MBA, Business Administration, Entrepreneurship

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Master of Business Administration, Entrepreneurship

Those who have ever dreamt about starting their own businesses, inspiring others, and have innate motivations to succeed are prime candidates for becoming entrepreneurs. Brandman University’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree with an emphasis in entrepreneurship prepares students to make their mark on the world by training them to advance their organizations, whether newly created or years in the making.  To help develop well-rounded business experts, the program covers core business competencies that companies require of top executives such as financial reporting, data analysis for decision making, human resource systems, marketing, and organizational dynamics. Students will gain valuable insights to navigate throughout business operations while utilizing top ethical standards in corporate responsibility and sustainability.

The graduate-level entrepreneurship course work educates students on the necessary processes of funding and marketing new products and services. Curriculum teaches students critical aspects of business cycles including idea generation, assessment, formal business plan writing, financing, resource procurement and management, start-up requirements, and exit strategies. They will gain unique perspectives and understand the analytical tools required for effective financial decision making and be able to evaluate venture opportunities. Students will then build on their idea foundations by delving into marketing research strategies and the dynamics of new product development. Brandman University also offers a master's degree in marketing,  accounting, and finance.

What Jobs Can I Get with My Degree?

Entrepreneurs are hard-working professionals who are willing to take risks to promote ideas and drive business. Their career opportunities are practically endless and with the advancement of new technologies businesses are increasingly expanding into global enterprises, giving entrepreneurs additional options to stand out. These companies and other organizations including nonprofits are looking for tech savvy leaders (with a master's degree in entrepreneurship) to bring them to the next level. Entrepreneurs may work as consultants or build their own agencies to offer services in media, advertising, engineering, information technologies, internet communications and more. In addition to starting businesses of their own, graduates may also find rewarding careers as sales managers, administrative services managers, marketing directors, and training and development managers in a wide range of industries.

Another path MBA students may want to consider is becoming fundraising managers for an organization, particularly in-demand within the nonprofit sector with organizations depending on external funds at the operational level. Fundraising managers often coordinate campaigns and may be closely tied to public relations managers or dually serve in such positions to leverage the best possible public image for the company. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the occupational outlook for these jobs is relatively positive and projected to grow 13% by 2022 [1]. By leveraging their strong communication and leadership skills, these professionals often identify and contact potential donors, apply for grants, meet face-to-face with highly important contacts, and assign, supervise and review organizations’ activities staff members. These are all just a few of many paths that entrepreneurs may take to successful careers. If you are considering going back to school, then consider an MBA in Entrepreneurship at Brandman.

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. The second segment of the MBA program consists of 12 credits of electives or a designated emphasis area.


Program Requirements (36-48 credits)
Core Requirements (24 - 36 credits, depending upon waivers):

ACCU 602 Financial Reporting and Analysis 3
BUSU 610 Data Analysis for Decision Making 3
BUSU 620 Economic Analysis for Managers 3
BUSU 630 Business Process Analysis and Innovation 3
BUSU 650 Corporate Responsibility: Ethics and Sustainability 3
FINU 607 Finance Management 3
HRCU 645 Human Resource Systems 3
MKTU 605 Marketing Management 3
OLCU 613 Seminar in Organizational Dynamics 3
OLCU 615 Organization Development and Change 3
OLCU 632 Leadership and Innovation 3
BUSU 640 Business Strategy and Competitive Advantage Capstone 3

Prior to enrolling in the MBA (BUSU 640) capstone course, all core classes must be satisfactorily completed with one exception; one core class may be taken concurrently with the capstone.


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


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