Q: How many total units do I need to graduate, and how long will it take to complete my degree?
- MBA: Students are responsible for taking a total of 20 courses at the 200-level to make up 80 total quarter units.
- Full-time MBA: Students are required to complete two professional workshops (additional 4 units) and should be able to complete the coursework for the program in two academic years.
- Professional MBA: Students are required to complete one professional workshop (additional 2 units). Professional MBA students can complete program coursework in as little as two academic years or spread out their coursework over several years.
- MPAc: The Master of Professional Accountancy program requires completion of 48 units for graduation. Students should be able to complete the coursework for the program in one academic year. (Note: Students admitted into Track 2 of the MPAc program should be able to complete the coursework for the program in four quarters.)
- MFin: The Master of Finance program requires completion of 48 units for graduation. Students should be able to complete the coursework for the program in one academic year.
Q: What are the 400-level courses?
- MGT 402: Business Career Professional Development Workshop – required 2-unit workshop for full-time MBA students. Provides skill development and networking experience in person and via social media outlets. Offers a platform for practical implementation of effective job search strategies in various industries. Sets the stage for the development and clear articulation of a student’s ideas at internship and job interviews. Taken as S/NC; does not count towards 80 quarter units for MBA.
- MGT 403: Review of Quantitative Methods for Management – Reviews quantitative concepts and techniques related to the various functional areas of management. Topics include properties of functions, systems of equations and matrices (linear algebra), differentiation and integration (calculus), and basic probability concepts. Taken for a letter grade; does not count towards 80 quarter units for MBA.
- MGT 404: Communications, Leadership, Teams, and Ethics – required 2 unit workshop for all MBA students. Uses case discussions, presentations and theoretically-informed readings to develop communication, presentation and leadership skills; examines the principles of effective teamwork; and introduces representative ethical issues confronting managers. Taken as S/NC; does not count toward 80 quarter units for MBA.
Q: Do I have to take Management 403: Review of Quantitative Methods for Management?
The MBA Program has a program prerequisite (MGT 403), which should be taken the first quarter of residence. In order to waive this course requirement, students must complete an online quantitative review offered through Knewton/Alta, which utilizes adaptive learning technology to deliver a customized review to each student. We highly encourage students to complete the online review the summer before their first quarter, as it eliminates 4 units of coursework during the program. This saves students time and money during their first quarter. For more information, please email your advisors at email@example.com.
Q: What is a passing grade, and is there a certain GPA I must maintain?
- Only courses in which grades of “A, B, C or S” are received are counted toward graduate degree requirements. To continue in good standing and obtain an advanced degree, students must maintain a 3.0 overall GPA.
Q: Can I take a class as S/NC?
- Graduate students may take coursework on an S/NC basis only when the course description indicates that is an option. Graduate students may not use undergraduate or graduate courses taken on an S/NC basis to complete their Master’s or Ph.D. requirements, unless the course is only offered on an S/NC basis. Exceptions must be approved by the Dean of the Graduate Division.
Q: Does the MBA have a concentration requirement?
- The MBA does not have a concentration requirement, however, you have the opportunity to customize your curriculum in the area of your interest with the electives offered. It is recommended to take electives from more than one concentration area in order to be a well-rounded student of business.
Q: When is the last day to add/drop a class?
- The last day to add/drop a class without receiving a “W” grade is the Friday of week two in your program. Any changes to your schedule after that date must be completed with an Enrollment Adjustment Form and may require signatures from the Graduate Advisor and Dean of the Graduate Division.
Q: Is advising required before I register for classes?
- Advising is not required, but it is highly recommended.
Q: Do I have to follow a degree plan?
- The Track 1 MPAc & MFin programs have a set of classes that you take every quarter with your cohort so that you are guaranteed to complete the program in one academic year. The full-time MBA program has a plan to follow during the first year, but your second year has more options with the elective units.
Q: What’s the difference between the Directed Studies class and the Research for Thesis or Dissertation?
- The Directed Studies class (MGT 290) is intended to provide an opportunity for qualified students to undertake advanced work in a topic appropriate to the student’s special interests, which is not covered in a regularly offered course on campus. You must find a professor to work one-on-one with as an independent study. Course is repeatable.
- The Research for Thesis or Dissertation (MGT 299) is an option for the graduation requirement. Students may elect to write a thesis over taking a comprehensive examination in MGT 238.