Curriculum - MMAL


Master in Management - Aviation Leadership - (30 credits)

The following Foundation electives (15 credits):

  • BUS 602: Financial Decision Making (3)
  • BUS 620: Managing the Business Culture (3)
  • BUS 626: Strategic Implementation  (3)
  • BUS 647: Stakeholder Engagement (3)
  • BUS 665: Analytics for the Business Environment (3)
  • BUS 668: Innovation and Change Management (3)

 The following required Aviation courses and Field Experience Capstone courses (15 credits):

  • AVI 600: Contemporary Issues in Aviation (3)
  • AVI 620:  Aviation Safety & Risk Management (3)
  • AVI 640: Leadership & Management in Aviation (3)
  • AVI 645: Crisis Management & Operational Continuity (3)
  • GRAD 686: Field Experience Capstone Seminar (3)

BUS/COM 602: Financial Decision Making (3 credits)

The course focuses on basic economic and financial principles required to operate a business.  Analysis techniques are quantitatively applied to examine the health of a business through the use of financial statements.  Also, managerial decision-making applications are presented from the point of view of a firm (microeconomics). Utilizing the capstone simulation model and Comp-XM exam students will learn to analyze an organization’s financial wellness. Upon completion of the course, the student will predict the cumulative effect of changing business inputs on key operating metrics, such as, inventory and labor costs, along with overall costs and revenue. 

Course Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. Examine the fundamental accounting and financial terminology and principles used in operating a firm.
  2. Identify and apply the tools used to analyze the financial performance of an organization.
  3. Analyze and recommendation capital budgets and capital asset acquisitions.
  4. Utilize forecasting techniques in the development of financial budgets.
  5. Analyze and predict the results of a business simulation model.

BUS 620: Managing the Business Culture (3 credits)

Course Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:

This course analyzes the factors and conditions in an organization that influence employee, unit, division, and corporate behavior and the integration of structure, strategy, policy, resources, and culture with the achievement of corporate goals and objectives. Topics include the analysis of HR functions in order to determine the best use of human capital in an organization; human behavior in organizations and problems; conflict analysis and resolution, understanding and managing formal and informal behavior; communication psychology and ethics; stress management; culture identification, culture analysis, culture change; and managing organizational change. Upon completion, students will identify and analyze factors which influence organizational conflict, and plan solutions to prevent or resolve them.

  1. Interpret and apply principles and concepts of industrial/organization psychology in the workplace.
  2. Analyze and develop effective approaches to organization design and structure that are fully integrated with corporate strategies, objectives, and goals.
  3. Apply organizational analysis techniques in the planning and managing of organizational change.
  4. Apply the principles of organizational behavior to culture analysis and change, gap analysis, power and influence management, conflict analysis and resolution.
  5. Identify and evaluate political behavior in corporate decision-making processes.
  6. Identify the current state of human capital management in reference to both strategic and operational timeframes.
  7. Analyze HR functions that influences an organization’s human capital.

BUS 626: Strategic Implementation  (3 credits)

This course focuses on the various elements of the strategic marketing orientation as a means to develop and implement an organization’s strategic plan. Analysis of the external competitive environment, the organization’s internal strengths and weaknesses, and the use of strategic planning methodologies will be placed in this course. Upon completion, the student will perform a market-oriented analysis of the internal and external environment of a firm, determine the appropriate business level strategy, and specify the appropriate governance structure. 

Course Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. Analyze the strategic position of an organization relative to both the overall global environment and its own specific external competitive environment.
  2. Develop a managerial perspective of the marketing function across business, government and consumer markets in both domestic and global contexts.
  3. Explain the practical concepts and tools for analyzing market opportunities and company capabilities as the basis for strategic market selection, developing customer value propositions, and competitive differentiation.
  4. Design a framework that stresses the use of marketing research to make informed decisions from a market orientation perspective to design and implement a strategic plan.
  5. Evaluate the ethical issues involved in strategy formulation and integrate them into the development of a strategic plan.

BUS 647: Stakeholder Engagement (3 credits)

This course is designed to enhance one’s skillset when it comes to understanding, influencing and persuading all of the internal and external stakeholders. Students will learn the essential elements of managing the supply-chain through relationships with vendors, outsourcing providers, customers, and colleagues. Securing the buy-in of individuals where you don’t have direct authority can support a drive for operational excellence and continuous improvement.  Upon completion of this course, students will possess the tools to increase buy-in and engagement of stakeholders relative to the needs of the organization.

Course Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. Identify the tools necessary to foster buy-in and engagement of stakeholders.
  2. Recognize the causes of waste  that lead to decision-making delays and objections.
  3. Apply techniques that build stronger business relationships at all levels of the organization.
  4. Distinguish the personal and cultural preferences of those around you, and how to establish a better rapport with them.
  5. Apply communication and management practices to reduce the amount of management effort required to support and drive a sustainable change in workplace behaviors.
  6. Develop programs to improve motivation and retention of colleagues.

BUS 665: Analytics for the Business Environment (3 credits)

Developing and implementing a systematic analytics strategy can result in a sustainable competitive advantage within an industry. This course provides practical strategies to collect data and then convert that data into meaningful, value-added information and actionable insights. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to contribute to higher level decisions within an organization. Being able to make sense of the overabundance of information around them will help students to predict future trends and will ultimately help them to make effective and efficient use of company resources.

Course Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. Apply strategies of data collection to an industry.
  2. Analyze a phenomenon and develop innovative data collecting strategies.
  3. Evaluate data and apply information to leverage decision making that will produce a competitive advantage.
  4. Summarize the results of the empirical analysis in a professional manner.

BUS 668: Innovation & Change Management (3 credits)

This course examines the theories of innovation and change management within organizations to refine and expand student’s current problem-solving skills and leadership abilities.  Concepts covered include various leadership theories and models, leadership across cultures, leadership ethics and attributes, organizational change/development, and the role of the leader in establishing organizational culture and facilitating change. Methods include a mix of reading, discussion, case studies, team exercises and reflective exercises to achieve a better understanding of leadership and decision-making.  Upon completion, students will assess, plan, and manage the process of change within an organization.

Course Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course the student will be able to

  1. Identify the various theories of innovation, change management and leadership necessary to develop organizational change management plans.
  2. Recognize the ethical issues associated with innovation and change management.
  3. Develop techniques to analyze how organizations react to change and overcome organizational resistance to change.
  4. Design and implement an innovative change management process within an industry or organization. 

AVI 600: Contemporary Issues in Aviation (3 credits)

This course is an exploration of contemporary and future issues covering the aviation and aerospace industries.  Emphasis will be placed on exploring problems within the industry and ways to resolve these issues while ensuring sustainability of the aviation and aerospace industries.  Upon successful completion of the course, students will have an understanding of the issues facing the industry and solutions for a variety of solutions to industry problems.  

Course Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. Apply excellent moral character and professional ethics in aviation.
  2. Analyze, interpret and propose sustainable solutions to contemporary aviation and aerospace issues.
  3. Evaluate the need for life-long learning within aviation.  

AVI 620: Aviation Safety & Risk Management (3 credits)

This course explores aviation safety issues from an operational and management perspective.  Students will gain an understanding of effective risk assessment, mitigation and management strategies, and the application of safety management systems within an operation.  Upon successful completion of the course, students will have an understanding on how to successfully implement processes and procedures to ensure predictive risk management and create a just safety culture within an organization. 

Course Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. Analyze the ethical and professional responsibilities related to aviation safety.
  2. Evaluate the implementation of risk management processes/procedures and a just safety culture within an aviation organization.

AVI 640: Leadership & Management in Aviation (3 credits)

This course explores contemporary leadership theories.  Students will gain an understanding of ethical leadership behaviors, effective and engaging leadership behaviors, and emotional intelligence required to be effective leaders within the aviation industry.  Upon successful completion of the course, students will have an understanding of ethical effective management processes and leadership behaviors to ensure engaged and dynamic stakeholders. 

Course Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. Evaluate the ethical and professional responsibilities related to aviation leadership.
  2. Evaluate the implementation of ethical effective management processes and leadership behaviors within an aviation organization.

AVI 645: Crisis Management & Operational Continuity (3 credits)

This course explores theories and pragmatic methods of crisis management to ensure operational continuity.  Students will gain an understanding of ethical management behaviors, emergency management techniques, implementing action plans, and ensuring continuity of an operations within an aviation context.  Upon successful completion of the course, students will have an understanding of ethical, effective management processes and leadership behaviors to ensure operational continuity during a crisis with minimal negative impact on all stakeholders. 

Course Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. Evaluate the ethical and professional responsibilities related to crisis management and leadership.
  2. Develop an effective crisis management implementation plan.

GRAD 686: FE Capstone Seminar (3 credits) 

The Field Experience Capstone Seminar is the culminating experience for students studying in any one of the traditionally offered Master in Management programs. Students meet weekly to discuss topics and analyze case studies that highlight the various learning and development domains and dimensions identified by the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education, that include 1) knowledge acquisition, integration, construction, and application, 2) cognitive complexity, 3) intrapersonal development, 4) interpersonal competence, 5) humanitarianism and civic engagement, and 6) practical competence. In addition to course work, students must be engaged in an internship at least 6 months prior to the commencement of this course. A minimum of 600 work hours related to one’s program of study must be completed before the student can begin this course. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be prepared to use technical skills of the profession, communicate appropriately, reflect, analyze and reason through complex issues, as well as manage relationships, and personal behaviors and attitudes, as well as apply excellent moral character and professional ethics to the practices of the organization.

Course Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. Apply excellent moral character and professional ethics to the practices of an organization.
  2. Communicate effectively through writing, speaking, listening and electronic media by using the language of business coupled with interpersonal and communication skills to lead organizational groups in a physical or virtual presence.
  3. Critically evaluate, analyze, and interpret information concerning human, intellectual technological and material resources to solve problems and make business decisions occurring in both structured and non-structured environments.
  4. Exhibit a rigorous understanding of core business operations reflecting an integration of functional perspectives.
  5. Utilize methods which foster innovation in organizations and respond effectively to new circumstances, enabling organizations to realize the impact on products and processes.
  6. Acquire and utilize knowledge of behavioral, policy, and strategic issues to improve the effectiveness of the organization.
  7. Evaluate and manage the interdisciplinary role that sport plays in society, work with non-sport constituents to achieve larger goals and study the impacts that sport events can leave on communities across the world.
  8. Analyze the internal and external factors that influence and shape the discipline of sport management including advances in new media, changes in the political landscape, policy issues and current best practices across the field.