Experience the Sofia Difference

Program Chair David Bergner, PhD.

Elevate your career with a Sofia University MBA. Students at Sofia build a balance of high-level business acumen, superior decision-making capability, and the interpersonal skills employers seek in order to lead enterprise teams into the new age. Attend on-site, online or both. With flexibility as well as evening & weekend classes, our MBA is well-suited for working professionals.

A recent poll by the Graduate Management Admissions Council reported that 98% of employers believe that business school graduates must utilize a combination of interpersonal skills and data analysis in order to be successful in any professional setting. These statistics imply that business school graduates must excel in both areas. Such reports emphasize the balance of skills and knowledge required for those entering the modern work force. At Sofia, MBA students are prepared to sharpen their analytical talents and critically assess qualitative and quantitative information.

Centered in the heart of Silicon Valley and connected worldwide, this program is designed to provide a transformational learning experience that will give students a powerful new perspective on business administration. Sofia’s MBA is built on three pillars:

  • Solid knowledge of business management fundamentals
  • Data-driven decision-making in organizational settings
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills

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 business acumen, data-driven decision-making, and interpersonal depth is designed to give professionals a sustainable advantage in an intensely competitive business environment. These essential resources will strengthen one’s ability to drive value-creation at any level in an organization.

University faculty includes seasoned technologists, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists who are committed to helping students achieve their highest potential within their chosen specialty. Sofia’s rigorous course of study incorporates the unique Sofia pillars, traditional core business courses, as well as additional courses and project work in one of the following concentrations:

  • Business Analytics
  • Decision Science
  • Leadership & Organizational Effectiveness
  • Technology Innovation & Product Management
  • Entrepreneuship
  • General concentration (with advisor approval)
 

CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS (Total: 48 Quarter Units)

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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 2001 – Personality and Motivation
  • MBA 2002 – Positive Psychology for Business
  • MBA 2003 – Decision Science 1

Business Core (24 Units)

Sofia’s Business Core, taught by seasoned faculty, provides a solid knowledge of business fundamentals.

  • MBA 3001 – Accounting
  • MBA 3002 – Finance
  • MBA 3003 – Economics
  • MBA 3004 – Data Analysis and Forecasting
  • MBA 3005 – Operations
  • MBA 3006 – Business Law and Ethics
  • MBA 3007 – Strategy
  • MBA 3008 – Marketing 1

Capstone
The Capstone is the final component of a student’s graduate studies. This is a two-course sequence designed to be broadly integrative. Capstones will have concentration-specific modules and Learning Outcomes. The methodology for this Capstone Project is a simulation-based case study. The student’s objective is to incorporate concepts learned throughout the MBA program to address a strategic challenge facing a host organization. Capstone Part 1 will review and reinforce key concepts from the MBA program through a series of case studies of actual companies, to help students build the skills and abilities they will need to succeed on the summative simulated case study case they will undertake in Capstone Part 2. In Part 2, students will be provided a set of data and documents for an organization (such as quarterly reports, letters to shareholders, strategic plans, market data), and a description of issues and objectives for the study. Students will produce a final written document and (hypothetical) formal presentation to the organization’s key contact. This final report must show that the student has significantly applied concepts from the Sofia Core, Business Fundamentals, and Concentrations to analyze the strategic situation of a subject entity, and has fully addressed issues to provide novel recommendations that the entity could implement.

  • MBA 4001 - Capstone Part 1 (3 units)
  • MBA 4002 - Capstone Part 2 (3 units)

Concentrations
Note: All students must complete Capstone Part 1 and Capstone Part 2. Capstones will include concentration-specific modules and Learning Outcomes.

Business Analytics

  • MBA 4101 - Data Analysis & Forecasting 2
  • MBA 4201 - Introduction to Business Analytics Programming
  • MBA 4103 - Data Visualization

Decision Science

  • MBA 4101 – Data Analysis & Forecasting 2
  • MBA 4201 – Decision Science 2
  • MBA 4202 – Behavioral Economics & Strategy

Leadership & Organizational Effectiveness

  • MBA 4301 – Organizational Leadership & Management
  • MBA 4302 – Organizational Psychology

Choose at least one of the following courses:

  • MBA 4201 – Decision Science 2
  • MBA 4202 – Behavioral Economics & Strategy

Management of Technology and Innovation

  • MBA 4401 – Technology Innovation & Product Management
  • MBA 4402 – Project and Program Management

Choose at least one of the following courses for a total of 3 units:

  • MBA 4501 – Marketing 2
  • MBA 4602 – Technology Entrepreneurship
  • MBA 4003 – Full-Time Internship in Business (3 Units)*
  • MBA 4004 – Part-Time Internship in Business (1 Unit)*

Entrepreneurship

Choose from at least one of the following courses:

  • MBA 4601 – Social Entrepreneurship
  • MBA 4602 – Technology Entrepreneurship
  • Choose from the following courses for a total of 6 units:

  • MBA 4101 – Data Analysis & Forecasting 2
  • MBA 4201 – Decision Science 2
  • MBA 4301 – Organizational Leadership & Management (3 Units)*
  • MBA 4401 – Technology Innovation & Product Management
  • MBA 4501 – Marketing 2
  • MBA 4003 – Full-Time Internship in Business (3 Units)*
  • MBA 4004 – Part-Time Internship in Business (1 Unit)*
  • General Concentration

    Choose from at least one of the following courses for a total of 9 units:

  • MBA 4101 – Data Analysis & Forecasting 2
  • MBA 4201 – Decision Science 2
  • MBA 4301 – Organizational Leadership & Management
  • MBA 4401 – Technology Innovation & Product Management
  • MBA 4501 – Marketing 2
  • MBA 4003 – Full-Time Internship in Business (3 Units)*
  • MBA 4401 – Technology Innovation & Product Management
  • MBA 4501 – Marketing 2
  • MBA 4003 – Full-Time Internship in Business (3 Units)*
  • MBA 4004 – Part-Time Internship in Business (1 Unit)*
  • Internships

    Internships are optional but highly encouraged. Students undertake a significant experiential learning opportunity, typically with a company or community-based organization. The internship represents an educational strategy that links classroom learning and student interest with the acquisition of knowledge in an applied work setting. Through direct observation, reflection and evaluation, students gain an understanding of the internship site’s work, mission, and audience, how these potentially relate to their academic study, as well as the organization’s position in the broader industry or field. Students will produce a critical reflection on their internship experience demonstrating how they have addressed specific MBA Program Learning Outcomes. Students are responsible for securing their own internships but should contact the Student Services for assistance and resources to identify and apply for opportunities of interest.

  • MBA 4003 – Full-Time Internship in Business (3 units)
  • MBA 4003 – Part-Time Internship in Business (1 units)
  • * Note: Courses are subject to change and availability in a given quarter is not guaranteed.

    Program Completion Options

    You will have flexibility as to how you schedule 48 quarter units of coursework, and you can take up to 6 years to finish. All concentrations will require a comprehensive exam on core learning and an oral examination/presentation of a capstone project.

    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.NOTE: Courses are subject to change and availability in a gi ven quarter is not guaranteed.

    TUITION: Estimated total cost of tuition: $21,600

    CONTACT: For more information, contact Sofia University Admissions (650) 493-4430 or admissions@sofia.edu

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