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Program Objectives:

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

  • Compare various theories of business administration based on professional literature conducted in the field.
  • Examine the research on international trade and the unique challenges organizations face in the global marketplace.
  • Compare the legal and ethical issues inherent to the operation of business.
  • Examine best practices currently being utilized in business administration.
  • Analyze the decision making process related to business administration in the contemporary business environment.
  • Express key concepts and theories related to business administration, in written form, utilizing prescribed essay criteria.
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Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)

The Master of Business Administration online degree program is designed to provide business professionals with the theories and best practices to be competitive in today's business world.

The Master of Business Administration degree program 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 Business Administration 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 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 (M.B.A.) Core Courses

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

    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 511 Marketing Management

    3 Semester Units

    This course introduces basic marketing principles and policies and explores various marketing functions with an emphasis on marketing strategy planning and the integration of marketing with other business activities and functions. Price policies and controls are discussed, as well as the various trade channels, merchandising, market research, government regulations, and competitive practices.

    Course Objectives

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

    • Analyze the various fundamental marketing concepts.
    • Examine how marketing management has changed over time.
    • Distinguish between the necessary tasks for successful marketing management.
    • Examine what is included in a marketing plan.
    • Evaluate the components of a modern marketing information system.
    • Evaluate branding and how it works.
    • Analyze the steps involved in developing an advertising program.

     

    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 514 International Business Management

    3 Semester Units

    This course examines a variety of international business issues. Topics include national economic and cultural differences, international trade policies and institutions, foreign direct investment, global competition, outsourcing and current international business trends and developments. New theories of international trade are explored and the unique challenges organizations face in the global marketplace are discussed.

    Course Objectives

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

    • Examine the key concepts in international trade and investment.
    • Assess the societal consequences of market globalization.
    • Evaluate the role of culture in international business.
    • Analyze the role and rationale of government intervention in international business.

     

    plus-sign BAM 515 Organizational Behavior

    3 Semester Units

    This course 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 521 Business Law

    3 Semester Units

    Business Law provides coverage of traditional business law topics and addresses the legal environment in which business must operate. The study of ethics, social responsibility, policy, diversity, economics, and technology are integrated as they support the study of the legal environment of business.

    Course Objectives

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

    • Examine the functions of law.
    • Compare the state and federal court systems.
    • Analyze how a case proceeds through trial.
    • Examine major white-collar crimes and corporate criminal liability.
    • Evaluate the assignment of contracts.
    • Examine the development of internet law.
    • Assess legal concepts that facilitate wise business decisions.

     

    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

    This course 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

    This course 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 570 E-Commerce Management

    3 Semester Units

    This course 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 knowlege 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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