Master of Business Administration

Launch your best ideas and accelerate your career with a Marymount MBA.

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Why get a Marymount MBA?

Flexibility
Choose whether you earn your degree on campus or online. We get that you have a busy lifestyle. So we'll let you decide whether our hybrid model of both in-person classes and online content fits your schedule best or the fully online MBA. Coupled with convenient evening and weekend classes, the MCU MBA has you covered when it comes to balancing work and life. (Online MBA open to students in California and abroad.)
Your timetable
Set your own pace. Finish in as little as one year. Or go part time and take classes at your own speed. All you need is 36 units. Plus, with three start dates, you decide when to enroll.
Customizable degree
Pivot from investment intern to full-time portfolio manager. Take a mom-and-pop shop to the next level. Turn your final capstone project into a real business. Get the experience and career you want.
Affordable tuition
An MBA doesn't have to cost a fortune. At $800 a unit, a Marymount MBA is within reach. And considering your future earning potential, getting your degree now may well be worth the investment.
Influential mentors
Our talented and accessible professors will guide you every step of the way—from launching your big idea to scoring your next promotion.
No experience or test scores needed
We cater to early career candidates, but you can still apply if don't have work experience. Many of our current students choose to add on the one-year MBA before they leave us. And don’t sweat the admission tests because we don't require GRE/GMAT scores.

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At MCU, you can tailor your MBA and design your capstone project based on whatever interests you. Our students have focused on everything from sports to startups to small business growth:

  • Moved a family business beyond its neighborhood using a multichannel marketing plan.
  • Determined the profitability of expanding an auto imports company to Central Asia.
  • Tracked the ROI of a countywide program to keep probation minors with their families and out of foster care.
  • Launched a version of Amazon for mechanical parts.
  • Established a nonprofit to stop human trafficking.
  • Devised a plan to save big-box giants from the brink of bankruptcy.
  • Big 5 Sporting Goods
  • Deloitte
  • Farmers Insurance
  • HYFN
  • Los Angeles Galaxy
  • Molina Healthcare
  • Northrop Grumman

Meet with an advisor to design a degree plan that works for you.

Sample MBA course plan

Fall
ACC 501 Accounting for Managers (3): Thursdays
BUS 550 Marketing Strategy (3): Wednesdays
BUS 550L Marketing Analytics Lab (1): Wednesdays
ECO 520 Economics for Planning (3): Saturdays
ID 530 Leadership Seminar (3): Tuesdays
Elective of your choice

Summer
CD 500 Professional Practice & Ethics (3): Online
BUS 512 Business Writing & Communication (1): Online

Spring
BUS 561 Organizational Strategy & Planning (3): Online
BUS 600 Advanced Corporate Finance (3): Wednesdays
BUS 640 Statistics, Decision-making & Modeling (3): Saturdays
CS 500 Advanced Data Analysis (1): Online
BUS 698 MBA Capstone (3): Tuesdays
Elective of your choice

Electives
(Choose two electives, which vary by semester)
BUS 535 Global Entrepreneurship (3): Mondays, Wednesdays
ID 580 Cross-cultural Leadership (3): Thursdays
CD 575 Community Design & Land Use Planning (3): Wednesdays

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Don’t just learn something. Live it.

At Marymount, you’ll gain real-world experience in real time.

Start your search with the Internship & Career Planning Office. We’ll help you create your resume, search for internships and jobs, prepare for interviews and perfect your networking skills.

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What makes the Marymount MBA different from other programs?
The Marymount MBA program prepares students for entrepreneurial leadership in a global economy. Unlike other MBA programs that emphasize theory, Marymount’s MBA adds a strong practical element. Students work closely with professors who have real-world business experience to create a capstone project with ideas ready to put into practice. Students looking to start their own companies are especially attracted to a Marymount MBA because they can tailor the program to their interests and design a capstone project for real-life application, such as developing a business plan for their start-up. Projects have focused on everything from sports to small business growth.

Do you offer an executive MBA?
No, we do not. The Marymount MBA is designed for recent college grads, early career professionals and mid-level managers.

Are classes available on campus?
The Marymount MBA is delivered in both a hybrid and a fully online format, with evening and weekend options to accommodate busy schedules. Our hybrid model, or blended approach to the traditional classroom experience, combines online content and in-person learning. The fully online program offers live classes hosted in a face-to-face online classroom (synchronous), in addition to some courses that are self-paced (asynchronous). Current guidelines regarding the COVID-19 pandemic do not permit higher education institutions in Los Angeles County to offer on-campus learning as of fall 2020. MCU has made the decision to continue online instruction for spring 2021.

How many units are required to complete the MBA program?
You must complete a total of 36 units to graduate with an MBA from Marymount California University. Students typically enroll in 16 units of coursework in the fall and spring semesters, and 4 units in the summer, though the distribution may vary.

How many units should I take per semester?
To make appropriate progress toward graduation and qualify as a full-time student, you should enroll in at least 12 units. International graduate students must take a minimum of six units to maintain full-time F-1 status.

Do you accept transfer credits?
Yes, we will accept up to 10 units of graduate coursework from another accredited academic institution.

How long will it take to earn my degree?
The Marymount MBA can be completed in 12-24 months.

What entrance exams do I need to take?
Marymount does not require entrance exams, such as the GMAT or GRE, for admission.

Can I apply to the MBA program before I have completed my bachelor’s degree?
Yes. However, acceptance is contingent, meaning your bachelor’s degree must be conferred prior to the start of MBA classes.

How much will it cost?
You can review our tuition and fees, which are subject to change each academic year.

Can graduate students apply for financial aid?
Yes. Graduate students may be eligible for scholarships, educational loans and work-study programs to help reduce or even eliminate their out-of-pocket expenses. To secure the most financial aid, you need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is used to help determine your eligibility for public and private aid. Most applicants who complete the FAFSA are eligible for some form of federal aid. Although international students are not eligible to receive federal financial aid, they may be eligible for scholarships and private loans. We recommend you schedule an appointment with our Office of Student Financial Services to discuss your options.

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+1 MBA

Add a one-year MBA to any MCU bachelor’s degree. You’ll earn three degrees in just five years: associate, bachelor’s and MBA.

Start your MBA during your last two semesters as an undergrad and earn up to 10 graduate units toward your Marymount MBA.

Find out how you can get started. Contact an MBA advisor at (310) 303-7273.

Gabriela Castillo

Gabriela aspires to be her own boss and open a restaurant specializing in Costa Rican cuisine. Her MBA capstone is helping her build that future by developing a business plan toward that goal.

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Emmanuel Otira

Emmanuel plans to start a cognitive training academy for athletes to help them train their minds like they train their bodies. Marymount’s MBA program is helping him develop a business plan to fulfill his dream of offering a no-cost program that welcomes everyone.

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