Master of Business Administration

Requirements (60 units)

The Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program provides postbaccalaureate students with a high-quality master-level education in the field of business administration. The program is designed to prepare promising students for positions of increasing responsibility and leadership through education in the broad scope of business. It is open to all qualified students regardless of undergraduate major. The degree program has three options:

MBA - Traditional Option (60 units): For qualified applicants seeking to develop in-depth, graduate-level knowledge in one or more specialized business areas. 

MBA - Professionals Option (48-60 units): For qualified applicants possessing early- or mid-career experience who seek to expand their professional knowledge and skills through graduate business education.

MBA - Executives Option (48 units): For senior-level managers or executives who seek advanced business instruction to help them become more effective decision makers.

Admission to the M.B.A. Program

Suitability for admission to the program will be based on an examination of the entire application package. In addition to the general requirements of the university, specific requirements for admission to classified graduate status are:

  1. Bachelor's Degree: A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, with required minimum GPA of 3.0 calculated using the entire degree or the last 90 quarter (60 semester) units, which may include post baccalaureate work. Students with significant GMAT/GRE scores and/or professional experience may be permitted to join with a 2.5 GPA;
  2. Work Experience Requirement for Professionals and Executives Options: Minimum five years substantive work experience as indicated above for "Professionals" and "Executives" (There is no work experience requirement for the Traditional MBA).  Students with substantive work experience may be permitted to join with a GPA of 2.5 calculated using the entire degree or the last 90 quarter (60 semester) units, which will include post baccalaureate work;
  3. Personal  Statement:  Academic motivation and  personal qualifications demonstrated through submission of a 200-250 word statement of reasons for wishing to pursue the MBA at California State University, San Bernardino,and personal qualifications that will contribute to successful completion of the program;
  4. English Proficiency for International Students:  All international applicants who have not completed three years of full-time study at the secondary or post-secondary level where English was the language of instruction must also achieve an acceptable score, as determined by the MBA committee, ratified by the College Curriculum Committee, and in alignment with the Office of Graduate Studies requirements on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the IELTS exam or complete CSUSB's ESL program. The current minimum acceptable TOEFL score is 550/PBT, 213/CBT, 79-80/IBT taken within the past two years; IELTS score of 6.5 taken within the past two years; or complete level 6 of CSUSB's Intensive English Program;
  5. Resume: Submission of a current resume;
  6. Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation are required;

Business Aptitude Requirement Applicants for MBA must meet the Business Aptitude Requirements or its waiver conditions as indicated below:

A. Submission of an acceptable score on the Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) as determined by the MBA committee, ratified by the College Curriculum Committee, and conforming with Office of Graduate Studies requirements. The current acceptable GMAT or GRE score must meet a minimum GMAT score of 470 (minimum 10% on GMAT Verbal Ability and Quantitative Ability percentile rankings) or a minimum GRE score of 298 (minimum 10% on GRE Verbal Ability and Quantitative Ability percentile rankings).

B.  Proof of completion of  and accredited graduate degree (e.g. J.D., Ph.D., M.D) from an accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the graduate program; or

C. Minimum five years of post-undergraduate professional (defined as exempt level) and/or managerial (defined as responsibility for scheduling, hiring, firing, evaluating, developing and/or rewarding employees) experience; or

D. 3.5 cumulative GPA from an AACSB accredited undergraduate business program.

Advancement to Candidacy

To be advanced to candidacy, a student must have:

  1. Achieved classified standing.
  2. Successfully completing the Foundation courses (ADMN 601 with a C or better and ADMN 602 with a B or better;
  3. Successfully completed the MBA Boot Camps;
  4. Successfully completed 16 units with a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average in the program;
  5. Completed an approved graduate program plan in consultation with the Graduate coordinator;
  6. Secured approval of the Graduate director in charge of the MBA program.

Requirements for Graduation

  1. A grade point average of 3.0 ("B") in all course work taken after admission to conditionally classified or classified status, and grades of "C" (2.0) or better in all courses in the program;
  2. After advancement to candidacy, students must complete ADMN 691, an experiential course integrating the MBA core, in addition to what may be required by their focus area (e.g. thesis, project or comprehensive exam);
  3. Successful completion of ADMN 691 meets the culminating experience requirement and successful completion (a grade of B, 3.0, or better) in ADMN 602 meets the graduate writing requirement;
  4. Students are expected to complete online MBA Business Boot Camp before the start of their second quarter, unless later completion is approved by the MBA program. Prior to enrolling in each Essential class and Advancement to Candidacy, students are required to complete the associated MBA Boot Camp module;
  5. Successful completion of Foundation, Essential, and Elective/ Focus Area classes as shown in the "Degree Requirements";
  6. No more than 8 quarter units of lower than 600-level course work;
  7. Successful completion of ADMN 995 (MBA Portfolio) which includes preparation and submission of a portfolio of course work. The portfolio includes a reflective essay showing how the portfolio demonstrates accomplishment of essential goals for the program. Students register for this 0-unit course after advancement to candidacy, completion of 32 units of coursework, and are eligible for ADMN 691;
  8. A minimum of 48 quarter units for the Professional and the Executive Options or 60 quarter units for the Traditional MBA of acceptable graduate-level work, consistent with the program plan (with a minimum GPA of 3.0);
  9. At least 70% of the units for the degree completed at California State University at San Bernardino;
  10. Any additional general requirements not cited above and listed in Graduate Degree Program Requirements.

A "no credit" (NC) designation will be entered on the student's transcript if he/she fails the MBA Culminating Experience course. Students who do not receive a passing grade on the first attempt must petition the college's director of graduate studies for permission to retake the culminating experience.

Students wishing to change from one option to another must reapply to the desired option, meeting all admission requirements.

Degree Requirements for the Master of Business Administration (60 units)

Foundation (8)
ADMN 601Data-Driven Decision Making4
ADMN 602Advanced Managerial Communications4
Essentials (28)
ACCT 606Accounting for Managerial Decision-Making4
FIN 602Financial Theory and Corporate Finance4
IST 609Information Systems and Technology Management4
MGMT 601Organization Theory and Behavior4
MGMT 685Corporate Strategy in a Global Economy4
MKTG 605Marketing Management4
SCM 607Managing the Supply Chain4
Culminating Experience (4)
ADMN 691Culminating Business Analyst Project4
ADMN 995MBA Portfolio0
Professional and Executive Options - Electives (8). Choose any 500 or 600-level course from the focus areas (ADMN, ACCT, CYBER, ENT, FIN, IST, MGMT, MKTG, SCM) in consultation with academic advisor.
Professional students may also select the Cyber Security Focus (20 units), as outlined below instead of 8 units of electives as outlined above.
Focus Area (20)
Twenty units from one of the following focus areas, chosen in consultation with an advisor.20
Total Units60

Accounting Focus (Program Code: ACTM)

ACCT 610Financial Reporting and Disclosure4
ACCT 615Controllership and Professional Ethics4
ACCT 620Internal Auditing and Management Controls4
Four units chosen from:4
Seminar in Accounting Information Systems
Seminar in Tax and Business Decisions
International Accounting
Doing Business Internationally
Trade and Business in Asia
One additional elective either chosen from the two courses not chosen in category 4 above, or any other 600-level business administration concentration course approved by the MBA director and the department chair.4
Total Units20

Business Intelligence and Information Technology Focus (Program Code: BITM)

IST 645Information Systems Analysis and Design4
IST 646Information Systems Planning, Strategy and Policy4
IST 647Information Based Management4
IST 650Information Decision Systems4
Four units chosen from:4
Information Networking Systems and Security
Business Geographical Information Systems Strategies
Advanced Enterprise Resource Planning
Advanced Enterprise Resource Planning
Advanced Marketing Research
Total Units20

Cyber Security Focus (Program Code: CSEC)

IST 511Cyber Defense4
IST 610Information Assurance Policy and Management4
IST 646Information Systems Planning, Strategy and Policy4
IST 647Information Based Management4
IST 648Information Networking Systems and Security4
Total Units20

Entrepreneurship Focus (Program Code: ENTP)

ENTR 621Entrepreneurship and New Ventures4
ENTR 623Piloting the New Venture4
ENTR 625New Venture Planning and Strategy4
ENTR 998Reflective Essay0
Eight units chosen from:8
Commercializing Entrepreneurial Innovation
New Venture Resource Requirements
Managing a Growing Business
Business Law for Entrepreneurs
Total Units20

Finance Focus (Program Code: FINN)

Finance Focus Area requires students to successfully pass ADMN 999 Comprehensive Exam (0 unit) for graduation.  Before taking ADMN 999, students are required to finish FIN 651, FIN 653, FIN 654, and FIN 680.

FIN 651Financial Institutions and Markets4
FIN 653Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management4
FIN 654International Finance4
FIN 680Corporate Financial Strategy4
ADMN 999Comprehensive Examination0
Four units chosen from:4
Security Trading and Analysis
Financial Derivatives
Student Managed Investment Fund
Trade and Business in Asia
Real Estate Finance
Entrepreneurial and Venture Finance
Management of Financial Institutions
Advanced Topics in Finance
Information Systems Planning, Strategy and Policy
Total Units20

Global Supply Chain Management Focus (Program Code: GSCH)

SCM 515Project Management4
SCM 611Global Supply Chain Management and Logistics4
SCM 660Transportation and Supply Chain Management4
SCM 690Seminar in Supply Chain and Transportation Strategy4
Four units chosen from:4
Seminar in Supply Chain Management
Advanced Quality Management
Information Decision Systems
International New Venture Development
Managing and Leading Global Business
Marketing Strategy
Total Units20

Management Focus (Program Code: MANM)

Twenty units chosen from:20
Doing Business Internationally
Managing Human Resources
Communication and Interpersonal Processes
Industrial Relations
Negotiation and Bargaining
Managing and Leading Global Business
Leadership for Modern Organizations
Managing Teams in the Workplace
Advanced Topics in Management
Mediation Theory and Practice
Total Units20

Marketing Management Focus (Program Code: MRKM)

MKTG 610Consumer and Organizational Buying Behavior4
or MKTG 620 Advertising Management
MKTG 640Advanced Marketing Research4
MKTG 696Marketing Strategy4
Eight units from 500- or 600-level courses chosen in consultation with an advisor.8
Total Units20