Graduate Programs in Business

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MBA Program Structure


The CSUN MBA program is a "flex" program, allowing students to enroll in 1-4 courses per semester and proceed at their own pace through the program.  Students may even take a semester off without penalty, allowing maximum flexibility.  The Flex model is accomodating of the lifestage of midcareer professionals, who often face personal and career events that require and allow changing commitments to studies.

Depending on previous studies, admitted students may be required to take up to 5 "foundation" courses.  All students must take GBUS 600: Analysis of Contemporary Organizations in their first semester.  Core classes and electives would be completed next, and students complete the program through a Culminating Experience.  Most students select to satisfy this requirement through the MBA Consulting Project, although a Comprehensive Exam alternative is available as well.  

*FOUNDATION COURSES - 15 Units 

BLAW 508 - Law in the Business Environment
SOM 591 - Statistics and Stochastic Models for Managers
ECON 500 - Survey of Economics
ACCT 501 - Financial Accounting
GBUS 502 - Seminar in Financial Accounting
 *Foundation Courses may be waived for  students with undergraduate degrees in
 business or related majors from AACSB schools with grades of B- or better in equivalent courses. 

CORE COURSES - 24 units

 ** GBUS 600 - ANALYSIS OF CONTEMPORARY ORGANIZATIONS

** GBUS 600 -  is required in the first semester of enrollment in the MBA program 

ECON 600 - Seminar in Economics 
FIN 635 - Seminar in Financial Theory and Policy
IS 628 - Computer Based Information Systems
MGT 620 - Behavior in Organizations 
MKT 640 - Marketing Management 
SOM 686 - Seminar in International Competitive International Management 
** MGT 693 - STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT 
** MGT 693 eligibility - students must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in
     their final core classes
 
CULMINATING EXPERIENCE - 3 units
GBUS 698A - MBA Consulting Project (select this option or the Comp Exam)
GBUS 697G - Comprehensive Exam (select this option or the MBA Project)

 

 

 

ELECTIVES AND CONCENTRATIONS
  • Students are required to complete 3 electives. 
  • The MBA Consulting Project satisfies one elective. The Comprehensive Exam option does not count as an elective requires.
  • MBA concentrations are not required. To complete a concentration, students are required to complete 3 electives courses within their selected concentration. The MBA Consulting Project can be counted toward any concentration.
  • Electives and concentrations are offered in: Accounting, Human Resources, Management, Marketing, Information Systems, Economics, Entertainment Industry, Finance, International Business and Systems Operations Management.
  • To declare a concentration or drop a concentration, complete the Request to Change a Concentration Form.  
SUMMARY OF REQUIRED UNITS
Foundation Courses
0-15 Units
Core Courses
24 units
Elective Courses 
6 - 9 units
Culminating Experience 
3 units 
Program Total
33 - 51 units