Minimum of 51 semester course credits

The MBA curriculum enables students to build analytical and quantitative skills while honing their skills in emotional intelligence and interpersonal dynamics. To accommodate the schedules of working professionals, all required courses are offered in late afternoon or evening time slots at least once during each academic year. The MBA requires at least 17 courses and at least 51 semester course credits.

Foundation Curriculum

(15 semester course credits)

Through the five Foundation courses (15 semester course credits) students develop a strong foundation for effective problem-framing, problem-solving, and decision-making through rigorous coursework in economics, accounting, quantitative methods, and finance.

MGMT 209Economics for Managers (intermediate-level micro- and macro-economics)3
MGMT 214Financial Accounting3
MGMT 215Managerial Accounting3
MGMT 216Corporate Finance I3
MGMT 263Quantitative Methods 3

Foundation courses should be taken early in the program since all are prerequisites for other required courses.

Core Curriculum

(21 semester course credits)

The MBA requires seven core courses in which students learn about functional areas of management through courses in marketing, operations, human resources management, and management information systems. In addition, students take two courses designed to hone their leadership skills and perspectives– Leadership and Ethics and our capstone integrative course in strategic management.

MGMT 226Management Information Systems3
MGMT 230Marketing Management3
MGMT 232Operations Management3
MGMT 234Management & Organizational Development3
MGMT 244Leadership and Ethics3
MGMT 279Applied Economic Analysis3
MGMT 290Strategic Management (capstone course taken during the student's last year of study)3

Elective Curriculum

Students are free to choose any combination of electives that earn at least 15 semester course credits. The electives provide an opportunity for students to strengthen their general business knowledge or focus on a particular area by completing a concentration in: accounting, education, finance, marketing, nonprofit management, social entrepreneurship, social impact and innovation, or socially responsible business. See the complete list of elective courses. Some courses outside of MGMT can also be taken as electives toward the MBA; students interested in this option should seek prior approval from the Dean’s office before enrolling.

Flexible Options for Students with Prior Course Work

Students who have taken relevant courses prior to beginning the MBA program may count a maximum of seven courses (21 course credits) toward their MBA. Students must complete at least 30 semester course credits at Mills in order to earn a Mills MBA.

  • Foundation and Core courses must cover comparable course material and must be at least 3 semester units.
  • Elective courses must have been taken at the graduate level and must be relevant for the MBA degree as determined by the Dean’s office prior to the student’s first semester in the program.

To be considered toward the MBA, previous course work must have been completed at an accredited, four-year college or university with a grade of B or better within five (5) years prior to enrollment in the MBA program. (Financial and Managerial Accounting may be taken at an accredited junior/community college or continuing education program in which the courses have been certified for credit eligibility towards the CA Certified Public Accountancy exam). Students who have taken course work that meets some but not all of the above criteria can request a placement exam from the Dean’s office and can receive credit if the placement exam demonstrates the level of understanding expected of students who have completed the course. All credit for previous coursework must be approved by the Dean’s office prior to starting the program. After students have started the program all courses must be taken at Mills and all students must take both MGMT 244 Leadership and Ethics and the capstone course MGMT 290 Strategic Management at Mills.

Students who have completed an MM at Mills can subsequently apply to the MBA program. The MM courses that have been satisfactorily completed can meet specific MBA course requirements, and students must take at least 24 additional semester course credits in addition to their MM degree to complete the MBA.