Westcliff University’s College of Business offers an elite private school business education. Professors who instruct classes come from a wide variety of backgrounds, including the corporate sector, consulting, and entrepreneurs. The curriculum is based on input from California employers to ensure graduates have the experience sought out by leaders in the industry. Students are engaged in many hands-on learning activities, such as case analyses, presentations, and group discussions.
Students interested in making their way into the world of business can pursue a Bachelor of Business Administration. This 120-credit hour comprehensive program covers business fundamentals, such as finance, accounting, marketing, operations, sales, and information technology. The well-rounded curriculum also offers many specialized electives, such as E-Commerce, Social Media Strategy, Customer Relationship Management, Principles of Branding, and Consumer Behavior. All courses are taught with a global perspective in mind, preparing students to work locally or internationally. Undergraduate certificates consist of three classes and are available in Business Administration and Leadership.
Graduate students can earn a Master’s of Business Administration, Master’s of Science in Information Technology, Master’s of Science in Computer Science, or Doctor of Business. Students in the MBA program will complete 27 hours of core business courses and nine hours of concentration courses. Concentration options include but are not limited to General Management, International Business, Organizational Management, Marketing, Financial Management, Entrepreneurship, Health Care Management/Administration, and Information Technology Project Management. DBA students will complete advanced leadership courses, as well as three blocks towards a final project or dissertation on a self-selected topic of interest. Graduate certificates consist of four classes and are available in Organizational Leadership, Executive Management, and Business Administration.
Westcliff University fosters a sense of community, with a small student body of 2,300 students, as well as an impressive student to faculty ratio of 10:1. Students can take advantage of many great extracurricular programs, such as guest lecture presentations, networking events, career days, and workshops. Professional development and career services are also available to help students secure internships and with their transition from college to career. Students have interned with Google, IBM, Bank of America, and Sony Interactive Entertainment. Social activities, such as informal pot-luck dinners and hot chocolate socials, are another great chance for students to connect with their professors outside of the classroom.
The College of Business offers all programs in a fully online or hybrid format, so schedules or distance will never hold a student back from pursuing their degree. Online programs are accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission. The DBA is one of the few doctoral programs in Southern California that can be completed online. This gives adult students more freedom to balance their careers and their coursework simultaneously. Students in online business programs will complete discussion boards, write research papers, take exams, and participate in group projects and case studies. These highly interactive programs feature the same content components as the in-class programs. Due to the flexibility of these programs, students have a shorter time completion rate than the national average.