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Law & Ethics

Managers need an understanding of the legal and ethical environments in which they operate. Make more informed business decisions through knowledge of the laws governing contracts, commercial relationships, employment, intellectual property, and business formation. Learn to apply ethical frameworks to the decision-making process, employ corporate social responsibility, and manage risks associated with legal and ethical issues.

Today, business and law go hand-in-hand. This relationship is complex and found at all levels. City, county, state, federal, and international laws affect and shape business environments. Informed decision-making requires knowledge of the foundations of the American and international legal systems, including laws governing contracts, commercial relationships, employment, real and personal property, business formation, governance, tax, intellectual property, technology, and information security, among others.

The concentration in business law and ethics for MBA students examines legal and ethical issues confronting business managers and employees, and trains students to discover solutions to such issues through practical application of concepts that avoid, manage, and minimize risks.


Students pursuing a concentration in business law and ethics should complete nine credit hours (three courses) from the following electives.

MGT 6010  Business Taxation (3 credit hours)
Overview of federal income tax system. Provides necessary tax background for a variety of accounting, financial, and managerial careers. Helps prepare for qualifying examinations in accounting and finance such as CPA, CMA, CFA, and CFP. Learn to prepare individual and business income tax returns. Learn differences in the measurement of income for financial reporting and income tax reporting.

MGT 6047  Ethics and Accounting (3 credit hours)
Become aware of ethical dilemmas in accounting: auditors' responsibilities; conflicts of interest; and a look at Enron and other relevant cases.

MGT 6614  Law for Entrepreneurs (3 credit hours)
This course covers selection of legal entity; public offerings; ownership structure; sales and lease contracts; loan agreements; venture capital negotiations and agreements; debtor-creditor relations; employment law; and intellectual property law.

MGT 6725  Information Security Strategies and Policy (3 credit hours)
Information security vulnerabilities and risks; legal, cost, privacy, and technology constraints; derivation of strategies; technical and procedural means of achieving desired ends.

MGT 6726  Privacy, Technology, Policy, and Law (3 credit hours)
Big data has created numerous challenges in how to build private and public institutions to achieve the benefits of greater information flows while managing the risks to personal privacy and cybersecurity. This course seeks to equip students to understand the multiple perspectives relevant to managing privacy in an organization, both for private-sector companies and for government.

MGT 6799  Legal Issues-Technology Transfer (3 credit hours)
Understand the legal and business issues that a new technology company faces from creation until an IPO. Understand how best to capitalize on the technology developed by your company, including the transfer of technology and the use of technology as a capital asset in connection with venture capital funding and mergers and acquisitions. Learn about the issues that may arise in the course of the growth of your business and when and why such issues may arise.


Technology and Law Emphasis

MGT 6725  Information Security Strategies and Policy (3 credit hours)
Information security vulnerabilities and risks; legal, cost, privacy, and technology constraints; derivation of strategies; technical and procedural means of achieving desired ends.

MGT 6726  Privacy, Technology, Policy, and Law (3 credit hours)
Big data has created numerous challenges in how to build private and public institutions to achieve the benefits of greater information flows while managing the risks to personal privacy and cybersecurity. This course seeks to equip students to understand the multiple perspectives relevant to managing privacy in an organization, both for private-sector companies and for government.

MGT 6799  Legal Issues-Technology Transfer (3 credit hours)
Understand the legal and business issues that a new technology company faces from creation until an IPO. Understand how best to capitalize on the technology developed by your company, including the transfer of technology and the use of technology as a capital asset in connection with venture capital funding and mergers and acquisitions. Learn about the issues that may arise in the course of the growth of your business and when and why such issues may arise.


MBA concentrations and immersive tracks are optional. You have the flexibility to take electives in any combination of areas.