Graduate and professional studies courses being offered

Graduate and Professional Studies Courses

Spring I Courses

January 8 – March 1, 2024
Registration opens November 24, 2023

Business Courses:

FN551 Financial Management

Format: Online, Asynchronous

Instructor: Harrington

This course focuses on financial decision-making by the firm. Topics include financial analysis and planning, valuation and the cost of capital, capital budgeting, capital structure and dividend policy, long-term financing, and working capital management. Emphasis is placed on case studies of practical business problems using computer electronic spreadsheet programs.

MG551 Organizational Theory and Behavior

Format: Online, Asynchronous

Instructor: Pelsma

This course surveys the major areas within the field of management, examining structures and processes on both group and organizational levels. Both traditional and contemporary organizational theories are analyzed and applied to business operations.

MG527-9 Project Management Specializations

Format: Online, Asynchronous

Instructor: Appunn

These courses are intended to build applied and specialized project management knowledge by offering a range of single credit courses that fit into two categories (a) a range of specialized capabilities relating to specific industries, and (b) a range of new and advanced topics that have proven important to the project management field. Prerequisite: PMP Certification, PM minor.

Criminology Courses:

CR515 Treatment of Offenders

Format: Online, Asynchronous

Instructor: Ochs

This course focuses on treatment and rehabilitative programs and the treatment methods that are the basis for these programs. Programs and techniques used in community and institutional programs will be studied. The standard of best practices will be used to illustrate which programs are most likely to result in positive outcomes and the main ideas and methods used in these programs.

CR651 Analysis of Criminal Justice Operations

Format: Online, Asynchronous

Instructor: Marsolais

This course analyzes the strategies and programs utilized in modern criminal justice operations, while remaining cognizant of the history leading to their current structures. Students will examine the relevant research and contemporary methods for assessing best practices of criminal justice organizations to include law enforcement agencies; correctional institutions such as jails and prisons; court systems; juvenile justice programs; and community corrections agencies.

Cybersecurity Courses:

CY613 Cyber Data Analytics

Format: Online, Asynchronous

Instructor: Rushing

Analyzes exceptionally large volumes of confidentiality, integrity, and availability data that is crucial in determining issues and invoking defenses. Analytics extends to complex correlation and using knowledge bases to enable operations and system protection, while also enabling incident and response management. This forward-looking course studies the integration of diverse data and knowledge assets to create a holistic 240 system that is capable of extremely fast actions and automated knowledge systems. The course includes a review of specific solutions and promising trends, including the implications of machine learning.

CY617 Cyber Law and Ethics

Format: Online, Asynchronous

Instructor: Marcello

Examines legal and ethical challenges relevant to cyber operations professionals confront in the public and private sectors. Coverage extends to include the specific cyber extensions including the implications of ethical hacking, limitations on defensive strategies, and avoiding collateral damage. The course then reviews the statutes and regulations that provide the government with the authority to conduct cyber operations, as well as the limits that the statutes impose. In addition, students investigate the interaction between public-sector and private-sector cybersecurity and the resulting the influences on privacy that and cybersecurity defenses.

Education Courses:

ED550 Teacher as Researcher

Format: Online, Asynchronous

Instructor: Rybakova

This course functions as an introduction to action research methods and will help students prepare for their capstone thesis.

ED641 Educational Leadership and Ethical Decision Making

Format: Online, Asynchronous

Instructor: McGee

This course introduces students to the principles of school leadership. It provides learners with the wherewithal to lead departments, school units and regional districts to achieve an organization’s mission, goals, and objectives. It is based on the theory that leadership skills can be learned and assimilated.

ED586 Educational Technology Integration

Format: Online
Instructor: Rybakova

This course is designed for educators seeking new methods and inspiration to integrate technology into their professional setting. Educators will gain ideas and begin to implement their learning with guided instruction in order to construct a project to be implemented in their professional setting. Possible projects include building a web presence for student use or developing assessment strategies that build digital student portfolios. Students will work to clarify the larger context of technology in education and the potential of digital learning through choices of selected books, podcasts, and videos coinciding with online discussion.

Spring II Courses

March 11 – May 3, 2024
Registration opens January 26, 2024

Business Courses

MS552 Applied Analytics for Business

Format: Online, Asynchronous
Instructor: Leland

This course concentrates on the application of quantitative decision-making to business problems. Emphasis will be placed on the use of model formulation and interpretation using realistic business problems that will be analyzed by a managerial perspective. Prerequisite: Undergrad statistics and understanding of computer.

HR561 Compensation & Benefits

Format: Online, Asynchronous
Instructor: Nedik

This course introduces students to the planning, administration, and design of compensation programs, including legal compliance fundamentals. The course also provides a comprehensive overview of the design and administration of private-sector benefit programs.

HR562 Recruitment and Retention

Format: Online, Asynchronous
Instructor: Wheaton

This course introduces students to the recruitment and selection process. Beginning with work force and job analysis, students will learn how to develop a total selection process. Students will develop selection criteria and participate in the selection process for a model organization.

MG532 Managerial Risk Analysis and Decision Making

Format: Online, Asynchronous
Instructor: Appunn

Managers need to understand how they personally value risk in order to recognize the potential impact their behavior may have on organizations and stakeholders. They need to be able to foster sound processes in group environments. The course will include approaches to optimize decision-making and risk analysis to solve problems in different operating environments. This is a qualitative course covering a framework for making decisions, as well as understanding how these decisions can be used to manage risk. Contemporary techniques such as TRIZ, KT, McMaster, and others are explored. Prerequisite: graduate-level status, or approval. permission of the instructor.

Criminology Courses

CR610 Critical Issues in Criminology

Format: Online, Asynchronous
Instructor: Dyer

This course examines the current critical issues in criminology and the methods to analyze those issues in relation to the various theories that exist in the field of criminology. By their nature, the critical issues will change from time to time, depending upon the public sentiment, scientific discoveries, and technological advances. The criminological theories will be consistent with those examined in Criminological Theory. Prerequisite: CR500.

CR650 Organizational Policy & Change

Format: Online, Asynchronous
Instructor: Dyer

This course focuses on the process of organizational planned change Students will learn about how planned change is proposed and implemented through policy development and/or change in criminal justice agencies. They will also learn that implementation of change involves acceptance by employees, clients and the agency as a whole. They will then assess evaluative research on the effects and longevity of change.

Cyber Security Courses

CS550 Technology Management and Integration

Format: Online, Asynchronous
Instructor: Appunn

This course is designed to provide a graduate-level introduction of corporate information systems, including investigations in the role of technology for communications, decision making, management, and planning. Students will demonstrate competency in utilizing information technologies on the managerial level and adapt technology to business scenarios and leadership decisions.

CY645 Cyber Security Operations

Format: Online, Asynchronous
Instructor: Marcello

Addresses the delivery of ongoing protection of the organization by deploying appropriate planning, processes, and tactics. Operations integrates controls relating to events, provisioning, maintaining, changes, and updates to systems from internal and external sources. It includes the systems and processes needed to monitor, inform, respond to outages, and restore operations. Content incudes related incident response, crisis management, business continuity, and disaster recovery.

Education Courses

ED530 Special Education Law

Format: Online, Asynchronous
Instructor: Morin

Participants will gain an understanding of federal and Maine special education law. This course is designed and intended for teachers and special education administrators, principals, assistant superintendents and superintendents. The course includes review of current cases and trends in special education law with an opportunity for case analysis.

ED698 Capstone in Education

Format: Online, Asynchronous
Instructor: Rybakova

This capstone course is designed to give students opportunities to take on the role of researcher by reflecting and applying theory to practice, a process known as action research. According to Sapp, action research is a practical experience in systematic problem solving designed to result in positive change? (1994). This type of research method requires the student to identify and document the existence of a problem in his/her own setting. Based on a scholarly review of current literature, the student must then propose and implement a plan to solve or improve the problem. This results in the researcher developing a system to evaluate the effectiveness of his/her solution. All core classes must be completed, and this must be one of the last three courses. Prerequisite: Earned grade of “C” or higher in ED550 or taken with permission of the School Chair.

ED544 Secondhand Trauma Strategies for Educators

Format: Online, Asynchronous
Instructor: Brewer

This course will examine childhood trauma, its causes, symptoms and the strategies that can be applied to support children and educators. Course topics will include identifying the effects of second-hand trauma on educators; strategies that can assist in responding and managing second-hand trauma, skills to employ in coping with its short/ long term effects. School leaders will find this course helpful in initiating training in the areas of educator self -care and wellness.