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Program Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

    Examine strategy formulation, implementation, and evaluation concepts and techniques based on professional research in the field of management.
  • Analyze different industries and make objective strategic decisions based on established management theories.
  • Evaluate traditional and contemporary management theories, along with practical applications, to develop a strategic plan to improve organizational efficiency.
  • Examine electronic commerce, how it is being conducted and managed around the world.
  • Analyze the strategic management importance of compensation to the achievement of organizational goals.
  • Express key concepts and theories related to management, in written form, utilizing prescribed essay criteria.
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California Coast University - Master of Business Administration in Management (M.B.A.) - Online Degree Program

The Master of Business Administration online degree program in Management is designed to provide management professionals with the principles and best practices current to the management field.

The Master of Business Administration degree in Management is:

  • a self-paced learning program;
  • completed off-campus;
  • online learning format;
  • not structured in semesters, quarters or terms; and
  • designed to allow students to begin their online Management studies at any time of the year.

**Military students and some employers require students to complete courses on a per term basis.  Please contact our Admissions Department for additional information.  

The Master of Business Administration degree in Management requires students to complete a total of 39 semester units comprised of the following:

  • 13 core courses

**Requirements are fulfilled through coursework completed at California Coast University and coursework completed at other recognized educational institutions.  Previously completed coursework will be evaluated to determine all applicable transfer credit.  

Prerequisites to Admission:

An applicant must have earned a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration, Leadership, Management; or a Bachelor Degree in another field may be considered if the Admission Committee evaluation indicates that the applicant has the necessary foundation to succeed in the program. 

    Master of Business Administration in Management (M.B.A.) Core Courses

    Courses required are listed below. Please click on the course to read a description.

    plus-sign BAM 501 Human Relations

    3 Semester Units

    Human Relations reviews the basics of human interaction, the organizational framework, organizational activity, and strategies for improving organizational behavior and performance. Business and organizational leaders repeatedly stress the need for increased worker education and preparedness in communication, interpersonal skills, teamwork, leadership, and ethics.

    Course Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    • Explain why people work, and describe the basic philosophy associated with work.
    • Explain the purpose of the study of organizational behavior.
    • Differentiate between formal and informal communications.
    • Describe methods to improve communication.
    • Identify the features and functions of an organization chart.
    • Explain the importance of understanding the concepts of needs and motivation.
    • Explain the importance of anticipating the need for change.
    • Explain the relationship between frustration and stress.

     

    plus-sign BAM 509 Management Information Systems

    3 Semester Units

    Management Information Systems was designed for business students who want an in-depth look at how business firms use information technologies and systems to achieve corporate objectives. Information systems are one of the major tools available to business managers for achieving operational excellence, developing new products and services, improving decision making and achieving competitive advantage.

    Course Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    • Describe the role that information systems have in businesses today.
    • Review the ways in which businesses store, organize and manage their data.
    • Understand how information systems can help managers at all levels make better decisions.

     

    plus-sign BAM 510 Human Resource Management

    3 Semester Units

    This course examines the concepts, models, procedures, tools, and techniques of human resource management. Aspects of the individual and how the work environment influences people at work is explored, and the emphasis on recent and relevant findings from the behavioral sciences and other disciplines is discussed to help students apply appropriate human resource approaches in their organizational settings.

    Course Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    • Distinguish the human resources responsibilities of line and staff (HR) managers.
    • Cite specific discriminatory personnel management practices in recruitment, selection, promotion, transfer, layoffs, and benefits.
    • Discern at least three methods of collecting job analysis information including interviews, questionnaires, and observation.
    • Convey at least six factors that affect the usefulness of interviews.
    • Analyze important factors that shape ethical behavior at work.

     

    plus-sign BAM 513 Financial Management

    3 Semester Units

    Financial Management is intended to be a practical guide for students with little to no prior knowledge in financial management. Through the use of real-world examples and case studies, financial concepts are applied and reviewed as they relate to various areas of business. Finally, the course is designed to help aspiring nonfinancial managers and executives to communicate better with financial managers, accountants, and controllers within their organizations.

    Coure Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

      • Provide nonfinancial managers with insight into the various activities of a firm that affect cash flows.
      • Assist current and future managers in developing the analytical skills necessary for evaluating business problems and opportunities from a financial perspective.
      • Help nonfinancial managers better understand key concepts related to some of the major decisions facing financial managers.

     

    plus-sign BAM 515 Organizational Behavior

    3 Semester Units

    Organizational Behavior provides students an in-depth review of available theory and research on the behavior, structure, and process of organizations. Formal organizations and their structure will be critically examined, and human motivations and their constructive application to oneself and others will be discussed. Applicable behavioral science theories will be explored and students will be able to effectively apply the relevant concepts to the management of organizations.

    Course Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    • Assess how and why organizational behavior determines the effectiveness of an organization.
    • Analyze research areas of organizational behavior such as learning, motivation, leadership, group behavior and communication.
    • Evaluate the nature of power and organizational politics.
    • Consider the relationship between organizational design and an organization’s structure.
    • Critique the various theories and models that explain why and how people and groups behave as they do.

     

    plus-sign BAM 530 Business Ethics

    3 Semester Units

    Business Ethics provides a managerial framework for integrating ethics into strategic business decisions. The framework provides an overview of the concepts, processes, and best practices associated with successful business ethics programs. This course also prepares students for the ethical dilemmas they may face in their business careers.

    Course Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    • Explore the different types of ethical examinations and frameworks.
    • Evaluate the global complexity of business ethics.
    • Assess the concept of strategic planning with respect to ethics.
    • Explain the ethical issues that arise from relationship marketing.
    • Analyze the role of a code of ethics in organizations.

     

    plus-sign BAM 540 Project Management

    3 Semester Units

    Project Management takes a decision-making, business-oriented approach to the management of projects, which is reinforced with current examples of project management in action. It emphasizes not only individual project execution but also provides a strategic perspective, demonstrating means to manage projects at the program and portfolio levels. This course also addresses project management within the context of a variety of successful organizations, whether publicly held, private or not-for-profit.

    Course Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    • Analyze how organizations go about evaluating, selecting and implementing projects.
    • Examine the role of the project manager in managing the interactions among scope, cost, schedule, team and customer expectations.
    • Discover some emerging trends in project management and predict what the process of managing projects will be like in the future.

     

    plus-sign BAM 550 Leadership

    3 Semester Units

    Leadership focuses on leadership theories that seek to explain how traits, behaviors, or situational factors influence leadership style and effectiveness. Students will develop the competencies and skills to immediately start using these principles in their personal and professional lives. The course also explores the critical question of how well a leader is able to influence followers to achieve group objectives—this is what distinguishes effective from ineffective leaders.

    Course Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    • Analyze classical and contemporary leadership theories.
    • Examine the importance of managerial leadership skills.
    • Differentiate transformational and transactional leadership.
    • Evaluate the relationships among negotiation and conflict, influencing tactics, power, and politics.
    • Examine the importance of ethical principles, personal and company values, and socially responsible leadership practices.

     

    plus-sign BAM 554 Employee Training and Development

    3 Semester Units

    Employee Training and Development provides students with insight into the different methods of training and development for company—as well as personal—success. New technologies, such as virtual learning and big data, allow for greater accessibility to various training content and revision of traditional training and development techniques. There are effective and relevant training and development methods for every stage of an employee’s career.

    Course Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    • Understand the context of training and development.
    • Grasp the fundamentals of training design.
    • Identify different training and development methods available.
    • Cite examples of social responsibility and the future of training.
    • Propose how training can help with career management.

     

    plus-sign BAM 562 Modern Management

    3 Semester Units

    Modern Management is a comprehensive approach to the skills of business management. Traditional concepts, theories, contemporary issues and practical applications are examined with the goal of improving organizational efficiency.

    Course Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    • Comprehend the importance of management to society and individuals.
    • Appreciate both arguments for and against the assumption of social responsibilities by businesses.
    • Recognize the advantages of having diversity in the workforce.
    • Distinguish what kind of changes should be made within an organization and how to implement those changes.
    • Assess production, productivity and quality.

     

    plus-sign BAM 570 E-Commerce Management

    3 Semester Units

    E-Commerce Management provides students with an in-depth introduction to e-commerce. Students will examine the different concepts ranging from infrastructure, business models, marketing, security and social networks.

    Course Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    • Differentiate between traditional commerce and e-commerce.
    • Distinguish the infrastructure and technology needed to facilitate e-commerce.
    • Understand the business models, social issues and marketing of e-commerce.
    • Engage in real world e-commerce experiences in retail, media, auctions and social networks.

     

     

    plus-sign GRM 597 The Research Process

    3 Semester Units

    This is a required course for Master’s Degree students to develop an understanding of various research methods. The course provides guidance in planning research strategy, documentation of research data and design of a defensible study. It also explores and analyzes examples of research from many different disciplines, development and use of computer-aided research and writing skills and logical argumentation techniques in stating and defending research data.

    Course Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    • Demonstrate competencies comparable to those achieved within traditional institutions of higher learning that require resident instruction and evaluation.
    • Exhibit a broad comprehension of research methodologies utilized in the social sciences, health sciences, government, business, and other related fields.
    • Analyze, synthesize and evaluate the knowledge acquired in this subject area and apply it in practical situations.

     

    plus-sign BAM 599 Strategic Management: Capstone

    3 Semester Units

    Strategic Management: Capstone is designed to challenge student to integrate knowledge they have acquired across the breadth and depth of the master's program.  Students learn new strategy formulation, implementation, and evaluation concepts and techniques. Utilizing this new knowledge, coupled with knowledge acquired from other courses, students will be able to chart the future direction of different organizations. Knowledge of strategic management will enable students to analyze firms in different industries, make objective strategic decisions for companies, and justify those decisions through oral or written communication.

    Course Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    • Understand the strategic-management process.
    • Describe the benefits of good strategic management.
    • Write good vision and mission statements.
    • Discuss the value of establishing long-term objectives.
    • Describe a three-stage framework for choosing among alternative strategies.
    • Explain market segmentation and product positioning as strategy-implementation tools.
    • Describe a practical framework for evaluating strategies.

     

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