Master of Business Administration

Program Overview

MBA
The Master’s of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program provides the prospective student with the core business skills, knowledge, competency and practical experience to become effective managers and leaders in their respective fields of business.

Graduates of the MBA program are trained to communicate effectively, think critically, and use analytic tools and innovative approaches to support business decisions. The program also develops future business leaders with strong ethical standards and social responsibility.

Career Potential

An MBA degree can broaden one’s career options as it allow a graduate to pursue wide and diverse fields in business from management, finance, managerial accounting, operations, sales, marketing, consulting, technology to entrepreneurship. Job occupations that stand to benefit from an MBA degree are expected to grow 8% on the average from 2014 to 2024. (Source: www.onetonline.org)

Program Goals and Learning Outcomes

  • Uses critical thinking skills and an integrated knowledge of business theory and practice to make sound business decisions.
    • Learning Outcome: Make sound business decisions (LO1 – Decision Making)
    • Learning Outcome: Apply business knowledge (LO2 – Business Knowledge)
  • Exercises effective practical written and oral business communication.
    • Learning Outcome: Write effectively (LO3 – Written Business Communication Skills)
    • Learning Outcome: Orally communicate effectively (LO4 – Oral Business Communication Skills)
  • Understands the ethical consequences of actions and acquits him/herself ethically as student, employee, business owner, and community leader.
    • Learning Outcome: Demonstrates Ethical Behavior for the Business Environment (LO5 – Ethical Business Behavior)
  • Develops and demonstrates leadership skills appropriate for managerial roles in private industry, public sector agencies, and not-for profit institutions.
    • Learning Outcome: Demonstrate leadership (LO6 – Leadership Skills)

Admission Requirements

The admission requirements below must be met before an application is considered complete.

  • Application for admission.
  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university.
  • Requested and/or required official transcripts from other institutions must be sent directly to the admission office. Transcripts delivered to the School directly by students or person other than the providing institution are not acceptable.
  • Letter of recommendation.
  • Entrance Essay.
  • Payment of non-refundable application and registration fees.
  • For international admission requirements, refer to section on International Admissions.

Tuition and Fees

Refer to MBA program tuition and fees.

Standard of Student Achievement and Graduation Requirements

To graduate, a student must complete a minimum of 68 quarter units or 680 hours of the following coursework with a cumulative GPA average of 3.00 on a 4.0 scale:

  • Complete 40 units of Common Core Courses.
  • Complete 28 units of Concentration Courses.
  • Successfully complete the degree requirements within the allowed program length.
  • Effective January 1, 2019, graduating students are required to take and pass the MBA ETS Exit Exam, a comprehensive exit examination to assess student’s knowledge of business content areas and measure critical thinking ability.

Successful graduates of the program will be awarded a degree in Master of Business Administration.

Program Length

Students are usually expected to complete the program in 2 years. The maximum time frame allowed for students to complete a program is 150% of the normal program length, namely 3 years for the MBA program. An extension may be granted for special circumstances

MBA Concentrations

The MBA degree program has one or more concentration areas available for students. Students must select and formally declare that they are pursuing.

  • Business Management Concentration
  • Accounting Concentration
  • Finance Concentration
  • Management Information System Concentration

Changing a concentration can be done any time before the student applies for graduation. Students should review all of the course requirements needed in order to complete a concentration area. Courses offered in one concentration may not transfer to another concentration area. To change concentration, submit a Change of Concentration form and make an appointment with the Academic Advisor. An Academic Advisor will review all concentration courses taken to evaluate if applicable credit exists. If approved, the Registrar will complete the change of concentration on your behalf.

Course Numbering System

MBA courses are numbered 600 to 799. Course numbers prefixed with “MA” denote Common Core and Business Management Concentration courses, while course numbers prefixed with “MS” denote Management Information System Concentration courses. For MBA electives, a two-letter prefix, other than “MA” or “MS”, is added to the course number. Here is a sample course numbering:

  • MA 680 – Operations Management (Common Core or Business Management Course)
  • MS 710 – Software Concepts (Management Information System Course)
  • AC 627 – Computerized Accounting I (Elective)
  • TX 667 – Principles of Taxation I (Elective)

A letter suffix is added to the course number for course topics that span 2 or more quarters. Example:

  • MA 664A – Business Law I
  • MA 664B – Business Law II

MBA Common Core Courses

MBA students regardless of concentration must complete 10 of the following Common Core Courses equivalent to 40 Academic Units or 400 Academic Hours.

Course No. Course Title Units Hours
MA625 Financial Accounting 4 40
MA630 Managerial Accounting 4 40
MA635 Statistics for Managerial Decision Making 4 40
MA640 Applied Managerial Economics 4 40
MA642 Organizational Behaviors 4 40
MA647 Marketing Management and Strategies 4 40
MA650 Managerial Communication Strategies 4 40
MA651 Global Marketing 4 40
MA655 Strategic Human Resources Management 4 40
MA660 Executive Leadership 4 40
MA664 Business Law 4 40
MA665 Financial Analysis and Management 4 40
MA668 Financial Risk Management 4 40
MA670 Financial Investment and Practice 4 40
MA672 International Financial Management 4 40
MA675 International Business and Decision Making 4 40
MA680 Operations Management 4 40
MA682 Management Information System 4 40
MA685 Business Entrepreneurship and New Venture Information 4 40
MA703 Management of Innovation 4 40
MA704 Advanced Management of Innovation 4 40
MA710 Business Cycles and Forecasting 4 40
MA717 Research Methods in Business 4 40
MA720 Business Plan 4 40
MA730 Advanced E-Commerce 4 40
MA740 Small Business Management 4 40
Total 100 1000

MBA Concentration in Business and Management

The MBA Concentration in Business and Management prepares students in the field of business and management. Students learn how to make more effective business decisions. Students pursuing a Business Management concentration must complete 7 of the following courses equivalent to 28 Academic Units or 280 Academic Hours.

Course No. Course Title Units Hours
MA625 Financial Accounting 4 40
MA630 Managerial Accouting 4 40
MA635 Statistics for Managerial Decision Making 4 40
MA640 Applied Managerial Economics 4 40
MA642 Organizational Behavior 4 40
MA647 Market Management and Strategies 4 40
MA680 Operations Management 4 40
MA682 Management Information System 4 40
Total 32 320

MBA Concentration in Management Information System

The MBA Concentration in Management Information System prepares students to manage business in information systems. Students learn how manage and evaluate technology investment, to be more effective and inform business decisions. Students pursuing a Management Information System concentration must complete 7 of the following Courses equivalent to 28 Academic Units or 280 Academic Hours.

Course No. Course Title Units Hours
MS710 Software Concepts 4 40
MS715 Information Systems Planning and Strategies 4 40
MS716 Information Systems Project Management 4 40
MS720 Data Communication and Networking 4 40
MS722 Analysis, Modeling, and Design 4 40
MS724 Web Development and Electronic Commerce 4 40
MS726 Data Management 4 40
MS730 Web Technologies and Innovation 4 40
MS740 Control and Auditing Information Systems 4 40
MS750 Research Seminar in Information Systems (Thesis) 4 40
Total 40 400