Woodbury University is a private research institution that was established in 1884. Students at the AACSB accredited School of Business are challenged to be innovative thinkers. The SoB follows three guiding pillars: ethical leadership, giving back, and sustainability. The majority of classes have fewer than 20 students, which allows professors to also serve in a mentorship capacity. Graduates assume leadership roles with corporations such as Bank of America, Ernst and Young, The Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros., and Wells Fargo.
The undergraduate curriculum consists of a management core. Bachelor’s degrees are awarded in Accounting, Fashion Marketing, Management, and Marketing. The Fashion Marketing program is among an elite group of less than one percent that meets the high standards set by the AACSB. Graduates of the Accounting program have a 100 percent placement rate within one year of graduation. Students who wish to earn a graduate degree will be able to save a substantial amount of time and money by completing the 3+1 BBA/MBA. In the four years, it typically takes to complete a Bachelor’s degree. Students will earn both a Bachelor’s in Management and an MBA.
Graduate students can complete the 36-credit hour Master of Business Administration program in as little as one year by attending classes full-time or in two years for part-time enrollment. The curriculum consists of eight core courses and four electives designed to form a concentration. Students can select a concentration in Accounting-Finance or Leadership-Global Strategy. Courses are offered in seven-week sessions, and students can complete two sessions every semester. Flexible scheduling options allow students to take classes in the evenings from 6-10 PM or on Saturday or Sunday from 8 AM-12 PM or 1-5 PM.
With campuses in Los Angeles and San Diego, students have access to major businesses right at their fingertips. These businesses provide real-world challenges for students. For instance, during the Spring 2020 semester, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment has challenged business students to increase the sales and rentals of DVDs.
The Center for Entrepreneurship also provides experiential learning opportunities. Students can learn valuable strategies for establishing their own enterprise from CEOs during the Entrepreneurial Lecture Series. Alumni also return to the campus to share their journeys, and students are inspired by the Women Entrepreneurs Panel. The annual Creative Minds Conference in the fall features a chance for students to practice their sales techniques through the “So You Think You Can Sell?” Competition. During this competition, students are randomly assigned products they must create a one-minute sales pitch for. Winners leave with cash prizes donated by advisory board members.
Another highly anticipated competition is the Baron Business Plan Competition, hosted by the CEO student organization and funded by alumni Mr. Baron. Students can showcase their MBA projects with prospective students during the MBA Experience hosted by the SoB and Admissions office. The Career Development Encounter gives students a chance to participate in a mock panel interview and receive feedback from professionals. The Center for Leadership lets students hone in on their leadership skills through attendance at symposiums and conferences.