Program of Study
The fundamental mission of the College of Business Administration is to educate the leaders of tomorrow’s business and non-profit organizations. The objective of our Master of Business Administration is to provide graduates with the skills and knowledge essential for management and leadership in 21st-century organizations. We use a variety of pedagogical techniques in the classroom to facilitate learning. Our curriculum integrates traditional business disciplines and recognizes the importance of both theory and practice. The program emphasizes skills and values that are essential to effective leadership, including:
- Global and Environmentally Conscious Viewpoint
- Problem Recognition and Solving
- Use of Technology
The program makes use of information technologies in the delivery of the courses and requires that students develop a significant level of proficiency in the application of technology. Information literacy and library research skills are salient in the dynamic world of global business and are emphasized in the program. The curriculum stresses the importance of good communication skills for successful management; thus written and oral presentations are part of every course.
Student Learning Outcomes
Graduates of this program will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of core business concepts, models, and theories.
- Select the proper tactical tools, theories and methodologies to use for approaching solutions to strategic problems.
- Apply knowledge of tactical tools, theories, and methodologies in solving business problems through rigorous case studies and projects.
- Analyze quantitative and qualitative data to critical argument and decisions.
- Present data-driven decisions through effective oral and written communication.
- Demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively in team projects as participants and as leaders.
- Identify potential areas of ethical conflicts and offer solutions to them.
- Evaluate the ramifications of strategic decisions in a global context.
Description of the Program
The Master of Business Administration, Fully Employed Option is designed for the employed student who has several years of work experience as a professional and is either preparing to enter management or has moderate management experience.
The program is designed for working professionals in a cohort format. Groups of 25-40 students take courses in a predetermined sequence. The full Master’s Program can be completed in 18 months. Students attend a Summer-Fall-Spring-Summer-Fall term sequence.
1. Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
a. Minimum GMAT requirements:
- Total score of 500
- 30th percentile score in the Verbal and Quantitative sections
- 4.0 in the Analytical Writing and Integrated Reasoning sections
b. GRE scores may be submitted for the GMAT requirement.
The scores will be converted to comparable GMAT scores using the GRM Comparison Tool for Business Schools. The converted scores must meet the GMAT requirement. For more information on the GRE Comparison Tool, please contact the MBA Office.
c. Applicants who hold a master’s or a doctorate degree in a quantitative field may petition to waive the GMAT requirement.
- A Grade Point Average (GPA) of “B” (3.0) or better in the last 60 graded semester units, from a WASC-equivalent university. Only regular courses from four-year colleges and/or universities will be used in calculating an applicant’s GPA–no extension courses or community college courses will be included.
- The Work Experience requirement is at least three years of full-time, professionally relevant work experience.
The primary data for assessment includes the following required items:
- Transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended.
- The Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) or GRE, taken within the last 5 years.
- Resume documenting at least 3 years of professionally relevant work experience.
- A personal statement.
- Two letters of recommendation.
The admissions committee will also evaluate the applicant’s skills in quantitative methods (including basic calculus), communication, and computer applications. Where deficiencies are identified, the applicant may be required to complete equivalent courses or workshops.
Master's Student Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement
Students need to fulfill the Master’s Student Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement before advancing to candidacy. Please refer to Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement for more information regarding this requirement.
Advancement to Candidacy
In order to be considered for advancement, FEMBA 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 11 units (including BA 650 , BA 671 , BA 673 , and BA 680 ) remaining toward the completion of the FEMBA program.
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 master’s project culminating experience requirement.
Core Courses (35 Units)
The program requires a total of 41 units. Core Courses (35 units):
Electives (3 Units) Select at least 3 units below: