Master of Business Administration (MBA)

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Master’s Degree in Business Administration Overview


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The Master of Business Administration degree program is designed to give you the tools you need to master the business world. The program was developed to serve working professionals who want to study and earn a graduate degree that includes practice and training for applied settings at work sites along with the academic studies. Courses are based on strategic management and marketing principles, advanced analytics, and organizational behavior in management and business, and you’ll apply and integrate these skills through projects, case studies, and presentations

The program builds your foundational and core skills and includes concentration courses to develop deep expertise in your chosen area of interest. The MBA program in San Diego, California or online offers two tracks:

  • The Professional MBA track is designed for working students interested in positioning themselves for business leadership. Courses are offered on-campus in the evenings and include three professional practicum courses.
     
  • The Practical Training MBA, or CPT track is ideal for working professionals and international students focused on career advancement. Courses include CPT training and are taught online and on-campus with monthly weekend courses.

With challenging core courses taught by experienced faculty members, and hands-on learning opportunities, you’ll emerge from this master's program with the education you need for a successful career in the field of business. Professors at our business school are working professionals who will help you develop problem-solving skills and give you the real-world experience needed in the business environment. If you’re ready to expand your knowledge and make a difference in the business world, get started on your MBA in San Diego or online today.

 

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Program Highlights

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Executive-in-Residence Program

In the Master’s of Business Administration program, you’ll be matched with an executive who will mentor you and guide you in professional development and provide you with networking opportunities during the six-month executive-in-residence mentorship program.

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Program Concentrations

Choose your specialization in Marketing and Digital Trends, Corporate Finance, Information Systems and Technology, Hospitality Management, or build your own concentration that is more specific and relevant for your career path.

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Practical Training Throughout

In the CPT track you’ll participate in training to gain hands-on experience throughout the program. As you learn about your specific area of interest, you can apply that knowledge to real-world projects within your own organization.

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"The program teaches you how to fine tune your ideas via the development of objective-oriented thinking, strategy creation, and implementation. CSML's MBA students are given the best tools to navigate their short-term and long-term realities in different contexts, whether it is business or personal. As the saying goes, take care of your business and your business will take care of you."
Radhouane D.
MBA Student
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Degree Concentrations


The concentration offerings for the MBA in Business Administration are designed to give students a higher level of mastery in a specific area of their choosing. This focus provides students with a deeper knowledge in their chosen concentration and allows for greater career advancement opportunities in their field of study.

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  • Corporate Finance

    (Available in Professional MBA Track only)

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, careers in financial analysis are projected to grow faster than most other professions through 2026. The financial landscape for businesses is more complicated than ever before, with changes in global geopolitics causing disruptions to distribution, financing, and supply chain stability. Success in corporate finance will require you to have a strong understanding of practical financial decision-making and a sensitivity to the current global economy.

    This concentration prepares you to lead by focusing on how money and accounting affect business and commerce. The corporate finance Master of Business Administration degree program instills essential knowledge in valuation, mergers and acquisitions, debt, equity, and financial modeling so you can make an impact within your company as well as internationally.

    Career opportunities

    Potential job prospects after completing the MBA program online or in San Diego, CA include:

    • Financial analyst
    • Finance manager
    • Business development
    • Managing treasury officer
  • Hospitality Management

    (Available in Professional Track only)

    The Vatel Institute of Hospitality Management at Alliant International University prepares you to become a hospitality industry leader. With Vatel, the leading group in hospitality management education with over 50 schools worldwide on five continents, you’ll experience both academic learning and the opportunity to gain hands-on, practical experience at four- and five-star partner hotels.

     

  • Information and Technology Management

    (Available for Professional Track, and for Practical Training Track)

    This concentration provides you with specialized knowledge in enterprise business models such as process integration, system analysis, data management/business intelligence, and information systems for small- to medium-sized businesses. SAP software is used for a majority of the hands-on instruction. Using this software gives you highly practical skills for real-world IT situations. The concentration provides expert training on the full range of SAP products from Netweaver, ERP, Business Suite, and Business Objects Solutions. For additional details, refer to the detailed SAP instruction sheet.

    Students choosing this concentration will complete the following courses:

    • Enterprise business process integration
    • Data analytics and decision making
    • Information systems technology and infrastructure management
    • Industry infrastructure, functional aspects and systems

    Please note that there may be other requirements for completion or options for elective and specialized courses. Please see the academic catalog for the full curriculum. Course offerings and sequence are subject to change.
     

  • Marketing and Digital Trends

    (Available for Professional Track, and for Practical Training Track)

    In this concentration you’ll learn the principles and applications of branding and brand management. Focuses will include: developing and presenting marketing plans, sales strategy, market research, and data analysis. Another key component will include global consumer behaviors and the impacts of national and geographic cultures.

    This concentration provides the technical skill sets necessary to function in the rapidly advancing digital marketing age. As marketing continues to develop alongside a range of new technological advancements, the need for professionals who understand the changing digital environment is greater than ever.

    Digital marketing skills are in high demand as companies are putting more effort into digital marketing than ever before, which means the job market will continue to grow.

    Students choosing this concentration will complete the following courses:

    • Consumer behavior and culture
    • Marketing research and data analytics
    • Digital and social media marketing
    • Industry infrastructure, functional aspects and systems

    Please note that there may be other requirements for completion or options for elective and specialized courses. Please see the academic catalog for the full curriculum. Course offerings and sequence are subject to change.

  • Management and Leadership

    (Available for Professional Track, and for Practical Training Track)

    This program prepares you to take control of a range of business functions through advanced managerial studies.

    A concentration in Management and Leadership includes additional course offerings in the science and art of effective management, enhancing your leadership capabilities even further with advanced study of:

    • Risk and opportunity assessment
    • Systems and process analysis
    • Critical problem solving
    • Resource and supply management
    • Organizational behavior and team development

    This concentration prepares you to manage people, resources, and processes in a professional setting. You’ll study the effects of change on organizations and learn practical strategies for successfully guiding teams and processes through change.

    Career Opportunities

    After graduating from this Master’s Degree in Business Administration, you can pursue advanced managerial roles in a variety of areas, such as:

    • Administration
    • Operations management
    • Human resources management
    • Production management
    • Business development and growth
    • Physical resource management

    This program is designed to have applications in a wide variety of industries and organization sizes. It is a versatile qualification that can improve your profile with a range of employers.

    Course Topics – Management

    The Management concentration delves into issues covered in the core curriculum, with a focused look at process integration, operations management, and organizational change.

    Students choosing this concentration will complete the following courses:

    • Contemporary Approaches to Leadership
    • Strategic HRM and Managing Change
    • Project Management
    • Industry Infrastructure, Functional Aspects and Systems

    Courses are taught by faculty with industry-experience and a focus in managerial theory and practice. In the program you’ll receive mentorship and preparation that focuses on the real-world application of concepts covered in course materials.

    Please note that there may be other requirements for completion or options for elective and specialized courses. Please see the academic catalog for the full curriculum. Course offerings and sequence are subject to change.

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Vatel Institute of Hospitality Management

Alliant International University and Vatel have partnered to provide students studying hospitality management opportunities to become effective hospitality industry managers and leaders. Vatel was voted Best Hospitality School by the Worldwide Hospitality Awards and is the leading group in hospitality management education with over 50 schools worldwide on five continents, enlisting world-class faculty with deep knowledge and experience in the industry. With Vatel, students are given the opportunity to receive placement and sometimes paid internships at their four- and five-star partner hotels.

MBA Concentration Information

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Graduate Degree Information


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Accreditation

Alliant International University’s California School of Management and Leadership (CSML) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) for its PhD in Leadership, Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA), Master’s in Business Administration (MBA), MS in Data Analytics, and BS in Business Administration (BSBA) degree programs.

ACBSP accreditation certifies that the teaching and learning processes offered within CSML’s programs meet the rigorous educational standards established by said accrediting body, which is a leading specialized accreditation body for business education across the country. ACBSP’s mission is to promote continuous improvement and recognize teaching excellence through its recognition of business education programs throughout the world.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Degree Campus Locations


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Online Programs

Get the Alliant experience on your own schedule with our online MBA program. See the variety of classes Alliant offers, and transform your education into impact.

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Why Alliant

At Alliant, our mission is to prepare students for professional careers of service and leadership and promote the discovery and application of knowledge to improve the lives of people in diverse cultures and communities around the world. Our Vision is an inclusive world empowered by our Alliant alumni network. Take the next step in your career with a Master in Business in Administration today.

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Why CSML

With a focus on hands-on practice, technological innovation, and a global outlook—CSML is where the world meets you in your classroom.

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