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2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Business Administration (Online M.B.A.)

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Katrina Kidd, M.B.A., Director

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

Professors: Hernandez, Huang, P. Li, Petrosky, Soydemir, Wagner
Associate Professor: Xu, Zhou
Assistant Professor: Bradshaw, Hinrichs, Kim, J. Li, Song

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The Online M.B.A. program at Stanislaus State 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 M.B.A. 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 M.B.A. 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 Stanislaus State means the ability to pursue a graduate education while remaining in your current job and also meeting family responsibilities.

Program Learning Goals and Objectives:

  1. Students will have the advanced knowledge of the business disciplines and apply the knowledge in new and unfamiliar circumstances.  Objective:  Students will demonstrate advanced understanding of each business discipline (Accounting, Finance, Information Systems, Management, Marketing, and Operations Management). 
  2. Students will demonstrate advanced communication skills.  Objective 2a:  Students will effectively present business analyses and recommendations through written forms of communication. Objective 2b: Students will effectively present business analyses and recommendations through oral forms of communication.
  3. Students will be able to identify and critically analyze complex managerial challenges and opportunities and innovatively solve business problems.  Objective:  Students will analyze complex business situations and develop and implement innovative solutions to the business problems.
  4. Students will be able to work collaboratively with others in group projects, in an organizational setting.  Objective:  Students will effectively participate and contribute in a team-based environment.
  5. Students will be aware of various moral philosophies toward ethical business issues. Objective:  Students will recognize and analyze ethical problems in business settings and choose and defend their solutions..
  6. Students will able to identify and articulate the risks and opportunities for all stakeholders in a global market. Objective: Students will effectively analyze management issues from a global perspective.

Admission to the Program

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.CalState.edu/Apply. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required in the last 60 units attempted.
  2. One copy of official transcripts from each college or university attended other than Stanislaus State.

Each applicant also must submit the following to the Online M.B.A. Program Director, College of Business Administration:

  1. A completed Online MBA Program Application Form.
  2. Three letters of recommendation from faculty and/or other professional sources.
  3. The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score report, which should be sent directly from the testing organization. (Note: the Graduate Record Exam, or GRE, may be substituted for the GMAT). The following scores are required: 
    1. 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]. A Minimum score of 470 in the GMAT is expected.
      1. 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.
    2. A minimum score of 3.5 in the “analytical writing” component of the exam is required.
    3. Scores at or above the 20th percentile in the verbal and quantitative categories must be achieved. 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 (remediate) as prescribed by the M.B.A. Program. The total and analytical writing scores must be satisfied on the exam for a candidate to be eligible to remediate low percentage scores.
    4. 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 year-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 undergraduate degree was instructed in other than English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and achieve minimum scores as required by the Office of International Education.


(30 units minimum)

The Online Master of Business Administration is awarded upon satisfactory completion of 30 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.


Foundation courses must be completed prior to program admission.

(18 units)

In addition to courses listed, computer literacy is required, which is equivalent to CIS 2000 - Introduction to Business Computer Systems .


(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.

The program’s culminating experience is comprised of a comprehensive examination.

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:

Finance Concentration

The 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 elective courses:

Human Resource Management Concentration

(9 units)

The Human Resource Management concentration is designed for individuals seeking employment or advancement in the field of human resource management. Human resource professionals need extensive knowledge and skill across a broad range of HR disciplines. This concentration focuses on the strategic, operational, and administrative roles of human resource management; students acquire critical knowledge and skills to effectively manage the dynamic challenges facing their most important organizational asset: humans.

Culminating Experience

Complete the following culminating experience:

  • Comprehensive Exam

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