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Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2015-2016 
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2015-2016 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Business Administration

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MBA Degree Program

To qualify for the Master of Business Administration degree, the admitted student must satisfy the requirements of 17 courses (depending on which international option a student chooses). 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.

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:


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 3 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 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 co-requisite 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 Environment of Business in the European Union”

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.

Dual-Degree Programs


Only full-time law students and those applying to the full-time division of the Law School may apply for admission into the JD/MBA Program.

The JD/MBA Program is designed for the full-time student who wishes to combine his/her graduate studies in law and business administration. It requires an intensive full-time commitment and superior capability to handle the academic rigors of two equally intensive graduate programs.

All students enrolled in the JD/MBA Program are required to comply with the requirements of both the Law School and MBA Program. Please refer to the Loyola Law School Student Handbook and this University Bulletin for clarification on policies governing graduate students.


Applicants to the JD/MBA Program must first apply and be accepted separately to both the Law School and the MBA Program. Applicants must successfully complete the first year of Law School before they are eligible to apply to the JD/MBA Program. Acceptance to both schools does not guarantee admission to the JD/MBA Program.

Applicants to the JD/MBA Program are due in the Law School Admissions Office by the first of July at the conclusion of the applicant’s first year at the Law School.

Course of Study

Students enrolled in the JD/MBA Program plan a specific course of study with the MBA Program and Loyola Law School.

M.B.A./M.A. in Systems Engineering

Systems Engineering Leadership Program (SELP)

The mission of the Systems Engineering Leadership Program (SELP) is to educate working engineers and scientists in the engineering and business disciplines that will make them leaders of highly complex technical endeavors within their sponsoring organizations. The SELP will confer two degrees upon its graduates: an MA and an MS in Systems Engineering.


Both the MBA Program in the College of Business Administration and the Systems Engineering Program in the Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering must accept students applying to the SELP for admission. The admissions process to both Colleges will be coordinated within the University. Prospective students need only submit only one application to the LMU Graduate Division.

Course of Study

Students enrolled in the SELP Program are advised by the SELP Program Coordinator on that program. In addition to the MBA Curriculum, SELP students will take a total of eight (8) Systems Engineering courses, of which four will be used to satisfy the emphasis/concentration requirement.

In addition, students will be required to take MBAH 673 New Product Design and Development . The other three (3) courses of the SELP program are covered by the other MBA coursework.

Required College of Science and Engineering courses*

* SELP Coordinator has the discretion to substitute other SELP coursework based on availability and Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering Dean’s office approval.

SELP students will be expected to adhere to the policies and procedures established for all students in the MBA program.

Students who receive a grade of less than “B” in any 500-level course or a grade of less than “C” in any 600-level course will not have the course count toward their degree. The overall minimum GPA required for graduation is 3.0.

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