MS Business Administration


The Master of Science in Business Administration (MSBA) is a specialized degree program. The program is appropriate for students who will seek careers as specialized professional managers, business analysts or consultants, or who intend to pursue further graduate study (D.B.A. or Ph.D.) in business administration.

Program Requirements

All students applying to the MS Business Administration program must have the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree - all majors accepted
  • A grade point average of at least 2.5 (A=4.0) or in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units attempted
  • Two letters of Recommendation
  • Professional résumé
  • Statement of purpose
  • Unofficial transcripts

For a detailed list of requirements for admission into our graduate programs, including requirements for international students, please visit our  Graduate Admissions Information page.


Core Courses

All students must complete with a grade of “B” or better BUS 5000 Foundations of Business Administration (9 units) prior to taking MSBA courses. 33 units in total are required for this degree. 15 of these units are required courses, including a thesis. The other 18 units are elective units.

Analysis of organizations’ policies and practices using frameworks of sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Analysis of dilemmas presented to business executives and professionals using theories of ethics / business ethics.

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.

Development of comprehensive business strategy and long-range plans with consideration for the social, economic, political, and technological environments; current strategic principles and practices; analysis of planning processes and systems.

Assessment of business opportunities and competitive environments. Issues in designing a new business venture, writing a business plan, and launching the business.

Overview of research methods applicable to business administration; research designs for qualitative and quantitative studies; reporting and presenting applied research to help managers make decisions.

Completion of thesis under direct supervision of thesis committee. Prerequisites: Advancement to Candidacy and written approval of thesis committee chair. Graded CR/NC. May be repeated for credit.

Option Courses

Our program offers many options of study, including a customized option that can be approved by an adviser. For more information please visit the  University Catalog.

  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management 
  • International Business
  • Leadership and Management
  • Marketing 
  • Customized