Loyola Marymount University’s College of Business Administration was founded in 1926 as a center for innovation and strategic thinking. As the University has grown, they still hold strong to this commitment to providing students with a forward-thinking education. Their mission statement is, “We advance knowledge and develop business leaders with moral courage and creative confidence to be a force for good in the global community.” It reflects not only their student goals but their goals to positively impact society as well.
The campus is located in Los Angeles, California, one of the most innovative cities in the world, and a hub for many top business industries like entertainment, technology, finance, and more. Loyola Marymount has many community collaborations and partnerships which help get CBA students connected with successful business leaders, entrepreneurs, as well as respected business’ and organizations.
The College of Business Administration carries accreditation through the esteemed AACSB. LMU offers undergraduate business degrees in Applied Information Management Systems, Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Management, Finance, and Marketing. The CBA works diligently to give business students the academic and professional tools needed to think critically, communicate effectively, and analyze situations and problems with an open mind.
The Master’s degrees available include MBA, Executive MBA, MS in Accounting, MS in Management, MS in Business Analytics. The Master’s of Science in Business Analytics can be completed in only one year and focuses on data analysis. Students enrolled in the program learn about all aspects of data from data-mining, machine learning, programming, visualization, and more.
More than 200 student organizations give Loyola Marymount students plenty of opportunities to find their niche. AIMS Society, Alpha Chi Omega, and Club Sports are just a few of the options available. The Ethnic and Intercultural Services Department offers services targeted towards promoting diversity. This goal is also promoted by many clubs and organizations on-campus with a similar mission.
CBA students have many opportunities to expand their learning outside of the classroom. One way that the College encourages this is through Global Study programs. Undergrads can earn college credit while traveling to interesting places such as Rome, Barcelona, and the countries of East Asia. MBA participants can spend two weeks in Bonn, Germany while gaining credit towards their degree. Or take part in the CMS Program, which requires a year of study and ends with trips to three to five countries in a specific region of the world. Stateside students can try their hand at investing through the Student Investment Fund. The SIF began in 2002 and gives students an opportunity to gain experience in choosing investments, researching, and measuring the performance of stocks.
Ethical behavior and giving back to the community are important aspects of an LMU education. Service organizations and Alternative Breaks are a great option to get involved and give back. Past Alternative Break locations have included the Appalachian Mountains, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Mexico.