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Master of Business Administration - Financial Services - Halifax - Nova Scotia
Accounting improves the understanding and critical appreciation of the competent manager. This is a conceptual, user-oriented course, which emphasizes exploration, analysis and evaluation.
In the Advanced Corporate Finance course, students develop the special analytical techniques involved in corporate financial decisions. Equal emphasis is placed on theory and the application of theory to financial problems. Students develop increased skills in conducting financial analyses and evaluating long-term financial structure, dividend policy, management of working capital, lease financing, and international corporate finance. By the end of the course, students are able to integrate these issues with the basic theoretical principles of corporate finance.
Students in the Advanced Marketing course develop the ability to understand an industry from the point of view of a marketing manager. Students also develop the capability to prepare a market analysis and a marketing strategy.
The Business Economics course provides students with a framework for the economic analysis of the external environment within which businesses operate. This framework encompasses the opportunities, constraints, and threats business managers face when making operating and competitive decisions.
The International Business course provides students with the tools needed to manage the interdependence between domestic and international markets. Students are better able to evaluate the role and performance of institutions involved in world trade and the dominant role played by multinational corporations, and to comprehend the social and cultural sensitivities and adaptations made necessary by foreign operations.
The Quantitative Decision Making course develops an understanding of the basic principles of statistics by examining standard techniques. Students develop the ability to use computer programs extensively; however, the emphasis on analysis and interpretation rather than calculation.
The Management Information Systems class is designed to help students acquire the basic skills and conceptual background required to become an effective client and user of management information systems. It helps students develop a broad understanding of how information systems are used in organizations, the technologies that influence their use, how they need to be managed, and the impact that they can have on organizations’ competitive positions. The course format places added emphasis on online learning, giving students the opportunity to further refine using the Internet as a research tool.
The Management Skills Development course helps students manage human resources. It emphasizes the behaviors that help ensure staff will perform at or near peak capabilities. The manager is better able to conduct negotiations and performance appraisals, to provide feedback and employee counseling, to set goals, and to manage innovation and change.
The Risk Management Courses cover both enterprise risk management and financial risk management. The courses examine the essential methodologies for uncovering, measuring and managing risk exposures. Specific topics include operational, strategic, and reputational risk, and the COSO framework for risk integration. Additionally financial hedging concepts with derivatives are studied.
The Strategic Leadership and Change course is the capstone course in the MBA (Financial Services) Program. It provides students with the ability to integrate the concepts and techniques developed in earlier courses. Strategy-formulation abilities are enhanced, and strategy implementation is emphasized. Students are able to develop and apply the skills necessary in managing organizational change.