Graduate Programs in Business

MBA Curriculum

Curriculum  Summary (as of Fall 2018)

Core MBA Curriculum 24 units
Elective Courses    6 units
Culminating Experience: MBA Consulting Project   3 units 
MBA Program Total 33 units

*For non-business undergraduates, an additional 15 units of coursework may be required in Foundation Courses. These courses may be waived if the student has completed equivalent coursework with grades of “C“ or better at a regionally accredited university.


Foundation Courses (15 units)

500 - Level Courses


ECON 500       SURVEY OF ECONOMICS
 
Prerequisite: Graduate Standing. Survey of the tools, concepts, and techniques that economists use to analyze the behavior of firms, consumers, markets, and entire economies. Microeconomic topics include game theory and market structure. Macroeconomic topics include determinants of GDP, economic growth, and the role of the Federal Reserve.

ACCT 501        FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING

Prerequisite: Admission to a David Nazarian College of Business and Economics graduate program or consent of instructor. Study of financial reporting principles, structure of the balance sheet, income statement and statement of cash flows. Measurement principles for assets; liabilities and stockholders’ equity; revenue and expenses. Covers management’s responsibility for full and fair disclosure of financial information.

FIN 502        MANAGERIAL FINANCE
  
Prerequisite: ACCT 501. Examination of the financial decision making process. Topics include the analysis and interpretation of financial statements, ratio analysis, financial forecasting and budgeting, financial markets, working capital management, valuation, capital budgeting, sources of capital and capital structure, dividend policy, and the management of risk and return in an international context.
 
BLAW 508       BUSINESS LAW
 
Prerequisite: Graduate Standing. Study of the role of law in business, including the study of legal institutions and their role in facilitating and regulating business. Includes a study of the legal system, civil litigation, torts, and the formation and performance of contract, agency and employment law, the various forms of business organizations and securities law.
  
SOM 591         BUSINESS ANALYTICS FOUNDATION
  
Prerequisite: Graduate Standing. Statistical methods and stochastic models to support decision making by managers. Topics include: exploratory data analysis, probability distributions and assessment, expected value, variation, estimation of means and proportions, hypothesis testing for one and several populations, F test, chi square test, simple and multiple regression and correlation, time series and forecasting, decision trees, waiting lines and simulation. Applications in service organizations and small businesses are provided along with applications for production organizations and large businesses. A key element is a group project involving the application of one or more course topics to a current business problem. 

Core Courses (24 units)

600 - Level Courses


GBUS 600        ANALYSIS OF CONTEMPORARY ORGANIZATIONS (must be taken in the first semester)

Interdisciplinary course introducing new graduate students to the field of business. Focuses on the nature of organizations, the inter‑relatedness of the functional areas, and how organizational culture shapes ethical behavior. Explores intellectual and historic roots of management theories through readings of primary source materials. Students develop communication and research skills through individual and group projects that focus on organizations and their environment.

ECON 600       ECONOMICS OF STRATEGY

Prerequisite: Economics 500 or equivalent. A brief introduction to a wide range of economic topics related to the operation of a modern organization. Topics may include international trade and finance, econometric applications, anti-trust and regulation, and public choice.

GBUS 607         DATA MINING & ANALYTICS

Prerequisite: SOM 591 or equivalent. Concepts and methods in data mining and analytics applicable to business settings leading to knowledge discovery from large data sets and better managerial decision-making. Covers steps in the data mining process including data preparation, partitioning, model building, validation and selection. Analytics models include classification, prediction, association, clustering and neural net using both supervised/unsupervised approaches. Students will learn through a combination of lectures and hands-on short case applications using a mining software in a computer lab environment.

MGT 620         ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR

Prerequisite: GBUS 600 (may be taken concurrently with MGT 620). Covers the behavioral issues facing organizations and their managers, the methods and systems for addressing these issues, and the interpersonal and analytical knowledge and skills to effectively apply these methods and systems. Focus is on practical experience, skill-building and theory on motivation, leadership, interpersonal communication, group processes and team building, decision making, and job and organizational design.

FIN 635            CORPORATE FINANCE

Prerequisite: FIN 502 or equivalent. Examination of the theory of finance and its application to financial management of business enterprise.

MKT 640         MARKETING MANAGEMENT

Prerequisite: ECON 500, SOM 591, and GBUS 600. An advanced approach to marketing policy. Analyses of marketing management problems. Emphasis on development of competence in adjusting marketing policies to changes in the general economic, competitive, and social climate.

SOM 686         OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT

Prerequisite: SOM 591. Subjects include: productivity and global competitiveness of modern enterprises, diagnostic studies of production strategies, managerial implications and advanced operations technologies of world-class organizations (Flexible Manufacturing Systems [FMS], Computer Integrated Manufacturing Management [CIM]), Statistical Process Control [SPC], and Total Quality Management [TQM]. In-depth case analyses of progressive U.S. and international firms addressing these issues are also covered. A team case project is a key course activity.

MGT 693         STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT

Prerequisite: Last semester of course work for MBA students or advisor’s consent. An integrative seminar dealing with broad business policy problems via the case method. Definition and analysis of internal and external factors affecting the development of the objectives and policies of a firm. Emphasis is on the interrelationships of major functional areas and the pervasive adjustments that may result from changes in a specific policy. Students are expected to use the background and analytic tools obtained from specialized courses in the solution of organization-wide problems.


Culminating Experience (3 units) and Electives (6 units)

600 - Level Courses


GBUS 698A        MBA CONSULTING PROJECT

Prerequisite: All MBA core courses and MGT 693 completed or concurrent enrollment, classified status or applied for classified status. Permission of MBA Office is required. Number of units allowed depends upon the study undertaken. A culminating experience is required for completion of a master’s degree program. The Nazarian College MBA Consulting Project is a significant, culminating undertaking appropriate to the business professional field. MBA candidates work collaboratively in small teams on this joint graduate project under faculty supervision. The team prepares a report and delivers a presentation for a client organization.

ELECTIVES (6 UNITS)