Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Pastoral Studies

MAPS - Church Management Concentration / QSB course list

Concentration Courses (9 hours at the QSB)

Students must take ACCT 400, choose one course from the Business Core Set, and a third course in consultation with their academic advisor and the Associate Dean for Programs at the QSB.


ACCT 400 - Financial Accounting for Business Decisions
This course is an introduction to the accounting function that is used to measure and communicate business transactions. The focus is on understanding financial information to facilitate better decisions. Outcome: Students will be able to identify the impact of business transactions on the basic financial statements: the income statement, the statement of financial position, the cash flow statement, and the statement of changes in owners’ equity. Students will also be able to demonstrate an understanding of the financial statements and their implications on various business decisions.

Business Core Set (choose one)

HRER 417 - Managing and Motivating in the Workplace
This course examines the effective management of people working in organizational settings. Outcome: Students will understand how organizational behavior theory and practice can help managers in motivating individual employees, facilitating productive work teams, and leading successful organizations in a diverse global environment.

MARK 460 - Marketing Management
This course develops a broad understanding of the marketing principles that undergird successful marketing strategies and marketing plans with special attention given to international and ethical considerations. Outcome: Students use and apply marketing principles, strategic research, consumer analysis and target marketing to either a project or to case studies.

HRER 430 - Organization Development
This course examines how the effectiveness and the quality of life in organizations can be increased using collaborative methods. Outcome: Students will learn to apply concepts from team building, employee involvement, work design, and large group interventions to organizational settings. In addition, students will increase their overall knowledge and effectiveness about leadership, organization development, training and human resource management.

Recommended Electives

ACCT 424 - Managerial Accounting (Pre-req: ACCT 400)
Topics include product costing and activity based costing concepts, development and analysis of information for short-run and long-run decision making, the impact of accounting information on divisional performance, cost estimation and cost-volume-profit analysis, segment analysis, transfer pricing, budgeting concepts, and behavioral issues associated with accounting information. Outcome: Develop and use managerial accounting information for operational and strategic decision making. 

FINC 450 - Financial Management (Co-req: ACCT 400)
The goal of this course is to provide students with an understanding of managerial finance: valuation, capital investment, financing, capital structure, and business ethics as they relate to finance. Outcome: Students will demonstrate knowledge of financial analysis, time value of money, risk-reward, asset valuation, capital budgeting, capital structure, and working capital management.

HRER 429 - Human Resource Development
This course examines how organizations develop employees with the appropriate technical, interpersonal and leadership skills to be effective in their jobs. Outcome: Students will learn how to conduct a training needs assessment, set learning objectives, establish evaluation criteria, select the best instructional methods, and to evaluate the impact of the program on the employee and organization. In addition to conducting formal training programs, students will learn how to use career planning, job rotation and performance feedback to develop employees and themselves. Students will improve their presentation, team leadership, analytical and writing skills.

ISOM 484 - Project Management
Prerequisites: Completion of two Core business courses. (ACCT 400, MARK 460, HRER 417, ISOM 491, FINC 450, ECON 420, OPMG 480). The art and science of project management as applied to a variety of business and technical projects in commercial, public, and private sectors. Covers: project life cycle and methodology; teambuilding; project organization, stakeholders and leadership; proposals and contracts; techniques for project planning, estimating, scheduling, and control; PMO. Outcome: Understanding of the broader role of the project manager with regard to all project stakeholders, and of methods, tools, and procedures for initiating, defining, and executing projects.

MARK 464 - Integrated Marketing Communication (Pre-req: MARK 460)
This course develops an understanding of how advertising, sales promotion, public relations, personal selling and in some cases packaging decisions form a coordinated marketing communications plan. Outcome: Students apply the elements of integrated marketing communication and develop a coordinated IMC campaign for a project or case study.

MARK 468 - Digital Marketing (Pre-req: MARK 460)
This course develops an understanding of the Internet as part of an overall marketing strategy by considering digital design, online consumer behavior, business-to-business marketing, interactivity, community, personalization and the role of the internet in international marketing and market research. Outcome: Students develop the power to act effectively by using technology in increasingly complex buying environments.

MARK 566 - Integrated Media Planning
The course provides an overall understanding of media planning: basic media concepts, buying and selling of media, development and evaluating effective media strategies and plans, and the role that media plays in an integrated marketing and communications plan. The course is recommended for students with little or no media planning experience.

MGMT 472 - Organizational Change and Development
This course focuses on the manager’s role as a change agent in implementing effective change management and organizational development. Outcome: Students will apply change theory frameworks in analyzing different types of organizational change such as mergers and restructuring and will learn how to manage resistance to change, facilitate change implementation and foster long-term acceptance of change by employees.