Concentrations for MBA, MACC & EMBA Students

Concentration Overview

The required courses in the MBA, MAcc and EMBA provide a distinct and consistent advanced business knowledge and skill structure for all students in the programs. The electives allow the student to tailor the graduate educational experience to fit their individual needs by pursuing a general management option with two electives or a specific concentration with three electives.  

Concentrations are comprised of three-course elective (nine credit hours) sequences selected from a menu of electives by either the functional area (business analytics, finance, forensic accounting) or interdisciplinary area (global business.)

Electives counted toward a concentration must carry a grade of “B” or better, and students must achieve a 3.2 GPA in those electives.

Contact

Dr. Ron Cook
Associate Dean for Graduate Programs
Sweigart Hall
609-895-5522
cookr@rider.edu

Business Analytics Concentration

Finance Concentration

Forensic Accounting Concentration

International Business Concentration


Business Analytics Concentration Requirements

Select three of the following: 19
Business Intelligence Tech-Data Mining
Applied Data Mgt for Bus Users
Bus Analytics for Managers
Business Analytics Optimizatio
Independent Studies in Business Adm. 2
Total Credits9

Finance Concentration Requirements 

Select three of the following:9
Corporate Treasury Management
Investment Instruments and Strategies
Financial Market Operations
International Financial Management
Financial Modeling
Portfolio Management
Fixed Income Sec. & Alt Invest
Personal Financial Planning
Independent Studies in Business Adm. 1
Total Credits9

Forensic Accounting Concentration Requirements 

The Forensic Accounting Graduate Certificate requires students to complete four graduate-level courses (12 credit hours) to complete the program.

Prerequisites for the Program

Before beginning the program students must demonstrate technology proficiency by satisfying ONE of the following conditions:

  1. Earn a grade of "C" or better in ACC 310 and ACC 311, or similar coursework at an accredited four-year institution taken within six years prior to the semester admitted; or
  2. Complete PMBA 8020 with a grade of "B" or better AND PMBA 8324 with a grade of "C" or better.
MACC 663Fraud and Forensic Accounting3
MACC 665Fraud Detection and Deterrence3
MACC 667Business Valuations: Fundamentals, Techniques and Theory3
PMBA 8312Business Intelligence Tech-Data Mining3
Total Credits12

 International Business Concentration Requirements

Select three of the following:9
Interntnl Dimensions of Acct
International Business Study Tour
Globalization and Technology
International Trade & Invest
International Financial Management
International Marketing Mgmt
International Management
Independent Studies in Business Adm. 1
Ethical Issues in International Business
Total Credits9

Courses and Descriptions

MACC 662 Auditing Practice & Problems 3 Credits

Uses cases to examine current auditing issues, including professional ethics, internal control, materiality and risk assessment. Students will complete a simulated audit from start to finish, including audit planning, audit fieldwork and preparation of an audit opinion.

Prerequisite(s): ACC 400 Principles of Auditing.

MACC 663 Fraud and Forensic Accounting 3 Credits

A course designed to provide a background in all areas of forensic accounting including: fraudulent financial reporting and the detection of fraud, money laundering and transnational flows, courtroom procedures and litigation support, as well as cybercrime. A wide variety of teaching tools are employed including extensive use of the professional literature, case analysis, videos, role playing and text materials.

Prerequisite(s): completion of the Preliminary Accounting Requirements; this course is required for the Forensic Accounting and Fraud & Forensic Accounting concentrations.

MACC 665 Fraud Detection and Deterrence 3 Credits

This course explores contemporary forensic accounting topics pertaining to fraud examination, detection and deterrence. Topics include audit responsibility and reporting, professional judgment, quality control and developing effective policies in preventing and detecting economic crimes. Students will apply relevant fraud examination techniques to a variety of settings.

Prerequisite(s): MACC 663 and completion of the Preliminary Accounting Requirements; this course is required for the Forensic Accounting and Fraud & Forensic Accounting concentrations.

MACC 667 Business Valuations: Fundamentals, Techniques and Theory 3 Credits

A course in the fundamentals of business valuations including basic, intermediate, and some advanced concepts and methodologies required by accounting and finance professionals in valuing a closely held (privately-owned) business where there is no market price.

Prerequisite(s): completion of PMBA 8240 or the Preliminary Accounting Requirements; this course applies to the Corporate Accounting for Managers, Forensic Accounting and Fraud & Forensic Accounting concentrations.

PMBA 8312 Business Intelligence Tech-Data Mining 3 Credits

In this course, students will learn to solve problems/exploit opportunities by processing datasets, interpreting results, and deploying solutions. This course provides hands-on experience with these tasks. Upon this base of experience, students will build a robust data mining methodology that can be applied to real-world investigations. The course of study will include Online Analytical Processing (OLAP), statistical and machine learning techniques, and unstructured text analysis. Students will learn to apply these techniques through the study of payroll, procurement, and expense report fraud. Cell phone and credit card fraud, credit and bankruptcy analysis, and customer relationship management will also be covered. This course applies to the Business Analytics, Forensic Accounting and Fraud & Forensic Accounting concentrations. This course applies to the graduate certificate in Business Analytics.

PMBA 8317 Applied Data Management for Business Users 3 Credits

Learn the benefits of data sharing in a business organization , the benefits of the relational database model, how data is structured in a relational database model, and how data can be accessed in a relational database using the structured query language (SQL). The process of formatting, loading, and accessing data for data analytics will be shown as well as the interaction with data warehouse schemas such as the star schema and snowflake scheme. This course applies to the concentration in Business Analytics and the Business Analytics Certificate Program.

PMBA 8341 Corporate Treasury Management 3 Credits

This course is designed to provide an understanding of modern principles and techniques for corporate treasury management. The course materials are useful for finance, banking, accounting and information system professionals or small business owners. Topics include analysis of liquidity and solvency, credit and accounts receivable management, cash collection and disbursement systems, short-term investment and borrowing, management of treasury information and technology, multinational cash management, and other related topics. Success in this course will help students preparing for the Certified Cash Manager (CCM) exam. This course applies to the Finance concentration.

Prerequisite(s): Completion of PMBA 8040.

PMBA 8343 Investment Instruments and Strategies 3 Credits

Principles of investment analysis and portfolio management. Includes analysis of stocks and fixed income securities, mutual funds, international investing, margin trading and short sales, convertibles, stock options and financial futures. Hedging strategies, market forecasting and tax advantaged investments are also discussed. Makes considerable use of problems to illustrate concepts. This course applies to the Finance concentration.

Prerequisite(s): Completion of PMBA 8040.

PMBA 8344 Financial Market Operations 3 Credits

Flow of funds analysis is used to study financial intermediation and interest rate determination in money and capital markets. Includes the flow of funds accounts, funds flow through financial institutions, the demands for and supply of credit by economic sectors, and the impact of public policies on financial market behavior. This course applies to the Finance and Global Business concentrations.

Prerequisite(s): Completion of PMBA 8040.

PMBA 8345 International Financial Management 3 Credits

The techniques of multinational financial management are developed for enterprises that do business in more than one country and/or have assets and liabilities denominated in more than one currency. The management of foreign exchange and country risks is applied to working capital, capital budgeting, and capital structure decisions. This course applies to the Finance and Global Business concentrations.

Prerequisite(s): Completion of PMBA 8040.

PMBA 8346 Financial Modeling 3 Credits

Spreadsheets are utilized to analyze problems and cases. Students receive instruction in computer use beyond that available in other finance courses. Spreadsheet applications include valuation models, cost of capital, capital budgeting, risk and return, portfolio analysis, stock market analysis, and options and futures. This course applies to the Finance concentration.

Prerequisite(s): Completion of PMBA 8040.

PMBA 8347 Portfolio Management 3 Credits

Real-world application of the concepts and techniques of investment analysis and portfolio theory. Students interact with and make recommendations to professional portfolio managers. Topics include stock valuation methods, major forces driving movements in current equity markets, international investment opportunities, industry analysis, technical analysis and investment timing, evaluation of portfolio performance, analysis of business conditions and interest rates, and hedging portfolio risk with stock index options and financial futures. This course applies to the Finance concentration.

Prerequisite(s): Completion of PMBA 8040.

PMBA 8348 Fixed Income Securities and Alternative Investments 3 Credits

This is an introductory course in fixed income securities and alternative investments. The first part of the course covers the markets for fixed income securities and their derivatives. Valuation of these securities and determination of the risk inherent in these securities are discussed. Methods for managing that risk, such as hedging and credit derivatives, are also discussed. The second part of the course covers a variety of alternative investments, including real estate funds, venture capital, hedge funds, and commodities. Valuation of these investments and determination of their risk are discussed. This course applies to the Finance concentration.

Prerequisite(s): Completion of PMBA 8040 or any MAcc student with PMBA 8020 completed.

PMBA 8349 Personal Financial Planning 3 Credits

This course provides a background and an appreciation of the fundamental concepts and processes associated with Personal Financial Management. Various technical elements that are part of the study for a Certified Financial Planner certification will be covered including risk management, investments, tax planning, retirement planning, employee benefits, and estate planning. This course applies to the Finanace concentration.

Prerequisite(s): Completion of PMBA 8040 or any MAcc student with PMBA 8020 completed.

PMBA 8357 Business Analytics for Managers 3 Credits

Business Analytics, the data driven approach to management, is essential to achieve effective business decision-making and competitive advantage. All business managers need to analyze data and make quantitative-based decisions in their business careers. The focus of this course is to equip students with a variety of data analysis methods and tools that are useful to uncover trends, patterns, relationships, and other useful information. The course will take a hands-on, example-based approach and introduce fundamental concepts as they are needed. Students will be using both Excel and SAS software. This course applies to the concentration in Business Analytics and the Business Analytics Certificate Program.

PMBA 8380 Business Analytics Optimization 3 Credits

This course has been designed to provide professional MBA students with the current knowledge and practice of optimization business analysts use. Optimization aims at selecting the best alternative from among available alternatives according to a predetermined objective. In general it involves building a mathematical model and finding the best alternative through a mathematical procedure. Optimization techniques help decision-makers make fact (i.e. data) based decisions and offer the potential of making significant profits or cost savings. The main focus of this course will be on developing modeling skills to gain insight into a wide variety of business decision problems. In other words, the emphasis in this course will be on modeling practical business decision problems, use of relevant software for optimal solution, interpretation of results, and sensitivity analysis rather than the theory of mathematical solution techniques. Coverage of course material will follow the typical sequence of (1) identification and discussion of a business decision problem; (2) developing a graphical model (e.g. influence diagram); (3) developing a mathematical model; (4) computer solution; (5) interpretation of results and sensitivity analysis; (6) discussion of insights gained from the experience; (7) discussion of implementation issues. In addition, heuristics will be discussed when optimization techniques are not available or too costly. This course applies to the concentration in Business Analytics and the Business Analytics Certificate Program.

Prerequisites: PMBA 8010 and PMBA 8051.

PMBA 8902 Independent Studies in Business Administration 3 Credits

Involves a program determined by the individual faculty member and approved by the program director. Written assignments are required as part of this rigorous academic experience. Students are eligible for a maximum of one independent elective and should have completed at least three breadth courses prior to the start of the independent study. Prerequisite(s): Completion of MBA pre-program courses and permission of the associate Dean of Graduate Programs.