Experience the Sofia Difference
Program Chair David Bergner, PhD.
Students come to Sofia to build the balance of hard and soft skills employers are looking for.
A recent poll by the Graduate Management Admissions Council reported 98% of employers said business school graduates need to be able to use data to drive decisions, and 98 percent also said graduates must exhibit exceptional interpersonal skills. These high percentages imply business school graduates must excel in both areas. This is precisely the balance of skills and knowledge you will acquire in the Sofia MBA program.
Centered in Silicon Valley, and connected worldwide, Sofia’s business faculty include seasoned technologists, entrepreneurs, and venture investors who are committed to helping you reach the leading edge in your chosen specialty. Sofia’s rigorous course of study incorporates the unique Sofia Core, traditional core business courses, and additional courses and project work in one of the following concentrations:
- Business Analytics & Data-Driven Decision Making
- Management of Technology and Innovation
- Global Business Leadership
- Business Artificial Intelligence (coming soon)
- In addition, with approval of advisor, you can design your own concentration.
Sofia’s MBA is built on three pillars:
- Solid knowledge of business fundamentals
- Exceptional interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence
- Data-driven decision-making in organizational settings
The three pillars are woven into courses throughout the curriculum, underpinned by a solid foundation of self-knowledge, value clarity, and authenticity. This balance of hard skills, soft skills, and personal depth is designed to give you and your organization a sustainable edge in an intensely competitive business environment.
Flexible Program Completion
- Attend on-site, online or both – well-suited to working professionals
- Complete your degree on your schedule (take up to 6 years)
CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS (Total: 48 Quarter Units)
The Sofia Core (9 Units)
The Sofia Core is designed to provide a transformational learning experience that will give you a powerful new perspective on business administration. You will acquire foundational knowledge of transpersonal psychology, as well as the science of positive psychology, happiness, and well-being. You will learn to apply strategies to enhance team and organizational performance, to foster deeper engagement, motivation and commitment, and to combat dysfunctional conflict and stress in your life and in your organization. In addition, core courses provide a solid foundation in decision-making, integrating knowledge from quantitative, behavioral, interpersonal, transpersonal, and organizational perspectives. These essential resources will strengthen your ability to drive value-creation at any level in an organization.
- MBA 3000 – Fundamentals of Transpersonal Studies
- MBA 3001 – Positive Psychology for Business
- MBA 3015 – Decision Science 1
Business Core (24 Units)
Sofia’s Business Core, taught by seasoned faculty, provides solid knowledge of business fundamentals.
- MBA 4010 – Accounting
- MBA 4020 – Finance
- MBA 4030 – Economics
- MBA 4040 – Data Analysis in Business
- MBA 4050 – Operations
- MBA 4060 – Business Law and Ethics
- MBA 4070 – Strategy
- MBA 4080 – Marketing
Electives and Cornerstone Projects (15 Units)
You may come to Sofia already with a mission, perhaps an entrepreneurial spirit and the intention to start a company, or a project you are accomplishing for your current employer, or you may be at a transition point in your life, seeking a change. In any case, you will identify projects during the program that could become the foundation of your work following graduation.
You will complete your program by focusing your studies with an approved set of electives and project work. Cornerstone projects are a key aspect of the Sofia difference. Many business programs have capstone projects, culminating projects in which students apply the knowledge and theory they have gained in their program.
A capstone is a stone that goes on top of something, typically a wall; metaphorically, this represents completion. A cornerstone is an essential component in the foundation of a building; metaphorically, this represents a beginning.
If completed at the end of the program, cornerstone projects can fill the role of a traditional capstone project, while also serving as a stepping-stone to post-graduate engagement. However, cornerstone projects are designed to help you sow the seeds of your future growth as you learn, and may be approved at any point in your program.
These projects can be undertaken by individuals or teams, and might include, for example: presenting a business plan to a venture fund manager, completing projects for your current employer, cultivating clients to establish a consulting/coaching practice, or building a project portfolio to demonstrate your acquired analytical skills.
Program Completion- Flexibility is Key
You will have flexibility as to how you schedule 48 quarter units of coursework, and you can take up to 6 years to finish.
WAIVERS: The program will issue waivers on a course-by-course basis, based on an examination and other criteria, if courses have been completed within the past 6 years. An exceptional student who has waived courses in business fundamentals, and completes more than 9 units per quarter, could finish in 1 year. All concentrations will require a comprehensive exam on core learning, and an oral examination/presentation of a project.
A student who has earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration within the past six years from an accredited college or university may be able to have some of the Business Fundamentals courses waived based on an examination. The program will also issue waivers on a course-by-course basis if courses have been completed within the past six years. Each equivalency is determined by course content, grade received (B+ or higher), and the amount of time elapsed (six years or less) since the course was completed. Students also may have an option to take a third party administered exam to demonstrate equivalency.
ONLINE/ONSITE: All courses will be offered online, on-campus, or hybrid. On-Campus classes will be scheduled for evenings and weekends to accommodate working professionals. On-campus events, workshops and intensives, and study abroad opportunities will be offered.