Dec 09, 2018  
2018-2019 Catalog 
    
2018-2019 Catalog

Business Administration, Law Concentration, Joint MBA/JD


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Program Information


GGU provides students the opportunity to simultaneously earn both the MBA and JD degrees. Students interested in the joint program should first apply to the School of Law. After successfully completing the first semester of law school, students interested in the joint program can apply to the Ageno School of Business MBA program. Students’ LSAT scores will be accepted in lieu of the GMAT and Writing Proficiency Requirement in order to gain admission to the MBA program. All the other admission requirements of our traditional MBA program apply. The decision on admission to the MBA program will normally be made after receipt of the second semester law school grades. See the Juris Doctor (Joint Degree Program), JD/MBA for more information.

For the MBA program, students complete the same foundation program courses and advanced program courses as required in our traditional MBA program. However, joint program students complete the Law concentration with 12 units of their second and third year law classes. However, these 12 units are not formally applied to the MBA program until the student has successfully completed the JD program requirements.

Additionally, 12 units from the MBA program are used to satisfy the elective requirement of the JD program. In all, the program allows students to complete both the JD and MBA degrees in as few as 109 units, compared to 121 units if pursued separately. The total number of business units may be higher if students have not already completed the business subjects in the 18 unit MBA foundation program at an accredited undergraduate college or university (with a C- grade or better).

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the MBA program will be able to:

  • Work effectively in teams.
  • Sell their ideas.
  • Apply theory to understand real practical situations.
  • Think “outside the box” and develop novel solutions.
  • Integrate the functional department issues into a coherent strategic whole.
  • Analyze and synthesize problems.

And will be knowledgeable about:

  • Current international and global issues.
  • Ethical and diversity issues.
  • Current technology and environmental issues.
  • Leading change in an organization.
  • Current management trends.

Graduates of the JD program will demonstrate knowledge of:

  • Legal rules, principles, and theories in the core substantive areas of law (i.e., criminal law and procedure, constitutional law, tort law, contracts law, civil procedure, property law, wills and trusts, business law, evidence and professional responsibility).

And be proficient in the following:

  • Problem solving
  • Legal analysis and reasoning
  • Legal research
  • Factual investigation
  • Oral and written communication
  • Counseling
  • Negotiation
  • Litigation and alternative dispute resolution procedures
  • Organization and management of legal work
  • Recognizing and resolving ethical dilemmas

And demonstrate an awareness and appreciation of the value of:

  • Provision of competent representation.
  • Justice, fairness, and morality.
  • Improving the legal profession.
  • Engaging in professional self-development.

Attention Law School JD Graduates

If a student has already earned his/her JD degree, he/she can use 12 units of course credit from the JD program toward the completion of the MBA degree with Law concentration. Plus, if the student has already completed the business subjects in the foundation program at an accredited undergraduate college or university (with a C- grade or better), he/she can transfer these courses to satisfy the foundation requirements, and reduce the course requirement to the eleven advanced program graduate core courses (33 units).

Program Information


The GGU Master of Business Administration (MBA) program will advance your leadership skills and business knowledge using an activity-based learning approach. Our faculty members are seasoned professionals in their respective fields and will prepare you to lead in today’s complex business environment.

The GGU MBA builds leadership skills throughout the program, provides an integrated perspective of management and allows you to tailor your program with one of our 13 concentrations to meet your interests and goals. These concentrations include business data analytics, entrepreneurship, project management and even the option to design your own.

Since the founding of its MBA program over half a century ago, GGU has pioneered evening and online programs for working professionals to achieve their career objectives. You will proceed at your own pace in deciding how many courses to take in a given trimester and study fully in-person, completely online or a combination of both.

Student Learning Outcomes

By the end of the program, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a general management “holistic” perspective
  • Demonstrate managerial and leadership skills, such as teamwork, critical thinking and problem solving, communications and presentations, self-awareness
  • Master and apply general management analytic processes and tools for decision making
  • Integrate strategic business objectives within competitive industry dynamics
  • Integrate strategic business objectives within the socio-political-economic-ecological-global context
  • Understand functional areas’ impact on business and departmental interaction issues
  • Demonstrate integrated business level planning

Requirements for the Master of Business Administration

GMAT/GRE Requirement

The GMAT/GRE is NOT required if you have more than 5 years of professional work experience and hold an earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited US institution or the equivalent from a recognized foreign (outside the US) institution. If you have less than 5 years of work experience, you will need to take the GMAT or GRE. For additional details, please view our graduate admissions requirements.

Business Proficiency Requirement

Students admitted to this program are required to possess an understanding of U.S. business practices equivalent to BUS 201 Economic and Regulatory Essentials of U.S. Business . This requirement must be completed in your first term, and you must have completed this requirement no later than your first nine units at GGU. A grade of C- or better is required for BUS 201 . However, graduate students must maintain a 3.00 (B) cumulative grade point average to remain in good standing.

Graduate Writing Proficiency Requirement

Students  are expected to possess a level of writing skill and knowledge equivalent to ENGL 201 . Students may meet this requirement by satisfying one of the screening criteria. For further information, refer to our website. https://www.ggu.edu/shared-content/enrollment/proficiency-requirements/#graduate-writing-proficiency

Computer Proficiency Requirement

Applicants are expected to demonstrate a working familiarity with computers and software applications appropriate for graduate studies. Knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet analysis and network access capabilities are included for evaluation. Deficiencies in computer proficiency may require additional work as determined by the faculty.

Math Proficiency Requirement

Students admitted to this program are expected to possess a level of mathematical skill at least equivalent to College Algebra (MATH 30 ).

Multiple Concentrations

Two or more concentrations may be taken in the MBA program. In addition to the course requirements for the concentrations, students must also complete the coursework for all the foundation and the advanced programs. All of the coursework for multiple concentrations must be completed prior to graduation; students may not request any additional concentrations after they have received their MBA. The diploma will list all of the concentrations that the student successfully completed by the date of graduation.

Foundation Program - 9 Units


The three-course foundation program provides the groundwork for the advanced program core and concentration courses. Some, or all, of the foundation course requirements may be waived if they have previously completed comparable undergraduate courses at a regionally accredited college or university with a grade of C or better. Students may be admitted to advanced program courses before completion of the entire foundation program, but they must complete the foundation program by the time twelve units have been earned in the advanced program.

Advanced Program - 33 units


The core courses in the advanced program are taken by all MBA students. This ensures that all MBA graduates have an understanding of the important skills for effective management and in integrative knowledge of the core area of business, regardless of their area of concentration. Although they are required to choose either a concentration or a general concentration when they apply for admission, the common core allows students to rethink their concentration (or general concentration) decision, and to change it with minimum course penalty.

Contextual Courses - 6 units


Functional Courses - 12 units


Capstone Course - 3 Units


Concentration - 12 units


The four concentration courses in the advanced program allow the student to develop expertise in a specialized area of business. The concentrations may include required and elective courses. Currently, GGU offers several MBA concentrations. Or, students can choose a general concentration. Courses listed carry three semester units of credit unless otherwise noted.

For those students who wish to develop on-the-job experience in the program, they can develop hands-on experience through an internship program by taking three units of an internship course in the student’s field of interest. For three months, under the supervision of GGU faculty, students will work for a business or nonprofit organization, applying their Golden Gate education to real-life circumstances.

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