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Master of Business Administration (MBA)

The Master of Business Administration program from the College of Business & Technology  at the Golden State College delivers a challenging, rich, and relevant academic experience with the flexibility offered by a college. It focuses on the key attributes you’ll need to excel in any business – leadership, innovation, and an entrepreneurial spirit. Additionally, the MBA degree does not require you to take the GMAT or GRE (Graduate Management Admission Test/Graduate Record Examination) making it easier than ever to start earning your MBA.


The Master of Business Administration degree features unique courses and innovative learning tools that empower students to understand, compete, and thrive in today’s global business environment. Our MBA degree program combines leadership and business concepts with simulations, videos from leading business experts, pertinent books and publications, and industry-specific case studies. This is a modern approach to delivering a well-rounded master’s-level education in business administration. Upon completion of the MBA program, you’ll be able to:

Prepare written and oral communications to create professional presence, articulate a vision, and bridge diverse perspectives and cultural differences that impact businesses

Integrate critical thinking and inventiveness to form strategies and overcome business challenges in both domestic and international business settings

Utilize leadership skills in situations involving collaboration, self-advocacy, and business-critical decisions

Formulate financial analysis and business knowledge in marketing, data analytics, economics, operations, project management, human capital management, and emerging technologies to drive decision-making

Critique the use of legal and ethical principles and the influence of politics in the business environment


Program Requirements

Total number of credits: 39 credits

Core Requirements: 33 credits

Elective Requirements: 6 credits


To be awarded the Master of Business Administration degree, all students must complete 39 credit hours with a 3.00 minimum cumulative grade point average in all coursework attempted at the Golden State College.


Students who submit official transcripts indicating that they have earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business, Business Administration, Accounting, Finance, Economics or have successfully completed undergraduate coursework in Accounting or Finance with a grade of “C” or higher, or graduate coursework in Accounting or Finance with a grade of “B” or higher will be exempt from the requirement to take BUS 592 Financial Business Overview.

Master Competencies for Career Readiness

 During the program, you’ll achieve competency in:


Critical thinking and problem solving

Oral and written communication

Teamwork and collaboration

Digital technology


Professionalism and work ethic

Career management

Global and intercultural fluency


The curriculum for the  Master of Business Administration program will help you develop your leadership skills, innovative mindset, and entrepreneurial spirit. Your courses focus on vital business administration topics like human resources, finance, budgeting, analysis, operations management, business management, business law, global marketing, and global economics. You will also select two (2) elective courses in entrepreneurship/intrapreneurship, international business, or technology and innovation.


Core and Elective Course Requirements

(39 credits*, all courses are 3 credits.)

*Students who waive BUS 592 Financial Business Overview are required to take 36 total program credits in order to meet graduation requirements.


Note: In addition to completing core course requirements, you must complete two (2) of the three (3) elective courses: BUS 637, BUS 638, or BUS 639.



BUS 592 Financial Business Overview

BUS 621 Leadership & Teamwork

BUS 622 Global Marketing

BUS 623 Human Capital Management Using Applied Psychology

BUS 624 Law & Ethics in the Business Environment

BUS 625 Data & Decision Analytics

BUS 626 Global Economics & Political Influence (Featuring Steve Forbes)

BUS 627 Financial Statement Analysis

BUS 629 Financial Budgeting, Forecasting & Analysis

BUS 633 Project & Operations Management

BUS 637 Entrepreneur/Intrapreneur

BUS 638 International Business

BUS 639 Technology & Innovation

BUS 687 MBA Capstone


An MBA provides a broad background and general knowledge in the field of business. As there are many possible fields of employment, specific employment will depend on your undergraduate degree and work experience. Generally, an MBA graduate may work in private or public companies, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, or become an entrepreneur. Specific career opportunities may include Management Analyst, Business Development Manager, Leadership Development Manager, Executive Director, Marketing Manager, Treasurer and Controller, or Chief Executive.

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