Management and Business Courses

The world is faster-paced and more connected than ever before. So, today's business and management professionals need to be prepared for a more complex global economy. DeVry's business and management courses have a strong theoretical foundation while applying modern, practical approaches to issues found in the modern workplace. Throughout your coursework, you can tackle current case studies, the latest tools and practical real-world scenarios to reach informed business solutions. Our classes include topics related to business administration, marketing, human resources (HR), management, finance and much more. With DeVry, you'll be empowered to take your next step in business.

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Business Courses

Introduction to Business and Technology^
Credit Hours: 3

Businesses and how they operate are the focus of this course.

  • Study major business functions and how they relate
  • Examine organizational theories and techniques
  • Evaluate factors that affect organizations, including economy, culture, politics and technology


Marketing Fundamentals*^
Credit Hours: 3

Learn the basics of marketing and how they apply to business. Theory and systems taught in the course include:

  • Determining market needs and identifying customers
  • Communicating the value of products and services
  • How marketing affects business goals
  • Other topics including market research, branding and social responsibility


Customer Relations*
Credit Hours: 4

This course helps students understand the role and value of customer relations programs.

  • Examine various program components and structures
  • Explore customer relations as an effective sales technique
  • Develop communication, listening and conflict resolution skills


Budgeting and Forecasting*
Credit Hours: 4

In this course, you can learn to design and execute a departmental budget that includes:

  • Various processes to account for resource expenditures
  • A long-range budget forecast
  • An analysis of the forecast on departmental planning


Contemporary Business
Credit Hours: 3

This course provides an overview of business principles and theory. Students explore how companies respond to competitive environments and constant change. Themes include:

  • Management roles and responsibilities
  • Business functions: finance, accounting, marketing, human resources and more
  • Ethics and social responsibility
  • Operating in local and global economies

PREREQUISITE(S): Successful completion of 60 semester credit hours

Credit Hours: 3

Study marketing principles and strategies in this course. Students apply concepts to products and services in a variety of industries. Topics include:

  • Market information and product life cycles
  • Relationship between marketing and operations
  • Product design and production
  • Forecasting techniques
  • Selling skills


Business Analysis*
Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces the techniques used in business analysis. Course topics include:

  • Business structures, operations, processes and systems
  • Needs assessments
  • Data collection, synthesis and analysis
  • Case studies for a variety of business challenges

PREREQUISITE(S): Successful completion of 56 semester-credit hours and MATH221 or MATH226

International Business*^
Credit Hours: 4

Key concepts in global business are explored in this course. Study culture, politics, economics, legal systems and their impact on international markets. Other topics include:

  • International business issues and trends
  • Monetary systems
  • Trade policies and institutions
  • Regional economic integration


Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces corporate financial structure. Spreadsheet software packages are used to analyze data and solve problems. Topics include:

  • Basic capital budgeting techniques
  • Discounted cash flow analysis
  • Funds sources and financial resource allocation


Business Policy*^
Credit Hours: 4

This course uses case studies and simulations to help students develop strategic plans. Learn about strategic management principles and policies, including:

  • Organizational vision and mission
  • Analyzing industries and competition
  • Creating and implementing strategies
  • Strategic leadership

PREREQUISITE(S): Successful completion of 80 semester-credit hours.

Senior Project^*
Credit Hours: 3

This course is a team project for a real-world problem in a client-based environment.

  • Students apply knowledge and skills. These include problem-solving, critical thinking, research, teamwork, and oral and written communication
  • Assignments build upon competencies developed in prior coursework

This course must be taken at DeVry.

PREREQUISITE(S): Successful completion of 89 semester-credit hours and permission from the appropriate academic administrator

Business Information Systems Courses

Data Analysis with Spreadsheets with Lab^
Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on analyzing business situations using current spreadsheet software. Using data derived from real-world business situations, students learn to use appropriate spreadsheet software features to organize, analyze and present data, as well as to make business decisions.


Database Essentials for Business with Lab*^
Credit Hours: 4

Students in this course learn to design relational databases and to build database applications, including tables, queries, forms, reports and macros. Also addressed is implementation of basic database security, backup and recovery procedures. Generating reports and meeting business requirements are emphasized.


Business Intelligence and Analytics Management Courses

Introduction to Business Analytics
Credit Hours: 3

This course provides an overview of methods used by organizations to create, collect, and use data.  Analytical methods and tools that transform data into information for improved business decision-making are also covered. Methods for basic statistical analysis, linear regression, optimization, and data visualization are introduced using spreadsheets and other analytics software.


Managerial Applications of Business Analytics*
Credit Hours: 4

This course examines major themes of business intelligence and business analytics. Through case studies, students explore how analytics impact organizational management in today’s data-rich environment. Coursework addresses implementing business analytics techniques, business modeling, data sources, the business analyst’s role in the organization, business process modeling, key performance indicators, use of data warehouses and data mining.


Applied Business Analytics*
Credit Hours: 4

This course examines use of optimized modeling techniques, including break-even analysis, optimization modeling, sensitivity analysis, linear programming, network models, regression, time series analysis, decision-making under uncertainty and simulation models.


Database Concepts in Business Intelligence*
Credit Hours: 4

This course explores designing, developing, implementing and using a database to derive business intelligence solutions. Topics include roles, responsibilities, object relational impedance mismatch, data warehousing, online analytical processing and implementation of data mining tools. Case studies focusing on analyzing and interpreting data to support decision-making are used.


Introduction to Internet Analytics*
Credit Hours: 4

This course focuses on analyzing and interpreting data to support decision-making for planning and performance assessment. Students are introduced to data sources such as web logs, big data, social data (e.g., emails, blogs, tweets), common key performance indicators and Internet analytics tools.


Economics Courses

Principles of Economics^
Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces basic concepts and issues in microeconomics and macroeconomics. Topics include: • Microeconomic concepts, such as supply and demand and the theory of the firm. These concepts serve as foundations for analyzing macroeconomic issues

  • Macroeconomic topics including:
    • Gross domestic product (GDP)
    • Fiscal and monetary policy
    • International trade and exchange rates
    • Analyzing and applying economic variables to real-world scenarios

PREREQUISITE(S): ENGL112 or ENGL113; and MATH114 or MATH116

Finance Courses

Investment Fundamentals and Security Analysis*
Credit Hours: 4

This course introduces security analysis and valuation, and how to make investment decisions. Topics include:

  • The nature of securities and how they operate
  • The mechanics and costs of trading
  • The relationship between risk and return
  • Equity and fixed income securities
  • Portfolio diversification


Money and Banking*
Credit Hours: 4

This course introduces the global financial system. Subjects focus on the role of financial services companies in money and capital markets. Other topics include:

  • The nature of money and credit
  • U.S. banking systems
  • Central bank policies and controls
  • Funds acquisitions, investments and credit extension


Financial Statement Analysis*
Credit Hours: 4

This course covers financial statement analysis and interpretation. This includes:

  • Techniques used to analyze and interpret financial statements
  • How to judge a firm's financial strength and income potential
  • How to determine a firm's working capital requirements and debt-paying ability


Fixed Income Securities Analysis*
Credit Hours: 4

This course introduces the role of fixed-income securities in corporate finance. There is a focus on trading fixed-income securities, along with bond prices and yields. Course topics are:

  • Debt market structure
  • Yield spreads and measures
  • Bond investment risk and redemption
  • Interest rate term structure and volatility
  • Mortgage-backed securities and asset-backed securities


Hospitality Management Courses

Introduction to Hospitality Management*
Credit Hours: 4

This course introduces the major fields in hospitality. These are lodging, meetings/events, restaurants, casinos and tourism. Operations and management are covered in the context of history, society and leadership.


Foundations of Hotel Management*
Credit Hours: 4

This course is about the history and current state of the lodging industry. It covers management, economics and hotel operations, including:

  • Reservation systems
  • Staffing
  • Housekeeping, security and maintenance operations


Meetings and Events Management*
Credit Hours: 4

This course introduces one of the fastest growing segments in hospitality, event management. The class covers the diverse demands those who plan and run events and conventions. You will learn various event models, and explore:

  • Sponsorships
  • Venues and convention bureaus
  • Staffing, contracted services, finance and exhibit coordination
  • Legal and marketing considerations


Restaurant Management*
Credit Hours: 4

This course introduces restaurant operations and management. The course covers both startup and established restaurant models. Topics include concept, marketing, menus and service. There is an emphasis on financial management. This includes pricing, budgets, payroll, fixed assets, leasing and cash flow.


Food Safety and Sanitation*
Credit Hours: 4

This course covers food safety, sanitation and food service operations. The 2001 FDA Food Code is the basis for the course material. Topics are:

  • Management of sanitation
  • Unsafe food factors, food-borne illnesses and food safety regulations
  • Food production
  • The Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point system
  • Accident and crisis management
  • Employee training
  • Facilities and equipment cleaning and sanitation


Casino Management*
Credit Hours: 4

This course introduces essential elements of casino operations. Topics include operating conditions and management responsibilities, as well as:

  • The mathematics and statistics of games and casinos
  • Gaming history and regulations
  • Modern gaming laws
  • Taxes and accounting
  • Reporting and controls


Tourism Management*
Credit Hours: 4

This course introduces the growing tourism industry, including:

  • Management challenges and responsibilities
  • Major tourism delivery systems
  • The social and behavioral aspects of tourism
  • Supply and demand
  • Forecasting demand, revenue and yield


Human Resource Management Courses

Employment Law*
Credit Hours: 4

This course covers federal and state laws and regulations that affect human resources. Topics include:

  • Equal employment opportunity
  • Employment agreements
  • Wage and overtime payment


Labor Relations*
Credit Hours: 4

This course is about the evolution between corporate management and labor, including:

  • The American labor movement
  • Federal and state labor laws
  • Collective bargaining, mediation and work stoppage


Human Resource Information Systems*
Credit Hours: 4

This course uses technology to develop, manage and store human resource (HR) information. You will use hardware and software options available for managing HR. Using the technology, you will perform various HR functions.


Strategic Staffing*
Credit Hours: 4

Learn to develop a strategic structure for human resources to achieve organizational goals. As part of this course, you can learn to recruit, select, train and retain employees.


Training and Development*
Credit Hours: 4

This course focuses on organizational training and development. The material explores strategies for both individuals and the organization. The class covers all phases of organizational development, from needs to outcomes.


Compensation and Benefits*
Credit Hours: 4

This course focuses on how organizations effectively use pay systems and benefit plans. This includes:

  • Pay systems design, analysis and evaluation
  • Legally-required and voluntary benefit options


Leadership Courses

Leadership and Facilitating Change+
Credit Hours: 3

This course examines critical thinking skills needed to develop leadership skills and facilitate change within professional communities. Students will:

  • Analyze various complex professional issues
  • Use information literacy to source and leverage information
  • Communicate problem-solving techniques


Communication for a Diverse Workplace +
Credit Hours: 3

This course reinforces professional communication competencies and extends essential principles to include advanced messaging strategies for a diverse workplace. Coursework features:

  • Business writing projects
  • Percipio courses 
  • Engagement with case studies


Corporate Social Responsibility+
Credit Hours: 3

This course considers the relationship between corporate environments and operations and corporate responsibility. Using the lens of social responsibility and civic duty, students learn:

  • Methods for improving organizational production and culture
  • Problem solving and cultural competence skills 
  • Historical and contemporary theories, techniques and case studies from global industries


Cross Cultural Leadership +
Credit Hours: 4

This course explores the opportunities and challenges of leadership in cross-cultural environments. Students explore: 

  • Key theories of global leadership
  • Strategies for leading a diverse workforce
  • Cultural competence
  • Communication and industry-based research skills to help develop leadership skills


Management Courses

Human Resource Functions*
Credit Hours: 3

This course surveys components and management of human resources. Real-world examples and exercises explore:

  • Regulations and guidelines
  • Job analysis and design
  • Employee recruiting, selection, salary and benefits
  • Performance assessments, development and termination
  • Labor relations


Contemporary Retail Management*
Credit Hours: 3

Study the retailing process in this course. Learn the functions and planning used in domestic and global supply chain and distribution:

  • Market and consumer analysis
  • Store location and layout
  • Merchandising
  • Promotion
  • Customer relations
  • Financial, legal, ethical and environmental topics


Principles of Management^
Credit Hours: 3

This course teaches management theories and management principles. Concepts apply to formal and informal organization structures, and include:

  • Planning
  • Organizing
  • Directing
  • Controlling
  • Staffing


Business Communication
Credit Hours: 4

This course develops professional communication skills. Subjects include effective techniques and advanced messaging strategies for:

  • Creating professional documents and presentations
  • Managing routine communication
  • Conveying technical information, feedback and recommendations
  • Orchestrating collaborative writing projects
  • Directing virtual teams


Business Systems Analysis*^
Credit Hours: 4

In this course, use current techniques to analyze business systems and activities. Students learn to identify, define and document business problems, and develop solutions. Concepts include:

  • Development of process flows, data flows and data models
  • Group dynamics
  • Interviewing skills


Project Management^
Credit Hours: 4

This course enhances students’ ability to work in a project leadership role. Learn about essential aspects of project management:

  • Explore project life cycles and gain experience in budget and timeline management
  • Use project management software to design project plans and schedules
  • Work with the program evaluation review technique (PERT) and critical path method (CPM)

PREREQUISITE(S): Successful completion of 56 semester-credit hours and MATH221

Management of Technology Resources^
Credit Hours: 3

In this course, develop and apply management and business skills in technical environments. Learn about approaches for:

  • Resource planning
  • Staffing and training
  • Customer service and ongoing support
  • Cost/benefit analysis
  • In-house and outsource solutions
  • Students develop and evaluate requests for proposal (RFPs) and related acquisition methods.


Human Resource Management*
Credit Hours: 4

In this course, develop skills to manage corporate human resources. Study modern HR concepts and techniques. Topics include:

  • Developing and maintaining positions and people
  • Resource planning
  • Rewards


Marketing Courses

Consumer Behavior Fundamentals*^
Credit Hours: 3

Study buying behavior and decision-making in this course, and analyze the factors that influence them. Students use socioeconomic and psychological approaches to explore key concepts:

  • What do consumers want and need?
  • What products and services do they use?
  • How do they express their satisfaction?
  • How do marketing and social media influence them?


Consumer Behavior*^
Credit Hours: 4

This course makes connections between consumer purchasing behavior and marketing mix programs. A variety of specific factors are analyzed, including:

  • Economic
  • Psychological
  • Cultural
  • Cognitive
  • Social


Market Research*^
Credit Hours: 4

Students in this course analyze various market research concepts. This includes methods and techniques essential for decision-making, including:

  • Gathering information
  • Analyzing and interpreting data
  • Distributing results


Digital Marketing Fundamentals*^
Credit Hours: 3

This course provides insight into dynamic, direct consumer interaction. Through an interactive weekly blog assignment, students learn:

  • Framework and tools to manage digital marketing efforts and presence
  • Effects of creating, promoting and adapting an online identity


Advertising and Public Relations*^
Credit Hours: 4

This course introduces elements of advertising and public relations. Topics include:

  • Evaluating and selecting appropriate media
  • Buying digital, new and traditional media
  • Promotions and publicity tools
  • Media and public relations
  • Methods for improving customer satisfaction
  • Strategies for building relationships
  • Ethics in advertising and public relations


Personal Selling and Sales Management*^
Credit Hours: 4

This course examines how sales supports marketing and revenue goals.

  • Study techniques such as prospecting, qualifying, listening, problem-solving, and closing and servicing clients.
  • Analyze customer situations and develop strategic selling approaches.
  • Develop skills and processes required for sales management and professional development.


International Marketing*^
Credit Hours: 4

This course provides concepts and frameworks for marketing around the globe. Students explore concepts related to both exporting and multi-national enterprises (MNE), including:

  • Developing international marketing programs
  • Macro-environmental factors that affect decision making


Project Management Courses

Human Resources and Communication in Projects*^
Credit Hours: 4

Human capital, or people, are the core drivers of success in the workplace. This course teaches human resource concepts for directing people and teams. Course topics include:

  • A project manager’s roles and responsibilities
  • Team building and organizational structure
  • Communication planning and information distribution
  • Performance reporting
  • Conflict management


Contracts and Procurement*^
Credit Hours: 4

This course examines the business process for acquiring goods and services. This is comprehensive and includes:

  • Planning, solicitation, source selection, and contract administration and closeout
  • Contract law, contract types, invitation to bid, bid evaluation and contract negotiations


Project Risk Management*^
Credit Hours: 4

This course teaches identifying, analyzing and responding to project risk.

  • How to maximize results of positive events
  • How to reduce the impact of adverse events
  • Identification, quantification, response planning and control
  • Contract types
  • Risk factors, tools to quantify risk, procedures to reduce threats and contingency planning


Advanced Project Management*^
Credit Hours: 4

This course focuses on development of an integrated project plan, including:

  • Project plan development, execution and change control
  • Budgeting, project assumptions, quality and scope changes
  • Project team management


Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship Courses

Small Business Management and Entrepreneur-ship*^
Credit Hours: 4

This course introduces you to manage a small business. You will learn about business functions, challenges, decision-making and management fundamentals.


Creativity, Innovation and New Product Development*^
Credit Hours: 4

This course concentrates on the processes of creativity and innovation. These processes are tools for marketers and small business managers. You can learn to identify opportunities for using these processes. You can apply them to corporate and entrepreneurial innovation. A structure for introducing new products is also presented.


Operational Issues in Small Business Management*
Credit Hours: 4

This course covers issues that are unique to small business management. These include:

  • Improving the success rate for new firms
  • Financing small businesses
  • Determining the effect of regulations on small firms
  • Obtaining information to improve performance


E-Commerce for Small Business*
Credit Hours: 4

This course explores the potential of e-commerce and its impact on small business practices. Topics include opportunities, issues, alternatives and techniques to support the development of an Internet marketing plan and related website.


Business Plan Writing for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs*
Credit Hours: 4

This course teaches you to create a comprehensive business plan for a small business. You will learn about each part of the business plan, including:

  • Executive summary and company description
  • Target market
  • Competition
  • Marketing and sales
  • Operations and management structure
  • Forecasting and financials


Business Intelligence and Analytics Management Courses

Applications of Business Analytics I
Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on the role of business intelligence in facilitating implementation of business process changes. Coursework emphasizes: 

  • Constructing data-based models and examining their impact on major business functions 
  • Using software tools to assess strengths and weaknesses of various models 
  • Handling large data sets 
  • Analyzing text and network data 


Applications of Business Analytics II
Credit Hours: 3

This course builds on concepts presented in BIAM500 (Applications of Business Analytics I). It examines how to use business analytics tools.

Topics include:

  • Data warehousing and accessing data sources
  • Customer profiling
  • Customer churn
  • Social network analysis
  • How analytics fits into business processes


Developing and Managing Databases for Business Intelligence
Credit Hours: 3

This course addresses building relational databases and large database applications. Case studies are used. Topics include:

  • Tables, queries, forms, reports and macros
  • Database security, backup and recovery procedures
  • The role of normalization and meeting business requirements
  • Data warehousing, data mining tools, data modeling and decision trees


Internet Analytics Strategies
Credit Hours: 3

In this course you explore strategies for implementing Internet analytics. You will consider an organization's possible web objectives and goals. You can use analytic tools to evaluate online and social media activity. Key performance indicators are examined. You can gain familiarity with several Internet analytics tools and data sources. These include web logs, big data and social media.


Predictive Analytics
Credit Hours: 3

This course examines exploratory data and cluster and association analyses, with current and historical facts to make predictions. Also covered are: 

  • Logistic regression 
  • Text analytics and decision trees 
  • Managerial issues for selecting models for specific business problems 


Modeling for Decision-making
Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces mathematical approaches to organizational decision-making and model development. Topics include:

  • Model building
  • Linear and nonlinear optimization
  • Simulation
  • Time series analysis
  • Network models and decision analysis


Entrepreneurship Courses

Entrepreneurship and New Ventures
Credit Hours: 3

This is an overview of entrepreneurship in the context of new ventures. The coursework examines:

  • The entrepreneurship process
  • Identifying and assessing opportunities
  • Managing a new venture through maturity and exit
  • Ideation and opportunity assessment
  • Business plan creation and differentiation
  • Equity financing and due diligence
  • Growth management
  • Liquidity and exit mechanisms


Venture Finance and Due Diligence
Credit Hours: 3

This course examines the process of selling a new venture to equity sources. This includes:

  • Making internal preparations
  • Identifying and communicating with venture firms
  • Evaluating and negotiating investment offers
  • Processes investors use to assess and determine opportunities and entrepreneurs


Entrepreneurial Marketing
Credit Hours: 3

This course covers the critical role of marketing for the success of a new venture, including:

  • Assessment and selection
  • Market research, analysis, valuation and sizing
  • The value proposition and distinctive competence
  • Segmentation, targeting and positioning
  • Pricing; channels; sales management
  • Hiring
  • Raising capital
  • Creating marketing plans for various audiences


Startup and New Venture Planning
Credit Hours: 3

This applications-based course addresses in-depth planning for executing a start-up venture. You can prepare a business plan and deliver an investor pitch. You can work through the entrepreneurial process, including:

  • Research, planning and opportunity assessment
  • Team and company formation
  • Business model creation
  • Entrepreneurial finance and equity financing
  • Company development
  • Exit planning


Finance Courses

Corporate Finance
Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on financial concepts and tools needed for effective business planning. Topics discussed include:

  • Financial statement analysis
  • Time value of money
  • Securities valuation
  • Working capital management
  • Cost of capital
  • Financial forecasting
  • Sources of capital, capital structure and company valuation


Managerial Finance
Credit Hours: 3

Managerial Finance teaches financial concepts and tools needed for effective business planning. Topics include:

  • Formation of interest rates
  • Income taxes
  • Working capital management
  • Cost of capital, financial forecasting, sources of capital and capital structure
  • Company valuation
  • Bankruptcy


Advanced Managerial Finance
Credit Hours: 3

This course provides a comprehensive view of financial management. It includes insight into securities analysis, mergers/acquisitions and financial/futures options. Course topics include:

  • Risk, return and the capital asset pricing model
  • Dividend policy
  • Financing flexibility
  • Valuation of securities
  • Derivatives and risk management
  • Capital structure with the Modigliani-Miller models


Securities Analysis
Credit Hours: 3

This course develops analytical skills for personal or business investment activities. It covers security selection based on technical and fundamental analyses. This includes:

  • Analyzing risk and return for specific investment opportunities
  • Modern and traditional portfolio management techniques


Mergers and Acquisitions
Credit Hours: 3

This course addresses corporate recombination and resource allocation. Topics include: 

  • Advanced capital budgeting techniques  
  • Valuation methods 
  • Strategies and rationale for mergers, acquisitions, leveraged buyouts and restructuring 


Management of Financial Institutions
Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on managing commercial banks and other financial institutions. It also focuses on the interaction of participants in money and capital markets. Topics include:

  • Management of lending
  • Funds acquisition
  • Capital management
  • Portfolio management
  • Issues relating to risk


International Finance
Credit Hours: 3

This course examines international financial flows and the balance of payment considerations. This includes:

  • Corporate exposure to currency fluctuations (including foreign exchange rates and markets)
  • Methods of hedging risks in international transactions


Options and Financial Futures Markets
Credit Hours: 3

This course can help you to use financial market strategies and protect investments. Topics covered include:

  • Put and call buying
  • Covered call writing
  • Put hedging
  • Futures speculation, hedging and arbitrage
  • Methods of valuation
  • The function and purpose of the marketplace


Advanced Financial Statement Analysis
Credit Hours: 3

This course covers financial statement analysis. It builds on core accounting and investment concepts. The coursework addresses:

  • Analysis of information including ratio analysis
  • Analysis of balance sheets, income statements and cash flows
  • Accounting information in investment and credit decisions


Personal Financial Planning
Credit Hours: 3

This course addresses personal finance from a practitioner's point of view, including:

  • Cash flow management
  • Creating and maintaining annual cash budgets
  • Investments, taxation and insurance
  • Retirement and estate planning


Real Estate Finance
Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces forecasting, measuring and analyzing returns from real estate operations. It introduces tools used in real estate valuation for funding and sale purposes. This course uses real-world problems with profit maximization as the goal. Course topics include:

  • Financial leverage and the consequence of income tax
  • The inherent risk of real estate and its reduction through modern portfolio theory


Global Supply Chain Management Courses

Foundations in Global Supply Chain Management
Credit Hours: 3

This course covers the processes that convert resources into goods and services. The coursework emphasizes integrating all aspects of the supply chain, including:

  • Making sure the quantity of goods produced or acquired is accurate
  • Making sure the goods produced are time and cost-efficient


Global Supply Chain Resource Planning and Management
Credit Hours: 3

This course examines the processes that result in optimal supply chain efficiency, including:

  • Demand management and forecasting
  • Master production scheduling
  • Material requirements and resource planning
  • The Theory of Constraints
  • Distribution requirements
  • Inventory management


Relationship Management, Procurement and Sourcing Strategy
Credit Hours: 3

This course provides an overview of sourcing relationships, including their strategy and implementation. It examines the role of supply management across a global value chain. Topics include:

  • Suppliers and outsourcers
  • Make versus buy versus partner decisions
  • Supplier evaluation, selection and quality assurance
  • The procurement and partnering processes
  • Relationship management and purchasing ethics


Logistics, Distribution and Warehousing
Credit Hours: 3

This course covers supply and distribution systems. It examines how physical systems are critical to an integrated supply chain. Coursework addresses:

  • Analytical and managerial methods
  • Facilities and materials management
  • Freight, transportation and warehousing
  • Logistics information systems
  • Metrics, assessments and total cost analytics


Supply Chain Management Decision Support Tools and Applications
Credit Hours: 3

This course analyzes supply chain information. It examines:

  • Supply chain design and integration
  • Constraint, inventory and advanced demand management
  • Risk pooling


Managing Quality
Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on the quality function in manufacturing and service industries. You can learn about implementation, cost and management in quality assurance. The coursework addresses:

  • Quality concepts and tools, as well as their application in quality planning
  • Improvement and control in both parent organizations and supplier relationships


Human Resource Management Courses

Human Resources and Technology
Credit Hours: 3

This course covers trends and best practices in technology use in human resources. Topics include:

  • Strategic use of human resources information systems
  • Web-based human resources
  • Other technological applications used in various areas of human resources

PREREQUISITE(S): HRM591 or previous human resources experience

Managing International Human Resources
Credit Hours: 3

This course examines the global human resources field. It compares and contrasts global and domestic human resources. It explains how to create and put in place a global human resources strategy. There is an emphasis on:

  • Staffing, compensation, training, performance management and labor relations
  • Communication and regulatory compliance in the global business environment


Labor Relations
Credit Hours: 3

Labor Relations focuses on the interaction of management and labor in the corporation. The course discusses:

  • The history of the American labor movement
  • Federal and state labor laws
  • Collective bargaining, mediation and work stoppage
  • Contract administration and interpretation
  • The relationship between management rights and employee discipline


Managing Organizational Change
Credit Hours: 3

This course teaches how to adopt change across an organization with success. The course focuses on creating an organization's vision. Then it examines how to align the structures, processes, culture and team to that vision. Also addressed are:

  • Human dynamics within organizations
  • Models principles and values that can help to lead the process of change


Strategic Human Resource Management
Credit Hours: 3

This course covers how to use human capital management can as a business strategy and asset. It focuses on the impact of the changing global economy. It examines how that requires flexible staffing and new approaches to the work force. Other topics include:

  • Decentralized and virtual work environments
  • Diversity
  • Legal and compliance
  • The ethics of managing human capital


Training and Development
Credit Hours: 3

This course covers training and development strategies that businesses use to drive effectiveness. Skills for groups and individuals that tie to organizational goals are explored. Development strategy topics include:

  • Conducting needs analyses
  • Linking needs to business objectives
  • Developing an implementation plan
  • Using a variety of best practices and assessing results


Employment Law
Credit Hours: 3

This course is an analysis of federal and state laws that affect human resources, including:

  • Equal employment opportunity
  • Wage/overtime payment
  • Employment agreements and other restrictions on management’s rights
  • Applying employment laws to avoid disputes and litigation
  • Adopting personnel practices in compliance with the law


Strategic Staffing
Credit Hours: 3

This course teaches a strategic framework for human resources to achieve corporate goals by focusing on the following: 

  • Short- and long-range human resource planning 
  • Employee recruiting, selection and retention 
  • Rightsizing and separation


Negotiation Skills
Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces business negotiation techniques and strategies. It also emphasizes conflict resolution. You can practice these skills in the classroom and using a variety of media. Course topics include:

  • Preparing for negotiations
  • Distributive and integrative bargaining
  • Resolution of impasse
  • Ethics, the roles of power, personality and dispute resolution
  • Communication processes


Credit Hours: 3

Compensation focuses on using pay systems as strategic tools for improving organizational effectiveness. This includes:

  • Major systems of the design of pay
  • Paying for performance
  • Administering and applying pay systems


Credit Hours: 3

This is a comprehensive review of employee benefits including:

  • Legally-required benefits - such as social security, worker compensation and unemployment
  • Voluntary programs - such as health, disability, life, retirement, time-off and education
  • The strategic importance of using benefits as part of the total compensation package
  • The financial, actuarial, administrative and legal implications of benefit plans


Human Resources Capstone
Credit Hours: 3

In this course you review and integrate what you learned in the program. This is the program's last course. You will complete a comprehensive corporate human resource plan which you will present to the class and potentially a panel of HR professionals.

PREREQUISITE(S): Successful completion of all other required MHRM program courses, and permission from the appropriate academic administrator

International Business Courses

Global Perspectives for International Business
Credit Hours: 3

This course covers all aspects of global commerce. It uses case studies and best practice examples from global corporations. Topics include:

  • International strategy, operations, supply chain management, marketing and finance
  • The roles of culture, politics and economics
  • Various multi-national business strategies


Leadership Courses

Digital Leadership
Credit Hours: 3

This course provides tools and strategies essential for becoming successful leaders in the evolving digital workplace. Coursework focuses on:

  • Real-world examples of innovative decision-making
  • Evaluating the leadership mindset and its impact on team engagement and future preparedness


Intercultural Leadership
Credit Hours: 3

This course covers essential leadership skills to serve the increasingly global, intercultural and interconnected world.  Students will learn:

  • Knowledge and skills necessary to lead in culturally diverse environments
  • Cultural competence and intercultural communication
  • Foundational understanding of a variety of leadership styles 
  • Opportunities and challenges facing leaders in global industry, diverse workforces and leadership development


Management Courses

Organizational Structures and Business Processes
Credit Hours: 3

This course covers core management concepts, including:

  • The fundamental functions of management
  • Business policy in a dynamic global marketplace
  • Marketing strategy
  • Organizations as customers
  • Management topics within an ethical and legal framework


Legal, Political and Ethical Dimensions of Business
Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces legal, political and regulatory controls in business. It emphasizes the interactions between law, politics, ethics and social responsibility. Topics include:

  • Business law and ethics
  • The constitution and business
  • Regulatory and administrative agencies
  • Regulation of private business conduct
  • The employer-employee relationship
  • Formation and performance of contracts
  • Business ownership and control
  • Antitrust, trade and consumer protection
  • Land use and environmental protection
  • The legal environment of international business

PREREQUISITE(S): MGMT501 or permission from the appropriate academic administrator

Emerging Topics in Business, Culture and Technology
Credit Hours: 3

This course integrates culture and arts to help you learn current business practices. Coursework includes: 

  • Investigating emerging economic, historic and societal topics 
  • Evaluating topics affecting business, culture and technology 
  • Using reflective practice and research methods to apply insights to business situations 

PREREQUISITE(S): Permission from the appropriate academic administrator

Managerial Communication
Credit Hours: 3

This course covers communications that help businesses to succeed, including:

  • Effective persuasive and negative messages
  • Business research
  • Proposals and reports
  • Oral presentations and visual aids
  • Corporate training materials
  • Intercultural communications


Leadership and Organizational Behavior
Credit Hours: 3

This course examines individual and interpersonal dynamics that affect corporate success. It covers organizational behavior in a systematic manner. Topics include:

  • Organizational behavior theories and applications
  • Motivation, group dynamics and communication processes
  • Leadership and power
  • Team building and organizational development
  • Managing change in a complex environments


MBA Capstone
Credit Hours: 3

This is the final, culminating course for MBA candidates. You will integrate concepts and skills developed in previous coursework.

As your final experience, you will develop a new business opportunity. Your plan will include research, marketing, operations, finance, human resources and management principles. The opportunity may be a case study, business plan or project for an existing company.

PREREQUISITE(S): Successful completion of all other required MBA program courses, and permission from the appropriate academic administrator

Marketing Courses

Strategic Marketing
Credit Hours: 3

This course covers contemporary marketing management. You can learn about:

  • Creating customer value in products and services
  • The dynamic global marketplace
  • Consumer research
  • Product positioning and branding
  • Customer segmentation by demographics and behavioral and attitudinal variables
  • Traditional and digital channels to reach niche or mass markets
  • Ethical implications of online behavioral tracking and targeting


Digital Marketing
Credit Hours: 3

This course examines the emergence of digital marketing as a business discipline. It also covers the use of digital media as part of a marketing plan. Topics include:

  • Website and blog publishing
  • Social media and email marketing
  • Digital behavior tracking
  • Web analytics


Marketing Research
Credit Hours: 3

Marketing Research teaches how to gather and analyze data to assist in making marketing decisions. It addresses: 

  • Quantitative and qualitative research techniques 
  • Informing marketing decisions by research findings of target markets, product features, positioning, and advertising 
  • Exploration of tactics such as questionnaires, telephone surveys, test marketing and focus groups 
  • Consideration of ethical implications of marketing research activities 


New Product Development
Credit Hours: 3

This course emphasizes managing resources to maximize the opportunity for successful new product introductions. Topics include: 

  • Utilizing a framework for planning, implementing and evaluating new products 
  • Addressing the new product development process from idea generation to commercialization 


Advertising Management
Credit Hours: 3

This course presents a structured approach to managing advertising, promotions and public relations. You can learn to:

  • Determine promotional objectives
  • Select campaign themes
  • Choose media
  • Control advertising costs
  • Design sales promotions
  • Evaluate results
  • Select and manage an agency


Sales Management
Credit Hours: 3

This course teaches you how to design and put in place a sales force strategy. It covers issues such as territory decisions, compensation plans and motivation techniques. And it presents techniques for:

  • Identifying, recruiting and training sales personnel
  • Monitoring and controlling sales efforts
  • Forecasting and budgeting sales performance


Consumer Behavior
Credit Hours: 3

This course examines the methods used to better understand customers and their needs. Topics includes:

  • The decision process of buyers
  • Factors affecting purchasing decisions and customer satisfaction
  • Implications of marketing strategies (e.g., segmentation, product design and promotion)
  • Basic concepts of buyer behavior, including pre- and post-purchase attitudes and behavior patterns


Project Management Courses

Managing Software Development Projects
Credit Hours: 3

This course examines knowledge and skills needed for software product development. Topics include:

  • Software project development processes and standards
  • Project planning, scheduling and control strategies
  • Risk and mitigation
  • Team building and managing technical personnel


Project Management Systems
Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces the fundamentals of project management, with an emphasis on planning. You can learn the manager's perspective and role in achieving program objectives. The course addresses scheduling, budget and performance objectives. This includes topics such as:

  • Project life cycles, organization and charters
  • Work breakdown structures
  • Responsibility matrixes
  • Planning, budgeting and scheduling systems
  • Various planning and control methods. These include PERT/CPM, Gantt charts, earned value systems, software applications and audits


Advanced Program Management
Credit Hours: 3

This course covers how managers run multi-project programs within an organizational context. It emphasizes the importance of project teams and human resource management. Topics include:

  • The role of projects in organizations
  • Organizational systems
  • Planning, budgeting, monitoring, control and management methodologies
  • Team management and leadership
  • Legal and ethical issues
  • Conflict identification and resolution
  • Advanced applications of project management software


Project Cost and Schedule Control
Credit Hours: 3

This course addresses the advanced tools and techniques used for project financial plans. This includes:

  • Cost and benefit estimation
  • Project financial analysis and budgeting
  • Resource allocation
  • Sensitivity analysis
  • Project metrics
  • Project cost and schedule control using earned value management systems


Project Risk Management
Credit Hours: 3

This course explores ways to identify, analyze and mitigate project risks. You can learn risk management techniques by applying them to case studies. This course also explores the six risk management processes. These are outlined in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide).

  • Risk management planning
  • Risk identification
  • Qualitative risk analysis
  • Quantitative risk analysis
  • Risk response planning
  • Risk monitoring and control


Contract and Procurement Management
Credit Hours: 3

This course examines the processes through which goods and services are acquired, including:

  • Contract and procurement strategies
  • Legal issues
  • Contract pricing
  • Technical, management and commercial requirements
  • RFP development, bid evaluation and source selection
  • Risk assessment
  • Contract negotiation and administration


Project Management Capstone
Credit Hours: 3

In this course, you can integrate what you have learned throughout the Master's in Program Management (MPM) program. This is the last course in the program. You will develop, design and present a project, including:

  • Planning the project and giving rationale
  • Meeting performance, schedule and budget requirements
  • Adjusting for unplanned circumstances
  • Providing status reports

PREREQUISITE(S): Successful completion of all other required MPM program courses, and permission from the appropriate academic administrator

Business and Management Course Questions

What is a business management course?

Business management courses teach foundational skills for running or managing a business. Management courses cover topics like business administration, finance, project management, marketing and employee management. Courses may focus on broad knowledge and skills or take a more in-depth look at key topics within the field. Online business courses and online management courses are powerful options for learning skills that can help organizations innovate and thrive in a competitive global marketplace.

How long is a business management course?

Business management courses can vary in length depending on your school or program. While many schools operate on semester-based schedules, our courses at DeVry begin every 8 weeks, allowing you to tackle one or two courses at a time while balancing your other work, family and personal commitments.

Are online business courses worth it?

We think so! Online business courses can be a great way to advance your education while balancing your busy life. Some benefits of online business courses can include:

  • Having the flexibility to study on your own schedule.
  • Gaining hands-on knowledge that you can apply to your current or future jobs.
  • Classes that start every 8 weeks, so you can begin when it’s convenient for you.
  • The potential to qualify for higher-level roles and opportunities once you earn your certificate or degree.
  • The ability to gain skills in a wide array of business topics such as project management, finance, leadership and marketing.
  • The ability to apply your knowledge and skills to a wide variety of industries.
  • The opportunity to network with professors and peers around the country.

How can online business courses help my career?

Online business courses can be a great way to develop knowledge and skills that can help you adapt to an increasingly competitive global marketplace. Through our courses, you’ll increase your understanding of business fundamentals and dive into key areas such as budgeting, forecasting, project management, management principles and marketing. These skills may apply to your current role or may help you as you pursue new opportunities that align with your personal goals.

Can I pursue a master’s degree in business online?

Yes. A master’s degree can be a good way to stay competitive in today’s changing business landscape. And the flexibility of online learning makes it an effective choice for earning a degree on your own schedule.

At DeVry, our Keller Graduate School of Management offers a wide range of online master’s degrees to match your education goals. Earn a specialized degree in Human Resource Management, Public Administration or Project Management, or pursue an MBA focused on your area of interest – for example, Entrepreneurship, Information Systems Management, Marketing or Global Supply Chain Management.

These options and more are all available through online or hybrid learning.

Additional Online Courses

*Courses marked with an asterisk (*) require successful completion of required math and English transitional studies courses. Required transitional studies coursework may affect program length and cost.
^Courses marked with a caret (^) are licensed in New Jersey; students whose enrolled location is in New Jersey may enroll in these courses in the onsite, online and blended modalities.
+LEAD courses may be used for use toward program electives. Please see academic catalog for program information.
Note: To enroll in a course with a corequisite, students must have either successfully completed the corequisite course during a prior session or concurrently enroll in the corequisite course.