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MBA Curriculum

Designed for working professionals, the LMU MBA curriculum provides students with core business knowledge. Electives enhance the core and broaden students’ perspectives to help them advance their careers. Unique global learning opportunities give students international experience and strengthen their leadership skills. 


Areas of Emphasis

Three courses in a chosen area of emphasis are required. Nine areas of emphasis are offered:

  • Accounting Decision Systems
  • Entrepreneurial Organizations
  • Financial Decision Systems
  • Human Resource Management
  • Information and Decision Sciences
  • International Business Systems
  • Management and Organizational Behavior
  • Marketing Management

A dual emphasis can be pursued by adding one elective to the curriculum.


Core MBA Courses

Nine core courses must be completed in the MBA program. Students with recent undergraduate coursework in business (within 5 years or less) and acceptable grades may be able to waive some core courses. Challenge exams are also available for those interested in testing out of the following core courses:

  • The Legal Environment of Business*, **
  • Financial and Managerial Accounting**
  • Business Statistics**
  • Business Economics**
  • Management and Organizational Behavior
  • Marketing Management
  • Operations Analysis & Decision Support Systems
  • Financial Management
  • Management Information Systems

* Waived for all JD/MBA students.
** May be waived. Challenge Exams available 


Customized Curriculum

A wide variety of courses are offered each semester to enhance each student’s knowledge base and to deepen business acumen. MBA students have the opportunity to choose electives outside of their emphasis and customize the course selection. 


Global Experience

The international components of Loyola Marymount’s MBA program are often described as once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

  • Comparative Management Systems (CMS) guides student groups through a yearlong collaborative research project. One of the most popular and noteworthy parts of LMU’s MBA program, CMS takes students to several countries in a specific region to meet with executives, visit historical attractions, and learn about the region’s unique business environment.
  • The Bonn Program covers The Environment of Business in the European Union and takes place over a two-week period in Bonn, Germany.

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