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2013-2015 University Catalog 
2013-2015 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Administration, Marketing Concentration, M.B.A.

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Master of Business Adminstration

(33 UNITS)

The Mihaylo College of Business and Economics holds dual accreditation in business administration and accounting from AACSB International, the premier accrediting body for university-level business programs in the world. We are the only university in Orange County, and one of five in California, to hold this prestigious level of dual accreditation. Our accreditation guarantees that students receive a high quality education, delivered by the most qualified faculty, all from a College that has met the highest standards in business education.

Depending on personal and professional commitments, students may earn their MBA on a full- or part-time basis. Classes are offered during the late afternoon and evenings, and students may complete their program at either the main campus in Fullerton or at the CSUF Irvine Campus.


Admission into the MBA program is competitive and decisions are based on the holistic assessment of each candidate’s academic and personal/professional background. Students must meet the CSU requirements for admission to a master’s degree program. Please consult the Graduate Admissions section in this catalog for complete information. In addition, applicants will be evaluated based on the following:

  1. a satisfactory score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). Students should score in the top 50 percent on the verbal, quantitative and analytical writing areas;
  2. a minimum TOEFL score of 570 on the paper exam, or 90 on the internet based (iBT) is required1; and
  3. a recommendation from the MBA Admissions Committee based upon a review of the above requirements, the student’s “Statement of Purpose” and prior work experience.

Additional coursework may be required of admitted students who holistically satisfy the criteria but are weak in one of the above areas.

Additional Information

1 For international students

Proficiency Requirements

All newly admitted students must demonstrate proficiency in calculus, software applications and statistics, either at the time of admission or within their first year of study. The three technical courses listed below, or equivalent coursework, must be completed with a “C” (2.0) or better:

Study Plan

Students with a bachelor’s degree in business administration may be able to complete the program with a minimum of 33 units of adviser-approved coursework. However, those students with little or no recent coursework in business administration may require up to 48 total units of advisor-approved coursework. Students electing the International Business concentration must complete a minimum of 36 units, up to 48 units of adviser-approved coursework. A minimum 3.0 GPA (“B”) is required in study plan courses and overall applicable coursework. Any study plan course with a grade lower than “C” (2.0) must be repeated and passed with a “C” (2.0) or better.

Business Core (18-30 units)

The MBA program at CSUF presumes that all students demonstrate proficiency in the topics covered by the following business core, which consist of a minimum of 18 units, up to 30 units of coursework. These courses must be at the 500  level. All specific required courses are determined by college advisers and/or department chairs within the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics. Each student in the MBA program must complete an advisor-approved study plan. The Business Core courses are:

Additional Information

Decisions about core coursework equivalency are made by college advisers and department chairs within the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics. Consideration for equivalency may only be provided if the proposed equivalent courses are no more than seven years old and the student has achieved a “C” (2.0) or better with an overall GPA of 3.0 (“B”).

Concentration Elective Courses (12 -15 units)

A student may elect to follow a generalist path within the MBA or select from one of the 11 concentration areas to tailor a degree towards their individual professional, personal and educational goals. The generalist path consists of 12 units from differing areas, with no more than two electives from any one disciplinary area. Specific courses in that plan must be approved by the Associate Dean or designee.

Concentrations are offered in the following areas: Accounting, Business Intelligence, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Information Systems, International Business, Management, Management Science, Marketing, and Risk Management and Insurance. Each concentrations requires four courses (12 units) from within its area. A minimum of two of the four courses must be at the 500 level. The International Business concentration requires five courses (15 units). All concentration courses must be approved by the department chairs or their designee.

Note: The accounting concentration electives must cover the following areas: Financial Accounting and Theory, Accounting Information Systems, Auditing and Taxation.

Capstone Course (3 units)

Students must pass the individual project in BUAD 591  and complete the course with a “B” (3.0) or better. In exceptional cases, a thesis (BUAD 598 ) may serve as an option. See the graduate adviser for details.

Total (33 units)

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