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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). 

MBA Comprehensive Exam

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

ADMN 6981

The MBA Comprehensive Examination, ADMN 6981, is a zero-unit culminating experience course.  In this course, an MBA student will take a comprehensive examination which evaluates his or her learning over the MBA essential courses. Before registering for ADMN 6981, an MBA student must complete all seven (7) of the essential courses (ACCT 6060, FIN 6020, IST 6090, MGMT 6010, MGMT 6850, MKTG 6050, and SCM 6070). The potential comprehensive examination questions are located in the “Tips for Preparation” section below. 

Comprehensive Examination Structure

  • The MBA comprehensive examination will include one question from each of the essential courses (ACCT 6060, FIN 6020, IST 6090, MGMT 6010, MGMT 6850, MKTG 6050, and SCM 6070).  A total of 7 questions (including various types such as essay, calculation, definition, etc.) will be asked.  
  • The dates for the comprehensive examination are posted below. The MBA Office will post the exam dates prior to the start of each semester.
  • The potential comprehensive examination questions are posted below. The questions are updated at the beginning of each academic year and will remain the same through the summer term.  
  • The comprehensive examination for the on-campus Traditional/Executive Program is taken in-person at the University.  The comprehensive examination for the Fully Online MBA Program is taken online.  
  • Students are given four (4) hours to complete the exam. This must be done in one sitting. 
  • An MBA student can take the Comprehensive Examination (ADMN 6981) only twice during his or her program.

Tips for Preparation

  • An MBA student is strongly encouraged to contact the MBA Office for any questions regarding the comprehensive examination. Please contact the MBA Program Advisor Deloren West via email at dewest@csusb.edu.
  • Some of the business departments have hosted Comprehensive Examination Review Sessions.  The recorded review sessions are available on YouTube  - click here.

Potential Comprehensive Examination Questions for AY 2022-2023:

Accounting 6060

Finance 6020

Information Systems and Technology 6090

Management 6010

Management 6850

Marketing 6050

Supply Chain Management 6070

Registration

The MBA Office must register students in the ADMN 6980 (MBA Portfolio) and ADMN 6981 (MBA Comprehensive Examination).  Please contact the MBA Academic Advisor Deloren West (dewest@csusb.edu) to request enrollment in the ADMN 6980 & ADMN 6981 courses.   

Exam Dates:

On-Campus Traditional and Executive Programs:

Spring 2023 Semester - The comprehensive examination will take place in-person on Friday, April 28th at 9:00am.  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:

Spring 2023 Semester (session #2) – Friday, April 14th at 9:00am.

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.