4+1 Master of Business Administration (MBA) Pathway

Earn your Redlands MBA while pursuing your College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) undergraduate degree at the University of Redlands. With the Redlands MBA, you’ll acquire valuable skills and experience in management and organizational behavior, accounting and finance, marketing and communication, and a global perspective desired by businesses and organizations of every size.

Earn your MBA in as few as five “4+1” years and save on the standard MBA tuition rate. CAS students receive a 20% alumni discount.

The “4” Element

CAS students take three business foundation courses in their junior or senior year. Students can also take one core MBA course during their senior spring semester. CAS business majors typically fulfill the foundation courses as part of their major/minor requirements. CAS non-business majors can take these classes as electives in their junior and senior year (or after graduation) at the Redlands School of Business & Society.

  • 5 major courses OR 3 foundation courses
  • 1 MBA core course at the School of Business & Society

The “+1” Element

Students then take the remaining eight MBA courses post-graduation in a sequence of 8-week terms. Students can choose a concentration in Marketing, Global Business, Finance, or Location Analytics.

  • 3 MBA core courses
  • 4 MBA concentration courses
  • 1 capstone course

Students may complete the MBA within 12 months of full-time study or 18 months part-time.

Program Learning Outcomes

As a graduate of the Redlands MBA program, you will have mastered 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 reasoning and ethical decision-making 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 Profit & Loss statement
  • Utilize human resources best practices
  • Demonstrate a higher level of purposeful leadership to effect change
  • Utilize data, including location analytics, to set strategy and measure effectiveness of tactical execution

2021 Juniors Sample Plan

MBA Juniors Sample Plan

2021 Seniors Sample Plan

MBA seniors sample plan

Other Students Sample Plan

Other students sample plan

Course Descriptions

MBA Foundation 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.


MBA Foundation Courses: CAS Undergraduate Equivalent

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.


MBA General Business 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 the 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.


Interdisciplinary Capstone program (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 Consultancy 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 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.