The Marymount California University makes available the MBA in an online and blended learning format to provide maximum flexibility. The Marymount California University MBA program prepares students for effective and ethical entrepreneurial leadership in a global interconnected economy. MBA students develop analytical, applied, and interpersonal skills within an interdisciplinary community of practice to recognize, interpret, present, and lead business solutions to societal and organizational challenges. The program uniquely combines management, leadership, and fieldwork to prepare for effective professional roles in for-profit or non-profit organizations as well as start-ups. The Marymount California University graduate programs were developed with the busy, working professional in mind. The flexible class schedule, through online courses, means that a student can reach his/her educational and career goals, while continuing to maintain a balanced life. The 36-unit master’s degree program in business is designed for quick completion of the degree. With coursework that is relevant and tailored to an individual’s career goals, the educational experience will emphasize the critical competencies, practical knowledge and skills for the real world. What’s more, all master’s level courses are taught by highly accomplished and accessible professors who care about each student’s success.
Master of Business Administration
Marymount California University’s MBA program uniquely and explicitly connects the tools of economics, technology, and marketing to entrepreneurship and business development. Courses cover essential skills for business leaders, along with a relevant and practical exploration of today’s management environment. Through a common core of courses taken by all master’s-level students, students will gain essential leadership knowledge as they participate in comprehensive, experience-driven learning. In addition, Marymount’s relevant and rigorous core curriculum allows students to:
- Develop a personal leadership philosophy by reflecting on leadership theories and attributes, and acquiring the leadership skills and abilities necessary to motivate others toward common goals. (MCU-ID 530, MCU-CD 500)
- Demonstrate a consistent evidence-based decision making approach using rigorous analysis and interpretation of business data with appropriate tools and techniques. (MCU-ACCT 501, MCU-GS 500, MCU-BUS 500, MCU-ECO 520, MCU-BUS 512, MCU-BUS 561)
- Identify, define, research and analyze an organizational problem or question, leading to a sustainable business plan or set of actionable recommendations that balances ethical, economic and other considerations. (MCU-BUS 697-698)
- Integrate global, cultural, technical and economic considerations into analysis of business opportunities. (MCU-BUS 697-698)
- Utilize peer feedback to support a spirit of inquiry, reflection, mutual respect and quality improvement within a community of practice.
NOTE: All courses must be passed with a grade of B or higher.
From Theory to Action Core curriculum for the Master of Business Administration includes:
Marymount Leadership Core (8 units)
This course provides a basis for understanding one’s professional role and how to follow guidelines for success, taking into consideration questions of conscience, ethics, and values, as well as the tensions between community engagement, advocacy and participatory research, and specialized expertise.
It will introduce concepts, tools, and skills needed to perform in diverse professional environments.
Use and manipulation of data sets needed for data analysis and presentation. Students will build and edit detailed electronic spreadsheets containing advanced features and functions such as financial and statistical formulas, pivot tables and charts, scenarios, and data filters. Proficiency in Microsoft Excel will be developed.
The course offers upper division and post-baccalaureate students opportunities to reflect on leadership through readings, presentation, discussion, and practice-based research.
MBA Foundations (18 units)
Provides students with a basic understanding of accounting and finance theory, concepts and tools to assist in the management of organizations and/or entrepreneurial ventures. The course is designed to allow students to view accounting as an information tool for managers and finance as a discipline to assure fiduciary success. Specific applications include balance sheet and income statement preparation and understanding, cash flow analyses, financing alternatives including cost of funds analysis, and what types of accounting systems best fit certain types of organizations or ventures.
This course covers a variety of technical and business writing styles for effective business communication. Writing fundamentals are emphasized, applied to common forms of communication such as business letters, emails, memoranda, formal reports and proposals. Students will also learn the style and strategy for creating and repurposing content for Web 2.0+ platforms, such as blogs, micro-blogs and social networking sites.
This course covers fundamental marketing principles with a focus on effective marketing strategies in a digital era characterized by significant transformation from information technology.
Markets of today require thinking globally but acting locally. They are also highly connected, participatory, and green, tooled to empower individuals and turn individual actions into massive market forces. In a way, the course re-conceptualizes the role of traditional marketing principles to explain the modern marketing actions fueled by the globalization, advanced technology, far-reaching connectivity, and unprecedented social presence. The lab takes an experiential learning approach to leveraging social networks, search engine marketing and social media platforms to promote an organization’s brand or objectives. Students will work with real-world tools, scenarios and data.
The course helps prepare students for work in marketing, consulting, and brand management in both B2C and B2B commerce. Students interested in entrepreneurship will find the course useful, as new businesses often rely on digital marketing to promote their brand and connect with consumers and investors.
This course takes an experiential learning approach to leveraging social networks, search engine marketing and social media platforms to promote an organization’s brand or objectives. Students will work with real-world tools, scenarios and data. This course helps prepare students for work in marketing, consulting, and brand management in both B2C and B2B commerce. Students interested in entrepreneurship will find the course useful, as new businesses often rely on digital marketing to promote their brand and connect with consumers and investors.
This course discusses the complexities of managing an organization from the perspective of the CEO or COO. The course is framed by the strategic management process, which includes setting goal setting, approaches to resource allocation, competency development toward competitive advantage and strategy execution.
Students will learn how to develop a sustainable, values-based strategy based on internal organizational capabilities and external market opportunities in a competitive global marketplace.
Students are introduced to the process of conducting fieldwork in an organization. They course discusses elements of action research and the process of scholarly inquiry. Students will learn how to gain access to an organization, identify and explore organizational challenges and gather evidence toward a business problem and solution. Prior coursework in marketing, accounting and finance, and entrepreneurship or organizational systems will be utilized. Students will deliver a final presentation and report of their findings as a business plan or fieldwork report.
The is a graduate level business research course that incorporates and links statistical analysis, related research methods, decision making and modeling for different assumptions & scenarios. It integrates a number of analytical methods and applies them to a variety of business problems. Topics include hypothesis testing, Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) and topics in regression analysis and forecasting.
Students are expected to use Excel, SPSS or STATA and learn how to incorporate statistical results into sample reports.
The course supports effective planning by presenting a resource framework and relating the use of economic indicators to interpret a community’s economic context at the global, national, regional, local, and project level.
Students study the interplay of these economic contexts through individual and collaborative case study projects.
MBA Electives (4 units from the following)
This course discusses various approaches and processes of innovation and how they are managed in startups and larger enterprises. Enabling processes and inhibitors for creativity and innovation are identified. Some topics of intellectual property law such as copyrights and patents are discussed. Emerging trends in innovation management will be discussed.
The course will focus on global entrepreneurship and economic development. Entrepreneurship is an integral part of economic change and growth. The course explains how economic conditions and incentives affect entrepreneurship, and how the actions of entrepreneurs in turn affect the broader economy. Entrepreneurship is viewed as an economic development strategy and entrepreneurs as agents of change and innovation.
The course draws from recent theoretical insights and empirical findings to show how economics can contribute to our understanding of entrepreneurship.
MBA Field Project (6 units)
This course is the first of two research seminar courses integrating all prior coursework into a capstone experience.
In this course, students will gain access to an organization, investigate an organizational problem, and develop a proposal for a business plan solution. Students will gather evidence and co-create a resolution with a client organization and its key stakeholders. Students will deliver a final presentation and report their findings as a business plan proposal.
The MCU-BUS 697-698 sequence is generally taken in final two semesters of program.
This course is the second of two research seminar courses integrating prior coursework to a capstone experience.
In this course, students implement the project proposal created in the first seminar, MCU-BUS 697. The course reinforces skills developed in applied/action research and provides guidance for the action research process. The aims of the project will vary depending on the client organization’s needs, but students should draw upon all prior coursework to develop a comprehensive business solution.
Students deliver a final presentation and report their findings as a business plan, case study, fieldwork or similar report.
The course culminates in a professional presentation of the student’s research project.
Prerequisites: MCU-BUS 697
Total units: 36
* Online/Distance ** MCU-BUS 697 is a prerequisite for MCU-BUS 698 NOTE: All courses must be passed with a grade of B or higher.Admission
For more information about admission into the MBA program, call 1-213-233-9445 or email firstname.lastname@example.org