Research Thesis

Corvallis MBA

Overview

Overview

The Research Thesis option is intended to offer students and College of Business faculty with joint research interests an opportunity to engage in research as part of the student’s MBA program. Students can design, execute and report on business research problems and their solutions. These may include an analysis of existing academic literature and the formulation of research questions and research plans. Students may also collect and analyze data and report on research findings in both an oral and written formats.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the MBA in Research Thesis will be able to:

  • Inventory the existing academic literature regarding a specific research topic
  • Formulate research questions
  • Formulate a research plan for investigating the research question
  • Execute the research plan; i.e., collect and analyze the data
  • Report on the research findings, both in oral and written formats
  • Conduct scholarly activities in an ethical manner

Coursework

The Research Thesis option requires 60 credit-hours of coursework, including:

Core - 1

Research Thesis

15 Credits

For more information regarding prerequisite requirements and official class descriptions, please consult the OSU Catalog or contact 541-737-5510.

BA 513

Business Legal Environment

3 Credits

TBA

BA 514

Operations Management

3 Credits

Provides a foundation for business managers in statistics and operations management. Emphasis on quantitative tools for sampling, interval estimation and hypothesis testing as well as operations management concepts for processes, quality systems, supply chain management, inventory management, resource planning, and sustainable lean systems.

BA 515

Managerial Decision Tools

3 Credits

Develop business management skills by learning the principles of managerial and financial accounting. Emphasis will be placed on understanding financial statements, cost analysis, and funding decisions. Focuses on integrating the theoretical framework of accounting and finance.

BA 516

Creating Value in Exchange

3 Credits

A graduate-level survey course that provides a foundation for business managers in the concepts of management and marketing. Diagnose individual and small-group behavior and develop skill in improving individual and small-group performance in entrepreneurial and established ventures. Develop an understanding of marketing principles and an awareness of marketing challenges.

BA 517

Markets and Valuation

3 Credits

Introduces students to the basic questions facing a financial manager and the tools a financial manager uses to find answers to these questions. Introduces the basic tools of finance and applications of financial theory in use today. Students will be introduced to legal, ethical, technology, and global issues facing a financial manager. The course is designed to enhance a student’s approach to financial decision making and emphasizes technical analysis and quantitative approaches to decision making.

Core - 2

Research Thesis

27 Credits

For more information regarding prerequisite requirements and official class descriptions, please consult the OSU Catalog or contact 541-737-5510.

BA 528

Financial and Cost Analysis

3 Credits

Analysis of the balance sheet and income statement to determine profitability, risk, and rate of return; preparation of pro forma financial statements; cost measurement for products, projects, jobs, customers, and markets; strategic cost decision making for pricing and resource allocation.

BA 540

Corporate Finance

3 Credits

Emphasizes analytical tools to measure and manage firm value, through corporate strategies such as mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, international expansion, and new venture development.

BA 550

Organization Leadership and Management

3 Credits

Organization-wide implementation issues driven by change. Provides a balanced view of the structural and human sides of organization design.

BA 555

Practical Business Analysis

3 Credits

Advanced survey of quantitative business methods useful for aiding management decisions. Topics include a review of basic statistics, mathematical programming, business simulation, statistical process control, advanced regression analysis and forecasting.

BA 561

Supply Chain Management

3 Credits

Covers tools and concepts needed to manage the entire supply chain effectively. Topics include negotiation, purchasing, logistics operations, and applying e-business tools. Emphasis on creating integrated supply chains.

BA 569

Advanced Strategic Management

3 Credits

Advanced integrative case-based course on the process of systematically developing and managing firm strategies. Topics are covered from a general management perspective and include setting corporate goals and objectives, analyzing external competitive environments, understanding business models, identifying strategy options, and designing appropriate organization systems and structure for implementation of plans. International and e-business issues are integrated throughout.

BA 572

Advanced Information Systems

3 Credits

The development, implementation and management of information technology applications will be addressed. Topics will address the development and application of technology to support linkages within the organization and outside the organization. Projects will be assigned to illustrate the topics.

BA 590

Marketing Management

3 Credits

Provides students with an understanding of how a market-orientation can help firms to profitably deliver value to their targeted customers. Through a combination of lectures, in-class exercises, and case discussions, students will learn how to analyze complex marketing challenges, and make strategic decisions based on established marketing management principles. 

MGMT 559

Managing Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility

3 Credits

Introduces students to contemporary issues managers face making ethical and socially-responsible decisions in an increasingly competitive, transparent, and global environment. Practical examples and cases, as well as contemporary behavioral ethics research and theory are incorporated throughout the course.

Research Thesis Coursework

9 Credits

For more information regarding prerequisite requirements and official class descriptions, please consult the OSU Catalog or contact 541-737-5510.

BA 503

Thesis

6 Credits

This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

BA 505

Reading & Conference

3 Credits

This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

MRKT 596

Marketing Research Design and Methods

Focuses on articulating research problems, creating appropriate research design to address information needs (i.e., understanding markets, competitors, and customers), ethics (to include IRB training), and the application of diverse data collection methods, including secondary, qualitative, and quantitative methods. Measurement, sampling, and data preparation will also be addressed.

Elective Coursework

6 Credits

For more information regarding prerequisite requirements and official class descriptions, please consult the OSU Catalog or contact 541-737-5510.

Advisor-approved graduate business courses

6 Credits