Master of Business Administration

MBA Program Overview

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) – Work Integrated Learning (WIL) based degree program provides students with comprehensive and well-integrated instruction in business fundamentals and decision making. It focuses on the development of deep self-knowledge and emotional intelligence that benefit managers across a range of business contexts. The program is designed to provide graduates with the knowledge, skills, and transpersonal perspective necessary to foster an organizational culture of value-driven, analytics-based decision-making in a competitive global strategic environment.

State Authorizations for Distance Education

Sofia University is licensed, registered, authorized, certified, or formally exempt in the following states and territories as indicated on our State Authorizations page. 


Our faculty is comprised of passionate thought-leaders dedicated to bringing their expertise and knowledge to the forefront of all of our programs. Learn more about our MBA Faculty members

Work Integrated Learning-Based Internship Program

A student must complete the Work Integrated Learning Internship program. Students participating in a part-time/full-time internship course will receive one (1 unit) internship credit unit each term and a total of three (3 units) internship academic credits will count towards their graduation requirement.

Internship Eligibility for F-1 students:

  • You are a student enrolled in a graduate degree program – For all master’s and doctoral level degrees at Sofia University (including those granted to domestic students), internships are an integral part of the training.
  • Prospective F-1 students who have been in F-1 status and previously enrolled full-time at a college or university in the U.S. for at least one academic year (one academic year at Sofia is defined as three full-time quarters per the academic calendar) in the following, master’s degree programs DO NOT need to fulfill the one-year academic requirement to apply for CPT:


    • Master of Science in Computer Science – MSCS – STEM Cip Code 11.0701.
    • Master’s in Business Administration – MBA – Cip Code 52.0201.


  • In order to obtain approval to participate in an internship, you must be able to show that your curricular practical training directly relates to your major area of study.  When a student files a CPT Authorization Request, this application will be reviewed by a qualified Internship Faculty Advisor. The Internship Faculty Advisor will review the proposed internship experience and sign-off if it adequately correlates with and supports the training objectives of the student’s degree program.
  • All internship participants must maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout their participation in internships, with certain limited exceptions.
  • For those students unable to find a placement in the first quarter, the university can assist in locating a placement; will help a student to find an appropriate substitute internship, or suggest the filing of a temporary waiver.

To learn more about Sofia’s internship policies for check out our Domestic Internship Handbook and International Internship Handbook. Our Internship Handbook will help you learn about our Work Integrated Learning Internship Program, overall qualifications, and internal processes on how to apply.

Quick Facts

Enhanced Experiential Pedagogy

The Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Program at Sofia offers students immediate access to internship opportunities following their acceptance to the university.*


*Offered beginning Fall 2021.

Upcoming Start Dates

Summer – July 5, 2022

Fall – October 3, 2022

Winter – January 9, 2023

Spring – April 3, 2023

Time to degree completion

18 months

The program is designed to be completed in 1.5 years for full-time students (who take 9 units per quarter) and between 2 and 2.5 years for part-time students (less than 9 units per quarter).
The maximum allowable time for degree completion is 4 years.

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Admissions Requirements

Check out the Admissions Requirements for this program.


Choose from On-Ground or Hybrid & Weekend Courses

Each term students will take one online fully asynchronous course and one course in a hybrid residential format. In the hybrid modality three of the five class sessions are held on campus during the weekend, while the other two sessions are held synchronously online.

Where this Program is Offered

Choose from either of our California locations:

  • Palo Alto, California campus located in Silicon Valley
  • Costa Mesa campus located 25 minutes from Los Angeles

No GRE/GMAT Required

Simplifying your pathway towards a solid MBA

Work Integrated Learning Highlights

Our MBA STEM program offers a pedagogically integrated Work Integrated Learning (WIL) component that allows all students to participate in a career-based work environment that directly maps to the MBA curricula.

The WIL program allows students to directly apply their learning in a highly technical environment while being mentored by an experienced Internship Faculty Advisor.

All students have the opportunity of interacting on a weekly basis with other STEM WIL peers to share their professional experiences in the field and provide peer guidance and advice.

All students will be able to learn a wide range of technology skills and apply them to their MBA program while developing lessons learned documents, work application summaries, and technical products that will reflect on their newly acquired workplace skills.

As the workforce evolves, a graduate degree shows me the dedication to enhancing my industry expertise and credibility. By earning a graduate degree from Sofia University, I continue to expand upon my wealth of knowledge, preparing myself for a life of constant learning, and I now have the confidence to compete in today’s advanced technological world.

Anjali PatelMBA Student, Class of 2021

Program Benefits

Flexible Scheduling

Advance your career with a program that accommodates your full-time job, family commitments, or other demands. We designed our flexible online MBA with you in mind which is why our courses are offered in a weekly or bi-weekly virtual-online format so you can schedule your classes when you need them.
In 2018 our MBA was ranked in the top 5 online MBA programs in Silicon valley by the Online MBA Report. We continue to be one of the most affordable options in the Silicon Valley region with our MBA priced under $23k.
Sofia is accredited by the nation’s premier regional accreditation body for higher education, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
Our MBA faculty is comprised of influential innovators in the field of tech, business, and beyond.


Business Analytics

Possible Career Outcomes Include:

» Data Analyst

» Data Scientist

» Statistical Analyst


Management of Technology and Innovation

Possible Career Outcomes Include:

» Product Manager

» Marketing


Leadership & Organizational Effectiveness

Possible Career Outcomes Include:

» Project Management

» Marketing


General Concentration

Possible Career Outcomes Include:

» Marketing

» Product Manager

» Account Management

» Sales Representative


MBA Learning Outcomes


Analytically evaluate both quantitative and qualitative data and models to generate insights into trends and business opportunities to formulate ethical and innovative strategic directions and operational plans in myriad business domains.


Strategically communicate using a variety of media and data analytics tools and visualizations to effectively communicate both internally and externally in a positive, innovative, and transformative manner.


Apply the concepts, tools, practices, and strategies of core business disciplines to strategically analyze business issues and develop practical, analytics-based solutions in a business environment.


Describe the contributions of geopolitics, economics, environmental awareness, social responsibility, sustainability, and cultural diversity to the contemporary global business environment, and develop ethical, analytics-based business strategies that address, integrate, and balance these factors.


To receive a Master of Business Administration degree, a total of 48 units are required for graduation. The following are specific degree requirements:

The MBA-WIL centric curriculum is comprised of the following requirements:

1. Mandatory Core Courses (9 Units): There are 3 mandatory business administration foundational courses that must be completed. Each course is 3 units for a total of 9 mandatory core units. The Core consists of courses that aim to provide students with both the human relations and quantitative decision-making skills to lead business operations.

2. Business Fundamentals Courses (24 Units): Business Fundamentals courses provide exposure to the major functional areas of business. There are 8 business fundamentals required courses.

3. Concentration Courses (9-12 Units): There are 3 mandatory concentration classes in four different concentrations. Each course is 3 units for a total of 9 mandatory concentration credits. Students focus their studies by completing the Concentration of their choice.

4. Work Integrated Learning Program (3 Units): A student must complete the Work Integrated Learning Internship program. Students participating in an internship course will receive one (1 unit) internship credit unit each term and a total of three (3 units) internship academic credits will count towards their graduation requirement.

5. Capstone Course (3 Units): A student may complete a Capstone course to finish up their concentration.

Mandatory Core Courses - (9 units)

• MBA2001 Personality and Motivation (3)
• MBA2002 Positive Psychology for Business (3)
• MBA2003 Decision Science 1 (3)

Business Fundamentals - (24 units)

Business Fundamentals courses provide exposure to the major functional areas of business:

• MBA3001 Accounting (3)
• MBA3002 Finance (3)
• MBA3003 Economics (3)
• MBA3004 Data Analysis and Forecasting 1 (3)
• MBA3005 Operations (3)
• MBA3006 Business Law and Ethics (3)
• MBA3007 Strategy (3)
• MBA3008 Marketing 1 (3)

Concentration Courses - (9 units)

Business Analytics
• MSCS2401 Data Science (3)
• MSCS3019 Data Visualization (3)
• MSCS3805 Statistical Analysis for Computer Science (3)

Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness
• MBA4301 Organizational Leadership & Management (3)
• MBA4401 Technology Innovation & Product Management (3)
• MBA4402 Program and Project Management (3)
• MBA4601 Marketing 2 (3)

Management of Technology and Innovation
• MBA4401 Technology Innovation & Product Management (3)
• MBA4601 – Marketing 2 (3)

Students select 3 units from the following courses:
• MBA4301 Organizational Leadership & Management (3)
• MBA4402 Program and Project Management (3)
• MBA4003 Full-Time Internship in Business (3)

General Concentration
• MBA4301 Organizational Leadership and Management (3)
• MBA4402 Program and Project Management (3)
• MBA4401 Technology Innovation & Product Management (3)
• MBA4601 Marketing 2 (3)

Work Integrated Learning Internship Course (3 units)

• MBA 4003 Part-Time/Full Time Internship (1)
• MBA 4004 Part-Time Internship in Business (1)

Capstone Courses

• MBA4001 Capstone I
• MBA4002 Capstone II

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