, techniques, functions, and methods of management as they relate to health services organizations generally, with specific emphasis on hospitals. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
HSM 5033. Health Services Human Resource Management. Techniques for effective management of human resources in health services organizations. The theories of organizational behavior are explored in relation to the functions and principles of human resource management including: planning, staffing, appraising, compensating, and developing employees. Relevant employment and labor relations law relating to health care organizations. Prerequisite: HSM 5003 or permission of instructor. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
HSM 5043. Legal Foundations of Health Systems Management. Introduction to law as it affects the health delivery system with emphasis on both the theoretical and practical determinants of legal decision making. An examination of the American legal system, its principles and processes, as well as how the law regulates issues related to control of costs through regulation and antitrust laws, and respect for "personhood" in the context of the professional-patient and organization-professional relationship. The dynamics between law and ethics are explored. Prerequisite: HSM 5003 or permission of instructor. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
HSM 5053. Quantitative Methods in Health Systems Management. Fundamental principles of probability theory, statistical inference, linear regression, and management science applied to the analysis of management problems in health care administration. Applications include forecasting methods, deterministic and stochastic approaches to modeling systems behavior, and simulation methods. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
HSM 5063. Financial Management for Health Systems Management. Examination of the theory and practice of health care financial management and decision making methods. Emphasis is placed on the role of the finance function in measuring, evaluating, and controlling an organization's performance. Topics include financial statement analysis; cash and working capital management; corporate planning, budgeting, and control systems; third-party reimbursement systems; discounted cash flow analysis; and capital investment decision analysis. Prerequisites: HSM 5053 and BUS 5433. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
HSM 5163. Long-Term Care Administration. Organization and management of nursing homes, personal and residential care facilities, and institutions for other populations requiring long-term care. State and federal licensing and operating requirements, administrative functions, funding sources, and operational controls. Prerequisite: Completion of twelve semester hours of HSM courses or permission of instructor. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
HSM 5183. Health Resources and Policy Analysis. Determinants of U.S. health policy and resource allocation. Assessment of the impact of health policy on the medical marketplace. Ideological, social, and professional bases affecting health personnel, regulation, and forecasting health service needs. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
HSM 5263. Advanced Financial Management for Health Systems Management. Examination of the foundations of health care financial management decisions through a combination of case analysis and readings from the literature of health care finance. Emphasis is placed on understanding the role of risk in the financial decision-making process and on integrating the theory of financial decisions with practical problems in health care finance. Topics include: capital markets and the risk-return relation, estimating the cost of capital, valuation models, capital structure decisions, and agency relationships. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
HSM 5903. Special Topics. Group study of selected topics in Health Systems Management. Prerequisite: Completion of all required/core courses. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
HSM 5913. Independent Study. Individual study of selected topics. Credit: Three hours.
HSM 5933. Capstone Seminar in Health Systems Management. An integrative course which emphasizes application of skills and knowledge acquired in the HSM curriculum. Health care management problems are solved using case studies, role playing, and simulation. Prerequisite: Completion of all required HSM courses. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
HSM 5935. Residency in Health Systems Management I. Field experience in a health care organization under the supervision of selected health care administrator and faculty. Project assignments are undertaken to integrate and apply administrative skills to practical problems. Prerequisites: Completion of all core/required courses and approval of faculty advisors. Twenty practicum hours a week. Credit: Five hours.
HSM 5945. Residency in Health Systems Management II. Field experience in a health care organization under the supervision of a selected health care administrator and faculty. Project assignments are undertaken to integrate and apply administrative skills to practical problems. May be taken concurrently with HSM 5935. Prerequisites: Completion of all core/required courses and approval of faculty advisor. Twenty practicum hours a week. Credit: Five hours.
HSM 5956. Cooperative Education. Cooperative work-study arrangements between the University and selected institutions appropriate to the Health Systems Management program. Job assignments are made on the basis of student interests, skills, and degree program. The student will apply the ideas and processes learned in other courses in practical experience under cooperative supervision. Cooperative planning and evaluation are essential elements in the course. Available only to students employed in a management position in a health care setting. 30-40 hours of work a week. Credit: Six hours.
HSM 5973. Professional Paper. Independent research leading to the production of a written document of scholarly quality. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Permission of faculty advisor. Credit: Three hours.