Master of Business Administration

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Master of Business Administration

This degree program provides the tools necessary to analyze business functions and processes, formulate effective business strategies and identify characteristics of effective leadership. Students will gain valuable skills and abilities that can be applied to a variety of professions and industries. A master’s in business administration can open doors for future jobs and advancement opportunities.

Program Overview

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) prepares you to lead and manage successful organizations. You can customize your MBA program to coincide with your career goals by adding an emphasis in accounting, e-business strategic management, entrepreneurship, finance, health administration, human resources, international business, marketing or organizational leadership.

As a student, you will:

  • Analyze and evaluate business functions and processes.
  • Evaluate and formulate effective domestic and global business strategies.
  • Integrate ethics, corporate social responsibility and sustainability in decision-making.
  • Identify, evaluate, communicate and implement effective leadership of a diverse workforce.
  • Research, design and apply the innovation process from creativity to solution design and implementation.


Admission Requirements

All graduate admissions options listed below require an earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Admission Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirements:

Option One – GPA required 3.00 or Higher

  • A 3.0 grade point average (GPA) calculated over the most recent 30 graded semester (45 quarter) credits completed in either a baccalaureate or post baccalaureate program, including credits earned toward a credential. All credits used for GPA calculation must be from a regionally accredited institution.

Option Two – GPA between 2.50 and 2.99, qualifying score on GRE, MAT or GMAT

  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE): achieve the required minimum scores on two out of three of the subsections of the GRE. (Minimum score for Quantitative: 141, minimum score for Verbal: 150, minimum score for Analytic Writing: 4.5)
  • Miller Analogies Test (MAT): achieve a minimum scaled score of 400.
  • Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT): fulfill the formula GMAT + (GPA X 200) > 1000.

Option Three – An earned master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution

Option Four – GPA below 2.50, Portfolio

  •   Submission of a portfolio of evidence that shows adequate preparation for graduate studies. The portfolio will contain: writing samples that show graduate level communications and analytical skills; a detailed resume showing professional development and achievements; awards; professional recognition; letters of reference from persons who can attest to the applicant’s ability to do graduate level work; and a letter of explanation detailing the reasons the student believes he or she is a good candidate.

The MBA program consists of two segments. The first segment is the MBA Core consisting of 24 – 36 credits depending upon course waivers (see Course Waiver Policy above). The second segment of the MBA program consists of 12 credits of electives or a designated emphasis area.

Program Requirements

Core Requirements  
Select 24-36 credits of the following, depending upon waivers: 24-36
ACCU 602
Financial Reporting & Analysis  
BUSU 610
Data Analysis for Decision Making  
BUSU 620
Economic Analysis for Managers  
BUSU 630
Business Process Analysis and Innovation  
BUSU 650
Corporate Responsibility: Ethics and Sustainability  
FINU 607
Financial Management  
HRCU 600
Human Resource Foundations  
MKTU 605
Marketing Management  
OLCU 613
Seminar in Organizational Dynamics  
OLCU 615
Leading Organizational Change  
OLCU 632
Leadership and Innovation  
BUSU 640
Business Strategy and Competitive Advantage Capstone  
Core Requirements Subtotal 24-36
Electives or Designated Emphasis Area  
Electives or Emphases 12
Electives or Designated Emphasis Area Subtotal 12
Total Credits 36-48

Prior to enrolling in the MBA (BUSU 640 Business Strategy and Competitive Advantage Capstone) course, all core courses must be satisfactorily completed with one exception; one core course may be taken concurrently with the capstone.

MBA Electives

MBA students may select an individualized set of electives from the graduate courses listed in the following emphasis areas: Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Public Administration, Health Administration, Human Resources, International Business, Organizational Leadership, Marketing, and Computer Science. Successful completion of the University of California, Irvine Extension Project Management Certificate, as described in the Transfer Credit Policy, may substitute for the described MBA electives.

MBA Emphases

Instead of individualized electives, MBA students may specialize in one of the following designated emphasis areas:

Accounting Emphasis

ACCU 620 Contemporary Issues in Accounting 3
ACCU 625 International Accounting 3
ACCU 640 Strategic Cost Management 3
Select one course from Finance or Accounting 3
Total Credits 12

Entrepreneurship Emphasis

ENTU 610 Entrepreneurship 3
ENTU 620 Entrepreneurial Finance 3
MKTU 624 Seminar in Marketing Research 3
MKTU 630 Seminar in New Product Development 3
Total Credits 12

Finance Emphasis

FINU 615 International Finance 3
FINU 620 Investments 3
FINU 630 Capital Markets 3
Select one course from Accounting 3
Total Credits 12

Health Administration Emphasis

HAUU 640 Foundations of Healthcare Administration 3
HAUU 641 Law, Ethics and Health Services 3
HAUU 642 Healthcare Information and Communication Systems 3
Select one from the following: 3
CSCU 683
Project Management for Business Majors  
HAUU 645
Healthcare Economics  
HAUU 651
Quality Management in Healthcare  
HRCU 605
Talent Management  
OLCU 601
Democracy, Ethics and Leadership  
OLCU 602
Self, Systems, and Leadership  
Total Credits 12

Human Resources Emphasis

HRCU 604 Workforce Planning 3
HRCU 605 Talent Management 3
Select two from the following: 6
HRCU 602
Strategic Business Concepts and Human Resources  
HRCU 607
Total Rewards  
HRCU 618
Career Management  
HRCU 622
Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining  
HRCU 630
Conflict and Negotiation  
HRCU 652
Human Resources Information Systems  
Total Credits 12

International Business Emphasis

ACCU 625 International Accounting 3
FINU 615 International Finance 3
HRCU 603 Globalization and Diversity 3
OLCU 618 Cultural Dimensions of Global Leadership 3
Total Credits 12

Organizational Leadership Emphasis

OLCU 600 Foundations of Organizational Leadership 3
OLCU 601 Democracy, Ethics and Leadership 3
OLCU 602 Self, Systems, and Leadership 3
Select one course from Organizational Leadership or Human Resources 3
Total Credits 12

Marketing Emphasis

MKTU 624 Seminar in Marketing Research 3
MKTU 630 Seminar in New Product Development 3
MKTU 635 Seminar in Advertising and Promotion 3
MKTU 640 Seminar in International Marketing 3
Total Credits 12

e-Business Strategic Management Emphasis

CSCU 615 Information Technology Development and Innovation 3
CSCU 641 Internet Based Systems Analysis and Development 3
CSCU 683 Project Management for Business Majors 3
CSCU 685 Risk Management 3
Total Credits 12
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