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Concentrations

MBA Concentrations

Concentrations allow MBA/X students to focus their studies in specific business disciplines. Courses completed for each concentration may be used to fulfill the four required elective courses (12 semester hours) in the student’s Professional Focus Area. Courses in the concentration may include required core courses in the same discipline. However, units do not double count in the core and concentration. At the time of graduation, the completion of a concentration will be noted on the student’s transcript and on his/her diploma. Multiple concentrations are possible.

In addition to the concentrations below, MBA students may also pursue any of the concentrations listed under the MSLM Program.

Students should notify their academic advisor of their interest in completing a concentration as early as possible in their degree program as this allows them to assist them in course planning. All concentrations must be declared when a student applies for Advanced Standing (i.e. graduation), if not before.

Concentrations

Students must complete the minimum number of elective units within the Professional Focus Area:

  • MBA for Experienced Professionals: 12 units
  • Career MBA: 9 units
Accounting Learn to effectively use internal accounting data to plan operations, control activities, and make sound business decisions.
Finance Issues include information analysis, strategic analysis of cash flow, consequences of debt and equity financing, design of acquisition programs, assessment of acquisition value, leveraged buyouts and ethical issues of investment policy and strategy.
Information Technology Advanced study of the management of information systems/information technology (IS/IT) in organizations is presented so that you can use both theory and practice to solve business problems, increase productivity, and capitalize on competitive advantage opportunities.
International Business This concentration leads to an understanding of strategic factors that managers face in multinational firms, including: level of national and international competition, host government policies, competitive position and strategic intent, level of technology, resource allocations, cultural diversity and ethical aspects.
Management and Leadership After bottom line numbers are projected and reviewed, managers must step up and implement programs that are designed to achieve the goals of the company or organization. Simply stating objectives to employees does not inspire greatness and goal achievement. This concentration helps you broaden your understanding of what it means to be a manager and leader within your organization.
Marketing How do you create a successful marketing plan in the 21st century? What is the best way to reach consumers? Branding, image, and internal corporate marketing will be explored to help you define innovative marketing strategies that succeed in a global environment.
Supply Chain Management Competitively driven global businesses are swiftly capitalizing on the value of forging strong corporate alliances with suppliers and customers to synchronize their supply chains. The result is a synergetic, mutually competitive advantage for all aligned participants. These strategic alliances are based on the application of information technology and operational analysis – tools used to improve operational efficiencies, such as the reduction of inventory and distribution costs, to implementing improvements in forecasting, procurement, process efficiency and quality.
This concentration allows you to capture supply chain issues from both strategic and operational perspectives.
Health Services Management Enhances the quantitative skills learned in the MBA Program by learning the impact of the healthcare delivery system. Topics include legislative initiatives, financial reimbursement systems, technological advances, and other pressures that continue to change and refocus the healthcare delivery system.

Concentrations for the M.B.A. and M.B.A., Experienced Professionals: In addition to the concentrations listed below, students may pursue any of the concentrations listed under the M.S., Management and Leadership.

Accounting Concentration

Code Course Title Units
BUS 501 Corporate Accounting and Reporting I 3
BUS 502 Corporate Accounting and Reporting II 3

A minimum of two of the following:

Code Course Title Units
BUS 505 Accounting for Specialized Accounting Entities 3
BUS 506 Auditing Standards and Practices 3
BUS 507* Government and Nonprofit Accounting 3
BUS 508I Federal Taxation Concepts and Practices – Individual 3
BUS 509 Cost Accounting 3

Finance Concentration

A minimum of three of the following:

Code Course Title Units
BUS 531 Investment and Portfolio Analysis 3
BUS 532 Management of Financial Institutions 3
BUS 533 Investment Banking 3
BUS 534 Entrepreneurial Finance 3
BUS 536 International Financial Management 3
BUS 538 Financial Strategy and Policy 3

Note: BUS 530 Financial Management is a prerequisite to all Finance courses.

Information Technology Concentration

A minimum of three of the following:

Code Course Title Units
BUS 511* Management Support Systems 3
BUS 512 Data Structure Management 3
BUS 513* Information Networks 3
BUS 515 Systems Planning and Implementation 3
BUS 516 E-Business 3
BUS 517 Cyber Law 3

International Business Concentration

A minimum of three of the following:

Code Course Title Units
BUS 516 E-Business 3
BUS 528 Contemporary Issues in International Trade 3
BUS 536 International Financial Management 3
BUS 566 International Marketing Management 3

Management and Leadership Concentration (Also available online)

Code Course Title Units
MGMT 522 Human Resource Management 3
BUS 586 Leadership for the Future  
BUS 655 Designing Effective Organizations 3
BUS 581 Managing in a Global Economy, or  
BUS 685 Global Business Management 3
MGMT 522 Human Resource Management 3

Marketing Concentration (Also available online)

Code Course Title Units
BUS 560 Seminar in Marketing Management, or  
BUS 665 Strategic Marketing Management 3

A minimum of three of the following:

Code Course Title Units
BUS 561 Seminar in Consumer Behavior 3
BUS 562 New Product Development 3
BUS 563 Marketing Channels/Distribution 3
BUS 564 Marketing Intelligence 3
BUS 565 Internet Marketing 3
BUS 566 International Marketing Management 3
BUS 567 The Management and Marketing of Services 3
BUS 568 Marketing Communications 3

Supply Chain Management Concentration

Code Course Title Units
BUS 576 Supply Chain Management and Strategy 3
BUS 577 Compliance Issues in Supply Chains 3

A minimum of one of the following:

Code Course Title Units
BUS 516 E-Business 3
BUS 558 Project Management 3
BUS 563 Marketing Channels/Distribution 3

Health Services Management Concentration

A minimum of three of the following:

Code Course Title Units
HSM 520 Strategic Planning and Management in HSOs 3
HSM 533 Mergers and Acquisitions 3
HSM 540 Legal Issues in Health Services Organizations 3
HSM 555 Ethical Issues in Health Services 3
HSM 571 Management of Clinical and Financial Information 3
HSM 583 Marketing & Business Development 3
HSM 598 Field Work/Internship 3

*These courses are currently not being offered. 

Adding a Concentration after Graduating

The University recognizes that job requirements and career plans change over time. These changes may require the need for additional education. Students who complete an MBA through La Verne may return at a later date to add a new or a second concentration to their transcript. Your academic advisor can explain this process and any time limits that may apply.

Note: Financial aid funds are not available to students pursuing a concentration after a degree has been posted.

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