Master of Business Administration

Mission

The Master of Business Administration (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

The prospective graduate student in the MBA program must demonstrate his or her readiness to succeed in graduate-level academic coursework by satisfactorily fulfilling one of the following admission options. All graduate admissions options listed below require an earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Option One

A 3.0 grade point average (GPA) calculated over the most recent 30 graded 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 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. A satisfactory score on an accepted graduate admissions 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)
  • Miller 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 6 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 may accept the following:

  1. Transfer of twelve elective credits to 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" within the last seven years.

  2. Transfer of twelve elective credits to the MBA Degree to eligible Active Duty, Reserve, National Guard, retired and prior military service members for completion of military coursework comparable to OLCU 641 Leadership in Military Communication, OLCU 643 Military Operations Leadership, HRCU 618 Career Management, and HRCU 605 Talent Management. Qualifications and provisions of this twelve credit transfer opportunity follow:

a. The service member must qualify for admission to the MBA degree program. (See Graduate Admission section of this catalog).

b. Active Duty, active reserve, retired and prior service military members in the following ranks are eligible: Commissioned Officer (any rank), Senior NCO (E7 or above) or CW2 or above.

c. Commissioned Officers must be graduates of a commissioning program (OCS or equivalent, ROTC, Military Academy) and an officer basic career course. Senior NCOs must be E7 or above and graduates of a career NCO Advanced Course. Warrant Officers must be CW2 or above and graduates of a Warrant Officer Candidate School and a Warrant Officer career course.

d. The seven-year rule for completion of all coursework toward the MBA degree applies, including transfer credit for military schooling. (See Seven-Year Limitation in Graduate Academic Policies and Procedures section of this catalog.)

e. Recipients of the twelve credit transfer must complete all remaining coursework for the MBA degree at Brandman University in accordance with academic policy.

f. This is not an online only program. Service members who qualify may enroll in the MBA program, if available, at a nearby campus or as an online student.

Core Course Waiver Policy

Though the MBA program consists of 48 credits, a student with comparable undergraduate or graduate coursework may have a maximum of 12 credits waived. Graduates of Brandman's competency based BBA degree program will automatically qualify for this 12 credit waiver opportunity. The four MBA core courses eligible for waiver include:

ACCU 602Financial Reporting & Analysis3
BUSU 610Data Analysis for Decision Making3
BUSU 620Economic Analysis for Managers3
OLCU 613Seminar in Organizational Dynamics3

Course Waiver Requirements

  • Dean approval within the second eight-week session of study.  MBA waiver petitions submitted after a student’s second eight week session has ended will not be considered.  
  • For graduate courses supporting an eligible MBA core waiver:  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 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.
  • 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.

Course Substitutions

Students with the following certifications will be granted a maximum of 6 credits as defined below:

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 received 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

Specific Requirements for the MBA Degree

The MBA program consists of two segments. The first segment is the MBA Core consisting of 24 – 36 credits depending upon course waivers (see Course Waiver Policy above). The second segment of the MBA program consists of 12 credits of electives or a designated emphasis area.

Program Requirements

Core Requirements
Select 24-36 credits of the following, depending upon waivers:24-36
Financial Reporting & Analysis
Data Analysis for Decision Making
Economic Analysis for Managers
Business Process Analysis and Innovation
Corporate Responsibility: Ethics and Sustainability
Financial Management
Human Resource Foundations
Marketing Management
Seminar in Organizational Dynamics
Leading Organizational Change
Leadership and Innovation
Business Strategy and Competitive Advantage Capstone
Core Requirements Subtotal24-36
Electives or Designated Emphasis Area
Electives or Emphases12
Electives or Designated Emphasis Area Subtotal12
Total Credits36-48

Prior to enrolling in the MBA (BUSU 640 Business Strategy and Competitive Advantage Capstone) course, all core courses must be satisfactorily completed with one exception; one core course may be taken concurrently with the capstone.

MBA Electives

MBA students may select an individualized set of electives from the graduate courses listed in the following emphasis areas: Accounting, Business Intelligence and Data Analytics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Public Administration, Health Administration, Human Resources, International Business, Organizational Leadership, Marketing, and Computer Science. Successful completion of the University of California, Irvine Extension Project Management Certificate, as described in the Transfer Credit Policy, may substitute for the described MBA electives.

MBA Emphases

Instead of individualized electives, MBA students may specialize in one of the following designated emphasis areas:

Accounting Emphasis

ACCU 620Contemporary Issues in Accounting3
ACCU 621Accounting Ethics3
ACCU 640Strategic Cost Management3
Select one course from Finance or Accounting3
Total Credits12

Business Intelligence and Data Analytics Emphasis

BUSU 670Data Foundations3
BUSU 671Data Visualization and Presentation3
BUSU 672Data Modeling and Business Applications I3
BUSU 673Data Modeling and Business Applications II3
Total Credits12

Entrepreneurship Emphasis

ENTU 610Entrepreneurship3
ENTU 620Entrepreneurial Finance3
MKTU 624Seminar in Marketing Research3
MKTU 630Seminar in New Product Development3
Total Credits12

Finance Emphasis

FINU 615International Finance3
FINU 620Investments3
FINU 630Capital Markets3
Select one course from Accounting3
Total Credits12

Health Administration Emphasis  

HAUU 640Foundations of Healthcare Administration3
HAUU 641Law, Ethics and Health Services3
HAUU 642Healthcare Information and Communication Systems3
Select one from the following:3
Project Management for Business Majors
Healthcare Economics
Quality Management in Healthcare
Talent Management
Democracy, Ethics and Leadership
Self, Systems, and Leadership
Total Credits12

Human Resources Emphasis

HRCU 604Workforce Planning3
HRCU 605Talent Management3
Select two from the following:6
Strategic Business Concepts and Human Resources
Total Rewards
Career Development & Management
Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining
Conflict and Negotiation
Human Resources Information Systems
Total Credits12

International Business Emphasis 

FINU 615International Finance3
HRCU 603Globalization and Diversity3
OLCU 618Cultural Dimensions of Global Leadership3
Select one course from the following:3
Accounting Ethics
International Accounting
Total Credits12

Organizational Leadership Emphasis

OLCU 600Foundations of Organizational Leadership3
OLCU 601Democracy, Ethics and Leadership3
OLCU 602Self, Systems, and Leadership3
Select one course from Organizational Leadership or Human Resources, BUSU 670 Data Foundations, or BUSU 672 Data Modeling and Business Applications 13
Total Credits12

Marketing Emphasis 

MKTU 624Seminar in Marketing Research3
MKTU 630Seminar in New Product Development3
MKTU 635Seminar in Advertising and Promotion3
MKTU 640Seminar in International Marketing3
Total Credits12

e-Business Strategic Management Emphasis   

CSCU 615Information Technology Development and Innovation3
CSCU 641Internet Based Systems Analysis and Development3
CSCU 683Project Management for Business Majors3
CSCU 685Risk Management3
Total Credits12