MBA Program Description

The MBA program consists of the following set of courses:

  • MBA Foundation Courses (32 semester units)
  • MBA Core Courses (21 semester units)
  • MBA Elective Courses (9 semester units)

MBA Foundation Courses (32 semester units)

The MBA Foundation courses provide the fundamental knowledge of business principles to prepare students for the study of business at the graduate level. This set of courses is taken at the undergraduate level. The Foundation courses include the following:

  • BUS 230A and 230B Principles of Accounting (8)
  • BUS 344 Organizational Behavior (4) or BUS 504 (2) 
  • BUS 360 Introduction to Marketing (4) or BUS 506 (2)
  • BUS 370 Introduction to Managerial Finance (4) or BUS 507 (2) 
  • BUS 211 Business Statistics (4)
  • ECON 204 and 205 (previously 201A and 201B) Introduction to Economics (8)

Foundation courses may be waived for competencies demonstrated by the undergraduate courses or their equivalents listed above or by examination. All courses listed at the 200 level may be taken at a junior college. All courses listed at the 300 level must be taken at a four year institution at the upper division level. If acceptable equivalents of these courses have been taken at another institution, but the total units earned do not sum to 30 semester units, the student must take supplementary business courses to achieve the 30-unit minimum. A student needing one or more foundation courses will be admitted as a Conditionally Classified Student.

Transfer Grades

All courses applied to the program must be completed with an overall GPA of 3.00, and no course for which a final grade below C is assigned may be used to satisfy this requirement. Graduate programs must be completed in no more than 7 years, which is computed as 14 semesters.

MBA Core Courses (21 semester units)

As the title signifies, the MBA core courses are a cluster of graduate business courses that must be taken by all students. These 3-unit courses are intended to provide the graduate with those skills necessary to become an effective leader and manager in today's business environment. The core courses include the following:

  • BUS 516 Seminar in Operations Management
  • BUS 519 Management Information Systems
  • BUS 530 Financial Statement Analysis
  • BUS 540 Strategic Human Resource Management
  • BUS 560 Seminar in Marketing Management
  • BUS 570 Seminar in Managerial Finance
  • BUS 591 Seminar in Strategic Management
    or BUS 592 Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation

MBA Elective Courses (9 semester units)

An MBA student must complete 9 units of elective courses to graduate. Elective courses are typically worth 3 units each.

  • BUS 550 Seminar in Organizational Behavior and Management Theory
  • BUS 552 Leadership and Team Building
  • BUS 554 Social Entrepreneurship
  • BUS 559 Seminar in Advanced Management Topics
  • BUS 581 Research Methods for Managers
  • BUS 593 Seminar in International Management
  • BUS 595 Special Studies in Business Administration
  • BUS 596 Graduate Internship
  • BUS 599 Master's Degree Directed Research

View the schedule of current courses offered for fall 2011

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