Marymount California University

Marymount California University

Master of Business Administration


30800 Palos Verdes Dr. East

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Business Administration

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Marymount California University’s MBA program prepares students for effective and ethical entrepreneurial leadership in a global, interconnected economy.

MBA students develop conceptual, analytical, applied, and interpersonal skills within an interdisciplinary community of practice to recognize, interpret, present, and lead business solutions to societal and organizational challenges.

The target population for the MCU MBA is comprised of two general audiences: 1) working professionals who wish to advance their career at their current employer to a leadership role or are looking to make a career change, and 2) new and current BA students, interested in a BA-MBA integrated pathway.

The MBA is a 36-unit program with 18 units allocated to a traditional MBA Foundation core phase and 4 units of business electives. The remaining 14 units are allocated to an 8-unit Leadership Core and 6-unit Field Project experience, reflective of our Marymount mission and RSHM heritage. The goal is to prepare students for lives of leadership and service; our MBA builds a continuum of skills through traditional and innovative curriculum, and field research. The program has been designed with class schedule flexibility in mind to accommodate the needs of the target population. Evening, weekend and online courses will be offered.

The curriculum has three stages:

The first develops a solid business foundation in accounting, finance and marketing for students, to be applied in an initial fieldwork exploration course. This fieldwork exploration course helps students begin to align their personal goals, career goals and program outcomes, by connecting their business foundation coursework to real world business challenges.

The second stage of the program continues developing students’ technical and soft skills with several business core classes and electives, in areas such as strategy, leadership, economic planning, statistics, professional practice and ethics. Students will appreciate the importance of the subject matter based on their initial fieldwork exploration experience.

The final stage of the program is a two semester fieldwork project, where students write a fieldwork report and deliver a professional presentation of their fieldwork experience.

All coursework has been designed to emphasize the critical competencies, knowledge and skills necessary for the practical business world. All master’s level courses are taught by highly accomplished and accessible professors who share a passion for student learning.

Students in MCU's MBA program will learn to:

I. Develop a personal leadership philosophy by reflecting on leadership theories and attributes, and acquiring the leadership skills and abilities necessary to motivate others toward common goals (ID 530, CD500)

II. Demonstrate a consistent evidence-based decision making approach using rigorous analysis and interpretation of business data with appropriate tools and techniques. (ACCT 501, GIS 500, BUS 550, ECO 520, BUS 512, BUS 561)

III. Identify, define, research, and analyze an organizational problem or question, leading to a sustainable business plan or set of actionable recommendations that balances ethical, economic and other considerations (BUS 697-698)

IV. Integrate global, cultural, technical and economic considerations into analysis of business opportunities (BUS 697-698)

VI. Utilize peer feedback to support a spirit of inquiry, reflection, mutual respect, and quality improvement within a community of practice


Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities

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Classification: Associate's College

Locale: Large Suburb

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