Professional MBA Curriculum Developments

To reflect the School of Economics and Business Administration (SEBA)'s focus on developing students with global and responsible business perspectives, SEBA’s Professional MBA program has revised its curriculum. 

A new Entrepreneurship Concentration is launching as of autumn (October) 2013 for Professional MBA students, in addition to the existing Marketing, International Business and Finance concentrations. The curriculum in this concentration focuses on the skills to start new organizations or to develop new ventures and launch new products and services within existing organizations including developing deep skills in global social entrepreneurship. It develops managerial and technical skills, expands the base of corporate and non-profit contacts, and enhances the expertise and confidence needed to succeed with new for-profit and social enterprise ventures. Strategic Entrepreneurship, Social Entrepreneurship from a Global Perspective, and Financing New Ventures are the three new courses that make up the Concentration which will start to be offered beginning autumn 2014.

For those interested in the Entrepreneurship concentration, SEBA also offers the opportunity to participate in the school’s formal partnership with the Keiretsu Forum, the world’s largest angel investor network with 850 accredited investor members throughout twenty one chapters on three continents. SEBA students and alumni have the opportunity to sit in on private Keiretsu Forum meetings to hear start-up companies make their pitches to angel investors. In addition, students and alumni have access to special discounted rates for entrepreneurs’ boot camps and other value-added seminars.

In addition to the regular courses in the curriculum, SEBA is offering Professional MBA students two Professional Development Program (PDP) workshops, prior to graduation, which provide professional training in key areas of professional development outside the business classroom such as leadership, negotiations, team-building, corporate governance, among others. This program allows students round-out their business education and develop supplemental professional skills without adding on an additional concentration.

Additionally, students who enter the Professional MBA program as of autumn (October) 2013 will be required to participate in the course “Doing Business in World Regions” which includes a trip abroad. The additional international requirement will provide students with the opportunity to immerse themselves in business culture in one of four continents including Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America and develop a global mindset and outlook.

Program director of the Professional MBA program, Yung-Jae Lee, says "the recent changes to the Professional MBA curriculum will not only embody the school’s mission to prepare professionally skilled, culturally aware, socially responsible and ethically principled graduates but also provide graduate professionals a more well-rounded, contemporary and competitive graduate level management education."

The Professional MBA program is offered on campus in Moraga, with evening classes that cater to the full-time working professional. For more information about the Professional MBA program starting this April please contact [email protected] or call 925.631.4888.