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College of Business Administration

Graduate Progams

Master of Business Administration (code CBA_MB01)

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


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

Students who have not had an economics course prior to entering the MBA program must complete an economics course as a condition to obtaining an MBA degree.

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. Individual Business Administration courses taken as an undergraduate student at another AACSB institution may meet specific First Year Core requirements. Upon acceptance to the program, student's transcripts are reviewed for completion of the necessary course work for mastery of the common body of knowledge. A grade of "C" or better is required to meet the criteria.

Waivers of First Year Core are based upon previous educational background at either a graduate or undergraduate level. Information on waivers may be obtained from the College of Business Administration, Graduate Programs Office. 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.

  • Take all of the following courses (12 units):
    • ACCT 500 Managerial and Financial Accounting (3)
    • FIN 501 Financial Management Concepts (3)
    • MGMT 500 Business Policies, Operations and Organizations (3)
    • MKTG 500 Marketing Concepts (3)

If an MBA student does not have an undergraduate degree in business or does not have exposure to business law and ethics, he/she would be required to acquire that knowledge by taking BLAW 520 or an equivalent course prior to graduation.

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.
  • 5. Prepare an official student program in consultation with the MBA 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 Graduate Program 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 Advanced Cost Accounting, Budgeting and Control (3)
    • FIN 600 Seminar in Business Finance (3)
    • HRM 652 Seminar in Human Resources Management (3)
    • IS 601 Quantitative Methods for Managerial Decision Making (3)
    • IS 602 Management of Information Systems (3)
    • MGMT 647 Seminar in Management Planning and Control Systems (3)
    • MKTG 661 Seminar in Marketing Policies (3)

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 Graduate Programs Office.

MBA Specializations

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



  • Take nine elective units selected from the following:
    • BLAW 524; FIN 620, 630, 650, 690.

Health Care Management


  • Take the following course:
    • HCA 502 The Health Care System (3)
  • Take any two of the following courses:
    • HCA 536, 537, 538, 550, 552.

Human Resources Management


  • Take nine elective units selected from the following:
    • HRM 654, 655, 657.

Information Systems


  • Take nine elective units selected from the following:
    • IS 545, 550, 564, 580, 584.



  • Take nine elective units selected from the following:
    • MGMT 542, 543, 646; HRM 657.



  • Take nine elective units selected from the following:
    • MKTG 663, 665, 666, 668, 669, 695.

May count three units of Directed Studies (697) toward Advanced Study requirements.

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

V. Capstone:

  • Take following as the last or capstone course:
    • GBA 699 Integrated Analysis (3)

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. 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 MBA 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.