Master of Business Administration (MBA)

CIP Code: 52.0299

MBA Program Objective:

The objective of the MBA program is to provide aspiring leaders a broad base of field-proven interdisciplinary business concepts in management, marketing, human resources, finance, analytics, and technology that will enable them to launch their professional careers to the next level. Program graduates will have acquired the flexibility of thought to make wise decisions in today's complex, diverse, multicultural, and global business settings.

MBA Concentrations:

The MBA program offers three concentration choices. Choosing a concentration is not required.

  • Marketing Management Concentration: Students who complete their MBA with 12 units or more of Marketing (MKT, SOC) specialization may request the Registrar’s office to have their transcripts and printed diploma marked with "Concentration in Marketing Management."
  • Management Concentration: Students who complete their MBA with 12 units or more of Management, Green Business Management, and/or Human Resource Management (MGT, GBM, HRM, SOC) specialization (excluding MGT530 and HRM531 core required courses) may request the Registrar’s office to have their transcripts and printed diploma marked with "Concentration in Management."
  • Business Analytics Concentration: Students who complete their MBA with 12 units or more of Business Analytics (BAN, including MGT460/L) specialization may request the Registrar’s office to have their transcripts marked with "Concentration in Business Analytics."
    • An approved concentration will appear on the student's official transcript and printed diploma. If no concentration is selected the transcript will show MBA without any concentration notation.
    • Students may have only one formal concentration.
    • Concentrations are open to both on-campus classroom and distance learning modality students.
    • Courses counting towards the concentration unit requirement may be taken as either Major or Electives. Required Core courses and the Capstone course do not count towards a concentration.
    • Students are advised to complete the 12-units applicable to their concentration before meeting with the Registrar's Office to formally request their desired concentration. Due to logistics and diploma printing time requirements spanning multiple months, last minute concentration requests and changes may not be approved at the discretion of the Registrar's Office.

MBA Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs):

Students graduating with a Master of Business Administration degree are expected to demonstrate the following program learning outcomes –

  • (PLO 1) Written Communication - In a contextually appropriate manner, write strategic business plans and tactical implementation plans.
  • (PLO 2) Oral Communication - In a business setting, craft and deliver compelling messages, based on logic and a variety of supporting materials.
  • (PLO 3) Quantitative Reasoning - Convert relevant information into insightful mathematical portrayals and apply across a wide range of business situations.
  • (PLO 4) Information Literacy - Determine, acquire, and analyze data needed from multiple sources in order to create recommendations for complex business situations.
  • (PLO 5) Critical Thinking - Methodically solve multi-criteria business and managerial problems.
  • (PLO 6) Specialized Knowledge - Synthesize concepts in management, finance, accounting, and marketing to resolve complex business challenges.

MBA Curriculum

A minimum of 36 semester units of graduate study are required for the MBA program. The MBA curriculum includes coursework in the following categories: Core Required Courses, Major Required Courses, Elective Courses, and a Capstone Course. A number of areas of interest are shown in the section of Major Requirements; each is listed with a cluster of courses. Students taking courses in an area of interest will gain in-depth knowledge and skills in the corresponding business professional field. Additionally, taking courses in an area of interest can be beneficial to the student for career planning. The student must meet prerequisite/corequisite requirements when taking any course.

I. Core Required Courses (9 units)

The following required courses provide a knowledge base of interdisciplinary business theories and techniques. Core courses may be taken at any time during the program.

FIN501 Financial Management
HRM531 Human Resource Management
MGT530 Logistics and Operations Management

II. Major Courses Selectable from the School of Business Graduate Course Pool (12 units)

Beyond Core Requirements, the student is required to take at least 12 units of 500 level business (major) coursework. Although not required, the student has the opportunity to select a concentration or an area of interest and take courses in the chosen area to meet the major requirements. Taking a sufficient number of courses in a concentration or an area of interest is beneficial to the student for entering the corresponding business profession.

Concentrations (Optional)

Management (excludes HRM531 and MGT530):

MGT450G Organizational Behavior and Management
MGT451G Project Management
MGT460G Production and Operations Management
MGT460LG Production and Operations Management Lab
MGT480G Entrepreneurship
MGT500 Risk Management
MGT501 Agile Project Management
MGT540 Management of Innovation
MGT542 Technology and Product Management
MGT550 Global Outsourcing Project Management
GBM500 Green Business Management
HRM532 Strategic Workforce Planning
SOC450G Emotional Intelligence
SOC501 Emotional Intelligence Essentials


MKT450G Market Management
MKT541 Strategic Marketing
MKT542 Global Marketing
MKT545 Global Trade and Operations
MKT550 Consumer and Buyer Behavior
MKT551 Sales Management
MKT552 Brand Management and Marketing
MKT553 Digital Marketing and Social Media
MKT554 Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
SOC450G Emotional Intelligence
SOC501 Emotional Intelligence Essentials

Business Analytics:

BAN452G Excel for Finance, Accounting & Analytics
BAN455G Server-Side Data Processing Using Python/PHP
BAN460G Introduction to Business Analytics
BAN463G Data Visualization
BAN470G Introduction to Machine Learning Based Prediction Modeling and Forecasting
BAN472G Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (AI)
BAN501 Quantitative Methods for Business
BAN520 Business Analytics for Dashboards
BAN524 Intermediate Business Analytics
BAN572 Process Management for Analytics/td>
BAN589 Special Topics on Analytics, Strategy, and Applied Information
MGT501 Agile Project Management
MGT460G Production and Operations Management
MGT460LG Production and Operations Management Lab

Areas of Interest


FIN501 Financial Management (Required Core Course)
FIN510 Investment Analysis
FIN512 Financial Risk Management
FIN522 International Trade and Investment
FIN568 Corporate Finance
FIN580 Portfolio Management
FIN585 International Finance


ACC450G Cost Accounting
ACC451G Intermediate Accounting - I
ACC452G Intermediate Accounting – II
ACC490G Introduction to Taxation
ACC501 Advanced Accounting
ACC512 Federal Taxation of Business Enterprises
ACC530 Auditing

MBA students who are considering a future career as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) should; seek additional advising, study the California Board of Accountancy's (CBA – numerous requirements, and from the start of their studies focus where possible all core and elective choices towards meeting the CBA's numerous academic requirements. The CBA requires substantial additional academic education and professional training outside the scope of the MBA program.

Unlike concentrations, areas of interest are informal and are not shown on a student’s transcript or printed diploma.

Note: Emotional Intelligence courses SOC501 (1 unit) Emotional Intelligence Essentials and SOC450G (3 units) Emotional Intelligence are considered major pool courses and are also acceptable to be taken as electives. Emotional Intelligence (EI / EQ) is essential for successfully managing and controlling interpersonal relations, and therefore helpful to those aspiring to management positions.

III. Electives (12 units)

The student may elect any graduate-level courses (courses numbered 4xxG, 5xx) to meet the Electives requirement. Free electives may include courses from the School of Business, the School of Engineering, CPT, Career Development, and courses transferred in.

Curricular Practicum: When applicable, the student may take curricular practicum courses (CPT501 or CPT502) and engage in practical training to work on company projects that are directly related to the student’s course of study. The student must observe the rules required for taking the practicum courses. No more than 6 units of practicum coursework may be counted towards graduation.

Career Development: P450G Career Development (1 unit)
This course is designed for students to take in preparation for becoming working professionals. Topics include effective communication strategies, emotional intelligence, diversity and cultural awareness, professional behavior, and interview skills.

IV. Required Capstone Course (3 units)
(A required subject)

Upon completing most of the coursework for this program, the student is required to take the capstone course and, under the guidance of the course instructor, integrate the knowledge and skills learned from all of the courses taken during the program to form a complete business plan as the class project.

  • BUS595 - Business Capstone Course