CSUMB MBA Program Curriculum
The Online Master of Business Administration curriculum consists of 48 credits delivered across 11 individual courses over eight 10-week terms. You can complete the program and earn your MBA degree in 24 months.
Students take one course at any one time with their cohort. Individual courses are 6 units and 10 weeks long or 3 units and five weeks long. Courses are scheduled such that students take two 3-unit classes sequentially in the same 10-week term.
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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BUS 601: Business Communications Fundamentals
Proficiency in business writing/speaking with emphasis on grammar, sentence structure, thought formation, information literacy and presentation skills. Assignments emphasize communication in real-world business situations and enable students to strengthen their ability to write/speak effectively in the workplace. Students must apply APA standards for citation and report writing. Students must pass Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) to continue in the MBA Program.
BUS 605: MBA Research Methods
The focus of this course is on assisting practitioners in solving business problems using various statistical and research methods. Topics include: basic descriptive and inferential statistics; appropriate interpretation of statistical results as they apply to the real-world presentation of data; research design and data analysis; inferential statistics; normal distribution using the z - test, t - testing, analysis of variance; and simple regression.
BUS 632: Organization & Leadership
Students analyze organizational effectiveness using theories of leadership, management and organizational behavior. Students study leadership within the context of sensitivity to cross-cultural differences, firm culture and employee motivation. 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. Students apply frameworks for thinking strategically about human resources.
BUS 681: MBA Accounting
Course examines accounting concepts, the accounting model, measurement processes, financial statements, financial analysis, the accounting cycle, monetary and fixed assets, inventory, current and long-term liabilities and equity structure. Students investigate internal reporting for use in planning and control, in making non-routine decisions and in formulating major plans and policies. Course covers cost-profit relationships, budgets and standard variance analysis.
BUS 652: MBA Finance
Introduction to the basic concepts and tools of finance. Review of balance sheet and income statement categories. Emphasis on the time value of money, present value calculations, the opportunity cost of capital, the valuation of simple securities and the evaluation of investment opportunities in a capital budgeting system.
BUS 604: Micro Economics
The primary goal is to explain and forecast the behavior of consumers and firms under various economic parameters and constraints. Topics include: supply and demand, individual and market demand, consumer behavior, production, cost functions and competitive and monopolistic markets and strategies.
BUS 603: Macro Economics
The course is designed to equip students with the principles and the analytical tools of macroeconomics. Students will investigate the economic concepts of output, income, the nature and role of money; and the impact of government expenditure and taxation on the economy. Students will examine economic theory dealing with the aggregate economic problems of employment, inflation, business cycles and growth.
BUS 661: Innovation and Technology Management
Students study the importance of innovation for business success. Innovation is analyzed from three perspectives: products, processes and organizations. Students explore how information-based systems are used to address the challenges of adding value to organizations. Principles of operations management are examined to improve strategies, processes and decision making to meet customer needs.
BUS 626: Marketing and Entrepreneurship
Students integrate literature (research and practice), historical perspectives, analytical tools and theoretical frameworks to design & conduct a market analysis. Students make marketing-related decisions based on identification and analysis of target markets, marketing mix variables and market feasibility. Students identify and analyze high-potential opportunities and develop a plan to exploit those opportunities. Students contribute to the startup or growth of entrepreneurial/intrapreneurial ventures.
BUS 631: Global Business
Students develop an "outside/in" perspective: seeing the United States, U.S.-based companies and foreign-headquartered multinational corporations from the perspective of multi-varied constituencies around the world. Many of the readings are from Africa to provide the diversity of thought needed to break the barriers of U.S.-centric thinking. International governance structures are highlighted in the course. A two-country negotiation case applies what students have learned.
BUS 691: Business Strategy
As the culminating experience of the MBA program, students integrate the knowledge from earlier courses and apply it in the same manner demanded of business, government and non-profit general managers. As an experiential learning exercise, students plan, organize, implement and control a business in a competitive, simulated market. Simulated internal and external data are analyzed to formulate the vision, mission, objectives, strategies and policies needed to implement a business strategy.