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Master of Business Administration

The Master of Business Administration program develops competencies essential to functioning professionally in a complex and competitive business environment. The program prepares students for responsible administrative positions and provides the background essential for advancement in professional management careers. The Master of Business Administration degree encompasses a program of breadth which builds a wide range of competencies required for effective management while permitting students to specialize in a functional area.

The Master of Business Administration is normally a 48-unit program for the graduate without an undergraduate degree in Business.

General MBA

Requirements

The Master of Business Administration program requires completion of a minimum of 36 units of graduate course work as established and approved by the College of Business Administration MBA office. The MBA program must include:

  • I. First Year Core - 0-12
  • II. Advancement to Candidacy
  • III. Second Year Core - 21
  • IV. Advanced Study - 12
  • V. Capstone - 3

Total units: 36-48

MBA students should be guided by the following sequence of events as they progress through their graduate study in the College of Business Administration.

I. First Year Core: Common Body of Knowledge

The masters degree presupposes mastery of a common body of knowledge. Students with a recent bachelor's degree in business administration from this University or from other AACSB-accredited business schools within the last 3 years will have met much of the First Year Core requirements depending on the grades they achieved in certain courses. Upon acceptance to the MBA Program, student's transcripts are reviewed for completion of the necessary course work for mastery of the common body of knowledge. Generally, a grade of "B" or better within the last 3 years or an "A" in the last 4 years is required to meet the criteria. More information about this requirement and waiver exams is available from the CBA Graduate Programs Office.

Students with comparable, three-year old coursework from a non-AACSB business school with grades of "B" or better may take waiver exams only at the beginning of their program to demonstrate capability in the First Year Core classes.

Waivers of the First Year Core classes are based upon recent, satisfactory educational background at either a graduate or undergraduate level as described above. Students who have not met the entire common body of knowledge requirements prior to admission to the MBA Program will be required to enroll in the appropriate First Year Core Courses to make up any deficiency.

The First Year Core consists of at most four courses (up to 12 units):

  • ACCT 500 Financial Accounting (3 units)
  • FIN 501 Financial Management Concepts (3 units)
  • MGMT 500 Business Policies, Operations and Organizations (3 units)
  • MKTG 500 Marketing Concepts (3 units)

II. Advancement to Candidacy

Students admitted with all First Year Core requirements completed must file an application for Advancement to Candidacy for the degree after completion of their first six units. Other students must file the application during the semester in which the First Year Core requirements are to be completed. Prior to advancement to candidacy, a student must:

  • 1. Be accepted into the MBA Program.
  • 2. Maintain an overall minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA, including work transferred from other institutions, and a minimum 3.0 GPA in all work completed at this University.
  • 3. Complete all First Year Core Requirements, with no grade lower than "C".
  • 4. Fulfill the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) or receive a 4.0 or better on the writing portion of the GMAT or GRE.
  • 5. Prepare an official student program in consultation with the CBA Graduate Programs Office. This program must include the Second‑Year Core in effect at the time of Advancement to Candidacy, the 12 unit program for the area of Advanced Study and the Capstone Course, GBA 699, for a total of 36 units.
  • 6. File the application for Advancement to Candidacy with the CBA Graduate Programs Office for approval by the Graduate Program Director.

III. Second Year Core

Upon completion of the First Year Core, either by waiver or graduate course work, students move directly into the Second Year Core. (See section on Advancement to Candidacy). This core consists of seven courses (21 units) which provide the breadth requirements for the MBA degree at the advanced level.

Take all of the following courses:

  • ACCT 610 Managerial Accounting and Control (3)
    Prerequisites: Graduate business standing.
  • FIN 600 Seminar in Business Finance (3)
    Prerequisite: Graduate business standing.
  • HRM 652 Seminar in Human Resources Management (3)
    Prerequisite: Graduate business standing.
  • IS 601 Quantitative Methods for Managerial Decision Making (3)
    Prerequisite: Graduate business standing.
  • IS 602 Management of Information Systems (3)
    Prerequisite: Graduate business standing.
  • MGMT 647 Seminar in Management Planning and Control Systems (3)
    Prerequisites: Graduate business standing, and MGMT 500 or equivalent.
  • MKTG 661 Seminar in Marketing Policies (3)
    Prerequisite: Graduate business standing, MKTG 500.

IV. Advanced Study

The General MBA is designed for students with an undergraduate business degree or any other student desiring a more broad‑based MBA curriculum. The General MBA requires 12 units of graduate course work in three different areas within the College of Business Administration subject to approval by the CBA Graduate Programs Office.

MBA Specializations

Specializations require 12 units with at least nine units of graduate course work in one area.

Any student may count three units of Directed Studies (697) toward Advanced Study requirements. See CBA Graduate Programs Office for more details.

Elective courses designed to fulfill specialization requirements must be approved by the CBA Graduate Programs Office through the completion and acceptance of student's Advancement to Candidacy form.

Consumer Affairs

Requirements:

Take nine elective units selected from the following:

  • FCS 520, FCS 525, FCS 526, FCS 529, FCS 563, FCS 600.

Fashion Merchandising and Design

Requirements:

Take nine elective units selected from the following:

  • FCS 555, FCS 558, FCS 563, FCS 600.

Finance

Requirements:

Take nine elective units selected from the following:

  • FIN 620, FIN 630, FIN 650, FIN 690.

Health Care Management

Requirements:

Take the following course:

  • HCA 502 The Health Care System (3)
    Prerequisites: None.

Take any two of the following courses:

  • HCA 536, HCA 537, HCA 538, HCA 550, HCA 552.

Health Science

Requirements:

Take nine elective units selected from the following:

  • HSC 500, HSC 507, HSC 535, HSC 625.

Hospitality Management

Requirements:

Take nine elective units selected from the following:

  • FCS 563, FCS 574, FCS 577, FCS 600.

Human Resources Management

Requirements:

Take nine elective units selected from the following:

  • HRM 654, HRM 655, HRM 657.

Information Systems

Requirements:

Take nine elective units selected from the following:

  • IS 545, IS 550, IS 564, IS 580, IS 584.

Management

Requirements:

Take nine elective units selected from the following:

  • MGMT 542, MGMT 543, MGMT 646; HRM 657.

Marketing

Requirements:

Take nine elective units selected from the following:

  • MKTG 663, MKTG 665, MKTG 666, MKTG 668, MKTG 669, MKTG 695.

Recreation and Leisure Studies

Requirements:

Take the following course:

  • REC 571 Philosophy, Issues and Trends
    Prerequisites: None

Take six elective units selected from the following:

  • REC 521, REC 527, REC 528, REC 567, REC 569, REC 573.

V. Capstone

Students must take following as the last or capstone course:

  • GBA 699 Integrated Analysis (3)
    Prerequisites: Graduate business standing. Student shall have completed all 2nd year core classes. Classified MBA status in the last semester or within six units of completion of the 33-unit minimum graduate program and advancement to candidacy.

Students must complete the Second Year Core and Advance to Candidacy before enrolling in GBA 699. This critical course is given during the Fall and Spring semesters only. In this comprehensive analysis, the student will integrate the knowledge obtained in the functional areas. This capstone course serves in place of either comprehensive examination or thesis as the required evaluation of candidate competency.

Students must obtain a grade of "B" or better in GBA 699 in order to receive an MBA degree. Application for acceptance into GBA 699 must be filed in the CBA Graduate Programs Office before the end of the fourth week of instruction in the semester preceding enrollment in the course. Application forms and advisement relating to this important requirement are available in the Graduate Programs Office.

VI. Time Limitation

All courses on the official student program (Advancement to Candidacy) must be completed within seven years of commencement of the first class toward fulfillment of the Second Year Core requirement.

VII. Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR)

As a requirement for advancement to candidacy, all graduate students must demonstrate writing competency by:

  • 1. Passing an approved CSULB assessment of writing competence (GWAR),
  • 2. Having already passed an assessment of writing competence (GWAR) while matriculated at another CSU campus, or
  • 3. Earning a CSULB-approved passing score on the writing portion of an approved standardized graduate admissions test, such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).

Assessments of writing competence from non-CSU campuses will be evaluated by the GWAR Coordinator as a fulfillment of the GWAR, on an articulation basis if possible or on a case-by-case basis if necessary.

Students with degrees from non-CSU campuses must either provide evidence of meeting the requirement with adequate scores on a CSULB-approved standardized test or attempt to satisfy the GWAR by the end of their first semester of matriculation at CSULB.


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