Master of Business Administration
Since 1960 the Cal State LA College of Business and Economics has remained accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), which puts us in the top 5 percent of all business programs worldwide.
Our Masters of Business Administration program combines a respected, accredited program, with flexible scheduling and the affordability of a state university. The college is consistently ranked among the best business schools in the Princeton Review and US News & World Report and is a recognized leader in enabling the social mobility of its students.
- Leadership & management focused program
- Academic & practitioner faculty
- Interdisciplinary program
- Partnerships with local employers
- Industry-focused events
All students applying to the MBA program must have the following:
- GMAT or GRE exam*
- Minimum 2 years work experience
- Two letters of Recommendation
- Professional résumé
- Statement of purpose
- Unofficial transcripts
* The College will consider waiving the GMAT for applicants who (a) have 5 years of significant managerial or professional work experience, or (b) have completed at least 9 units of graduate coursework in business administration with a B average or better at an AACSB-accredited institution.
The GMAT or GRE waiver request form is available to download as a PDF document which you can complete and submit to the College application along with other required documents.
For a detailed list of requirements for admission into our graduate programs, including requirements for international students, please visit our requirements page here.
The Main Track provides an integrated sequence of required courses and additional elective courses in selected concentrations.
BUS 5021 - Accounting Information for Analysis and Control (3 units)
Prerequisite: BUS 5000. The course covers the use of financial and managerial accounting concepts applied for analysis, problem solving and decision-making in corporations. Topics include financial statement analysis, project and product analysis, internal control, accounting ethics, and corporate governance.
BUS 5022 - Leadership and Organizational Behavior (3 units)
Pre req: BUS 5000 Application of theories of leadership and organizational behavior; development of negotiation skills.
BUS 5023 - Marketing Strategy for a Global Environment (3 units)
Prerequisite: BUS 5000. Investigates marketing imperatives, principles, and philosophy in a dynamic global environment. Emphasizing the process of selectivity and concentration, customer value, differential advantage, and integration when developing marketing plans and strategy.
BUS 5024 - Financial Management (3 units)
Prerequisite: BUS 5000 Foundations of Business Administration. Concepts of managerial finance, portfolio theory, multinational financial management and financial institutions. Topics include financial statement analysis, capital budgeting, mergers and acquisitions, portfolio analysis, asset pricing, management of financial intermediaries, and risk management.
BUS 5025 - Supply Chain and Operations Management (3 units)
Pre-requisite: BUS 5000. Organized around the business process methodology, the course discusses the concepts and issues in supply chain and operations management; and emphasizes the development of analytical, modeling, and decision making skills.
BUS 5026 - Global Business Environment (3 units)
Prerequisite: BUS 5000. National, political, economic, socio-cultural, and ethical differences; international trade policies and institutions; foreign direct investment; regional economic integration; international monetary system; global competition and business operations; current trends and developments.
BUS 5027 - Business Information Systems (3 units)
Pre-requisite: BUS 5000. Analysis of integrated business processes: production, accounting, fulfillment and procurement in enterprise systems. Data analytics, decision making and business intelligence are also included.
BUS 5028 - Capstone: Global Business Strategy (3 units)
Prerequisites: BUS 5000, BUS 5021, BUS 5022, BUS 5023. Integrative view of positioning the firm for success in the global business environment. Introduces concepts, frameworks and techniques to make strategic decisions. Topics include environmental analysis, resources, capabilities, business strategy, vertical integration, diversification, implementation, and social responsibility.
BUS 5940 - Business Administration Project or Field Study (3 units)
Project in Business Administration through which graduate students integrate functional knowledge acquired in courses through the completion of a consulting project, applied research project, or field study. The course is to be taken at the end of the student’s program.
Each option, along with Cal State LA's connections in the international business hub of Los Angeles, enables our students to reach their short term and long term career goals.
- Information Systems
- Entertainment Business Management
- Healthcare Management
- International Business
- Supply Chain Management
- Business Analytics
- Human Resource Management
- Real Estate
For more information on each program, please visit the University Catalog.