The CALMAT Advantage: Convenient, Innovative, Connected

Weekend MBA and DBA Program

Information technology and management skills are the keys to success in our global economy and the abilities that best predict career advancement. Nevertheless, most professionals are not able to put their career and family commitments on hold while they advance their educational goals.
California University of Management and Technology is the answer to this educational dilemma. We offer a convenient weekend MBA and DBA program that combines a traditional business administration program with state-of-the-art technology enhanced tools. For example, while you learn how to start a business in your entrepreneurship class, you will apply the latest e-commerce web design tools to prototype a website for the business. Our full-time intensive MBA and DBA can be finished in 12 months, with face-to-face meetings every other week at our Silicon Valley campus and the balance of learning through our award-winning online learning system.

Our faculty not only hold advanced degrees in their fields, but also have a wealth of industry experience that allows them to connect management theory with practical applications. Students receive innovative and relevant instruction that they will be able to apply in the real world.

At CALMAT, you are connected! Students have online access to lectures and assignments to empower them in the learning process. When you complete your curriculum, our CALMAT advisors will help you hone your resume and interview skills and connect you to a variety of internship opportunities in Silicon Valley businesses, including world class corporations and high-tech startups. A CALMAT MBA and DBA is the ideal preparation to accelerate your career.

Business Management Curriculum

48.0 credits required for completion

Learning Outcomes

Students completing the program will:

  • Apply best practices of leadership
  • Analyze organizational effectiveness
  • Make marketing decisions based on target markets, variables, and feasibility
  • Think strategically about employee and management relations
  • Prepare and analyze financial statements and projections
  • Examine innovation from the product, process, and organizational perspectives
  • Have an extensive and practical knowledge-base of theory, tools, skills, practices, and research related to business and be able to apply these to the problems and opportunities of the 21st century business environment
  • Demonstrate the effective professional and interpersonal practices that are essential in business
  • Develop a range of professional strategies and promote their effectiveness in a business environment
  • Demonstrate ethical, legal, and responsible behavior; explain the broader role that business has in society; and articulate their own responsibilities as a member of the business community and a member of society

Course Descriptions

Finance Area

BUS 550 ~ Finance ~ 4.0 Credits
Emphasizes the entrepreneur/manager raising funds at minimal cost and risk, and the allocation of those funds to increase shareholders' wealth and company value. Encompasses financial statements, time value of money, bond/stock valuation, cost of capital, and related subjects. Reviews international aspects of financial management. Develops both the skills and ability to understand the impact of financial decision making to business and its stakeholders. Stresses ethical financial reporting.

BUS 561 ~ Entrepreneurship ~ 4.0 Credits
Examines venture formation and growth following completion of a business plan. Focuses on ongoing marketing, decision making, accounting, and financial management. Students examine start-up and growth management issues faced by real-life ventures and meet with entrepreneurs, small business lawyers, accountants, and investors. Students also receive assistance in approaching potential sources of capital and other resources.

BUS 695 ~ Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation ~ 4.0 Credits
This course applies financial theory to real-world case studies to demonstrate various approaches to financial analysis and business valuation. Participants learn to understand the performance and value of firms, and to use financial statements to inform management decision making.

Management Area

BUS 520 ~ Leadership and Organizational Behavior ~ 4.0 Credits
Explores individual and organizational behavior in the context of the environment, including structures, processes, and systems. Includes communication, personality, group dynamics, organizational change and development, conflict and conflict resolution, multiculturalism, ethics, leadership, decision making, and motivation. Applies communication, decision making and problem solving skills, teamwork, handling ambiguity, taking initiative, and interpersonal sensitivity including an understanding of cross-cultural differences.

BUS 521 ~ Operations Management ~ 4.0 Credits
Emphasizes the continuous interrelationships between operations, marketing, and finance. Major topics covered include decision making, strategy in a global environment, product/service design, capacity planning and production, Juran and Deming quality concepts (including impacts on stakeholders), statistical process control (SPC), human resources, J I T, inventory control, and MRP. Students organize into teams to write and present a semester case study on a contemporary topic.

BUS 522 ~ Human Resources Management ~ 4.0 Credits
Examines human resource management challenges confronting decision making in a rapidly challenging global environment. Focuses on motivation, cross-cultural communication, ethics, recruitment, selection, compensation, benefits, health and safety in the workplace, legal requirements and limitations, affirmative action, and career development.

BUS 523 ~ Strategic Management ~ 4.0 Credits
Explores business strategies (cost leadership, differentiation, tacit collusion, strategic alliances), corporate strategies (vertical integration, diversification, merger and acquisition, and globalization strategies), and economic theories of competition and corporation. Includes case studies of firms which have successfully or unsuccessfully employed a variety of strategies.

BUS 524 ~ Business Process Management and Improvement ~ 4.0 Credits
This course provides graduate students with an understanding of how to use Business Process Management and Improvement (BPM&I) to help their organization improve organization agility, employee satisfaction, and bottom line performance. Course topics include establishing a work environment supportive of BPM&I defining business processes and related roles and responsibilities, establishing and utilizing process measures, the process of process improvement, and understanding and improving an organization’s process network. Case examples and in-class working groups will be used to help to achieve the courses learning goals.

BUS 520 ~ Leadership and Organizational Behavior ~ 4.0 Credits
Explores individual and organizational behavior in the context of the environment, including structures, processes, and systems. This course includes communication, personality, group dynamics, organizational change and development, conflict and conflict resolution, multiculturalism, ethics, leadership, decision making, and motivation. Students learn and apply communication, decision making and problem solving skills, teamwork, handling ambiguity, taking initiative, and interpersonal sensitivity including an understanding of cross-cultural differences.

BUS 526 ~ Business Law ~ 4.0 Credits
Examines aspects of domestic and international commercial law which include selection of a form of organization and legal creation of that type of organization; powers, responsibilities (including ethically and socially responsible governance), and potential liabilities of corporate shareholders, board directors, and officers; accounting requirements; contracts, joint ventures and other agreements; mergers and acquisitions; issuance of securities; and taxation. Aspects of international commercial law include international accounting standards, international tax planning and management, and legal aspects of international financial and capital markets.

BUS 528 ~ Project Management ~ 4.0 Credits
This course is designed for graduate students majoring in Business or Engineering who wish to improve their project management skills. Project management and productivity are closely related from the industry practice and business environments. Project management processes are: Define, Organize, Execute, Control and Close. Topics covered are: project management growth, organizational structures, staffing, management functions, conflicts, planning, scheduling, pricing and estimating, cost control, risk management, trade-off analysis and project close.

Decision Sciences Area

BUS 530 ~ Quantitative Methods ~ 4.0 Credits
This course provides students with the knowledge and skills to interpret the statistical results contained in business articles and how to apply those skills and methods to the analysis of research data sets. Topics covered are survey design; experimental design; statistical analysis of business data; descriptive methods in regression and correlation; inferential methods in regression and correlation; and multivariate statistical analysis such as analysis of variance, multiple regression, general linear model, factor analysis, and time series analysis.
Prerequisite(s): Undergraduate Statistics

Marketing Area

BUS 540 ~ Marketing Principles for Disruptive Innovations ~ 4.0 Credits
Disruptive innovation describes the process by which new products and services enter the market and eventually displace established competitors. In this course we review and apply critical basic marketing principles (the Role of Marketing, Selecting and Defining Market Niche, the Steps in a Marketing Campaign, Market Segmentation, Positioning, Product Line Extension, Branding, and Pricing), and study support material on marketing for all types of disruptive innovations (not just high tech). In addition, we explore marketing strategy from the perspective of Director level and up.

BUS 541 ~ Negotiation ~ 4.0 Credits
This course introduces principles and practices in business negotiations. Students will learn to become successful negotiators across marketing and professional contexts. Topics to be covered include bargaining models and strategies, communication skills, cultural influences, and intervention. Different situations encountered range from negotiation in sales, customer relationships, and employee management.  Professional career growth and management will also be discussed.

BUS 542 ~ Business Communications ~ 4.0 Credits
Develops academic and business writing skills as well as presentation skills. Builds language competencies through multiple draft written assignments involving critical analysis, reasoning, and research. Builds oral proficiency through self-critique and extensive instructor feedback. Includes formal debates, mini-case study analyses, interviewing/shadowing a professional in the community, news reporting, and class discussions of current business issues. Heavily integrates business ethics and etiquette.

Accounting Area

BUS 516 ~ Taxation Accounting ~ 4.0 Credits
This course is intended to develop students’ ability to understand and use the principles and practices of taxation in the USA. It is oriented toward the use of accounting data for taxation applications emphasizing the reconstruction of economic events from taxation planning and procesures.

BUS 550 ~ Financial Accounting ~ 4.0 Credits
Accounting principles and concepts essential to an understanding of the role of accounting in the collection, interpretation, use, and reporting of business data. While attention is given to the uses of accounting data by investors, emphasis is on the needs of management and the limitations and usefulness of accounting data for purposes of planning and controlling business activities. Students reflect on the ethical and compliance requirements for financial reporting.

BUS 552 ~ Managerial Accounting ~ 4.0 Credits
Explores the uses of accounting data. Covers budgeting and profit planning, cost-volume-product relationships, principles and purpose of accounting information systems, designing and using internal cost control systems, identifying and tracking product costs, cost standards and variance analysis, and management reporting and decision making. Develops an understanding of both the creation and impact of accounting information systems on business decisions, ethics, and strategy.
Prerequisite(s): BUS 550

General Area

BUS 595 ~ Special Topics in Business Management ~ 1.0 to 8.0 Credits
Studies of a particular topic in the major. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

BUS 595 ~ Special Topic: Professional Real Estate Investment ~ 4.0 credits
This training is for new and seasoned investors, and licensed real estate professionals who want to serve their clients better and be rich themselves. Master the Investment cycle to build wealth. Educated investors would listen to you ONLY if you speak the right Investment Real Estate Language. Avoid the pitfalls in investing by correctly applying tools and analysis. Learn how the Super-Rich investors do it! Actual case studies will teach you how to use and apply investment software, source properties, and apply all investor tools. Then start investing! A 5-week course that would inspire you to be a professional investor and give you confidence in building and managing your own portfolio.

BUS 594
~ Internship and Project ~ 4.0 Credits
Internship under the direction of a faculty member. Faculty members assist students in clarifying internship learning outcomes, identifying potential candidate organizations within which to conduct the internship, and structuring and negotiating internship agreements with the host organization. The faculty member also acts as a hand-on mentor throughout the internship. The student must prepare an internship application and an approved learning outcomes proposal before registering.

BUS 596 ~ Independent Study ~ 4.0 Credits
Graduate level independent study under the direction of a faculty member. The student must prepare a study proposal approved by the appropriate faculty member and graduate advisor prior to registration.

BUS 600 ~ Prosem: Foundations of Business Management ~ 4.0 Credits
This course provides an overview of the MBA curriculum. In 15 weeks, the class covers all the knowledge areas of the CALMAT MBA program including marketing, accounting, organizational behavior, quantitative analysis, finance, operations, economics, strategy, ethics and leadership. In addition to these ten areas, participants practice effective learning techniques such as collaboration, project management approach to business and the application of technology to solve business challenges.

BUS 699 ~ Graduate Capstone Research ~ 1.0 to 4.0 Credits
A capstone contributes to the disciplines or professions by adding to technical/professional knowledge and by providing an original application of technical/professional knowledge in both management and information technology disciplines. Examples include a field study, a project, applied research, or a professional article of publishable quality. Students also master basic principles of strategic planning, including stakeholder management.

Sample Learning Pathways (see catalog for course descriptions)

1-year Intensive

Fall - BUS 600 / BUS 540 / BUS 523 / BUS 542
Spring - BUS 520 / BUS 550 / BUS 526 / CSIT 563
Summer - BUS 594 / BUS 528 / BUS 510 / BUS 699

16-month Full-Time

Fall - BUS 600 / BUS 540 / BUS 542
Spring - BUS 520 / BUS 550 / BUS 526
Summer - BUS 594 / BUS 528 / BUS 510
Fall (2nd year) - BUS 523 / BUS 561 / BUS 699

2-year Full-Time

Fall - BUS 600 / BUS 540 / BUS 542
Spring - BUS 520 / BUS 550 / BUS 526
Summer - BUS 528 / BUS 510
Fall (2nd year) - BUS 523 / BUS 561
Spring (2nd year) - BUS 594 / BUS 699

3-year Part-Time

Fall - BUS 600 / BUS 540
Spring - BUS 520 / BUS 550
Summer -  BUS 510
Fall (2nd year) - BUS 542 / BUS 561
Spring (2nd year) - BUS 526 / CSIT 563
Summer (2nd year) - BUS 528
Fall (3rd year) - BUS 523
Spring (3nd year) - BUS 699

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - Please see University Catalog for official policies

Program Information

When does the program start?
See the Academic Calendar page for current program start dates.

How long is the MBA Program?
CALMAT’s MBA Program will normally take 1.5 to 2 years depending on how much time you devote to your studies.

How do I achieve the business administration learning objectives?
The MBA program employs a variety of methods to assess attainment of each learning objective but relies primarily on applying your knowledge to real-world situations.

What are the unique features of the CALMAT business administration curriculum?
We value a diverse student body that mirrors the multicultural workplace of the 21st century. Believing that students learn best through a combination of thinking and doing, we stress field-based learning in small, medium, and large-sized businesses/corporations, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. Collaboration with other majors allows you to concurrently acquire skills in computer or environmental sciences, social and behavioral sciences, the arts, or any of a number of other academic fields while studying business administration. Our graduates’ entrepreneurial and leadership traits, combined with their business skills and knowledge, have enabled them to launch their own businesses or move into pivotal roles in industry, government, and the nonprofit sector.

What will my learning environment be like?
We offer courses both via distance learning to any computer in the world and in a more traditional classroom format. Students may combine the two modes of instruction to meet their learning and scheduling needs.

What support services are provided for MBA students?
Our faculty helps you craft your academic program and career development strategy, and we offer a broad array of student services to empower students to achieve their goals.

What must I do to graduate with an MBA and DBA degree?
To graduate with an MBA degree, you must fulfill the CALMAT requirement of completing a minimum of 48 credits and satisfy all Major Learning Outcomes. A grade point average of “B” or better is required for graduation. You must file a formal graduation application with Admissions and Records before your anticipated graduation date. The graduation application must be signed by your major advisor.

Which careers will an MBA and DBA degree prepare me to pursue?
An MBA degree could launch you toward a successful career as an entrepreneur, corporate executive, venture capitalist, business leader, nonprofit founder, arts director, or community action organization manager. Others are pursuing careers in domestic or international marketing, finance, operations, management, human resource management, and other business-related fields.

Financial Information

What are the costs involved? 
The total cost of tuition and fees to obtain an MBA degree at CALMAT is about $18,000 plus the cost of living expenses.

Do you accept credit transfers from previous schools? 
Yes, we can accept transfer of credit from accredited universities up to a maximum of 25% of the total credit for you CALMAT degree. Please consult the course catalog for detailed information.