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Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Master of Business Administration (MBA)


The Westcliff MBA program prepares you for a career in business, management, or entrepreneurship. At Westcliff University, you will:

  • Analyze, synthesize, and present case studies using evidence-based decision making
  • Work in cooperative groups with diverse teams solving comprehensive problems
  • Understand and use management principles to solve complex business problems
  • Develop your ability to think critically and problem-solve creatively
  • Receive education through online and on-campus formats to suit your schedule
  • Network with students and faculty working in a wide range of industries
  • Learn from practitioners/scholars who are senior managers or business owners
  • Gain hands-on experience with companies in our SMART™ MBA consulting capstone program

Mission Statement

Westcliff University’s mission for the Master of Business Administration program is to offer a broad spectrum of core concepts in ancillary fields of business that prepare students to lead people and projects. In an innovative and creative environment, the program enables students to develop and implement business strategic initiatives in an ethical and professional manner.

MBA Program Description

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program prepares individuals for careers in management. More specifically, its aim is to provide an opportunity for men and women to develop knowledge, abilities, attitudes, and understanding that will constitute a foundation for growth into competent business management professionals, qualifying graduates to seek employment in major industries, including computer-related services, investment banking/securities and consulting in the areas of marketing, research, analysis, and/or finance.

The performance outcomes which are required for the completion of the program include: class participation, response to discussion questions, writing research papers, group assignments, case study analyses, quizzes, mid-term and final examinations (Comprehensive Learning Assessments).

MBA Program Learning Outcomes

MBA Program Learning Outcomes

Westcliff University’s Master of Business Administration program seeks to develop persons who can function successfully in upper middle management and top management positions. The emphasis is on strategic management concepts and principles. The MBA program makes use of recent research findings, uses complex computer models, stresses the importance of human relations skills, and integrates strategic management processes through an objective worldview.

The following are the educational Program Learning Outcomes for the Master of Business Administration:

Develop mastery of functional components of business—economics, marketing, accounting, finance, law, organizational behavior, and leadership
Demonstrate effective presentation of business analyses and recommendations through written forms of communication appropriate to the intended audience
Demonstrate effective presentation of business analyses and recommendations through oral communication of conventions and forms appropriate to the intended audience
Appraise current information technology effectively to support business decision making
Value and integrate diversity and a global perspective in business decisions
Compile independent, critical thinking, and reasoning skills to critique problems and develop problem solving and decision-making abilities
Integrate ethical issues in a business context and formulate alternatives that demonstrate ethical values
Facilitate the use of research and information from all mediums for the purpose of promoting critical thinking as it is applied to learning complex business concepts
Evaluate, analyze, and communicate quantitative data to improve and sustain strategic business initiatives

Program Requirements

  • Admissions Requirements

    For acceptance into a Master of Business Administration degree, applicants must satisfy the following criteria:

    An applicant with a Bachelor-level degree from a regionally or nationally accredited institution can apply for entrance into Westcliff University. Undergraduate degrees obtained outside of the United States will only be accepted if they have been evaluated by a member in good standing of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or another nationally recognized credentialing service. In this case, the listed U.S. degree equivalency will be used.

  • Graduation Requirements

    Students must complete thirty-six (36) prescribed credit hours with a program GPA of 3.0 or higher, including 9 core courses (27 credit hours) and 3 concentrations (9 Credit Hours). Students may complete all 36 credits at Westcliff University. Alternatively, students may apply to be granted course waivers for up to 6 credit hours of the required Master of Business Administration Courses. Please refer to the Transfer Credit and Course Waiver Policies for more detailed information and requirements.

    Students must apply for graduation and meet all academic and financial requirements.

    At the end of the graduate business program, the Dean of the College of Business shall be present and observe all final contents presented during the graduate student’s final capstone. The Dean’s signature of approval is required for satisfactory completion of the capstone course.

    Upon graduation and fulfillment of all graduation requirements, students will receive a Master's Degree in Business Administration.


  • Internship Requirements

    Westcliff University requires all students enrolled in graduate degree programs to successfully complete an internship prior to graduation. Westcliff University degrees are designed to prepare students for the workforce, and the knowledge and skills learned throughout the curriculum are directly applicable in the industries to which they are associated. Internship experiences allow students to further refine these skills through practical use with guidance, oversight, and feedback while also building a network within the industry and references for future career needs. Graduate students are encouraged to take full advantage of the opportunities afforded to them in their internship experiences and maximize their potential career placement or advancement upon graduation.

    Graduate internship courses are credit-bearing and are assessed on a Pass/Fail basis. During each internship course, students engage in direct experience per session in addition to participating in the assigned classroom activities. Students are encouraged to complete as many internship courses as they are able to in pursuit of their degree (with a maximum of one course per session). Internships opportunities exist on- and off-campus. Off-campus internships require prior university approval, and F-1 students must have Curricular Practical Training (CPT) authorization to participate in off-campus internships.

    Students are responsible for developing and demonstrating the skills necessary to be successful in an internship. In addition to industry knowledge, students should be prepared to demonstrate professionalism, effective communication (written, oral, and digital), and integrity while engaged in an internship. The faculty facilitating graduate internship courses assess these qualities and provide valuable feedback to students throughout the course.

Program Information

  • Required Courses

    Masters of Business Administration Core Required Courses - 27 Credit Hours Total

    BUS 500 Organizational Leadership 3 credit hours

    BUS 505 Managerial Economics 3 credit hours

    BUS 510 Marketing Management 3 credit hours

    BUS 525 Strategic Management in a Globalized Economy 3 credit hours

    BUS 530 Managing Information Systems & Technology 3 credit hours

    BUS 535 Managerial Accounting 3 credit hours

    BUS 540 Organizational Behavior 3 credit hours

    BUS 550 Financial Management 3 credit hours

    BUS 557 Applied Methods Capstone 3 credit hours

  • Course Concentrations

    In addition to the core requirements, students may choose a concentration within the Master of Business Administration program. In order to graduate with a concentration, students must take three (3) courses, totaling 9 credit hours in the area of their chosen concentration while at Westcliff University in addition to all of the Master of Business Administration core course requirements.

    Business Statistics and Data Analytics - This concentration places emphasis and study on the practical application of statistical data and inference in the field of business. The goal is to utilize statistics and market research in the face of business uncertainty across all disciplines, as to facilitate improvements in business efficacy and decision-making, resulting in the attainment of organizational goals and competitive advantage.

    Cybersecurity - The Cybersecurity Certificate program is designed to advance the professional careers of technologists and computer scientists in the field of computer systems and information technology security. The certificate program is presented in a detailed and innovative approach that examines a variety of computer systems security topics, including cybersecurity essentials and network security; communications security techniques such as cryptography, computer forensics, threats and detection; information security management, and a proactive approach to designing cybersecurity for emerging technologies. Security policies on privacy and legal issues are also presented. Upon completion, graduates can design and implement cybersecurity measures and strategies across several sectors such as healthcare, manufacturing, research and development, education, banking and finance, and international business.

    Digital Communications and Multimedia - This exciting concentration enables students to incorporate digital communications and multimedia into the field of business by developing the skills necessary to effectively create, design, develop, and manage a multitude of digital media. Critical thinking, project management, and systems development life cycle business methodology is applied to the selection and design of digital, media, and multimedia projects in a creative and innovative way that adds value to the business firm by increasing and sustaining competitive advantage.

    e-Business Management - The e-Business Management Concentration at Westcliff University is designed to integrate technology, business, marketing, and employability skills to prepare you for jobs in the burgeoning field of e-Business. In order to run smoothly, companies rely on the electronic function by qualified and knowledgeable professionals. When it comes to computerized business skills, a student that earns their Master of Business Administration in e-Business has a strong force. In today's world of information technology, such a degree is certain to lead to a successful and rewarding career.

    Entrepreneurship - Innovation and flexibility are the secrets to success in today's business marketplace. The entrepreneurship Master of Business Administration fosters the enterprising spirit and managerial autonomy that businesses rely on to stay competitive in this dynamic economy. Westcliff Master of Business Administration students who specialize their program in entrepreneurship also learn how successful entrepreneurs gain access to the resources needed; launch their venture; grow their business; and, finally, exit their business.

    Financial Management - The financial management program is designed to provide both a sound theoretical and a conceptual and practical framework for financial managers. Special emphasis is placed on growth and diversification policies, evaluation, and management of securities portfolios, investment banking and merger strategies, analysis of foreign exchange rate movements, formulation of plans to reduce foreign exchange risk exposure, and case and/or research projects dealing with contemporary financial issues.

    General Management - By focusing on fundamental business principles and general management competencies such as managerial communication and decision-making skills, Westcliff's Master of Business Administration in General Management can introduce students to new strategies for success in business.

    Health Informatics & Analysis - This concentration focuses on the application of information technology to the field of healthcare for the purpose of improving the quality and safety of patient care and outcome, while operating under the current business structure and in alignment with strategic initiatives. Informatics is the science of processing, storing, and retrieving data for the purpose of managing patient healthcare, systems, and resources. Analytics of data is performed holistically and ethically in an effort to increase organizational efficacy in the attainment of business organizational goals, so that clinicians and healthcare organizations can be effectively sustained.

    Healthcare Management/Administration - Today’s healthcare administrators are integral to the successful management of medical organizations, including hospitals, nursing homes, hospice facilities, insurance companies, provider networks and government policy organizations. They are expected to examine business from multiple perspectives, drawn from a cross-section of multidisciplinary expertise. A Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management graduate program focuses on the application of essential business disciplines to managerial issues in healthcare.

    Information Technology - The Master of Business Administration concentration in IT provides students the opportunity to learn aspects of Information Technology as they apply to the attainment of organizational goals, management, and the use of information technology as a means of sustaining competitive advantage. Curriculum pertaining to information systems, computer hardware and software, emerging technologies, business intelligence (BI) tools such as online analytical processing (OLAP), data mining, business performance management (BPM), predictive and data analytics, big data and informatics will be investigated.

    Information Technology Project Management - The focus of this concentration is to provide students the opportunity to develop proficiency in skills of IT Project Management, so that they may practically apply them in their professional careers. Content covered includes comprehensive principles in the management of technological innovation, fundamentals of data analytics and presentation, business intelligence (BI), project management components such as organizing, initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing IT projects. The concentration culminates in a sponsored managed IT project capstone that solves an organizational problem or contributes to the organization's bottom-line, facilitated and supervised by the collaboration of the sponsor, students, and faculty.

    International Business - Business activities have an increasingly global reach. Successful business professionals must have a thorough knowledge of international business environments and be able to operate within individual foreign markets. Specific issues covered in this Concentration include cultural, economic and legal issues, as well as exporting, franchising, licensing, foreign direct investment, and outsourcing. Students develop skills in areas such as international risk analysis, international human capital development, international communication, site selection, matching markets, and products/services, etc.

    Marketing - This concentration prepares students with the knowledge and tools they need to be a marketing department director, manager, or officer. The program emphasizes the global aspects of marketing, the preparation of various specialized plans for marketing, sales, and advertising and the relationship between the marketing department and other departments of the firm.

    Organizational Management - The purpose of the concentration in organizational management is to provide students with the skills and practical and theoretical concepts that will assist them when seeking promotions or positions in management and supervision. This concentration is designed to prepare diverse adult learners to become effective, change-oriented leaders in an international society by adding distinctive and challenging curricula.

    Supply Chain Management - The Supply Chain Management Concentration is focused on the study of the movement and storage of raw materials, work-in-process inventory, and finished goods from point of origin to point of consumption, based on efforts of multiple organizations. Students will learn how to maximize customer value and achieve a sustainable competitive advantage. Emphasis is placed on product development, sourcing, production, and logistics, as well as the information systems needed to coordinate these activities.

    Web Development & Design - The Full Stack Coding Bootcamp offered by Westcliff University is a multidimensional certificate program that bridges a path for students who want to pursue careers in the growing and exciting field of web development. The program focuses on creating dynamic and interactive experiences through a rigorous full stack coding curriculum. Students pursuing this program will gain the necessary skills for front-end and back-end development, all while preparing them for success in the professional world.



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Scholarship Opportunities

  • Scholarship Application

    As a Westcliff student, you have access to a powerful network of support from staff, faculty, alumni, and many others who take pride in investing in you. Scholarships are made possible by generous benefactors who are passionate about supporting your success.

  • Scholarship Application Deadlines
    Semester Session Scholarship Deadline Start Date End Date
    FALL Session 1 07/31/21 Start: 8/30/21 End: 10/24/21
      Session 2 09/25/21 Start: 10/25/21 End: 12/19/21
    SPRING Session 3 12/04/21 Start: 01/03/22 End: 02/27/22
      Session 4 01/29/22 Start: 02/28/22 End: 04/24/22
    SUMMER Session 5 04/02/22 Start: 05/02/22 End: 06/26/22
      Session 6 05/28/22 Start: 06/27/22 End: 08/21/22
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