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Online MBA Program Curriculum

CSUMB's Online MBA degree program offers students a chance to encounter in-depth study, group projects, global perspectives, and sophisticated technologies while viewing all facets of business administration through the 5-point lens of Profit, People, Ethics, Equity, and Planet. With a focus on Responsible Business, courses provide students with the professional business competencies valued by employers in today's global marketplace.

The Online Master of Business Administration curriculum consists of 38 units delivered in sequence across 14 individual courses. Students take one course at any one time with their cohort. Individual courses are 3 units and five weeks long or 1 unit and one week long. You can complete the program and earn your MBA degree in as few as 18 months.

The University accepts credit for transfer into the program. Students who have completed coursework in another regionally accredited graduate program with a grade of B or better can apply for transfer credit. Credit is granted when the coursework for which credit was earned is deemed to align with the course content, assessments, objectives and outcomes below. A maximum of 6 units can be transferred into the MBA program.

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Online MBA Course Sequence

The Online MBA curriculum at CSUMB is comprised of the following 14 courses, which must be taken in the sequence listed below:

BUS 601: Responsible Business Communication (3 units)

The course fosters proficiency in business writing/speaking with emphasis on grammar, sentence structure, critical thinking (thought formation), information literacy, and presentation skills. Assignments introduce responsible business concepts and communication in real-world business situations, and they enable students to strengthen their ability to write and speak effectively in the workplace.

BUS 606: Decision-Making Methods for Managers (3 units)

In this course, students will get exposure to and practice the use of quantitative tools for aiding managerial decision-making in the corporate and public sectors. Students will be introduced to several quantitative models proven effective in solving classes of business problems. Students will also become proficient in the use of Excel for managerial decision-making.

BUS 625: Organization and Responsible Leadership (3 units)

Students analyze organizational effectiveness using theories of leadership, management, and organizational behavior. Students study leadership in a responsible business context. Students reflect upon their own leadership styles and those of other leaders to determine how to shape their own management practice to improve their effectiveness.

BUS 648: Accounting for Managers (3 units)

Introduces financial and managerial accounting as tools for responsible managers. Students learn to read, understand, and interpret financial statements as they evaluate organizations’ liquidity, profitability, and leverage. Students learn to use internal reports, budgets, and other accounting information to plan and control operations and make both tactical and strategic decisions.

BUS 610: Economics for Business (3 units)

This course teaches students the economic principles used in the business decision and strategy process. It will enable students to understand why firms and markets exist, as well as how market conditions affect managerial business decisions concerning production, product pricing, and marketing strategy. Students will be introduced to Business Cycle Theory and how the macroeconomy impacts business decisions.

BUS 671: Operations and Supply Chain Management (3 units)

This course reviews operations strategies in a global environment for optimal allocation of resources (material and personnel) by firms to gain competitive advantage in the delivery of products (goods and services). Students will develop the ability to forecast demand and manage projects, inventory, revenue, supply chain risks, capacity planning, and procurement.

BUS 652: Financial Management (3 units)

Students will learn about the time value of money, project, and security valuation. They will develop both the skills necessary to make financial decisions and the ability to understand their impact on a responsible business and its stakeholders. This course will introduce and reinforce high-level financial concepts and principles that will serve as a foundation for financial management decisions.

BUS 633: Information Systems and Business Analytics (3 units)

An executive perspective of IS to explore the emerging technologies that inform enterprises’ strategic needs. Focus is on understanding business analytics and its role in managing processes, resources, and people. This course reinforces the role of business analytics for creating a culture of data-driven decision-making and also addresses ethical and data governance issues in embedding analytics.

BUS 662: Marketing Management (3 units)

Students apply marketing frameworks to develop integrated marketing strategies that leverage market opportunities or address identified problems. Students make responsible marketing decisions based on analyses of target markets while considering contexts and elements of the marketing mix to offer value to customers.

BUS 682: Global Sustainable Business (3 units)

In this course, you will gain an understanding of today’s global economy and the people, institutions, and environmental elements that underlie international and global commerce. You will expand your ability to manage diversity and national differences. You will learn how to manage a responsible firm’s quintuple bottom line in a global context of interconnectedness.

BUS 684: Doing Business in World Regions (1 unit)

This is a faculty-supervised project to enhance global awareness and cultural sensitivity by applying business knowledge acquired in previous courses to an international responsible business issue. This requirement can be fulfilled either through a short study trip abroad (when available) or through a written assignment.

BUS 694: Business Strategy and Entrepreneurship (3 units)

This course addresses the formulation and implementation of a responsible business strategy to create, sustain, and renew competitive advantage for both established firms and startups. As an application of the concepts, students will design and validate innovative business models.

BUS 698: Applied Business Strategy Capstone (3 units)

As an experiential learning exercise, students will integrate knowledge gained in earlier courses and apply it to run a virtual company in a simulated market competition. Students will conduct environmental analysis and business planning, manage their corporate performance, and consider ethical implications of their business decisions.

BUS 690: Professional Development Seminar (1 unit)

Students will prepare to use the MBA to promote their career by working on value clarification, goal setting, networking, resume and LinkedIn profiles, impression management, and interviewing. Students will create clear and meaningful goals for post-MBA graduation and develop a plan to successfully execute them.