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MBA Comprehensive Exam

MBA Students admitted in the academic bulletin from fall 2015 through spring 2020 are subject to a final project (ADMN 6910). Students with a finance concentration must also take a comprehensive exam based on the finance focus area course. Contact the MBA Office with questions regarding the Finance Comprehensive exam.

MBA Comprehensive Exam

MBA students will have a comprehensive exam (ADMN 6981) as their culminating experience. Please see below for detail.

ADMN 6981

This course is a zero-unit culminating experience course.  In this course, an MBA student will take Comprehensive Examination which evaluates his or her learning over Core/Essentials courses. Before registering ADMN 6981, an MBA student must complete Core/Essentials (Acct 6060, Fin 6020, IST 6090, MGMT 6010, MGMT 6850, MKTG 6050, and SCM 6070). Potential exam questions are located in the Tips for Preparation section.  

Comprehensive Examination Structure

  • One question from each of the courses (Acct 6060, Fin 6020, IST 6090, MGMT 6010, MGMT 6850, MKTG 6050, and SCM 6070) will be asked.  A total of 7 questions (including various types such as essay, calculation, definition, etc.) will be asked.  In each Semester, Departments can update questions.
  • A date of Comprehensive Examination will be announced by the MBA office.
  • Potential Comprehensive Examination Questions are available below.  Please contact the MBA office and receive them before taking Comprehensive Examination (ADMN 6981). These questions are updated at the beginning of each academic year. 
  • The exam is currently offered online. If you would like to take the exam in person, you can request so by contacting mba@csusb.edu.
  • Once the exam begins 4 hours are allowed to complete it. This must be done in one sitting. 
  • If you do not pass the exam, students can request to retake the exam by contacting mba@csusb.edu. 

Tips for Preparation

An MBA student is strongly encouraged to contact the MBA office early and receive advising. Contact your academic Advisor Deloren West dewest@csusb.edu.

Some of the business departments hosted a comprehensive examination review session for academic year 2021-2022.  The recorded review sessions are available on YouTube here

Potential Comprehensive Examination Questions for AY 2021-2022 (not for finance comp mentioned above):

Accounting 6060

Finance 6020

Information Systems and Technology 6090

Management 6010

Management 6850

Marketing 6050

Supply Chain Management 6070

Potential Comprehensive Examination Questions for AY 2022-2023 (not for finance comp mentioned above):

Accounting 6060

Finance 6020

Information Systems and Technology 6090

Management 6010

Management 6850

Marketing 6050

Supply Chain Management 6070

Registration

Students must contact their MBA Academic Advisor to formally request registration after essential coursework is completed.

Exam Dates:

On-Campus Traditional and Executive Programs:

Fall 2022 semester - The comprehensive examination will take place in-person on Friday, November 18th at 9:00 am.  Please check in at the MBA Office (JB-283) promptly by 8:45 am and make sure to bring a picture ID and your the Duo security device with you.  

Fully Online MBA Executive Program:

Summer 2022 (session #2) – July 28, 2022 at 9:00am

Fall 2022 Semester (session #2) – Friday, November 4th at 9:00 am.

Grading

Departmental committee or faculty members who make questions will evaluate students’ answers.  Each question will be graded as “High Pass,” “Pass,” or “No-Pass,” based on grading rubrics. 

  1. If an MBA student passes at least 4 Questions (graded as “High Pass”) out of 7 Questions, the MBA student is considered to pass a Comprehensive examination (ADMN 6981) and earn Credit for ADMN 6981.  The MBA student is recognized as a student with “High Pass” in Comprehensive Examination. 
  2. If an MBA student does not meet Grading (1) but passes at least 4 Questions (graded as either “Pass” or “High Pass”) out of 7 Questions, the MBA student is considered to pass the Comprehensive Examination (ADMN 6981) and earn Credit for ADMN 6981. 
  3. If an MBA student does not meet Grading (1) and (2), the MBA student is not considered to pass the Comprehensive examination (ADMN 6981), no credit will be assigned for ADMN 6981. 

No-Pass Procedure 

If an MBA student does not pass the Comprehensive Examination (ADMN 6981), the MBA student must contact the MBA office and review his or her answers.  Then the MBA student must retake Comprehensive Examination (ADMN 6981).  To earn an MBA degree, an MBA student must pass the Comprehensive Examination (ADMN 6981).  An MBA student can take Comprehensive Examination (ADMN 6981) only twice during his or her program.

Grading Grievance

If a student believes his or her answers are not fairly graded, the student can file a grading grievance to Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration, following University guidelines.  The grading grievance will be responded by the Department(s), depending on questions.