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Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2017-2018 
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Administration, M.B.A.

MBA Degree Program

To qualify for the Master of Business Administration degree, the admitted student must satisfy the requirements of 17 courses. MBA course descriptions and prerequisites are listed in the University Bulletin. Course syllabi are available on the MBA Student Intranet page.

MBA Course Categories

Five broad divisions of courses exist in the MBA Program: Residentials, Workshops, the core, emphasis (or concentration) courses, and the international experience. Total semester hours requirement is 57 semester hours.

The completion of the program includes:

  • 2 Residentials
  • 11 Core Classes
  • 7 Workshops
  • 4 Emphasis (concentration) courses
  • 1 International Experience

Core Curriculum

The core curriculum consists of two Residential Orientation weekends held before classes commence and 7 workshops held throughout the first two years. In addition, 11 specific courses that comprise the common body of knowledge of business administration as defined by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).

Core courses are prefixed MBAW for the Residential Orientation and workshops and MBAA 6010-6200 represent the core curriculum mostly taken as a cohort.

Core courses are described in the next section. They include the following:

Business and Society Requirement

Please select one of the following courses:


Several topics which are vital to the common body of knowledge in business are not directly referenced in the titles of the 11 core courses. These topics include the following: business ethics, social influences, political influences, computer applications, organizational theory, interpersonal communications, integrating analysis, and the international dimension of business. Because of their critical nature for emerging business leaders, many of these topics are included as major elements within each core course.

Area of Emphasis/Specialization

Depth in a specialized field of knowledge is obtained by the selection of four courses within one of six designated areas of emphasis. For example, a student who plans on selecting MBAF: Finance as their area of emphasis/specialization, must take 4 MBAF advanced courses to fulfill the area of emphasis/specialization requirement. These specializations and their course designator prefixes are listed below:

MBAC: Marketing
MBAD: Information Technology
MBAE: Human Resources and Organizational Behavior
MBAF: Finance
MBAG: International
MBAH: Entrepreneurship

International Experience

The international experience is designed to draw together the knowledge gained in the MBA program into a combined focus. Two options are available:

Option One: Comparative Management Systems (CMS), MBAI 690  and MBAI 691  

This integrative course requires prep activities in the Fall and Spring semesters prior to the three-week travel taken in the first Summer Session. Prior to departure, students participate in a corequisite advanced elective course, MBAI 690 International Regional Strategies: Cultural and Industrial , during which they perform area studies of the nations to be visited and participate in seminars conducted by area and industry specialists. The industries visited are held constant for each annual CMS Program. Students are grouped by business functional areas and meet with executives from those areas in each firm visited. Group papers and presentations comprise final outputs for the course.

Option Two: Bonn Program, “The European Union,” MBAG 676  and 1 free elective

The program is designed so students can experience an in-depth immersion into the EU, beginning with establishing a baseline historical perspective of the ideas and events that led to its creation. Included are visits to major companies to examine their practices as they compete in EU and global marketplaces. Field trips to EU headquarters in Brussels and to the headquarters of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt to examine how policy makers at both the EU and the European Monetary Union (countries with the Euro) are influenced not only by economic and political factors but also in many ways by historical events and cultural traditions deeply imbedded in each EU member state. Each year the program is adapted to include the current critical issues facing the EU and the Eurozone.