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Curriculum

This unique “stackable” program consists of 36-48 units in three phases: the Foundation, the Core, and the Specialization in Business Intelligence or International Business, which offer three entry and exit points into and out of the program. Upon satisfactory completion of each phase of the program, students will receive a certificate, and upon completion of the final project/culminating experience, an MBA. The program can be completed in as little as 12-15 months.

MBA Bridge (2 units)

Before beginning the program, all students will be required to complete a 2-unit MBA Bridge program focused on basic skills including career planning, business communication, and quantitative methods. Admission to the bridge requires admission to the MBA program.

The Foundation (0-12 units)

Certificate of Advanced Study in Business Foundations 

The Foundation is a multi-disciplinary 500-level pre-MBA program consisting of six 2-unit courses, offered during the 10 week summer session. It is designed as a refresher of basic business courses for those with undergraduate business degrees and as an introduction to business disciplines for those holding undergraduate degrees in non-business disciplines.  This 12-unit sequence is required of all entering students.  Domestic students with business degrees may petition to waive the Foundation. Admission to the Foundation requires successful completion of the MBA Bridge. Students receive a certificate of completion for the Foundation if they successfully complete all Foundation courses with a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Students who continue in the program to earn the MBA degree must complete the Foundation with a GPA of 3.0 or higher

Courses

  • ACCT 502- Foundations of Accounting
  • FIN 502- Foundations of Finance
  • MKTG 502- Foundations of Marketing
  • MGMT 502- Foundations of Management
  • OM 502- Foundations of Operations Management
  • MIS 502- Foundations of Management Information Systems

The Core (16 units)

Certificate of Advanced Study in Core Business Knowledge

 The Core is a multi-disciplinary graduate 600-level set of eight 2-unit courses. They are distinct from, and more advanced than the Foundation, and assume mastery of the basic business education. Admission to the Core requires successful completion of the Foundations with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, or a waiver of the Foundations and successful completion of the MBA Bridge. Students whose Foundations GPA falls below 3.0 may petition to move forward to the Core, but if approved, they will be placed on academic probation. Students who successfully complete the Core but do not continue in the program may earn a Certificate of Advanced Study in Core Business Knowledge. Successful completion of this certificate requires a minimum GPA of 2.5 and a minimum grade of 2.0 in all courses. Students who continue in the program to earn the MBA degree must complete the Core with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Courses

  • BA 602- Statistics for Business Decisions
  • MGMT 602- Leadership and Ethics
  • BA 604- Research Methods for Business
  • ACCT 602- Accounting for Managers 
  • MKTG 602- Marketing Management 
  • FIN 602- Corporate Finance 
  • MGMT 604- Human Resources
  • MGMT 606- Managing the Sustainable Enterprise

Specialization (12 units)

Certificates of Advanced Study in BI/IB: The specialization has two tracks: Business Intelligence and International Business that each consists of six advanced-level 2-unit courses. In an information-driven global economy, there is a great need for MBA graduates with these specializations.  Admission to the Specialization requires successful completion of Foundation and the Core with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students whose cumulative GPA falls below 3.0 may petition to move forward to the Specialization, but if approved, they will be placed on academic probation. Students who successfully complete the Core but do not continue in the program may earn a Certificate of Advanced Study in Core Business Knowledge. Successful completion of this certificate requires a minimum GPA of 2.5 and a minimum grade of 2.0 in all courses.


Business Intelligence Option

  • MIS 612- Data Management for Business Intelligence
  • OM 612- Business Analytics
  • OM 614- Business Forecasting
  • MIS 614- Data Warehousing
  • MIS 616- Data Mining in Action
  • MKTG 612- Customer-Focused Marketing Intelligence
International Business Option
  • GBM 612- International Culture and Negotiations
  • OM 612- Business Analytics
  • MKTG 614- Global Marketing and Sales
  • FIN 612- International Finance
  • OM 616- Global Supply Chain Management
  • GBM 614- Executive Seminar: Doing Business in selected Country/Region

Culminating Experience (6 units)

 After completing their specializations, students will be required to complete Strategic Management in Global Environment as a Capstone course.  BI Specialization students will take a 4-unit Business Intelligence Masters Project. IB Specialization students will participate in a 4-unit international experience involving travel to a foreign country with a faculty member to participate in company visits and a project. International students will have the option to complete their international experience under the direction of a faculty member in the US who will guide them in local company visits and project work equivalent to that done by the US students overseas. Completion of the Culminating Experience will lead to the completion of the MBA Degree.

Business Intelligence Specialization

  • BA 675- Strategic Management in Global Environment
  • BA 685- Business Intelligence Masters Project
International Business Specialization
  • BA 675- Strategic Management in Global Environment
  • GBM 685- International Experience

Advancement to Candidacy – Business Intelligence Specialization 

In order to be considered for advancement, MBA students must be in good standing with an overall graduate GPA of at least a 3.0, have fulfilled the master’s student Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement, and have no more than 6 units (including BA 675 and BA 685) remaining towards the completion of the MBA program. Students will be reviewed for advancement to candidacy before they are enrolled in BA 675.


Advancement to Candidacy – International Business Specialization 

In order to be considered for advancement, MBA students must be in good standing with an overall graduate GPA of at least a 3.0, have fulfilled the master’s student Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement, and have no more than 6 units (including BA 675 and GBM 685) remaining towards the completion of the MBA program. Students will be reviewed for advancement to candidacy before they are enrolled in BA 675.

Graduation Requirements 

Completion of the MBA degree requires:

(1) an overall GPA of at least 3.0 (B average) in all coursework within the program, (2) a minimum grade of 2.0 (C) in each course, (3) fulfillment of the master’s student Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement, (4) advancement to candidacy and (5) fulfillment of the culminating experience requirement.