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Masters of Business Administration Program

Dr. Bill Taylor, Dean
Sininger Hall, Room 235
FAX: 505-454-3354

  • The Department of Business Administration

    The School of Business, Media and Technology promotes best professional practices, preparing students for successful careers and future academic endeavors.  Our active learning environment supports critical and creating thinking, cultivating ethical problem solvers.

    Vision Statement
    The School of Business, Media and Technology will be the premier school in the southwest, preparing students to become successful and respected professionals.  We strive to extend frontiers of knowledge to solve complex problems. 

    New Mexico Highlands University Mission
    New Mexico Highlands University is a public comprehensive university serving our local and global communities. Our mission is to provide opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to attain an exceptional education by fostering creativity, critical thinking and research in the liberal arts, sciences, and professions within a diverse community. For more information about our mission, click here.

    The Department of Business Administration

    The Department of Business Administration is accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) to offer the master of business administration (MBA) degree with concentrations in accounting, finance, human resource management, international business, management and marketing.   

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    The MBA is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) as an online degree.  Students can be physically located anywhere in the world and complete the MBA degree from New Mexico Highlands University. 

    Mission of the Department of Business Administration
    The Department of Business Administration is committed to the success of our students and to the highest observance of our professional accreditation standards.  The department’s goal is to be the best small business department in the Southwest, preparing students to be confident, competent, ethical, and responsible business decision-makers, managers, leaders, and agents of economic and social betterment in today’s changing global business environment. 

    Vision Statement
    The Department of Business Administration provides an inspiring multicultural learning environment that promotes excellence, empowerment, transformation, and global understanding.

    Core Values

    • Advancement of knowledge
    • Active leaning
    • Student success
    • Diversity of ideas
    • Accessible education
    • Community
    • Individual well-being
    • Sustainable practices
    • Multiculturalism


    Tracy Armijo, MBA, CPA (Accounting) 

    Ali Arshad, Ph.D. (Economics & Finance)

    Chien-Chun Chen, Ph.D. (Marketing) 

    Nicolas Leger, JD (Business Law & Management) 

    Emmanuel Nkwenti-Zamcho, DBA (International Business & Management) 

    Luis Ortiz, Ph.D. (Management & International Business) 

    Rod Sanchez, Ph.D. (Management) 

    Mary Romero, MBA, retired CPA (Accounting) 

    Charles Swim, DBA (Management)  

    William Taylor. Ph.D. (Economics) 

    Keith Tucker, ABD (Management) 

    Kent Tucker, DBA (Finance)

    Resources and Facilities

    NMHU Campus
    The MBA degree is available live at the main campus.  Department of Business Administration classroom facilities and faculty offices are located in Sininger Hall on the NMHU campus directly across the quadrangle from Thomas C. Donnelly Library. Distance education-equipped classrooms are available in the building.  High speed wireless internet and networked computer facilities are located throughout the campus, which provide student access to online classes and course materials. 

    Distance Education
    Our MBA degree and concentrations are also offered completely online.   

    NMHU Center/Sites
    The MBA degree is offered on site at the main campus and online elsewhere.  Business faculty are available for student advising on main campus in Las Vegas and at the Rio Rancho center.  

    Requirements for admission to the MBA Program:

    1. Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA in undergraduate coursework to be admitted to the MBA program.  However, students with a GPA between 2.8 – 3.0 may be provisionally admitted if space is available.  Students provisionally admitted with low GPA must earn a minimum 3.0 GPA in their first 12 credit hours to remain in the program.

    2. Students with an undergraduate degree in a field other than business are required to complete a proficiency course, BUS 500, to establish an appropriate background for graduate work in business administration.  Students must take BUS 500 in their first semester of coursework.

    3. All students are expected to have computer proficiency and be able to use basic tools of business: word processing and spreadsheets.  Students lacking these skills are advised to take classes in these areas. 


    Master of Business Administration (MBA)
    The master of business administration is a 36 credit hour program for students with a background in business.  Students lacking undergraduate coursework in business must also take a proficiency course, BUS 500 Principles of Business Administration, in their first semester.  A minimum of at least 30 credit hours must be taken in courses restricted to graduate students. The program prepares students for leadership positions in business, government, or nonprofit organizations.  Students leave prepared for careers in various aspects of managment.  

    Our program utilizes an intensive problem-solving approach, featuring case studies and simulations across the spectrum of decision areas within business organizations and emphasizing the integrative nature and teamwork aspects of managerial responsibilities. 

    Dual Master’s Degrees in Business and Social Work
    Highlands University allows students to complete Masters Degrees in Social Work (MSW) and Business Administration (MBA) with minimal overlap. Interested students should refer to the catalog section for the School of Social Work. 

    Exit Requirements for Completing the MBA Degree
    During the last semester of MBA coursework, all students must take MGMT 689 Business Strategy.  MGMT 689 is the MBA capstone course, which focuses on the application of business concepts to management problems. 

    Required courses: 27 credit hours 

    Proficiency Course: MBA students lacking or with limited undergraduate coursework in business must take BUS 500 Principles of Business Administration in addition to the required business core courses. 

    Required Core:


    MGMT 601 Quantitative Methods (3) 

    MGMT 604 Business Research Methods (3) 

    ACCT 605 Financial Accounting (3) * 

    ECON 608 Managerial Economics (3) 

    FIN 607 Managerial Finance (3) 

    BLAW 639 Law and Ethics in Bus (3) 

    MKTG 684 Marketing Management (3) 

    MGMT 621 Business and Society (3) 

    MGMT 689 Business Strategy (3) (taken in last semester) 

    *ACCT 605 is not required for students in the accounting concentration

    Core Total:  27 credit hours 

    Students must choose an MBA concentration from one of the following areas:

    Concentration in Accounting

    Proficiency Courses: Students must have a demonstrated proficiency in the following two courses; the courses may be assigned or waived depending on the student’s prior coursework: ACCT 387 Intermediate Accounting 1 (3) and ACCT 388 Intermediate Accounting 2 (3).

    Required Courses for Concentration in Accounting
    Required Courses: 6 credit hours
    ACCT 687 Advanced Accounting (3)
    ACCT 685 Financial Statement Analysis (3)

    Elective Courses: 6 credit hours from the following:
    ACCT 510 Accounting Technology (3)
    ACCT 592 Auditing (3)
    ACCT 589 Governmental Accounting (3) 

    Concentration Total: 12 credit hours  

    Core: 24 credit hours 

    Program Total: 36 graduate-level credit hours 


    Concentration in Finance

    Required Courses: 9 credit hours 

    FIN 505 Financial Markets & Institutions (3) 

    FIN 609 Investments (3)
    ACCT 685 Financial Statement Analysis (3)


    Concentration Total: 9 credit hours 

    Core: 27 credit hours 

    Program Total: 36 credit hours 

    Concentration in International Business

    Required Courses: 9 credit hours

    FIN 575 International Finance (3)
    INTB 640 International Business (3)
    MKTG 574 International Marketing (3) 

    Concentration Total: 9 credit hours 

    Core: 27 credit hours 

    Program Total: 36 credit hours 

    Concentration in Human Resources Management

    Required Courses: 9 credit hours

    MGMT 664 Organizational Theory (3) 

    MGMT 665 Personnel Practices and the Law (3) 

    MGMT 687 Human Resources Management (3)


    Concentration Total: 9 credit hours 

    Core: 27 credit hours 

    Program Total: 36 credit hours 

    Concentration in MSW/MBA Human Resources Management 

    Required Courses: 9 credit hours 

    MGMT 664 Organizational Theory (3) OR
    SW 664 Organizational Theory (3)
    MGMT 665 Personnel Practices and the Law (3)
    MGMT 687 Human Resources Management (3)

    Concentration Total: 9 credit hours
    Core: 27 credit hours
    Program Total: 36 credit hours 

    Concentration in Management

    Required Courses: 9 credit hours 

    MGMT 664 Organizational Theory (3)

    MIS 580 Project Management (3) 

    MKTG 651 Managerial Approach to Internet Marketing Strategies (3)  

    Concentration Total: 
     9 credit hours 

    Core: 27 credit hours 

    Program Total: 36 credit hours 


    Concentration in Marketing

    Required Courses: 9 credit hours 

    MKTG 515 Consumer Behavior (3)

    MKTG 651 Managerial Approach to Internet Marketing Strategies (3) 

    MKTG 573 Advertising (3)


    Concentration Total: 9 credit hours 

    Core: 27 credit hours 

    Program Total: 36 credit hours 


    Certificate in Accounting (graduate)  

    Proficiency Courses:

    Students must have a demonstrated proficiency in the following courses; the courses may be assigned or waived depending on the student’s prior coursework: 


    ACCT 387 Intermediate Accounting 1 (3) 

    ACCT 388 Intermediate Accounting 2 (3) 

    Certificate Courses:  18 credit hours

    Choose six courses from the following list

    ACCT 605 Financial Accounting (3) 

    ACCT 687 Advanced Accounting (3) 

    ACCT 510 Accounting Technology (3) 

    ACCT 592 Auditing (3) 

    ACCT 589 Governmental Accounting (3) 

    ACCT 685 Financial Statement Analysis (3) 

    BLAW 639 Law & Ethics in Business (3) 

    Certificate: 18 graduate-level credit hours 

    Certificate in Finance: (Graduate) 

    Choose six courses from the following: 

    FIN 505 Financial Markets & Institutions (3) 

    FIN 607 Managerial Finance (3) 

    FIN 609 Investments (3) 

    FIN 575 International Finance (3) 

    ACCT 605 Financial Accounting (3) 

    ACCT 685 Financial Statement Analysis (3) 

    ECON 608 Managerial Economics (3) 

    Certificate:  18 credit hours

    Certificate in Human Resources Management: (Graduate)

    Required Courses:  12 credit hours 

    MGMT 621 Business and Society (3) 

    MGMT 664 Organizational Theory (3) 

    MGMT687 Human Resources Management (3) 

    MGMT 665 Personnel Practices and the Law (3) 

    Elective Courses:  6 credit hours 

    Choose two graduate-level business courses in consultation with an adviser. 

    Certificate: 18 credit hours

    Certificate in Media Marketing: 18 credit hours

    Required Courses:  12 credit hours 

    MKTG 573 Advertising (3) 

    MKTG 515 Consumer Behavior (3) 

    MKTG 651 Internet Marketing Strategies (3) 

    MKTG 684 Marketing Management (3) 

    Elective Courses:  6 credit hours 

    Choose two graduate-level business courses in consultation with an adviser. 

    Certificate: 18 credit hours 

    Certificate:  18 credit hours 

    Accounting, Courses in (ACCT) 

    ACCT 510. Accounting Technology (3); Fa, Sp
    A study of computerized financial accounting technology using integrated accounting systems.

    ACCT 589. Governmental Accounting (3); Sp
    Principles and procedures in governmental and institutional units and fiduciaries. Prerequisite: ACCT 287 or permission of instructor.

    ACCT 592. Auditing (3); Sp
    This course covers techniques of auditing procedures, with a focus on analyzing and successfully completing auditing cases. Prerequisite: ACCT 387, 388, 392 or equivalent.

    ACCT 605. Financial Accounting (3); Fa, Sp, Su
    The organization and analysis of financial accounting information.

    ACCT 685. Financial Statement Analysis (3); Sp
    The core objective of this course is to teach students how to read and interpret a firm’s 10-K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). A firm’s 10-K filing is the most comprehensive, publicly available, and audited report of a firm’s financial and operating87 activities.

    ACCT 687. Advanced Accounting Topics (3); Sp
    Advanced topics in accounting with emphasis on consolidated financial statements and partnerships.

    General Business (BUS), Courses in 

    BUS 500. Principles of Business Administration (3); Fa, Sp, Su
    This course provides an introduction to principles of management, information systems and marketing for students who have not taken these courses in their undergraduate preparation. Those students must take this course in their first semester.  The course is not required for students with undergraduate degrees in business.

    Business Law (BLAW), Courses in 

    BLAW 639. Law and Ethics in Business (3); Fa, Sp, Su
    A study of legal and ethical concepts that influence and guide business activity in the United States.

    Economics (ECON), Courses in 

    ECON 608. Managerial Economics (3); Fa, Sp, Su 
    The course emphasizes the application of micro-economic theory to business management and strategy. Key course concepts include marginal analysis, prices and the allocation of resources, cost analysis, market structures, and information.

    ECON 609. Public Economics (3); Var
    Public economics is the study of government’s effect on the economy. The primary focus of this course is on the provision and financing of government services. Key concepts covered in the class include the cost of providing government services, pricing government services, cost-benefit analysis, intergovernmental finance, and tax theory and practice.

    Finance (FIN), Courses in 

    FIN 505. Financial Markets and Institutions (3); Fa
    This course focuses on the use of financial markets by the private and public sectors and the facilitating role played by intermediary agents. The course relies on the basic tools of micro- and macroeconomics theory in the study of private and public financial behavior and the problems posed for public policy.

    FIN 575. International Financial Management (3); Fa, Sp 
    An overview of the workings of trade and finance in an international setting. Particular attention is given to handling problems associated with exchange rate movements, sources of funds for overseas operations and investments, and criteria to judge foreign investment opportunities.

    FIN 607. Managerial Financial (3); Fa, Sp
    A study of the tools and techniques used in financial management. Analysis of financial needs, acquisition of financial resources, and allocation of funds are covered in readings, case problems, and class discussions.

    FIN 609. Investments (3); Fa, Sp
    Provides an understanding of investment history, practices and the various types of securities traded in financial markets.  It focuses on investment strategies, portfolio construction and management

    International Business (INTB), Courses in 

    INTB 580. Doing Business in the Spanish-Speaking World (3); Var
    The goal of this course is to expose students to how business is conducted in different Spanish-speaking countries. The course requires students and their professor to visit numerous businesses as well as major cultural destinations in the country. The course exposes students to various kinds of business, but focuses on those involved in international commerce. Students are required to observe, describe and analyze major factors affecting business in the country and propose courses of action that business should consider to effectively compete in international markets.

    INTB 640. International Business (3); Fa
    This course introduces MBA students to key elements of international business, including factors influencing management decision making in an international setting. It explores managerial response to the economics, political, cultural, and social factors shaping business and contrasts the success potential and operations of internationally focused companies to those that are solely focused on the domestic market.

    Management (MGMT), Courses in 

    MGMT 531. Entrepreneurial Forum (3); Fa, Sp
    Ownership and operation of one’s own business is an overwhelming drive for many people.  This course explores starting a business, including understanding the right questions to ask about all aspects of business operations, such as financing, buying, sales and marketing, cost considerations, cash conversion concepts, product and service delivery, customer service, personnel issues, pricing policies, accounting and financial record keeping, and reporting for start-up purposes and for planning for future success.

    MGMT 553. Organizational Leadership (3); Fa, Sp
    This course is designed to address the fundamental aspects of leading and motivating people. It includes understanding and working with people individually, as well as in groups. Students study high performance organizations and challenges of leading change in organizations and identify their own leadership traits.

    MGMT 601. Quantitative Methods (3); Fa, Sp, Su 
    This course introduces graduate students to quantitative and qualitative analytical techniques used in contemporary business research.

    MGMT 604. Business Research Methods (3); Fa, Sp, Su
    This course applies quantitative and qualitative techniques used in business and economics research.  Students conceptualize, plan, and implement a formal research project using standard research methodology, Students analyze and discuss results in a formal technical report.

    MGMT 621. Business and Society (3); Fa, Sp, Su
    This course is a study of opinions of “right and wrong” as applied to the institutional behavior of the private sector (i.e. corporations, privately owned business).  It is appropriate, and important, to ask “normative” questions about the private sector since it is one of the most powerful forces in our contemporary global society.  Yet, the private sector is a fairly new phenomena for human society and we are just beginning to examine questions of ethics and social responsibility regarding business decisions and actions.

    MGMT 664. Organizational Theory (3); Fa, Sp
    Analysis of formal organizations and informal relationships among individuals and small groups. This course stresses the study of business organization as a system of authority and status, control and communication, decision-making centers, and leadership positions. Use is made of cases and research studies.

    MGMT 665. Personnel Practices and the Law (3); Fa, Sp
    This course addresses the increasing role of the law in personnel functions by familiarizing students with the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and personnel law. Such topics as the Family Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act will be discussed as they relate to personnel practices.

    MGMT 687. Human Resources Management (3); Fa, Sp
    The study of human resources management issues, including management theory, and labor law from the manager’s perspective.

    MGMT 689. Business Strategy (3); Fa, Sp, Su
    A case approach to concepts of corporate strategy and organizational planning. Must be taken in the last semester of the program. Each student must complete an individual case analysis and present it to his or her orals committee as a final requirement for the degree. Prerequisite: ACCT 606, FIN 607, MKTG 684, MGMT 664, MGMT 604, or permission of instructor.

    Management Information Systems (MIS), Courses in 

    MIS 580. Project Management (3); Fa, Sp
    This course will cover project management methodologies and techniques used by industry leaders.  Furthermore, students will participate in class discussions about ‘real-world’ work related situations that involve innovation, problem solving, and effective project management.  MIS 580 will feature a series of case studies that will present students with various business scenarios related to course content.

    Marketing (MKTG), Courses in 

    MKTG 515. Consumer Behavior (3); Sp
    A seminar studying how individuals make buying decisions. It focuses on the psychological, sociological, behavioral, and cultural aspects of the buying decision and on how firms can use this information to sell more effectively in the marketplace. The course will emphasize current research in the field of consumer behavior.

    MKTG 546. Social Media (3), Sp
    Social media represents one of the most significant changes in consumer media behavior hi history, resulting in fundamental shifts in the way marketers communicate and interact with consumers.  This course provides the practical knowledge and insights required to establish objectives and strategies, properly select the social media platforms to engage consumers, and monitor and measure the results of these efforts.

    MKTG 573. Advertising (3); Fa, Sp
    This course examines the role of advertising and promotion in a firm’s integrated marketing communications strategy.  Traditional advertising functions and strategies are analyzed along with new forms of advertising and promotion driven by changing technology.

    MKTG 574. International Marketing (3); Sp 
    Objectives, problems, and challenges facing those who engage in marketing operations in foreign countries. Foreign marketing organizations, cultural dynamics, trade channels, the legal environment, and political considerations are examined.

    MKTG 651. Managerial Approach to Internet Marketing Strategies (3); Fa, Sp 
    This course focuses on a managerial approach to internet marketing strategies. Students will be introduced to the most current managerial tactics and trends in the field of internet marketing.  Students will gain an appreciation for consumer behavior in a digital world, communication via traditional and emerging media, business analytics, strategic planning, problem solving and decision making.

    MKTG 684. Marketing Management (3); Fa, Sp, Su 
    The approaches and problems of marketing decision making, considered from the standpoint of the marketing manager.