Accelerated Pathways to Business Master’s Degrees

The University of Redlands School of Business now offers all undergraduate College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) students an accelerated pathway to the Master of Business Administration (MBA) or the Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) degree.

Through the Accelerated Master's Programs, you can:

  • Complete both undergraduate and the MBA or MSBA degrees in as few as 5 ("4+1") years
  • Begin taking required courses in your junior or senior year
  • Complete the MBA or MSBA degree within 12 months (full-time) or 18 months (part-time)
  • Save up to 40% off the standard MBA and MSBA tuition rates
  • Enhance career opportunities through graduate-level skills and capabilities highly desired by businesses

The 4+1 Master of Business Administration (MBA) Pathway

  • The “4” Element.  CAS students take 3 foundation courses in their junior or senior year. Students can take 1 core MBA course during their senior spring semester. CAS business majors typically fulfill the foundation courses as part of their major/minor requirement.  CAS non-business majors have the opportunity to take these classes as electives in their junior and senior year (or following graduation) at the School of Business.
  • The “+1” Element. Students take the remaining 8 MBA courses post-graduation in a sequence of 8-week semesters. Students can choose a concentration in Marketing, Global Business, Finance, or Location Analytics.

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Sample MBA Program Plans

2021 Juniors 2021 Seniors All Other Students


MBA program features

48 units with a mix of theory and practical application focusing on critical 21st Century Business Skills

3 foundation courses covering finance/accounting, data analytics, and managerial economics

4 core courses covering organizational behavior, information management, competing with analytics, and ethics and society

1 culminating capstone course featuring corporate sustainability

Study business abroad opportunities

Available at Redlands and other School of Business regional campuses, as well as hybrid/online

For more information about the Redlands MBA, visit

MBA program learning outcomes

As a graduate of the Redlands MBA, you will have mastered 10 critical 21st Century Business Skills and be able to:

Think and plan strategically

Solve complex problems that require analytical and creative problem-solving skills

Effectively and clearly communicate, negotiate, and present ideas

Work in teams and collaborate effectively

Apply reason, and ethical thinking, to determine how a proposed solution may affect a company or the wider community

Understand money and the role of finance in an organization

Understand the role of marketing in identifying markets, developing products, and ensuring a business or product has relevancy in a changing world

Develop an organizational construct

Create and manage a P&L

Utilize human resources best practices

Demonstrate a higher level of leadership to effect change

Utilize data, including location analytics, to set strategy and measure effectiveness of tactical execution

Additionally, in 2019, 65% of our MBA graduates received a promotion while in our program and said they were able to apply new skills in their jobs after just one or two courses.

MBA course descriptions


BUAD 658: Accounting and Finance for Managers (4)

This course focuses on the role of accounting and finance in managerial decision-making, including how managers access capital, invest in resources, budget operations, and report economic events.

BUAD 631: Data-Driven Decision-Making (4)

The course focuses on descriptive and predictive analytics for decision-making from a variety of business disciplinary perspectives. Important elements include identification of data-driven decision-making contexts in business, ascertaining data needs, analyzing data, interpreting and communicating results, and ultimately the value proposition of analytics.

BUAD 632: Introduction to Managerial Economics (4)

This course examines economic concepts essential for managerial decision-making with a focus on applying macroeconomic fundamentals and microeconomic analysis to a wide array of business problems.


BUSB 260: Financial and Managerial Accounting (4)

This course examines accounting information as an economic decision-making tool. This course presents the concepts, policies, and procedures that govern accounting information systems. Students use that understanding to improve resource allocation by managers, owners, and creditors of an organization.

BUSB 361: Financial Management (4)

This course focuses on principles of financial planning, control, and analysis of the firm and the role of the financial manager within the firm.

BUSB 232: Business Statistics (4)

This course focuses on basic statistical concepts, including measures of central tendency and dispersion, frequency distributions, probability distributions, sampling distributions, and estimation. This course also focuses on application in statistical inference, one- and two- sample hypothesis testing, chi-square, analysis of variance, and multiple regression models.

BUSB 230: Economics for Business (4)

Introductory study of macroeconomics and microeconomics. Microeconomics studies decision-making by individual firms and consumers in regard to the allocation of scarce resources, supply and demand basics, and optimum output determination. Macroeconomics includes coverage of the national and global economy, the impact of economic aggregates, and government action.


MGMT 667: Business, Ethics and Society (4)

This course examines the ethical, legal, and social environment of business and its impact on managerial decision-making.

MGMT 631: Management and Organizational Behavior (4)

This course focuses on key business areas such as managing individual performance, team and intergroup dynamics, leadership, human resource management, organizational design, decision-making and management of change.

BUAD 683: Information and Knowledge Management (4)

This course reviews information systems principles and emphasizes the strategic role of information systems in business and global and interactive aspects of information systems.

MGMT 651: Analytics for Managerial Decision-Making (4)

This course provides students with an understanding of the role analytics plays in the decision-making process. Topics include quantitative methods of managerial decision-making such as linear programming (LP), network models, transportation, assignment, transshipment, project management (PERT/CPM), inventory management, simulation, decision theory, forecasting, and supply chain management.

INTB 655: Global Environment for Business (4)

This course explores the theoretical and practical concepts of geopolitical and economic relations to evaluate the effects of globalization on business. Focus is on evaluating and formulating strategic responses to diverse political, economic, and social factors regarding the risks they present for international trade and investment, resource allocation decisions, and organizational structures. This course may be substituted with INTB 670: International Area Studies.

BUAD 660: Managerial Finance (4)

This course provides an overview of financial management tools used in analyzing and developing strategies for making business decisions. Topics include time value of money, bond and stock valuation, risk and return, capital budgeting, capital structure and dividend policy, working capital management, options and their applications in corporate finance.

MGMT 680: Marketing Management (4)

This course explores the crucial aspects of marketing with emphasis on the customer and the marketing mix and includes development of analytical and critical thinking skills through case study, and the design and assessment of a basic marketing plan

MGMT 674: Human Resources Management (4) 

This course focuses on critical analysis of theory and practice of the human resource/personnel function in modern, complex organizations with an emphasis on personnel policies, workforce diversity, HR practices, employee discipline, health and safety, and collective bargaining. An understanding the goals of equity, efficiency, and effectiveness in a diverse environment is provided.

The 4+1 Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) Pathway

  • The “4” Element. Students can take up to 2 MSBA foundation courses during their senior spring semester. Students are encouraged to take a course in statistics (or equivalent) as part of their undergraduate studies.
  • The “+1” Element. Students take the remaining 8 MSBA courses post-graduation in a sequence of 8-week semesters. Students can choose among several electives in Location Analytics and Decision-Making, Global Environment for Business, Marketing Analytics, Financial Management, and more.SB-21-005 Web Image - MSBA Pathway.jpg

Sample MSBA Program Plan

Senior Year CAS Students

MSBA program features

38 units with a mix of business and analytical approaches for business analytics careers

4 business foundation courses covering business management, ethics, and data science fundamentals

4 analytical courses in visualization, data mining, predictive analytics, and decision-support

8 options for elective course including marketing analytics, location analytics, and global business

1 culminating capstone consultancy course

Available at Redlands and other School of Business regional campuses, as well as hybrid/online

For more information about the MS in Business Analytics, visit

MSBA program learning outcomes

By completion of the MSBA program, graduates will be able to:

Understand the technological tools used to collect, manage, and analyze data

Model and work effectively with numerical data using mathematical methods to analyze it

Contextually understand a business problem and how analytics can factor into solutions

Gain critical insights into the company, customer, product, and marketplace

Discover new opportunities or sources of revenue

Optimize business practices and processes

Facilitate better decision-making

Improve organizational or departmental performance

Provide information to set business strategy and solve organizational problems

Articulate analytics problems, insights, and solutions in easy-to-understand language

Lead and manage teams engaged in analytics projects within an organization

Appraise analytical maturity of an organization or business in terms of its focus, culture, people, and technology

Evaluate ethical, legal, and locational implications of data and decisions

MSBA course descriptions


BUAN 600: MSBA Program Orientation (0)

A prerequisite for all other MSBA courses, this course introduces students to the MSBA curriculum and the approach to graduate academic engagement offered at the University of Redlands School of Business and its unique learning community.

BUAN 610: Data Ethics for Business (4)

This course evaluates the ethical, social, and legal ramifications of the choices we make at different stages of data analysis and information privacy, and the impact of those choices on managerial decision-making.

BUAN 615: Competing with Analytics (4)

This course examines organizational contexts for business analytics. Focus is on creating competitive advantage across business functions such as marketing, operations, finance, human resources, R&D, and supply chain through strategic use of analytics.

BUAN 620: Data Science Foundations (4)

This course teaches the fundamental concepts of database management systems, big data, and data warehousing. Coursework provides a realistic context for students to learn how organizational data is prepared, cleansed, stored, and used for business analytics.


BUAN 630: Data Visualization & Storytelling (4)

This course evaluates the role of descriptive analytics, both statistical measures and visualization, in delivering organizational value to decision-making contexts. Coursework includes use of spatial-temporal data for “storytelling” and the effective communication of results to organizational decision-makers.

BUAN 631: Data-Driven Decision-Making (4)

This course focuses on descriptive and predictive analytics for decision-making from a variety of business disciplinary perspectives. Important elements include identification of data-driven decision-making contexts in business, ascertaining data needs, analyzing data, interpreting and communicating results, and ultimately the value proposition of analytics.

BUAN 640: Data Mining for Predictive Analytics (4)

This course provides an overview of data mining concepts, process, and popular methods in the context of business. Supervised and unsupervised methods are covered using large, real-life business datasets, with statistical modeling and machine learning support provided by programming. Spatial data mining, privacy issues, and pitfalls of data mining are discussed.

BUAN 651: Prescriptive Analytics for Managerial Decision-Making (4)

This course provides students with an understanding of the role prescriptive analytics plays in organizational decision-making. Topics include quantitative methods such as optimization, simulation, forecasting, supply chain management, and project management for value creation in business functions.

Quality Education at the School of Business

Students accepted into the Accelerated Master's Programs will automatically be enrolled in the University’s School of Business—a leader in high-quality business education:

  • Ranks among the top-five graduate schools in Southern California in terms of MBAs bestowed each year
  • Offers distinctive courses stressing 21st Century Business Skills to prepare students for today’s business environment including the important role of business in advancing societal betterment
  • Is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) – a premier accreditation body
  • Offers in-person courses across regional locations as well as fully online and hybrid live course options

High Student Satisfaction and Career Impact

Students completing the MBA and MSBA will obtain highly desirable skills and be positioned for career growth and success:

  • 95% of our graduates cited improved analytical, integrative, persuasive, ethical, and societal impact skills
  • 95% of our graduates gave us top marks for the quality, value, curriculum, and faculty
  • 40% of our MBA graduates were promoted during their program with us and almost 50% took a better position upon completing their program
  • 8 out of 10 of our MBA graduates said their bosses or executives see them as more valuable in their current role as a result of their Redlands MBA
  • 95% of our graduates would recommend the School of Business to a colleague or friend
  • Offers a strong alumni base of 30,000 professionals across a wide range of private, public, and non-profit organizations

Significant Tuition Cost Savings

The Accelerated Master's Programs offer CAS students significant tuition savings for the MBA and MSBA programs:

  • For those starting in Academic Year 2020-21, the tuition cost for the 32-unit ("+1") MBA and MSBA degrees is approximately $25,000
  • This represents a 30-40% tuition cost savings, in comparison to the standard program cost of approximately $42,000 for the MBA and $32,000 for the MSBA

Questions? Contact:

Liz Villegas
Sr. Associate Director of Enrollment