The Master of Business Administration degree is awarded upon satisfactory completion of 30 units (10 courses) and the passing of a comprehensive examination.

The 10-course program consists of 7 MBA Core Courses and 3 Electives of the student’s choosing. All coursework, including the culminating experience, must be earned within seven years of admission into the program. A 3.0 grade point average must be maintained in all degree coursework.

MBA Core Courses (21 units)

ACC 5110 Management Accounting 3 Units
CIS 5620 Computer Information Systems 3 Units
FIN 5210 Managerial Finance 3 Units
MGT 5310 Business Organization, Theory & Behavior 3 Units
OM 5630 Seminar in Quality & Productivity Management. 3 Units
MKT 5410 Marketing Management 3 Units
MGT 5900 Project Methods & Integrated Strategic Processes 3 Units

Elective Courses (9 units)

In addition to the seven Core Courses, students are required to complete three Elective Courses of their choosing.

  • Students have the option of completing any three electives that range in topics from operations, CIS, finance, accounting, HR, marketing, etc.
  • Choosing a three-course concentration is an option for those looking to help define the trajectory of their career. Students in the OMBA program can earn a concentration in Digital & Social Media Marketing, Finance, or Human Resource Management. To learn more about these concentrations and their curriculum, visit the Concentrations webpage.

For a complete list of elective courses offered each term, visit the Course Schedule.

Comprehensive Exam (0 units)

Students are eligible to participate in the Comprehensive Exam during the term they are scheduled to complete their Core Courses.  Typically, the Comp Exam is taken in a student’s last semester of the program when they are enrolled in MGT 5900, the capstone course.

The Comprehensive Exam is an online, open book exam available through Canvas that requires the completion of seven questions - one question for each Core Course in the MBA curriculum. Students will be offered two questions pertaining to each Core Course and must select one question to answer.   (The course learning goals and objectives identified in the syllabi will help students to anticipate the content and focus of exam questions.)  Faculty that teach in each Core Course area provide the exam questions and grade them.   Each of the Comp Exam questions are graded with a pass/no-pass score.  Students must pass five out of the seven questions to pass the Comprehensive Exam. If a student should not pass five questions, they are eligible to retake the missed questions during the next term when the exam is offered.   

Students are strongly encouraged to keep and organize all Core Course materials including books, assignments, syllabi, study guides, and other information to use as study materials for the Comprehensive Exam.  Prior to the semester end of each Core Course, it is also recommended that students download any additional course materials that were stored in Canvas.  Please be prepared to secure any and all Core Course materials in preparation for study and use during the Comp Exam.

Students who are eligible to sit for the comprehensive exam each Fall and Spring semester will be notified by email in the beginning of the semester.  The Comp Exam is typically administered on campus during the weekend following exam week.

Updated: April 22, 2024