School of Business

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Where Your Legacy Begins

Woodbury University’s MBA focuses on three tenets: Responsible Leadership, Sustainable Business, and Self-Empowerment.

  • Becoming Responsible Leaders through social responsibility and ethics initiatives
  • Developing Sustainable Businesses by rethinking the way we do business to optimize resources
  • Harnessing Self-Empowerment to take control of decision-making and to make positive choices

With our Merit Scholarships, we provide an affordable private-school MBA with a work-compatible and practice-based curriculum. All students with business or non-business undergraduate degrees are invited to apply. Students with an undergraduate business degree can complete the MBA in one year as a full-time student. No GMAT/GRE required.

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Merit Scholarships

MBA students who apply for our Fall 2020 semester (beginning in August) can now qualify for a merit scholarship up to $18,000. The MBA merit awards are based on your undergraduate GPA (GPA is not cumulative and is based solely on the degree awarding college/university):

  • GPA of 3.7 to 4.0 earns $18,000
  • GPA of 3.40 to 3.69 earns $16,000
  • GPA of 2.95 to 3.39 earns $10,000
  • GPA of 2.50 to 2.94 earns $6,000

 

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MBA Experience Virtual Event | October 24, 2020

Join us for Woodbury University’s Virtual “MBA Experience” to learn more about our AACSB-accredited MBA program. At this event, you will have an opportunity to:

      • Get an introduction to Woodbury University and the MBA Program
      • Hear from the School of Business Dean, Dr. Joan Marques, and MBA Chair, Dr. Satinder Dhiman, who will talk about the program and the student experience
      • Participate in a Q&A with faculty and alumni
      • Application fee waivers will be provided to all attendees

Please RSVP to attend

MBA Curriculum

Through our applied practice-based MBA curriculum – which you can earn in as few as 12 months from our 7-week evening course format – students will create positive change.

All students complete the MBA Capstone: Strategic Management and Consulting, where students work collaboratively in teams helping local businesses develop their marketing plans and strategy.

While a General MBA is available, you can also tailor your MBA experience to fit your interests with one of two concentrations:

  • Accounting-Finance
  • Global Strategy-Leadership

Our Learning Environment

Students learn from top-caliber, personable faculty who know your first name and engage in close collaboration with supportive peers. Our community-based learning environments provide interactive, workshop style classrooms that will inspire you to become the next future business leader.

Designed to provide students with an unmatched foundation in leadership and to think beyond the status quo to an array of in-demand career and entrepreneurial opportunities. Our MBA offers the following benefits:

Collaborate with peers, faculty, and special guest speakers in our immersive learning environment on our 22-acre picturesque Burbank campus, enabling you to network with classmates and professors.

MBA Program Features

Woodbury’s intensive degree format allows students to complete their MBA degree while balancing the demands of their personal and professional life. The 36-credit program contains 12 integrated courses that can be completed in as little as one year.

 

Courses are offered in 7-week sessions with two sessions per semester, allowing students to take as many as four courses per semester.

  • Classes meet from 6:00pm – 10:00pm one weeknight evening each week
  • Classes meet on either Saturday or Sunday from 8:00am – 12:00pm or from 1:00pm– 5:00pm

Select courses may be offered in hybrid format, with some online sessions and some physical meetings, to reduce commuting stress while enhancing the learning experience.

For those without an undergraduate degree, Woodbury offers the MBA program in conjunction with a BBA in Management, which can be completed in four years.

Learn more about the BBA-MBA Accelerated Program

Courses

Woodbury’s Master of Business Administration curriculum is comprised of a sound foundation of functional skills in the areas of accounting, finance, economics, marketing and IT. This knowledge base is further enhanced by a profound understanding of organizational behavior skills, including emotional intelligence, ethical leadership and strategy.

In addition, the MBA capstone provides an excellent consulting opportunity in which students collaborate on developing a client engagement, performing consulting services for that client and presenting the results to both the client and their peers. This will help you hone on your consulting skills through the actual completion of a real-life consulting project.

Course REquirements

 

 

Pre-MBA courses are intended to ensure that all graduate students have a similar academic background. They need to be completed by students who do not have sufficient business courses or the equivalent. These courses are in addition to the 36 units listed above (a total of up to 45 units)

PRE-MBA COURSES                                                                                              UNITS
PMBA 501 Accounting Practices                                                                             3
PMBA 506 Organizational Behavior and Strategy                                               3
PMBA 508 Fundamentals of Finance, Economics and Statistics                       3

WMBA 500 Financial Accounting
An accelerated course in financial accounting with emphasis on the fundamentals of accounting and the preparation, analysis, and interpretation of financial statements. Students will develop the skills needed in understanding and analyzing of corporate financial statements for decision-making by prospective consumers of accounting information, such as managers, stockholders, creditors, financial analysts, and regulators. Students will also develop the skills needed to interpret how accounting standards and managerial incentives affect the financial reporting process. Prerequisites: PMBA 501 or Graduate Standing.

WMBA 503 Quantitative Methods for Business Decisions
This course is an introduction to quantitative methods used in solving problems in accounting, economics, finance, management and marketing. Includes the fundamentals of business mathematics, operations research modeling and statistical analysis. Lecture. Prerequisites: PMBA 502 and PMBA 505 or their equivalents, and graduate standing.

WMBA 504 Managerial Economics
This course focuses on basic economic theory with applications to business and policy issues. Special attention to the major concepts and methods of analysis applied to aggregate micro- and macroeconomic activity is given. Lecture. Prerequisite: PMBA 502 or its equivalent and graduate standing.

WMBA 505 Managing and Leading
This course deals with an in-depth examination of behavioral issues in organizations. Course topics include individual and group behavior, communication issues, ethical theories, employee empowerment and motivation, and managing and leading organizations under conditions of uncertainty. The course requires students to apply advanced knowledge of management and leadership skills in the pursuit of creating effective organizations through teamwork. The central objective of this course is to learn how to create socially sensitive, high performing organizations: organizations that are financially viable and ethically responsible. Working as a team member, every student will complete one social action project in this course. Lecture. Prequisite: PMBA 506 or its equivalent and graduate standing.

WMBA 506 Marketing Concepts and Strategies
This course will equip students with the relevant knowledge, perspectives, and practical skills required to develop marketing strategies that leverage the opportunities inherent in today’s global, digital marketplace including: international marketing, social media, consumer-to-consumer online interactions, internet marketing, mobile marketing, and big data. The elements of the marketing mix and the promotional mix are reviewed with an emphasis on the development of sound strategic planning, implementation and control. Case studies will be used to simulate management decision-making processes in the marketing arena. Lecture. Prerequisite: PMBA 504 or its equivalent and graduate standing.

WMBA 507 Managerial Finance, Theory and Practice
This course explores the principles of finance and their application to typical financial problems of business enterprises. Emphasis is placed on the methods used by business managers to make investment, dividend and financing decisions. Lecture. Prerequisite: PMBA 501 and PMBA 502 or their equivalents and graduate standing

WMBA 509 – Management of Information Technology
The role of information as a corporate resource, and its use in providing strategic advantage. Problems of aligning corporate IT and corporate goals, creating IT architectures and using IT to enable change in organization. The case study method is used. This course is appropriate for both users of systems and providers of system support. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

WMBA 558 Entrepreneurship
This is a course requiring the integration of management functions for a new business venture. Students must devise a feasibility study and an organizational structure. Consideration is given to legal and tax issues; marketing strategy; financing needs and sources; cash flow forecasts; and pro forma financial statements. A team approach will be utilized, with members preparing and presenting written and oral reports. Lecture. Prerequisite: Satisfaction of CPC requirements and graduate standing.

WMBA 582 Strategic Management Consulting
This course is a capstone seminar in strategic management incorporating organization/consulting and design thinking elements. It examines the roles and responsibilities of top managers in developing, implementing, and managing an effective organization-wide strategy. Students learn current, new and future perspectives and concepts as well as integrate learning from previous course work to solve complex and challenging business problems. Specifically, this course provides the students with an overview of the “world” of strategic consulting and consulting as a career. Students will develop the basic conceptual and skill-based understanding required to practice consulting or hire and work with an outside consultant. A case study method is used to develop an integrative enterprise perspective. Being the capstone course, it must be taken within 6 units of graduation and after the completion of all PMBA course requirements.

 

WMBA 501: Managerial Accounting
This course studies managers’ effective use of accounting information in decision-making. Includes cost-volume-profit relationships; the use of standard cost and flexible budget systems; cost reports; managerial control and performance evaluation. Lecture. Prerequisite: PMBA 501, or its equivalent, and graduate standing.

WMBA 511 International Finance
The international financing and investment decisions of multinational business organizations and the international financial environment. Theories and techniques of international investment and financing are viewed within the context of different currencies; shifting exchange rates, different tax, legal and political environments. Lecture. Prerequisite: FI 507 or WMBA 507, or its equivalent, and Graduate standing.

WMBA 512 Corporate Finance
An intensive course in corporate finance. Emphasis on the development of objectives and standards that lead to the effective allocation and use of a business entity’s resources. Topics covered include financial statement analysis, cash budgeting, working capital management, capital budgeting, capital structure and asset valuation. Examination of the interaction of investment and financing decisions and dividend policy. Lecture. Prerequisite: FI 507 or WMBA 507, or its equivalent, and Graduate standing.

WMBA 514 Investment Analysis
The analytical methods and theory underlying the appraisal of stocks, bonds and other investment assets. Special attention to techniques of securities analysis and valuation based on financial statements, earnings projections and the value of capital of the firm. General theories of portfolio composition and performance. Lecture. Prerequisite: FI 507 or WMBA 507, or its equivalent, and Graduate standing.

WMBA 515 Money and Capital Markets
An analysis of the markets for financial assets, including the money market and various bond and stock markets. Topics include the level and structure of interest rates, the regulatory structure of financial markets, and the role of the Federal Reserve Board and financial institutions in determining and implementing monetary policy. Lecture. Prerequisite: FI 507 or WMBA 507, or its equivalent, and Graduate standing.

 

WMBA 531: Governmental and NonProfit Accounting
This course is designed to provide an understanding of the accounting concepts and procedures used in the operation of nonprofit entities (governments, hospitals, universities and others). Lecture. Prerequisite: PMBA 501, or its equivalent, and graduate standing.

WMBA 548: Tax Theory and Application
This course provides an analysis of the laws of taxation at the federal level, relative to corporations and their shareholders, capital assets, natural resources, real estate, and other topics of timely interest. Lecture. Prerequisite: PMBA 501, or its equivalent, and graduate standing.

WMBA 550: Controllership Accounting
This course provides a comprehensive study of the development and application of accounting data for the purpose of planning and controlling business activities. Topics include various product costing systems, cost allocation methods, standard cost variances, operating budgets, capital investment budgets, pricing, internal audit and control. Lecture. Prerequisite: WMBA 501 or its equivalent, and graduate standing.

WMBA 510: Management of Global Enterprise
This course provides an exploration of the international business management issues providing a broad, multi- disciplinary awareness of global business management trends and practices, especially the impact of culture on business. Topics include global economic institutions, cross-cultural management, international managerial negotiations, and business management practices in the emerging global markets. Prerequisite: PMBA 504 or its equivalent and graduate standing.

WMBA 518: International Marketing
This course examines the development of international marketing programs from determining objectives and evaluating international market opportunities to coordinating strategies in the world market. Lecture. Prerequisite: WMBA 506 or its equivalent and graduate standing.

WMBA 541: Comparative International Management
This course provides a comparative study of management practices in selected foreign countries. Students will analyze social and cultural variables that affect the management process and solutions to managerial issues of policy and action. Lecture. Prerequisite: WMBA 505 or its equivalent and graduate standing.

WMBA 542: International Business Strategy
This course takes a managerial approach to selected international operations issues. Topics includes global strategies; long-range planning, preparation and evaluation of direct investment proposals; entry and ownership strategies; supply strategies; and organization and human resource management. Lecture. Prerequisites: WMBA 506 or its equivalent and graduate standing.

WMBA 554: Self-Leadership for Executives
Students will explore concepts of self, being, becoming, authenticity, virtue, values, happiness, resilience, self-discipline, self-authorship, and self-transformation in the context of leadership. Through self-exploration, self-reflection, and practical reflexivity, students will deepen their self-understanding and then create their ideal of who they wish to become as leaders. Central to your learning experience in this course will be attaining a clear understanding of the self-mastery process, with its building blocks of self-intention, awareness, authenticity, and accountability. The final project will focus on creating a personal developmental plan and a self-leadership model to facilitate in the process of becoming authentic and effective leaders.

WMBA 557: Spirituality in the Workplace 
This course focuses on the implications of spirituality in the workplace. It draws upon the common themes underlying various spiritual traditions to search for meaning in the workplace. The holistic approach to work will be extended to arrive at a new vision of livelihood for our times, evidenced by managing for common good and corporate stewardship. The practical aspects of the course will include writing a personal mission statement, designing an organization based on spiritual values such as integrity, authenticity, compassion, trust, and service.

WMBA 560: Ethical Leadership
This multi-disciplinary leadership survey course explores the ethical dimension of leadership by tapping into the collective wisdom found in disparate fields such as literature, philosophy, history, biography, politics, arts, sports, and business and applies it to the leadership challenges and dilemmas faced by modern organizations. The basic premise of this course stems from our belief that fundamental challenges of leadership are of universal nature and that the insights culled from disciplines such as literature, humanities, arts and history can provide us with a matchless treasure trove for understanding the elusive art and practice of leadership. Prerequisite: WMBA 505 and graduate standing.

WMBA 565: Emotional Intelligence at Work
This is a survey course that introduces students to the key emotional intelligence issues related to organizational performance, such as role of emotions in decision making and thinking strategically about information contained in emotions. We will examine and evaluate existing scientific views on EI and its measuring options. Learning objectives include assimilating emotional intelligence theory components; self-assessing to recognize areas for professional and organizational growth; reporting on the use and validity of emotional intelligence as a means for enhancing professional and organizational success; and gaining skills to apply emotional intelligence strategies to daily workplace situations, relationships, and challenges. These skills can be applied in leadership positions pursued by graduate students. While the emotional intelligence development focus of this course is the use of skills in a student’s place of employment, students are encouraged to apply these skills in addressing all aspects of their lives – at home, in the community, and in the classroom. As a result of this course, students will have enhanced skill set through which they can perform professional duties at work and in life. Prerequisites: WMBA 505, Management and Organizational Behavior.

WMBA 566: Change Management
Contemporary organizations exist in social, political, and economic environments that change rapidly and unpredictably. This course deals with how to manage changes by looking at strategy, organization design and processes, and multi-organizational systems. Theories and practice of change management related to the individual, group, inter-group, and organizational level are discussed. Methods of diagnosing organizations and designing interventions that will increase an organization’s effectiveness are explored. The course examines the complexity in developing a culture of change within the organization as well as in determining the organizations’ readiness for change. Through a series of experiential lessons, case studies, and activities students will uncover the reasons for resistance to change and tactics for coping with this resistance and for strategically managing organizational change. Prerequisite: WMBA 505, Management and Organizational Behavior.

WMBA 570: Topics in Management
Topics focus on current issues in management. Lecture. Prerequisite: PMBA 505, or its equivalent, and graduate standing.

WMBA 5739: Ethics of Sustainability
This course focuses on the ethico-spiritual basis of sustainability in a wide variety of contemporary contexts—from economics of consumption and growth to government policy and sustainable planet. It garners “big-picture awareness” and a “cosmic vision” of sustainability, a vision that extends from our neighborhoods to our communities, to states, countries, globe, galaxy, and envelops the entire Universe! Using a case studies approach, it will address the practical/engaged dimension of sustainability: What can we all do to save the planet?

WMBA 5741: Social Entrepreneurship 
This course introduces students to social entrepreneurs and their organizations within a global context. What are the common characteristics of social entrepreneurs and their organizations regardless of their location and operating industry? How do the local circumstances influence the problems they address, the organizational and business models they decide to pursue, and their growth options? When and how do they engage in partnerships with one another and with business or public sectors, and how do these partnerships perform? The course will draw upon instructor and guest lectures, case studies, individual- and teamwork. Students will identify in teams a local and an international social entrepreneurial venture, which they will explore in depth, and present to their peers.

Dedicated Support

Receive continued support from our Associate Dean/MBA Director throughout your admissions process and graduate studies. As a Woodbury University MBA student, you will receive one-on-one guidance, professional career advice, and networking opportunities.

In addition, students receive personalized attention from each MBA faculty member to help guide them to reach their professional career and entrepreneurial goals.

Dual-Accreditation

Unlike other MBA programs in Southern California, our MBA program is accredited by two accrediting bodies: AACSB International and ACBSP. In addition, Woodbury University is accredited by WASC.

In April 2020, we reaffirmed our AACSB International accreditation, the gold standard amongst business schools, which accredits less than 5% of all global business institutions.

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Become Part of Our Influential MBA  Alumni Network

Our highly successful MBA graduates hold responsible positions at corporations such as Bank of America, Ernst & Young, Honda Corporation, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Kaiser Permanente, Merrill Lynch, NBC Universal, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Sony Entertainment, Target, Walt Disney, Warner Bros., and Wells Fargo.

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Lilit Caradanian

Woodbury MBA graduate, Lilit Caradanian, went from being a financial analyst at Disney into the realm of beauty educator as a pathway to starting her own brand, Elcie Cosmetics.

Learn more about Lilit’s story

 

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Jorge Mendez

In 2007 Jorge Mendez arrived in the U.S. from Villa Juarez, Mexico. He spoke no English, had no job and no money to speak of. His parents remained in Mexico while he spent much of his adolescence looking out for himself. Eleven years later, Jorge was standing at the podium, receiving his MBA, and delivering a commencement address to his fellow graduates.

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“Woodbury University’s MBA program provided me the rare opportunity of harnessing sustainability in a holistic manner. Sustainability has now become a life-style for me. My research project on renewable clean energy contributed directly to my professional growth.


— Ruben Rodriguez, Associate Resource Scheduler, Gas

“The Woodbury MBA program offers a diverse community of colleagues and faculty, in an environment where concepts taught are immediately applicable in the workplace. Truly transformational, both personally and professionally.


— Ingrid Lohne, Alumna

“Woodbury’s focus on critical thinking, emerging business trends as well as global and ethical approaches added significant value to my educational experience and provided valuable insight. ”


— Jack McAlpin, Alumnus

“I was challenged to grow as a leader through thought provoking classes that enabled me to look at the business environment with a new perspective. ”


— Susan Kivila, Alumna

“I inherited knowledge, self-realization and a greater willingness to change the world through the teachings of professors and its meticulously tailored curriculum. ”


— Maria Cozette, Alumna
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We can’t wait to see the meaningful impact and leadership that you will provide within your community.