University of California, Riverside

Anderson Graduate School of Management


Flexible MBA Curriculum

The Professional MBA program provides a comprehensive framework for the strategic management of business organizations. The  program can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis to fit your schedule. It can be spread over several years or completed in as little as 5 quarters. The curriculum includes a set of required and elective courses. Students are allowed the flexibility of choosing electives from a variety of functional areas to customize their Professional MBA experience.

Students in the AGSM Professional MBA program are responsible for taking a total of 20 courses that make up 80 quarter units. There are six major components to the curriculum. 

Program Prerequisite

  • Management 403 — Review of Quantitative Methods for Management

The MGT 403 prerequisite may be met in one of three ways:

  1. Equivalent college-level coursework completed within three years prior to enrollment as verified by transcripts.
  2. Students who have taken prerequisite coursework more than three years prior to enrollment may take a prerequisite waiver exam prior to the first day of instruction. MGT 403 will be waived for students who achieve a passing grade on this exam.
  3. Successful completion of MGT 403 taken during the first quarter in residence.

Unit credit is not awarded toward the degree for successful completion of the program prerequisite.

Professional Workshops

Students are required to complete one workshop (2 quarter units).

  • Management 404 — Communication, Leadership, Teams, and Ethics

Core Courses

Students are required to complete nine core courses (36 quarter units).

  • Management 200 — Organizational Behavior and Theory
  • Management 201 — Statistics for Management
  • Management 202 — Financial Management
  • Management 203 — Managerial Economics
  • Management 205 — Information Systems
  • Management 207 — Operations Management for Competitive Advantage
  • Management 209 — Marketing Management
  • Management 211 — Financial Accounting
  • Management 235 — Strategic Management


Students are required to complete 28 units of electives if doing the thesis option and 36 units of electives if doing the comprehensive exam option, which are offered in nine areas:

  • Accounting
  • Entrepreneurial Management
  • Finance - LEARN MORE >
  • General Management
  • Human Resources Management/Organizational Behavior
  • International Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Management Science/Operations Management
  • Marketing
Fieldwork in Management (Internship) — one course (four quarter units).

The internship is a mandatory part of the MBA program.

  • Provides management experience complementary to formal classroom studies.
  • Designed to provide meaningful work experience in a variety of industries, allowing application of academic knowledge and skills to a business.
  • Normally taken after completion of core courses.
  • Currently employed students may be allowed to develop projects related to their current employment (four quarter units).

Learn more about the Fieldwork in Management course requirement.

Capstone Course — one course (four quarter units).
  • Team-taught, integrative case course on managing the complex tasks of the total organization.
  • Examines the interdependence of the functional areas of management.
  • Student teams analyze cases involving several functional areas and recommend actions for improvement.
Project or Thesis — (zero units for project, up to eight units for thesis).

Students have a choice of completing either:

  • A group case analysis as part of the capstone Management Synthesis course. This project serves in lieu of a comprehensive examination for students who choose not to write a thesis.

  • An individual Thesis (Management 299).

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Contact Information

The A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management

Graduate Programs Office
102 Anderson Hall, South

Tel: (951) 827-6200
Fax: (951) 827-2055