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 are 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

Code

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 Master of Science in 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 Master of Science in Leadership and Management. Units do not double count in the Core and the Concentration.

Concentrations for the MBA and MBA for Experienced Professionals. In addition to the concentrations listed below, students may pursue any of the concentrations listed under the Master of Science in Leadership and Management.

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 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 Integrated Data 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 in 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

Code Course Title Units
HSM 501 Current Trends and Issues in Health Services (Required) 3

Three (3) courses from the following:

Code Course Title Units
HSM 520 Strategic Planning and Management in HSOs 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

Aging Studies Concentration

Code Course Title Units
GERO 516 Prospective in Gerontology 3

Three (3) courses from the following:

Code Course Title Units
GERO 512 Managing Senior Services 3
GERO 520 Health in Later Years 3
GERO 581 Comparative Gerontology, or 3
GERO 590 Selected Topics In Gerontology 3

Additional electives might apply to each concentration, please consult the schedule each academic term.

*These courses are currently not being offered.