2018-2019 Bulletin 
    Jun 15, 2019  
2018-2019 Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Business Administration, MBA

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For admission requirements, see the Admission  section of this Bulletin.

Degree Requirements

The Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) program requires 48 units (students entering in Summer 2018 or Fall 2018 may choose to complete 60 units for the MBA). The academic year is focused on Fall and Spring semesters with some summer elective courses often taught by visiting faculty. The program can be taken on a full-time (completion in 4 semesters) or part-time (completion in 6+ semesters) basis.

The first year focuses on business fundamentals and professional development work. During the second year, students align their individual and professional goals through elective courses and projects.

University Policies.  University policies detailed in the Academic Policies  section of the Bulletin apply.

MBA Unit Breakdown

Drucker Signature Course Series 6 Units
Analysis and Decision Making 18 Units
People and Strategy 12 Units
Elective/Concentration Courses 12 Units
Total Degree 48 Units

Drucker Signature Course Series

  • Drucker Philosophy (2 units)
  • Leadership Practicum (1+1 units)
  • Career Practicum (1+1 units)

Analysis and Decision Making

  • Economics of Strategy (2 units)
  • Business Analytics I (4 units)
  • Financial Accounting (4 units)
  • Corporate Finance (4 units)
  • Operations Management (4 units)

People and Strategy

  • Finding Clarity (2 units)
  • Marketing Management (2 units)
  • Organizational Behavior 1 & 2 (4 units)
  • Strategy (4 units)


Drucker MBA students entering in the Summer/Fall 2018 terms have the option to earn a concentration by taking at least 12 units of elective coursework in an approved concentration area. Drucker MBA students entering in the Spring 2019 term must earn a concentration by taking at least 12 units of elective coursework in an approved concentration area.

All students may earn more than one concentration; however no elective units may be counted toward more than one concentration.

Available concentrations include:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Family Business
  • Finance
  • Human Resources Management
  • Information Technology Management
  • Leadership
  • Management & Entrepreneurship in the Creative Economy
  • Marketing
  • Strategy
  • Supply Chain


In order to earn a specific concentration, students should consult their academic advisor on their eligibility and course options. Concentrations may only be added with departmental approval. Course offerings for each concentration vary year to year and cannot be guaranteed.

Curriculum Opportunities

The integrative approach of the MBA curriculum is designed to allow students to progressively build upon and relate acquired skills and experiences as they progress through the program.

A number of courses bring students into direct contact with outside managers and current management challenges.  Internships, field studies, applied projects, and independent study programs allow students to test their skills on real-world problems in established businesses.  Visiting faculty and corporate leaders bring contemporary management issues and developments directly into the classroom.

Global Immersion.  International experience is available through a number of travel courses. Each year the Drucker School of Management offers an intensive seven to ten day travel course to international locations such as Singapore & Hong Kong, Costa Rica, Prague, and New Zealand. Domestic travel includes Silicon Valley and New York. The destinations of the international trips/courses will vary from year to year.

For full-time students who would like to live abroad for an entire semester, exchange semesters are available at the following institutions.

  • Hitotsubashi University, Japan
  • Rotterdam School of Management, Netherlands
  • Universidad de San Andres, Argentina
  • St. Gallen, Switzerland
  • Waseda University, Japan

Department-Specific Policies

Course Waiver.  Students who believe they have sufficient prior academic preparation in the content of a core course may ask to waive the corresponding core course. Students must demonstrate that they have

  • taken a similar course at an accredited institution within five years with a grade of B or better 
  • have relevant certification (e.g. CPA- Certified Public Accountants)

Course waivers are determined on a course by course basis. For certain courses, the faculty may only allow a waiver via an exam. Students must fill out a Course Waiver Form, present a syllabus or course description of the course and submit an official transcript with the listed course and grade received. Please note that only the content of the course is waived, not the units; the units must be made up through elective units.  Contact the Program Coordinator for additional information on course waivers.

Auditing.  Auditing is the process of attending a class without receiving academic credit. It is often referred to as a “listening” grade. The Drucker School does not allow the auditing of Management courses. This is due to the high demand of enrollment in Drucker courses.

Time to Degree.  Students are required to complete the program in six years.  Generally, student enrolled full-time, 12 units or more, may complete all degree requirements within two years.  Students enrolled on a part-time basis, 8 units or less, may complete the degree in 2-1/2 to three years.

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