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Master of Business Administration


This program offers a broad-based education in business operations designed for working professionals who wish to advance or enhance their working careers. The MBA program emphasizes both core business principles and the latest concepts, practices and skills needed in today's marketplace.


Program Objectives

The program presents an overall management perspective. Certain courses provide a detailed knowledge of management principles as they are related to the individual functional areas such as marketing, operations, finance, and accounting. Other courses provide knowledge of the quantitative and qualitative tools of management and strengthen the students' understanding of the human, social, organizational, governmental, and environmental problems associated with business.


The MBA Program is organized into a curriculum of management courses designed to provide the student with an overall framework of business knowledge. They stress the basic principles, concepts, and practices associated with the overall management of any business. The student must successfully complete courses totaling a minimum of 36 semester units in the program and then complete an approved project.

The courses may all be taken through distance education. Please see Patten's web site at for course fees.

A newly accepted student at Patten must enroll in their first class within 90 days of acceptance. A student is subject to dismissal from the University for Unsatisfactory Academic Progress if they do not meet this deadline.

General Management Concentration

The objectives of this program are to provide: (1) a structured knowledge of management principles and practices; (2) an ability to use the basic functions necessary for business operations; (3) a sensitivity to the evolving business environment; (4) an understanding of the proper relationship of basic principles in relationship to the changing techniques used to implement them; (5) facility in critical analysis, and analytical, communication, quantitative and synthesizing skills; and (6) an increase in the marketability of the student's skills and experience in today's competitive marketplace.

This program is designed to produce superior senior-level managers, provide an overall perspective on business management, and increase the marketability of the participant's skills and experience in today's competitive marketplace.

In addition to their core MBA degree, students can earn a Master's Certificate in Management as they work toward the completion of their MBA program. Attaining this resume-building Certificate can help students continue to excel in their careers while earning a degree and without adding additional courses and tuition costs.


Course List

  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resources - Course 659

  • Leadership - Principles and Practices - Course 612

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