MBA Concentrations

Concentrations allow students in the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program to focus their studies in specific business disciplines. 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 also possible.

In addition to the concentrations below, MBA students may also pursue any of the concentrations offered through our Master of Science in Leadership and Management 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.


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 investment and portfolios, investment banking, entrepreneurial finance, financial management, 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. 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? Consumer behavior, product management, internet marketing, communications, and more 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. This concentration allows you to capture supply chain issues from both strategic and operational perspectives.
Health Services Management Learn about 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.

Degree Requirements

Foundation Courses

0-21 semester hours
The foundation courses a student must fulfill are determined by the Program Director’s review of the student’s undergraduate coursework and professional experience. If foundation courses are needed, they should be among the first courses taken.

BUS 500AAccounting Fundamentals3
BUS 500BEconomics for Decision-Making3
BUS 500CQuantitative and Statistical Analysis3
BUS 500DBusiness Finance3
BUS 500EBusiness Management3
BUS 500FBusiness Marketing3
BUS 500JBusiness Communications3
Total Semester Hours21

Core Courses

24 semester hours

BUS 503Accounting Information for Decision-Making3
BUS 510Management of Information Technology3
BUS 525Economics of the Firm3
BUS 530Financial Management3
BUS 551Seminar in Organization Theory & Behavior3
BUS 560Seminar in Marketing Management3
BUS 575Analysis of Business Operations3
BUS 581Managing in a Global Economy3
Total Semester Hours24

Culminating Activity

3 semester hours

BUS 596Graduate Business Seminar3
Total Semester Hours3

Concentrations/Electives for the MBA and MBA, Experienced Professionals

In addition to the concentrations listed below, students may pursue any of the concentrations listed under the M.S. Management and Leadership or complete 9 semester hours of electives from 500-level BUS courses other than foundation courses. Units do not double count in the Core and the Concentration.

Accounting Concentration

Required Courses
BUS 501Corporate Accounting and Reporting I3
BUS 502Corporate Accounting and Reporting II3
Select a minimum of one of the following:3
BUS 505
Accounting for Specialized Entities
BUS 506
Auditing Standards & Practices
BUS 508I
Federal Taxation Concepts and Practices - Individual
BUS 509
Cost Accounting
Total Semester Hours9

Finance Concentration

Select a minimum of three of the following:9
BUS 531
Investment and Portfolio Analysis
BUS 532
Management of Financial Institutions
BUS 533
Investment Banking
BUS 534
Entrepreneurial Finance
BUS 536
International Financial Management
BUS 538
Financial Strategy & Policy
Total Semester Hours9

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

Information Technology Concentration

Select a minimum of three of the following:9
BUS 511
Management Support Systems 1
BUS 512
Integrated Data Management
BUS 515
Systems Planning and Implementation
BUS 516
BUS 517
BUS 565I
Internet Marketing
Total Semester Hours9

Currently not being offered.

International Business Concentration

Select a minimum of three of the following:9
BUS 516
BUS 528
Contemporary Issues in International Trade
BUS 536
International Financial Management
BUS 566
International Marketing Management
Total Semester Hours9

Management and Leadership Concentration

MGMT 522Human Resource Management3
BUS 586Leadership in the Future3
Additional BUS or MGMT Elective Course3
Total Semester Hours9

Marketing Concentration

Select a minimum of three of the following:9
BUS 561
Seminar in Consumer Behavior
BUS 562
New Product Management
BUS 563
Marketing Channels/Distribution
BUS 564
Marketing Intelligence
BUS 565I
Internet Marketing
BUS 566
International Marketing Management
BUS 567
The Management & Marketing of Services
BUS 568
Marketing Communications
Total Semester Hours9

Note: BUS 560 Seminar in Marketing Management is a prerequisite to all Marketing elective courses.

Supply Chain Management Concentration

Required Courses
BUS 576Supply Chain Management & Strategy3
BUS 577Compliance Issues in Supply Chains3
Select a minimum of one of the following:3
BUS 516
BUS 558
Project Management
BUS 563
Marketing Channels/Distribution
Total Semester Hours9

Health Services Management Concentration

Required Course
HSM 501Current Trends and Issues in Health Services3
Select three of the following:9
HSM 540
Legal Issues in Health Service Organizations
HSM 545
Foundations of Public Health
HSM 547
Public Health Policy
HSM 562
Human Resource Management in Health Service Organizations
HSM 571
Management of Clinical and Financial Information
HSM 598
Field Work/Internship
Total Semester Hours12


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.