MBA in Education Leadership Course Descriptions

The MBA in Education Leadership is a general business degree designed to supplement the
specialized knowledge of educational professionals. The curriculum synthesizes both academic
theory and real-life scenarios to provide a relevant and cross-functional education. This allows
students to implement business solutions across numerous functional units.

Management Perspectives/Orientation | MGMT 700 – 1 credit hour
Orientation establishes the conceptual foundation of the MBA in Education Leadership, while preparing students for the program’s collaborative learning environment. It also includes an individual assessment of students’
management/personality profile, which provides insight into the students’ leadership and communication styles.

Organizational Behavior & Diversity | MGMT 706 – 3 credit hours
MGMT 706 draws on behavioral science, research, and theory in order to teach students to manage dynamic organizations. Students will examine the following topics: individual and group behavior, communication, power and politics, conflict resolution, negotiation, leadership, motivation, management of a diverse workforce, organization design, decision-making, and change management.

Financial Reporting Systems | MGMT 702 – 3 credit hours
MGMT 702 explores accounting concepts and procedures used in the creation of financial statements. Students will learn to create and analyze balance sheets, income statements, and cash flow statements. The class also introduces students to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and explains their relationship to organizational performance.

Economics for Managers | MGMT 704 – 3 credit hours
This class is a survey of both microeconomics (the study of individual decision-making) and macroeconomics (the study of economics on a national and international scale). Students will learn to evaluate competitive economic strategies in various areas, including: supply, demand, production, cost, and pricing. Discussions about current economic issues compliment lectures on economic theory.

Contemporary Ethical & Legal Issues for Organizations | MGMT 708 – 3 credit hours
This class examines the ethical and social responsibilities of businesses and consumers in regards to both the individual decision maker and organization’s stakeholders. Topics include: the ethical responsibilities of businesses, relationships with stakeholders, key legal concepts, ethical decision-making processes, and political and social interests. The class will help students recognize, understand, and effectively address real-world ethical problems and dilemmas.

Statistical Analysis for Management Decisions | MGMT 701 – 3 credit hours
MGMT 701 teaches the practical application of statistical data, while exploring its place in organizational decision-making. Topics include: probability, sampling, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, and regression analysis. Students will learn to use quantitative analysis to aid managerial decision-making.

Management of Technology & Innovation | MGMT 711 – 3 credit hours
This course examines the ways in which organizations can maximize their competitive advantage through technological innovation. Topics include: processes involved in technological innovation, models for innovation, and the protection of intellectual property. Students will learn how to manage within a technological environment and cope with continually changing technology. 

Marketing Management | MGMT 722 – 3 credit hours
Marketing Management introduces students to the foundations of marketing. The class focuses on applying actionable strategies within a rapidly changing business environment to gain a competitive advantage. Students will learn to apply the following marketing concepts and strategies: consumer behavior, segmentation, marketing research, competitive positioning, marketing information systems, distribution, pricing, promotional considerations, and customer relationship management. To demonstrate mastery, students will develop an actual marketing plan for a local business.

Practicum | MGMT 751 – 6 credit hours (taken over two semesters)
The practicum for the MBA-ED program is completed while students continue their current employment assignment. The practicum is supervised by a local school superintendent, private school official, charter school licensed administrator, or state agency educational administrator.

Operations Management | MGMT 720 – 3 credit hours
Operations Management explores the fundamentals of manufacturing and service operations and their role in an organization. The class surveys a wide range of topics including: process flow analysis, supply chain management, capacity planning, facility location, total quality management, human resource management, technology management, manufacturing and service strategy, and the theory of constraints. The class utilizes readings, case analyses, and student projects.

Financial Management | MGMT 726 – 3 credit hours
Financial Management teaches students the role of finance within a business or organization. Topics include: ratio analysis, financial statements, forecasting, budgeting, cash and credit management, capital structure, risk analysis, budgeting and working capital management. 

Executive Leadership | MGMT 707 – 2 credit hours
Executive Leadership teaches students to apply theories of individual behavior and organizational dynamics to solve a host of performance-based problems. The class focuses on leadership competency assessment, changing corporate culture, analysis of leading companies, and skill building strategies.

Strategic Management | MGMT 798 – 3 credit hours
Strategic Management is intended to be a challenging, exciting and applicable interdisciplinary capstone course for the management curriculum. Understanding how to manage organizations strategically is integral to driving change among diverse and multicultural stakeholders. Two of the most important activities in which strategic managers engage are problem solving and critical thinking.

Education Law | MGMT 730 – 1 credit hour
The Education Law course provides an overview of federal and state education law relevant to the work of the New Mexico educational administrator for K-12.