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Business Administration (MBA)

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The Master of Business Administration at San Diego State University offers a flexible schedule, hands-on learning experiences, and a full-range of specializations, allowing students the opportunity to customize their MBA while getting real world experience. 

 

Who hires our MBA graduates?

Hewlett Packard

San Diego County Credit Union

Bank of America

San Diego Gas and Electric

 

Top-100
Part-Time MBA Program
#81, U.S. News & World Report - 2020
Top-50
Full-Time MBA Program
(Public), Bloomberg BusinessWeek - 2018
Top-20
Entrepreneurship
(Public), U.S. News & World Report - 2020
Top
Veteran Friendly School
"Best-of-the-Best", U.S. Veterans Magazine - 2019

Business Administration Curriculum

  • BA 623: Statistical Analysis
  • BA 624: Organizational Behavior and Leadership
  • BA 625: Financial and Management Accounting
  • BA 626: Business Economics
  • BA 627: Marketing
  • BA 628: Operations and Supply Chain Management
  • BA 629: Financial Management

Upon completion of the core courses, all MBA students are required to take a business strategy course, BA 630.

All students are required to complete a total of 18 elective units.

Earning an MBA Specialization is optional. Students who wish to specialize in a specific area of study will be required to take a minimum of 12 units (four classes) in their chosen area of emphasis. Students may specialize in only one area of study. For a listing of the specific courses recommended for each of the specializations, please select a specialization below.

MBA Specializations

The MBA with a specialization in Accounting provides students with an academic curriculum that prepares them for career opportunities that require a broad understanding of financial statements and the use of accounting information for decision-making.

Students with Undergraduate Degree in Accounting (12 Units)

  • ACCTG 630: Ethics in Accounting*
  • ACCTG 650: Tax Research and Practice**
  • ACCTG 651: Seminar in Corporate Tax**
  • ACCTG 654: Seminar in Partnership Taxation**
  • ACCTG 655: Tax Planning for Individuals**
  • ACCTG 657: Accounting for Income Taxes**
  • ACCTG 659: Seminar in Taxation Topics**
  • ACCTG 663: Financial Statement Analysis*
  • ACCTG 670: Seminar in Assurance Services**
  • ACCTG 673: AIS Development*
  • ACCTG 675: Seminar in AIS Audit and Control**
  • ACCTG 729: Forensic Accounting**

Student without Undergraduate Degree in Accounting (12 Units)

  • ACCTG 620: Financial Measurement and Reporting*
  • ACCTG 621: Accounting Information Systems*
  • ACCTG 624: Tax for Managers**
  • ACCTG 625: Managerial Analysis and Financial Reporting**
  • ACCTG 626: Auditing and Assurance Services*
  • ACCTG 630: Ethics in Accounting*
  • ACCTG 663: Financial Statement Analysis*

The MBA in Entrepreneurship provides an academic curriculum that focuses on preparing students for a future as an entrepreneur. Students will master core theory and concepts of entrepreneurship, the financing of emerging enterprises, and business plan development. Students will also have the opportunity to take additional courses that will allow them to tailor their education to the specific contexts most relevant to their entrepreneurial interests.

Required (9 units):

  • MGT 724: Entrepreneurship*
  • FIN 641: Financing the Emerging Enterprise
  • MGT 744: Managing the Growing Firm*

Choose One (3 units):

  • MGT 748: International Entrepreneurship**
  • MKTG 761: Product Innovation Management*
  • BA 780: Field Studies in Business*

 

The MBA in Finance Specialization provides students with an academic curriculum that focuses on four career tracts: Financial Management, Investment Management, Financial Institutions Management, and Wealth Management.

Choose Four (12 units)

  • FIN 522: Individual Insurance Management*
  • FIN 585: Estate Planning Issues and Practice**
  • FIN 589: Personal Financial Planning*
  • FIN 590: Personal Financial Planning Practicum**
  • FIN 617: Financial Management II**
  • FIN 641: Financing the Emerging Enterprise**
  • FIN 651: Seminar in Investments**
  • FIN 652: Seminar in Security Analysis and Portfolio Management**
  • FIN 653: Case Studies in Financial Management**
  • FIN 654: Seminar in International Business Finance** (Summer)
  • FIN 659: Decision Making in the World Economy**
  • ACCTG 620: Financial Measurement and Reporting*
  • ACCTG 663: Financial Statement Analysis*

Career Track Recommendations

Financial Management

Investment Management

Financial Institutions Management

Wealth Management

  • FIN 617**
  • FIN 641**
  • FIN 651**
  • FIN 653**
  • FIN 654**
  • FIN 659**
  • ACCTG 620*
  • ACCTG 663*
  • FIN 651**
  • FIN 652**
  • FIN 654**
  • FIN 659**
  • ACCTG 663*
  • FIN 617**
  • FIN 651**
  • FIN 654**
  • FIN 659**
  • ACCTG 663*
  • FIN 522*
  • FIN 585**
  • FIN 589*
  • FIN 590**
  • FIN 651**
  • FIN 652**

The MBA in Health Services Administration is designed to give students the opportunity to integrate the knowledge they gain in earning their MBA with 12 units of coursework in Public Health. This knowledge helps to prepare students to work in various healthcare administration positions within the healthcare field.

Required (3 units)

  • PH 641 – Introduction to Health Services (offered in the Fall)**

Choose Three (9 units)

  • PH 644B – Managing High Performing Health Care Organization**
  • PH 648 – Health Policy**
  • PH 748 – Health Services Competitive Strategy and Marketing**
  • PH 605 – Health Services Administration**

The MBA in Information Systems specialization provides students with an academic curriculum focused on creating value with information. An information system (IS) is a reliably, repeatable way to create value with information. In times past, organizations used IS to boost their productivity. In today’s knowledge economy, the information system is the business. This specialization prepares a leader to understand and improve an organization’s ability to protect and to optimize the return on its intellectual capital. It will examine how an organization can use its information and information systems to enhance its offerings and to gain sustainable strategic advantages.

Choose One (3 units)

  • MIS 688 – Information Systems in Organizations***
  • MIS 691 – Decision Support Systems**

Choose Three (9 units)

  • MIS 620– E-Business Infrastructure**
  • MIS 686 – Enterprise Database Management**
  • MIS 687 – Business Data Communication**
  • MIS 688 – Information Systems and strategies in Organizations***
  • MIS 691 – Decision Support Systems** 
  • MIS 695 – Information Systems Development**
  • MIS 697 – Project Planning and Development**
  • MIS 705 – Communication Strategies**
  • MIS 749 – Business Analytics**
  • MIS 750 – Strategic Project Management**
  • MIS 752 – Supply Chain and Enterprise Resource Planning**
  • MIS 753 – Global Supply Chain Management**
  • MIS 755 – Information Systems Security Management**

The MBA in International Business Specialization helps to prepare students for diverse career opportunities. It includes positions – both in the U.S. and abroad – with business corporations (including multinational enterprises), nonprofit organizations, international institutions, and government agencies. Careers and responsibilities can vary depending upon a student’s portfolio of courses and “emphasis” in functional areas such as accounting, finance, information systems, management or marketing.

Choose Four (12 units)

If only THREE international business courses have been completed from the courses within the Fowler College of Business, one of the courses outside the Fowler College of Business can be used as the fourth course in the specialization:

Within Fowler College

  • FIN 654 – International Business Finance**
  • MKTG 769 – International Marketing**
  • MGT 710 – World Business Environment**
  • MIS 753 – Global Supply Chain Management**

Outside Fowler College

  • POL S 577 – Principles of International Law**
  • JMS 574 – International Advertising**

The MBA Management Specialization provides an academic curriculum that focuses on preparing students for future management and leadership positions in organizations. Students will have the opportunity to select courses within three key areas (listed below) to ensure exposure to a breadth of theory and concepts that are applicable to the student’s chosen field and/or interests.

Choose Four (12 units)

Select at least one from each group (if possible).

Organizational Interaction with the External Environment

Managing in a Global Environment

Internal Organizational Structure and Processes

  • MGT 722: Business Ethics and Social Institutions*
  • MGT 724: Entrepreneurship*
  • MGT 744: Managing the Growing Firm*
  • MGT 746: Corporate Governance*
  • MGT 710: Seminar in World Business**
  • MGT 748: International Entrepreneurship**
  • MGT 721: Group Process/Leadership*

The MBA Marketing Specialization provides students with an academic curriculum that focuses on how products and services are developed, priced, promoted, distributed and sold. The process requires an understanding of buyer and seller behavior within the context of the overall market environment.

Choose Four (12 units)

  • MKTG 761 – Product Innovation Management**
  • MKTG 763 – Seminar in Sales Management**
  • MKTG 768 – Seminar in Internet Marketing and E-Business***
  • MKTG 769 – Seminar in International Marketing**
  • MKTG 772 – Strategic Brand Management**
  • MKTG 779 – Advanced Marketing Strategy***

Focused MBA Marketing Specialization Course Recommendations

Integrated Marketing Communication

Managerial Marketing

  • MKTG 768 – Seminar in Internet Marketing and E-Business***
  • MKTG 772 – Strategic Brand Management*
  • MKTG 761 – Product Innovation Management**
  • MKTG 772 – Strategic Brand Management**
  • MKTG 779 – Advanced Marketing Strategy***

The MBA Specialization in Project Management provides students with an academic curriculum focused on planning, leading, organizing, and controlling the resources and schedules of large-scale projects such as software development projects, engineering projects, civic improvement projects, or construction projects. A project is a temporary group activity with the goal to create a unique work product. This specialization provides students with knowledge, skills and techniques to execute projects effectively and efficiently.

Required (9 units)

  • MIS 695: Business Systems Analysis and Design**
  • MIS 697: Project Planning and Development**
  • MIS 750: Strategic Project Management**

Choose One (3 units)

  • MIS 585: Fundamentals of Cybersecurity Management*
  • MIS 620: Electronic Business and Big Data Infrastructures**
  • MIS 749: Business Analytics**
  • MIS 755: Information Systems Security Management*
  • MKTG 761: Product Innovation Management**

The MBA Specialization in Supply Chain Management provides students with an academic curriculum focused on coordinating and integrating of materials, information, and finances as they flow both within and among companies. Common supply chain activities include sourcing, procurement, conversion, distribution, and logistics management. Supply chain management is the design, planning, execution, control, and monitoring of supply chain activities with the objective of maximizing value an organization creates for its stakeholders.

Choose Four (12 units)

  • MIS 752 (Recommended): Supply Chain and Enterprise Resource Planning**
  • MIS 753 (Recommended): Global Supply Chain Management**
  • MIS 620: E-Business Infrastructure**
  • MIS 749: Business Analytics**
  • MKTG 761: Product Innovation Management** OR
    MKTG 769: Seminar in International Marketing**
  • MGT 710: Seminar in World Business** OR
    MGT 722: Business Ethics and Social Institutions*

*Offered each semester
**Offered once each year
***Offered every other year

NOTE: Students are responsible to verify prerequisite requirements for the courses they select.

Students have the option of completing a thesis or engaging in a business consulting project. Those who wish to partake in the consulting project work on a real-world business challenge for an established company within a group of approximately 4 – 5 students and a faculty advisor.

   

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