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Career MBA Curriculum

The Career MBA provides a strong foundation in the main areas of business administration, as well as a broad exposure to contemporary management skills. Emphasis is on the development of competencies necessary to manage in a critical, rational and effective manner within today’s complex global environment.

The program does not require substantial work experience and is not limited to students with undergraduate degrees in business. Applicants with bachelor’s degrees in other fields also are welcome.

The foundation courses are designed to assist students without a previous business education. Specifically designed courses in accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing and statistics provide students with any needed prerequisite knowledge and tools necessary to study the field of business at the graduate level. If required, these courses should be among the first ones completed in the program. Determination of needed prerequisite knowledge will be based on a review of each student’s unique combination of undergraduate coursework and any relevant work experience.

The core courses develop a solid understanding of the role of the professional manager within organizations, and the responsibilities held within the firm and society in our global economy. The program’s concentrations allow students to develop a professional focus or a specialization that is most relevant to their career goals.

Students can select a set of courses or a concentration that addresses each student’s individual career needs. Courses can be selected from any of the scheduled elective graduate business courses (500-level BUS listing, other than foundation courses, or from courses in other disciplines) with the approval of the student’s academic advisor.

Students who possess the prerequisite business knowledge may complete the program with a total of 36 units (or 12 courses). The Career MBA Program consists of:

  1. Core courses: 8 courses (24 units)
  2. Concentration or focus area: 3 courses (9 units)
  3. Graduate Business Seminar: 1 course (3 semester hours)

MBA Preparatory Program

The University of La Verne MBA Preparatory Program provides coursework tailored to the needs of international students who do not meet the entrance requirements for full admission to the MBA Program. After successfully completing the MBA Preparatory Program and upon approval by the Admissions Committee, students are allowed to enroll in the MBA.

Program Requirements

Foundation Courses: 0-18 semester hours

The foundation courses a student must fulfill is determined by the chairperson’s review of the student’s undergraduate coursework and professional experience. If foundation courses are needed, they should be among the first courses taken.

Code Course Title Units
BUS 500A Accounting Fundamentals 3
BUS 500B Economics for Decision Making 3
BUS 500C Quantitative and Statistical Analysis 3
BUS 500D Business Finance 3
BUS 500E Business Management 3
BUS 500F Business Marketing 3

Total Program: 36 semester hours

Core Courses: 24 semester hours


Course Title Units
BUS 503 Accounting Information for Decision-Making 3
BUS 510 Management of Information Technology 3
BUS 525 Economics of the Firm 3
BUS 530 Financial Management 3
BUS 551 Seminar in Organization Theory and Behavior 3
BUS 560 Seminar in Marketing Management 3
BUS 575 Analysis of Business Operations 3
BUS 581 Managing in a Global Economy 3

Electives and Concentrations: 9 semester hours

Students may complete one of the concentrations listed below, or the M.S., Leadership and Management, or students may select 9 semester hours of electives from 500-level BUS courses other than foundation courses.

Culminating Activity: 3 semester hours

Code Course Title Units
BUS 596 Graduate Business Seminar 3

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. Units do not double count in the Core and the Concentration.