Accelerated Bachelor of Business Administration to Master of Business Administration

Program Entry Options

The BBA program has three program options:

  1. Accelerated Bachelor of Business Administration to Master of Business Administration
  2. Credit-hour Bachelor of Business Administration
  3. Competency-based Bachelor of Business Administration

The accelerated BBA to MBA degree program offers students a degree path with up to eighteen fewer credits than the combined traditional BBA and MBA degree programs.

Mission: 

The Accelerated Bachelor of Business Administration to Master of Business Administration (BBA to MBA) prepares graduates to manage and lead enterprises that create value for stakeholders in a dynamic, global business environment.

Program Learning Outcomes:

  • Business Functions/Processes: Analyze and evaluate business functions and processes.

  • Strategic Planning: Evaluate and formulate effective domestic and global business strategies.

  • Sustainability/Ethics: Integrate ethics, corporate social responsibility and sustainability in decision-making.

  • Leadership: Identify, evaluate, communicate and implement effective leadership of a diverse workforce.

  • Innovation: Research, design and apply the innovation process from creativity to solution design and implementation.

Requirements for Admission

Admission requirements include two phases, BBA admission and MBA admission during the student’s senior year:

Phase 1, BBA Admission:  Regular undergraduate admission standards apply.  See Undergraduate Admission for Degree Seeking Student Applicants in this catalog.  Students interested in participating in the Accelerated BBA to MBA degree program must select this track during their undergraduate admission process so they will be identified as candidates for this degree program and advised accordingly.  Formal admission to MBA phase of the Accelerated BBA to MBA does not occur until the student attains senior status.   

Phase 2, MBA Admission:  Accelerated BBA to MBA candidates apply for formal admission to the MBA at the beginning of their senior year.  At this time, candidates for this program must demonstrate readiness to do graduate level work by satisfactorily fulfilling one of the following admission options.

Option One

A 3.0 grade point average (GPA) calculated over the most recent graded 30 semester (45 quarter) credits completed in either a baccalaureate or post baccalaureate program, including credits earned toward a credential.  All credits used for GPA calculation must be from a regionally accredited institution. 

Option Two

A GPA between 2.5 and 2.99 calculated over the most recent graded 30 semester (45 quarter) credits competed in either a baccalaureate or post baccalaureate program, including credits earned toward a credential.  All credits used for GPA calculation must be from a regionally accredited institution.  A satisfactory score on an accepted graduate admission exam is required. 

  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE): Achieve the required minimum scores on two out of three of the subsections of the GRE. (Minimum score for Quantitative: 141, minimum score for Verbal: 150, minimum score for Analytic Writing: 4.5)

  • Millar Analogies Test (MAT): Achieve a minimum scaled score of 400.

  • Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT): Fulfill the formula GMAT + (GPA X 200) > 1000.

Option Three

An earned master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution. 

Option Four

Submission of a portfolio of evidence that shows adequate preparation for graduate studies.  The portfolio will contain:  Writing samples that show graduate level communications and analytical skills; a detailed resume showing professional development and achievements; awards; professional recognition; letters of reference from persons who can attest to the applicant’s ability to do graduate level work; and a letter of explanation detailing the reasons the student believes he or she is a good candidate for graduate study in the field of Business Administration.

Transfer Credit Policy

A maximum of six credits may be accepted in transfer toward electives in the MBA degree program.  (See the Graduate Academic Policies and Procedures section of this catalog.)

In addition to university policies concerning transfer of coursework, the MBA program will accept transfer of military coursework which meets the following requirements:

  1. Course requested for transfer must include an official transcript or copy of an ACE evaluation which verifies graduate-level work;

  2. Coursework must be letter graded or provide verification of completion at a grade of “B” or higher;

  3. Coursework must be comparable to program requirements (if marginal comparability, a written statement of rationale must be provided); and

  4. Military coursework will be accepted in transfer as fulfilling elective requirements only.

In addition to University policies concerning transfer of coursework, Brandman University will award 12 elective credits toward the MBA upon receipt of appropriate official documentation of successful completion of the University of California, Irvine Extension Project Management Certificate provided that all required certificate courses were completed with a grade of “B” or better within the last seven years.

Core Course Waiver Policy

The Accelerated BBA to MBA degree track has four MBA core courses eligible for waiver consideration, which can reduce a student’s degree path by up to twelve credits provided that waiver requirements are met.  The courses eligible for waiver consideration are:

Course Waiver Requirements

  • For graduate courses supporting an eligible MBA core waiver course:Produce evidence of equivalent graduate course content by attaching relevant course descriptions.
  • For undergraduate courses supporting an eligible MBA core waiver:Produce transcript evidence of the following courses:

-Fundamentals of Accounting I and Fundamentals of Accounting II are required for waiver consideration of ACCU 602 Financial Reporting & Analysis.

-A computer course and a statistics course are required for waiver consideration of BUSU 610 Data Analysis for Decision Making.

-Microeconomics and Macroeconomics are required for waiver consideration of BUSU 620 Economic Analysis for Managers.

-Two theory oriented Leadership or Management courses are required for waiver consideration of OLCU 613 Seminar in Organizational Dynamics.

  • Only courses with a grade of “B” (3.0) or higher in appropriate courses will be considered.

  • Undergraduate and graduate courses taken within the last seven years may be used toward waivers.A course older than seven years may be authorized via the petition process provided that currency in the field can be verified by matching current student knowledge and experience with the course’s Course Learning Outcomes.Verification of currency in the field requires the submission of a current job description and supervisor’s letter.Currency in the field cannot be self-reported.

  • A course that has been waived may not be taken or used for elective credit for this degree.

  • No tuition and unit-based fees refund or cancellation will be issued for courses taken and subsequently waived.

The Dean has the final decision on all course waivers.  This decision may not be appealed.

BBA Course Substitutions: PHR, SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certification within three years may be used as a substitute for HRCU 445 Human Resource Studies 

Students with IT professional certification(s) may substitute courses as outlined below provided that their certification(s) are unexpired and currently recognized in the field.  Refer to MyBrandman for additional information on IT certification substitutions listed by catalog year.

Industry Standard Certification Substitution Course
MCSE, CCNP, MCSA: Windows Server CSCU 353; CSCU 453
Oracle DBA, MCDBA, MCSA: SQL Server 2008, MCSA: SQL Server 2012 CSCU 408; CSCU 453
A+ CSCU 251
Network+ CSCU 453
Security+ CSCU 270
CompTIA Cloud Essentials CSCU 251
VCP (VMWare Certified Professional) CSCU 251; CSCU 353
RHCSA (Red Hat Systems Administrator) CSCU 251; CSCU 353
CASP (CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner) CSCU 270; CSCU 375
CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) CSCU 270; CSCU 375
CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker) CSCU 270; CSCU 375
CISM (Certified Information Security Manager) CSCU 270; CSCU 375
CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor) CSCU 270; CSCU 375
PMP (project management professional) CSCU 383; CSCU 385
Six Sigma Green Belt CSCU 383; CSCU 415
CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) CSCU 353
CompTIA IT Fundamentals CSCU 206
ITIL Foundation CSCU 207
MTA Networking Fundamentals CSCU 209
MTA Security Fundamentals CSCU 336
Certification Substituted Course Comments
PHR HRCU 600 Certification or recertification within 3 years
SPHR HRCU 600 Certification or recertification within 3 years
GPHR HRCU 603 Certification or recertification within 3 years
SHRM-SCP HRCU 600 Certification or recertification within 3 years
Students who receive substitution credit as an undergraduate for HRCU 445 for the PHR, SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP may only receive waiver credit for HRCU 600 as graduate students.
CMA ACCU 640 Current certification at the time of application
CPA ACCU 602 Current certification at the time of application

 BBA Requirements for the Accelerated BBA to MBA Degree

In addition to the University General Education requirements, the BBA portion of the Accelerated BBA to MBA requires the following components: 18 Lower-Division Core requirements; 24 Upper-Division Core requirements; 21 undergraduate electives; 6 Additional Core requirements taken at the graduate level upon admission to graduate standing during the senior year; and a 3 Credit Capstone.

Lower Division Core
ACCU 201Principles of Accounting I3
ACCU 202Principles of Accounting II3
CSCU 200Introduction to Computers and Data Processing3
ECNU 201Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECNU 202Principles of Microeconomics3
MATU 203Introduction to Statistics3
Subtotal18
Upper Division Core
ACCU 360Financial Statement Analysis3
COMU 410Organizational Communication3
FINU 305Business Finance3
MGTU 301Principles of Management3
MGTU 310Legal Environment of Business3
MGTU 400Global Environment of Business3
MKTU 301Principles of Marketing3
OLCU 425Leadership in Diverse and Multicultural Organizations3
Subtotal24
Undergraduate Electives
BBA students have the opportunity to select an individualized set of electives from the following areas of study: Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Human Resources, Management, Organizations Communication, Organizational Leadership, Marketing, and Information Systems Management. Alternatively, students may specialize by focusing on one of the above areas of study as an emphasis area. See credit hour BBA in this catalog for a listing of emphasis areas.21
Additional Core
Taken at graduate level upon admission to MBA during senior year.
BUSU 630Business Process Analysis and Innovation3
BUSU 650Corporate Responsibility: Ethics and Sustainability3
Subtotal27
BBA Capstone
MGTU 410Strategic Management3
All core courses must be satisfactorily completed prior to enrolling in the BBA capstone course with one exception; one core course may be taken concurrently with the capstone.
Total Credits72

 MBA Requirements for the Accelerated BBA to MBA Degree

Graduate Core (15 to 27 credits depending on waivers)
FINU 607Financial Management3
HRCU 600Human Resource Foundations3
MKTU 605Marketing Management3
OLCU 615Leading Organizational Change3
OLCU 632Leadership and Innovation3
OLCU 613Seminar in Organizational Dynamics (Waivable)0-3
ACCU 602Financial Reporting & Analysis (Waivable)0-3
BUSU 610Data Analysis for Decision Making (Waivable)0-3
BUSU 620Economic Analysis for Managers (Waivable)0-3
Subtotal15-27
Graduate Electives (12 credits)
MBA students may select an individualized set of electives from the graduate courses listed in the following areas: Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Public Administration, Health Administration, Human Resources, International Business, Organizational Leadership, Marketing, and Computer Science. Instead of individualized electives, MBA students may specialize in one of the above areas of study as an emphasis area.12
MBA Capstone
BUSU 640Business Strategy and Competitive Advantage Capstone3
All MBA core courses must be completed prior to enrolling in the MBA capstone course (one core course may be taken concurrently)
Total Credits30-42

 Accelerated BBA to MBA for CPA Exam Preparation

Students interested in pursuing a CPA license with the State of California, beginning January 1st 2017, will need to complete a total of 150 credits, with 20 units in Accounting and 10 units in Ethics Study. Prospective students who wish to qualify to sit for the CPA exam must have a Bachelor’s degree and on an accelerated path may take General Education courses (48 credits), the Accelerated BBA program with an Accounting emphasis (72 credits), and the Accelerated MBA program with an Accounting emphasis (30 credits).