Pre-MBA Courses


These courses provide an ideal foundation for pre-MBA students who are preparing for the GMAT or who need general business courses to round out their university application. In addition, the pre-MBA courses listed below offer undergraduate degree credit that is transferable to all UC campuses and many other universities.

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Mathematics for Management
X 110   Management 4 units 
This course provides a fundamental background for administrators in the public and private economic sectors, as well as a solid review of pre-MBA mathematics. Topics include linear and matrix algebra, with special emphasis on demand/supply and cost/revenue analysis, and differential calculus.

Business Applications of Calculus
X 410   Management 4 units
This course examines the applications of differential and integral calculus to the study of business and economics. Topics helpful to students who need a pre-MBA review of calculus principles and applications also are covered.

Business Statistics 
X 115   Management 4 units  
This course explores the elements of probability, probability distributions, estimation and confidence intervals, tests of significance and hypotheses, linear regression and correlation, time-series analysis, and principles of index numbers. Prerequisite: X 110 Mathematics for Management or consent of instructor.

Business Economics
X 100   Management 4 units 
This course examines the effort of the enterprise to secure profits and the nature of demand for its products. Topics include cost and production, allocation of resources through competition, forms of market competition, relation of size to efficiency, markets for productive factors, incentives and growth, and capital budgeting.

Basic Managerial Finance
X 130A   Management 4 units  
This course covers the methods and sources of financing business firms – large and small. Topics include financial planning procedures, common financial arrangements and practices, and guidelines for formulating financial decisions and establishing policy. Prerequisite: X 1A and X 1B Principles of Accounting, or consent of instructor. 

Principles of Accounting
X 1A   Management 4 units 
This is the first part in the two-course Principles of Accounting sequence. X 1A provides an introduction to accounting theory, principles, and practice, covering the uses, communication, and processing of accounting information, as well as the recording, analyzing, and summarizing procedures used in preparing balance sheets and income statements.

Principles of Accounting
X 1B   Management 4 units  
This is the second part in the two-course Principles of Accounting sequence. X 1B covers corporations, analysis and interpretation of financial statements, and statements of cash flows, as well as examines accounting for operations of departments and manufacturing. Prerequisite: X 1A Principles of Accounting.

Business Law
X 420   Law 4 units  
This course explores the legal environment in which businesses operate and studies the interaction between business and the legal system. Students examine various areas of the law which are integral to the operation of business enterprises today. Topics include contracts, torts, agency, Uniform Commercial Code, bankruptcy, and the legal principles applicable to the different forms of business entities.

Marketing Principles and Practices
X 160   Management 4 units  
This course surveys marketing methods, practices, and institutions from the perspectives of manufacturers, distributors, and consumers. Students examine marketing concepts, functions, operations, and organizations of retail and wholesale enterprises; distribution channels; market research; advertising; marketing costs; pricing; cooperative marketing; marketing legislation and regulations; and trends.

Advertising Principles and Practices
X 163   Management 4 units  
This course takes a look at media advertising elements, including digital, mobile, and social networks while reinforcing the importance of traditional components–television, magazine, online, and outdoor advertising–with everyday applications. Discussion on advertising initiatives features current campaigns, agency relationship, and media organizations.

Management Theory,  Policy, and Process
X 190   Management 4 units 
This course presents the theory and application of managerial functions; the processes of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling in a wide variety of organizational settings; and how the management of people and resources can accomplish organizational goals. 

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