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

Business Administration (Executive M.B.A)

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Gina Donahue, MBA, Interim Director, MBA Programs
Office: Demergasso Bava Hall (DBH) 209a
Phone: (209) 667-3683

Professors: Filling, Gnepa, Hernandez, Kotrozo, Zong
Associate Professors: Hinrichs, Panagoapolous, Xu, Zhou, Zhu

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The Executive Master of Business Administration Program (Executive MBA) is a specialized degree program that provides study in leadership and management skills for persons in middle to upper-level management positions. It is intended for managers and professionals who work in private corporations, non-profit organizations, the public sector, and small businesses who wish to expand their leadership skills and enhance their careers. This program emphasizes the leadership skills necessary to: (1) analyze complex business problems and situations in a rapidly changing business environment; (2) develop solutions to such problems by working with people within one’s organization; and (3) implement solutions through the involvement and commitment to followers within and without the organization.

The Executive MBA is a lock step, cohort program whose courses are delivered in nine-week sessions. Students who complete the program will earn a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree. The program is completed within 15 months. Executive MBA courses are held off campus in Turlock, Stockton, Tracy, and Modesto.

Program Learning Goals and Objectives

  1. Students will have the ability to lead in dynamic organizational situations.  Objective:  Students will analyze and demonstrate leadership principles and their applications.
  2. Students will demonstrate advanced communication skills. Objective:  Students will effectively present business analyses and recommendations through written forms of communication. 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

Applicants are required to have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and at least five years of middle- and upper-level professional management work experience.

Admission to the program will be based on the evaluation of academic and professional portfolios. This approach takes into consideration the following areas:

  1. Extend and nature of professional experience.
  2. Academic qualifications, including GPA and GMAT, GRE, or other graduate test scores.
  3. Potential for leadership and other personal qualities that demonstrate academic and professional promise.
  4. A personal interview.

Each applicant to the program must submit the following to the Graduate School:

  1. Fully completed California State University Graduate Application for Admission Form, online at www.CalState.edu/Apply.
  2. One copy of official transcripts from each college and university attended, other than Stanislaus State, as well as documentation of professional development education. A GPA of 2.5 is required in the last 60 semester units attempted, or last 90 quarter units attempted.

Each applicant to the program must submit the following to the Executive M.B.A. Office in the College of Business Administration:

  1. Current resume which includes documentation of all professional/managerial work experience and accomplishments.
  2. Two letters of recommendation from professional supervisors and/or peers.
  3. Applicant’s performance on GMAT, GRE, directly from the testing organization.
  4. Statement of career objectives.
  5. Supplementary Application.


(36 units)

The Executive Master in Business Administration is awarded upon satisfactory completion of 36 units of core and graduate elective courses and completion of an individual project. Students must have completed the 18 units of foundation courses listed below or their equivalents. In lieu of foundation courses, management/professional experience is required.

Executive MBA Program Orientation

Students are required to attend an Executive MBA orientation. Orientation is normally scheduled on the first Saturday at the beginning of the program, and includes program information about requirements, student code of conduct and expectations, schedule, and attendance requirements.

Concentration in the Executive MBA

(15 units)

Complete the following two required courses (6 units):


Complete only two courses from the following four electives (6 units):

Culminating Experience

Complete the following culminating experience (3 units):

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