Business Administration
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Online Degree Program

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.

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The California Coast University online Master of Business Administration program was designed for complete flexibility for the student. All courses are self-paced and completed 100% online.

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

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The Master of Business Administration degree program consists of 13 total courses, followed by a final Comprehensive Examination.
The required courses are comprised of: 13  Core Courses .
There are 39 total semester units in this program.

13 Core Courses

For the online Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree program, the following 13 courses must be fulfilled. Click on course title to expand and read more.

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ID Course Name Units
BAM 509 Management Information Systems  3

Management Information Systems is 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:

  • Evaluate the role and key terminology of information sytems in global business today.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of information technology infrastructure.
  • Evaluate key system applications for the digital age.
  • Examine key components and best practices of building and managing information systems.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with academic writing related to information systems.
BAM 510 Human Resource Management  3

Human Resource Management 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 management approaches in their organizational settings.

Course Objectives

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

  • Define and discuss human resource management and its importance in modern organizations, legal issues, strategic planning, and trends related to the field.
  • Examine issues and best practices impacting employee staffing and recruiting.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of employee development and management.
  • Evaluate the key components of compensation including incentive pay and employee benefits.
  • Discuss factors related to protecting and expanding organizational reach such as workplace safety, ethics, diversity, social responsibility, and global issues.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with academic writing related to human resource management.
BAM 511 Marketing Management  3

Marketing Management explores various marketing theories and practices with emphasis on four key dimensions of holistic marketing: internal marketing, integrated marketing, relationship marketing, and performance marketing. We will also discuss today’s economic, environmental, and technological changes in marketing, as well as address the topics of corporate social responsibility, business ethics, sustainability, and the importance of growth to organizations.

Course Objectives

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

  • Define and understand the scope of marketing management.
  • Examine the process of capturing marketing insights.
  • Discuss forces influencing the field of marketing management including data collection, current trends, customer relationships, best practices, and globalization.
  • Analyze the importance of creating, delivering and communicating value in marketing management.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the key elements of marketing including branding, positioning, identifying segments and targets, and research.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with academic writing related to marketing management.
BAM 513 Financial Management  3

Financial Management is designed to help aspiring nonfinancial managers and executives communicate better with financial managers, accountants, and controllers within their organizations. Through the use of real-world examples and case studies, financial concepts are applied and reviewed as they relate to various areas of finance and management.

Course Objectives

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

  • Identify and define financial management including commonly used terms, concepts, key principles, and best practices.
  • Examine the processes related to valuing stock and bonds, and understanding risk and return.
  • Analyze the processes for capital budgeting.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of financial planning and evaluating performance.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with academic writing related to financial management.
BAM 514 International Business Management  3

International Business Management 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:

  • Define and examine the foundations of the international business environment including cultural and human resource factors.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of issues affecting international business including ethics, corporate social responsibility, sustainability, and culture.
  • Describe the role of strategy and opportunity assessment in international business.
  • Evaluate the processes and best practices for entering and working in international markets.
  • Analyze the role of marketing, international organization structures, international operations/supply chain, and information technology within the global firm.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with academic writing related to international business management.
BAM 515 Organizational Behavior  3

Organizational Behavior provides students with an in-depth review of various theories 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 explored. Applicable behavioral science theories will be analyzed 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:

  • Define organizational behavior and describe the basic functions.
  • Examine key terms, theories and perspectives of organizational behavior.
  • Evaluate issues affecting organizational behavior including global issues, diversity, ethics and corporate social responsibility.
  • Analyze individual behaviors and the various types of processes in organizational behavior including social and group, leadership and influence, and organizational processes.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with academic writing related to organizational behavior.
BAM 521 Business Law  3

Business Law provides coverage of traditional business law topics and addresses the legal environment in which businesses 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:

  • Define law and describe the main functions of law related to the business environment.
  • Evaluate issues affecting business law including ethics, social responsibility, and the global environment.
  • Describe the various types of contracts and transactions used in business.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of government regulation and employment law.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with academic writing related to business law.
BAM 530 Business Ethics  3

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. The 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:

  • Define business ethics and examine issues related to stakeholder relationships, corporate governance, and social responsibility.
  • Examine emerging business ethics issues and the institutionalization of business ethics.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the decision making process related to business ethics.
  • Analyze the implementation of business ethics in a global economy.
  • Examine best practices for ethical leadership and providing strategic direction for implementation of sustainability in organizations.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with academic writing related to business ethics.
BAM 540 Project Management  3

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. The course presents the concepts and methodologies that are most useful for managing complex projects and provides an understanding of when, why, and how these methodologies can and should be used to maximize the likelihood of project success. The course emphasizes not only individual project execution, but also provides a strategic perspective to manage projects at portfolio levels.

Course Objectives

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

  • Identify what defines a project and examine the various types of risks and considerations associated with project management.
  • Analyze how organizations go about evaluating, selecting, planning, scheduling, and implementing projects.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of managing project resources and teams.
  • Explain the various factors and best practices associated with managing projects in multi-project environments.
  • Examine best practices and emerging trends in the field of project management.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with academic writing related to project management.
BAM 550 Leadership  3

Leadership provides students with a current and in-depth view of the history of leadership encompassing traditional theories and current research perspectives. This course examines the personal side of leadership and leadership within organizations. Students will analyze best practices for leading teams, addressing diversity and inclusion, and creating a leadership vision for the rapidly evolving world.

Course Objectives

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

  • Define leadership examine its importance and discuss how it is different from management.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of research perspectives on leadership including key theories and models of leadership.
  • Analyze the personal side of leadership including the role of emotional intelligence, morals, ethics, and personality in leadership.
  • Evaluate the leader as a relationship builder and examine best practices for motivation, engagement, communication, teambuilding, and diversity and inclusion.
  • Explore the leader as a social architect in terms of implementing change, shaping culture and values, and setting the stage for followership.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with academic writing related to leadership.
BAM 560 Strategic Management  3

Strategic Management explores strategy formulation, implementation, and evaluation concepts and techniques in business organizations. Topics covered include the concept of a business model, the strategic significance of a company’s scope of operations, competing in international markets, and the role of corporate culture and leadership in reaching strategic objectives, as well as ethics, corporate social responsibility, and environmental sustainability as they pertain to strategy.

Course Objectives

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

  • Identify and define the study of strategic management including commonly used terms and key principles.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of processes related to strategic management including strategy formulation, strategy implementation, and strategy evaluation.
  • Evaluate key issues in strategic management including business ethics, social responsibility, global applications, the environment, competition, and technology.
  • Examine best practices for strategic management case analysis.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with academic writing related to strategic management.
BAM 570 E-Commerce Management  3

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:

  • Identify and define e-commerce and the internet including commonly used terms, concepts, and principles.
  • Examine business strategies for electronic commerce.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the technologies for electronic commerce.
  • Determine best practices in the management and staffing of electronic commerce implementations.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with academic writing related to e-commerce management.
GRM 597 The Research Process  3

The Research Process is a required course for all of the master’s degree programs offered at the University. This course provides an overview of the various research methods, research design, guidance in planning research strategy, and documentation of research data. It also explores and analyzes examples of research from many different disciplines, the development and use of computer-aided research, writing skills, and logical argumentation techniques required in the research field.

Course Objectives

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

  • Define research methods, analyze its importance, and examine how it informs policy and practice.
  • Discuss the various research strategies for description.
  • Examine the statistical tools and interpretations used in quantitative research.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the various strategies for causation in research.
  • Evaluate the role of research as it relates to political and ethical issues.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with academic writing related to the research process.
BAM 596 Final Comprehensive Examination  0

Students enrolled in the Master of Business Administration degree program will complete a Final Comprehensive Examination. The final examination is a combination of essay, short answer and multiple choice examination questions, requiring students to integrate knowledge acquired across the educational program. The Final Comprehensive Examination is graded on a pass/no pass basis. Students may repeat any portion until they receive a passing score.

Prerequisites to Admission:

An applicant must have earned a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration, Leadership, Management. 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.

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