May 20, 2018  
2015-2016 CSU East Bay Catalog 
2015-2016 CSU East Bay Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Administration, Finance Option, M.B.A.

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Business Administration, M.B.A.

Description of Programs

The mission of the College of Business and Economics is to prepare students to make ethical choices and succeed in a dynamic business environment shaped by the challenges of a competitive global economy, emerging technologies, and diverse stakeholders. All CBE programs are accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The College of Business and Economics offers the following master’s degrees:

  • Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.); students may select one of the following options:
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Finance
    • Global Innovators
    • Human Resources and Organizational Behavior
    • Information Technology Management
    • Marketing Management
    • Operations and Supply Chain Management
    • Strategy and International Business
  • Master of Science in Accountancy (M.S.A.)
  • Master of Science in Business Administration (M.S.B.A.), Business Analytics
  • Master of Arts (M.A.) in Economics

Please see the Economics chapter in this catalog for a description of the M.A. in Economics.  

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating with a Master of Business Administration will be able to:

  1. Recognize and analyze legal and ethical issues in decision making.
  2. Identify global business opportunities, analyze global business challenges, and develop business strategies.
  3. Apply advanced written communication skills.
  4. Apply advanced oral communication skills.
  5. Demonstrate leadership and teamwork skills.
  6. Analyze and integrate knowledge across disciplines to make managerial decisions to reach solutions to complex business problems.
  7. Perform quantitative analyses and apply advanced technological tools to solve complex business problems.

Graduate Faculty Advisors for M.B.A. Options

  • M.B.A./Entrepreneurship: Brian McKenzie
  • M.B.A./Finance: Fung-Shine Pan
  • M.B.A./Human Resources and Organizational Behavior: Asha Rao
  • M.B.A./Information Technology Management: Hongwei Du
  • M.B.A./Marketing Management: Lan Wu
  • M.B.A./Operations and Supply Chain Management: Zinovy Radovilsky
  • M.B.A. Strategy and International Business: Gregory Theyel, Yi Jiang
  • M.B.A./Global Innovators: Yi Jiang, Glen Taylor


The M.B.A. is open to students who hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. Each applicant is evaluated on the basis of

  • past academic performance as reflected in undergraduate grade point average and subsequent coursework; and
  • results of the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) in verbal, quantitative, and the “Index Score” that involves the total GMAT score, Index Score = (Upper Division GPA x 200) + Total GMAT]. Admission to the program is selective. The average GPA and GMAT score of applicants admitted to the program varies from year to year. For last year’s admitted students profile, please visit the CBE Graduate Programs Office.
  • GRE score, if provided. GMAT may be waived for applicants with five years or more work experience.


All Conditionally Classified M.B.A. students must fulfill the University Writing Skills Requirement (UWSR) and M.B.A. program proficiencies. The Writing Skills Requirement could be met as an undergraduate or graduate student at one of the CSU system campuses, with a score of 4.5 or better on the GMAT essay, by passing the Writing Skills Test (WST) or through coursework. Information about the Writing Skills Test and the courses can be found on the Testing Office website. The Website contains information on test dates, registration procedures and fees. Further information can be obtained from the Testing Office, Library, Room LI 3165A, phone 510-885-3661. If students have not satisfied the UWSR before they begin their graduate work, they must either take the WST or enroll in a first tier course by the end of their first quarter in the program.

Students are also expected to have completed M.B.A. proficiency requirements in introductory mathematics and statistics with a grade of “C” or better and within 7 years of starting in the program. To satisfy the mathematics proficiency, students must complete the equivalent coursework in intermediate algebra, MATH 1130 or an equivalent course. The statistics requirement may be met by a course in statistics that is equivalent to STAT 2010  or STAT 1000 .

Requirements for Graduation

To be eligible for the M.B.A. a student must have been Advanced to Candidacy (see Graduate Degree Information  chapter of the catalog) and have completed 52-64 quarter units meeting the following criteria:

  • All have a course grade of “C” or better.
  • Have a combined 3.0 grade point average (minimum) in all units taken to satisfy the requirements of the student’s degree program.
  • Have no more than 16 units for extension and/or transfer credit (any extension and/or transfer credit must be approved by the Program Director) and/or coursework taken in “Unclassified Postbaccalaureate” status.
  • All units earned within the five years immediately preceding the completion of the requirements for the degree.
  • Have completed a satisfactory program of study, defined below.

1. Fundamental Coursework (0-12 units)

Fundamental coursework must be completed before enrolling in any M.B.A. core course, except MKTG 6120 - Managerial Communication  and MGMT 6120 - Globalization, Innovation and Sustainability . Fundamental coursework can be waived by passing an exam on a course by course basis. Exams are offered once per quarter. There is a fee of $25 for each exam. Please see the M.B.A. website or contact the CBE Graduate Programs Office (VBT 430, phone 510-885-2419) for dates and registration information.

2. Core Coursework (36 units)

MGMT 6120  and MKTG 6120  should be taken before other core courses. These two courses only require proficiencies as prerequisites. All remaining core courses require both proficiencies and fundamental coursework.

4. Electives or Option (12 units)

Students take any 3 courses at the 6100 level or beyond selected from ACCT, ECON, ENTR, FIN, ITM, MGMT, or MKTG. Courses cannot otherwise be used as part of their degree program.


Students select one of the individual MBA “Options” listed under Programs of Study .

Other Degree Requirements

In addition to departmental requirements, every student must also satisfy the university requirements for graduation which are described in the Graduate Degree Information  chapter of this catalog. These requirements include the 32-unit residence requirement, the five-year rule on currency of subject matter, the minimum number of units of 6000-level courses, the 3.00 grade point average, and the University Writing Skills Requirement. For information on meeting the University Writing Skills Requirement, see the Testing Office website or call 510.885.3661.

Transfer of Courses

Upper division prerequisite and foundation and graduate courses will only be considered for equivalency or transfer credit if they are from AACSB accredited institutions. Exceptions will be made for programs that have current and signed agreements with the College of Business and Economics.

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