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2022-2023 University Catalog 
2022-2023 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Administration, M.B.A.: 34-36 units

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Offered by: College of Business Administration

The curriculum matrix for the degree program may be found here. The curriculum matrix is the alignment of courses (curriculum) with the desired goals and student learning outcomes of the program. It shows what is taught and how these outcomes are achieved through the completion of the degree program.

The Master of Business Administration curriculum is designed to provide a two-year program of broad professional development. The objectives are to develop a better understanding of the role of the professional manager and the responsibilities within the firm and society; to assist the student in developing a critical approach to decision making and the ability to speak and write effectively and professionally; to develop skills in interpersonal relations; and to develop a sound theoretical understanding of organizations and a management perspective for considering problems and making decisions from the viewpoint of the entire firm, industry and economy.


Admission to the Program and Requirements

After a prospective student has submitted the application for admission to the MBA program to the Office of Admissions, the procedure will be as follows:

  1. Admission to the MBA program will be granted upon the recommendation of the Director of Graduate Programs at the College of Business Administration. Selection will be on the basis of evidence of ability to perform at a high academic level. A holistic approach to admission is followed, however, the following criteria are worth noting:
    1. four-year Bachelor’s degree
    2. GMAT or GRE score taken within the last 5 years
    3. Two or more years of full-time work experience preferred
    4. A personal statement
    5. A letter of recommendation
    6. For applicants with prior degrees in which English was not the language of instruction, a TOEFL score of 213 computer based, 550 paper based, 80 internet based, or IELTS 6.5 or higher score.
  2. Prerequisite courses may be waived if equivalent courses have been successfully completed or proficiency in the subject matter can be demonstrated. Waiver will be granted on recommendation of the Graduate Coordinator.
  3. No more than 9 units of acceptable graduate credit may be transferred from another AACSB accredited graduate institution. No more than 9 units taken through Extended University may be used on a contract. No more than 9 units of acceptable graduate credit may be petitioned by an undergraduate student. A total limit of 9 transfer, Extended University, and/or units petitioned for graduate credit may be included on a master’s contract. The stipulated time limit of 7 years applies to all of the above.
  4. A degree requirements worksheet will be prepared by the Graduate Business Programs Office when the student is admitted. An official degree program will be finalized prior to the completion of the second semester. It will be approved by the Graduate Business Programs Office and verified by the Graduate Studies Analyst.
  5. A grade-point average of 3.0 (B) or better must be maintained in all course work taken to satisfy degree requirements and in all graduate-level course work taken at this university.
  6. Students will be required to meet all prerequisite requirements before enrolling in 6000-level courses.
  7. To advance to candidacy for the MBA, MSA, MSIS, or MSBA degree, a student must: (a) achieve unconditional standing; (b) complete at least 27 units of graduate coursework at Cal Poly Pomona with a GPA of 3.0 or better; (c) pass the Graduation Writing Test; and, (d) have an approved program of study on file.
  8. Students who choose to take GBA 6950 Business Research Project  or GBA 6960 Master’s Degree Thesis  as the culminating experience require a minimum of 36 units of course work.
  9. The candidate must be enrolled in the university during the semester of graduation.
Graduate Conditionally Classified

A person may be admitted to a graduate degree or credential program in this category if, in the opinion of appropriate campus authority, he/she can remedy deficiencies by additional coursework but otherwise satisfies all other university requirements for admission. All prerequisites must be specified by the admitting department at the time of student admission. Academic departments are responsible for tracking conditionally admitted students and must report their academic progress to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships and the Graduate Studies Office via a memo on a term basis. Students admitted conditionally will not be allowed to concurrently register for graduate courses that are required for the completion of their projected graduate or professional program. To comply with both existing federal regulations and CSU system policy, conditionally admitted students’ financial aid is limited to private loans. Once all deficiencies are resolved and unconditional status is granted by Cal Poly Pomona, students may be eligible for federal and state aid. Conditional admission does not guarantee unconditional admission to a program.

Major Electives: 9 units

Select 9 units from the following courses:


Additional 4000-level business related courses (no more than 9 units of 4000-level courses can be counted toward Master’s degree; courses used to fulfill the bachelor’s degree requirements cannot be double-counted) with advisor approval.

Culminating Experience: 1-3 units

Students who choose to take GBA 6950  or GBA 6960 Master’s Degree Thesis  as the culminating experience require a minimum of 36 units of course work.

University policy: Once enrolled in a particular culminating experience, students may not switch to an alternative experience. The comprehensive examination may be taken no more than two times. Failure to complete exam satisfactorily the second time will result in termination from the program.

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