Master of Business Administration

Program Overview

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program provides students with thorough instruction in business fundamentals and value-driven decision-making and is combined with opportunities for the development of deep self-knowledge and emotional intelligence that benefit managers across a range of industries and business contexts. The course of study is designed to provide graduates with the knowledge, skills, and perspective necessary to foster a culture of value-driven decision-making and organizational well-being in a competitive strategic environment.

The MBA balances traditional business disciplines and focuses on the human dimensions of leadership and management. Core Courses provide foundational knowledge of personality, motivation, and positive psychology, which are needed by those who manage the relationship of individual and organizational well-being and leading strategic actions to enhance organizational performance and sustainability. Students learn to apply, align, and balance three human strengths in organizational decision-making: rationality and logic (head); emotional intelligence (heart); and deep intuition (soul).

Attention is also given to decision-making, integrating quantitative, behavioral, interpersonal, transpersonal, and organizational perspectives. Business Fundamentals courses provide exposure to the major functional areas of business, including accounting, finance, economics, operations, marketing, strategy, law and ethics, and leadership.

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.

Quick Facts

Upcoming Start Dates

Summer – July 6, 2021

Fall – October 4, 2021

Winter – January 10, 2022

Spring – April 4, 2022

Time to degree completion

2 years

Per Unit Cost


Estimated Total Cost


Total Number of Units



Hybrid (Online + Onsite*)

*Currently all of our courses have shifted to a virtual-online format due to COVID-19 and the mandatory stay safer at home orders in California.

No GRE/GMAT Required

Simplifying your pathway towards a solid MBA

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


Learning Outcomes


Apply the concepts, tools, practices, and strategies of the core business disciplines to analyze business problems and develop practical solutions.


Critically evaluate both quantitative and qualitative data and models to generate insights into trends and business opportunities, and formulate strategic directions and operational plans.


Describe and apply theories and practices of transpersonal leadership to the successful management of a business, team, or project.


Describe and employ effective approaches to teamwork in multidisciplinary and multicultural settings.


Communicate using a variety of media and genres to effectively address the circumstances and intended audience across a range of purposes and settings.


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


Apply economic models, legal and ethical frameworks, and transpersonal principles to develop value-driven strategies and solutions to business problems and cases.


To receive a Master of Business Administration degree, students must successfully complete a minimum of 48 units. The following are specific degree requirements:

Core Courses - 9 units

he Core consists of three courses that aim to provide students with both the human relations and quantitative decision-making skills to lead business operations:

• 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

Students focus their studies by completing a Concentration. Modules related to each Concentration are also found in the Capstone courses (MBA4001, MBA4002). In addition, with prior approval of the student’s academic adviser or Program Chair, a maximum of 3 units of internship may be applied to the Concentration requirement.

Business Analytics
In addition to the courses below, students may select additional courses from the Master of Science in Computer Science with approval of the Program Chair:
• MSCS2401 Data Science (3)
• MSCS3019 Data Visualization (3)
• MSCS3805 Statistical Analysis for Computer Science (3)
• MBA4003 Full-Time Internship in Business (3)
• MBA4004 Part-Time Internship in Business (1)

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)
• MBA4003 Full-Time Internship in Business (3)
• MBA4004 Part-Time Internship in Business (1)

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)
• MBA4004 Part-Time Internship in Business (1)

General Concentration
• MBA4301 Organizational Leadership and Management (3)
• MBA4402 Program and Project Management (3)
• MBA4401 Technology Innovation & Product Management (3)
• MBA4601 Marketing 2 (3)
• MBA4003 Full-Time Internship in Business (3)
• MBA4004 Part-Time Internship in Business (1)

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Master of Business Administration, Master’s in Business in Palo Alto and Costa Mesa, CA