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2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Business Administration M.B.A.

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Gina Donahue, MBA, Interim Director, MBA Programs

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

Professors: Filling, Hernandez, Huang, Kotrozo, Wagner, Zong
Associate Professors: Hinrichs, J. Li, Panagopoulos, Xie, Zhu
Assistant Professors: S. Kim, Song

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The Master of Business Administration program provides study in advanced concepts of business, industry, and government operations. This program is designed for the active manager or technical supervisor as well as the recent graduate who is interested in advanced study in the field of business. The program includes accounting, finance, operations management, marketing, economics, management, and computer information systems.

Program Learning Goals and Outcomes

  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 be 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 a regionally 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 overall GPA of 2.8 is required, or a 2.8 GPA in the last 60 semester units attempted or last 90 quarter units attempted.
  2. One copy of official transcripts from each college attended other than Stanislaus State, submitted to the Graduate School in MSR 120.

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

  1. A completed MBA Program Application Form.
  2. Three letters of recommendation or evaluation forms from faculty and/or other professional sources.
  3. Statement of Career Objectives
  4. Resume. Candidates must demonstrate a two-year record of relevant, full-time employment in a professional or supervisory role, or equivalent. Applicants wishing to enter the program without the required two year-experience may request a waiver of the work experience requirement based on exceptional academic performance.
  5. 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 Master of Business Administration is awarded upon satisfactory completion of 30 units of core and graduate elective courses and either the completion of a graduate project or 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 within ten years prior to admission to the program. Exemptions from the foundation courses also can be obtained by passing the corresponding qualifying examination.

Foundation Courses

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)

Students may complete elective units by completing a concentration in Accounting, Business Analytics, or Finance.

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


  • Two graduate electives, 6 units, and
  • Graduate Project, 3 units


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 MBA core and elective classes is limited to students with classified MBA standing at this University. Exceptions to this policy require written approval of the director of the 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 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 three-course concentration is comprised of these elective courses:

Business Analytics Concentration

The Business Analytics concentration is designed for students that desire the ability to analyze big data to assist organizations with making data driven decisions. This concentration is good for professionals in all areas, including marketing, operations, management, finance, and accounting, etc. The three-course concentration is comprised of these elective courses:

1. Complete the required introductory course.

(3 units)

2. Select two Analytics electives.

(6 units)

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 three-course concentration is comprised of these elective courses:

Culminating Experience

Students in the evening ‘stateside’ program have two options to satisfy their culminating experience requirement:

  • Comprehensive Exam or 
  • MBA Individual Project: 3 units (replaces one elective) 

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