Bridge Courses

Students who hold an accredited undergraduate degree in business administration, commerce, or a related field may be deemed to have acquired competency in the core areas if the degree is not more than ten years old and if the core courses were completed with a grade of "C" (or equivalent) or higher.

Students who hold an undergraduate degree in a field other than business administration or a related area will be required to demonstrate competency in the business core areas. Competency can be demonstrated by completing necessary coursework at an accredited institution prior to beginning graduate studies at CSUDH or by completing appropriate bridge courses offered through the MBA Online Program.

Students in the MBA program can satisfy the business core competency areas by successfully completing coursework offered online in a set of leveling or bridge courses. The bridge set of management fundamental courses consist of five foundation or leveling courses designed to provide the theoretical concepts and quantitative tools that are the foundations for business decisions.

All bridge courses, with the exception of Management Information Systems, are two (2) credit units each and offered in eight (8) week intervals. Management Information Systems is a one (1) credit unit offered in a six (6) week interval.

Applicants deemed to be deficient in undergraduate preparation will be required to complete from one to five of the following bridge courses:

  • BUS 495 - Financial Accounting/Business Finance (2) Use and interpretation of financial statements under generally accepted accounting principles. Emphasis is on underlying theory, concepts, principles and practice. A survey of the decision framework for financial management, forecasting and planning, risk, valuation and cost of capital, capital structure and budgeting.
  • BUS 495 - Operations Research/Business Statistics (2) Applications of quantitative decision analysis to solve complex business problems including production systems, marketing analysis, transportation systems and inventory control. Utilizes the collection and interpretation of data for use in decision-making including probability theory and applications, random sampling, estimation, hypothesis testing, regression and correlation.
  • BUS 495 - Management Theory/Legal Environment (2) Analysis of principles and theories of management, organization theory, planning and control techniques. Considers the relationships of information utilization for competitive advantage, data as a resource, and decision support. Includes consideration of the legal environment, governmental regulation, social accountability, and ethical issues in business organizations.
  • BUS 495 - Marketing Principles/Economics of the Firm (2) Analysis of the interdependence of elements in a firm's marketing function including the marketing environment and target markets, marketing strategy with emphasis on the marketing mix, social and ethical responsibilities of marketing. Applications of macroeconomic and microeconomic theory to management decisions. Emphasis is on analysis and quantitative techniques appropriate for solving forecasting, production cost and pricing problems under various market conditions.
  • BUS 495 - Management Information Systems (1) Introduction, analysis, and applications of the use of information for decision processes, planning, and decision support in organizational systems. Considers the concepts of information systems for competitive advantage, data as a resource, quality control and reengineering, development and management of systems, and end-user computing. 

Applicants may also take the equivalent undergraduate courses at CSUDH. The following courses will satisfy the prerequisite requirements:

ACC 230 and FIN 360 is equivalent to taking the bridge course BUS 495 Financial Accounting/Business Finance.

OMG 321 and OMG 423 is equivalent to taking the bridge course BUS 495 Operations Research/Business Statistics.

MGT 310 and Law 240 is equivalent to taking the bridge course BUS 495 Management Theory/Legal Environment.

MKT 350 and ECO 210 or ECO 211 is equivalent to taking the bridge course BUS 495 Marketing Principles/Economics of the Firm.

CIS 370 is equivalent to taking the bridge course BUS 495 Management Information Systems.

Applicants may choose to take the equivalent undergraduate courses at another institution. Please refer to the Course Catalog for these undergraduate course descriptions. Courses listed with a prefix in the 200s are typically offered in community colleges. Courses listed with a prefix in the 300s are typically upper division courses offered at four year colleges or universities. For example, BUS 495 Financial Accounting/Business Finance is equivalent to ACC 230 and FIN 360 at CSUDH. A community college will likely offer an equivalent to ACC 230 but FIN 360 will not likely be available at a community college.