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Full-Time or Part-Time MBA
Degree Requirements

Master of Business Administration
Full-Time or Part-Time MBA

(a minimum of 51 semester course credits)

The MBA curriculum enables students to build analytical and quantitative skills while honing their skills in emotional intelligence and interpersonal dynamics. To accommodate the schedules of working professionals, all required courses are offered in late afternoon or evening time slots at least once during each academic year. The MBA requires at least 17 courses and at least 51 semester course credits.

Foundation Curriculum
(15 semester course credits)

The MBA requires five Foundation courses (15 semester course credits) which provide grounding in fundamental concepts that all MBA graduates are expected to master. Students develop a strong foundation for effective problem-framing, problem-solving, and decision-making through rigorous coursework in economics, accounting, quantitative methods, and finance.

MGMT 209 Economics for Managers (intermediate-level micro- and macro-economics) (3)

MGMT 214 Financial Accounting (3)

MGMT 215 Managerial Accounting (3)

MGMT 216 Corporate Finance (3)

MGMT 263 Quantitative Methods for Business (3)

Foundation courses should be taken early in the program since all are prerequisites for other required courses.

Core Curriculum
(21 semester course credits)

The MBA requires seven core courses in which students learn about functional areas of management through courses in marketing, operations, human resources management, and management information systems. In addition, students take two courses designed to hone their leadership skills and perspectives–Leadership and Ethics and our capstone integrative course in strategic management.

MGMT 226 Management Information Systems (3)

MGMT 230 Marketing Management (3)

MGMT 232 Operations Management (3)

MGMT 234 Human Resources Management (3)

MGMT 244 Leadership and Ethics (3)

MGMT 279 Applied Economic Analysis (3)

MGMT 290 Strategic Management (3)—capstone course taken during the student's last year of study

Elective Curriculum
(a minimum of 15 semester course credits)

Students are free to choose any combination of electives that earn at least 15 semester course credits. The electives provide an opportunity for students to strengthen their general business knowledge or focus on a particular area by completing a concentration in: accounting, education, finance, marketing, nonprofit management, social entrepreneurship, social impact and innovation, or socially responsible business. See the complete list of elective courses. Some courses outside of MGMT can also be taken as electives toward the MBA; students interested in this option should seek prior approval from the Dean’s office before enrolling.

Flexible Options for Students with Prior Course Work

Students who have taken relevant courses prior to beginning the MBA program may count a maximum of seven courses (21 course credits) toward their MBA. Students must complete at least 30 semester course credits at Mills in order to earn a Mills MBA.

  • Foundation and Core courses must cover comparable course material and must be at least 3 semester units.
  • Elective courses must have been taken at the graduate level and must be relevant for the MBA degree as determined by the Dean’s office prior to the student’s first semester in the program.

To be considered toward the MBA, previous course work must have been completed at an accredited, four-year college or university with a grade of B or better within five (5) years prior to enrollment in the MBA program. (Financial and Managerial Accounting may be taken at an accredited junior/community college or continuing education program in which the courses have been certified for credit eligibility towards the CA Certified Public Accountancy exam). Students who have taken course work that meets some but not all of the above criteria can request a placement exam from the Dean’s office and can receive credit if the placement exam demonstrates the level of understanding expected of students who have completed the course. All credit for previous coursework must be approved by the Dean’s office prior to starting the program. After students have started the program all courses must be taken at Mills and all students must take the capstone course MGMT 290 Strategic Management at Mills.



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Last Updated: 4/12/16