Woodbury University was founded in 1884 to respond to the emerging needs of a thriving business community in Los Angeles. Meeting the business education needs of today’s diverse economy in this market remains the focus of the School of Business. Operating from a new, state-of-the-art building, the School offers two degrees: An undergraduate BBA (Bachelors in Business Administration) and the MBA (Masters in Business Administration).
Courses are taught by expert faculty who understand the importance of balancing theory and practice in their teaching. The BBA degree has a clear Management focus and students can also major in Accounting, Marketing, or Fashion Marketing. The MBA takes students on a deeper educational journey and courses are available in evening or weekend formats to accommodate the working student.
Our faculty are teachers foremost, but also dedicated student mentors. Our average class size is sixteen so that students are the center of what we do. This philosophy is embodied in the School’s Mission Statement: “Woodbury University’s School of Business cultivates the distinctive talents of each student to prepare future leaders of business who communicate effectively, act ethically, and think globally.”
Investing at the right place and time for your future
I have discovered, as I am sure you have, that few things in life get accomplished if we wait for that “ideal” time before important decisions are made. One of the most important and far-reaching decisions you will ever make is how you prepare yourself for a career. Who you trust and partner with in reaching your educational goals, and how you realize your career aspirations are life-changing decisions. I am sure you wish to make a sound investment in your personal and professional growth and this understanding is best exemplified in our Mission Statement:
“Woodbury University’s School of Business cultivates the distinctive talents of each student to prepare future leaders of business who communicate effectively, act ethically, and think globally.”
Enrolling in either our BBA or MBA program, from the get-go you should be able to apply knowledge and insights gained from this experience. You will be part of an accredited business school, guided and mentored by qualified and caring faculty, attend small classes, enjoy a new state-of-the-art building, and be surrounded by fellow students who, like you, enjoy the flexibility of classes that accommodate varying work schedules.
The Woodbury model of values-based and ethically driven business education is based on building lifelong relationships and networks which will aid your future success and give you the tools to be an effective and valued member of society.
We look forward to assist you in your decisions and eventually welcome you to our School of Business.
Woodbury University’s School of Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Woodbury University is accredited by the Senior College Accrediting Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs
The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs is a leading specialized accreditation association for business education supporting, celebrating, and rewarding teaching excellence. The association embraces the virtues of teaching excellence and emphasizes to students that it is essential to learn how to learn. ACBSP acknowledges the importance of scholarly research and inquiry and believes that such activities facilitate improved teaching. Institutions are strongly encouraged to pursue a reasonable mutually beneficial balance between teaching and research. And further, ACBSP encourages faculty involvement within the contemporary business world to enhance the quality of classroom instruction and to contribute to student learning.
Western Association of Schools and Colleges
The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), a 501(c)(3) organization, is recognized as one of six regional associations that accredit public and private schools, colleges, and universities in the United States. The Western region covers institutions in California and Hawaii, the territories of Guam, American Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Palau, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, the Pacific Basin, and East Asia, and areas of the Pacific and East Asia where American/International schools or colleges may apply to it for service.
There are a number of important factors that make Woodbury University an attractive choice for students. Some of these are listed below:
Our classes usually average at 16 students, making the in-class experience a highly rewarding one for students and course facilitators alike. In such small settings there is high interaction, and everyone is treated as an intrinsic part of the in-class community. Small classes ensure greater report with instructors, but also better student collaborations in team projects. Networking is another important result from small classes. Students often establish friendships for life, which turn out to be highly beneficial in later years.
With a team of highly qualified instructors, who have established themselves as solid scholars in their area of expertise, and often also respected professionals, students can tap from a wealth of available information that not only turns out to be helpful in succeeding during the course, but also in current and future professional performance. Our faculty members are highly involved in University committees of different natures, and perform as strong advocates for their students in all these bodies.
While the concept of individual relationships is embedded in the above advantages, it deserves separate mentioning, because it reaches far beyond. Due to the individual relationships, our instructors often step up as mentors to the students, if requested to do so, and provide useful advice in professional matters when asked to do so. Instructors also keep close score on students’ performance, and will ensure early intervention when concerns start to surface, so that timely measures can be taken, and students’ performance success safeguarded. The fact that there is such great interaction between faculty and students also ensures an atmosphere where comfort levels are higher, and interaction, thus learning, flourishes.
“At Woodbury, I learned how to read business plans, make effective presentations and understand financial projections—all critical skills for a consultant. Today, I’m a successful business owner and entrepeneur, something I did not think was possible before earning my MBA. Much of the advice I provide to my clients is based on principles I learned at Woodbury.
“My professors were experts in their fields, not just in academics, and that makes a huge difference. Woodbury’s flexible schedules and small classes suited me perfectly, allowing me to continue working. Getting an education means investing your time and hard work for your future. For me, that investment has paid off handsomely.
~ Arbi Babaei, MBA | Managing Partner, Babaei Consulting Group
“Business skills are essential to my success as an arts administrator. My MFA taught me about art, but my Woodbury MBA taught me the art of business: accounting, economics and leadership. Now I have both a creative and a competitive edge.
“As Executive Director of a renowned museum, I use what I gained from Woodbury every single day meeting creative challenges with new found confidence.
“I researched both Pepperdine and UCLA, but selected Woodbury because I prefer the small classes, intimate campus setting and more personal instruction. An auditorium is great for a recital, but not for learning business.”
~ Alison Bruesehoff, MBA | Executive Director, Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum
“Knowledge and confidence go hand in hand. Woodbury has given me both. Today, I’m Regional Sales Manager for a subsidiary of L’Oreal USA, managing a team of employees spanning the Western US –-a rewarding and yet challenging position.
“My Woodbury MBA provided me with the credibility, expertise and leadership skills necessary to enhance my career.
“And Woodbury’s small classes were ideal for me. As a mother of three young children working a full-time job, their evening and weekend classes made all the difference in making up my schedule.”
~ Angelique Jackson, MBA | Regional Sales Manager, Maly’s West subsidiary of L’Oreal USA
Jose Juan Vega
“As a vice-president at Promerica Bank, I help people with big dreams start businesses by providing needed capital.”
“My dream (being the first in my family to earn an MBA) as an immigrant came true through dedication and hard work. Woodbury has given me the practical knowledge and confidence needed to overcome the challenges ofthe business world.”
“Woodbury’s courses emphasized real-world knowledge — these are skills that I use in my professional life every day — not just academic theory. They understand the strain of working fulltime while pursuing a degree and offer flexible class schedules to ease the way. All the effort paid off: Woodbury changed my life and now I do the same for others.”
~ Jose Juan Vega, MBA | Senior Vice President, Small Business Capital Manager, Promerica Bank
Lauren L. Ghaffari
“I’m a Woodbury loyalist because I got my bachelors here, as well. But the reason I went on to get my MBA had a lot more to do with how the school fit my needs. You’re not a number here. You get as much personal attention as you need. And you get it on a real campus, not in a satellite location in some business park.
There’s a lot of energy that you feel at the school, and the program lets you work full time, fit classes to your schedule, and still have a social life.
I came away with invaluable insights that, I think, give me much more opportunity. I could always stay in the family business, but my Woodbury MBA has given me the confidence to pursue my own dreams.”
~ Lauren L. Ghaffari ‘07
“As a Vice President and Regional Manager at Washington Mutual, I understand return on investment. Which is why I chose Woodbury for my MBA. For about half of what UCLA or USC would’ve cost, I got more than a degree, I got a career boost.
My MBA is of great value because I learned practical, real-world things I use every day in my job. The class sizes are small and my professors weren’t just academics—they were successful business people, too.
Woodbury understands the needs of students who are working full-time. Getting my MBA was hard work, but it has paid great career dividends.”
~ Edward Azari ’ 04