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College of Business

This section of the 2011-2012 FAU University Catalog includes revisions approved after the catalog's publish date of March 3, 2011. Revisions appear in red.

Bachelor's Program Information
Online B.B.A. Program
Minors (Non-department-specific)
Master's and Doctoral Program Information

Departments/School
School of Accounting

Business Law

Economics Department

Finance Department

Real Estate
Risk Management (Undergraduate), Risk Management (Graduate)

Information Technology and Operations Management Department

Marketing Department
Management Programs Department Link to Course Descriptions for the College of Business

Accreditation: The undergraduate and graduate programs in business are accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB). Florida Atlantic University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

The vision of the College of Business is to powerfully impact the business community through nationally recognized academic excellence. In its mission, the College fosters a climate of intellectual achievement and diversity for its stakeholders through creation of and access to relevant business knowledge. The College's core values that support its vision and mission are: scholarship, creativity, academic service, leadership and ethics.

The College offers undergraduate programs in Accounting, Economics, Finance, Health Administration, Hospitality Management, International Business and Trade, Management, Management Information Systems and Marketing. Master's degree programs are available in Accounting, Business Administration, Economics, Finance, Health Administration, International Business, Music Business and Taxation. A doctoral program is offered in Business Administration. In addition, the School of Accounting offers a Scholars Program in which students may receive a bachelor's and master's in accounting upon graduation.

All degree programs are offered in Boca Raton. The Davie campus offers undergraduate majors in Accounting, Finance, Management and Marketing and a graduate program in Business Management. The Fort Lauderdale campus has online undergraduate programs are offered in Accounting, Management and Marketing and graduate programs in Accounting, Forensic Accounting and Taxation.

The College of Business's largest and most diverse constituency resides in its upper-division baccalaureate and professional programs. The College seeks to develop a spirit of inquiry in its graduates and impart relevant techniques for solving problems in a global business environment. In doing so, it instills skills and knowledge that serve as a basis for change in a world where change is the norm.

Additionally, the College of Business provides lifelong learning experiences through professional weekend programs and centers that focus on services marketing, technology, entrepreneurship and international business. The College's research and services advance business knowledge by synthesizing ideas in creative ways, thus contributing to South Florida's economic vitality and making the community a better place to live and work.

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Bachelor's Degree Program Information

The College of Business awards the degrees of Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.), Bachelor of Health Services (B.H.S.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.). All Business majors, with the exception of Health Administration and General Economics, are eligible for either the B.B.A. or the B.S. degree. Though both degrees are on an equivalent academic level, the B.S. degree requires additional mathematics. Health Administration majors obtain the Bachelor of Health Services (B.H.S.) degree, while General Economics majors earn the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree.

Admissions Policy (for all majors except General Economics and Health Administration)
All of the following are required for admission to upper-division selective majors in the College of Business:

1. Attain a minimum 2.5 FAU GPA at the time of application to an upper-division major; transfer students who meet all admissions requirements prior to entering FAU may be admitted to upper-division based on their cumulative transfer GPA provided no FAU credit has been earned; required entrance GPAs may vary by program. Refer to the specific program's section for details;

2. Complete Pre-Business foundation coursework with minimum grades of "C";

3. Fulfill the Florida CLAS requirements; (CLAS is no longer required; effective fall 2011.)

4. Fulfill the FAU Foreign Language Entry requirement;

5. Earn a minimum of 60 credits.

Students must be admitted to a major (not Pre-Business) before earning 72 credits. Upon earning 72 credits, a registration hold will be placed on a student's record until the student selects a major.

A student must be admitted to upper-division status in order to receive a baccalaureate degree from the College of Business, except for majors not eligible for the B.B.A. degree (General Economics and Health Administration).

Students may appeal denial of admission to a major through the academic petition process. For an appeal to have merit, students must explain new academic or personal information as well as extenuating circumstances. The evidence should show a student's case is stronger than the GPA evidence suggests.

Implementation and Annual Review
The admissions standards above are effective for students entering FAU (freshmen or transfers) in fall of 2007 and after. Any degree-seeking student continually enrolled at FAU prior to fall 2007 is exempt from the admissions standards. The admissions standards (GPA, Pre-Business foundation coursework, etc.) in effect at the time of application to a major pertain to any student (admitted to FAU fall 2007 or after) regardless of the time of initial enrollment or admission to the University.

The College of Business, in consultation with the University Provost, will annually review the admission requirements and determine any revisions to the GPA or other admissions criteria.

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Restricted Access to Upper-Division COB Courses
Access to upper-division COB courses is restricted. Registration priority for COB upper-division courses will be in the following order:

1. Upper-division COB students (in selective admissions majors);

2. Students in programs with COB courses as part of the required curriculum;

3. Students in other majors (officially declared and making progress in the program) who desire COB courses to supplement their curriculum;

4. Non-degree seeking students.

Department chairs may elect to drop enrollment restrictions on courses not specifically required or applicable to a COB major program (e.g. FIN 3140, BUL 4622, GEB 3052, etc.), as these course are largely service-oriented toward many FAU majors and the community. Courses exempt from restrictions include those of the Business Administration minor (FIN 3403, MAN 3025 and MAR 3023) and upper-division Economics courses.

Students in categories 3 and 4 above may request permission to enroll in restricted business courses after advance registration via a business academic petition.

Suspension and Dismissal
Academically suspended undergraduate Pre-Business students who have not been admitted to a major/upper division cannot return to selective programs in the College because their deficit would make it unlikely they can be admitted. These students should work with FAU advisors for alternative academic programs to consider. Business students on probation will be limited to 13 credits in a regular semester (fall/spring) and 10 in the summer.

Academically suspended undergraduate Pre-Business students cannot return to General Economics without obtaining a 2.0 FAU GPA or Health Administration without obtaining a 2.25 FAU GPA and completing other admission requirements for these programs.

If students have been admitted to a major/upper division, suspension and dismissal actions follow the standard University procedure. Students who are suspended or dismissed after admission to upper division will have their reinstatement cases reviewed on an individual basis after remaining out of FAU for the required period.

Note: The policy for academic status of graduate students is outlined under the heading Academic Standing in the M.B.A. program description later in this section.

Double Majors, Dual Degrees and Second Baccalaureate Degrees
Double majors are possible if both majors earn the same degree (B.B.A. or B.S.). To complete a double major, students must complete the requirements for both programs (including College and major requirements). On completion of the requirements for both programs, students will earn one degree (B.B.A. or B.S.) with both majors listed on the diploma. It is not possible to double major in programs that do not offer the same degree title. Within the College of Business, Health Administration is the only program that cannot double major since that discipline offers the unique B.H.S. degree.

Only two majors will be noted per degree earned. Though students can take courses toward additional programs or between programs with extensive overlap (e.g., any two economics majors, management and small business, marketing and advertising), if a third major is completed, it will not be formally recognized by FAU on a degree or transcript.

Dual degrees are possible with a minimum of 150 credits and completion of all College, major and degree requirements for each academic program. On completion of a double degree (business examples include B.B.A., B.S. and B.H.S.), students earn two diplomas with the appropriate majors listed on each. Any additional undergraduate degree requires 30 credits minimum from FAU earned after the prior bachelor's degree is granted.

Students may earn a second bachelor's degree from FAU if they have a bachelor's degree from an accredited university. Students with earned bachelor's degrees have fulfilled general education requirements but must complete remaining requirements (College, Pre-Business foundation coursework, business core and major) and earn a minimum of 30 credits from FAU after the first degree. Students may reserve FAU courses from the first degree to apply toward a second degree, but such courses must not have met any requirements for the first degree (including credits as free electives) and be above the 120 minimum credits. Requests to reserve credits from the first degree must be made in writing to the College of Business before the degree is granted. Grades from these reserved courses will not apply to the first degree GPA, honors classification, etc.

Online Bachelor's Degree Program

The Online Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) Program offers majors in Accounting, Management and Marketing. To qualify for admission, the student must have 60 lower-division credits from a regionally accredited college or university. Other FAU requirements may apply. The Online B.B.A. Program can be completed in a part-time or full-time format. For information, visit www.fauexecutiveprograms.com/onlinebba or call 561-297-3651 or 561-297-0296.

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Office of Student Academic Services — Academic Advising
Students are encouraged to visit the Office of Student Academic Services whenever they need advice on their academic programs. Students are expected to meet with an academic advisor during their first term as a College of Business major. In order to facilitate the graduation process and compile a graduation audit of a student's record, undergraduates should also meet with an advisor in the semester prior to graduation or when they are 11 courses short of completing their degree.

Located on the Boca Raton and Davie campuses, the Office of Student Academic Services provides the following:

1. Is a source of information on University and College policies, procedures and resources;

2. Helps students evaluate their choice of major;

3. Provides curriculum planning and monitors academic progress;

4. Helps students identify and solve academic-related problems;

5. Serves as an intermediary between students and the University community;

6. Supports students in academic difficulty.

For information on hours and locations, visit www.business.fau.edu. General correspondence should be directed to:

Dr. Rupert Rhodd
Associate Dean,
Student Academic Services
College of Business
Florida Atlantic University, FW 101
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, Florida 33431

Residency Requirements
Those students who transfer from four-year colleges or universities will be required to earn at least 75 percent of their major courses at FAU. In addition, 50 percent of all required upper-division classes taught by the College of Business must be from FAU (at least 30 credits, including ENC 3213). Students must earn a minimum of 30 credits at FAU to earn a degree, and the last 30 upper-division credits must be earned at FAU. After matriculation into the College of Business, transient work is not permitted except in unusual circumstances. In these cases, an academic petition showing justification is required.

Gainfully Employed Students
The College of Business urges all students who are working between 20-30 hours per week to limit their course load to a maximum of 12 credits per semester. A part-time class load of 3-9 credits is recommended for students working more than 30 hours per week. To help working students, the College has compact schedules allowing school attendance on a one-to-three-day-a-week basis. Many night classes are offered to assist the working student with scheduling.

Administrative Drops, Prerequisites and Student Responsibility
Students are responsible for completing prerequisites for courses and meeting all requirements for the degree. Any student who does not meet course prerequisites may be administratively dropped from courses at any time during a semester. Exceptions may be made by petition to the College before registering.

Students who do not attend the first class meeting of a College of Business course may be administratively dropped by the instructor.

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Incomplete Grade Policy
A student who is passing a course but has not completed all work due to exceptional circumstances may, with consent of the instructor, temporarily receive a grade of incomplete ("I"). The assignment of the "I" grade is at the discretion of the instructor but only allowed if the student is passing the course. The specific time required to make up an incomplete grade is at the discretion of the instructor. However, the College of Business policy on the resolution of incomplete grades requires that all work required to satisfy an incomplete ("I") grade must be completed within a period of time not exceeding one calendar year from the assignment of the incomplete grade. After one calendar year, the incomplete grade automatically becomes a failing ("F") grade. GEB 6215 is an exception to this rule as students may be granted more time with the instructor's recommendation.

Academic Petition Process
The College of Business (COB) provides mechanisms for students to seek redress when a University academic regulation or policy causes undue hardship. The College may waive or alter an academic regulation when convinced a true hardship will exist if it does not take positive action. It generally considers hardship a situation that has occurred, or will occur, over which the petitioner has limited or no control. The College petition process does not address cases of grievances with instructors or tuition matters.

The College has established specific rules concerning petitions for late withdrawals from courses and the waiver or alteration of University-level academic requirements (beyond those of the College) as follows:

1. The student should petition in writing using a standardized petition form (available on the COB website: www.business.fau.edu) indicating what the student would like to happen. Attach a letter of explanation and accompanying supporting documentation as needed. The form includes instructions and what documentation is required for each type of petition. The petition and supporting documentation should be submitted to the Office of Student Academic Services. They will be reviewed by the Student Academic Services director/assistant director.

2. Petitions that deal with events in a given semester must be submitted by the end of the subsequent semester, excluding summer terms. For example, petitions for events occurring in a fall semester are to be submitted by the end of the spring semester; petitions for events occurring in a spring or summer semester are to be submitted by the end of the following fall semester. Petitions submitted after a term has ended will be denied if the student completed all work for the course.

3. The Student Academic Services director/assistant director will approve or deny the petition within 10 business days. For each decision, a memo of explanation will be written.

4. If a petition is denied and the student wishes to appeal, he/she must do so in writing within 30 days of receipt of the petition denial memo. The student should submit an appeal letter and provide reasons for the appeal. A College committee will review the student's documentation and the director/assistant director's memo and uphold or overturn the decision of the director/assistant director within 30 days of the submission of the appeal. The committee usually meets twice per semester.

The committee will consist of the Assistant or Associate Dean or a designee, a faculty member and one student. The faculty member will serve on a rotating basis for one semester. The decision of the committee is final. There are no higher levels of appeal within FAU.

Career Resource Center
The College of Business Career Resource Center provides career services to current College of Business undergraduate and graduate students, alumni and employers. For undergraduate and graduate students and alumni, the Career Resource Center assists with part-time and full-time job placement, internships and résumé writing. For employers, the Career Resource Center offers job posting opportunities on our online job system, BizCareersLink, recruiting through corporate information sessions and on-site interviewing.

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Internship Program
The College of Business Career Resource Center provides students with an opportunity to acquire real-world work experiences through internships within their major disciplines. Internships may be full-time or part-time, may be paid or unpaid and may or may not be taken for credit. Students may not use a position in which they are currently employed unless the internship duties are beyond the normal work responsibilities. In such cases, permission must be granted from the internship faculty supervisor. Students will not be able to register for and get credit for internships retroactively. Eligible students may apply for an internship at anytime; however, for-credit internships are tied to the semester academic calendar.

Internships for credit involve an academic component attained by successful completion of an online course (MAN 4940 or MAN 6943) taken simultaneously with the internship. Also, internships for credit require the employer to perform two student internship evaluations (mid-term and end of term). Students desiring an internship for credit must register within the appropriate semester registration deadlines set by the Registrar's Office. Internships for credit are not automatic. Students must meet internship program requirements, including current enrollment in the College of Business, junior standing, overall GPA of 2.5 or higher and an upper-division business courses GPA of 2.75.

Credit earned while enrolled in one of the internship courses may be applied to meet business or free-elective credit requirements up to 4 credits. Internship credit may not be used to substitute for a major course requirement. Students participating in an internship for credit receive a letter grade, which is reflected in their GPA Internships may not be taken as pass/fail or satisfactory/unsatisfactory. Credit for MAN 4940 and MAN 6943 can only be used one time each.

Employers are required to register on BizCareersLink, the Career Resource Center's online job system, in order to post positions. Students are also required to register on BizCareersLink prior to the start of the semester of interning to search for opportunities. To register on BizCareersLink, students should go to http://business.fau.edu/bizcareerslink/student. For more information, call the Career Resource Center at 561-297-2819.

Directed Independent Study

Students are allowed to take the equivalent of one course (3 credits) of Directed Independent Study to satisfy specific degree requirements. Additional DIS credits can only be used as free electives.

Students wishing to enroll in a Directed Independent Study must complete a Directed Independent Study Proposal form, available in departmental offices.

Students complete the form, write a proposal and present the form and proposal to a faculty member for approval. Upon receipt of the faculty signature, the student will return the signed form and proposal to the departmental office. After approval, students must register for the course. Failure to adhere to the above procedure may result in an administrative withdrawal from a Directed Independent Study.

International Experience Credit Policy
Students may apply credit from one College of Business study abroad field experience course toward college-specific requirements (core, majors, business electives or minors). Field experience classes are usually brief study abroad programs of less than 14 days. Field experience courses are ECO 4955 and MAN 4680.

Distance Learning Program Online Course Registration Policy
Students must meet specific requirements before enrolling in College of Business online classes. The complete distance learning policy is online at http://business.fau.edu/advising. Essential components of the policy require students to:

1. Be in good standing (not on probation);

2. Accept the Student Responsibilities in Distance Learning;

3. Successfully complete the College of Business Distance Learning Exam, or if the initial exam score is insufficient, students must complete the distance learning mini-course and successfully pass the corresponding exam.

College of Business International Programs
The College of Business has developed a cooperative model with several international educational institutions. These programs involve various cooperative agreements wherein FAU's College of Business actively participates in the exchange of students, faculty, program ideas and scholarship with partner universities in various continents. The premise of these international relationships is to provide venues for students, communities, faculty and businesses to work together in the global environment. Students who are interested in exchange or specific programs with the College's international partners should contact Melissa Valdes at mvalde10@fau.edu or William Ballard at wballard@fau.edu.

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International Partner Institutions:
Aalto University School of Economics, Helsinki, Finland www.hse.fi/EN
American Business School in Paris (ABS), Paris, France www.absparis.org
Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin, Ireland www.dit.ie
Institute Superior de Ciencias do Trabalho E da Empress (ISCTE), Lisbon, Portugal http://iepm.ibs.iscte.pt
Instituto Químico de Sarrià (IQS), Barcelona, Spain http://www.iqs.edu/change/en
Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden www.su.se/english/
Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina (UNISUL), Florianopolis and Tubarao, Brazil www.unisul.br
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), Belo Horizonte, Brazil www.ufmg.br
University of Applied Sciences (UAS), Cologne, Germany www.wi.fh-koeln.de

Business Undergraduate Degree Programs

The College of Business grants three undergraduate degrees, the Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.), the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and the Bachelor of Health Services (B.H.S.). With the exceptions of Health Administration and General Economics, all majors in the College are eligible to receive the B.B.A. or B.S. degree. The B.S. degree requirements are the same as those of the B.B.A., except the B.S. requires a student to complete 6 additional credits of math or statistics courses beyond the calculus and statistics required in the Pre-Business foundation courses (e.g., MAC 2241, MAC 2311, MAC 2312, STA 3163, ECO 4421, ECO 4422, ECO 4401, PHI 3132, etc.).

Health Administration majors earn the B.H.S. degree. General Economics majors earn the B.S. degree. For specific requirements for the B.H.S. degree, click here. For specific requirements for the General Economics program, click here.

Students seeking a B.B.A. or B.S. degree must complete the following requirements.

Degree Requirements (B.B.A. and B.S.)

1. University's Intellectual Foundations Program (General Education requirements). Students who have earned a bachelor's degree from a four-year accredited institution of higher education or an A.A. degree from a Florida community or state college or a state university in Florida are deemed to have completed the General Education requirements.

2. Pre-Business Foundation Coursework with grades of "C" or higher.

Principles of Accounting 1 ACG 2021 3
Principles of Accounting 2 ACG 2071 3
Macroeconomic Principles ECO 2013 3
Microeconomic Principles ECO 2023 3
Information Systems Fundamentals ISM 2000 3
Methods of Calculus MAC 2233 3
Introductory Statistics STA 2023 3

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3. College of Business Core (33 credits) with grades of "C" or higher. Accounting and General Economics majors have different requirements. Refer to the subsections for these majors for details.

Business Law 1 BUL 4421 3
     
Writing for Management ENC 3213 3 or
Communicating Business Information GEB 3213 3
     
Principles of Financial Management FIN 3403 3
Management Information Systems ISM 3011* 3
Introduction to Management and Organizational Behavior MAN 3025 3
Operations Management MAN 3506 3
Global Strategy and Policy MAN 4720 3
Quantitative Methods in Admin. QMB 3600 3
Marketing Management MAR 3023 3
* Accounting majors must take ACG 4401 instead.
International Perspective   3
Select one course from list below:
Economics of International Trade ECO 4704 3
International Monetary Economics ECO 4713 3
International Economic Development ECS 3013 3
International Finance FIN 4604 3
International Business MAN 3600 3
International Marketing MAR 4156 3
Enterprise Risk Management and Corporate Governance: Qualitative Analysis RMI 4423 3
Economics Requirement   3
Select one course; must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher. Specific courses that may be used for this requirement vary by major as follows:
Accounting ECO 4223
Management Information Systems
Any 3000-4000 level Economics course, 3 credits
(except 3003)
International Business and Trade

ECO 4704, 4713 or ECS 3013

Management ECO 4223
or ECP 3703
Marketing (all options) ECO 3101,
3203 or 4223
Finance ECO 4223, 3101, 3203 or ECP 3703
Hospitality Management ECO 4704, 4713 or ECS 3013

4. A College of Business major with grades of "C" or higher. Major Requirements are defined in this College of Business section.

5. A minimum of 51 credits of upper-division College of Business courses. In addition to the Business Core (excluding ENC 3213) and major requirements, most majors will require successful completion of Business electives to obtain these 51 credits.

6. A minimum of 120 credits (excluding remedial and technical coursework).

7. A minimum FAU GPA of 2.0.

8. Residency Requirements:
A. After a student matriculates at FAU, the College of Business will not accept upper-level business transfer coursework taken after admission, except from AACSB-accredited institutions.

B. After being admitted to the College and declaring a major (not Pre-Business), transient coursework is not permitted.

C. A minimum of 30 upper-level business credits (including ENC 3213) are required from FAU to obtain a College of Business bachelor's degree. The last 30 credits must be from FAU.

D. At least 75 percent of a student's coursework in the major must be completed at FAU.

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9. Foreign Language Entry Requirement: This must be fulfilled by two years of successful completion of high school foreign language, two successful semesters of a college-level foreign language, the successful completion of the CLEP exam for two semesters of the same foreign language or demonstrated proficiency in a foreign language through the Languages, Linguistics, and Comparative Literature Department.

10. Gordon Rule Math and Writing requirements are mandated by the State of Florida. The Writing Requirement states that students must complete four courses with significant writing content with grades of "C" or higher. The Math requirement states that students must earn 6 credits in mathematics (including statistics) at or above the level of college algebra with grades of "C" or higher.

11. The College Level Academic Skills (CLAS) requirement must be successfully completed or the student must apply for an exemption. See further details on the CLAS in the Degree Requirements section of this catalog. (CLAS is no longer required; effective fall 2011.)

General Business Undergraduate Major

The General Business curriculum provides an interdisciplinary program leading to a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.). The curriculum furnishes skills and knowledge applicable in the global economy.

The General Business major is only available to students who transfer to FAU from an articulated Associate of Science degree program in Business at a Florida community or state college. Currently, Broward College is the only school with an approved articulation agreement. Students in this articulated program are not eligible for other majors within the College of Business.

Prerequisite Coursework for Transfer Students
Students transferring to Florida Atlantic University must complete both lower-division requirements (including the requirements of the Intellectual Foundations Program) and requirements for the college and major. Lower-division requirements may be completed through the A.A. degree from any Florida public college, university or community college or through equivalent coursework at another regionally accredited institution. Before transferring and to ensure timely progress toward the baccalaureate degree, students must also complete the prerequisite courses for their major as outlined in the Transfer Student Manual (see www.fau.edu/registrar/tsm.php).

All courses not approved by the Florida Statewide Course Numbering System that will be used to satisfy requirements will be evaluated individually on the basis of content and will require a catalog course description and a copy of the syllabus for assessment.

Degree Requirements
Students must obtain an Associate of Science degree in Business from a Florida community or state college that has an articulated A.S. to B.B.A. agreement with FAU. In addition to the A.S. degree, students must complete the following curriculum requirements to obtain a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in General Business.

General Education
Science - 6 credits (two of the following courses)
Human Evolution ANT 3586 3
Chemistry in Modern Life CHM 2020 3
Food and Nutrition CHS 3410 3
Earth Systems and Resources GLY 4012C 3
Issues in Human Ecology PCB 3352 3
Humanities – 3 credits (choose one of the following)
Interpretation of Fiction LIT 2010 3
Interpretation of Poetry LIT 2030 3
Interpretation of Drama LIT 2040 3
Introduction to Philosophy PHI 2010 3
Business Program
Business Core – 27 credits
Business Law 1 BUL 4421 3
Money and Banking ECO 4223 3
Principles of Financial Mgmt. FIN 3403 3
Management Information Systems ISM 3011 3
Introduction to Management and Organizational Behavior MAN 3025 3
Operations Management MAN 3506 3
Global Strategy and Policy MAN 4720 3
Marketing Management MAR 3023 3
Quantitative Methods in Admin. QMB 3600 3
General Business Major Courses – 21 credits
Advanced Managerial Finance FIN 4424 3
International Business MAN 3600 3
Human Resource Management
MAN 4301 3
Marketing Strategy MAR 4803 3
Choose three of the following courses – 9 credits
Accounting Information Systems 1 ACG 4401 3
Intermediate Microeconomics ECO 3101 3
Intermediate Macroeconomics ECO 3203 3
Financial Mgmt. of Institutions FIN 4313 3
Investment Analysis FIN 4504 3
Human Resources Development MAN 4350 3
Marketing Research and Info. Syst. MAR 4613 3
Cognate Areas – 8 credits
Writing for Management ENC 3213 3
Energy Res. and Usage in Society PSC 2515 2
Choose one of the following courses
American Environmental History AMH 3630 3
Philosophy of Technology PHM 4223 3
Race and Ethnic Relations SYD 4700 3
Men, Women and Work SYO 4370 3
Technology and Society SYP 4421 3

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Business Administration Minor

The Business Administration minor is designed for Health Administration, General Economics and International Economics majors, as well as majors outside the College of Business. The minor requires the following seven courses with a grade of "C" or better.

Required Courses
Principles of Accounting 1 ACG 2021 3
Principles of Accounting 2 ACG 2071 3
Macroeconomic Principles ECO 2013 3
Microeconomic Principles ECO 2023 3
Principles of Financial Mgmt. FIN 3403 3
Introduction to Management and Organizational Behavior MAN 3025 3
Marketing Management MAR 3023 3

A minimum of two of the required three upper-division courses must be taken at FAU. Of the 21 credits, at least 18 must be earned from FAU (effective spring 2011).

Electronic Commerce Minor

The Electronic Commerce minor emphasizes an interdisciplinary business study of electronic commerce and the role of the Internet in business. The minor provides an opportunity for students to supplement their Business major program with a varied selection of electronic-business-related courses.

This minor is designed for Business majors requiring the Business core courses. Because part of the requirements include successful completion of the Business core, the minor is usually not practical for General Economics or Health Administration majors.

Students seeking the Electronic Commerce minor are required to complete the following three courses with a grade of "C" or better.

Accounting for E-Commerce ACG 4452 3
Cyberlaw BUL 4564 3
Marketing on the Internet MAR 4721 3

Other courses related to electronic commerce or media and society may be considered via petition. Courses used for the Electronic Commerce minor may not count toward other business major or College core requirements. A minimum of 6 credits must be taken in residence at FAU. The acknowledgment of the minor is official upon successful completion of a College of Business degree program.

Master's and Doctoral Degree Program Information

Graduate programs in the College of Business are offered to qualified persons who demonstrate business leadership potential. The following programs are offered:

1. Master of Accounting (M.AC.) and Executive Master of Accounting in Forensic Accounting;

2. Master of Taxation (M.TX.) and Executive Master of Taxation;

3. Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.);

4. Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)
Executive M.B.A. with International Business or alternative specialization;

5. Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)
Professional M.B.A. with Entrepreneurship and Innovation or alternative specialization;

6. Master of Health Administration (M.H.S.);

7. Master of Science with Major in Economics (M.S.);

8. Master of Science with Major in Finance (M.S.) (currently not admitting students);

9. Master of Science with Major in Information Technology and Management (M.S.);

10. Master of Science with Major in International Business (M.S.) (currently not admitting students);

11. Master of Science with Major in Music Business Administration (M.S.);

12. Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (Ph.D.)

Key Contacts:
Associate Dean, Student Academic Services: Dr. Rupert Rhodd
Director, Graduate Recruitment and Retention: Gregory Gayle
Director, Executive Graduate Programs: Vegar Wiik
Associate Director, Executive Program in Accounting: Sylwia Dziadziak
Director, Accounting Graduate Programs: Dr. Kimberly Dunn
Director, Master's Program in Economics: Dr. Eric Chiang
Interim Director, Master's Program in Health Administration: Dr. Dennis Palkon
Director, ITOM Graduate Programs, Dr. Stuart Galup
Director and Faculty Advisor, Ph.D. Program in Business: Dr. Jeff Madura
Faculty Advisor, Ph.D. Program in Accounting: Dr. Mark Kohlbeck
Faculty Advisor, Ph.D. Program in Management: Dr. Stephanie Castro
Faculty Advisor, Ph.D. Program in Marketing: Dr. Jim Gray

Ph.D. Admissions: Judith Benson
Faculty Advisor, Accounting Master's Programs: Mary Walsh
Traditional M.AC., M.TX. and M.B.A. Admissions: Oksana Weaver and William Ballard
Traditional M.AC., M.TX. and M.B.A. Advising: Judith Benson, Casey Thomas, Oksana Weaver, Toni Crooks and William Ballard

Graduation
Undergraduate or graduate students who expect to graduate at the end of any semester must:

1. Have an Application for Degree form signed by an advisor in the College of Business;

2. File an Application for Degree form with the Office of the Registrar no later than the date specified in the Academic Calendar for the semester in which they expect to graduate;

3. Complete all degree requirements specified for the degree;

4. Have earned an "S" grade in GEB 6215, if required by the program, prior to applying for the degree.

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School of Accounting

Faculty:
Bhattacharya, S., Dunn, K., Director; Beniluz, Y.; Bhattacharya, S.; Borgia, C. R.; Bushong, J. G.; Cao, J.; Clemons, R.; Coates, J. D.; Ellison, M. E.; Felipe, O.; Friedberg, A. H.; Gaffney, G. S.; Higgs, J. L.; Hooks, K. L.; Hopwood, W. S.; Hsieh, H.; Kohlbeck, M.; Nash, C.; Orbach, K. N.; Pinsker, R.; Radtke, R.; Smatrakalev, G.; Smith, T. J.; Thevenot, M.; Thompson, T.; Urquhart, W. T.; Walsh, M.; Young, II, G. R.; Young, S. L.

Mission
As a professional school of accountancy, the College of Business' School of Accounting (SOA) emphasizes high-quality teaching balanced with basic and applied research and service to constituents. The school is committed to providing students, faculty and staff with opportunities to develop, grow and be productive in a supportive atmosphere characterized by respect, collegiality, openness and freedom of expression.

Its mission is to provide a high-quality accounting education to a diverse student group that consists of a geographically dispersed mix of traditional and non-traditional students. Its goal is to help these students become successful professionals in local, national and global organizations. The School of Accounting achieves this goal by providing innovative programs and by employing the best faculty to teach its students and develop their technical, analytical, communication, interpersonal and lifelong learning skills.

The school offers an undergraduate traditional, online and minor program in Accounting, a combined bachelor's/master's degree in Accounting and traditional and executive master's degree programs in Accounting and in Taxation. The school offers a minor and courses in Business Law as well. The Business Law minor appears below. For the Business Law courses, refer to Course Descriptions.

Undergraduate Program in Accounting/Link to Combined Program/Link to Master's Programs

The mission of the undergraduate program in Accounting is to provide students with a solid educational foundation for entry into professional careers in accounting-related areas of business and government and to prepare students to pursue graduate or advanced professional education in accounting and related fields.

In addition to the University and College of Business degree requirements listed in the Degree Requirements section of this catalog (note: Accounting majors do not need ISM 3011), Accounting students must complete the following major requirements.

Prerequisite Coursework for Transfer Students
Students transferring to Florida Atlantic University must complete both lower-division requirements (including the requirements of the Intellectual Foundations Program) and requirements for the college and major. Lower-division requirements may be completed through the A.A. degree from any Florida public college, university or community college or through equivalent coursework at another regionally accredited institution. Before transferring and to ensure timely progress toward the baccalaureate degree, students must also complete the prerequisite courses for their major as outlined in the Transfer Student Manual (see www.fau.edu/registrar/tsm.php).

All courses not approved by the Florida Statewide Course Numbering System that will be used to satisfy requirements will be evaluated individually on the basis of content and will require a catalog course description and a copy of the syllabus for assessment.

Pre-Business Foundation Coursework
These are previously listed under the heading Degree Requirements (B.B.A. and B.S.) and subheading Pre-Business Foundation Coursework in this College of Business section.

Business Core
A grade of "C" or better is required in all core courses.

Business Law 1 BUL 4421 3
Principles of Financial Management FIN 3403 3
Introduction to Management and Organizational Behavior MAN 3025 3
Operations Management MAN 3506 3
Global Strategy and Policy MAN 4720 3
Marketing Management MAR 3023 3
Quantitative Methods in Admin. QMB 3600 3

Accounting Major
The undergraduate Accounting student is required to take eight upper-level accounting courses, including the major core courses below and accounting electives for a total of 24 credits of upper-level accounting.

Other Required Course
Business Law 2 BUL 4422 3
Core Courses
Accounting Information Systems 1 ACG 4401 3
Intermediate Theory 1 ACG 3131 3
Federal Taxation 1 TAX 4001 3
Cost Accounting ACG 3341 3

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Accounting Minor

The Accounting minor is designed for non-Accounting Business majors requiring the Business core courses. Because part of the requirements include successful completion of the business core classes, the minor is usually not practical for General Economics or Health Administration majors.

The Accounting minor requires three upper-division accounting courses (3000 level or above) with a grade of "C" or better.

Courses used for the Accounting minor may not count toward other business major or College core requirements. A minimum of 6 credits must be taken in residence at FAU. The acknowledgment of the minor is official upon successful completion of a College of Business degree program.

Business Law Minor


The Business Law minor provides students with practical legal knowledge of substantive business law topics and current legal issues. Students learn the skill sets necessary to identify and manage legal issues encountered within personal and business contexts, including litigation, contract law, employment and human resources, real and personal property law as well as applied critical thinking. The result is a student prepared for career opportunities in management, technology and politics. The minor is also excellent preparation for advanced degrees and for law school.

The minor requires 12 credits taken from the following courses. The courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. A minimum of 6 credits must be taken in residence at FAU. Students must earn at least 75 percent of all credits required for the minor from FAU (effective spring 2011).

Required Courses
Business Law 1 BUL 4421 3
Business Law 2 BUL 4422 3
Choose two of the courses below
Advanced Contracts BUL 4334 3
Real Estate Law REE 4433 3
Ethics in Business BUL 4443 3
Law of International Trade BUL 4461 3
Intellectual Property Law BUL 4514 3
Employment Law BUL 4540 3
Cyberlaw BUL 4564 3
Entertainment Law BUL 4622 3
Business Law Cases Through Film BUL 4625 3
Entrepreneurship Law BUL 4650 3
Special Topics in Business Law (including Administrative Law) BUL 4930 3

School of Accounting Undergraduate Policies

This document is to be considered an attachment to all syllabi for courses in the School of Accounting. In the event of a conflict between this document and a course syllabus, this document will prevail. 

1. FAU email is the primary mechanism for corresponding with students outside of the classroom. Students are responsible for checking their FAU email account often and for cleaning out the inbox to ensure all email is deliverable. Messages may include time-sensitive information, important announcements and class information. FAU email should never be auto-forwarded to another email account. For more information regarding MyFAU and email, visit www.fau.edu/irm/myfau. For issues with logging into MyFAU, contact the IRM Help desk or 561-297-3999.

2. Professors make every effort to honor the course syllabus as originally presented, however, circumstances may dictate a need to change the organization or content of the course. Students will be informed in writing of all changes made to the syllabus (e.g., hard copy or electronically). Students are responsible for checking the course website and their FAU email account to stay abreast of any changes.

3. Students are expected to subscribe to the School of Accounting e-Newsletter by sending an email to:  dobson@fau.edu. Specify whether an undergraduate or graduate student.

4. Accounting majors are strongly encouraged to complete the accounting core courses (ACG 3131, ACG 3341, TAX 4001 and ACG 4401) before taking other non-core accounting courses.

5. A grade of “C” or higher is required in all major courses.

6. No student may register for the same upper-level accounting or tax course after receiving grades of “C-,” “D+,” “D,” “D-” or “F” in that course a total of two times.

7. No student may register for upper-level accounting or tax courses after receiving five grades of “C-,” “D+,” “D,” “D-” or “F” in upper-level accounting and/or tax courses.

8. Once students have been removed from the Accounting major, they will not be readmitted without approval from the School of Accounting through the College of Business petition process. Students may not take more than two 3000-level (or higher) accounting and/or tax courses unless they 1) are in an Accounting degree program, 2) are granted permission by the School of Accounting or 3) already hold a degree from an AACSB-accredited institution (such as FAU) and are taking additional courses for CPA eligibility.

9. Any student who has not met the prerequisites for a course may be administratively withdrawn from the course at any time during the semester that such deficiency is determined to exist.

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10. Note than an “Incomplete” is not a substitute for a poor grade and is rarely granted. In accordance with the policies of FAU, the College of Business and the School of Accounting, an “Incomplete” will be granted only under the following circumstances:

a. The student is otherwise passing the course with at least a grade of "C."

b. The student has an excused absence that prevents the on-time completion of the course requirements.

11. Students are solely responsible for properly dropping or withdrawing from courses they no longer wish to continue. Professors are not permitted to assign grades of “W.”

12. Important dates: Florida Atlantic University – Academic Calendar.

13. School of Accounting policy does not permit overrides into closed classes. Students are advised to monitor the online schedule for space to become available. The add/drop period is the first week of classes, and there may be windows of opportunity during that time. Accounting and tax professors are not authorized to assist students with registration issues.

14. All students must purchase and use as a reference for written assignments in all accounting courses the book Effective Writing, 8th edition, by Claire B. May and Gordon S. May, published by Pearson Prentice Hall.

15. In order to provide appropriate guidance to students seeking a professional career in accounting, the SOA faculty recommends the following courses as necessary for professional certification (such as CPA, CMA or CIA) or admission to the Master of Accounting program: ACG 3131, ACG 3141, ACG 3151, ACG 3341, ACG 4401, ACG 4651, TAX 4001 and TAX 4011.

16. A fundamental principle of academic, business and community life is honesty.  In the academic environment, the following are critical:

a. For most graded assignments, students are expected to work independently. However, team assignments typically require students to work together. For both individual and team assignments, students should be careful not to represent the work of others as their own.

b. Appropriate classroom behavior is expected at all times, including respect for the instructor and peers. Disruptive classroom behavior is unfair to other students who are in class to learn, as well as to the instructor, and will not be tolerated.

c. The Internet is a powerful tool providing access to a wealth of information. Students are reminded that plagiarism guidelines that apply to printed materials also apply to materials accessed via the Internet and that the School employs various plagiarism (cheating) detection methods.

d. All students are referred to the Code of Academic Integrity of the University Regulations, Chapter 4, Regulation 4.001. It is the policy of the School of Accounting at Florida Atlantic University to adhere to the provisions of this regulation. Faculty of the School of Accounting will take action to secure the maximum penalty in the event of any observation of a violation. 

17. Additional rules regarding student responsibility, discipline and a host of other regulations are set out in the Florida Atlantic University Regulations and are subject to change without notice. For the University Regulations in effect at any given time, visit www.fau.edu/regulations.

Combined Program

Scholars Program: Combined B.B.A./M.AC. Degree

The School of Accounting offers a Scholars Program, the 3/2 Accounting Bachelor of Business Administration/Master of Accounting Program. Students apply for the program in their junior year and must complete 150 credits in specified courses, satisfy all University and College major degree requirements for each academic program, maintain a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and satisfy other requirements of the Scholars Program. Upon completion, students will receive a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and a Master of Accounting. Students must receive both degrees simultaneously, even if the bachelor's degree requirements are completed earlier. For details, contact an advisor in the College of Business Office of Graduate Student Programs.

Prerequisite Coursework for Transfer Students

Students transferring to Florida Atlantic University must complete both lower-division requirements (including the requirements of the Intellectual Foundations Program) and requirements for the college and major. Lower-division requirements may be completed through the A.A. degree from any Florida public college, university or community college or through equivalent coursework at another regionally accredited institution. Before transferring and to ensure timely progress toward the baccalaureate degree, students must also complete the prerequisite courses for their major as outlined in the Transfer Student Manual (see www.fau.edu/registrar/tsm.php).

All courses not approved by the Florida Statewide Course Numbering System that will be used to satisfy requirements will be evaluated individually on the basis of content and will require a catalog course description and a copy of the syllabus for assessment.

Master's Programs

Mission
The Master of Accounting (M.AC.) and Master of Taxation (M.TX.) degree programs share the same goal: to provide accounting education to a diverse group of students for them to become successful professionals in local, national and global enterprises. Both programs aid students in developing technical, analytical, communication, interpersonal and lifelong learning skills.

The Master of Accounting degree program is designed to meet the general educational goals established by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and may be used to meet many of the educational requirements for the Florida CPA license. The program prepares students for careers in all areas of accounting, including coursework to prepare for professional examinations like the CPA, CMA and CIA.

The Master of Taxation degree program is designed to meet the demand for tax specialists in public accounting, private industry and government. To this end, its objectives include the rigorous development of 1) technical competence 2) an appreciation of tax policy 3) a conceptual understanding of taxation and 4) an awareness of the responsibilities of tax professionals in today's society. M.TX. courses may satisfy the education requirements of the CPA and other professional licenses.

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The Executive Master's Programs
The Executive Master of Taxation program and Executive Master of Accounting with a concentration in Forensic Accounting program are designed to meet the demanding schedules of busy professionals. Students may complete both programs via the Internet or attend optional, live Saturday classes as often as desired and study in a web-assisted environment.

Both programs have a 24-month duration. Students may enter the programs in the fall, spring or summer semesters.

Admission into the Executive Master's Programs does not constitute admission into non-executive programs and vice versa. Executive students can only register for courses in the executive programs. Similarly, non-executive students cannot register for executive master's courses.

Enrollment Policy/Admission Requirements for Accounting Master's Programs
The College of Business seeks a diverse and highly qualified group of graduate students. Applications are evaluated on several factors emphasizing prior academic performance, GMAT, GRE or LSAT scores and the potential for scholarly and professional success. In addition to other requirements for admission to the Graduate College at FAU, to be considered for these masters programs in the College of Business, applicants must:

  • Have earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university or the international equivalent.
  • Have a strong grade point average on all previous college work, though emphasis is placed on the last 60 credits earned.
  • Submit a one-to-two page essay describing both the applicant's background and objectives for undertaking graduate study.
  • Submit an official, competitive score on a GMAT, GRE or LSAT exam taken within the past five years. When evaluating test scores, the admissions committee looks for a balance between verbal, quantitative and analytical writing strengths. All three components are required. Admission test waivers considered for students with an active CPA licence, J.D., Ph.D. or those with a master’s degree from an AACSB accredited business program.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must have a TOEFL score of at least 600 (paper), 250 (computer) or 100 (Internet).
  • Have all materials for the application complete and filed with FAU prior to the deadlines.             Deadlines for domestic admission: July 1 for fall, November 1 for spring and April 1 for summer. Deadlines for international admission: February 15 for fall, August 15 for
    spring and January 15 for summer.

Supplemental information applicants may provide in support of applications includes:

  • A one-page résumé;
  • Letter(s) of recommendation from employers, faculty members or others who can attest to the applicant's scholarly ability and/or agency;
  • A writing sample demonstrating analytical and explanatory skills.

Admission Requirements for International Students
A graduate of a foreign college or university who has completed an academic program equivalent to an American bachelor's degree may apply for admission to the master's programs. International students are required to submit the necessary application forms and an official certified transcript indicating the nature and scope of their academic training. An international applicant whose native language is not English must submit a score of at least 600 (CBT-250) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). For details, applicants should write to: Test of English as a Foreign Language, Educational Testing Service, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, New Jersey, 08540-6151, U.S.A., or visit www.ets.org. The IELTS test may also be considered. See www.ielts.org.

Degree Requirements

To qualify for the degree of Master of Accounting (M.AC.) or Master of Taxation (M.TX.), candidates must:

1. Meet all general requirements of the University for a master's degree, and complete the program within five years.

2. Complete or receive credit for a minimum of 15 credits of business foundation courses. No grade lower than "C" will be accepted. The number of foundation courses to be taken depends on the student's undergraduate background and performance in business and related subjects. Students will be notified of these and other requirements upon admission.

3. Complete 30 credits of required and elective credits with a minimum cumulative GPA of "B" (3.0). Any grade below "C" is considered a failure and the course must be retaken. A maximum of two 5000-level courses may be taken toward completion of the 30 credits in the Master of Accounting program with advance written permission of the College of Business Office of Graduate Student Programs. These approved courses count toward program electives. Students seeking a M.AC. degree may be required to complete accounting foundation courses. These courses are in addition to the 30 required credits as described in the Master of Accounting section below.

4. Complete all requirements of the Graduate Communication Program.

Business Foundation Component
The foundation component introduces the broad field of business administration and the fundamental quantitative techniques used in business analysis. These courses should be completed before the student takes other graduate courses. In special cases, the student may take a foundation course concurrently with a graduate course with the permission of the director of Graduate Programs in Accounting. Courses in the Business Foundation Component are:

Financial Accounting Concepts ACG 6027 3
Seminar in Modern Economic Concepts and Theories ECO 6008 3
Financial Management FIN 6406 3
Marketing Functions and Processes MAR 6055 3
Data Analysis for Managers QMB 6603 3

The exact number of foundation credits required for each student depends upon the student's previous academic background. Additional information may be obtained from the College of Business Office of Graduate Student Programs.

Students accepted into the Executive Programs without an accounting degree complete their Business Foundation Component with the following two courses: Financial Accounting Concepts (ACG 6027) and Financial Management (FIN 6406).

Successful performance in graduate-level coursework requires proficiency in the use of personal computers to employ word processing, spreadsheets and database software. These capabilities may be developed through coursework or through self-study in FAU's computer labs.

No business foundation course may be used to satisfy the core or elective requirements for any program. A specific program of study will be prepared for each student by the College of Business Office of Graduate Student Programs.

Upon completion of the required foundation courses, the student is eligible to begin the Master of Accounting or Master of Taxation program.

Note: Students with an accounting undergraduate degree often receive waivers from all business foundation courses and usually are considered to have satisfied all required prerequisites.

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Master of Accounting
(Program minimum total for graduation: 30 credits)

Students with an accounting background will likely receive a waiver for all accounting foundation courses. Students without an accounting background or those who did not perform at a satisfactory level in undergraduate courses may have to resolve deficiencies through the Accounting Foundation Component.

Accounting Foundation Component
The accounting foundation provides the student with the minimum accounting knowledge required to complete the Master of Accounting program. These courses must be completed with a grade of "B" or better and should be taken as early in the program as possible because they serve as prerequisites for many of the other courses in the program. Courses in the Accounting Foundation Component are:

Financial Reporting and Accounting Concepts ACG 6137 3
Auditing Theory and Practice ACG 6635 3
Cost Accounting Theory and Practice ACG 6347 3

The exact number of accounting foundation credits required for each student will depend upon the student's previous academic record. These additional credits are added to the 30 credits required in the Master of Accounting program. More information may be obtained from the advisors in the College of Business, Office of Graduate Student Programs.

Accounting foundation courses may not be used to satisfy the core or elective requirements for the Master of Accounting program, with one exception. Students in the Executive Program without an undergraduate business degree may include required accounting foundation courses as program electives.

Communication Course (3 credits)    
Graduate Business Communication Applications GEB 6215* 3
* Students must take GEB 6215 in their first semester in the program unless they are taking only business foundation courses.
Required Accounting Courses (15 credits)
Students will be directed into one of the following two sets of required courses depending on the program to which they are admitted.
Master of Accounting (Regular Program):
Advanced Accounting Theory ACG 6135 3
Advanced Financial Reporting and Accounting Concepts ACG 6138 3
Concepts of Federal Income Tax TAX 6025 3
Advanced Accounting Information Systems ACG 6475 3
Advanced Auditing Theory and Practice ACG 6655 3
Master of Accounting (Executive Forensic Program):
Accounting Fraud Examination Concepts ACG 6686 3
Accounting Fraud Examination Conduct and Procedures ACG 6687 3
Forensic Accounting and the Legal Environment ACG 6688 3
Forensic Accounting, Fraud and Taxation ACG 6689 3
Accounting Electives (One course/3 credits for Regular Program, two courses/6 credits for Executive Program)
Select courses fulfilling the necessary credits from any 6000-level accounting or tax courses. Foundation accounting courses cannot count toward this requirement.
Program Electives (9 credits)

Select three courses (9 credits) in non-Accounting business electives, approved ACG 5000-level courses (maximum of two courses), other ACG 6000-level courses or TAX 6000-level courses.

The Accounting Foundation courses may be counted as business electives only by students in the Executive Program without an undergraduate business degree. Regular Program students may not count Accounting Foundation courses as electives.

Students are strongly encouraged to select at least one course in finance and economics from the following:

Advanced Monetary Economics ECO 6216 3
Advanced International Trade ECO 6706 3
Adv. International Monetary Economics ECO 6716 3
Working Capital Management FIN 6418 3
Financial Management: Investment Decisions and Policy FIN 6436 3
Investment Management FIN 6515 3
Portfolio Theory FIN 6525 3
Financial Risk Mgmt. and Derivatives FIN 6537 3
Multinational Finance FIN 6605 3
Introduction to Real Estate REE 6045 3
Advanced Real Estate Valuation REE 6105 3
Real Estate Financial Analysis REE 6207 3
Real Estate Investment Analysis REE 6305 3

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Master of Taxation

(Program minimum total for graduation: 30 credits)

Accounting Foundation Component
The accounting foundation provides the student with the minimum accounting knowledge required to complete the Master of Taxation program. This course must be completed with a grade of "B" or better and should be taken as early in the program as possible. If equivalent undergraduate work was performed, this course may be waived.

Accounting Foundation Course (3 credits)
Financial Reporting and Accounting Concepts ACG 6137 3
Core Component (18 credits)
Communication Course (3 credits)
Graduate Business Communication Applications GEB 6215* 3
* Students must take GEB 6215 in their first semester in the program unless they are taking only business foundation courses.
Required Tax Courses (15 credits)
Complete the following five courses:
Concepts of Federal Income Tax TAX 6025 3
Tax Research TAX 6065 3
Corporate Taxation TAX 6105 3
Partnership Taxation TAX 6205 3
Estates and Trusts TAX 6405 3

Tax Electives (9 credits): Select 9 credits from other 6000-level TAX courses (that are not Required courses)

Program Elective (3 credits): Select 3 credits from any 5000-level ACG course, any 6000-level ACG or TAX course (that is not a Required or Foundation course) or any 6000-level BUL, FIN or ECO course (that is not a Business Foundation course)

Accounting Graduate Policies

Transfer Credit
No transfer credit is allowed in the Master of Taxation, Master of Accounting or related Executive Master's Programs.

Time Limit Policy Statement
Candidates for either the M.AC. or M.TX. degree must complete all work within a consecutive five-year term after initial admission into the graduate program.

Academic Standing Policy Statement
Student continuation in a program requires satisfactory progress toward the graduate degree. Evidence of such progress includes maintenance of a cumulative 3.0 average. In addition, only grades of "A," "A-," "B+," "B," "B-," "C+" or "C" are acceptable in fulfilling graduate school requirements.

Failure to attain a 3.0 cumulative average within two successive semesters of active enrollment following the semester in which the deficiency first occurred will result in automatic dismissal.

Students who fail to attain a 3.0 FAU graduate GPA will be placed on academic warning. Students on warning are subject to academic dismissal from the college. In conjunction with the Graduate College's warning and dismissal procedures, the College of Business Student Academic Services Office requires many categories of students on warning to complete an academic progression plan (APP) to establish a path for success. The APP is a contractual agreement that outlines particular courses and grades to reestablish good academic standing. APPs should generally outline a path (usually not more than two semesters) to reestablish a 3.0 GPA. Students who do not fulfill the obligations of their APPs are recommended for dismissal to the Dean of the Graduate College.

Graduate students with low GPAs (less than 2.5) after their first semester may be required to complete an APP. All students on academic warning for two continuous semesters are required by the College of Business to complete an APP during their third semester; the College may enact registration holds to prohibit a student's future enrollment until the APP is finalized. Students who do not fulfill the obligations established in the APP are recommended for dismissal to the Dean of the Graduate College.

The School of Accounting and the director of Graduate Programs in Accounting reserve the right to dismiss any student at any time if the student is deemed to be making unsatisfactory progress toward degree completion within the stipulated time.

Prerequisite Policy Statement
Any student not meeting course prerequisites may be dropped at any time during a semester if such deficiency is determined to exist.

Graduate Business Communication Applications
Written and verbal communication skills are integrated components of both the M.AC. and M.TX. programs. Students must demonstrate their written and verbal communication proficiency, appropriate to both the academic and professional environments, in one or more of their accounting courses before they successfully complete GEB 6215* and in their successful completion of GEB 6215. This course includes:

1. Weekly professional development sessions;
2. Written course assignments;
3. Classroom presentations.

M.AC. and M.TX. students must register for GEB 6215 in their first semester in the program unless they are only taking business foundation courses. Registration in GEB 6215 is required when the student enrolls in the first required or elective graduate-level course. In the Master of Accounting program this includes the 5000-level elective courses.

Once students satisfy the Graduate Communication Program requirements, a grade of satisfactory ("S") replaces the incomplete ("I") grade. Students who fail to advance through GEB 6215 receive an unsatisfactory grade ("U") in the course and must register for the course again.

Failure to complete GEB 6215 within the designated time frame will result in the student's ineligibility to take further graduate-level courses. Students who have received a grade of "U" and who do not re-register for GEB 6215 in the next active semester after issuance of the "U" grade will be administratively dropped from graduate courses.

Applications for the degree will not be accepted unless all certification requirements have been completed prior to the graduating term.

*Communication courses for students in the Executive Accounting and Executive Taxation Programs are different from those required of traditional M.AC. and M.TX. students.

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Economics

Faculty:
Register, C., Chair; Banerjee, K.; Bosshardt, W., Director, Center for Economic Education; Chiang, E.; Ellison, A.; Escaleras, M.; Ghosh, S.; Levy, E.; Manage, N.; Rhodd, R.; Scott, G.; Van Tassel, E.; Vishwasrao, S.; Volosovych, V.; Yuhn, K.

The Economics Department offers two types of undergraduate programs of study that prepare students for careers in business and government as well as for graduate study. The first type is the Business Economics Program with the same diverse foundation in core business principles as other majors in the College. The Business Economics Program integrates business and economics courses in such a way that the student can analyze business problems with the insight that the economics discipline offers. The second type is the General Economics Program, designed to provide a broad liberal arts education with emphasis in social science. The department also offers several minors in Economics.

The General Economics Program leads to a B.S. degree, while the Business Economics program leads to a B.B.A. or B.S. degree. Both require a minimum of 120 credits. Students must complete a minimum of 45 credits at the upper-division (3000 and 4000) level.

For students interested in graduate study, the department offers a Master of Science with Major in Economics and a Master of Science in Teaching.

Prerequisite Coursework for Transfer Students
Students transferring to Florida Atlantic University must complete both lower-division requirements (including the requirements of the Intellectual Foundations Program) and requirements for the college and major. Lower-division requirements may be completed through the A.A. degree from any Florida public college, university or community college or through equivalent coursework at another regionally accredited institution. Before transferring and to ensure timely progress toward the baccalaureate degree, students must also complete the prerequisite courses for their major as outlined in the Transfer Student Manual (see www.fau.edu/registrar/tsm.php).

All courses not approved by the Florida Statewide Course Numbering System that will be used to satisfy requirements will be evaluated individually on the basis of content and will require a catalog course description and a copy of the syllabus for assessment.

Undergraduate Programs in Economics/Link to Master's Programs

Business Economics Program
(College of Business foundation)

In addition to the University and College of Business degree requirements listed in the Degree Requirements section of this catalog, Business Economics students must complete the major requirements below.

Business Economics Course Requirements
The program requires 21 credits of economics courses (beyond Microeconomic Principles and Macroeconomic Principles). All economics courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. The following are required.

Four courses in Economic Foundations:
Intermediate Microeconomics ECO 3101 3 or
Managerial Economics ECP 3703 3
Intermediate Macroeconomics ECO 3203 3
Intro. to Econometric Methods ECO 4421 3
Cases in Economic Analysis ECO 4933 3
One course in International Economics:
Economics of International Trade ECO 4704 3
International Monetary Economics ECO 4713 3
International Economic Development ECS 3013 3

Two additional economics courses (3 credits at the 3000 level or above)

General Economics Program
(Liberal arts foundation)

The General Economics Program combines the requirements of the Economics major with cognate work in the social sciences and electives. Its goal is to provide students with a broad liberal arts education emphasizing the social sciences. The following courses are required.

Pre-Business Foundation Coursework
These are previously listed under the heading Degree Requirements (B.B.A. and B.S.) and subheading Pre-Business Foundation Coursework in this section.

Economics Course Requirements
The program requires 27 credits of economics courses (beyond Microeconomic Principles and Macroeconomic Principles). All economics courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. The following are required.

Four courses in Economic Foundations:
Intermediate Microeconomics ECO 3101 3
Intermediate Macroeconomics ECO 3203 3
Introduction to Econometric Methods ECO 4421 3
Cases in Economic Analysis ECO 4933 3
One course in International Economics:
Economics of International Trade ECO 4704 3
International Monetary Economics ECO 4713 3
International Economic Development ECS 3013 3
Four additional economics courses, 3000 level or above (12 credits).

Social Science Cognates
The student must complete 12 credits of work in the social sciences. The departments that comprise the social sciences are Anthropology, Geosciences, History, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology. The following courses are suggested; however, students may choose any course from the social sciences.

Economic Geography GEO 4502 3
International Political Economy INR 3702 3
Government and the Economy PUP 4710 3
Demography SYD 4020 3

Free Electives or Foreign Language
Students are required to complete an additional 21 credits that may be taken in any department. Care should be exercised to meet the minimum requirement of 45 credits at the upper-division level (3000 and 4000). Additionally, elective credit may be utilized to meet the foreign language graduation requirement of two semesters of the same college-level language (8 credits) or equivalent competency.

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Economics Minor Tracks

Minor in Economics (for non-Business majors)
A minor in Economics shall consist of a minimum of 15 credits in upper-division economics courses. The following courses are required, all with a grade of "C" or better.

Core Courses:    
Intermediate Microeconomics ECO 3101 3
Intermediate Macroeconomics ECO 3203 3
Electives:    
Three economics courses (3000 level or above) 9

In the case of transfer students, a minimum of 10 credits of upper-division courses must be taken in residence at FAU, including the core courses, if lacking. A minimum of 12 of the 15 credits must be earned from FAU, including the core courses (effective spring 2011).

Minor in International Economics (for non-Business majors)
A minor in International Economics shall consist of a minimum of 15 credits in upper-division economics courses. The following courses are required, all with a grade of "C" or better.

Core Courses:    
Intermediate Microeconomics ECO 3101 3
Intermediate Macroeconomics ECO 3203 3
International Economics Courses:    
Economics of International Trade ECO 4704 3
International Monetary Economics ECO 4713 3
International Economic Development ECS 3013 3

In the case of transfer students, a minimum of 10 credits of upper-division courses must be taken in residence at FAU, including the core courses, if lacking. A minimum of 12 of the 15 credits must be earned from FAU, including the core courses (effective spring 2011).

Minor in Economics (for Business majors)
The Economics minor is designed for non-Economics Business majors requiring the Business core courses. Because part of its requirements include successful completion of the business core classes, the minor is usually not practical for Health Administration majors.

The Economics minor requires three upper-division economics courses (3000 level or above, excluding ECO 3003) with a grade of "C" or better.

Courses used for the Economics minor may not count toward other business major or College core requirements. A minimum of 6 credits must be taken in residence at FAU. The acknowledgment of the minor is official upon successful completion of a College of Business degree program.

Minor in Economics
(for Secondary Social Science Education majors)

This minor consists of 12 credits. The following courses are required, all with a grade of "C" or better.

Core Course (choose one)    
Intermediate Microeconomics ECO 3101 3
Intermediate Macroeconomics ECO 3203 3
Economic Education Courses (choose one):
Seminar in Economic Education ECO 4070 3
Microeconomics for the Secondary School Class ECO 4077 3
Macroeconomics for the Secondary School Class ECO 4078 3
Upper-Division Economics Courses (choose two):
ECO, ECS, ECP upper-division courses, excluding ECO 3003, 4070, 4077, 4078.

For transfer students, a minimum of 8 credits of upper-division courses must be taken in residence at FAU, including the core course and the economic education course, if lacking. A minimum of 9 of the 12 credits must be earned from FAU, including the core courses (effective spring 2011).

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Economics Graduate Study Prerequisites
Economics majors interested in pursuing a graduate degree in economics should include the following courses as part of their undergraduate degree program.

Mathematical Economics ECO 4401 3
Introduction to Econometric Methods ECO 4421 3
Calculus with Analytic Geometry 1 MAC 2311 4
Calculus with Analytic Geometry 2 MAC 2312 4
Matrix Theory MAS 2103 3


Master's Programs

Master of Science with Major in Economics

The Master of Science in Economics degree prepares students for careers in government and business and provides a basis for Ph.D. study. The program is designed to permit properly prepared full-time students to complete the requirements in one year. Many of the courses are offered in the late afternoon or evening.

Admission Requirements
Unconditional Acceptance: Unconditional or full acceptance into the master's program is granted to applicants who have earned:

1. A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.

2. A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the last 60 (or equivalent) credits of college coursework leading toward a bachelor's degree. Post-baccalaureate coursework from an AACSB-accredited business school not included in an advanced degree may be included in the calculation.

3. A score of at least 1000 (combined quantitative and verbal) on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or a score of at least 500 on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).

Conditional Admission: Conditional admission may be given to applicants who fall just short of the requirements. Persons who receive conditional admission have only one academic year in which to meet the specific conditions established by the director of Master's Programs in Economics. By the end of that year, the director notifies the Graduate College of the final action to be taken, either unconditionally accepting or dropping the student from the master's program.

Degree Requirements
The Master of Science in Economics Program (minimum of 30 credits) provides three tracks: General Economics, International Economics and Financial Economics. The General Economics Track is designed to provide tools for in-depth analysis of economics in the general setting of economics. The International Economics Track gears the economics program to an international dimension of business in an environment of globalization. The Financial Economics Track aims to blend the core of economics with the essence of finance in such a way that students take full advantage of the integration of the two disciplines. All economic fields lead to a Master of Science degree in Economics. All tracks have a common Core of Economics courses, with the remaining requirements tailored to the track. M.B.A. Foundation courses (ACG 6027, ECO 6008, FIN 6406 and MAR 6055) may be required as prerequisites for desired graduate electives but cannot count for graduate credit.

Core of Economics Courses (12 credits):
Advanced Microeconomics ECO 6115 3
Advanced Macroeconomics ECO 6206 3
Advanced Mathematical Economics ECO 6403(1) 3
Advanced Econometrics ECO 6426(2) 3

(1) ECO 6405 can fulfill this requirement.
(2) ECO 4422 or ECO 6424 can fulfill this requirement.

The core classes are taken by all Economics students. Additional requirements for each track are as follows:

General Economics Track
Completion of the core classes and the following.

Two Field Courses in Economics (6 credits):
Advanced Monetary Economics ECO 6216 3
Advanced Econometrics ECO 6424 3
Advanced International Trade ECO 6706 3
Advanced International Monetary Economics ECO 6716 3
Advanced Managerial Economics ECP 6705 3

Two Graduate Courses in Business (6 credits):
1. Students with no background in business must take FIN 6406 before taking any other finance course. Foundation courses such as FIN 6406 do not count as graduate credit.
2. Students with prior training in business may select two courses from the approved lists for Financial Economics or International Economics.

Master's Thesis or Graduate Economic Electives (6 credits):
Students may elect to write a master's thesis for 6 credits or take 6 additional credits of Economics courses. One course may be taken at the 4000 or 5000 level.

International Economics Track
Completion of the core classes and the following.

Two Field Courses in Economics (6 credits):
Advanced International Trade ECO 6706 3
Advanced International Monetary Economics ECO 6716 3
Two Graduate Courses in Business (6 credits):
Multinational Finance FIN 6605 3
International Business Operations MAN 6614 3
Emerging Market Economies MAN 6728 3
Global Environment of Mgmt. MAN 6937 3

3. Students selecting FIN 6605 must complete FIN 6406, or its equivalent, as a prerequisite that cannot count for graduate credit.

Master's Thesis or Graduate Electives in Economics or International Business (6 credits):
Students may elect to write a master's thesis for 6 credits or take 6 additional credits in economics and/or international business. One course, if an economics course, may be taken at the 4000 or 5000 level.

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Financial Economics Track
Completion of the core classes and the following:

Two Field Courses in Economics (6 credits):
Advanced Monetary Economics ECO 6216 3
Adv. International Monetary Econ. ECO 6716 3
Two Graduate Courses in Finance (6 credits):
Financial Management FIN 6406* 3
* This course or its equivalent must be completed before any other finance course and cannot be counted for graduate credit. Students with prior training in finance may choose two courses from the following:
Seminar in Financial Markets FIN 6246 3
Investment Management FIN 6515 3
Portfolio Theory FIN 6525 3
Multinational Finance FIN 6605 3
Theory of Financial Management FIN 6804 3
Advanced Financial Management FIN 6806 3

Master's Thesis or Two Graduate Courses in Economics or Finance (6 credits):
Students may elect to write a master's thesis for 6 credits or take 6 additional credits in economics and/or finance. One course, if an economics course, may be taken at the 4000 or 5000 level.

The Master's Thesis
Students electing to write a master's thesis may select the thesis topic and thesis committee. The thesis is written under supervision of this committee, composed of a thesis director and at least two other faculty members. One member of the committee must be from outside the department.

Master of Science in Teaching

Economics offers a Master of Science in Teaching. The following option is for students who hold State of Florida certification in secondary social studies teaching. A minimum of 30 credits is required as follows:

1. Eighteen credits of required courses in the Master of Science in Economics program;
2. Six credits in College of Education courses;
3. Six credits of directed research in economics (a final comprehensive paper with modified thesis format is required).

Finance
Faculty:
Zarruk, E. R., Chair; Agapova, A.; Alam, Z.; Barnhart, S.; Cheng, P.; Garcia-Feijoo, L.; Giannetti, A.; Madura, J.; McDaniel, W. R.; McNulty, J. E.; Pennathur, A.; Taylor, J.; Viale, A.; Wander, A.; Yang, C.

The Department of Finance is committed to providing quality instruction. Its objective is to prepare students for careers in finance and other industries. The department considers as an integral part of its mission the production of scholarly research and involvement of its faculty in providing service to the College, the University and the community.

Undergraduate programs include a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) in Finance. Minors in Finance and Real Estate and undergraduate and graduate certificates in Risk Management are also offered. Note: The department's Master of Science (M.S.) in Finance is currently on hiatus and not accepting students.

Undergraduate Program in Finance/Link to Master's Program

The Finance Department provides high-quality instruction in the various areas of finance so that students understand the finance functions of a business enterprise. To this end, the department offers courses in corporate finance, investments, financial markets and institutions, international finance, banking, risk management/enterprise risk management and personal finance.

Along with the University and College of Business degree requirements listed in the Degree Requirements section of this catalog, Finance program students must complete the requirements below.

Prerequisite Coursework for Transfer Students
Students transferring to Florida Atlantic University must complete both lower-division requirements (including the requirements of the Intellectual Foundations Program) and requirements for the college and major. Lower-division requirements may be completed through the A.A. degree from any Florida public college, university or community college or through equivalent coursework at another regionally accredited institution. Before transferring and to ensure timely progress toward the baccalaureate degree, students must also complete the prerequisite courses for their major as outlined in the Transfer Student Manual (see www.fau.edu/registrar/tsm.php).

All courses not approved by the Florida Statewide Course Numbering System that will be used to satisfy requirements will be evaluated individually on the basis of content and will require a catalog course description and a copy of the syllabus for assessment.

Pre-Business Foundation Coursework
These are previously listed under the heading Degree Requirements (B.B.A. and B.S.) and subheading Pre-Business Foundation Coursework in this section.

Business Core Requirements
These are previously listed under the heading Degree Requirements (B.B.A. and B.S.) and subheading College of Business Core in this section.

Finance Major (18 credits)
The program requires 18 credits of upper-level finance courses, beyond FIN 3403, as outlined below. A grade of "C" or better is required in all major courses.

Financial Institutions FIN 4303 3
Advanced Managerial Finance FIN 4424 3
Cases in Financial Management FIN 4422 3
Investment Analysis FIN 4504 3
International Finance FIN 4604 3
One course from the list below:    
Financial Management of Institutions FIN 4313 3
Special Topics FIN 4934 3
Real Estate Finance REE 4204 3
Real Estate Investment REE 4303 3
Principles of Insurance RMI 3011 3
Life Insurance and Pensions RMI 4116 3
Corporate Risk Management RMI 4353 3

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Finance Minor

The Finance minor is designed for non-Finance Business majors requiring the Business core courses. Since part of the requirements include successful completion of the business core classes, the minor is usually not practical for General Economics or Health Administration majors. The Finance minor requires the following courses with a grade of "C" or better:

Financial Institutions FIN 4303 3
Investment Analysis FIN 4504 3
One of the following courses:    
Advanced Managerial Finance FIN 4424 3
Cases in Financial Management FIN 4422 3

Courses used for the Finance minor may not count toward other business major or College core requirements. A minimum of 6 credits must be taken in residence at FAU. The acknowledgment of the minor is official upon successful completion of a College of Business degree program.

Real Estate Minor

The Real Estate minor is designed for non-Real Estate Business majors requiring the Business core courses. Because part of the requirements include successful completion of the business core classes, the minor is usually not practical for General Economics or Health Administration majors. The Real Estate minor requires the following three courses with a grade of "C" or better:

Principles of Real Estate REE 3043 3
Real Estate Finance REE 4204 3
Real Estate Investment REE 4303 3

Courses used for the Real Estate minor may not count toward other business major or College core requirements. A minimum of 6 credits must be taken in residence at FAU. The acknowledgment of the minor is official upon successful completion of a College of Business degree program.

Risk Management and Insurance Certificate (Undergraduate)

The Risk Management and Insurance Certificate, available to degree-seeking College of Business students, provides students with an overall background in risk management and insurance. The certificate is awarded and posted on the student's transcript upon successful completion of the coursework below and the simultaneous successful completion of a bachelor's degree in the College of Business. The certificate requires the following three courses with a grade of "C" or better. (Effective fall 2011.)

Required Courses (12 9 credits)    
Principles of Insurance RMI 3011 3
Life Insurance and Pensions RMI 4116 3
Corporate Risk Management RMI 4353 3
Enterprise Risk Management and Corporate Governance: Qualitative Analysis RMI 4423 3
Investment Analysis FIN 4504 3

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Master's Program

Master of Science with Major in Finance
This program is on hiatus and not accepting students at this time.

The design focus of this master's degree is to extend the educational opportunities for business baccalaureate degree holders who wish to further their knowledge in the specialty of finance. The degree emphasizes finance and directly supportive fields rather than offering a broad view of business functional areas as offered in an M.B.A. degree.

Admission Requirements
The College of Business seeks a diverse, highly-qualified group of graduate students. Applications are evaluated on several factors emphasizing prior academic performance, GMAT or GRE scores and the potential for scholarly and professional success. In addition to other requirements for admission to the Graduate College at FAU, to be considered for these masters programs in the college of business, applicants must:

  • Have earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university or the international equivalent.
  • Have a strong grade point average on all previous college work, though emphasis will be on the last 60 credits earned.
  • Submit a one-to-two page essay describing both the applicant's background and objectives for undertaking graduate study.
  • Submit an official, competitive score on a GMAT or GRE exam taken within five years. When evaluating test scores, the admissions committee looks for a balance between verbal, quantitative and analytical writing strengths. All three components are required.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must have a TOEFL score of at least 600 (paper), 250 (computer) or 100 (Internet).
  • Have all materials for the application complete and filed with FAU prior to the deadlines.             Deadlines for domestic admission: July 1 for fall, November 1 for spring and April 1 for summer. Deadlines for international admission: February 15 for fall, August 15 for
    spring and January 15 for summer.

Supplemental information that may be provided to highlight characteristics not evident in the required admissions materials includes:

  • A one-page résumé.
  • Letter(s) of recommendation from employers, faculty members or others who can attest to scholarly ability and/or agency.
  • A writing sample demonstrating analytical and explanatory skills.

Degree Requirements
To qualify for this M.S. degree, each candidate must:

1. Meet all general requirements of the University for a master's degree and complete the program within five years of first enrollment in a finance course.

2. Complete or receive credit for a minimum of 9 credits of foundation courses. No grade lower than "C" will be accepted. Required foundation courses will be determined by the Office of Graduate Student Programs. Students will be notified of these and other requirements on admission.

3. Complete 30 credits of required and elective courses with a GPA of 3.0 or better. Any grade below "C" is considered a failure and the course must be retaken.

4. Complete all requirements of Graduate Business Communications.

5. Transfer credits, credit duplication, academic standing, financial assistance, career placement assistance and graduation are subject to the policies, procedures, rules and guidelines as stated in the M.B.A. section of this catalog.

Program Components
The degree program is 30 graduate credits with neither specific tracks nor specializations. Candidates who do not hold business baccalaureate degrees enroll in 9 additional credits of preparatory courses. All candidates must successfully complete three required finance courses, two required accounting courses, one required economics course and one required Graduate Communications course. Each candidate must successfully complete three elective courses in finance.

Foundation Component and Courses
The Foundation Component introduces the broad field of business administration and the fundamental quantitative techniques used in business analysis.

Courses in the Foundation Component:
Financial Accounting Concepts ACG 6027 3
Seminar in Modern Economic Concepts and Theories ECO 6008 3
Financial Management FIN 6406 3

The exact number of credits required for each student will depend upon the previous academic record. More information may be obtained from the Office of Master's Programs in Business.

Fundamental knowledge of college algebra, calculus, statistics and software is assumed. It is recommended that all candidates evaluate their skills in those areas prior to application.

Successful performance in graduate-level coursework will require proficiency in the use of a personal computer to employ word processing, spreadsheet and database software.

No foundation course may be used to satisfy core or elective requirements for any program.

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Graduate Business Communication Applications (GEB 6215)
Written and verbal communication skills are integrated components of the Master of Science with Major in Finance. Students will demonstrate communication proficiency appropriate to both the academic and professional environments. Students will demonstrate their written and verbal communication skills as they complete the Graduate Business Communication Applications course (GEB 6215) that includes:

1. The class itself;

2. The evaluation of integrated course papers;

3. The evaluation of integrated course presentations.

Master's students in Finance must register for GEB 6215 in the first semester of taking core or elective courses. GEB 6215 must be taken prior to or concurrent with ACG 6137 and FIN 6806. Students who are exempt from either or both classes need to notify their GEB 6215 instructor so an alternative course or courses can be selected. Students must complete GEB 6215 within one active semester of taking ACG 6137 and FIN 6806 or the agreed upon alternative course(s).

Students will receive a grade of incomplete ("I") in GEB 6215 until they have completed all the communication requirements. Students who do not advance toward completing their communication requirements will receive an unsatisfactory ("U") grade and must re-register for the course. Students who receive a "U" and do not re-register for GEB 6215 in the next active semester will be administratively dropped from their classes.

Applications for degree will not be accepted unless the communication certification requirements have been completed.

Core Component    
Financial Reporting and Accounting Concepts ACG 6137* 3
Financial Statement Analysis ACG 6175 3
Advanced Mathematical Economics ECO 6403 3
Financial Markets FIN 6246 3
Investment Management FIN 6515 3
Seminar in Advanced Financial Management FIN 6806* 3
Graduate Business Communication Applications GEB 6215* 3
Core Total   21
Electives   9
Degree Total   30
* Students must take GEB 6215 before or at the same time as they take ACG 6137 and FIN 6806.
Program Electives    
Students must select 9 credits from the following list:
Financial Management of Financial Institutions FIN 6314 3
Working Capital Management FIN 6418 3
Financial Management: Investment Decisions and Policy FIN 6436 3
Portfolio Theory FIN 6525 3
Financial Risk Management and Derivatives FIN 6537 3
Multinational Finance FIN 6605 3
Theory of Financial Management FIN 6804 3
Real Estate Financial Analysis REE 6207 3

Students who have successfully completed graduate or undergraduate courses that are equivalent to M.S. in Finance core courses will be required to complete substitute elective courses in the subject area. Example: If a student has completed Intermediate Accounting at the undergraduate or graduate level, then a substitute elective in accounting is required to replace ACG 6137.

Time Limit
Candidates for the M.S. in Finance degree must complete all work within a consecutive five-year period after initial admission into the graduate program.

Risk Management Certificate (Graduate)

The Risk Management Certificate, available to all College of Business students, enhances the qualifications of students pursuing careers in all industries.

The certificate is available to degree-seeking students and is awarded upon successful completion of the coursework below and the simultaneous successful completion of a master's degree in the College of Business. The certificate will be posted on the student's transcript upon successful completion of the coursework below.

The program requires 12 credits, with minimum grades of "C" required in all courses for the certificate.

Required Courses (12 credits)    
Principles of Insurance RMI 6016 3
Corporate Risk Management RMI 6356 3
Enterprise Risk Management and Corporate Governance: Qualitative Analysis RMI 6426 3
Financial Risk Management and Derivatives FIN 6537 3

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Information Technology and Operations Management

Faculty:
Dinev, T., Chair; Galup, S., Graduate Programs Director; Babbar, S.; Behara, R.; Carter, S.; Cerveny, R. P.; Chin, P.; Conley, C.; Dye, K. C.; Goo, J.; Han, J.; Hart, P.; Huang, D.; Iz, P.; Kaighobadi, M.; Schindlbeck, M.; Skolnik, M.; Warren, G.

The Department of Information Technology and Operations Management's mission is to develop competence in information systems, operations management (including quality management) and related decision-sciences disciplines for traditional and non-traditional students across the College of Business; to produce skilled individuals proficient in information technology who are able to contribute effectively to their organizations and communities in an ever-evolving technological environment; to engage in an active partnership with the business community; and to continually innovate and increase the quality of its educational and research activities in a manner that increases education effectiveness and global reach.

Undergraduate programs available in Management Information Systems include a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.). In addition the following are available: an Operations Management minor, a Management Information Systems minor, a Business Intelligence minor and certificate and an Information Security minor and certificate.

A graduate program, the Master of Science with Major in Information Technology and Management (MSITM), is offered jointly with the Department of Computer & Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in the College of Engineering and Computer Science. Program details can be found in the College of Engineering and Computer Science section of this catalog.

Undergraduate Program in Management Information Systems

Management Information Systems develops specialized proficiencies in management information technology and leads to the B.B.A. or B.S. degree. It focuses on the concepts and tools necessary for analyzing, designing, planning and developing resources.

Along with the University and College of Business degree requirements listed in the Degree Requirements section of this catalog, Management Information Systems students must complete the requirements, major courses and one of the two concentrations below.

Prerequisite Coursework for Transfer Students
Students transferring to Florida Atlantic University must complete both lower-division requirements (including the requirements of the Intellectual Foundations Program) and requirements for the college and major. Lower-division requirements may be completed through the A.A. degree from any Florida public college, university or community college or through equivalent coursework at another regionally accredited institution. Before transferring and to ensure timely progress toward the baccalaureate degree, students must also complete the prerequisite courses for their major as outlined in the Transfer Student Manual (see www.fau.edu/registrar/tsm.php).

All courses not approved by the Florida Statewide Course Numbering System that will be used to satisfy requirements will be evaluated individually on the basis of content and will require a catalog course description and a copy of the syllabus for assessment.

Pre-Business Foundation Coursework
These are previously listed under the heading Degree Requirements (B.B.A. and B.S.) and subheading Pre-Business Foundation Coursework in this section.

Core Requirements
These are previously listed under the heading Degree Requirements (B.B.A. and B.S.) and subheading College of Business Core in this section.

Management Information Systems Major Courses (Changes below are effective spring 2012.)
In addition to the foundation and core courses required, all Management Information Systems majors must complete the four courses below with a grade of "C" or better and one of the two concentrations that follow for a total of 21 credits.

A grade of "C" or better is required in all major courses. Two Paths are available for the MIS Major, the Information Technology Path and the Information and Knowledge Management Path. The Information Technology Path is the classical MIS path that provides core technical skills needed to manage and design information technology in organizations. Students acquire the basic four technical skills: application development and programming languages, databases, data communications and system analysis. The Information and Knowledge Management Path provides students with general, broad knowledge in
information and knowledge management in organizations, digital products and service development,
social media analysis as well as project management. Graduates will have the skills to analyze and lead
technology-enabled products and services and consult organizations on digital products and services.

Information Technology Path*
Introduction to Computer Systems and Software Development ISM 3230 3
Database Management Systems** ISM 4212 3
Business Data Communications*** ISM 4220 3
Advanced Systems Analysis and Design ISM 4133 3
Choose two of the following courses:
Special Topics ISM 4930 3
Social Media and Web Technologies ISM 4054 3
Project Management MAN 4583 3
Information Technology and Operations Management Internship ISM 4940 3
Introduction to Business Intelligence** ISM 3116 3
Data Mining and Data Warehousing** ISM 4117 3
Advanced Business Intelligence** ISM 4403 3
Information System Security*** ISM 4320 3
Security Management*** ISM 4323 3
Computer Forensics*** ISM 4324 3

* Students who select the Information Technology Path may choose to, but are not required to,
concentrate in one of two areas: Business Analytics and Information Security. If a student
chooses a concentration, it is recommended that all four courses be taken in that concentration.

** These courses constitute the Business Analytics Concentration.

*** These courses constitute the Information Security Concentration.


Information and Knowledge Management Path*
Advanced Systems Analysis and Design ISM 4133 3
Choose five of the following courses:
Special Topics ISM 4930 3
Social Media and Web Technologies ISM 4054 3
Project Management MAN 4583 3
Information Technology and Operations Management Internship ISM 4940 3
Introduction to Computer Systems and Software Development ISM 3230 3
Database Management Systems** ISM 4212 3
Business Data Communications ISM 4220 3
Introduction to Business Intelligence** ISM 3116 3
Data Mining and Data Warehousing** ISM 4117 3
Advanced Business Intelligence** ISM 4403 3
Information System Security ISM 4320 3
Security Management ISM 4323 3
Computer Forensics ISM 4324 3
Global Supply Chain Management MAN 4597 3

* Students select the Information and Knowledge Management Path may choose to, but are not
required to, concentrate in Business Analytics. If a student chooses this concentration, it is
recommended that all four courses be taken in this concentration.

** These courses constitute the Business Analytics Concentration.


Operations Management Minor (effective spring 2012)

The Operations Management minor is designed for all undergraduate Business majors. In addition to completion of the Business/Health Administration core courses, minor requirements include three courses from the Operations Management Options, as indicated in the table below, or two courses from the Operations Management Options and one course from Operations Cognate Options. All required courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.

Operations Management Options
Project Management
MAN 4583 3
Global Supply Chain Management MAN 4597 3
Service Operations MAN 4029 3
Operations Management Applications MAN 4504 3
Operations Cognate Options
Global Business Operations MAN 4602 3
Entrepreneurship ENT 4024 3
Advanced Business Planning ENT 4114 3
Health Care Quality Management HSA 4383 3
Practice Management HSA 4511 3
Technology in Health Care Organizations HSA 3191 3
Cost Accounting Practice ACG 3351 3
Accounting for E-Commerce ACG 4452 3
Corporate Risk Management RMI 4353 3
Enterprise Risk Management and Corporate
Governance: Qualitative Analysis
RMI 4423 3
Marketing on the Internet MAR 4721 3
Marketing and Product/Service Innovation MAR 4836 3
Meetings and Events Management HFT 3741 3
Fundamentals of Lodging Management HFT 4253 3
International Field Experience in Hospitality
Management
HFT 4955 3
Introduction to Business Intelligence ISM 3116 3

Courses used for the minor may not count toward other Business major or College core requirements. At least two of the three courses (6 credits) for the minor must be taken in residence at FAU. The acknowledgment of the minor is official upon successful completion of a College of Business degree program.

Management Information Systems Minor (changes effective spring 2012)

The Management Information Systems (MIS) minor is designed for non-MIS majors in the College of
Business and students outside the College of Business. The minor provides students with practical knowledge on managing information technology (IT) and on substantive and current IT topics and issues. Students learn the skill sets necessary to apply information and communications technologies and systems to solve real business issues. The result is a student prepared for careers that involve usage and decision-making regarding IT. The minor in Management Information Systems requires the following courses with a grade of "C" or better.

Business Core Requirement:
Management Information Systems*
ISM 3011 3
Advanced Systems Analysis and Design ISM 4133 3
Electives: **
Two ISM courses (3000 level or above)
  6

* For Accounting majors, ACG 4401 can be substituted for ISM 3011.

** While earning the MIS minor is not limited to specific MIS elective courses, the following suggested
MIS minor paths could be chosen depending on the student's interest.

Programming and Databases path: For electives, choose ISM 3230 and ISM 4212.

Information Security path: For electives, choose two of the following three courses: ISM 4320,
ISM 4323 or ISM 4324.

Business Analytics path: For electives, choose two of the following three courses: ISM 3116,
ISM 4117 or ISM 4403.


Courses used for the MIS minor may not count toward other Business major or College core requirements. A minimum of 9 credits must be taken in residence at FAU. The acknowledgment of the minor is official upon successful completion of a degree program at FAU.

Business Intelligence Minor and Certificate

The Business Intelligence Minor and Certificate enhance the qualifications of students pursuing careers in information technology areas related to the collection, integration, analysis and presentation of business data.

The minor is available to degree-seeking students and allowed upon successful completion of the coursework below and the simultaneous successful completion of a bachelor's degree in the College of Business. The certificate is available to all students. Courses used for a minor may not apply toward other major or college requirements.

Students cannot obtain both a certificate and a minor. Both programs require 12 credits each, with minimum grades of "C" required in all courses for the minor and certificate. For the minor, at least 9 of the 12 credits must be earned from FAU (effective spring 2011). For non-Business majors, waiver of prerequisites will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Required Courses (12 credits)    
Database Management Systems ISM 4212 3
Introduction to Business Intelligence ISM 3116 3
Data Mining and Data Warehousing ISM 4117 3
Advanced Business Intelligence ISM 4403 3

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Information Security Minor and Certificate

Information technology security is an essential element in social, political and economic arenas. The minor in Information Security is available to degree-seeking students upon successful completion of the coursework below and the simultaneous successful completion of a bachelor's degree at FAU. Courses used for the minor may not count toward other business major or College of Business core requirements.

The certificate is available to all students. Students pursuing the certificate may apply for it in the College of Business Office of Student Academic Services, FW 102, upon successful completion of the coursework below.

Students cannot obtain both a certificate and a minor. Both programs require 12 credits each, with minimum grades of "C" required in all courses for the minor and certificate. For the minor, at least 9 of the 12 credits must be earned from FAU (effective spring 2011). For non-Business majors, waiver of prerequisites will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Required Courses (12 credits)    
Business Data Communications ISM 4220 3
Information System Security ISM 4320 3
Security Management ISM 4323* 3
Computer Forensics ISM 4324* 3

* Computer Crime (CJE 4668) or Special Topics (CCJ 4934) with an emphasis on corporate security may be substituted for either of these courses.

Master of Science with Major in Information Technology and Management (MSITM)

Offered jointly with the Department of Computer & Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in the College of Engineering and Computer Science. Program details can be found in the College of Engineering and Computer Science section of this catalog.

Management Programs

Faculty:
Golden, P., Chair; Arikan, A.; Axe, B.; Bernardin, H. J.; Bernet, P.; Castro, S.; Castrogiovanni, G.; Cerveny, J.; Cooke, D.; Dahmus, S.; Ellis, K.; Goodrick, E.; Herst, D.; Hudson, B.; Kossack, E. W.; Lenartowicz, T.; Litvak, I.; Mehallis, M.; Merchant, H.; Mishra, C.; Palkon, D.; Peterson, M.; Preston, K.; Rhorer, M.; Richey, B.; Riordan, J.; Sigler, B.; Valentine, J.; VanWormer, K.; Williams, E.; Wurthmann, K.

The Department of Management Programs develops future leaders who are skilled in the art of managing in a global business environment. The department recognizes the urban nature of the student population and designs programs to be delivered through non-traditional and technology-driven delivery systems. Through its programs in Health Administration, International Business and Trade, Management and Music Business Administration, it provides skill bases that are useful in a world marketplace. The department's scholarly initiatives and service make it a valuable partner for the regional and international community.

In addition to the programs mentioned above, the department offers courses in Motion Picture Management and Sport Management. See Course Descriptions.

Undergraduate Program in Health Administration/Link to Gerontology/Link to Master's Program

Bachelor of Health Services Degree

The Bachelor of Health Services (B.H.S.) is concentrated at the upper division of the baccalaureate program. This curriculum provides students with a university education that promotes personal and professional growth as well as concentrated awareness of health systems and their effects on society. Flexibility in course selection allows students to strengthen their analytical skills and develop their awareness of leadership and responsibility as citizens and future health administrators. The graduate of this program is prepared to assume entry managerial positions in health; to continue the study of health administration or other relevant disciplines at the graduate level; and to advance to health administration positions with broader responsibility and leadership. Program requires a minimum of 120 credits.

Prerequisite Coursework for Transfer Students
Students transferring to Florida Atlantic University must complete both lower-division requirements (including the requirements of the Intellectual Foundations Program) and requirements for the college and major. Lower-division requirements may be completed through the A.A. degree from any Florida public college, university or community college or through equivalent coursework at another regionally accredited institution. Before transferring and to ensure timely progress toward the baccalaureate degree, students must also complete the prerequisite courses for their major as outlined in the Transfer Student Manual (see www.fau.edu/registrar/tsm.php).

All courses not approved by the Florida Statewide Course Numbering System that will be used to satisfy requirements will be evaluated individually on the basis of content and will require a catalog course description and a copy of the syllabus for assessment.

Preprofessional Requirements
Preprofessional requirements are lower-division courses (1000-2000 level) conveying information or skills necessary to be successful in a student's major course of study. The Health Administration major requires the five courses listed below. Four of the courses, excluding ECO 2023, must be taken before a student can be formally classified as a Health Administration major. A grade of "C" or better (or passing the competency exam in ISM 2000) is required in each course.

Principles of Accounting 1 ACG 2021 3
Principles of Accounting 2 ACG 2071 3
Microeconomic Principles ECO 2023 3
Information Systems Fundamentals ISM 2000 3
Introductory Statistics STA 2023 3

Students interested in majoring in Health Administration who have not yet completed the four courses (again, ECO 2023 may be taken later) with a "C" or better will be placed in the Pre-Business major until the courses are successfully completed or waived. While in Pre-Business status, students may take these three Health Administration courses:

Health Delivery Systems HSA 3111 3
Introduction to Health Professions HSA 3104 3
Health Care Medical Terminology HSA 3534 3

This preprofessional requirement also applies to students who are classified Pre-Business and are seeking a minor in Health Administration. Students from other colleges seeking a minor in Health Administration are not required to complete the four (again, excepting ECO 2023) preprofessional courses before taking the Health Administration courses leading to a minor.

Admission Policy
Students are classified as Pre-Business until the above preprofessional courses are completed with "C" or better grades and 60 minimum credits are attained with a 2.25 minimum FAU GPA. Until admitted, students can only take three upper-level courses in the program: HSA 3104, HSA 3111 and HSA 3534.

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Residency Requirements
1. After a student matriculates at FAU, the College of Business will not accept upper-level business transfer coursework taken after admission, except from AACSB-accredited institutions.

2. After being admitted to the College and declaring a major (not Pre-Business), transient coursework is not permitted.

3. A minimum of 30 upper-level business credits (including ENC 3213) are required from FAU to obtain a College of Business bachelor's degree. The last 30 credits must be from FAU.

4. At least 75 percent of a student's coursework in the major must be completed at FAU.

Degree Requirements

Students enrolled in Health Administration must complete 33 credits in the major (24 credits of Health Administration core courses, including the Health Practicum HSA 4817, and 9 credits of Health Administration electives); 15 credits in additional business courses at the upper division (3000-level or above); and 12 credits of additional electives out-of-college. A minimum of 18 credits in Health Administration must be earned at FAU.

Students must complete the Health Practicum (HSA 4817) to graduate. The Practicum is a combination internship/classroom course. Registration in the Practicum requires an FAU GPA of 2.5 and successful completion (earning a "C" or better) of the six other Health Administration core courses and three other required courses in business and writing skills (see items 3, 4 and 5 below).

1. Health Administration Courses – 33 credits
Health Administration Core Courses – 24 credits:
Health Delivery Systems HSA 3111 3
Health Care Organization and Administration HSA 4110 3
Planning in Health Organizations HSA 4140 3
Health Law HSA 4423 3
Health Research Methods HSA 4700 3
Health Care Financial Management
(see item 2 below)
HSA 4170 3 or
Principles of Financial Management FIN 3403 3
Health Practicum HSA 4817 6
Health Administration Elective Courses – 9 credits:
Introduction to Health Professions HSA 3104 3
Technology in Health Care Organizations HSA 3191 3
Health Care Medical Terminology HSA 3534 3
Managed Care HSA 4109 3
Health Care Issues & Trends HSA 4113 3
International Healthcare Systems HSA 4124 3
Long-Term Care Administration HSA 4222 3
Health Care Quality Management HSA 4383 3
Practice Management HSA 4511 3
Directed Independent Study HSA 4905 1-3
Special Topics HSA 4930 1-3

2. Choice of Financial Management Course
The option to take FIN 3403 rather than HSA 4170 is available only to students seeking a Business Administration minor. Students choosing this option must still complete 33 credits in Health Administration courses. They will do this by taking an additional Health Administration elective for a total of 12 elective credits rather than the standard 9 credits.

3. Health Practicum, HSA 4817
Successful completion of Health Practicum is necessary for graduation. Students taking the Practicum must: a) have successfully completed, i.e., earned a "C" or better, the six core courses; b) have a GPA of 2.5 or better in all courses taken at FAU; c) have completed at least 33 upper-division (3000-level or above) credits; d) be a Health Administration program major; and e) not be on academic probation.

4. College of Business Courses – 15 credits
ISM 3011, Management Information Systems; ECP 4530, Health Care Economics and Policy; and 9 additional upper-division credits of College of Business courses are required. Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in the two specified business courses, ISM 3011 and ECP 4530. Students are encouraged to take courses in several business departments.

5. Out-of-College Courses – 12 credits
ENC 3213, Writing for Management, is required with a grade of "C" or better. Courses in social sciences, communication, education, science, nursing or public administration are recommended. College of Business courses may not be used.

6. Gordon Rule Math and Writing Requirements are mandated by the State of Florida. The Writing Requirement states that students must complete four courses with significant writing content with grades of "C" or higher. The Math requirement states that students must earn 6 credits in mathematics (including statistics) at or above the level of college algebra with grades of "C" or higher.

7. Foreign Language Entry Requirement must be fulfilled by: two years of successful completion of high school foreign language, two successful semesters of a college-level foreign language, the successful completion of the CLEP exam for two semesters of the same foreign language or demonstrated proficiency in a foreign language through the Languages, Linguistics, and Comparative Literature Department.

8. Complete a minimum of 120 credits (excluding remedial and technical coursework).

9. An FAU minimum GPA of 2.5.

10. The University's Intellectual Foundations Program (General Education requirements).

Health Services Administration Minor for Business Majors

Students seeking a major in the College of Business other than Health Services Administration may concurrently earn a minor in Health Services Administration while pursuing a bachelor's degree. To earn the minor, students must complete 9 credits with a grade of "C" or better from the following courses.

Required Courses    
Health Delivery Systems HSA 3111 3
Select two of the following    
Health Care Medical Terminology HSA 3534 3
Managed Care HSA 4109 3
Issues and Trends in Health Care HSA 4113 3
International Healthcare Systems HSA 4124 3
Health Law HSA 4423 3

At least two of the three courses (6 credits) must be completed at FAU. Successful completion of the minor requires the successful completion of the College of Business baccalaureate degree.

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Health Services Administration Minor for Non-Business Majors

Students seeking a major in a college other than the College of Business may concurrently earn a minor in Health Services Administration while pursuing a bachelor's degree. To earn the minor, students must complete 15 credits with a grade of "C" or better from the following courses.

Required Courses
Health Delivery Systems HSA 3111 3
Select four of the following
Introduction to Health Professions HSA 3104 3
Health Care Medical Terminology HSA 3534 3
Managed Care HSA 4109 3
Health Care Organization and Administration HSA 4110 3
Issues and Trends in Health Care HSA 4113 3
International Healthcare Systems HSA 4124 3
Planning in Health Organizations HSA 4140 3
Health Care Financial Management HSA 4170 3
Health Law HSA 4423 3
Health Research Methods HSA 4700 3

At least four of the five courses (12 credits) must be completed at FAU. Successful completion of the minor requires the successful completion of the student's college baccalaureate major.

Gerontology Certificate

The Gerontology Certificate provides an interdisciplinary educational opportunity for undergraduate students working with older adults and those interested in the process of aging. Student must complete 15 credits from the courses below. All courses must be completed with a minimum grade of "C" or better.

Core Courses (6 credits)
Long-Term Care Administration HSA 4222 3
Foundations of Gerontology NUR 4289 3
Electives (9 credits; select one course from each group)
Group A - Business/Health Care Administration
Special Topics
(Management of Long-Term Care Facilities)
HSA 4930 3
Health Delivery Systems HSA 3111 3
Group B - Nursing
Dynamics of Aging NUR 4137 3
Special Topics
(Health Literacy for Older Adults)
NUR 4930 3
Aesthetics of Aging NUR 4136 3
Group C - Social Sciences
Sociology of Aging and Dying SYP 3740 3
Social Work with Aging Populations SOW 4643 3

PET 4402, Exercise Programming for the Older Adult, is also recommended for students working in this aspect of long-term care. However, this course will not count toward the certificate.

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Undergraduate Program in International Business and Trade/Link to Master's Program

The major in International Business and Trade attracts high-quality students and prepares them to contribute effectively to their organizations and community in a global business environment. This program's goals are accomplished through an active partnership with the business community while the program continuously enhances the quality and impact of international business education.

In addition to the University and College of Business degree requirements listed in the Degree Requirements section of this catalog, International Business and Trade students must complete the requirements below.

Prerequisite Coursework for Transfer Students
Students transferring to Florida Atlantic University must complete both lower-division requirements (including the requirements of the Intellectual Foundations Program) and requirements for the college and major. Lower-division requirements may be completed through the A.A. degree from any Florida public college, university or community college or through equivalent coursework at another regionally accredited institution. Before transferring and to ensure timely progress toward the baccalaureate degree, students must also complete the prerequisite courses for their major as outlined in the Transfer Student Manual (see www.fau.edu/registrar/tsm.php).

All courses not approved by the Florida Statewide Course Numbering System that will be used to satisfy requirements will be evaluated individually on the basis of content and will require a catalog course description and a copy of the syllabus for assessment.

Pre-Business Foundation Coursework
These are previously listed under the heading Degree Requirements (B.B.A. and B.S.) and subheading Pre-Business Foundation Coursework in this section.

Business Core Requirements
These are previously listed under the heading Degree Requirements (B.B.A. and B.S.) and subheading College of Business Core in this section.

Foreign Language Requirement
Two semesters of the same college-level foreign language (6-8 credits) or equivalent competency.

International Business and Trade Major
A grade of "C" required in all major courses.

Core Courses (15 credits)
International Finance FIN 4604 3
International Business MAN 3600 3
Cross-Cultural Human Relations and Negotiations MAN 3611 3
Global Business Operations MAN 4602 3
International Marketing MAR 4156 3
International Cognate Options
(3 credits required; choose one course)
Law of International Trade BUL 4461 3
International Healthcare Systems HSA 4124 3
Global Supply Chain Management MAN 4597 3
Foreign Seminar in IB (IB Study Abroad) MAN 4680 3-4
International Business Study Abroad MAN 4956* 1-4
Marketing Study Abroad MAR 4957 1-4
Enterprise Risk Management and Corporate Governance: Qualitative Analysis RMI 4423 3
Any 3000/4000-level foreign language course   3
An approved internship with significant international/cross-cultural content   3

Students may select an additional international economics course (ECO 4704, 4713 or ECS 3013) beyond the one required to meet the College Economics Requirement.

* One course (3 credits) in study abroad may be used for the International Cognate.

International Business Certificate
The Certificate of International Business: Theory and Practice meets the needs of working professionals whose jobs have an international dimension and students who envision a career with an international business component. This certificate is an ideal enhancement to an undergraduate Business major; however, it is not available to students obtaining a major in International Business and Trade. Participants must have at least two years of college or university education and must satisfy the certificate's requirements below.

To sign up for the certificate or for more information, call the Office of Student Academic Services at 561-297-3688.

Required Courses
1. International Business MAN 3600  
2. Two courses at FAU from the list below
Law of International Trade BUL 4461  
Economics of International Trade ECO 4704  
International Monetary Economics ECO 4713  
International Economic Development ECS 3013  
International Finance FIN 4604  
International Healthcare Systems HSA 4124  
Cross-Cultural Human Relations and Negotiations MAN 3611  
Global Supply Chain Management MAN 4597  
International Marketing MAR 4156  
Personal Selling MAR 4400  
3. Practical Component—One of the following Executive Education courses is required; all four options are off campus
Foreign Seminar in International Business MAN 4680  
Directed Independent Study with significant international/cross-cultural content MAN 4690  
International Business Study Abroad MAN 4956  
An approved internship with significant international/cross-cultural content

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Undergraduate Program in Management/Link to Master's Program/Link to Doctoral Program

The major in Management attracts high-quality students and prepares them to contribute effectively to organizations in the areas of general management skills and entrepreneurship. The department achieves this through an active partnership with the business community using traditional and alternate delivery systems to create managers and entrepreneurs with necessary skills to advance in a complex and changing world. The major in Management has two possible tracks, one in leadership and applied management skills and the other in entrepreneurship. To obtain a Management major, students must complete one of the tracks. Since there is significant overlap in the coursework and the major granted is the same (Management), double majors are not permitted.

The department also offers an undergraduate online Management program (leadership and applied management skills track only), an undergraduate Entrepreneurship minor and a graduate certificate in Innovation Entrepreneurship.

In addition to the University and College of Business degree requirements listed in the Degree Requirements section of this catalog, Management majors must complete the requirements below.

Prerequisite Coursework for Transfer Students
Students transferring to Florida Atlantic University must complete both lower-division requirements (including the requirements of the Intellectual Foundations Program) and requirements for the college and major. Lower-division requirements may be completed through the A.A. degree from any Florida public college, university or community college or through equivalent coursework at another regionally accredited institution. Before transferring and to ensure timely progress toward the baccalaureate degree, students must also complete the prerequisite courses for their major as outlined in the Transfer Student Manual (see www.fau.edu/registrar/tsm.php).

All courses not approved by the Florida Statewide Course Numbering System that will be used to satisfy requirements will be evaluated individually on the basis of content and will require a catalog course description and a copy of the syllabus for assessment.

Pre-Business Foundation Coursework
These are previously listed under the heading Degree Requirements (B.B.A. and B.S.) and subheading Pre-Business Foundation Coursework in this section.

Business Core Requirements
These are previously listed under the heading Degree Requirements (B.B.A. and B.S.) and subheading College of Business Core in this College of Business section.

Management Major
A grade of "C" or better is required in all major courses.

Core Courses (6 credits)
International Business MAN 3600 3
Human Resource Management
MAN 4301 3
Management Major Options
(Choose one of the tracks below; 9 credits)
Leadership and Applied Managerial Skills Option
Leadership, Supervisory Skills and Team Development MAN 4046 3
Cross-Cultural Human Relations and Negotiations MAN 3611 3
Operations Management Applications MAN 4504 3
Entrepreneurship Option
Entrepreneurship
ENT 4024 3
Advanced Business Planning
ENT 4114 3
Intellectual Property Law BUL 4514 3


Entrepreneurship Minor (effective fall 2011)

The Entrepreneurship minor is designed for non-Management Business majors. Completion of the Business core courses is required for this minor in addition to the three courses indicated below, all of which must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.

Required Courses (in addition to the business core)
Entrepreneurship ENT 4024 3
Advanced Business Planning ENT 4114 3
Intellectual Property Law BUL 4514 3

The three courses above used for the Entrepreneurship minor, in addition to the business core, may not count toward other business or College core requirements. At least two of the courses above (6 credits) must be taken in residence at FAU. The acknowledgement of the minor is official upon successful completion of a College of Business degree program.

Innovation Entrepreneurship Certificate (effective fall 2011)
The Certificate in Innovation Entrepreneurship allows graduate students to combine interests in innovation and entrepreneurship with the thrust of their particular master's program in a complementary manner. The certificate program facilitates innovation and entrepreneurship across the University's graduate programs.

Among the program's objectives, students will gain an understanding of the entrepreneurial process, from initial idea to business development, and about commercializing new technologies, assessing product-adoption likelihood, evaluating licensing opportunities and dealing with intellectual property issues. In addition, students will acquire an appreciation for new venture finance and become familiar with the key challenges encountered in developing an innovation.

The Certificate in Innovation Entrepreneurship is available to any graduate student in good standing at FAU. Students may obtain this certificate by completing each of the following four courses with a grade of "B" or better and meeting all the requirements of their respective graduate program. The four courses below may be taken as electives that fulfill requirements of the student's graduate program if permitted by that graduate program. If not permitted, they must be taken as additional courses.

Required Courses (12 credits)
Venture Creation ENT 6106 3
Technology Commercialization Strategies ENT 6186 3
Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital ENT 6428 3
Developing and Marketing Innovations MAR 6837 3

Master's Programs


Master of Business Administration/Executive M.B.A/Professional M.B.A.

The principal objective of the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) Program is to advance the quality of business management. The program provides advanced management education in an environment that encourages students to extend their leadership capabilities. It enables students to gain broad managerial skills and to develop specialized expertise in a business discipline that best suits their career aspirations.

Admission Requirements
The College of Business seeks a diverse, highly qualified group of graduate students. Applications are evaluated on several factors emphasizing prior academic performance, GMAT or GRE scores and the potential for scholarly and professional success. In addition to other requirements for admission to the Graduate College at FAU, to be considered for this master's program in the College of Business, applicants must:

  • Have earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university or the international equivalent.
  • Have a strong grade point average on all previous college work, though emphasis will be on the last 60 credits earned.
  • Submit a one-to-two page essay describing both the applicant's background and objectives for undertaking graduate study.
  • Submit an official, competitive score on a GMAT or GRE exam taken within five years. When evaluating test scores, the admissions committee looks for a balance between verbal, quantitative and analytical writing strengths. All three components are required.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must have a TOEFL score of at least 600 (paper), 250 (computer) or 100 (Internet).
  • Have all materials for the application complete and filed with FAU prior to the deadlines.             Deadlines for domestic admission: July 1 for fall, November 1 for spring and April 1 for summer. Deadlines for international admission: February 15 for fall, August 15 for
    spring and January 15 for summer.

Supplemental information that may be provided to highlight characteristics not evident in the required admissions materials includes:

  • A one-page résumé.
  • Letter(s) of recommendation from employers, faculty members or others who can attest to scholarly ability and/or agency.
  • A writing sample demonstrating analytical and explanatory skills.

Successful performance in other graduate work attempted will also be considered in the admission decision. Due to the uniqueness of The Executive M.B.A. Program, transfer between programs is not possible. Admission to one program does not constitute admission to all programs.

Transient students are students in good standing in a graduate program at another accredited institution. To enroll in graduate business courses at FAU and transfer that credit to another institution, transient students must present a letter certifying good standing and enumerating the exact courses to be taken from FAU. Transient students enroll for those courses on a space-available basis and as non-degree-seeking students.

Non-Business graduate students who are fully admitted, are making progress in an FAU graduate program and are in good standing may enroll in graduate business courses with permission of the Assistant or Associate Dean. All course prerequisites must be met.

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Admission Requirements for International Students
A graduate of a foreign college or university who has completed an academic program equivalent to an American bachelor's degree may apply for admission to the master's program. International students are required to submit the application forms and an official certified transcript indicating the nature and scope of their academic training. An international applicant whose native language is not English must submit a score of at least 600 (CBT-250) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). For details, applicants should write to: Test of English as a Foreign Language, Educational Testing Service, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, New Jersey, 08540-6151, U.S.A., or visit www.ets.org. The IELTS test may also be considered. See www.ielts.org.

Application Procedures and Deadlines
Applicants must follow application procedures outlined in the Admissions section of this catalog. The GMAT must be taken and the required application material must be submitted to the Graduate College by the deadline established by the University each term. Early submission of admission documents will facilitate the decision process.

Enrollment Policy
Priority for enrollment in graduate (6000 and 7000 level) business courses is as follows:

1. Students who have been admitted to a graduate business program that requires a particular course;

2. Students in other FAU graduate programs that require a specific business course;

3. Students who have been admitted to a graduate business program not requiring a particular course but desire the course as an elective;

4. Degree-seeking students in other FAU graduate programs who desire a business class as an elective to supplement their program.

Students must have completed class prerequisites to enroll in graduate business courses. In most cases, non-degree students are not permitted to enroll in graduate business courses unless they have received permission from Student Academic Services and/or the faculty member teaching the course. Students in the M.B.A. or M.AC. programs who lack foundation coursework may be prohibited from registering for some courses until foundation requirements are met.

Students not falling into one of the above categories may not register for graduate business courses at the 6000 and 7000 levels without permission from the Assistant or Associate Dean and the instructor. Persons doing so will be administratively withdrawn from those classes sometime after the drop/add period.

Degree Requirements
To qualify for the M.B.A. degree, each candidate must:

1. Meet all general requirements of the University for a master's degree and complete the program within seven years of first enrollment in an M.B.A. graduate course. If the thesis option is selected, the thesis must be completed within five years of its start and within the seven-year period.

2. Complete or receive credit for a minimum of 15 credits of foundation courses. No grade lower than "C" will be accepted. Required foundation courses will be determined by the Office of Graduate Student Programs. Students will be notified of these and other requirements on admission.

3. Complete 40 credits of required and elective courses with a GPA of 3.0 or better. Any grade below a "C" is typically considered a failure and the course must be retaken. No more than two courses or 6 credits of M.B.A. graduate work can be transferred from other accredited institutions. Any additional transfer credit may be accepted only by petition. (See Transfer Credits heading appearing later in this section.)

4. Successfully complete GEB 6215 requirements.

5. File a plan of study no later than one semester prior to graduation.

Location
Courses in the M.B.A. curriculum are offered at the Fort Lauderdale campus in the evening and the Boca Raton campus during the day and in the evening. Nearly all M.B.A. courses are offered at all locations as affected by demand and resource constraints. A few M.B.A. courses are offered online, but the entire degree program likely cannot be completed without traditional courses.

Time Commitment
Full-time graduate students having the required academic background in business can complete the M.B.A. Program in as little as 18 months. For full-time students lacking that background, completion requires at least 30 months. Part-time students can progress at their own pace, the only requirement being that all degree requirements must be completed within seven years of first enrollment in a graduate M.B.A. course.

Academic Standing Policy Statement
Continuation in the program requires satisfactory progress toward the graduate degree. Evidence of such progress includes maintenance of a cumulative 3.0 average throughout the course of academic study. In addition, only grades of "A," "A-," "B+," "B," "B-," "C+" or "C" are acceptable in fulfilling graduate school requirements in the M.B.A. plan of study.

Students who fall below a 3.0 GPA are placed on academic warning. Students on academic warning for two consecutive semesters may be academically dismissed. Failure to attain a 3.0 cumulative average within three successive semesters of active enrollment will result in automatic dismissal. The Assistant or Associate Dean of Business reserves the right to dismiss any student at any time when, in the Dean's judgment, the student is not making satisfactory progress toward the degree.

Prerequisite Policy Statement
Any student who does not meet course prerequisites will be dropped by the administration from such course(s) at any time during a semester when the deficiency is discovered. Tuition will be forfeited.

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The M.B.A. Curriculum
The M.B.A. Program consists of foundation courses and 40 credits of graduate business study. The curriculum is divided into three parts:

1. The Foundation Component, providing training in basic business fundamentals;
2. The Core Component, comprising fundamental graduate business courses (28 credits);
3. The Elective Component, encompassing highly advanced and elective graduate business courses, special tracks and the thesis option (12 credits).

If students lack the required academic background in business administration, they must first take the necessary foundation courses. All new M.B.A. students must register for GEB 6215, Graduate Business Communication Applications, and GEB 6931, The Executive Forum, at their first registration in core or elective courses. Students enrolling exclusively for foundation courses are not required to register for GEB 6215 until that point. They must receive credit for GEB 6215 within three active semesters of taking core or elective courses.

Foundation Component and Courses
The Foundation Component introduces the broad field of business administration and the fundamental quantitative techniques used in business analysis. Courses in the Foundation Component are:

Financial Accounting Concepts ACG 6027 3
Seminar in Modern Economic Concepts and Theories ECO 6008 3
Financial Management FIN 6406 3
Marketing Functions and Processes MAR 6055 3
Data Analysis for Managers QMB 6603 3

Note: The exact number of credits required for each student will depend upon the previous academic record. Most students with undergraduate business degrees will need 40 credits to complete the program.

Fundamental knowledge of college algebra, calculus, statistics and software is assumed. It is recommended that all candidates evaluate their skills in those areas prior to application.

No foundation course may be used to satisfy core or elective requirements for any program.

Core Component
The Core Component consists of required graduate business courses that extend the basic business background provided in the Foundation Component.

The core courses are:

Advanced Analysis and Application of Accounting Data (1) ACG 6315 3
Advanced Financial Management (2) FIN 6806 3
Graduate Business Communication Applications GEB 6215 3
Contemporary Issues in Industry: The Executive Forum GEB 6931 1
Management of Information Systems & Technology (1) ISM 6026 3
Organizational Behavior MAN 6245 3
Operations Management (3) MAN 6501 3
Global Business Strategy MAN 6721 3
Global Environment of Management MAN 6937 3
Advanced Marketing Management (4) MAR 6815 3
Core Total   28
Electives   12
Degree Total   40

Notes:
(1) Accounting Track students must be approved by both the School of Accounting and the M.B.A. program. Admission to the M.B.A. program does not guarantee entry into the Accounting Track. The Accounting Track student will substitute ACG 6138 for ACG 6315 and ACG 6475 for ISM 6026. M.B.A. students who are undergraduate Accounting majors NOT in an Accounting Track will substitute another 6000-level accounting elective course for ACG 6315. ACG 6027 may not be counted for graduate elective credit. The exact substitutions must be approved by the College of Business Office of Graduate Student Programs based on the prior academic record.

(2) Students with 18 or more undergraduate credits in Finance may substitute another 6000-level FIN course for FIN 6806.

(3) Students who have had an undergraduate operations management course may substitute MAN 6525, MAN 6581 or MAN 6596 for MAN 6501.

(4) Students with 18 or more undergraduate credits in Marketing may substitute a 6000-level MAR elective offered by the Marketing Department for MAR 6815.

Required core courses will change for students who earned undergraduate degrees in business depending on past academic experience. Other M.B.A. courses may be substituted for core courses if a student has had equivalent work. A program of study will be developed for each student.

Therefore, upon entry into the M.B.A. Program, each student should meet with a Graduate Business Advisor to develop a program of study that reflects past academic work and that best meets the student's career objective.

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Tracks

Tracks are not required and may not be desirable for a student seeking a well-rounded, diverse skill set. For students who desire the depth of a track, all tracks within the M.B.A. program consist of the basic core as listed above (28 credits) and track electives (12 credits). In order to receive certification in a track, all coursework must be completed with no grade less than a "B-" and an average of 3.0 for the 12 to 15 credits of the track. Students who do not elect a track will be granted a General M.B.A. Tracks are not designated on a diploma, but they are noted on the transcript.

The Accounting Track:
Students electing the Accounting Track will take the basic core as listed above and make the appropriate substitutions as listed in Note #1 under the Core Component. In addition, students must complete or receive credit for the Accounting Foundation Component courses consisting of ACG 6137, ACG 6347 and ACG 6635. Students initially have one elective course, which is increased for each waived accounting foundation course. Electives include 6000-level ACG or TAX courses for which prerequisites have been met. Accounting courses at the 5000-level are not acceptable in the M.B.A. program.

The Entrepreneurship Track:
Students in the Entrepreneurship Track will take the basic core as listed above. The entrepreneurship component consists of four courses as follows:

Required: ENT 6016, Venture Creation
Two of the following:
ENT 6116, Advanced Business Plan Development
ENT 6186, Technology Commercialization Strategies
MAN 6581, Project Management
MAR 6837, Developing and Marketing Innovations
One of the following:
ENT 6176, Franchising
ENT 6226, Entrepreneurial Skills for Managers
ENT 6428, Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital
ENT 6946, Entrepreneurial Consulting Project
HSA 6103, Introduction to Health Care Systems
ISM 6508, Web-Based Business Development (Title change is eff. summer 2012.)
MAN 6156, Human Resources Management
MAN 6931, Special Topics
MAN 6943, Graduate Management Internship
SPB 6815, Managing the Sport Enterprise
or a relevant course from another graduate program (subject to department chair or advisor approval)

The Finance Track:
Students electing the Finance Track will take the basic core as listed above and any four of the following courses: FIN 6246, FIN 6436, FIN 6537, FIN 6605, FIN 6515, REE 6305, REE 6207, FIN 6936, RMI 6356, RMI 6426 or RMI 6727. Students with 18 undergraduate credits in Finance may replace FIN 6806 in the core with an alternative course from the elective list.

The Health Administration Track:
Students electing the Health Administration Track will take the basic core as listed above and four elective courses as follows:

Required: HSA 6103, Introduction to Healthcare Systems
One of the following:
HSA 6108, Planning and Marketing in Healthcare
HSA 6118, Organizational Behavior in Healthcare
One of the following:
HSA 6152, Health Policy
HSA 6425, Health Law
One of the following:
HSA 6175, Healthcare Finance
HSA 6707, Research Methods for Healthcare Mgmt.

The International Business Track:
Students in the International Business Track will take the basic core as listed above. The international component consists of four elective courses within three blocks. Students must take one course from each block. The fourth course may be chosen from any block with a limit of 3 credits for GEB 6957, International Field Experience.

Block 1: ECO 6706, Advanced International Trade; ECO 6716, Advanced International Monetary Economics; or FIN 6605, Multinational Finance.

Block 2: MAN 6614, International Business Operations; MAN 6728, Managing Effectively in Emerging Market Economies; MAR 6158, Global Marketing; or MAN 6609, Cross-Cultural Management and Human Resources.

Block 3: ACG 6275, International Accounting; GEB 6957, International Field Experience (research on and travel to a foreign country); or an additional course from Block 1 or 2.

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The Management Information Systems Track:
Students electing the Management Information Systems Track will take the basic core as listed above and four of the following: ISM 6508, ISM 6316, ISM 6319, ISM 6328, ISM 6368, ISM 6509.

The Marketing Track:
Students electing the Marketing Track will take the basic core as listed above with any four elective courses offered by the Marketing Department at the 6000 level.

The Operations Management Track:
Students electing the Operations Management Track will take the basic core as listed above and four elective courses as follows: MAN 6525, Quality Management; MAN 6581, Project Management; MAN 6596, Supply Chain Management; and one class from the following list: ISM 6508, MAR 6837 or other approved Special Topics courses.

The Sport Management Track:
Students electing the Sport Management Track will take the basic core as listed above and the following required courses: SPB 6406, Sport Law; SPB 6815, Managing the Sport Enterprise; SPB 5817, Financial Aspects of Sport Management; SPB 6940, Sport Management Internship; and SPB 6716, Sport Marketing. Students must also take either SPB 6106, Management of Intercollegiate Athletics; or SPB 6306, Management of Sport, Entertainment and Convention Facilities.
Admission to the Sport Management Track is dependent upon the recommendation of the director. A pre-admission interview is required.

Graduate Business Communication Applications
Written and verbal communication skills are integrated components of the M.B.A. program. As such, students must demonstrate communication proficiency appropriate to academic, professional and business environments. Students will demonstrate their written and verbal communication skills as they complete the following activities: weekly professional development sessions, written course assignments and classroom presentations. Students are not permitted to register for key integrated courses (ACG 6315, ACG 6138, ACG 6475, MAN 6937, ISM 6026, FIN 6806 or HSA 6103) unless they have enrolled in GEB 6215.

The Graduate Communications Program is offered in GEB 6215: Graduate Business Communication Applications. It is integrated with core and elective courses. Some assignments are evaluated by both the professor and by Graduate Communication Program instructors. Communication skills are also enhanced in the weekly sessions.

Students must register for GEB 6215 upon their first registration in core or elective courses. Students enrolling only for foundation-level courses are not required to register for GEB 6215 at that point. Grades in GEB 6215 are distributed on a satisfactory or unsatisfactory basis. Students who fail to advance through GEB 6215 will receive an unsatisfactory ("U") grade and must register for the course again. Failure to complete GEB 6215 in a reasonable timeframe will result in the student's dismissal from the M.B.A. program.

A student who does not register for GEB 6215 during the first semester of M.B.A. core or elective credit will have an academic hold placed on the student's record. The hold denies advance registration privileges until the student has conferred with the director of Master's Programs in Business.

Students who have received a grade of "U" and who do not re-register for GEB 6215 in the next semester of attendance following issuance of the "U" will be administratively dropped from graduate courses.

Applications for degree will not be accepted unless certification requirements have been met and a grade of "S" has been issued.

Contemporary Issues in Industry: The Executive Forum
The forum provides exposure to and interaction with business executives from a variety of fields. Students will register for the forum in the first fall or spring semester of their program and must attend 10 sessions or presentations by executives to receive credit. There will be 14 presentations each fall and spring semester, and the student may complete the requirements in one semester or may divide attendance into two semesters. Presentations will not be made in summer semesters.

The executives invited to participate provide an invaluable bridge between the theory and practice of business and the consideration of current challenges facing business and industry, and provide an important linkage with the business community.

The forum will be graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory ("S"/"U") basis, with an incomplete ("I") grade issued until all requirements are completed.

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Elective Component
The elective component consisting of 12 advanced graduate credits in business at the 6000 level:

1. From one or more departments in the College of Business, or
2. From thesis options that provide 6 credits in an original area of research in lieu of coursework, or
3. Electives as specified in a track.

Electives are available in accounting, information technology, economics, finance, health services administration, human resources, international business, management, marketing, operations management and real estate, as well as from interdisciplinary industry-specific programs. Out-of-college electives may be approved by the Assistant or Associate Dean of Business if they are pertinent to the individual plan. Directed study electives are limited to one course or 3 credits. No foundation course may be used as an elective in any program.

The Thesis Option
The Thesis Option consists of 6 graduate credits of thesis research in business. Thesis work involves the following steps and regulations:

1. Submit to the appropriate department chair a written proposal discussing the area in which the study/research will be conducted. The scope of the study must involve a significant amount of originality.

2. If the proposal is satisfactory, the department chair will recommend to the director of Master's Programs in Business a thesis committee. It will include a thesis committee chair and two faculty members, one of whom will be from outside the concerned department.

3. The original and three copies of the completed thesis must be submitted to the chair of the thesis committee at least 30 days before the end of the semester in which the student expects to receive the degree.

4. An examining committee will then conduct an oral examination during which the student defends the thesis.

5. Upon passing the oral defense, the student shall deliver to the Assistant or Associate Dean of Business copies of the thesis in final form in accordance with Graduate College policies. It must be properly signed by the chair of the thesis committee and the chair of the thesis director's department. The chair must be a graduate faculty member of the College of Business.

6. Refer to University thesis guidelines for earlier deadlines and requirements.

7. The student can be certified for the M.B.A. degree only after the thesis has been approved and accepted by the Assistant or Associate Dean of Business and the Graduate College.

Once the thesis is begun, the student will be expected to register for at least 3 credits of thesis study each succeeding term (excepting summer term) until the degree requirements are satisfied. Students who find it necessary to be excused from thesis registration for any term because they will, indeed, be inactive for the term, must obtain written approval from the Assistant or Associate Dean of Business prior to the beginning of the term.

Transfer Credits
Acceptance of transfer credits from accredited institutions is dependent upon the pertinence of the work to the M.B.A. Program. A transfer student must confer with a graduate business advisor immediately upon entry to ensure that no misunderstanding occurs with regard to transfer credit in the degree plan. The transfer of two courses or 6 credits may be allowed subject to the following restrictions:

1. All transfer credits must be at least a "B" (3.0 on a 4.0 scale), and the student's overall grade point average in all previous graduate work must be at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

2. No graduate credit will be allowed for life experience.

3. Additional transfer credits may be accepted, by petition, from other institutions that are accredited by AACSB. A maximum of one-third of the credits leading to a degree is eligible for transfer consideration.

4. The use of transfer credit in specializations is strictly limited and requires advance, written approval.

5. Transfer credits are only considered if earned less than seven years prior to matriculating into the program.

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Credit Duplication Policy Statement
Neither credit used for another degree nor any foundation course credit may be counted toward the 40 credits of advanced courses. Students will not receive credit for core courses that duplicate their undergraduate education courses.

Time Limit
Candidates for the M.B.A. degree must complete all work within a seven-consecutive-year period after initial registration in an M.B.A. course. Thesis credits must be earned within five years of first thesis registration and within seven years of first registration in a graduate M.B.A. course.

Academic Standing
Continuation in the M.B.A. Program requires satisfactory progress toward the degree. Evidence of such progress includes:

1. Maintenance of a 3.0 cumulative GPA throughout the program, including the Foundation Component;

2. Progress made toward completing GEB 6215 in a timely fashion;

3. Absence of academic irregularities, as defined in the FAU Student Handbook;

4. Progress made since first enrollment in a graduate course. Only grades of "A," "A-," "B+," "B," "B-," "C+" and "C" are acceptable in fulfilling graduate school and M.B.A. Program requirements.

Failure to attain a 3.0 cumulative average within two successive semesters may result in dismissal. The College reserves the right to dismiss any student at any time in their academic career when the student is not making satisfactory progress.

Students who fail to attain a 3.0 FAU graduate GPA will be placed on academic warning. Students on warning are subject to possible academic dismissal from the college. In conjunction with the Graduate College's warning and dismissal procedures, the College of Business Student Academic Services Office may require many categories of students on warning to complete an academic progression plan (APP) to establish a path for success. Graduate students with very poor GPAs (less than 2.5) after their first semester may be required to complete an APP. Students who do not fulfill the obligations established in the APP will be recommended for dismissal to the Dean of the Graduate College.

A student receiving conditional admission will be informed by the M.B.A. admissions committee about the admission/dismissal decision at the end of the conditional admission period, which is within one year or less from the beginning of the semester specified in the letter of conditional acceptance. A student who fails to meet the criteria for unconditional/full admission will be dismissed at either the termination date specified under the conditional admission arrangement, or as soon as evidence of unsatisfactory progress becomes available.

Financial Assistance
Limited financial assistance is available to graduate students in the College of Business through fellowships and assistantships, which may include both income and out-of-state tuition waivers. Interested students should contact a graduate business advisor or a department chair. Additional information may be obtained from the Student Financial Aid Office.
Co-operative education programs are available. Contact the Career Development Center. Full-time and part-time employment in the local community is available to graduate students as well.

Career Placement Assistance
The Career Development Center provides full-time staff to assist graduate students in finding employment opportunities that meet their various needs. The College of Business has established an Office of Career Placement and Internships to assist graduate students in the College.

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Executive Master of Business Administration Program

The Executive Master of Business Administration Program (Executive M.B.A.) was developed in response to a need for convenient, advanced executive education. The goal of the Executive M.B.A. Program is to prepare participating managers to assume leadership roles so that they and their companies can maximize investments in executive education. Many graduates will occupy senior management positions and provide leadership in an increasingly competitive business environment. The Executive M.B.A. is internationally accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB).

Admission Requirements
The Executive Master of Business Administration Program is designed to educate a broad range of people displaying management potential, including but not limited to, managers, salespersons, computer systems professionals, engineers, government administrators and workers, medical and legal professionals and scientists. Candidates should have significant business and professional experience and must demonstrate potential for continued career growth in management.

To qualify for unconditional or full acceptance to the Executive M.B.A. Program, applicants are required to have:

1. At least five years of experience in business, a significant part of which includes management or other important responsibilities.

2. Above average job performance and high potential for future advancement.

3. An undergraduate degree in any discipline from a regionally accredited institution with at least a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the last 60 (or equivalent) credits of college coursework leading toward a bachelor's degree. Post-baccalaureate coursework from an AACSB-accredited business school not included in an advanced degree may be included in the calculation.

4. The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) may be required or waived with credentials evaluation or an advanced degree.

5. Reasonable certainty of remaining in the area for the duration of the program.

6. Two business-related letters of recommendation.

Conditional admission may be available under extraordinary circumstances to applicants who have received a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution, but who fall short of the GPA and/or the GMAT requirement or who show high promise but were unable to take the GMAT by entry date. In these cases, the Executive M.B.A. admissions committee will review all evidence of high promise, including but not limited to: grade trends, mature work experience, work accomplishment and promotion, type and rigor of undergraduate degree program, references and letters of recommendation and evidence of having attained some "A" grades in rigorous courses.

After the first year in the Executive M.B.A. Program, the admissions committee will review each student receiving conditional admission and will recommend either full admission to or dismissal from the program. The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) may be required.

Executive M.B.A. Format
The Executive M.B.A. Program is an accelerated, 23-month program that allows participants to continue their managerial responsibilities while earning a nationally accredited M.B.A. degree. Each class of executives begins and progresses through the program together, taking the same sequence of courses and sharing the same educational experiences.

The program consists of 46 graduate credits in business. Classes are held every third weekend - Saturday and Sunday - from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., with breakfast and lunch served each weekend.

The Executive M.B.A. Program is offered at the FAU campus in Boca Raton. On-site Executive M.B.A. programs are available to local sponsoring organizations.

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The Executive M.B.A. Curriculum
The Foundation Component of the M.B.A. Program is covered in FIN 6406, MAN 6937, MAN 6245, MAR 6815 and ACG 6027. The required courses are:

Financial Accounting Concepts ACG 6027 3
Advanced Analysis and Application of Accounting Data ACG 6315 3
Advanced International Monetary Economics ECO 6716 3
Financial Management FIN 6406 3
Advanced Financial Management FIN 6806 3
Communication Skills for Business Professionals GEB 6217 3
Contemporary Issues in Industry: The Executive Forum GEB 6931 1
International Field Experience GEB 6957 3
Management of Information Systems and Technology ISM 6026 3
Organizational Behavior MAN 6245 3
Operations Management MAN 6501 3
International Business Operations MAN 6614 3
Global Business Strategy MAN 6721 3
Managing Effectively in Emerging Marketing Economics MAN 6728 3
Global Environment of Management MAN 6937 3
Advanced Marketing Management MAR 6815 3
Program Total   46

Content, coursework and fees may vary as determined by the administration. Florida Atlantic University reserves the right to change curriculum, sequence, program fees and other program requirements as necessary.

International Business Concentration
Specialization courses are International Business specific with an optional international field study tour. Alternative specializations are available.

Academic Standing, Policies, Graduation
The Executive M.B.A. Program follows the same policies regarding academic standing and graduation used in the College of Business and the same grading standards of the University. Due to the uniqueness of the Executive Programs, they do not allow for transfer to the traditional M.B.A. Program once begun. Admission to an Executive M.B.A. Program does not guarantee admission to the traditional M.B.A. Program. The College reserves the right to dismiss any student for unsatisfactory progress.

Program Fees
The Executive M.B.A. is a full-service, all-inclusive program. Executive M.B.A. Program fees cover all program costs, including tuition, text books, course materials, meals and graduation activities.

Application Process and Additional Information
To apply to or receive more information about the Executive M.B.A. Program, visit www.business.fau.edu/emba or call 561-297-2709.

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Professional Master of Business Administration Program

The Professional Master of Business Administration (Professional M.B.A.) is an accelerated program offering a core, graduate-level business curriculum combined with courses emphasizing Entrepreneurship and Innovation. The goals of the Professional M.B.A. Program are to enrich the existing academic and experiential business-student foundation and to prepare graduates with the acumen required to successfully design, build and oversee any enterprise. The Professional M.B.A. is internationally accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB).

Admission Requirements (added spring 2012)
To qualify for unconditional or full acceptance to the Professional M.B.A. Program, applicants are required to have:

1. An undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution with at least a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the last 60 (or equivalent) credits of college coursework leading toward a bachelor's degree. Post-baccalaureate coursework from an AACSB-accredited business school not included in an advanced degree may be included in the calculation.

2. Completion of business foundation or prerequisites courses with a grade of “C” or higher.

3. The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required but may be waived with an advanced degree.

Conditional admission may be available under extraordinary circumstances to applicants who have received a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution, but who fall short of the GPA and/or the GMAT requirement or who show high promise. In these cases, the Professional M.B.A. admissions committee will review all evidence of high promise, including but not limited to: grade trends, work experience, work accomplishment and promotion, type and rigor of undergraduate degree program, references and letters of recommendation and evidence of having attained some "A" grades in rigorous courses.

After the first year in the Professional M.B.A. Program, the admissions committee will review each student receiving conditional admission and will recommend either full admission to or dismissal from the program.

Professional M.B.A. Format
The Professional M.B.A. Program is an accelerated, 16-month program that allows participants to continue their current responsibilities while earning a nationally accredited M.B.A. degree. Each class begins and progresses through the program together, taking the same sequence of courses and sharing the same educational experiences.

This 40-credit curriculum includes a concentration in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Classes are held every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6 to 10 p.m.

The Professional M.B.A. Program is offered at the FAU campus in Boca Raton.

The Professional M.B.A. Curriculum (added spring 2012)

Advanced Analysis and Application of Accounting Data ACG 6315 3
Advanced Financial Management FIN 6806 3
Communication Skills for Business Professionals GEB 6217 3
Contemporary Issues in Industry: The Executive Forum GEB 6931 1
Venture Creation* ENT 6016 3
Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital* ENT 6428 3
Entrepreneurial Consulting Project* ENT 6946 1-4
Management of Information Systems and Technology ISM 6026 3
Organizational Behavior MAN 6245 3
Operations Management MAN 6501 3
Project Management* MAN 6581 3
Global Business Strategy MAN 6721 3
Global Environment of Management MAN 6937 3
Advanced Marketing Management MAR 6815 3
Program Total   40

*Entrepreneurship and Innovation Concentration: specialization courses are Entrepreneurship and Innovation specific; alternative specializations are available.

Content, coursework and fees may vary as determined by the administration. Florida Atlantic University reserves the right to change curriculum, sequence, program fees and other program requirements as necessary.

Academic Standing, Policies, Graduation

The Professional M.B.A. Program follows the same policies regarding academic standing and graduation used in the College of Business and the same grading standards of the University. The College reserves the right to dismiss any student for unsatisfactory progress.

Program Fees
The Professional M.B.A. is a full-service, all-inclusive program. Professional M.B.A. Program fees cover all program costs, including tuition, text books, course materials, snacks and graduation activities.

Application Process and More Information
To apply to or receive more information about the Professional M.B.A. Program, visit www.business.fau.edu/pmba or call 561-297-2709.

Environmental Master of Business Administration
This program is on hiatus and not accepting students at this time.

The Environmental Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) is a 22-month weekend program that combines the traditional M.B.A. program with environmental business management courses. Students meet face-to-face with faculty approximately every third weekend. The program is designed for working professionals who have a bachelor's or higher degree (not necessarily in business) from an accredited university.

The high-tech, industry-based Environmental M.B.A. program is designed for:
1. Individuals currently working in environmental business.
2. Those who want to be in environmental business management.
The program covers current and future compliance needs while helping business managers establish a competitive edge. Its purpose is to provide a formal learning experience in the environmental business management field, to provide managers with the skills to meet stakeholder needs and to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and research findings in the high-technology, industry-specific environmental business fields for the future. For information, call 561-297-1086.

Admission Requirements
Admission into the Environmental M.B.A. Program requires a B.A. or B.S. degree (or higher degree in any field) from an accredited institution of higher learning, a minimum GPA of 3.0, a GMAT score of 500 and work experience or potential in a high-tech and/or environmental activity. The application, including two letters of recommendation from the work place, must be mailed directly to the College of Business Environmental M.B.A. Program Office. Exceptions are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Program Components
The Environmental M.B.A. comprises 28-34 credits of required core graduate business courses and 12 credits of required environmental management courses.

Financial Accounting Concepts* ACG 6027 3
Financial Management* FIN 6406 3
Advanced Analysis and Application of Accounting Data ACG 6315 3
Advanced Financial Management FIN 6806 3
Graduate Business Communication Applications GEB 6215 3
Contemporary Issues in Industry: The Executive Forum GEB 6931 1
Mgmt. of Information Systems and Technology ISM 6026 3
Organizational Behavior MAN 6245 3
Operations Management MAN 6501 3
Global Management Strategy/Policy MAN 6721 3
Advanced Marketing Management MAR 6815 3
Global Environment of Mgmt. MAN 6937 3
Core Total
28-34
* Course may be waived contingent upon evaluation of transcripts.

and the following Environmental Management Courses:
Environmental Law, Regulation and Compliance GEB 6407 1
Global Mgmt. of Air, Land and Water GEB 6456 1
Ecosystem Management and Operations Ecology GEB 6448 1
Environmental Information Systems Management GEB 6517 1
Environmental Assessment GEB 6899 1
Special Topics GEB 6930 3
Corporate Management (Green Pinstripes) and Environmental Policy GEB 6944 2
Environmental Project Management GEB 6945 2
Environmental Courses Total   12
Degree Total
40-46

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Crisis and Emergency Management Master of Business Administration
This program is on hiatus and not accepting students at this time.

The Crisis and Emergency Management M.B.A. Program has the same admission requirements, program format and required core graduate business courses as the Environmental M.B.A. Program. Below is a listing of the required Crisis and Emergency Management courses.

Crisis Management 1: Crisis, Contingency and Continuity GEB 6866 3
Crisis Management 2: Risk Management/Hazard Mitigation in Private Sector GEB 6867 3
Crisis Management 3: Disaster Recovery and Response in Private Sector GEB 6868 2
Crisis Management 4: Workplace Security GEB 6869 1
Special Topics GEB 6930 3

For information, call 561-297-1086.

Legal Compliance Management Master of Business Administration
This program is on hiatus and not accepting students at this time.

The M.B.A. program in Legal Compliance Management is one of the first programs in the U.S. to offer this specialization. The program's objective is to develop managers whose primary or secondary responsibilities are to ensure legal and regulatory compliance within their companies or operating units.

This program is designed for regulatory affairs officers; managers in highly regulated departments (HR, FDA, etc.); legal counsel and attorneys with legal oversight responsibilities; risk and loss prevention managers and consultants; and federal, state and local regulatory personnel.

Experts in the legal compliance field will teach students how the legal/regulatory process functions, the impact of regulations (law) on the business environment, how to design and implement compliance policy, methodologies to measure and enforce compliance, the major regulatory schemes common to all organizations, regulation central to the larger organization (OSHA, HIPAA, Sarbanes-Oxley, etc.) and regulation that focuses on the student's specific career objectives (Directed Independent Study).

The M.B.A. program in Legal Compliance Management can be completed in less than two years. Classes meet on the Boca Raton campus for five semesters with six weekend meetings each on Saturdays (8 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and Sundays (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Admission requirements are similar to those of the Environmental M.B.A program, combining the traditional M.B.A. courses with the following four specialized courses:

Employment Practices, Risk Management and Legal Compliance BUL 6843 3
Corporate Governance & Compliance BUL 6872 3
Contractual Compliance BUL 6876 3
Principles and Practices of Enterprise Risk Management and Legal Compliance RMI 6346 3

Certificate Programs
The certificate programs below are on hiatus and not accepting students at this time.

To be admitted to Crisis and Emergency Management, Environmental Management or Legal Compliance Management, certificate programs students must meet one or more of the following criteria:

1. Hold a master's degree from a regionally accredited institution
2. Score at least 500 on the GMAT; or
3. Hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with at least a 3.0 GPA in the last 60 credits.

Crisis and Emergency Management Certificate
The following courses must be completed with a 3.0 GPA to receive this certificate:

Crisis Management 1: Crisis, Contingency and Continuity GEB 6866 3
Crisis Management 2: Risk Management/Hazard Mitigation in Private Sector GEB 6867 3
Crisis Management 3: Disaster Recovery and Response in Private Sector GEB 6868 2
Crisis Management 4: Workplace Security GEB 6869 1
Special Topics GEB 6930 3

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Environmental Management Certificate
The following courses must be completed with a 3.0 GPA to receive this certificate:

Environmental Law, Regulation and Compliance GEB 6407 1
Global Mgmt. of Air, Land and Water GEB 6456 1
Ecosystem Management and Operations Ecology GEB 6448 1
Environmental Information Systems Management GEB 6517 1
Environmental Assessment GEB 6899 1
Special Topics GEB 6930 3
Corporate Management (Green Pinstripes) and Environmental Policy GEB 6944 2
Environmental Project Management GEB 6945 2

Legal Compliance Management Certificate
The following courses must be completed with a 3.0 GPA to receive this certificate:

Employment Practices, Risk Management and Legal Compliance BUL 6843 3
Corporate Governance & Compliance BUL 6872 3
Contractual Compliance BUL 6876 3
Principles and Practices of Enterprise Risk Management and Legal Compliance RMI 6346 3


Master of Health Administration

The Master of Health Administration (M.H.A.) is a 30-37 credit program that builds skills reflecting the latest in management and health care theory and practice. The M.H.A. program develops leaders who possess the values, knowledge and skills to achieve optimal delivery of healthcare. The program is designed for:

1. Recent graduates of health administration programs or business programs who want to further prepare for a non-clinical career in a health care or related field.

2. Graduates of clinical programs—medicine, physical therapy, nursing, etc.—who want to pursue a management career or who want to develop management skills.

3. Clinical practitioners and aspiring administrators seeking to make a career change or wanting to move into an administrative position.

4. People working in non-health fields who want to make a career change.

M.H.A. students gain a mastery of knowledge in healthcare administration varying from hospitals to nursing homes, outpatient clinics and assisted living facilities. Students gain understanding of patient demographics, health law, health insurance, systems organization, research, finance, health care technology and leading topics in today's healthcare industry. For more information, visit www.fau.edu/healthbusiness.

Admission Requirements
Applicants must meet the following qualifications:

1. A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution or its equivalent; and

2. A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the last 60 (or equivalent) credits of college coursework leading toward a bachelor's degree. Post-baccalaureate coursework from an AACSB-accredited business school not included in an advanced degree may be included in the calculation; and

3. A GMAT score of 500 or a GRE score of 1000 (verbal and quantitative sections only; 400 minimum on each section).* When evaluating GMAT scores, the admissions committee looks for a balance between verbal, quantitative and analytical writing strengths. All three components of the GMAT are required.

* The GMAT or GRE requirement is waived for licensed physicians (MDs, osteopathic physicians, dentists, chiropractic and pediatric physicians and others) who have completed a nationally recognized qualifying examination for admission to post-graduate training.

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Program Components
Foundation Requirements
Financial Accounting Concepts ACG 6027 3
Marketing Functions & Processes MAR 6055 3
The courses above are waived for students who have already taken them or similar courses as part of their undergraduate program, subject to program approval.
Core Courses
Graduate Business Communication Applications GEB 6215 3
Intro. to Health Care Systems HSA 6103 3
Planning and Marketing in Healthcare HSA 6108 3
Organizational Behavior in Healthcare HSA 6118 3
Health Policy HSA 6152 3
Healthcare Finance HSA 6175 3
Health Law HSA 6425 3
Research Methods for Healthcare Management HSA 6707 3
Total   24
Recommended Electives    
Students are encouraged to select two additional courses (6 credits) from the list below. Students may petition the program director if they want to satisfy their elective requirements with courses other than these.
Health Administration    
Current Topics in Health Care Management HSA 6937  
Business    
Entrepreneurial Skills for Managers
ENT 6226  
Human Resources Management MAN 6156  
Venture Creation
ENT 6016  
Data Analysis for Managers QMB 6603  
Nursing    
Influencing Health Care Policy Through Nursing Systems NGR 6190  
Public Administration    
Intro. to Public Administration PAD 6053  
Public Policy and Nonprofit Organizations PAD 6143  
Resource Development and Capital Campaigns PAD 6206  
Seminar in Grants Writing PAD 6233  
Social Work    
Advanced Health Practice and Policy SOW 6605  

Internship
Students who do not have sufficient prior work experience in healthcare, as defined below, are required to take GEB 6901 for 1 credit, in which they will perform an internship activity for about 15 hours per week during the semester. The internship will be approved by the instructor prior to registration and will meet the goal and one or more of the objectives stated below. The internship must be shown to accomplish at least one of objectives 1 through 3 below before it will be approved.

Internship Goal—To provide M.H.A. students with a practical learning experience within the management structure of a healthcare organization.

Internship Objectives—For M.H.A. students to:
1. Experience the interaction of patients, providers and payments;
2. Learn the nature of the interactions between sectors in the healthcare industry;
3. Function in the work environment of the healthcare sector of their career interest;
4. Make contacts that can help the student locate a job when they finish their degree.

The internship requirement may be waived if the student has acceptable prior job experience, which includes two years of supervisory or managerial experience in an organization that diagnoses, produces products for, treats or cares for frail, sick or injured people, or makes grants to or pays for care in such organizations. "Supervisory or managerial experience" means that the person had at least two employees reporting to her/him and the person had budgetary responsibility for a functional area.

Graduate Business Communication Applications
Students must register for GEB 6215 their first term in the main program. Students enrolling in only foundation-level courses are not required to register for GEB 6215 at that point, but they must register for it during the next semester in which they register for M.H.A. core or elective credits.

Disallowed Course Combinations
M.H.A. students may not take both HSA 6118 and MAN 6245 for credit toward the M.H.A. degree. However, MAN 6245 may be substituted for HSA 6118 in extraordinarily extenuating circumstances with approval of the program director and lead course instructor.

M.H.A. students may not take both HSA 6707 and SOW 6404 for credit toward the M.H.A. degree. However, SOW 6404 may be substituted for HSA 6707 in extraordinarily extenuating circumstances with approval of the program director and lead course instructor.

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Health Administration Certificate
Graduate students may earn a certificate in Health Administration with the successful completion of four courses from the choices below. If a student chooses this option, the courses used to earn the certificate cannot later be counted toward a Master of Health Administration degree.

Certificate Requirements    
Intro. to Healthcare Systems (required) HSA 6103  
One of the following:    
Planning and Marketing in Healthcare HSA 6108  
Organizational Behavior in Healthcare HSA 6118  
One of the following:    
Health Policy HSA 6152  
Health Law HSA 6425  
One of the following:    
Healthcare Finance HSA 6175  
Research Methods for Healthcare Management
HSA 6707
 


Master of Science with Major in International Business

This program is on hiatus and not currently admitting students.

The Master of Science (M.S.) with major in International Business is a 33-credit program that provides advanced specialized management education for students who want to pursue a career in businesses and organizations that are directly involved in global, cross-national production, trade and investment.

This M.S. is an 11-month program that combines a broad-based curriculum in international business, fluency in a second language and immersion in the southern rim of Europe and Latin America—currently in Spain and Brazil. It is designed to develop managers for the international business arena.

Coursework for the M.S. in International Business is offered in South Florida, Spain, Portugal, Brazil and other countries relevant to the multinational company. The program provides an opportunity to carry out research consulting projects in an international setting at the partner institutions of Florida Atlantic University. Substantial periods of study time are completed abroad during the course of the program.

Admission Requirements
Applicants must meet, at a minimum, the following academic qualifications:
1. A degree from an accredited institution.
2. A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the last 60 (or equivalent) credits of college coursework leading toward a bachelor's degree. Post-baccalaureate coursework from an AACSB-accredited business school not included in an advanced degree may be included in the calculation.
3. A minimum score of 500 on the GMAT.
4. A minimum of two years of professional experience or evidence through academic or professional experience indicating the potential to be successful in the rigorous M.S. in International Business program.
5. Evidence from prior coursework, international travel, living abroad and other experiences that demonstrate exposure to other cultures.
6. A TOEFL score of 550 (CBT 213) or higher for applicants whose second language is English, or a score of 220 or higher on the New York University Language Examination, or two years of college language courses in the chosen foreign language (intermediate level). Currently the program requires either Spanish or Portuguese in addition to English.

Program Components
The program consists of foundation, language, core and professional development.

Foundation Requirements
Each student will be required to complete courses that introduce the broad field of business administration. The Foundation courses are: Financial Accounting Concepts (ACG 6027); Financial Management (FIN 6406); Seminar in Modern Economic Concepts and Theories (ECO 6008); and Marketing Functions and Processes (MAR 6055). Students with a background in business may be exempted from Foundation courses if the credit evaluation shows a satisfactory mastery of the individual component.

Language Requirements
Each student must select a language track designed to enhance the ability to communicate effectively in the target language, i.e., Business Portuguese.

International Business Core
The core conveys the body of knowledge of international business management. The required courses are:
Accounting in International Business ACG 6276 3
The Economics of Emerging Markets ECS 6027 3
Entrepreneurial Consulting Project
ENT 6946 4
Advanced Financial Management FIN 6806 3
Cross-Cultural Management and Human Resources MAN 6609 3
International Business Operations MAN 6614 3
Advanced Marketing Management MAR 6815 3
Electives*   3
Language**   6
Total Required Credits   33

* In addition to core courses in finance and marketing, students will select an elective in either discipline depending on their interests. Courses will be chosen under the advisement of the program coordinator.
** Each student must complete a minimum of 6 credits in one language. English-speaking students must take either Portuguese or Spanish, while non-English-speaking students must take English.

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Master of Science with Major in Music Business Administration

The Master of Science (M.S.) degree program with a major in Music Business Administration is designed to prepare students for careers in the commercial music industry. The 36-credit degree program is a collaborative effort between the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters Department of Music and the College of Business Department of Management Programs.

Students are admitted to and enrolled in the College of Business while the academic direction of the music components are supervised by the School of Music. For admission to the program, review the admission requirements below.

Admission Requirements
The College of Business seeks a diverse, highly qualified group of graduate students. Applications are evaluated on several factors emphasizing prior academic performance, GMAT or GRE scores and the potential for scholarly and professional success. In addition to other requirements for admission to the Graduate College at FAU, to be considered for this master's program in the College of Business, applicants must:

  • Have earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university or the international equivalent.
  • Have a strong grade point average on all previous college work, though emphasis will be on the last 60 credits earned.
  • Submit a one-to-two page essay describing both the applicant's background and objectives for undertaking graduate study.
  • Submit an official, competitive score on a GMAT or GRE exam taken within five years. When evaluating test scores, the admissions committee looks for a balance between verbal, quantitative and analytical writing strengths. All three components are required.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must have a TOEFL score of at least 600 (paper), 250 (computer) or 100 (Internet).
  • Have all materials for the application complete and filed with FAU prior to the deadlines.             Deadlines for domestic admission: July 1 for fall, November 1 for spring and April 1 for summer. Deadlines for international admission: February 15 for fall, August 15 for
    spring and January 15 for summer.

Supplemental information that may be provided to highlight characteristics not evident in the required admissions materials includes:

  • A one-page résumé.
  • Letter(s) of recommendation from employers, faculty members or others who can attest to scholarly ability and/or agency.
  • A writing sample demonstrating analytical and explanatory skills.

The M.S. in Music Business Administration includes two years of full-time study and an ongoing internship. The ongoing internship consists of working in various capacities on the Department of Music's commercial record labels, Hoot and Wisdom. This degree program concludes with a thesis or project.

Program Sequence    
Semester 1 (Fall)    
Financial Accounting Concepts ACG 6027* 3
Advanced Entertainment Law BUL 6628 3
Marketing Functions and Processes MAR 6055* 3
Non-Credit Internship (Hoot/Wisdom)    
Total   9
Semester 2 (Spring)    
Financial Management FIN 6406* 3
Graduate Business Communication Applications GEB 6215 3
Advanced Legal Issues for the Musician MUM 6307 3
Non-Credit Internship (Hoot/Wisdom)    
Total   9
Semester 3 (Fall)    
Artist Management GEB 6057 2
Advanced Music Publishing and Copyright MUM 6306 2
Advanced Music Marketing and Public Relations MUM 6726 2
Elective (see list below)   3
Non-Credit Internship (Hoot/Wisdom)    
Thesis proposal process should be completed.
Total   9
Semester 4 (Spring)    
Master's Thesis MUS 6971 or MAN 6971 1-4
Management of Sport, Entertainment and Convention Facilities SPB 6306 2
Elective (see list below)   3
Total   9
Electives    
International Accounting ACG 6275 3
The Business of Motion Pictures GEB 6055 3
Contemporary Motion Picture Business Management GEB 6056 3
Human Resources Management MAN 6156 3
Advanced Promotional Strategy MAR 6336 3
Advanced Marketing Management MAR 6815 3
Developing/Marketing Innovations MAR 6837 3
Other related courses may be substituted via petition.
* Students with prior coursework in these areas may be exempt; in such cases, additional electives are required to obtain 36 required credits. Advanced-standing students exempt from 9 credits may apply 3 thesis credits toward electives.

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Doctoral program


Doctor of Philosophy with Major in Business Administration

The College of Business offers a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Business Administration with concentrations in Accounting, Information Technology and Operations Management, Finance, Management and Marketing. The doctoral program prepares students for university teaching and research. It consists of a set of tool courses (such as statistics and econometrics), a set of courses tailored to the student's concentration and a dissertation. Students accepted in the program are expected to enroll on a full-time basis (at least 9 credits in fall and spring and 6 credits in the summer). Students entering the doctoral program with a master's in Business Administration typically complete the requirements for the Ph.D. in Business Administration (excluding the dissertation) in 30 to 36 months and the dissertation in 12 to 18 months.

Admission Requirements
Admission to the program is restricted to students who show exceptionally high promise for mastering the conceptual and analytic tools required for doctoral study in business. Evidence of such promise shall be obtained by evaluation of previous graduate and undergraduate class standing, the score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), letters of recommendation and the applicant's statement of interest and goals. In addition, if feasible, applicants are interviewed either in person or by telephone. The criteria for admission include the following:

1. The student must satisfactorily meet the general University requirements for admission to graduate programs.

2. The student must hold a master's in a related discipline or an M.B.A. degree from an AACSB-accredited, graduate-level institution.

3. The student must present a minimum score of 600 on the GMAT, taken within the last five years.

4. An applicant whose native language is not English must present a minimum TOEFL score of 600 (CBT-250) and a minimum score of 250 on the Test of Spoken English (TSE).

An entering student is expected to be proficient in computer skills, calculus and statistics. An exceptionally qualified student with a master's degree in a non-business discipline may also enter the program, but must undertake additional work that is sufficient to establish knowledge of the material comprising the AACSB M.B.A. core requirements. The minimum criteria do not guarantee acceptance into the program, as enrollment in any year is limited. The application deadline is March 15 for admittance to the program the following fall.

Degree Requirements
1. Basic Tool Areas: Doctoral-level courses such as Statistics, Quantitative Methods and Economics.

2. Area of Concentration: Several courses are required in the student's area of concentration.

3. Comprehensive Examination: Students must pass a comprehensive examination to be administered in the area of specialization.

4. Dissertation: A minimum of 18 credits of dissertation must be taken, and the completed dissertation, reflecting an original contribution to knowledge, must be successfully defended.

5. A minimum of 80 credits is required (including dissertation credits).

6. To remain in good standing, Ph.D. students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale) on all courses taken for the doctoral program. If a Ph.D. student receives a grade of "C" or below in any course, the Ph.D. committee of professors within the student's area of concentration will decide whether any action (such as remedial coursework requirements, dismissal, etc.) should be taken.

Additional requirements may be necessary for students with insufficient backgrounds. More detailed information about requirements can be obtained from the Policy Manual for the Ph.D. program in the College of Business, and also from the Ph.D. advisor in the area of concentration the student is interested in pursuing.

Financial Assistance
There are a limited number of stipends ($18,000 per calendar year) awarded to admitted students for research or teaching assistantships. Students receiving stipends are required to maintain a full-time course load. Most first-year doctoral students serve as research assistants for 20 hours per week over each semester. Typically, students serve as research assistants in the first semester or two. The assistantship role typically shifts from research to teaching within the first year. Stipends are normally renewable for a maximum period of four years for students who remain in good standing and are making satisfactory progress toward the degree. Students receiving stipends are also eligible for tuition waivers that can cover most of the tuition.

Application Process and More Information
For details about admission and degree requirements for the Ph.D. degree in Business Administration, contact benson@fau.edu, 561-297-1176 or:

Judith Benson
Coordinator, College of Business Ph.D. Program
Florida Atlantic University, FW 101
777 Glades Road, P.O. Box 3091
Boca Raton, Florida 33431

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Marketing

Faculty:
Gray, J., Chair; Ciraldo, R.; Cohen, P.; Conte, B.; Doney, P.; Iyer, G.; Korgaonkar, P.; Koku, P.; Madanoglu, M.; Mangleburg, T.; Miller, J.; Mullen, M.; Ricci, P.; Root, A.; Sashi, C. M.; Shaw, E. H.; Smith, A. E.

The Department of Marketing offers programs of study that prepare students for responsible positions and professional careers in the growing fields of marketing and hospitality management.

Programs in Marketing provide students with an enduring base of knowledge and the ability to adapt new marketing practices as they continually evolve. The department offers a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Marketing, an online B.B.A. in Marketing, a B.B.A. in Hospitality Management and minors in Marketing and Hospitality Management. A variety of courses, offered day and evening, weekdays and weekends across multiple campuses, allow traditional and non-traditional students to tailor programs of study to meet their individual needs. A specialization in advertising is available for students interested in this discipline.

The Department of Marketing offers an array of professional development opportunities and support in producing scholarly research to faculty by providing an environment conducive to the growth and enrichment of a community of scholars. The Department of Marketing also provides consulting as well as a diversity of other professional services to the business and academic communities—locally, nationally and internationally.

Undergraduate Program in Marketing

Along with the University and College of Business degree requirements listed in the Degree Requirements section of this catalog, Marketing students must complete the requirements below.

Prerequisite Coursework for Transfer Students
Students transferring to Florida Atlantic University must complete both lower-division requirements (including the requirements of the Intellectual Foundations Program) and requirements for the college and major. Lower-division requirements may be completed through the A.A. degree from any Florida public college, university or community college or through equivalent coursework at another regionally accredited institution. Before transferring and to ensure timely progress toward the baccalaureate degree, students must also complete the prerequisite courses for their major as outlined in the Transfer Student Manual (see www.fau.edu/registrar/tsm.php).

All courses not approved by the Florida Statewide Course Numbering System that will be used to satisfy requirements will be evaluated individually on the basis of content and will require a catalog course description and a copy of the syllabus for assessment.

Pre-Business Foundation Coursework
These are previously listed under the heading Degree Requirements (B.B.A. and B.S.) and subheading Pre-Business Foundation Coursework in this section.

Business Core Requirements
These are previously listed under the heading Degree Requirements (B.B.A. and B.S.) and subheading College of Business Core in this section. Marketing Management (MAR 3023) is a business core requirement and a prerequisite for all 4000-level marketing courses.

Marketing Department Major Programs
Students who major in Marketing are required to take Marketing Strategy (MAR 4803) and four other marketing electives (15 total credits) beyond Marketing Management (MAR 3023). An advertising specialization is available. Students choosing advertising are required to take Principles of Advertising (MAR 3326) and Marketing Strategy (MAR 4803) and choose any three of the six courses listed below for the advertising specialization. A grade of "C" or better is required in all major courses.

General Marketing Major
Marketing Strategy MAR 4803 3
Plus the following 4:    
Marketing elective MAR 3
Marketing elective MAR 3
Marketing elective MAR 3
Marketing elective MAR 3
Advertising Major
Principles of Advertising MAR 3326 3
Marketing Strategy MAR 4803 3
Plus three of the following:    
Media Strategy and Tactics MAR 4331 3
Advertising Internship MAR 4940 3
Promotional Management MAR 4323 3
Direct Marketing MAR 4325 3
Creative Advertising Strategy:
Concepts and Design
MAR 4334 3
Marketing on the Internet MAR 4721 3

Marketing Minor

The Marketing minor is designed for non-Marketing Business majors requiring the Business core courses. Because part of the requirements include successful completion of the business core classes, the minor is usually not practical for majors in General Economics or Health Administration.

The Marketing minor requires MAR 4803 and two additional upper-division marketing or advertising courses (3000 level or above) with a grade of "C" or better. In cases where MAR 4803 is required for a major, an additional upper-division marketing course is required for the minor.

Courses used for the Marketing minor may not count toward other business major or College core requirements. A minimum of 6 credits must be taken in residence at FAU. The acknowledgment of the minor is official upon successful completion of a College of Business degree program.

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Undergraduate Program in Hospitality Management

The Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) in Hospitality Management program prepares students for management positions in multiple segments of the world's largest industry. Graduates assume managerial roles in varied hospitality disciplines including: resorts, hotels, restaurants, private clubs, meeting and event planning corporations, destination marketing organizations, convention centers, cruise lines, casinos, theme parks, car rental agencies, sports facilities, spas, entertainment venues and vacation ownership or fractional ownership operations. Minors in Hospitality Management are also available.

Potential careers within the hospitality industry include positions in a wide assortment of disciplines, including but not limited to: sales and marketing, revenue management, human resource management, business operations, planning and development, real estate and food and beverage management.

Students will gain a solid education in the various core disciplines of business administration combined with foundational knowledge specific to hospitality management.

Degree Requirements

In addition to the University and College of Business degree requirements listed in the Degree Requirements section of this catalog, Hospitality Management students must complete the following requirements for the major.

Prerequisite Coursework for Transfer Students
Students transferring to Florida Atlantic University must complete both lower-division requirements (including the requirements of the Intellectual Foundations Program) and requirements for the college and major. Lower-division requirements may be completed through the A.A. degree from any Florida public college, university or community college or through equivalent coursework at another regionally accredited institution. Before transferring and to ensure timely progress toward the baccalaureate degree, students must also complete the prerequisite courses for their major as outlined in the Transfer Student Manual (see www.fau.edu/registrar/tsm.php).

All courses not approved by the Florida Statewide Course Numbering System that will be used to satisfy requirements will be evaluated individually on the basis of content and will require a catalog course description and a copy of the syllabus for assessment.

Required
Introduction to Hospitality Management HFT 3003 3
Principles of Hospitality Law HFT 3603 3
Excellence in Guest Service Management HFT 4240 3
Performance Analysis for Hospitality Managers HFT 4453 3
Hospitality Marketing and Revenue Management Practices HFT 4503 3
Field Experience in Hospitality HFT 4941 0
Select two of the following
Human Resources Management
for the Hospitality Industry
HFT 3221 3
Principles of Food and Beverage Management HFT 3263 3
Excellence in Guest Service Management HFT 4240 3
Meetings and Events Management HFT 3741 3
Fundamentals of Lodging Management HFT 4253 3
International Field Experience in Hospitality Management HFT 4955 3
(Change effective fall 2011.)

Hospitality Management majors must take ECS 3013, ECO 4713 or ECO 4704 as part of their Business core to satisfy both the Economics and International Perspective requirements of the College.

Hospitality Management Minor for Business Majors

Students seeking a major in the College of Business other than Hospitality Management may concurrently earn a minor in Hospitality Management. To earn the minor, students must complete 9 credits with a grade of "C" or better from the following courses and must receive an "S" (satisfactory) in HFT 4941. No classes used for the minor may apply toward business major or core course requirements (except as a business elective).

Required
Introduction to Hospitality Management HFT 3003 3
Field Experience in Hospitality HFT 4941 0
Select two of the following
Human Resources Management
for the Hospitality Industry
HFT 3221 3
Principles of Food and Beverage Management HFT 3263 3
Excellence in Guest Service Management HFT 4240 3
Principles of Hospitality Law HFT 3603 3
Hospitality Marketing and Revenue Management Practices HFT 4503 3
Performance Analysis for Hospitality Managers HFT 4453 3
Meetings and Events Management HFT 3741 3
Fundamentals of Lodging Management HFT 4253 3
International Field Experience in Hospitality Management HFT 4955 3

Of the nine credits, at least six must be earned from FAU (change effective spring 2011). At least two of the three HFT courses (6 credits) and 50 percent of the field experience (500 hours of industry work experience) must be completed while enrolled at FAU. Successful completion of the minor also requires the successful completion of all coursework in the student's chosen major degree program.

Hospitality Management Minor for Non-Business Majors

Students seeking a major in a college other than the College of Business may concurrently earn a minor in Hospitality Management. To earn the minor, students must complete 15 credits with a grade of "C" or better from the following courses and must receive an "S" (satisfactory) in HFT 4941. (Changes effective immediately.)

Required
Principles of Accounting 1
(Financial Accounting)
ACG 2021 3
Business Law 1 BUL 4421 3
Introduction to Hospitality Management HFT 3003 3
Field Experience in Hospitality HFT 4941 0
Select two four of the following
Human Resources Management
for the Hospitality Industry
HFT 3221 3
Principles of Food and Beverage Management HFT 3263 3
Excellence in Guest Service Management HFT 4240 3
Principles of Hospitality Law HFT 3603 3
Hospitality Marketing and Revenue Management Practices HFT 4503 3
Performance Analysis for Hospitality Managers HFT 4453 3
Meetings and Events Management HFT 3741 3
Fundamentals of Lodging Management HFT 4253 3
International Field Experience in Hospitality Management HFT 4955 3

Of the 15 required credits, 12 must be earned from FAU. At least two of the three HFT courses (6 credits) and 50 percent of the field experience (500 hours of industry work experience) must be completed while enrolled at FAU. Successful completion of the minor also requires the successful completion of all coursework in the student's chosen major degree program

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Link to Course Descriptions for the College of Business