Master of Business Administration

Acquire knowledge you can use now, plus master proven 21st century business skills companies use to produce successful results—and discover how you can apply them to your work and business.

THE UNIVERSITY OF REDLANDS MBA PROGRAM equips students to tackle the challenges faced in an increasingly fluid, technology-driven, and global business environment. You’ll learn to think critically, applying knowledge in ways that effect change in socially and ethically responsible ways.

You’ll gain skills that empower you to:

  • Communicate clearly and effectively
  • Gain multiple perspectives on problems, leading to deeper understanding and creative solutions
  • Use ethical reasoning to determine how a proposed solution may affect your company as well as the wider community
  • Apply business knowledge across multiple, diverse scenarios

Grounded in the liberal arts, the Redlands MBA develops your ability to be innovative, decisive, and driven by a true sense of purpose. You’ll also hone written and oral communication skills that help you outperform and stand out from those who cannot clearly articulate their purpose and vision.

Tracks that fit your schedule

Choose a two-year evening, on-campus MBA program or opt to pursue your degree through our online MBA program.

On-campus classes meet one evening a week. Class sessions include seminars, lectures, case analyses, online exercises, and group activities. You can also access online career services, personalized academic advising, one-to-one mentoring, international study courses, and speaker’s bureau events.

Four Concentration Options
Customize your MBA by choosing one of four optional MBA concentrations:

Each emphasis is earned upon completion of four specialized courses selected from the School of Business online-enhanced courses. Emphasis coursework also enables you to network with fellow School of Business students from across Southern California who share an interest in the relevance and application of each emphasis topic to business.

 

Student snapshot

Our MBA students are an equal mix of males and females. About 56 percent are married and 63 percent have children. Most are employed full-time, many as mid-career managers ready to advance and others seeking new career paths or new skill sets needed to stay current and marketable. They select Redlands for its reputation, relevance, teaching, and convenience. Upon graduation, they join an network of nearly 50,000 University of Redlands alumni.

Program learning outcomes

After completion of the MBA program, graduates will have the following knowledge, skills, and competencies:
 
Application of Functional Business Knowledge 

1. Use and apply business knowledge from disciplines such as accounting, finance, marketing, management, information systems, operations, and global business to generate/create business solutions.

Communication, Leadership and Teamwork Skills 

2. Illustrate effective communication using written, oral, and analytical expression.

3. Apply managerial skills to collaborate and lead effectively.

Critical Reasoning

4. Evaluate societal, economic, environmental, spatial, and ethical implications of business decisions holistically. 

Multi-Level Perspective 

5. Synthesize functional knowledge across disciplines to solve business problems to aid strategic planning and decision-making in a rapidly changing environment. 

MBA course descriptions

BUSINESS FOUNDATION KNOWLEDGE COURSES:

BUAD 658 Accounting  and Finance for Managers (4)
Focuses on the role of accounting and finance in managerial decision-making. This course explores 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)
Examination of economic concepts essential for managerial decision-making. Focus on applying macroeconomic fundamentals and microeconomic analysis to a wide array of business problems.

GENERAL BUSINESS KNOWLEDGE COURSES:

MGMT 667 Business, Ethics and Society (4)
Examination of the ethical, legal, and social environment of business and its impact on managerial decision making.

MGMT 631 Management and Organizational Behavior (4)
Topics include 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)
Survey of information systems principles emphasizing the strategic role of information systems in business and global and interactive aspects of information systems.

MGMT 651 Analytics for Managerial Decision-Making (4)
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

INTB 655 Global Environment for Business (4) 
Exploration of 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)
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) 
 
Exploration of crucial aspects of marketing with emphasis on the customer and the marketing mix. Development of analytical and critical thinking skills through case study. Design and assessment of a basic marketing plan.

MGMT 674 Human Resources Management (4) 
Study and critical analysis of theory and practice of the human resource/personnel function in modern, complex organizations. Includes topics such as personnel policies, workforce diversity, HR practices, employee discipline, health and safety, and collective bargaining. Addresses goals of equity, efficiency, and effectiveness in a diverse environment.

MBA CAPSTONE

BUAD 696 Strategy Capstone (4) 
Integrating knowledge and skills from prior 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 Consultancy Capstone or
BUAD-695 Business Consulting Capstone or MGMT-695 Management Consulting Capstone.

MBA Concentration Options