With a schedule designed for working professionals and ranked top 50 by U.S. News and World Report, the LMU MBA curriculum strengthens students' foundational business knowledge while providing expertise and skills in a chosen area of emphasis.

  • The first year is structured as a cohort where you will complete the core courses
  • The second year offers more flexibility to focus on your selected area of emphasis and electives
  • Global study opportunities give you international experience and enhance your leadership skills

The LMU MBA has four pathways giving students the flexibility to complete their degree in as little as 21 months up to 36 months.

YearSemesterStandard
(24 mos)
Accelerated
(21 mos)
Flex
(up to 33 mos;
may be adjusted
up to 36 mos)
Spring Admit
(24 mos)
  Spring /
Summer
      9
Year 1    Fall Residential 2 2 2 2
Fall 13 13 7 13
Spring 12 12 6 12
Summer 6 9 6 9
Year 2 Fall 6 9 6 6
Spring 6 6 6  
Summer 6   6  
Year 3 (if
applicable)
Fall /
Spring /
Summer
    12  
  Total Degree
Requirements
51 units 51 units 51 units 51 units

Core MBA Courses

The following courses must be completed in the MBA program to help build a strong foundation:

  • MBA Orientation
  • Managing People and Organizations
  • Financial and Managerial Accounting
  • Global Economic Structures and Systems
  • Managing Markets and Customer Relationships
  • Managing Operations
  • Strategic Management
  • Managing Financial Resources
  • Data, Models and Decisions
  • Managing Information Systems
  • Managing International Business
  • Business & Society Core
  • Elements of Becoming a Strategic Leader Workshop
  • Planning Your Future

Areas of Emphasis

Three courses in one area are required to complete an emphasis; declaring an emphasis is optional. The areas of emphasis offered are:

  • MBAH 611 New Venture Creation
    This course has been designed to provide students with an overall understanding of the concept of entrepreneurship and small business management, and to prepare them for starting, surviving, and succeeding in business. A major thrust of this course is developing a solid business concept, which involves identifying problems, finding one or more solutions, building a series of Minimal Viable Products (MVPs) and testing/validating the concept (market validation), modifying the business model (pivoting), and formulating a professionally constructed workable plan (business pitch deck/plan). Prerequisites: MBAA 6010, MBAA 6040, and MBAA 6070.

    MBAH 613 Performance Management
    Key principles, methods, and techniques are presented for enhancing employee productivity through performance problem analysis, work design, coaching, training and skill development, performance appraisal system design and implementation, employee correction and discipline, interpersonal communication skills, team development and management, empowerment, and other formal and informal performance management systems. Includes Human Resource performance management issues and methods appropriate for the small- and medium-sized enterprise. Critical legal aspects of performance management are also covered. Also listed as MBAB 613 and MBAE 613.

    MBAH 616 Creativity and Innovation Management
    In this course, students discover what innovation and creativity really are and why they are more important than ever to sustaining success. They learn how to build an intellectually diverse team and an organizational culture to spark creativity. They also explore powerful tactics for brainstorming ideas for new products, services, processes, and business models. The class consists of lectures, readings, and guest lectures to explore strategies and best practices.

    MBAH 617 Entrepreneurship and Law
    The course focuses on the major legal issues relevant to starting and growing an entrepreneurial enterprise. Some of the key topics covered include the legal, financial, and other business strategies associated with incorporation, intellectual property (patent, trademark, copyright), founder agreement, adviser agreement, operating agreement, financing term sheet, and contract and investor rights agreement. Other topics often discussed include lease agreement, labor laws, and franchising agreement, among others. Prerequisite: MBAA 6010.

    MBAH 618 Entrepreneurial Marketing
    How do successful startups market (and sell) their products/services when they are so limited in time, people, and finances? The course has been designed to provide students with some of the most innovative and relevant marketing strategies and methods employed by startups and other early-stage or financially-constrained companies. In this course, students will explore the latest best practices in "growth marketing," e.g., effective use of online advertising methods (e.g., Google AdWords, search engine optimization, and Facebook/Instagram advertising), crowdfunding (e.g., Kickstarter), influencer marketing, unpaid media promotion, as well as many offline methods of promotion. Students get their "hands dirty" designing advertisements and measuring performance ("analytics") of their actions. Prerequisite: MBAA 6040.

    MBAH 619 Business Incubation
    In this course, students develop first-hand experience in starting, planning, running, and growing one or more new venture(s). Each startup sets clear goals and milestones and works diligently to achieve them by the end of the course. The course consists of a weekly team progress presentation, coaching by the instructor and mentors, and guest lectures by experts relevant to the startup projects in class. The course culminates with an Incubator Showcase and a presentation to the business community at the end of the semester. Prerequisite: MBAA 6010.

    MBAH 620 Entrepreneurial Finance
    The course equips students the key relevant skills necessary for financial planning and projection for a startup or a new project. Students are introduced to the various concepts, resources, and strategies for financing a new and growing venture as well as the different exit alternatives that it may be eventually exploring. The course also covers the key tactics and approaches to negotiating a financial deal from the vantage points for both the entrepreneur and the investor. The class is ideal for aspiring entrepreneurs as well as anyone interested in pursuing a career in investment banking, venture capital, or private equity. Also listed as MBAF 620. Prerequisite: MBAA 6070

    MBAH 624 Mergers and Acquisitions
    A capstone MBA entrepreneurial experience that looks at mergers, acquisitions, long-term capital investments, levered buyouts, and divestitures. Major management decisions attempting to exploit economic and market opportunities are investigated in regard to their impact upon shareholder wealth. Also listed as MBAF 624.

    MBAH 625 Real Estate Investments and Entrepreneurships
    An entrepreneurial approach to real estate investment built around financial modeling, market area supply and demand analysis, risk analysis, mortgage alternatives, and taxation impacts. Merits of real property investment options and strategies are presented in a "real world" context. Also listed as MBAF 625.

    MBAH 646 International Entrepreneurship 
    This course focuses on international small business venture initiation process and seeks to develop your knowledge and skills in three key components of international entrepreneurship: initiating entrepreneurial venture, managing basic international business transactions, and dealing in multicultural business environments. Also listed as MBAG 646. Prerequisites: MBAA 6010, MBAA 6040, and MBAA 6070.

    MBAH 650 Social Entrepreneurship
    This course is an introduction to the field of social entrepreneurship--the process of using an entrepreneurial mindset and business skills to create innovative approaches to addressing societal problems. Various concepts and examples of social entrepreneurship (both not-for-profit and for-profit models) are examined through theoretical discussion and case studies. Students will explore their own solutions to a social problem of their choice. This course satisfies the Business and Society requirement. Prerequisite: MBAA 6010.

    MBAH 673 New Product Design and Development
    This course is a team-taught course (professors from Engineering and MBA) that is cross-listed with MECH 651/SELP 673. The course includes both individual projects and assignments and a team project to create a new product, develop a prototype, and then develop a business plan for bringing the product to market. Each team will involve engineers and MBA students. In the past, the course has created outstanding results, including projects that are actually being taken to market. Teams have competed in international New Venture Competitions representing LMU.

    MBAH 680 Building an eCommerce Business in a Semester
    Using a practitioner's approach combined with the exposure to necessary knowledge of eBusiness management, strategy, technology, and operations, this course examines how to build a successful eBusiness including a functional eBusiness website. The focus is primarily on the knowledge needed to build a consumer centric eBusiness (B2C). Also listed as MBAC 680 and MBAD 680. Prerequisites: MBAA 6040 and MBAA 6090.

    MBAH 698 Special Studies
    Prerequisite: As designated by the MBA and MS Programs Office.

    MBAH 699 Independent Studies
    Prerequisites: MBAE 601 and MBAA 603.

  • MBAF 610 Financial Statements Analysis and Valuations
    This course will cover the theory and practice of financial statements analysis and valuation. Students will learn how to use theory and data to solve challenging business problems with incomplete information. Students will become comfortable with using financial modeling as a tool to help them perform financial analysis and make decisions. Note: This course is required for the Finance concentration and is only offered in the Fall semester. Prerequisite: MBAA 6070.

    MBAF 611 Financial Markets
    This course introduces students to the various financial markets. Emphasis is on the history and development of each market as well as changes in the markets over recent years. The impact of factors such as technology, regulation, political and global environments on the operations of these markets will be discussed.

    MBAF 614 Accounting and Finance Concepts for Strategic Planning
    Through the lens of a Chief Financial Officer, this course aims to highlight common mistakes in strategic planning and prepare students to convincingly document critical financial assumptions, incorporating global trends, ethics, and real-world risk management. Key concepts that help to evaluate initial funding, cash flows, and return on investment in formats used in banks and boardrooms are examined.

    MBAF 619 Risk Analysis and Financial Modeling
    This course introduces advanced quantitative model building skills for financial risk analysis. Provides hands-on experience in the development of spreadsheet simulation and forecasting models for applications in valuation, capital budgeting, mergers and acquisitions, option pricing, and portfolio management. Also listed as MBAD 619.

    MBAF 620 Entrepreneurial Finance
    The course equips students the key relevant skills necessary for financial planning and projection for a startup or a new project. Students are introduced to the various concepts, resources, and strategies for financing a new and growing venture as well as the different exit alternatives that it may be eventually exploring. The course also covers the key tactics and approaches to negotiating a financial deal from the vantage points for both the entrepreneur and the investor. The class is ideal for aspiring entrepreneurs as well as anyone interested in pursuing a career in investment banking, venture capital, or private equity. Also listed as MBAH 620. Prerequisite: MBAA 6070.

    MBAF 623 Investments
    Presents portfolio theory and security analysis. Describes the market for each security and available investment strategies. Presented from a personal investor perspective.

    MBAF 624 Mergers and Acquisitions
    A capstone MBA entrepreneurial experience that looks at mergers, acquisitions, long-term capital investments, levered buyouts, and divestitures. Major management decisions attempting to exploit economic and market opportunities are investigated in regard to their impact upon shareholder wealth. Also listed as MBAH 624.

    MBAF 625 Real Estate Investments and Entrepreneurship
    An entrepreneurial approach to real estate investment built around financial modeling, market area supply and demand analysis, risk analysis, mortgage alternatives, and taxation impacts. Merits of real property investment options and strategies are presented in a "real world" context. Also listed as MBAH 625.

    MBAF 628 The CFO Perspective
    The roles and responsibilities of the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in multiples industries and contexts are examined in depth to understand the relationships among the financial, operational, and strategic issues of the firm. Multiple perspectives on the role of the CFO are explored. Prerequisites: MBAA 6020 and MBAA 6070.

    MBAF 648 International Finance
    This course integrates investment, financing, and dividend policies and practices for multinational corporations. Topics include measuring and managing foreign exchange risk, foreign investment decisions, capital budgeting and cost of capital in an international perspective, political risk, working capital management, and international financial markets. Also listed as MBAG 648.

    MBAF 698 Special Studies
    Prerequisite: As designated by the MBA and MS Programs Office.

    MBAF 699 Independent Studies
    Prerequisites: MBAE 601 and MBAA 603; or MBAA 6010, MBAA 6020, MBAA 6030, MBAA 6040, MBAA 6050, MBAA 6060, MBAA 6070, MBAA 6080, and MBAA 6090.

  • MBAC 613 Consumer Behavior
    This course is designed to refocus the student on the consumer as the object of marketing efforts. Social science concepts, drawn from such fields as psychology, sociology, anthropology, and economics, are used to examine influences on consumer choices, as well as to study the consumer decision process itself. Emphasis will be placed on how marketers use this knowledge to develop effective marketing programs.

    MBAC 614 Marketing Research
    This course is concerned with the application of both qualitative 475 research methodology to resolve marketing questions. Students will study the role of marketing research within the organization's planning and strategic efforts, and will be involved in the design, execution, analysis, and implementation of a comprehensive research project.

    MBAC 616 Customer Relationship Management Analtytics 
    Customer relationship management (CRM) is an emerging business strategy paradigm that focuses on the systematic development of ongoing, collaborative customer relationships as a key source of sustainable competitive advantage. CRM represents a fundamental change in approach from traditional marketing; the goals shift from market share to share of customer. Operating under the assumption that competitive advantage is often gained through building customer equity, this course introduces the theory and practical implementation of customer relationship management strategies using marketing databases.

    MBAC 620 Global Marketing Strategy
    Students learn how to design strategies for global marketplaces under various constraints and competitive conditions. Students will craft strategies for large- and small-scale firms, and understand attack and defense strategies. The course discusses interesting aspects of competition, such as whether firms compete for segments or for the level of segmentation in the market. How do firms influence the level of segmentation in the market, and thereby enhance competitive positions? Students learn how to standardize a company's strategy across multiple country markets, or adapt a strategy to individual countries

    MBAC 621 Pricing Strategy
    This course is a comprehensive examination of one of the most powerful tools available to an organization. Pricing decisions have a potent influence on consumer perception and behavior. At the same time, pricing decisions exert a substantial, and rarely fully understood, influence over an organization's revenues, profits, and long-term financial health. This course examines pricing decisions from these two perspectives, specifically focusing on how truly effective price strategies can only be developed if executives have a thorough understanding of 1) consumer demand, 2) costs and cost structures, and 3) competitive conditions and interactions.

    MBAC 635 Information Technology Security
    After 9/11 and the fall of Enron--the 7th largest corporation in America--information technology security has become one of the fastest growing areas in the business world. The need to know how to protect corporate information from attacks both from terrorists and business insiders are enormous. The main objective of this course is to provide students an exposure to the complex information security management issues in the US today. This course offers business professionals a unique blend of technical knowledge and managerial training to investigate digital threats, study corporate security needs, modeling potential risk, and explore possible strategies that management can adapt to protect valuable corporate assets. Also listed as MBAD 635. Prerequisites: MBAA 6020 and MBAA 6090.

    MBAC 647 International Marketing 
    This course will examine marketing management and planning factors and techniques required for success in a global environment. Students will develop an appreciation for the external forces which shape the international marketer's decisions and will study strategic decision-making used by international firms as they enter and adapt to new cultures and nations. Also listed as MBAG 647.

    MBAC 660 Marketing Strategy
    Includes an emphasis on development and implementation of marketing strategy and marketing planning. This course is designed to provide the student with advanced theoretical and practical approaches of those methodologies that lead toward survival and growth in the marketing and competitive environments. Marketing strategy concepts are reviewed in detail.

    MBAC 662 Product and Brand Management
    This class addresses important decisions faced by an organization. The objectives will be to increase an understanding of the important issues in planning and to provide the appropriate theories, models, and other tools to make better branding decisions. Emphasis is placed on understanding psychological principles at the consumer level that will improve managerial decision making with respect to brands.

    MBAC 663 Business-to-Business Marketing
    Although firms marketing products and services to other organizations, rather than to final consumers, account for a majority of our economy, marketing was slow to acknowledge the importance of such exchanges. This course focuses on the analysis of issues emerging when the buyer is an organization. Topics include relationship marketing, organizational buying behavior, and marketing of technology.

    MBAC 664 Advertising and Promotional Strategy
    The field of Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) is a recognition of the need for firms to coordinate their various promotional activities and expenditures to achieve overall objectives. This course will cover advertising, public relations, sales promotions, and direct marketing theory and technique and their interrelationships. Students will develop a promotional strategy for an organization using complementary elements of each of these tools.

    MBAC 680 Building an eCommerce Business in a Semester
    Using a practitioner's approach combined with the exposure to necessary knowledge of eBusiness management, strategy, technology, and operations, this course examines how to build a successful eBusiness including a functional eBusiness website. The focus is primarily on the knowledge needed to build a consumer centric eBusiness (B2C). Also listed as MBAD 680 and MBAH 680. Prerequisites: MBAA 6040 and MBAA 6090.

    MBAC 698 Special Studies
    Prerequisite: As designated by the MBA and MS Programs Office.

    MBAC 699 Independent Studies
    Prerequisites: MBAE 601 and MBAA 603.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of LMU’s MBA program will possess:

  • The knowledge and skills to be able to apply key business concepts in organizational settings
  • The knowledge and skills to manage in a global economy
  • Critical thinking skills and the ability to integrate concepts
  • The ability to communicate effectively
  • The knowledge and skills to function effectively as members, managers, and leaders in the organizations in which they are employed
  • The ability to incorporate ethical reasoning, social responsibility, and sustainability in making decisions in their organizations