Master of Business Administration

We offer an MBA so valuable that 95%+ of our graduates would recommend, refer, or take it again, and give it equally high marks for quality, value, curriculum, faculty, and impact. Each year our students tell us this in our annual graduate survey. Now that is powerful!

But beyond the respect we have earned from our 30,000 graduates, hundreds of employers trust and recommend the Redlands School of Business and MBA to their employees and hire our graduates. That is how we have become a top-5 graduate school in terms of the number of MBAs bestowed in Southern California each year.

Why an MBA from the Redlands School of Business

All of us at the School of Business are here to arm you with knowledge and skills that will help you think and perform at a higher level, and will help you to stand out from those who cannot clearly articulate or solve problems in the same way. While getting your MBA from the University of Redlands School of Business you will gain valuable skills you can immediately put to work in your current position or apply to future career opportunities.

Our transformative MBA experience provides greater dividends than skill and knowledge, or enhanced career and pay opportunities. It creates confident leaders ready to champion new ideas and tackle the most complex business challenges in socially and ethically responsible ways.

You will learn to think critically, communicate effectively, and work collaboratively to identify and achieve business goals in socially and ethically responsible ways. We will prepare you to tackle business challenges by providing a broad range of concepts and techniques to address financial, organizational, human resources, strategy, and ethical aspects of today’s technology-driven, complex global business environment.

Our curriculum will teach you 10 of the most sought-after 21st Century Business Skills and the importance of practicing Purposeful Leadership.

Our intimate class sizes emulate the camaraderie, diverse discussions, and teamwork of a professional environment through seminars, lectures, case analyses, online exercises, and group activities. But our curriculum ventures way beyond theory and case studies. Our MBA students have ample opportunity to apply what they learn in the classroom to real-world business needs and problems as soon as their first class or two. Faculty incorporate numerous hands-on, collaborative projects with real-world scenarios, and students have access to corporate partnerships with prominent, private, public, and non-profit organizations.

A strong differentiator of our program is our highly sought-after short-stay study abroad / immersive networking programs for course credit. You will travel to a selected international organization to solve one or more business problems. Along with your peers and past graduates you will also visit up to 10 businesses in that country, and learn about the country economically and culturally.  As a graduate, you will be able to join these programs as often as you wish for life.

The Redlands School of Business is leading the way in innovation. Our unique MBA specialization in spatial business (Location Analytics) is not offered elsewhere; our Spatial Business Initiative through global leader in location analytics, Esri, creates unparalleled information, access, and partnerships; and the school’s unique Purposeful Leadership Initiative turns students into impactful leaders. Each year all MBA students are invited and encouraged to attend speakers events and activities tied to Purposeful Leadership and other key topics.

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Flexibility and customization to suit you

Our students may come from a very diverse set of industries and careers, but they share a common desire to excel and create more opportunity for themselves, while leading busy lives with lots of demands on their time.  We understand this and try to work within your busy schedule by offering our MBA program courses at night or weekends through seven Southern California campuses, a Northern California campus, a hybrid of online and on-campus courses, and fully online.

We also offer four concentrations, so you can zero in on an emphasis of interest to you and your desired career path if you would like more depth than our general MBA. Our four specializations include Global Business, Finance, Marketing, and Location Analytics.

For our students who choose online or a hybrid of online and on-campus learning, you will interact with your professors and peer group through online discussions and learn through a variety of methods, including teamwork-focused assignments. Our fully online MBA program takes place at your own pace and convenience in our virtual learning environment. It encourages an active atmosphere of community and engagement. Our online course faculty is the same superior faculty that provide our on-the-ground courses at our eight campuses.

We make getting your MBA degree attainable by offering financial aid for those who demonstrate financial need, as well as offering tuition discounts through hundreds of employers, as well as offering an outstanding tuition discount to active military personnel. If you would like to see if you are eligible for financial aid, please contact Student Financial Services at 909-748-8047 or sfs@redlands.edu.

MBA program features

The University of Redlands MBA can be completed part-time by students working full-time in 18-24 months by taking one course one night per week year-round.

For those who hold a bachelor’s degree in business and transfer three foundation courses in credit, their curriculum will include 9 courses (36 credits) and can be completed part-time in 18 months. For those who do not come in with any transferable credits, the curriculum is 12 courses part-time over 24 months. This cost range before any employer, military or other discount is $30,492 - $40,656.

Based on personal and professional interests, you can choose to earn a general MBA or focus on one of four concentrations by taking four classes in Finance, Marketing, Global Business or Location Analytics.

You will culminate your MBA with two options for capstone projects – a consultancy where you will apply knowledge to help solve real problems for an organization here in the U.S. or abroad, or you will work on a challenging simulation where knowledge is fully integrated and tested in all aspects of a business’ operation online.

We provide each of our students with a wide variety of resources to help them succeed, including enrollment and academic counselors, easy access to faculty, a highly ranked mentor program, online and physical libraries, technical support, career placement support, writing workshops, and much more. An enrollment counselor is available and engaged in every step of your admissions and enrollment process. And our academic counselors provide individualized attention to each student to ensure you are on track and poised to graduate on time.

You can feel confident in knowing that your education at the Redlands School of Business is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) – a premier accreditation body that accredits about 1,000 high-quality academic business programs globally. Accreditation provides peace of mind in knowing the quality of your education meets stringent standards set by a third-party accrediting organization.

MBA concentrations

The Redlands MBA offers four concentrations, so you can zero in on an area of interest to you for your desired career path, if you would like more depth than our general MBA, which is also an option.

Global Business: Develop a well-rounded set of 21st Century Business Skills rooted in ethical and analytical decision-making and strong management principles ready for a global economy.

Finance: Gain insight into financial markets by analyzing the rationale behind the financial actions taken within organizations.

Marketing: Learn to use analysis to gain insights into different markets, design strategic marketing plans, and achieve business objectives through measurable, integrated marketing strategies.

Location Analytics: Unlock the potential of spatial data in order to solve real-world problems and gain a competitive advantage in today’s business world.

Program learning outcomes

With each graduating class, our MBA students tell us the knowledge they have gained and applied has given them the confidence to develop and articulately champion their own ideas. But as a graduate of our program 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

BUSINESS FOUNDATION KNOWLEDGE COURSES (12 CREDITS):

 

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.

GENERAL BUSINESS KNOWLEDGE COURSES (16 CREDITS):

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.

SPECIALIZED AREA IN-DEPTH KNOWLEDGE (16 CREDITS):
Students choose an MBA Concentration or complete the following:

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.

INTB 670: International Area Studies (3-4)
Students intensively study a specific country or region in the world. They evaluate the characteristics of the analyzed area's socioeconomic conditions, its policy environment, and its business activities as part of the School of Business’ International Business Programs. They then analyze how these factors jointly influence the international marketplace. Course combines lectures with overseas seminars, company/institutional visits, and cultural exposure. Note: Students cannot repeat the same course destination from their undergraduate program. This course may substitute for INTB 655.

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.

INTERDISCIPLINARY INTEGRATING CAPSTONE (4 CREDITS):

BUAD 696: Strategy Capstone (4) 
The culminating activity enables students to integrate knowledge and skills from their coursework to analyze and solve business problems from strategic and functional perspectives. Students work in an experimental and adaptive learning environment of dynamic simulation to experience the complexity of business decision-making. The simulative decision-making focuses on teamwork and critical thinking in collaborative development and execution of strategic plans. This course may be substituted with INTB 695: Global Business Consultancy Capstone or BUAD 695: Business Consulting Capstone.

INTB 695: Global Business Consultancy Capstone (4)
Integrating prior coursework within the context of strategy formulation and implementation, student teams conduct a "live" consulting engagement with an organization in a foreign country. Students develop the parameters of the engagement and apply appropriate theoretical knowledge in a practical setting to prepare and present a project report to the client and professor.

BUAD 695: Business Consultancy Capstone (4)
Integrating prior coursework within the context of strategy formulation and implementation, student teams conduct a "live" consulting engagement with an organization in Southern California. Students develop the parameter of the engagement and apply appropriate theoretical knowledge in a practical setting to prepare and present a project report to the client and professor.