Administrative Studies

Course details for Summer 2017 will be available on December 15. The courses below were offered in Summer 2016 and can serve as a guide to what is typically offered.

Metropolitan College

Business Communication for International Students

MET AD 501

Techniques for effective written and verbal communications. This course is a special offering for students whose first language is not English. Prerequisite course: credits can not be used toward the MSAS degree. 4 cr.


Business Analytics Foundations

MET AD 571

Prereq: MET AD 100 Pre-Analytics Laboratory. Presents fundamental knowledge and skills for applying business analytics to managerial decision-making in corporate environments. Topics include descriptive analytics (techniques for categorizing, characterizing, consolidation, and classifying data for conversion into useful information for the purposes of understanding and analyzing business performance), predictive analytics (techniques for detection of hidden patterns in large quantities of data to segment and group data into coherent sets in order to predict behavior and trends), prescriptive analytics (techniques for identification of best alternatives for maximizing or minimizing business objectives). Students learn how to use data effectively to drive rapid, precise, and profitable analytics-based decisions. The framework of using interlinked data-inputs, analytics models, and decision-support tools are applied within a proprietary business analytics shell and demonstrated with examples from different functional areas of the enterprise. 4 cr.


Enterprise Risk Analytics

MET AD 616

Prereq: (MET AD 571). Offers an overview of the key current and emerging enterprise risk analytical approaches used by corporations and governmental institutions and is focused on understanding and implementing the enterprise risk management framework on how to leverage the opportunities around a firm to increase firm value. The major risk categories of enterprise risk management such as financial risk, strategic risk, and operational risk are discussed and risk analytics approaches for each of these risks are covered. Students learn how to use interlinked data-inputs, analytics models, business statistics, optimization techniques, simulation, and decision-support tools. An integrated enterprise risk analytics approach is demonstrated with examples from different functional areas of the enterprise. 4 cr.


Financial and Managerial Accounting

MET AD 630

Introduction to the concepts, methods, and problems of financial and managerial accounting. Includes data accumulation, accounting principles, financial statement analysis, measurement and disclosure issues, cost analysis, budgeting and control, production costs, and standard costs. 4 cr.


Financial Concepts

MET AD 632

Introduction to the concepts, methods, and problems of accounting and financial analysis. Includes accounting principles, measurement and disclosure issues, financial statement analysis, time value of money, cash flow projection and analysis, capital budgeting and project evaluation, bond and equity valuation, cost of capital, and capital structure. 4 cr.


Project Management

MET AD 642

Examines concepts and applied techniques for cost-effective management of both long-term development programs and smaller short-term projects. Special focus on planning, controlling, and coordinating efforts of multiple individuals and/or working groups. 4 cr.


Project Communications Management

MET AD 643

Prereq: (MET AD 642). To succeed in project management, you must be a strong leader and an effective communicator. This course examines the current philosophies of leadership as applied to project management and identifies various styles of communication and conflict resolution. Through case studies and various exercises, students develop enhanced leadership, communication, conflict management, and negotiation skills. 4 cr.


Project Risk and Cost Management

MET AD 644

Prereq: (MET AD 642). Introduces the art and science of project risk as well as continuity management and cost management. Managing the risk of a project as it relates to a three-part systematic process of identifying, analyzing, and responding is examined through actual case studies. Students learn how to manage the components of a project to assure it can be completed through both general and severe business disruptions on local, national, and international levels. Students learn the process of cost management, early cost estimation, detailed cost estimation, and cost control using the earned value method. Students study in-depth the issues of project procurement management and the different types of contracts for various scope scenarios. 4 cr.


Program Management

MET AD 646

Prereq: (MET AD 642). Programs and projects deliver benefits to organizations by enhancing current capabilities or developing new capabilities for the organization to use. This course provides a detailed understanding of program management and presents concepts that promote efficient and effective communication and coordination among various groups. Students understand PMI® program management processes and use tools that automate and enforce processes for managing scope changes, risk, quality, issues, schedules, resources, releases, and costs. Students learn how to design a program and manage program costs, risk, and communication within the context of Project Portfolios. This course is targeted to senior executives, portfolio managers, program managers and their team members, members of a PMO, customers/stakeholders, educators, and consultants. The course introduces processes and knowledge areas from three new PMI standards: Program Management standard, OPM3, and Portfolio Management. 4 cr.



MET AD 648

Provides a detailed examination of how businesses can successfully use Internet and Web technology. Students are introduced to the concepts and issues of electronic commerce. Topics include comparison of e-commerce procedures, payment mechanisms, applications in different industry sectors, security, the challenges of starting and maintaining an electronic business site, as well as a comparison with traditional business practices. 4 cr.


International Business, Economics & Cultures

MET AD 655

Considers macroeconomic factors of relevance to the firm: aggregate economic activity, cyclical movements, and fiscal and monetary policies. Reviews the problems of decision-making related to demand, production, costs, market structure, and price. Provides an analysis of the interplay between governments, economic systems, labor, and multinational corporations (MNCs). Topics include the basis for the existence, organization, and growth of MNCs; a comparison of major economic and government systems; and the impact on the firm's business transactions and trade due to taxation, regulation, legal environment, and labor influences. Investigates the relationship between the interaction of national culture and development. Topics range from developing nations' rain forest and species management to pollution generated by developed nations. Culture, policy, and development are also discussed in relation to the impact of the business interactions (agriculture, fishing, technology transfer, etc.) among developing and developed nations. 4 cr.


Innovation, Global Competitiveness, and National Economic Development

MET AD 667

Examines various approaches to developing high-tech innovation-based economies as a route to self-sufficiency and growth. Factors studied include both structural reforms in the political, legal, and economic areas, and government-sponsored initiatives in higher education, basic research, private venture capital, grants to support new product development by promising ventures, and the creation of science and technology parks and incubators. Students independently research, write, and present studies of the strategies of various countries. Augmented by case studies, readings, and guest speakers on strategies being employed in such countries as Taiwan, Thailand, and Brazil. 4 cr.


Financial Markets and Institutions

MET AD 712

Prereq: (MET AD 731). Investigation and analysis of organization, structure, and performance of U.S. money and capital markets and institutions. Examines regulation of the financial industry and the role of financial instruments. 4 cr.


Quantitative and Qualitative Decision-Making

MET AD 715

Explores decision-making and policy formulation in organizations. Includes goal setting and the planning process, rational models of decision-making, evaluation of alternatives, prediction of outcomes, cost-benefit analysis, decision trees, uncertainty and risk assessment, and procedures for evaluation of outcomes. 4 cr.


Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management

MET AD 717

Prereq: (MET AD 731). Mechanics of securities markets, types of available investments, an introduction to determination of securities values, and portfolio optimization. Problems of investment policy are approached through studies of portfolio selection methods and the valuation of special classes of securities (e.g., growth stocks). 4 cr.


Negotiations and Organizational Conflict Resolution

MET AD 725

Communication skills course designed to better understand the nature of conflict and its resolution through persuasion, collaboration, and negotiation. Students learn theories of interpersonal and organizational conflict and their resolution as applied to personal, corporate, historical, and political contexts. Students assess their own styles, skills, and values, and develop techniques to better resolve disputes, achieve objectives, and exert influence. 4 cr.


Corporate Finance

MET AD 731

Prereq: (MET AD 630). Emphasizes issues of accounting, finance, and economics that are important in most management contexts. Stresses understanding financial statements, planning and control, cost and benefit evaluation, cash flow analysis, and capital budgeting. 4 cr.


Leadership in Management

MET AD 733

A comprehensive overview of leadership skills and abilities through an examination of traditional and contemporary models of leadership. Students examine personal attitudes and perceptions as they relate to their leadership abilities and explore such areas as team building, motivation, and reward. Includes a weekend at Nature's Classroom at Sargent Center in New Hampshire from June 3-5. The program fee includes room and board for this weekend of experiential learning. 4 cr.


The Innovation Process: Developing New Products and Services

MET AD 741

Studies the global challenge of innovation and the impact of marketing and management issues on the development of new products and services and their introduction. Concepts for creating added value are applied to a range of innovations, radical and incremental, technological and procedural, and in different settings such as start-up companies and large corporations. 4 cr.


Business Law and Regulation in a Global Environment

MET AD 746

Examines legal issues that affect high-technology firms. Topics include copyright, reverse engineering, trade secrets, patents, international legal differences, the Uniform Commercial Code, and product liability. Cases drawn from high-tech industries are used to emphasize current and future developments. 4 cr.


Multinational Finance and Trade

MET AD 763

Prereq: (MET AD 731). Applies the concepts of corporate finance to the problems of multinational financial management. Major topics include private and public institutions, foreign exchange rates, capital flows, speculation, analysis of alternative foreign investments, analysis of sources and uses of corporate funds abroad, multinational tax and profit planning, international risk analysis, and capital budgeting. 4 cr.


International Business Simulation

MET AD 773

Through the use of an international business simulation, students develop the ability to manage in the shifting international environment by integrating finance, strategy, and marketing skills to expand their company globally. By selling, exporting, or manufacturing in up to fourteen countries the simulation is intended to provide the student with a "real life" approach to international expansion, environmental stability, inflation and currency issues, financial operations, as well as international sales and manufacturing issues. The objective of the course is to offer an overview of the factors affecting global business operations in a stimulating learning environment that is enjoyable and challenging. Intensive course. 4 cr.


Strategic Advantage

MET AD 855

Strategy concerns the long-term direction, scope, and performance of an organization within its specific context. Strategic planning and implementation require actions, performance goals, and resource applications to be aligned with the efforts of other functions and departments, and with the major strategic orientation of the firm. Develops critical understandings and insights about strategy and strategic management at the business unit level to ensure that competitive advantage is developed and sustained. 4 cr.


Marketing Strategies

MET AD 857

Strategic and operational marketing issues arising in the firm's operations. Topics include market screening, decisions, entry strategies, product/service development, as well as designing the marketing plan and its implementation. 4 cr.