Loyola Marymount University
M.B.A. Program
Los Angeles, California


Loyola University, a Jesuit institution incorporated in 1928, merged with Marymount College in 1973 to form Loyola Marymount University. The M.B.A. Program was instituted in 1974. The Westchester Campus has a student population of more than 5,700. The Loyola Law School is located in downtown Los Angeles.

Seventy-seven percent of students in the Loyola Marymount M.B.A. Program are fully employed professionals from a wide variety of industries in Southern California. Twenty-seven percent of the students attend on a full-time basis. While some students enter the program directly after undergraduate school, most do have work experience. The average student is 29 years old, with four years of work experience. Women account for 43 percent of the student body, and 27 percent are members of minority groups. Sixteen percent of the population are international students. International students often provide alternative analyses of the global dimension of business problems, which are extremely valuable in the classroom. More than half of the students have undergraduate degrees in business, 27 percent in the social sciences, and 15 percent in engineering.

The Community
Loyola Marymount University is located in a lovely residential neighborhood on a bluff offering magnificent views of Marina Del Rey and the Pacific Ocean. Excellent weather plus proximity to local beaches provides the perfect setting for outdoor sports. Los Angeles offers an extraordinary variety of theaters, museums, and professional sports teams, all a short distance from the University.

Programs of Study and Degree Requirements
The Loyola Marymount M.B.A. Program develops ethical leaders who possess the knowledge and skills to effectively manage organizations in a diverse and global economy. Students are taught how to create value, handle risk, and manage change.

The Core curriculum consists of nine courses; some or all of which may be waived by students with recent bachelor’s degrees in business. Competence may also be determined by examination.

Upon completion of the core, students select domestic or international electives to gain breadth of knowledge as well as expertise in a particular area. The domestic track requires three courses in an area of emphasis, which could be: management and organizational behavior, marketing management, information and decision sciences, human resource management, financial decision systems, entrepreneurial organizations, international business systems, or accounting decision systems. Additionally, five electives from outside the chosen area of emphasis and an integrative option, which could be: comparative management systems, strategy courses, or an integrative project will complete degree requirements.

Students selecting the international track receive the M.B.A. degree plus a Graduate Certificate in International Business after completing the same number of courses as are required for the domestic track. In addition to international breadth courses, participation in comparative management systems is required. This provides the opportunity to study the area of emphasis within a given industry outside the United States. Comparative management systems is also available to domestic-track students.

Depending on waivers and the integrative option selected, ten to twenty courses complete the degree requirements. Full-time students with undergraduate degrees in business often complete the M.B.A. Program within one year.

Loyola Marymount students who are relocated or transferred can often complete their degrees at other AACSB-Accredited Jesuit Universities. Loyola Marymount offers a J.D./ M.B.A. Program, enabling a student to earn both degrees in four years.

Facilities & Resources
The Business Advisory Council, comprising corporate leaders from a variety of industries, is actively involved in the M.B.A. Program. Some of the members serve as speakers for the M.B.A. classes or conferences. Others are involved in the recruiting and placement efforts of the M.B.A. Program.

M.B.A. students have access via networks to an active array of computer and related technologies. Word processing, spreadsheets, and Web access are available through the campuswide network. Specific applications, such as simulation and statistical packages, are accessible via departmental networks.

The Conrad N. Hilton Center for Business is intended to provide access to a new generation of technologies. In addition to video projection and Web access, which can be utilized by faculty members in all classrooms, two hands-on computer classrooms are available in the Hilton Building. Videoconferencing will permit students and faculty members to participate in classes from remote locations.

Expenses and Aid
Total cost is $88,000. Annual mandatory fees for full-time students are estimated to be $188. In addition, all students must have health insurance. The cost of books and supplies varies from approximately $60 to $100 per course.

Merit-based research assistantships are available, as are need-based grants. In addition, the Financial Aid Office can provide information on loan programs available to M.B.A. students.

How to Apply / Application
Each applicant’s undergraduate record, GMAT scores, and recommendation letters form the basis for evaluation. Although not required, relevant work experience is considered. Applicants must earn a minimum GMAT score of 400 for consideration; the average score is approximately 570. The average undergraduate GPA is 3.2.

International students must achieve a TOEFL score of at least 600 (paper-based test) or 250 (computer-based test) and a minimum score of 550 on the GMAT. Proof of sufficient funds to cover tuition and living expenses for the full period of study is also required.

All entering students are assumed to be proficient in English composition, business mathematics, and computer applications.

Applications are accepted for the fall, spring, and summer semesters. There are no specific deadlines; the M.B.A. Office has a policy of rolling admissions. Once the University has received all application materials, the application package is reviewed and the applicant notified within two weeks.

Who to contact
M.B.A. Office
Loyola Marymount University
Los Angeles, California 90045-8387


E-mail: cwoods@lmu.edu


The Faculty
Loyola Marymount’s faculty members are exceptional teachers who actively participate in research in their fields. Approximately 94 percent of all courses are taught by faculty members who have doctoral degrees. Classes are intentionally small, to provide faculty members with opportunities to interact with individual students on a regular basis.

Women comprise 4 percent of the faculty, and 4 percent of the faculty are members of minority groups. Loyola Marymount’s strong international emphasis is supported by faculty members from India, Korea, Ghana, Hong Kong, Great Britain, and Russia. More...

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