MBA students

MBA Core Curriculum

The MBA program has been designed to give students a strong foundation in business fundamentals while enabling them to individualize their program by selecting elective courses. Each course builds the students business and practical knowledge while providing the leadership skills and groundwork necessary to become effective leaders and managers. Through hands-on learning and networking opportunities, the College’s MBA prepares students to be effective leaders by emphasizing conceptual, analytical, technical, interpersonal and problem-solving skills.

Each MBA course is built on a forward-looking curriculum reflecting the ever-changing needs of today’s organizations. Students can expect to discuss current issues, learn from past case studies, forecast future trends, and participate in dynamic group discussions.

The MBA program is comprised of 33-48 semester units (11-15 courses) which have been designed to deliver broad, strategic managerial perspectives, while balancing theory with practical application and strengthening leadership skills. Eighteen - thirty units (6-10 courses) are dedicated to interdisciplinary courses selected to provide a thorough foundation in conceptual, quantitative, strategic, analytic, and problem-solving skills. In addition, you’ll select a concentration area (consisting of four courses) that will enable you to further customize your degree and culminate the program with a 3 unit Business Strategy Capstone course.

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MBA Core (30 Units)
Acct 510 Financial Accounting (3)
Acct 511 Seminar in Managerial Accounting (3)
Econ 515 Microeconomic Perspectives for Managers (3)
Fin 517 Managerial Finance (3)
Mgmt 516 Operations Management (3)
Mgmt 518 Legal & Ethical Environment of Business (3)
Mgmt 524 Seminar in Organizational Behavior & Admin. (3)
ISDS 514 Decision Models for Business & Economics (3)
Mktg 519 Marketing Management (3)
Mgmt 515 or
Econ 521 or
ISDS 551
Management of Information in the Corporate Environment or
Macroeconomics Perspectives for Managers (3) or
Information Resource and IT Project Management

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MBA Concentration (12 -15 units)
Students may choose from thirteen concentration areas to tailor their degree towards their professional, personal and educational goals. Concentrations are offered in the following areas: Accounting; Business Intelligence; Economics; Entrepreneurship; Finance; General; Information Systems; International Business; Management; Management Science; and Marketing.

All concentrations are composed of 12 units (4 courses), except the International Business concentration which entails 15 units (5 courses). All concentration courses must be approved by the Department Chair or their designee. Students wishing to explore a broader concentration may select 12 courses (4 classes) from differing areas, with no more than two electives from any one area, to create a General concentration. Theses electives are approved by the Associate Dean or designee.

Capstone(3 Units)
Buad 591 Business Strategy Capstone (3)

Additional Requirements
Students, within their first year of study, must complete prerequisites in calculus and statistics. The courses below or equivalent coursework must be completed with grades of at least a "C" (2.0).

  • Business Calculus | Math 130 or 135 at CSUF (3 units)
    • Or enroll in the Graduate Programs Quantitative Preparatory Course, offered each fall
    • Fall 2015 Dates: August 29, September 5, September 12 and September 19
  • Statistical Analysis | ISDS 316A or ISDS 513 at CSUF(3 units)

Writing Requirement
Students, who score below 50% on the verbal or analytical writing areas of the GMAT will need to complete a writing requirement in their first semester in the program.

Terminal Requirements
To graduate, students must complete the individual written component of the Buad 591: Business Strategy Capstone group project with a grade of "B" or better. Students must also complete a minimum of 45 units and maintain a 3.0 minimum overall grade point average. Students who have not met the calculus and software applications requirements upon admission may need to take additional classes.

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