Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Learn to master the dynamic world of business.
 

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Degree Overview


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The Master’s in Business Administration Degree Program offered by the California School of Management and Leadership (CSML), is designed to give students the tools they need to master the business world. Based in international marketing, organizational behavior, strategy, innovative technology, quantitative analysis, and more—and along with our industry affiliations and network connections and opportunities—the San Diego MBA Program is designed to empower you to apply your knowledge in the real world, every day.

 

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Degree Highlights

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Executive-in-Residence Program

You will be matched with an executive who will mentor you and offer invaluable professional development along with networking opportunities during our six-month executive-in-residence mentorship program.
 

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Program Concentrations

Choose from several specializations in the program, such as: Marketing and Digital Trends, Corporate Finance, Information Systems and Technology, Hospitality Management, and more.

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Build-Your-Own MBA Degree

CSML also offers MBA students the option to build their own concentration so that they can get the exact education they want for the exact career they want.

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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 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

    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. Changes in global geopolitics are causing disruptions to distribution, financing, and supply chain stability. Success in corporate finance will require candidates to have a strong understanding of practical financial decision-making and a sensitivity to the current global economy.

    The California School of Management & Leadership at Alliant, prepares the corporate finance leaders of tomorrow. Training focuses on how money and accounting affect business and commerce. Our Corporate Finance MBA degree program instills essential knowledge in valuation, mergers and acquisitions, debt, equity, and financial modeling so our graduates can make an impact within their company as well as internationally.

    Career opportunities

    Potential job prospects include:
    ●    Financial Analyst
    ●    Finance Manager
    ●    Business Development
    ●    Managing Treasury Officer

  • Hospitality Management

    Vatel is the leading group in hospitality management education with over 50 schools worldwide on 5 continents. Our partnership with Vatel prepares students to become more effective hospitality industry managers and leaders. With Vatel, students are given the opportunity to receive placement and sometimes paid internships at their 4 and 5 star partner hotels.

    MBA Concentration Information

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  • Information and Technology Management

    This concentration provides students with specialized knowledge in enterprise business models like: process integration, system analysis, data management/utilization of business intelligence, and information systems for small to medium sized businesses. SAP software is utilized for a majority of the hands-on instruction. Using this software gives students 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

    In this concentration students 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. Global consumer behaviors and the impacts of national and geographic cultures will be a key component to this coursework as well.

    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 and the digital skills gap is set to widen at a staggering rate. Companies are putting more effort into digital marketing than ever before and this 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

    The Online MBA at the California School of Management & Leadership prepares students to take control of a broad range of business functions through advanced managerial studies.

    A concentration in Management and Leadership has additional course offerings on the science and art of effective management . This program enhances 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 students to manage people, resources, and processes in a professional setting. Students will 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 program, 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 MBA 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 specialized focuses in managerial theory and practice.

    Students 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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Degree Information


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Accreditation

Alliant International University’s California School of Management and Leadership (CSML) is pleased to announce it has received accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) for its PhD in Leadership, Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA), 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

  • What is the career outlook for graduates of the Master’s in Business Administration degree program?

    The Master’s in Business Administration degree program affords its graduates two very popular career options in financial analysis and accounting. Both of these career choices show promising growth rates into 2026, with respective 11% and 10% growth, as demand for both of these positions continues to grow with overall economic activity, that is continually bolstered by the sustained strength of the Western economies, and the emergence of the major Eastern economies in the last few decades. Simply put, as long as there are strong economies, there is need for both of these positions—as well as many others than an MBA can afford someone.

  • What kind of job can I expect to get with this degree?

    Graduates of the Master’s in Business Administration degree program will almost certainly end up working in the financial sector. However, the wide-ranging curriculum of the MBA allows this program’s graduates to have a substantial amount of freedom as to what exactly that means. As mentioned above, MBA graduates can go into financial analysis and accounting, but that is just the tip of the iceberg. Other job options include: Entrepreneurship, advertising, product management, human resources management, marketing research, executive positions such as CEO, CIO, and CFO, analytics and big data, investment banking, and much more.

  • What scholarship and financial aid options are available to me?

    Private and public scholarships can help you meet the cost of your education. Alliant International University is pleased to be able to offer a significant number of institutional scholarships for many of our students. Learn more about these scholarship opportunities here. Additional Financial aid is available for those who qualify in the form of loans, grants, federal work study, and military aid. Learn more in our Financial Options Guide.

  • What concentration options are available to me in the Master’s in Business Administration degree program?

    There are several exciting concentration options within the MBA degree program, including: Corporate Finance, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Hospitality Management in partnership with the Vatel Institute of Hospitality and Management at Alliant International University, Information and Technology Management, Marketing and Digital Trends, and Management and Leadership. Each of these concentrations consists of four 3-credit courses and will be completed as part of the regular degree-completion process.

  • When does the Master’s in Business Administration degree program start?

    The Master’s in Business Administration degree program is offered as an 8-week term program and is open for enrollment during those enrollment periods. You can find a copy of our 8-week term academic calendar here.

  • How long does it take to complete the Master’s in Business Administration degree program?

    The Master’s in Business Administration degree is a 36-credit program and takes a minimum of 2 years to complete, across 8 terms.

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Degree Campus Locations


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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 Alliant alumni.
 

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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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