Master of Business Administration

Since 1960 the Cal State LA College of Business and Economics has remained accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), which puts us in the top 5 percent of all business programs worldwide.

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Our Master of Business Administration program combines a respected, accredited program, with flexible scheduling and the affordability of a state university. The college is consistently ranked among the best business schools in the Princeton Review and US News & World Report and is a recognized leader in enabling the social mobility of its students.


MBA main track

MBA Roadmaps

The following roadmaps only act as examples to guide the students, they should not be taken as the only route to completing the MBA degree. It is advised that students consult with their advisors for their individual course plans.

Program Features

  • Leadership & management focused program 
  • Academic & practitioner faculty
  • Interdisciplinary program
  • Partnerships with local employers
  • Industry-focused events 


Roadmap to success   Step by step process

Program Requirements

All students applying to the MBA program must have the following:

  • GMAT or GRE exam*
  • Two letters of Recommendation
  • Professional résumé
  • Statement of purpose
  • Unofficial transcripts

For a detailed list of requirements for admission into our graduate programs, including requirements for international students, please visit our requirements page here.

*Due to ongoing uncertainty related to COVID-19, we will waive the GMAT/GRE test score requirements for MBA program applicants for Spring and Fall 2023*


Core Courses

The Main Track provides an integrated sequence of required courses and additional elective courses in selected concentrations.

BUS 5021 - Accounting Information for Analysis and Control (3 units)

Prerequisite: BUS 5000. The course covers the use of financial and managerial accounting concepts applied for analysis, problem solving and decision-making in corporations. Topics include financial statement analysis, project and product analysis, internal control, accounting ethics, and corporate governance.

BUS 5022 - Leadership and Organizational Behavior (3 units)

Pre req: BUS 5000 Application of theories of leadership and organizational behavior; development of negotiation skills.

BUS 5023 - Marketing Strategy for a Global Environment (3 units)

Prerequisite: BUS 5000. Investigates marketing imperatives, principles, and philosophy in a dynamic global environment. Emphasizing the process of selectivity and concentration, customer value, differential advantage, and integration when developing marketing plans and strategy.

BUS 5024 - Financial Management (3 units)

Prerequisite: BUS 5000 Foundations of Business Administration. Concepts of managerial finance, portfolio theory, multinational financial management and financial institutions. Topics include financial statement analysis, capital budgeting, mergers and acquisitions, portfolio analysis, asset pricing, management of financial intermediaries, and risk management.

BUS 5025 - Supply Chain and Operations Management (3 units)

Pre-requisite: BUS 5000. Organized around the business process methodology, the course discusses the concepts and issues in supply chain and operations management; and emphasizes the development of analytical, modeling, and decision making skills.

BUS 5026 - Global Business Environment (3 units)

Prerequisite: BUS 5000. National, political, economic, socio-cultural, and ethical differences; international trade policies and institutions; foreign direct investment; regional economic integration; international monetary system; global competition and business operations; current trends and developments.

BUS 5027 - Business Information Systems (3 units)

Pre-requisite: BUS 5000. Analysis of integrated business processes: production, accounting, fulfillment and procurement in enterprise systems. Data analytics, decision making and business intelligence are also included.

BUS 5028 - Capstone: Global Business Strategy (3 units)

Prerequisites: BUS 5000, BUS 5021, BUS 5022, BUS 5023. Integrative view of positioning the firm for success in the global business environment. Introduces concepts, frameworks and techniques to make strategic decisions. Topics include environmental analysis, resources, capabilities, business strategy, vertical integration, diversification, implementation, and social responsibility.

BUS 5995A - Business Administration Project (3 units)

Project in Business Administration through which graduate students integrate functional knowledge acquired in courses through the completion of a consulting project, applied research project, or field study. The course is to be taken at the end of the student’s program.


MBA Options

Each option, along with Cal State LA's connections in the international business hub of Los Angeles, enables our students to reach their short term and long term career goals.

  • Accounting
  • Entertainment Business Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Healthcare Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Information Systems
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Real Estate
  • Supply Chain Management


For more information on each program, please visit the University Catalog.