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Master's Degree Programs

International M.B.A. Program (IBEAR M.B.A.)

The IBEAR M.B.A. program is an accelerated global M.B.A. for experienced managers and professionals. The curriculum contains internationalized core courses in its first three terms and selected international business electives thereafter. It concludes with a challenging consulting project in terms four and five.


In addition to the general admission requirements, applicants should have a minimum of six years work and/or graduate study experience. Current participants average 11 years of experience and are 34 years of age. Scholarships are available to domestic and international students.

For more information, contact the IBEAR M.B.A. Program; (213) 740-7140; Fax (213) 740-7559; or; Apply online at

Program Structure

This intensive full-time program begins in early August and ends in mid July each year. It begins with a three-week transition program to assist international and domestic participants in adjusting to life in the U.S.

August SessionUnits
GSBA 523Communication for Management3

Term 1 — FALLUnits
GSBA 510Accounting Concepts and Financial Reporting3
GSBA 511Microeconomics for Management3
GSBA 524Data and Decision Models3
GSBA 529Strategic Formulation for Competitive Advantage3

Term 2 — FALLUnits
GSBA 518Accounting Control Systems3
GSBA 528Marketing Management3
GSBA 548Corporate Finance3
GSBA 549The Firm in the National and International Economy3

Term 3 — SPRINGUnits
GSBA 534Operations Management3
GSBA 543Managerial Perspectives3
IBEAR designated international business electives6

Term 4 — SPRINGUnits
GSBA 584aInternational Business Consulting Project3
IBEAR designated international business electives6

Term 5 — SUMMERUnits
GSBA 584bInternational Business Consulting Project2
IBEAR designated international business electives6

Total units required for degree: 56