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Requirements to Earn the MBA

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Masters of Business Administration Requirements

50 units of coursework including

  • 35 units of required classes
    • BUS 600, 601, 602, 603, 604, 605, 606, 607, 609, 610, 612, 613
  • 15 units of elective coursework
    • 5 elective courses
  • Grade Point Average of 3.0

Required Classes for the MBA Program

Required Courses

BUS 600

Strategies for Competitive Advantage

BUS 601

Economic Analysis for Business

BUS 602

Accounting and Financial Analysis

BUS 603

Statistics for Business Decisions

BUS 604

Organization and Management

BUS 605

Marketing Management

BUS 606

Operations and Technology Management

BUS 607

Financial Management

BUS 609

Business Analytics

BUS 610

Understanding the Global Business Environment

BUS 613

Accounting for Management and Control

BUS 612

Strategic Management (Registration for BUS 612 requires a cumulative graduate GPA of 3.000.)


Elective Courses for Specializations

Students have the opportunity to personalize their MBA Program by pursuing an area of specialization using only 3 electives. While the specialization will not be recorded on the transcript or diploma, it can be referenced on a resume.  Students must meet all prerequisites in order to enroll in a course. Specialization areas are as follows:

Elective Courses

Content Area 

Courses (3 from the following) 

Accounting Investments & Consolidations 
Not-for-Profit & International Accounting 
Forensic & Fraud Accounting 
Advanced Business Law for Accountants
Business Analytics Marketing Analytics 
Marketing Research 
Information Technology in Digital Times 
Statistical Models for Analytics
Approved Course from Computational Sciences Dept. 

Entertainment & Media Management

Digital Transformation of the Entertainment Industry
Advertising Management
Internet & Social Media Marketing 
Two approved classes from Dodge Film School
Entrepreneurship Managing Entrepreneurial Enterprises 
Financing Entrepreneurial Enterprises 
New Product Development 
Internet & Social Media Marketing
Finance International Finance 
Derivatives and Securities 
Advanced Corporate Finance 
Financial Reporting & Analysis
Mergers, Acquisitions, & Corporate Restructuring 
Portfolio Management 
Global Business Building Cross-Cultural Business Competencies 
International Business Travel Course 
International Finance 
International Marketing 
International Negotiations
Marketing Marketing Research
Consumer Behavior 
New Product Development 
International Marketing 
Marketing Strategy 
Internet & Social Media Marketing 
Marketing Analytics 
Advertising Management
Statistical Models for Analytics
Strategic Management Marketing Strategy
Mergers, Acquisitions, & Corporate Restructuring
Information Technology for Sustainable Competitive Advantage
Managing Entrepreneurial Enterprises
International Negotiations  
Leadership Theory


Please visit the Graduate Catalog for course descriptions and prerequisites.  

Elective Courses for Emphases

Students may pursue an emphasis in one of the following areas: Finance or Marketing. Each emphasis is satisfied by taking twelve credits from among the electives listed under the emphases below. To declare an emphasis, email the Academic Program Specialist office. The emphasis area is noted on the transcript, not the diploma.


Required Electives for Finance Emphasis

BUS 621


BUS 627

Advanced Corporate Finance

BUS 628

International Finance

BUS 632

Financial Reporting and Analysis

BUS 636

Financing Entrepreneurial Enterprises

BUS 694

Special Topics in Finance

BUS 641

Portfolio Management


Required Electives for Marketing Emphasis

BUS 624

Marketing Research

BUS 630

New Product Development

BUS 633

International Marketing

BUS 634

Marketing Strategy

BUS 638

Internet and Social Media Marketing

BUS 693

Special Topics in Marketing

Requirements to Graduate

  • Maintain a grade point average of at least 3.0 in the overall program. No grade below “C+” is acceptable toward a degree.
  • No grade below “B-” is acceptable for BUS 612, Strategic Management.
  • You will be placed on academic probation with a grade point average below 3.0. A 3.0 must be earned in the following semester or you may be dismissed by the Graduate Studies Committee.  Cumulative GPA must be a 3.0 within 2 semesters or you will also be subject to dismissal.
  • Grade points are awarded as follows:
    • A = 4.0

    • A- = 3.7

    • B+ = 3.3

    • B = 3.0

    • B- = 2.7

    • C+ = 2.3

    • C = 2.0

    • C- = 1.7

    • F = 0


  • You may add or drop a class through the second week of the semester without a record of the class on your transcript.
  • After the 2nd week you have until the 10th week of class to withdraw with a notation of W (the number of weeks changes for interterm & summer, consult the academic calendar).
  • If you have an emergency situation and are unable to complete a small portion of the  course requirements, your professor may give you an incomplete.  You must complete the coursework within the time allotted by the professor or 1 year, whichever is less.

Leave of Absence

  • May be granted for taking more than one semester off (interterm and summer sessions do not constitute a semester)
    • Students may choose to elect requirements in effect at the time of the leave or to adopt those in effect at time of return. A written request must be submitted to your academic advisor. (Students taking a leave of absence during a semester prior to the end of the withdrawal period must also officially drop all course work via my.chapman or the Office of the University Registrar).
  • Minimum requirements for a leave of absence:
    • A student must be in good academic standing.
    • Petition must state clearly and completely the reasons for the leave.
    • Petition must be approved by the program director and dean of the college.
    • Leaves are typically granted for 1 year with a possible renewal of 1 additional year.
    • Failure to return after the specified time is considered withdrawal from the university. Retroactive leaves are not permitted.
    • Leave of absence does not supersede degree requirements: all coursework must be completed within a seven-year period.

Administrative Drop

Students who miss the first class meeting of a course in which they are registered may be administratively dropped (unless they make arrangements with the instructor prior to the first day of class).

Students who miss the first 2 weeks of class will be administratively dropped from the course.

Requirements to Earn the M.S. in Accounting

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M.S. in Accounting Prerequisites

M.S. in Accounting Prerequisites

(MGSC 209)

Business Statistics

(BUS 215)

Business Law

(ACTG 330)

Intermediate Financial Accounting I

(ACTG 331)

Intermediate Financial Accounting II

(ACTG 460)



One of the Following 

ACTG 450

Individual Taxation

ACTG 451

Taxation of Corporations

M.S. in Accounting Degree Requirements

30 units of coursework including the following:

(15 credits)

Required Courses

BUS 601

Economic Analysis for Business


BUS 609

Business Analytics


ACTG 540

Investments and Consolidations


ACTG 541

Not–for Profit and International Accounting


ACTG 681

Professional Ethics and Responsibilities in Accounting



Accounting electives (6 credits)

Two of the following:

ACTG 561

Forensic and Fraud Accounting


ACTG 571

Advanced Business Law for Accountants


Bus 632

Financial Reporting and Analysis


ACTG 650

Business Taxation - Planning and Strategy


ACTG 695

Special Topics in Accounting



Business or accounting electives (9 credits)

Nine elective credits at the 500 or 600–level


Requirements to Earn the M.S. in Real Estate

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M.S. in Real Estate Requirements

30 units of coursework at full-time pace.

  • Fall enrollment
  • Day-time, cohort style classes
  • Completed within 10-months

M.S. in Real Estate Coursework

Required Courses


Real Estate Fundamentals



Real Estate Finance, Underwriting & Risk Analysis



Real Estate Law and Taxation



Real Estate Analytics and Technology



Real Estate Economics



Real Estate Investment Management



Real Estate Development and Management



Real Estate Entrepreneurship and Strategies




Two of the following:


Real Estate Design, Project Management and Construction


REAL MS 621 Investments


REAL MS 652 Negotiations


REAL MS 670 Real Estate Principles and Practice


REAL MS 695 Special Topics in Real Estate



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