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Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Master the dynamic and increasingly global world of business.

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Master’s Degree in Business Administration Overview

The master of business administration degree program is designed to give you the tools you need to master the business world. The graduate 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. 

MBA courses are based on strategic management and marketing principles, advanced data and business analytics, and organizational behavior in management and business. Throughout the program, you'll apply and integrate these skills through projects, case studies, and presentations.

The graduate 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 offers two tracks:

  • The evening/weekday 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/executive weekend MBA track includes a curriculum with required practical training throughout the program, from start to finish. It is ideal for working professionals and international students focused on career advancement. All courses include practical training and are taught on-campus with weekend courses once a month.

With challenging core courses taught by experienced faculty members and hands-on learning opportunities, you'll emerge from this master's program with an education you can use to pursue 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 professional 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 curriculum in San Diego today.

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Program Highlights

Executive-in-Residence Program

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

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.

Practical Training Throughout

In the practical training/executive weekend MBA track you’ll participate in gaining 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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Degree Concentrations

The concentration offerings for the master’s in business administration program are designed to give you a higher level of mastery in a specific area of your choosing.


Corporate Finance

(Available in evening/weekday MBA track only)

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 MBA 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.


Hospitality Management

(Available for both MBA tracks)

This concentration is designed to provide an opportunity for you to meet the needs of the growing and fast-paced hospitality industry. It will prepare you for a career in the large hospitality segment focusing on the hotels industry but also including the travel and tourism segments. The courses provide an understanding of emerging aspects in these segments which include a number of highly profitable markets which are also poised to grow with innovation and technology. Employers and market trends confirm that careers in these fields are coveted, well-paid with a well-defined progress path. Students should also note that demand for professionals in the hospitality industry is internationally growing.

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.


Information and Technology Management

(Available for both MBA tracks)

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 both MBA tracks)

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 both MBA tracks)

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 business skills 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.

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 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.


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.

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Alliant Certifications

Alliant offers certificates you can earn along with the course credits included in your doctor or master of business administration program. These certificates appear in our catalog and have been approved by the Department of Education for financial aid. This program includes Alliant certificates for:

Content in several of our academic program courses align with some of the knowledge requirements for the nationally recognized certifications listed below. In addition, you will be provided with some study materials, a timetable, and suggested self-study to help you prepare for the certification tests, and your instructors will encourage you to take the externally administered tests and promote your success on your resume. 

Alliant Certification Alliant MBA Course Course Contents Aligned With Some Knowledge Requirements of Professional Certification:
Certificate in Technology IST60100 Technology for Managerial Decision Making Microsoft Technology Associate
IST64990 Information Systems Technology and Infrastructure Management ITIL 4 Foundation by Axelos
IST64880 Data Analytics and Decision Making Microsoft Certified: Data Analyst Associate
Certificate in Financial Management FIN60000 Financial and Accounting Management Certified Public Accountant by AICPA
FIN60150 Asset and Bank Management Financial Risk Manager by GARP
FIN60100 Advanced Finance and Managerial Accounting  Certified Management Accountant by Institute of Management Accountants
Certificate in e-Business IST64880 Data Analytics and Decision Making Microsoft Certified: Data Analyst Associate
MKT60560 Digital and Social Media Marketing HubSpot's Inbound Marketing
IST60100 Technology for Managerial Decision Making Microsoft Technology Associate


The 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), and MS in data analytics degree programs.

ACBSP accreditation certifies that the teaching and learning processes offered within CSML 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 scholarship and financial aid options are available?

Private and public scholarships can help you meet the cost of your education, and Alliant offers 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 concentrations are available in the MBA degree program?

There are several concentration options within the MBA degree program in California and online, including: corporate finance, hospitality management in partnership with the Vatel Institute of Hospitality and Management, information and technology management, marketing and digital trends, and management and leadership. Each of these concentrations consists of four, three-credit courses that are completed as part of the regular degree program.


When does the degree program start?

The program is an eight-week term program and is open for enrollment during those enrollment periods. You can find a copy of our eight-week term academic calendar here.


How long does it take to complete the MBA degree program?

The master’s degree is a 36-credit program and takes approximately 16 months to complete, across eight terms.


What is the modality of this program?

You can earn your MBA degree online or on-campus, offering you an educational experience that is both customizable and tailored to your schedule.


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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. MBA students at CSML are given the best tools to navigate 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.
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Why Alliant

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CSML is a business management school that trains you to have a competitive edge in the technology and quantitative fields. CSML offers management and leadership degrees where you can learn to guide and mentor the next generation of professionals and make your mark as an innovator in the modern business world.



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