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2015-2016 University Catalog 
2015-2016 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Administration, M.B.A.

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Offered by: College of Business Administration


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 College of Business Administration Associate Dean. Selection will be on the basis of evidence of ability to perform at a high academic level. The following criteria are considered: the undergraduate grade-point average, scores on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), two or more years of full-time work experience, letters of recommendation and the applicant’s personal statement.
  2. A minimum GMAT score of 500 is required to be considered for admission to the program.
  3. A TOEFL score of 237 Computer Based, 580 Paper Based, 92 Internet Based, or better is required for admission of international students to the program. The IELTS with a score of 7 or better may also be considered.
  4. 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.
  5. No more than 13 units of acceptable graduate credit may be transferred from another AACSB accredited graduate institution. No more than 13 units taken through Extended University may be used on a contract. No more than 13 units of acceptable graduate credit may be petitioned by an undergraduate student. A total limit of 13 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.
  6. 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 quarter. It will be approved by the Graduate Business Programs Office and verified by the Graduate Studies Analyst.
  7. 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.
  8. Students will be required to meet all prerequisite requirements before enrolling in 600-level courses.
  9. To advance to candidacy for the MBA, MSA, or MSBA degree, a student must: (a) achieve unconditional standing; (b) complete at least 12 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.
  10. The candidate must be enrolled in the university during the quarter of graduation.

MBA Program


Elective Courses-MBA Program

Select from the following list: 12 units


With consent of the Graduate Business Programs Office up to 8 units of approved 400-level courses in business or economics may be selected as electives.

Terminal Option

Choose I or II: (1-4 units)


Students who are interested in completing a master’s thesis (GBA 696 ) may do so with consent of the Graduate Coordinator on an exception basis.

Total Units: 45 units

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