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2014-2015 Academic Catalog 
2014-2015 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Business Administration (Online M.B.A.)

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Katrina Kidd, M.B.A., Director

Office: Demergasso-Bava Hall 207A
Phone: (209) 667-3683

Professors: Harris, Hernandez, Lindsay, Tan, Petrosky, Wagner
Associate Professor: Huang, Li

View information for the College of Business Administration. 

The Online M.B.A. program at CSU Stanislaus is designed to meet the needs of busy working professionals and business executives who may not have the ability to travel to Turlock for our traditional MBA program. These business professionals may have a significant daily commute, may have a nontraditional work schedule, or may travel during a portion of their work week. The Online MBA program makes it convenient for business professionals to study and advance their professional qualifications, while at the same time having considerable flexibility regarding when and how they complete their M.B.A. degree. An Online M.B.A. from CSU Stanislaus means the ability to pursue a graduate education while remaining in your current job and also meeting family responsibilities.

Learning Goals and Objectives:

  1. Students will have the advanced knowledge of the business disciplines (management, marketing, operations management, management, accounting, finance, and information systems management) and apply the knowledge in new and unfamiliar circumstances.  Objective:  Students will demonstrate understanding of each functional area in a strategic management case.
  2. Students will demonstrate advanced oral and written communication skills.  Objective:  Students will effectively present business analyses and recommendations through oral forms of communication.  Students will effectively present business analyses and recommendations through written forms of communication.
  3. Students will think critically by adapting and innovating to solve business problems.  Objective:  Students will analyze complex business situations and develop and implement effective solutions to the business problems.
  4. Students will work collaboratively with others in group projects, and have the capacity to lead in an organizational setting.  Objective:  Students will effectively participate and contribute in a team-based environment.
  5. Students will have awareness of global perspectives.  Objective:  Students will analyze management issues from a global perspective.
  6. Students will be ethically conscious decision makers.

Admission to the Program

Note: The following admission requirements are effective Fall 2012.

Qualified applicants holding a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university may be admitted to the program. Each applicant must submit the following to the Graduate School:

  1. A fully completed California State University Graduate Application for Admission form, submitted online at www.csumentor.edu.
  2. Two copies of official transcripts from each college attended other than CSU Stanislaus.

Each applicant also must submit the following to the Online MBA Program Director, College of Business Administration:

  1. A completed Online MBA Program Application Form.
  2. Three letters of recommendation or evaluation forms from faculty and/or other professional sources.
  3. The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score, which should be sent directly from the testing service. (Note: the Graduate Record Exam, or GRE, may be substituted for the GMAT). The Online MBA Program Director will consider indicators of high promise of success in postgraduate business study from the following: 
    1. Performance on the GMAT (or GRE): All candidates must sit for the exam prior to being admitted to the program. They must achieve scores in the verbal and quantitative categories at or above the 20th percentile. And, they must achieve a minimum score of 3.5 in the "analytical writing" component of the exam. Persons who score below the 20th percentile in either or both categories may be admitted on a conditional basis that requires them to take additional foundation coursework as prescribed by the Online MBA Program Director.
    2. Candidates' overall or upper-division grade-point average prior to admission: a minimum of 2.5 GPA is required in the last 60 semester units attempted. In addition, a total of 1,000 points must be achieved based on the formula [200 times the overall GPA plus the GMAT score], or a total of 1,050 points based on the formula [200 times the upper-division GPA plus the GMAT score]; minimum 470 total GMAT score is expected. For persons taking the GRE, the formula is: A total of 200 points must be achieved based on: [20 times the upper division GPA plus the average GRE score]. To first obtain the average GRE score, a person must add the two category scores (verbal and quantitative) and divide by 2.
    3. Experience:  Candidates must demonstrate a two-year record of relevant, full-time employment in a professional or supervisory role. Applicants wishing to enter the program without the required two years experience may achieve a waiver of the work experience requirement by meeting a higher point score of 1150 points based on the formula [200 times the overall GPA plus the GMAT total score].
  4. Applicants whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and have a minimum total score of 575 (or 213 electronic) with part scores of at least 54 (21 electronic), reported directly from the testing service.

Requirements (33 units minimum)

The Online Master of Business Administration is awarded upon satisfactory completion of 33 units of core and graduate elective courses and the passing of a comprehensive examination. Students must have completed the 18 units of foundation courses listed below or their equivalents. To be exempted from any or all foundation courses, equivalent undergraduate courses must have been completed with a grade of C or better. Exemptions from the foundation courses also can be obtained by passing the corresponding qualifying examination.


(18 units)

  •     In addition to courses listed, computer literacy is required, equivalent to  .

    also acceptable:  ACC 2110 - Financial Accounting 

    also acceptable:  ECON 2510 - Principles of Microeconomics 

    also acceptable:  FIN 3220 - Business Finance 

    also acceptable:  MGT 3310 - Management Theory and Practice 

    also acceptable:  MKT 3410 - Principles of Marketing 

    also acceptable:  MATH 1610 - Statistics for Decision Making 


(9 units)

  • Three graduate electives, 9 units, and
  • Comprehensive Examination, 0 units


Online MBA core and elective units must be earned within seven years immediately preceding the completion of requirements for the degree. A 3.0 grade point average must be maintained in all graduate work.

Enrollment in Online MBA core and elective classes is limited to students with classified Online MBA standing at this University. Exceptions to this policy require written approval of the director of the Online MBA program.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

Master of Business Administration students may satisfy the writing proficiency requirement by meeting the required level of proficiency in either of the following courses:

Accounting Concentration

The MBA Accounting Concentration is designed for those students who have completed an undergraduate program in accounting and wish to pursue further study of the discipline. The Concentration is of value to those who wish to fulfill the 150 hour requirement for CPA licensure in the State of California, and to those seeking employment or advancement in accounting. The concentration is comprised of three specific MBA elective courses:

Finance Concentration

The MBA Finance Concentration is designed for those seeking employment or advancement in financial institutions, such as banks, brokerage firms, investment banking, consulting firms, insurance companies, credit unions, real estate firms or other institutions that make financial decisions. The concentration is comprised of three specific MBA elective courses:

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