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MBA Program

The transfer policy is not applicable to the MBA program unless it is from a school with an articulation agreement (please refer to Articulation Agreements). Otherwise, students must be awarded a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, and if, it is an international degree must have their credentials evaluated by a NACES recognized agency that validates the equivalency of the international degree to that of a United States degree.

 
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International Degrees and English Requirements

For students who have obtained their undergraduate/graduate coursework from an institution outside of the United States, the following additional steps must be taken in order to satisfy the application requirements for both the BS and MBA programs:

  • Degree Validation from either WES (World Education Services) or IERF (International Education Research Foundation) or a NACES approved agency.
  • Students must submit their transcripts, degree and any other documents to either one of the above-listed agencies or a recognized NACES approved agency. The agency will verify that all documentation is accurate and that it meets the accreditation criteria necessary to transfer their degree into the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree, coursework, and/or certificate from an accredited institution of the United States. The agency will report their findings to our school.
  • English Proficiency Requirement
    • Students who have an international degree must provide proof of English proficiency in either of the following ways:
    • The Medium of Instruction Letter (MIL): Students may obtain a MIL letter from the respective university in which they have completed their coursework. The MIL letter serves as a legal document that certifies that all instruction in the foreign institution has been delivered in the English Language Only.
  • Completion and a minimum score as listed below for either of the following exams:

BS Program (2-year degree completion program)

  1. TOEFL: Paper-based: 500, Internet-based 61
  2. IELTS EXAM: 6.0

MBA Program:

  1. TOEFL: Paper-based: 525, Internet-based 71
  2. IELTS EXAM: 6.5

Students who do not have a TOEFL/IELTS nor a MIL may be provisionally admitted to the university upon review of a candidate’s work experience and/or English related coursework, and in-house English test.

  • If the student has acquired work experience where the English language was the primary language used within their work environment, the student may submit their resume/employer’s letter emphasizing the length of employment and department contact information where confirmation of English usage during employment may be verified. Please note that the student must have had a minimum of one year of employment.

Students submitting work experience to meet the English Proficiency requirement are subject to an interview and written assessment.

  • If the student has completed an English program from an accredited institution, the student may submit transcripts/certificates showing English language coursework taken within the trajectory of a year.
  • Candidates undergo an interview that allows the candidate to demonstrate his/her speaking and listening skills.
  • The written assessment assesses reading comprehension and conventional grammar rules.

Both the interview and written assessment have been carefully crafted to assess a candidate’s readiness for the program in which he/she is applying. Once conducted the results are assessed and communicated to the Admission Committee.

Further, Virscend University recognizes that second language acquisition is a lifelong endeavor. Students who satisfy the requirements for admission will be monitored periodically to ensure that the students receive language support when necessary. Virscend University may require students to partake in a language development course/program to further assist their English development. Currently, the university sponsors Irvine Project Manager Toastmasters. Irvine Project Managers Toastmasters is part of an international educational organization. It is recognized for its focus on communication and leadership development. Students may consider registering for Irvine Project Managers Toastmasters or other language development programs upon approval from the Academic Program Director.

Credit Hour Policy

Notice Concerning Transferability of Credits & Credentials Earned at our Institution

As mandated by BPPE under E. Code 94909:

“The transferability of credits you earn at Virscend University is at the complete discretion of an institution to which you may seek to transfer. Acceptance of the degree you earn in MBA or BS program is also at the complete discretion of the institution to which you may seek to transfer. If the degree or coursework that you earn at this institution are not accepted at the institution to which you seek to transfer, you may be required to repeat some or all of your coursework at that institution. For this reason, you should make certain that your attendance at this institution will meet your educational goals. This may include contacting an institution to which you may seek to transfer after attending Virscend University to determine if your degree or coursework will transfer.”

Credit Hour Definition

Under federal regulations effective July 1, 2011, credit hour must comply with the following definition:

“Except as provided in 34 CFR 668.8(k) and (l), a credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than (1) one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out of class student work each week for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester or trimester hour of credit, or ten to twelve weeks for a one-quarter hour of credit, or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time; or (2) At least an equivalent amount of work as required in paragraph (1) of this definition for other academic activities as established by the institution including laboratory work, internships, practice, studio work, and other academic work leading to the award of credit hours.”

In compliance with the federal law stated above our BS program adopts a semester system and the MBA program adopts a trimester system of 16 weeks in length with 15 weeks as part of the required instructional hours and 1 week reserved for final exams.  Each course offers 3 credit units and requires a total of 3 instructional hours per week for a total of 45 hours plus the final exam in a semester per class. As of now, both of our BS and MBA programs are delivered through direct faculty instruction.

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Grading Scale and Standards

Grading Scale

The following grading scale is adopted for use in all University courses.

Grade Equivalent Grade Points Grade Scale
A Excellent 4.0 90-100
B Good 3.0 80-89
C Below Average 2.0 70-79
D Poor 1.0 60-69
F Fail 0  0-59
W Withdrawal 0  
AW Administrative Withdrawal N/A  
WU Withdrawal Unauthorized 0  
I Incomplete 0  

Grading Standards

  • A = Excellent
    • The student demonstrates advanced knowledge of all of the content and skills presented in the course and is able to use professional or personal experience to contribute to class knowledge in a unique and insightful manner. The student has excellent writing skills and participates actively in all aspects of the learning process.
  • B = Good
    • The student demonstrates knowledge of most of the content and skills presented in the course and often uses relevant professional or personal experience to contribute to class knowledge. The student has very good writing skills and participates frequently in the online classroom.
  • C = Below average
    • The student demonstrates below-average knowledge of the content and skills presented in the course. The student somewhat applies relevant professional or personal experience to class topics. There may be deficiencies in writing skills and course participation may be inadequate.
  • D = Poor
    • The student fails to demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the content and skills presented in the course and poorly applies relevant professional or personal experience to class topics. There are deficiencies in writing skills and course participation may be inadequate.
  • F = Fail

The student has presented an unacceptable quality and/or quantity of work that does not meet with the expectations and/or the number of assignments specified by either the university and/or professor.

If the student has not completed the coursework and earned a grade, the student may petition for one of the following grading marks, if and when, the student follows the appropriate guidelines. NOTE: THE FOLLOWING GRADING MARKS MAY IMPACT A STUDENT’S GPA.

  • W = Withdraw
    • The student may withdraw from any course after 10 working days before the end of the semester (refer to Add/Drop Policy for more information). A pro-rata refund may be reimbursed if the withdrawal falls under the qualifying deadline, as specified by the academic calendar (See refund policy for more detail). The student will be responsible for a new tuition payment for the repeated course of study. A student who withdraws will have to retake the course.
  • AW = Administrative Withdraw
    • During the first 10 working days of the course, if a student is absent, an instructor may withdraw a student from their course. It is the responsibility of the student to contact their instructor prior to the first week of class to notify him/her about any absence. Yet, it is at the discretion of a professor to determine whether the absence can be excused. If a student is administratively withdrawn, a student will have to retake the course. Since an administrative withdrawal only occurs at the beginning of the semester, the student will receive full tuition reimbursement, less administrative fees such as deposit or application fee that will not exceed $250. NOTE: While an AW may appear on students’ transcript, an administrative withdrawal is not calculated in a student’s GPA.
  • WU= Withdrawal Unauthorized
    • If the student discontinues the study without filing the withdrawal application. He/she will receive the grade of WU. The WU will appear on the transcript and the GPA of WU is “0”.
  • I = Incomplete Grade
    • If the course has not been completed the instructor may grant an “I” for incomplete. This incomplete status gives a student a semester/trimester extension, at no additional tuition cost. The reasons for requesting an incomplete are vast, such as an illness that precludes you from attending class or studying, general hardships, or family emergencies; Virscend is willing to work with students in their specific situation.
    • In order to be eligible for an incomplete, the student must be satisfactorily progressing in the course (two-thirds of the coursework with a passing grade of C or higher) and the instructor must have a valid reason to believe that an extension of time will permit satisfactory completion. Instructor and student must meet and complete the Incomplete Grade Form. After receiving the Instructor signature, the form should be turned in to the Director of Academic Programs (admissions@virscend.com), who will then review and approve the incomplete status. The student can expect a response within five business days, but it will usually be sooner (as we understand typically these are time-sensitive issues). The form must be signed by both the instructor and the Director of Academic Programs before discontinuing classwork.
    • If an incomplete is granted, the student must submit all coursework required to the instructors within the following semester/trimester.  If the instructor does not receive the agreed-upon coursework within the extension, the student will receive the grade indicated by the instructor on the Incomplete Grade Form. If the instructor does not indicate a grade to be assigned, the student will receive an F. In addition, the student may not take a full load of coursework during the granted semester/trimester extension.
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Grade Appeal Policy and Procedures

Policy

  • Grade appeals are designed for disputed academic evaluations only.

  • Communication between the student and the teaching faculty should be the first step taken. If an agreement cannot be reached, the student can file the Grade Appeal form online

  • The Grade appeal will be reviewed by the Office of Academic Programs and forwarded to the Grievance Committee for recommendations.

Procedure

  • The student can file the Grade Appeal online within 5 working days after the final grade is posted.

  • The Office of Academic Programs will review the Grade Appeal and forward it to the Grievance Committee for recommendations.

  • The Grievance Committee will review the grade appeal and make recommendations to the Office of Academic Programs for final decision.

  • A written decision will be given to the student by Email by the Office of Academic Programs normally within 10 business days after the Grade Appeal is filed.

Credit/Non-Credit Policy

Credit/Non-Credit is the denomination of a CR/NC for a passing/non-passing grade in lieu of a course letter grade.  Credit/Non-Credit does not affect GPA. 

Below is a chart used for both the Bachelor Degree and Master Degree Program. Students will receive credit/non-credit (CR/NC) according to the table below. It is important to note that program/course restrictions may apply. Questions may be directed to the Office of Academic Programs.  

BS and  MBA Program 

 

Grades: A, B, C 

Credit (CR)

Credit (CR)

Grades: D, F

No Credit (NC)

 

Tuition, Fee Schedule and Related Policies

Tuition for BS and MBA Programs (2020-2021 Academic Year)

Programs 2020-2021 Tuition
Bachelor of Science $400 per unit
Master of Business Administration $800 per unit

Standard Fees

Please note that all fees on this page are only for the current catalog year and may change in the future. All fees are reviewed annually and may be subject to increase.

Description Amount
Application Fee $20 per application
Registration Fee (including Student Activity Fee) $470 per semester
Transcript Fee (students pick up) $10 per copy
Transcript Fee (standard mail) $10 per copy plus $20 postage
Transcript Fee (express mail) $10 per copy plus $30 postage
Transcript Fee (international mail) $10 per copy plus $40 postage
Late Payment Fee (if paid after 14 days of Semester or late based on installation plan) $50
Late Registration Fee (if register after 14 days of Semester) $100 per course
Late Drop Fee (if submitted the drop form after 14 days of Semester) $100 per course
Returned Check Fee $100
Degree Conferral Fee (BS) $150
Degree Conferral (Master) $250

Additional Fees

Students should be prepared to meet the additional costs of their degree program. These can include travel, accommodations, food, textbooks, learning guides, course readers, conference call charges, dissertation editors, computer software and hardware, courses at other institutions, commercial database searches, professional meetings, conferences, and workshops.  Learning consultants or other editors are the sole responsibility of the students using their services.

Application Fee Policy

All application fees are non-refundable. An application fee is required for every application. If an applicant is unable to fully complete the application form for the intended semester, he or she can request that the application review be extended until the next semester.  Such a one-time, one-semester extension of application review will incur no additional application fee.  If an applicant is rejected, the file will be closed by the Admissions Office and the applicant will be required to complete a new application and submit a new application fee if he or she still wishes to pursue an education at Virscend University.

Student’s Rights To Cancel Policy

The student has the right to cancel the enrollment agreement and obtain a refund on tuition if it is requested on the first-class session, or the seventh day after enrollment, whichever is later. In such a case, the institution shall refund 100 percent of the amount paid for institutional charges, less a reasonable deposit or application fee not to exceed two hundred fifty dollars ($250). NOTE: If the student has received federal student financial aid funds, the student is entitled to a refund of monies not paid from federal student financial aid program funds. 

A notice of cancellation shall be in writing, and a withdrawal may be effectuated by the student’s written notice to the school’s Admissions Office, 16490 Bake Pkwy, suite 100, Irvine, CA 92618 or by the student’s conduct, including, but not necessarily limited to, a student’s lack of attendance. 

In addition, the school may withdraw a student from a course, if within the first two weeks of class the student has not reported to class nor communicated his intent to the instructor and admission office. 

Refund Policy 

A pro rata refund pursuant to section 94910(c) or 94920(d) or 94927 of the BPPE code shall be applied to students who have completed 60% of the clock hours of instruction in any given period of attendance. The amount refunded will be the total amount paid by the student for the academic semester minus the portion of the educational program that was provided. The calculation is as follows: 

  • The amount owed equals the total amount paid for tuition minus the daily charge for the program (total institutional charge, divided by the number of days or hours in the program), multiplied by the number of days the student attended, or was scheduled to attend, prior to withdrawal.
  • No refunds are due once the student has received more than 60% (9 weeks) of the clock hours of instruction in any given period of attendance. For purposes of determining a refund, a student shall be considered to have withdrawn from an educational program when he or she withdraws or is deemed withdrawn in accordance with the withdrawal policy.
  •  If an institution has collected money from a student for transmittal documents in order to act on behalf of the student to pay a third party for a bond, library usage, or fees for a license, application, or examination and the institution has not paid the money to the third party at the time of the student’s withdrawal or cancellation, then the institution shall refund the money to the student within 45 days of the student’s withdrawal or cancellation. 
  • This institution shall refund any credit balance on the student’s account within 45 days after the date of the student’s completion of, or withdrawal from, the educational program in which the student was enrolled. 
  • Any questions a student may have regarding this catalog that have not been satisfactorily answered by the institution may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at 1747 N. Market Blvd #225 Sacramento, CA 95834, P.O. Box 980818, West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818, www.bppe.ca.gov, (888) 370-7589 or (916) 574-8900 or by fax (916) 263-1897. A student or any member of the public may file a complaint about this institution with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education by calling toll free (888) 370-7589 toll free or by completing a complaint form, which can be obtained on the Bureau’s Internet web site www.bppe.ca.gov.

Tuition Refund Schedule

Time the class is dropped Refund
1st week 14/15 of the tuition only
2nd week 13/15 of the tuition only
3rd week 12/15 of the tuition only
4th week 11/15 of the tuition only
5th week 10/15 of the tuition only
6th week 9/15 of the tuition only
7th week 8/15 of the tuition only
8th week 7/15 of the tuition only
9th week 6/15 of the tuition only
10th week and beyond No refund is applicable

 

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Disclosures

Other BPPE Required Disclosures

  • The policy of this institution is to update the official school catalog annually, in August of each year.
  • Annual updates may be made by the use of supplements or inserts accompanying the catalog. If changes in educational programs, educational services, procedures, and/or policies required to be included in the catalog by statute or regulation are implemented before the issuance of the annually updated catalog, those changes shall be reflected at the time they are made in supplements or inserts accompanying the catalog.
  • This institution makes its current catalog and current program brochures available to the public at no charge. Individuals who wish to obtain a copy can make arrangements by simply calling the school’s admissions office.
  • Any questions a student may have regarding information that is not covered may direct their concern to the admissions office.
  • Any questions unsatisfactorily answered by the catalog or admissions office may be directed to our Grievance Committee.
  • If a student does not conform with how the Grievance Committee responded to their concern(s), the student may direct their concern to Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at 1747 N. Market Blvd #225 Sacramento, CA 95834, P.O. Box 980818, West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818, www.bppe.ca.gov, (888) 370-7589 or (916) 574-8900 or by fax (916) 263-1897.
  • A student, or any member of the public, may file a complaint about this institution with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education by calling toll free (888) 370-7589 or by completing a complaint form, which can be obtained on the bureau’s Internet web site www.bppe.ca.gov.
  • This institution currently does not offer visa related services.

Catalog Disclosures

  • “Catalog Rights” define a student’s right to the set of requirements, conditions, and policies in which he/she was admitted into the program. Both undergraduate and graduate students acquire “Catalog Rights” through their continuous attendance. Continuous attendance is defined as maintaining uninterrupted enrollment in the program and adhering to the attendance policy (See Attendance Policy). A student impacted by circumstances beyond their control may request the Office of Academic Programs to consider his/her situation and allow to maintain “Catalog Rights”. The Academic Program Committee will review and make the final decision.
  • As a prospective student, you are encouraged to review this catalog prior to signing an enrollment agreement. You are also encouraged to review the School Performance Fact Sheet, which must be provided to you prior to signing an enrollment agreement.
  • As we continue to improve our program and services to meet the educational needs of the 21st century, policies might be created, edited, and/or renamed. As part of the enrollment agreement, it is the obligation of the student to become familiar with the latest catalog’s content from Virscend University. Furthermore, while we make every effort to ensure that we provide students with the most updated information, there may be instances where this may not be so. In such cases, we ask students to contact the office in charge of their respective concerns.
  • A degree program that is unaccredited or a degree from an unaccredited institution is not recognized for some employment positions, including, but not limited to, positions with the State of California.
 
 

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PROGRAM DESCRIPTION FOR BS AND MBA

Program Description For BS Degree

Name of Program

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Business Administration

Program Description This program is designed to help students obtain business administration knowledge and skills. Students develop competencies in the rapidly changing economy with new opportunities arising daily in the business world. The students will acquire tools to prepare them to meet the challenges of a global marketplace in a wide variety of industries.
Program Mission Our mission is to inspire business professionals to be intellectually prepared for the fast-changing global business environment.
Program Objectives After completing the Business Administration program, students will be able to:

 

 

●      Demonstrate knowledge of the strategic management process and the ability to assess industry attractiveness and the competitive environment.

●      Explain how effective leaders use their interpersonal skills to promote change, communicate vision, provide a sense of direction, and inspire employees.

●      Successfully utilize the tools and techniques of managerial accounting to make decisions about both day-to-day operations and long-term tactics and strategies.

●      Utilize the tools and methodologies needed to solve marketing problems, including developing marketing plans and the use of various marketing strategies.

●      Identify and analyze the pertinent concepts and theories of law, ethical issues that arise, and the principles of legal reasoning.

●      Apply fundamental processes, theories, and methods to business communication in the workplace and the overall writing initiative.

●      Demonstrate proficiency in English composition, including the ability to use appropriate style, grammar, and mechanics in writing assignments and to conduct academic research.

●      Demonstrate an understanding of computer applications and proficiency in the managerial applications of Internet technology, including the application of management principles to business-to-consumer, business-to-business, and intra-business commercial ventures.

●      Identify and apply fundamental math concepts for operations and problem solving and apply basic statistical concepts and tools in order to correctly interpret the results of statistical analyses.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Critical Thinking: Students will demonstrate conceptual learning, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.
  2. Business Ethics: Students will demonstrate awareness and knowledge of social responsibility, ethical leadership, and citizenship issues in the local, rational, and world communities.
  3. Team Skills: Students will demonstrate interpersonal skills for working in a dynamic and diverse world including in a team.
  4. Communication Skills: Students will demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills in English.
  5. Business Functions: Students will demonstrate an understanding of all business functions, practices, and related theories and integrate this functional knowledge to address business problems.
  6. Quantitative & Technical Skills: Students will demonstrate quantitative and technology
Semester Units 60-semester units
Is an Externship or Internship Required? No
Graduation Requirements To complete this program a student must complete all prescribed courses and earn a cumulative 2.0-grade point average.
Final Tests or Exams Yes. Students are evaluated through written and performance assessments in each course taken in this program of study.
Required Internship or Externship No

Program Description for MBA Degree

 

 Master of Business Administration

Program Description The MBA program provides students with a strong foundation in content and competencies that will support their development as effective managers in many different types of settings. Students develop and utilize analytical tools to assist in decision making, to acquire organizational skills, to assist in their effective implementation of operational policies, to acquire a body of knowledge in the functional areas of business so that they develop leadership and supervisory skills, communication skills, and an understanding of the role of technology as an aid to effective management.
Program Mission Our mission is to inspire business professionals to be intellectually prepared for the fast-changing global business environment.
Program Objectives Students who successfully complete the Master of Business Administration degree program will acquire the following competencies:

 

 

●      Critical Thinking: solve managerial problems using critical thinking skills and quantitative analysis;

●      Ethical Reasoning: evaluate the moral and ethical principles practiced in the organizational setting;

●      Team Development: analyze the use of managerial and leadership skills to develop productive teams;

●      Decision Making and Execution: research business information to support the decision-making process; and

●      Global Thinking: analyze business opportunities and challenges from a global perspective.

●      Graduates will incorporate social, political and environmental factors in their assessment of business problems

Learning Outcomes
  1. Critical Thinking Skills: Students will learn conceptual skills, critical thinking, and problem-solving.
  2. Interpersonal & Team Skills: Students will develop interpersonal skills to work in a dynamic and diverse team environment.
  3. Business Ethics: Students will develop awareness and knowledge of ethical decision making.
  4. Business Functions Skills: Students will demonstrate integrative knowledge of business functional areas to solve business problems.
  5. Quantitative & Technical Skills: Students will learn quantitative and technical skills enabling them to analyze and interpret business information effectively.

6. Domestic & Global Environment: Students will develop their knowledge of

today’s domestic and global business environment (e.g. legal, regulatory,

political, cultural, and economic).

Semester Units 30
Is an Externship or Internship Required? No
Graduation Requirements To be awarded the Master of Business Administration degree, all students must complete 30 core program credits with a 3.0 minimum cumulative grade point average. Students in the programs should expect to take 12 months to complete the MBA program, provided that there is an uninterrupted and normal progression through their enrollment.
Final Tests or Exams Students are evaluated through written and performance assessments in each course taken in this program of study.
Required Internship or Externship No
 
 

International Degrees and English Requirements

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Course # Course Name Course Description & Objectives
BA 300 Introduction to Economics

 

 

(3 units)

Economics terms, concepts, theories, models, and practice. Money and banking, price changes, national income analysis, business cycles, economic growth, fiscal and monetary policy, international trade.

 

 

Objectives:

–       Demonstrate the understanding of the definitions of the concepts, theories, and models of economics.

–       Solving problems by applying the principles, theories of economics.

–       Examine and analyze different economic impacts, consumers’ behavior using economic theories and concepts.

Letter grade only (A-F).

BA 301 Introduction to Business Communications

 

 

(3 units)

Analysis of principles of collecting, organizing, analyzing, and presenting business information. Written and oral communications involving problem-solving in the business management process.

 

 

Objectives:

–       Demonstrate the understanding of the uses of written and oral communication in the business organization.

–       Solving problems through collecting, evaluating, organizing, analyzing, and presenting information using proper style and form.

–       Examine and analyze different alternatives by conducting research using a broad range of sources, synthesizing and judging the quality of collected information and collaborate productively in a team environment to produce written documents and deliver oral presentations.

BA 302 Introduction to Business Statistics

 

 

(3 units)

Application of statistics to business problems. Data collection and organization, probability theory, measures of central tendency and dispersion, hypothesis testing and estimation, simple regression, and correlation. Use of statistical software.

 

 

Objectives:

–       Demonstrate the understanding of statistical terms, definitions, terminologies, and to teach the basic concepts of business statistics. A prime objective is to develop the ability to understand real-world statistical data.

–       Solving problems by communicating intelligently with statisticians and other experts in the field.  And, to enable students to use statistical procedures.

–       Examine and analyze management problems in order to make intelligent, optimal business decisions.

Letter grade only (A-F).

BA 303 Introduction to Management

 

 

(3 units)

Principles and theories of management, organization theory, planning, and control techniques. Management of the overall organization and the production/operation systems of organizations.

 

 

Objectives:

–       Solving problems by using Critical Thinking skills.

–       Demonstrate the understanding of Ethical Practices.

–       Solving problems by applying Business Functions learned in class.

–       Demonstrate the understanding of Domestic and Global Environment.

Letter grade only (A-F).

BA 304 Introduction to Management Information Systems

 

 

(3 units)

Information systems concepts and components, contemporary organizational applications, development, and management of information systems, and future trends. Computer-based team projects requiring integration and application of conceptual and skills-oriented information systems knowledge in the business environment.

 

 

Objectives:

–       Identify potential applications of Information technology to benefit their organization.

–       Demonstrate an understanding of how to apply information technology to support various business functions and to understand the fundamental principles on which new applications can be developed.

–       Demonstrate the selection for their organization an information system of effectiveness, reliability, and flexibility.

–       Solving problems through the usage of planning and implementing team projects. Plus integrating database and Internet applications for a completed project.

Letter grade only (A-F).

BA 305 Introduction to Accounting

 

 

(3 units)

The use and reporting of accounting data for managerial planning, cost control, and decision-making purposes. Includes broad coverage of concepts, classifications, and behaviors of costs.

 

 

Objectives:

–       Demonstrate the understanding of managerial accounting concepts and how they relate to decision making in the business world.

–       Solving problems by applying Accounting is a complex subject that requires a substantial time investment.

–       Examine and analyze the practice of accounting in a business environment.

Letter grade only (A-F).

BA 306 Introduction to Finance

 

 

(3 units)

Introductory course for all business majors. Integration of computer applications and management information systems in (1) Time Value of Money, Risk, Valuation, Cost of Capital; (2) Capital Budgeting; (3) Long-Term Financing Decisions; (4) Working Capital Policy and Management; (5) Financial Analysis and Planning; (6) International Finance; (7) Special topics including Mergers, Acquisition and Bankruptcy.

 

 

Objectives:

–       Demonstrate the understanding of basic principles and practices in the real-life financial management of U.S. corporations.

–       Solving problems by applying basic mathematics involved in corporate finance and how to deal with the major aspects of corporate finance.

–       Examine and analyze the company’s long-term investment affairs and financing policies as well as overseeing the management of short-term working capital.

Letter grade only (A-F).

BA 307 Introduction to Marketing

 

 

(3 units)

Buyer behavior, marketing research, pricing, distribution, promotion, product strategies, and the influence of external factors. Ethics, corporate social responsibility, and public policy that are intrinsic to marketing decision making in global environments are explored. Human Subject Pool participation required.

 

 

Objectives:

–       Demonstrate the understanding of Marketing concepts including marketing mix, marketing segmentation and positioning strategies, and pricing strategies.

–       Solving problems by applying marketing functions in a business environment.

–       Examine and analyze the various steps that consumers and organizations go through in the decision-making process.

Letter grade only (A-F).

BA 308 Introduction to International Business

 

 

(3 units)

Introduction to nature, dimensions, and environment of international business. Emphasis on business functions, practices, and decisions as influenced by cultural, political, economic, social, and institutional factors in various parts of the world.

 

 

Objectives:

–       Demonstrate the understanding of Global Business Functions in terms of how accountancy, finance, marketing, and HRM adjust internationally and how strategic management, organizational design, manufacturing, and supply chain management operations in a multinational firm.

–       Solving problems by applying the theories and practices of international business.

–       Examine and analyze different strategies in Globalized Environments in terms of How historical, geographic, environmental, socio-cultural, economic, political, legal, labor, and competitive factors affect the conduct of international business.

Letter grade only (A-F).

BA 309 Business Law

 

 

(3 units)

Law and the American legal system in today’s business world. Contracts, sales, and commercial paper. Examination of the role and function of the judiciary, elements of civil and criminal lawsuits, and other emerging areas of the law, including alternative dispute resolution.

 

 

Objectives:

–       Demonstrate the understanding of basic concepts of law including procedure, torts, crimes, and contracts.

–       Solving problems by applying learned knowledge of business law, legal concepts, and procedures.

–       Examine and analyze legal choice selection and decision making as an employee or executive.

Letter grade only (A-F).

BA 310 Introduction to Human Resources Management

 

 

(3 units)

Overview of the dynamics of human behavior in organizations and implications for management. Motivation, personality and attitudes, human perception, groups and teams, norms, power and politics, conflict, learning, communication, job design, organizational culture, organizational change, leadership, and cross-cultural issues.

 

 

Objectives:

–       Demonstrate the understanding of basic concepts and theories in organizational behavior to work situations including theories and concepts of personality, learning, motivations, teams/groups, and leadership.

–       Solving problems by applying team & interpersonal skills including team/group development in organizations, common errors in team/group decision-making basic principles of team/group management.

Letter grade only (A-F).

BA 401 Database Management Systems

 

 

(3 units)

Introduction to database requirements, analysis, and specification. SQL query formulation. Database implementation using relational database management system software, such as Oracle. Design of computerized business forms and reports.

 

 

Objectives:

–       Demonstrate the understanding of the knowledge in database management theory and concepts, database modeling, and database management systems with an emphasis on the relational database model.

–       Solving problems by using the relational database models, Normalization, Entity-Relationship Diagram, and Structured Query Language (SQL).

–       Examine and analyze database alternatives for effective data management.

Letter grade only (A-F).

BA 402 Intermediate Accounting

 

 

(3 units)

Accounting theory including recording, valuation, and statement presentation of assets, liabilities, capital, and earnings. Funds statements, financial analysis, compound interest theory, and applications.

 

 

Objectives:

–       Demonstrate understanding of the knowledge of accounting theory including recording, valuation, and statement presentation of assets, liabilities, capital, and earnings.

–       Solving problems by applying learned knowledge in accounting theory.

–       Examine and analyze managerial decisions based on the result of the accounting practice.

–       Letter grade only (A-F).

BA 403 Cost Accounting

 

 

(3 units)

Theory and practice of cost accounting. Managerial use of cost accounting data for planning, controlling, and decision making. Emphasis on cost accumulation and management information systems.

 

 

Objectives:

–       Demonstrate the understanding of the role of accounting information in management decision making and how management accounting contributes to business strategy development.

–       Solving problems by applying a normal costing system to determine overhead application rate, allocate overhead to products and services, and dispose under or over-applied overhead.

–       Examine and analyze managerial decisions based on break-even and cost-volume-profit analysis for both single and multiple products, and to determine the margin of safety and operating leverage.

Letter grade only (A-F).

BA 404 Investment Principals

 

 

(3 units)

Investment markets and transactions; sources of investment information; return vs. risk; margin trading and short selling; investment planning; investing in equities and fixed income securities; speculative tax-sheltered investments; gold and other tangibles; portfolio management. Demonstrations and use of microcomputer technology.

 

 

Objectives:

–       Demonstrate the understanding of a variety of investment concepts such as the nature and operations of security markets, risk analysis, modern portfolio theory, the capital asset pricing model, valuation models for stocks and bonds, option trading, investment strategies in equity and fix income securities and the various aspects of investment companies.

–       Solving problems by applying risk analysis, modern portfolio theory, and the capital asset pricing model.

–       Examine and analyze the alternatives of investments through investment research in security analysis and portfolio management.

Letter grade only (A-F).

BA 405 International Marketing

 

 

(3 units)

The study of global marketing theory and practice.  The historical, economic, cultural, political, and legal factors that affect marketing decision-making in an international context.  How to develop and present plans for exploiting global marketing opportunities.

 

 

Objectives:

–       Demonstrate the understanding of the managerial aspects of historical, economic, political, legal, and cultural environments that impact decision making globally.

–       Solving problems by applying international marketing strategies.

–       Examine and analyze the alternatives of international marketing strategies in critical success factor analysis and the application of concepts and techniques.

●      Letter grade only (A-F).

BA 406 Leadership and Motivation in Organizations

 

 

(3 units)

Determinants of effective leadership and successful methods of motivating employees to achieve organizational goals. Identification of appropriate styles of leadership and methods for developing and applying leadership skills. Case studies, research, and simulation exercises.

 

 

Objectives:

–       Demonstrate the understanding of team dynamics and personal strengths and weaknesses relevant to individuals in leadership positions.

–       Solving problems by applying leadership management techniques.

–       Be able to make a decision for behaviors to enact in given situations based on leadership theory and knowledge.

Letter grade only (A-F).

BA 407 Operations Planning and Control

 

 

(3 units)

Strategic principles and tactical practices related to operations planning. Topics include process selection, facilities layout, work systems design, inventory management, aggregate planning, master scheduling, MRP and ERP, scheduling, and JIT production activity.

 

 

Objectives:

–       Demonstrate the understanding of the long, medium, and short-term planning within organizations and particularly within operations.

–       Solving problems by applying appropriate methods and techniques within the development of operations planning.

–       Examine and analyze integrating planning and control tactics across business functions within a company and across businesses within a supply chain. Demonstrate a critical awareness of emerging issues and unique planning and control practices in service operations organizations.

●      Letter grade only (A-F).

BA 408 Supply Chain Management

 

 

(3 units)

Management of value creation and the dynamic interaction of companies within a supply chain. Topics include supply chain drivers and performance, network planning, inventory positioning, supply chain coordination, and information sharing. Contemporary practices are discussed.

 

 

Objectives:

–       Demonstrate the understanding of the key links in a supply chain that drives performance.

–       Solving complex supply chain management problems by applying theories, models, and practice of supply chain management.

–       Examine and analyze different supply chain management solutions and propose rational, sensible, practical recommendations to problems based on the analysis.

–       Letter grade only (A-F).

BA 409 Intermediate Financial Management

 

 

(3 units)

An intermediate-level, lecture-discussion course in corporate finance. Topics include cash budgeting, capital budgeting, business acquisition and mergers, cost of capital, and international finance.

 

 

Objectives:

–       Demonstrate the understanding of the definitions of finance theories and applications of financial management.

–       Solving problems by applying financial management models.

–       Examine and analyze different proposals or long-term investment opportunities (capital budgeting decisions) and about how a corporation should raise and allocate long-term funds (long-term financing decisions or capital structure choice).

–       Letter grade only (A-F).

BA 410 Project Management

 

 

(3 units)

Selection of project ideas and implementation of projects. Roles of team member and project manager. Project planning and organization. Budgeting, scheduling, monitoring, and controlling, including computerized network models and project management software packages. Final project analysis and termination.

 

 

Objectives:

–       Demonstrate the understanding of Project Management analytical functions, practices, and tools and be able to integrate this functional knowledge to address project issues.

–       Solving problems by applying quantitative and technological skills that are required to enable them to analyze and interpret project data to improve project performance.

–       Examine and analyze different projects based on project data collected.

Letter grade only (A-F).

 
 

Master of Business Administration

Course # Course Name Course Description & Objectives
MBA 500

 

 

Core course

Management Information Systems

 

 

(3 units)

Foundation and infrastructure of information technology applied to strengthen competitiveness. Effective utilization of strategic information systems, telecommunications, system development process, database concepts and electronic commerce to enhance organizations’ operations.

 

 

Objectives:

–       Demonstrate the understanding of various management information systems concepts and practice including database, telecommunications, information security, e-commerce, and enterprise systems.

–       Solving problems by applying information models and technologies to improve business efficiency and effectiveness.

–       Examine and analyze different MIS alternatives based on system analysis and design process.

MBA 500 mode of instruction: Face-to-Face

Letter grade only (A-F).

MBA 501

 

 

Core course

Decision Technologies and Statistics

 

 

(3 units)

This course provides statistical tools and concepts that aid managerial decision making in business.  Statistical analysis includes probability, estimation, hypothesis testing, forecasting, and decision process.  Management Science includes quantitative modeling, math programming, decision support systems, and simulation applicable to various business functions.

 

 

Objectives:

–       Demonstrate the understanding of basic principles and techniques of applied mathematical modeling for managerial decision making.

–       Solving problems by applying decision technologies and mathematical modeling.

–       Examine and analyze different alternatives by decision tools, models, and research.

MBA 501 mode of instruction: Face-to-Face

Letter grade only (A-F).

MBA 502

 

 

Core course

Management Strategies

 

 

(3 units)

Principles and theories of management, organization theory, planning, and control techniques. Management of the overall organization and the production/operation systems of organizations.

 

 

Objectives:

–       Demonstrate the understanding of the definitions, theories of management, organization theory, planning, and control techniques.

–       Solving problems by applying theories of strategic management.

–       Examine and analyze different alternatives by using management, organization theory, planning, and control techniques.

MBA 502 mode of instruction: Face-to-Face

Letter grade only (A-F).

MBA 503

 

 

Core course

Financial Management

 

 

(3 units)

Introduction of Financial Management. Theories, models, and practice in Financial management. Integration of computers, management information systems and cases to (1) time value of money, risk, valuation, cost of capital, capital structure; (2) capital budgeting; (3) long-term financing decisions; (4) working capital policy and management; (5) financial analysis and planning.

 

 

Objectives:

–       Demonstrate the understanding of the theories, models, and practice of financial management.

–       Solving problems by applying theories of finance management

–       Examine and analyze different alternatives in financial decisions based on financial analysis and planning technologies.

MBA 503 mode of instruction: Face-to-Face

Letter grade only (A-F).

MBA 504

 

 

Core course

Accounting Management

 

 

(3 units)

The use and reporting of accounting data for managerial planning, cost control, and decision-making purposes. Includes broad coverage of concepts, classifications, and behaviors of costs.

 

 

Objectives:

–       Demonstrate the understanding of the theories and practices of accounting information in investing and lending decisions and how accounting information impacts business strategy.

–       Solving problems by applying accounting theories and practices in a business environment.

–       Examine and analyze different accounting solutions based on accounting theories and practices.

MBA 504 mode of instruction: Face-to-Face

Letter grade only (A-F).

MBA 505

 

 

Core course

Marketing Management

 

 

(3 units)

The theories and practices of marketing management. Buyer behavior, marketing research, pricing, distribution, promotion, product strategies, and the influence of external factors. Ethics, corporate social responsibility, and public policy that are intrinsic to marketing decision making in global environments are explored. Human Subject Pool participation required.

 

 

Objectives:

–       Demonstrate the understanding of all marketing functions, practices, and related theories.

–       Solving problems by applying marketing mix (product, price, place, and promotion); marketing research, e-commerce/Internet marketing and explain how marketing decisions are made using the basic business functions in a marketing context.

–       Examine and analyze different marketing decisions based on quantitative analysis using performance metrics and analyzing financial performance including a pro forma analysis and their performance in two examinations which involve quantitative analysis of marketing issues.

MBA 505 mode of instruction: Face-to-Face

Letter grade only (A-F).

MBA 631

 

 

Elective course

Investment Principals

 

 

(3 units)

Investment markets and transactions; sources of investment information; return vs. risk; margin trading and short selling; investment planning; investing in equities and fixed income securities; speculative tax-sheltered investments; gold and other tangibles; portfolio management. Demonstrations and use of microcomputer technology.

 

 

Objectives:

–       Demonstrate the understanding of a variety of investment concepts such as the nature and operations of security markets, risk analysis, modern portfolio theory, the capital asset pricing model, valuation models for stocks and bonds, option trading, investment strategies in equity and fix income securities and the various aspects of investment companies.

–       Solving problems by applying risk analysis, modern portfolio theory, and the capital asset pricing model.

–       Examine and analyze the alternatives of investments through investment research in security analysis and portfolio management.

MBA 631 mode of instruction: Face-to-Face

Letter grade only (A-F).

MBA 520

 

 

Core

Data Analytics using Excel

 

 

(3 units)

Learn to perform big data analysis using Excel’s most popular features such as Excel Macros, Visual Basic, Pivot Tables, and the other intermediate-to-advanced Excel functionality.

 

 

The ability to analyze big data is a powerful skill that helps you make better decisions. Microsoft Excel is one of the top tools for data analysis and data visualization. This course will prepare you to design and implement advanced Excel formulas that aggregate data to create meaningful reports.

Objectives:

–       Fluent in Excel’s most commonly used business functions such as VLOOKUP, HLOOK, LOOKUP, INDEX, and MATCH, summarize data in flexible ways, enabling quick exploration of data and producing valuable insights from the accumulated data.

–       Demonstrate understanding of how pivot tables, pivot charts, and slicers work together for analyzing big data and help in creating automated dynamic dashboards/reports.

–       Become proficient in Excel macros and VBA user forms.

MBA 520 mode of instruction: Face-to-Face

Letter grade only (A-F).

MBA 601

 

 

Core

Database Management Systems using SQL

 

 

(3 units)

Introduction to database design and creation using a DBMS product such as MS SQL Server. Develop SQL programming proficiency. Emphasis is on a data dictionary, data manipulation, data integrity, data normalization, data control statements as well as on report generation. Upon completion, students should be able to write Structured Query Language (SQL) programs that create, update, and produce computerized business forms and reports.

 

 

Objectives:

–       Demonstrate the understanding of essential database management theory and concepts, database design, and implementation with an emphasis on the relational database model.

–       Utilize database design techniques such as Entity-Relationship Diagram, normalization, and data warehouse.

–       Develop SQL programs to create complex forms and reports that integrate data from multiple sources.

MBA 601 mode of instruction: Face-to-Face

Letter grade only (A-F).

MBA 612

 

 

Elective course

Big Data Analytics using Programming Language

 

 

(3 units)

Introduction to the powerful open-source language R. The course covers practical issues in statistical data analysis and computing and explores many different types of data using R.  Learn to prepare data for analysis, compute various statistical measures, create meaningful data visualizations, create reusable R functions, create R models to predict future outcomes.

 

 

how to use R for effective data analysis.

Objectives:

–       Proficient in basic R programming including reading data into R, accessing R packages, writing function, debugging, and commenting R code.

–       Familiar with R Console, data types and structures in R, programming structures, functions, and data relationships in R.

–       Perform statistical data analysis through R programs to explore and visualize data.

MBA 612 mode of instruction: Face-to-Face

Letter grade only (A-F).

MBA 621

 

 

Course

Digital Marketing

 

 

(3 units)

Introduction to E-Commerce and Internet Marketing concepts and technologies. Examines the concepts of media marketing and the role that digital technology plays in making marketing more effective. The course demonstrates how social media and digital technology can improve marketing strategy formulation and execution, in understanding and utilizing the many tools and techniques of media marketing. The focus will be on Facebook and Google Analytics.

 

 

Objectives:

–       Understand internet users, e-business models, and identify profitable E-Marketing strategies.

–       Describe marketing strategies of segmenting, targeting, positioning, and differentiation.

–       Analyze digitally based market research techniques, such as FaceBook and Google Analytics

–       Identify features of successful website.

–       Evaluate and assess the context and content that is interesting to the target audience and increases traffic to the website.

–       Design a marketing plan for a product that will effectively advance customers from awareness to commitment.

MBA 621 mode of instruction: Face-to-Face

Letter grade only (A-F).

MBA 632

 

 

Elective course

Corporate Financial and Financial Certificate

 

 

(3 units)

Introduction to the theory, the methods, and the concepts of corporate finance. Understand the corporate environment, create values for shareholders through strategic planning and effective corporate financial management to maximize return based on specific competitive, regulatory, and financial market conditions.

 

 

Objectives:

–       Understand the optimal capital structure, the corporate finance decision making, and the financial markets and processes.

–       Familiarize with the time value of money, capital budgeting techniques, valuation of bonds and stocks, the cost of capital, initial public offerings, uncertainty and the trade-off between risk and return, security market efficiency, and dividend policy decisions.

–       Discover the complex interaction between the economy, the financial markets, and psychology.

MBA 632 mode of instruction: Face-to-Face

Letter grade only (A-F).

MBA 650

 

 

Core

Project Management and Internship

 

 

(3 units)

Theory and applications of electronic commerce including issues such as E-cash, E-banking, E-tailing, SCM, E-marketing, B2C, B2B, C2C, E-government, Internet business opportunities, Internet security homepage maintenance, Internet database interface and cooperative computing.

 

 

Objectives:

–       Demonstrate the understanding of Project Management analytical functions, practices and tools and be able to integrate this functional knowledge to address project issues.

–       Solving problems by applying quantitative and technological skills that are required to enable them to analyze and interpret project data to improve project performance.

–       Examine and analyze different projects based on project data collected.

MBA 650 mode of instruction: Face-to-Face

Letter grade only (A-F).

 

 

Scholarship Policy

  1. Virscend University offers three types of scholarships for qualified students
  2. Scholarship application must be submitted with program application
  3. Type of scholarships
    1. Presidential scholarship (only applicable to domestic students)
      1. All tuition is waived for 6 consecutive semesters, after which you must reapply for your scholarship.
      2. Scholarship receivers must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher to continue receiving the scholarship
      3. Your bachelor’s GPA must be at least 3.25 from an accredited university to apply. 
    2. Academic Scholarship
      1. 75% tuition waived for 6 consecutive semesters, after which you must reapply for your scholarship.
      2. Scholarship receivers must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher to continue receiving the scholarship
      3. Your bachelor’s GPA must be at least 2.25 from an accredited university to apply. 
    3. Professional Scholarship
      1. 50% tuition waiver within 6 consecutive semesters, after which you must reapply for your scholarship. 
      2. Scholarship receivers must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00  or higher to continue receiving the scholarship
  4. Scholarship cannot be carried over after leave of absence. You must reapply for the scholarship upon return.
  5. If a scholarship recipient does not meet the minimum requirement, a grace period of 1 semester will be grated to bring back the GPA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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