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Elmhurst Management Program

Accelerated Major in Business Administration

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Course Sequence
Professional Opportunities
Course Descriptions

About the Program
The Elmhurst Management Program is designed for highly motivated students who bring to the classroom prior experience in both college and professional settings. The EMP places strong emphasis on individual and team projects completed outside of class. The courses use cooperative learning and other teaching methods that are especially suited to adult learners.

Our goal is to provide you with a superb, well-rounded business education. You'll develop proficiency in such essential subjects as accounting, finance, economics, management, marketing, policy, statistics, and the use of quantitative tools in decision making. You'll participate in effective teams in professional settings, and you'll complete a major job-related project that applies everything you've learned to an actual challenge in your own professional life.

EMP courses are taught by the excellent faculty of Elmhurst College. Our faculty has extensive experience in both the classroom and in professional and corporate life.

The program includes nine and three-quarter course credits (39 semester hours). Classes meet once a week, in the evening or on Saturday. You can complete the major courses in approximately 14 months, then finish the general education or elective requirements you may need to finish your degree.

Students complete the EMP in small cohorts. The cohort model provides you with a highly supportive learning environment. You'll develop your capacity for teamwork, study alongside others with similar professional goals, and enhance the interpersonal skills required for success. Cohort members take all major courses together in a logical sequence. The model enables you to build a significant professional support network even before you graduate.

As an adult learner, we know that you'll come to your first class equipped with skills that will enable you to learn at an accelerated pace. You'll spend your time learning what you need to master, not what you already know.

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Course Sequence
EMP meets once a week and is offered in the following format over a 14-month period:

TERM I
BUS 381 Excel-Based Decision-Making Tools I
BUS 480 Excel-Based Decision-Making Tools II
BUS 371 Introduction to Global Business
BUS 387 Business Communication
ECO 380 Fundamentals of Economics

TERM II
BUS 389 Marketing Management
BUS 380 Principles of Accounting
BUS 386 Management
BUS 383 Accounting for Management
BUS 489 Capstone Course/Project

TERM III
PHL 310 Ethics and Business
BUS 481 Managerial Finance
BUS 484 Business Policy
ECO 315 Critical Thinking About Economic Policy

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Professional Opportunities
Your EMP experience will put you on the fast track toward career advancement. Before you graduate, you'll have completed hands-on work with actual businesses and taken courses from faculty who wrote the book on their subjects. You'll have mastered the best in business theory and practice, together with relevant liberal arts courses. In a world of instant communication, international reach, and constant change, this combination ensures that you'll leave Elmhurst College ready for not one career but for many-even ones that do not yet exist.

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Course Descriptions
One unit of course credit equals four semester hours.

BUS 371 Introduction to Global Business
Full course
This course is designed to provide a basic understanding of the various facets of international business. Starting with basic trade theories, it covers the mechanics of the foreign exchange market, international finance and accounting, marketing, cultural differences, and management strategy under the international environment, organizational structure and practices of the multinational company, and international institutional arrangements. The course is taught from the state-of-the-art perspective with discussions on current economic and business problems. Fulfills the Global Society General Education Requirement.

BUS 380 Principles of Accounting
Three-quarter course
A study of the accounting cycle, the accounting process, and accounting statement preparation and analysis.

BUS 381 Excel-Based Decision-Making Tools I—Statistics
Half course
An introduction to the basic concepts of probability and statistics for the student in business management. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability distributions and random variables, hypothesis testing, forecasting, and linear regression.

BUS 383 Accounting for Management
Half course
A study of the use of accounting data by managers with an emphasis on the use of accounting data as a basis for intelligent business decisions in planning and control.

BUS 386 Management
Three-quarter course
An introduction to the theory of management and the structure of the organization. Topics include the integrative functions of management, objective setting, decision making, the behavior of the individual within the organization, and the role of human resources management in carrying out the mission of the organization.

BUS 387 Business Communication
Half course
Development of skills of effective written and oral business communication and an understanding of the communication process and factors that interfere with effective communication within the organization.

BUS 389 Marketing Management
Three-quarter course
A study of the theory, concepts, and practices of marketing, emphasizing decision making as it relates to the formulation and implementation of effective marketing strategy.

BUS 480 Excel-Based Decision-Making Tools II—Operations Research
Half course
A study of the typical operations research techniques and their applications in business. Topics include inventory theory, queuing models, and simulation models with an emphasis on interpretation of results.

BUS 481 Managerial Finance
Three-quarter course
A study of the methods of developing financial policies with an emphasis on capital investment analysis, cost of capital, and cash-cycle decisions.

BUS 484 Business Policy
Three-quarter course
An integration of the basic business disciplines for business policy formulation using the case study method.

BUS 489 Project
One-quarter course
A supervised project, intended to draw from previous course work, utilizing effective research techniques in solving an actual business-related problem.

ECO 315 Critical Thinking About Economic Policy
Full course
Basic economic frameworks applied to the analysis of contemporary economic issues. The development of student abilities to analyze and reach a policy conclusion is emphasized. Students will work together in small teams. Fulfills the Human Behavior General Education Requirement.

ECO 380 Fundamentals of Economics for Management
Three-quarter course
An introduction to the topics and analytical tools of micro- and macroeconomics. Topics include the analysis and study of competitive and noncompetitive markets, labor markets, the role of government, inflation, unemployment, fiscal policy, banking, monetary policy, and international economics.

PHL 310 Ethics and Business
Full course
A study of ethical theory as applied to individual and corporate behavior in business as it functions in a complex society. Fulfills the Search for Humane Values General Education Requirement.

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