Master of Business Administration (2 years)

Program Overview 

The Master of Business Administration is designed for professionals whose career and management responsibilities exceed a single functional specialty, and who require higher levels of knowledge and skills in the field to sharpen their competency spectrum. The emphasis is on providing students with an interdisciplinary, integrated, and applied approach where complex organizational knowledge and managerial skills are mastered. This objective of the program is meant to provide an executive-level of critical thinking and systematic thought, team building, decision making, and leadership.

The program includes ten (10) pre-determined core business courses and two (2) elective courses that every student can select from a list of courses offered by the School of Business Administration at Sierra States University based upon their own interests and concentration focus in the varied areas of business administration. For purposes of these two elective courses, every student may opt for any combination of graduate-level elective courses offered by the School of Business Administration at Sierra States University, choosing from anyone of three academic areas: International Business, Leadership, and Marketing.

The core business courses include (but are not limited to) studies in accounting, business ethics, business law, finance,  human resource management, international business, organizational management, strategic management, and statistical analysis. Every course has an emphasis on ethical business behavior and conduct as well as responsible business practices in an increasingly-pluralistic, global society.  As with our other programs, there is a strong emphasis on Biblical values and Theological education.  Courses in the Business major will be taught through the lenses of Christian principles.


Program Requirements Summary

Length: Approximately 2 Years
Core Courses in Business Administration:  20 Quarter units
Elective Courses in Business Administration:  28 Quarter units
Total Business Credit Requirements:  48 Quarter units
Bible and Theology Requirements:  12 Quarter units
Total Units Required for Graduation  60 quarter units


Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Master of Religious Business Administration program of study at Sierra States University, the student will be able to demonstrate the following competencies:

1. Demonstrate the ability to analyze the evolving nature of corporations

2. Practice managerial leadership and organizational change

3. Determine and measure an organization’s intellectual assets and identify how product development merges with entrepreneurship

4. Demonstrate the ability to manage and administer a business organization with a clear embodiment of Christian ethics and a lifestyle of Christian service in his/her business practices.


Admissions Requirements

Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements to be considered for admission to the Master of Business Administration program, submitting proper documentation to the office of admission by the appropriate deadline:

1.      Applicants for admission must hold a Bachelor of Arts or equivalent degree from a university or college with at least a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 (4.00 scale), and must submit official transcripts for their academic work.

2.      A completed application form for admission

3.      Students whose native language is not English must meet the language proficiency requirements delineated elsewhere in the catalog.

4.      Application fee

5.      Recommendation Form


Unit Transfer Policy

A maximum of eight (8) quarter units may be transferred into the program from a nationally or regionally-accredited college or university. The acceptance of credit hours is at the discretion of Sierra States University, depending upon the academic rigor of the prior course experience.


General Program Requirements

Students must complete 40 quarter units of pre-determined core business courses, as well as 8 quarter units of elective courses of their choice. Additionally, 12 units of Bible and Theology courses must be completed, instilling within the student a basic understanding of Christian scripture and theology, which will inform his or her worldview and lifestyle of godly service. Students must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or above.


Program Graduation Requirements Chart

Degree General Education Bible & Theology Core MajorCourses FreeElectives in Major TotalUnits
Master of Arts  inBusiness Administration 0 12 20 28 60

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Course of Study

Business Course of Study: 48 units



Course Title


Core Courses in Business Administration

(5 courses)

OBHV 510

Organizational Behavior


BUS 560

Marketing Management and Innovation

BUS 530

Managerial Accounting

BUS 535

Financial Management

BUS 540

Economics of Management Decisions

Elective Courses in Business Administration (Any 7 courses, at least one from business)

BUS 550

Operations & Information Systems Management


BUS 520

Organization  and Society Management

BUS 570

Global Business Management

BUS 580

Strategic Management in a Global Marketplace

BUS 590

Ethical Decision Making
Elective Courses in International Business

BUS 571

Culture and Change (4 units)

BUS 572

Intercultural Competence (4 units)

BUS 573

Comparative International Management (4 units)

BUS 574

Culture and Socialization (4 units)
Elective Courses in Leadership

BUS 521

Emerging Leadership Concepts and Strategies (4 units)

BUS 522

Negotiations, Collective Bargaining, and Group Dynamics (4 units)

BUS 523

Advanced Personnel Management (4 units)

BUS 524

Interpersonal Communication (4 units)

BUS 510

Managerial Leadership and Communication
Elective Courses in Marketing

BUS 561

Legal and Ethical Issues in Business (4 units)

BUS 562

Dynamics of Consumer Behavior (4 units)

BUS 563

Global Marketing (4 units)

BUS 564

Channels of Distribution and Value Networks (4 units)
Field Education Courses


Supervised Field Internship I


Supervised Field Internship II
Interdisciplinary with Computer Information System


IT Strategy and Management


Information Structure with Java


Programming Languages




Bible & Theology: 12 units



Course Title


Biblical Studies

(3 courses)


Introduction to New Testament (4 units)



Introduction to Old Testament (4 units)


Contemporary Theology (4 units)


Biblical Interpretation (4 units)




Course Descriptions


Core Courses in Business Administration


BUS 510: Managerial Leadership and Communication (4 units)

This course explores the important roles that communication plays in managers/leaders being effective in their tasks as they exchange meaning with supervisees, peers, supervisors, the larger organization, and the community. Both formal and informal communication will be addressed. Additionally, issues such as cross-cultural communication, ethics, conflict resolution, crisis communication, and developing organizational communication competencies will be investigated.


BUS 520 Organization and Society Management (4 units)

This course is an exploration of the responsibilities and influence that 21st century managers have within their organizations and the global society. Essential concepts and theories that provide a foundation for the study of business administration and management — including systems thinking, critical thinking, ethical decision making and leadership, legal concepts, corporate social responsibility, and organizational theory and design — are examined.


BUS 530 Managerial Accounting (4 units)

A study of accounting concepts & reporting techniques applied in a managerial decision-making context. Students will analyze accounting data from real-world case studies and present their analyses, conclusions, and recommendations. Managerial accounting models used by diverse enterprises in virtually all industrialized nations include cost accounting & the behavior of costs, budgeting, differential analysis, and responsibility accounting will be examined. Reporting techniques involving the use of current spreadsheets and graphics presentation technologies will also be presented.


BUS 535 Financial Management (4 units)

This is a course on how to deploy the available capital resources of the organization in order to gain the maximum advantage possible. Students will review capital budgeting policies and procedures, formulation of growth and diversification policies, appraisal of income and risk, and establishment of decision-making guidelines.


BUS 540 Economics of Management Decisions (4 units)

This is a seminar class applying the concepts of economic decision making to a wide variety of managerial situations, including financial statement analysis; asset valuation; budgeting; cost management; and performance evaluation of organizations, organizational units, products, and managers. The student must apply critical thinking to make connections among concepts from the disciplines of microeconomics, finance, managerial accounting, and financial accounting.


BUS 550 Operations & Information Systems Management (4 units)

This course is a study of the major functions of modern business management. Topics include the dos and don’ts of successfully managing a project, a survey of several world-class operations management techniques (such as Six Sigma), and the industry’s best practices in operational efficiency and effectiveness. Also, the mission, goals, and importance of information systems management will be assessed using actual work organizations as learning models.


BUS 560 Marketing Management and Innovation (4 units)

This is an exploration of the essentials of marketing management: setting marketing goals for an organization with consideration of internal resources and marketing opportunities, planning and executing activities to meet these goals, and measuring progress toward their achievement. Focus is on the concept of innovation in business, including the introduction of new market offerings and the use of new technologies, strategies, and tactics for achieving marketing objectives. An integrative approach combines discussions on theory of marketing management with industry analysis and practical implications.


BUS 570 Global Business Management (4 units)

This class is about a global overview of various types of business organizations and environments that shape organizational decisions. Emphasis is on the regulatory structures, legal systems, governance models, as well as policy-making processes that define the internal and external functions of business at the confluence of local, state, national, and international affairs. Topics include critical thinking, international ethics, business sustainability, social responsibility, and the impact of economics and technology.


BUS 580 Strategic Management in a Global Marketplace (4 units)

This course deals with an investigation of strategy, value creation, and value capture in different business contexts. Currently, companies compete simultaneously in domestic, global, and electronic markets. Focus is on developing frameworks and models for understanding the structural characteristics of industries and how companies can achieve sustainable competitive advantage, taking appropriate action in these different, but concurrent, business contexts. An explicitly integrative approach is adopted, building on knowledge of the different functional areas of management gained through previous study.


BUS 590: Ethical Decision Making (4 units)

This course is an examination of the many components that influence decision-making by leaders of business organizations – including the notions of cultural relativism, legal responsibilities, prescriptive and normative approaches, and universal principles of ethical behavior. The potential impacts of different decisions on the organization will be investigated and the transparency of the business organization’s decision-making processes will be reviewed within a host of ethical frameworks and hypothetical situations.


Elective Courses in Business Administration


Elective Courses in International Business


BUS 571: Culture and Change (4 units)

This course is an overview of different methods for assessment of cultural competency, and comparison of American cultural values with other national and ethnic cultural values. Simulations will be used to illustrate the influence of stakeholder values in community development projects. Discussions focus on appropriateness and compatibility of outside development models and approaches to traditional communities.


BUS 572Intercultural Competence (4 units)

This course is an overview of the domains of communication and culture. Specifically, the ways that culture influences our communication patterns, and the development of both professional and personal relationships with people from different cultural backgrounds.


BUS 573: Comparative International Management (4 units)

This course studies the impact of country-specific cultural, economic and legal factors on the theory and practice of managing multinational corporations. Case studies focusing on North American, Latin American, European and Asian settings are used to illustrate the feasibility of adapting and combining different national management styles in the operations of domestic and multinational corporations.


BUS 574: Culture and Socialization (4 units)

An in-depth examination of the concepts of culture and socialization, this course analyzes the socialization process as the key means through which culture is reproduced. Through a critical engagement with competing theories of socialization, students undertake advanced research projects, oral presentations and written assignments. Lecture and discussion topics include issues of ethnic identity and cultural diversity, socio-economic, gender and racial stratification, media representations, dress, language and religion and schooling and the reproduction of inequality. Issues are explored from a cross-cultural perspective.


Elective Courses in Leadership


BUS 521: Emerging Leadership Concepts and Strategies (4 units) 

This course will review and examine the various core organizational issues in the theory and practice of leadership. The identification of different leadership theories and leadership styles in a collaborative, integrative organizational leadership context, as well as comparing and contrasting these theories with an authoritarian or collaborative leadership approach within the organizational context will be scrutinized.

BUS 522: Negotiations, Collective Bargaining, and Group Dynamics (4 units)

This course will address effective conflict resolution, collective bargaining, and negotiations strategies, and will assess various methods for improving the organizational efficiency and effectiveness in the long-term. A special focus will be placed upon the creation of win-win solutions for real-life organizations. Conflict resolution will be approached and examined as both a necessary and a challenging workplace phenomenon.


BUS 523: Advanced Personnel Management (4 units)

This course will present an overview of how, why, when, and where to integrate and apply the theories of behavioral sciences with the human resource management principles in order to augment and improve both individual as well as organizational efficiency and effectiveness. Students will evaluate, analyze, and design the various relevant personnel management theories as they relate to practical applications in different work environments.


BUS 524: Interpersonal Communication (4 units)

This course will survey the formation and development of groups through effective and efficient leadership. Team communication styles and roles within organizational work teams will be examined. Different strategies that can foster creativity in work groups will be discussed and analyzed. The impact of technology on work teams and on communication styles will also be evaluated. Students will learn experientially about work groups and teams as well as about the impact of different ethical perspectives by participating in group activities and observing leadership practices in small work groups.


Elective Courses in Marketing


BUS 561: Legal and Ethical Issues in Business (4 units) 

This course is an in-depth, exploratory study of human values and ethical conduct of American businesses. The focus will be on verbal debate and written exercises that would draw attention to business practices. This course will also consider the various ethical issues that are arising in the workplace and their impact on the global business environments.


BUS 562: Dynamics of Consumer Behavior (4 units)

A study of the dynamics of human behavior and how it relates to the purchasing decision, this course provides a general view of the different factors that influence the consumer’s decision-making including, personality, social groups, culture, values structure, perception and learning.


BUS 563: Global Marketing (4 units)

An introduction to the fundamentals of trade, finance, and investment in the international context, the course discusses the international monetary framework and foreign exchange in detail. It reviews theory and history of international trade, including exporting and importing, regional economic integration, and international marketing.


BUS 564: Channels of Distribution and Value Networks (4 units)

A study of all phases of management skills in the field of physical distribution with emphasis on customer service and international distribution strategies. This course covers also distribution strategies for products and services. It pays specific attention to direct distribution (from manufacturing to retail), indirect distribution (agents, independent representatives, and VARs), and direct marketing (fulfillment centers).


Elective Courses in Field Education


BUS551 Supervised Field Internship I

Bueinss work and community service experience related to field of study, under guidance of the faculty. A proposal describing learning objectives, collateral reading and expected benefits must be submitted and accepted by a supervisor and instructor at the time of registration. Through the process of gradual immersion into field practice, an examination of professional identify will begin.


BUS552 Supervised Field Internship II

This course is continuation of supervised field internship I. This course requires weekly involvement in community service with satisfactory completion of student’s self-evaluation form and supervisor’s evaluation form.