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Focused on Your Future in Business


arning a Mihaylo MBA is the best preparation for leadership in today’s business environment. This degree allows you to not only develop the knowledge and skills – both academic and practical – that you need to

advance your career, but also opens up the doors to an immense pool of professional contacts and resources. It’s the largest such network in Southern California made up of fellow students, alumni, faculty members and business leaders who are part of the Mihaylo Business Network. We work with businesses and business leaders, and we know what they need: Highly skilled professionals with the knowledge and ability to get the job done and the drive necessary to become leaders. For more than 50 years, we have been successful at adapting to changes in the business world – and we have tailored our programs specifically to the needs of our students and their business futures. We are committed to maximizing your market potential and accelerating your career to the next level. We understand your priorities when selecting a program: Return on investment, quality of faculty, career placement and a strong alumni network. The first-rate education at Mihaylo College has a significantly higher rate of return than private institutions and most regional public institutions. Our faculty members are leading researchers and have close ties to the business community, and our alumni are industry leaders driving business and economic prosperity in our region. It’s important that you carefully evaluate different MBA programs and choose the one that fits your goals. Please take a moment to see how your career will look with a Mihaylo MBA.

Anil Puri, Dean Mihaylo College of Business and Economics | page 1

Career Trajectory We know what your goals are: • Increase your value within your industry. • Establish a large, reliable professional network. • Achieve an MBA experience that helps you determine a concrete path to success with expanded career opportunities.

Mihaylo College’s commitment to your goals:

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With 12 different areas of concentration, you can customize your studies to fit your career goals. Our world-class business education integrates a personalized classroom education with the best business practices, technology, award-winning research, functional applications and real-world experience.

Within the region, Mihaylo College’s unparalleled number of graduates – more than 50,000 alumni – provide you with boundless networking opportunities in this unique learning laboratory called Orange County.

Our 15 Centers of Excellence, industry think tanks and consulting practices, will link you to the latest business trends and policies.

Mihaylo graduate programs place you at the center of an economy with a global footprint and give you the experience and connections you need.

Size Advantage We are the largest accredited business school in California and the fourth-largest in the nation. Because of our size and the depth of our faculty and resources, we offer MBA students not only an unparalleled network but also extraordinary exposure to people, ideas and experiences within your studies at Mihaylo. Our MBA programs are intimate, and our guiding principle is to focus on each student to ensure individual success. This emphasis on you and your goals is what allows us to help you earn your degree in a timely manner and to apply your education to your career immediately.

Mihaylo College’s MBA program also of fers you: An average return on investment of 4.5 years.* A flexible part- or full-time program. Professors who are leaders in their areas of expertise with exceptionally strong ties to the business community. High-caliber fellow students who share a mutual desire to succeed.

Our programs: MBA FEMBA (MBA for working professionals) Master of Arts in Economics Master of Science in Accountancy Master of Science in Taxation Master of Science in Information Systems Master of Science in Information Technology

*Source: Graduate Management Admission Council | page 3

Strong Ties to Business Mihaylo is Home to Orange County Business

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MBA Faculty Invested in Your Success We know what it takes to succeed in business. Our students are characterized by their life experience, dedication and drive. The same holds true for our faculty. Mihaylo employs more than 140 full-time educators with doctoral degrees in their respective fields and more than 65 part-time instructors directly from the private sector. Recognized, respected, well-published in their fields and highly experienced in industry and consulting, Mihaylo faculty members’ real-time connection to the local and global business community fortifies the core of our curriculum.

Professor’s Expertise in Industry is an Ef fective Resource for MBA Students In his assessment of the recent housing crisis, Michael LaCour-Little believes that an accurate diagnosis of the problem is essential to crafting an effective solution. LaCour-Little, a professor of finance and co-director of Mihaylo College’s Real Estate and Land Use Institute, is one of the nation’s most respected real estate research scholars and is ranked No. 3 worldwide for research productivity in real estate journals. Prior to joining the faculty at Mihaylo in 2006, LaCour-Little was an executive in the mortgage industry and served as executive vice president of the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association. His commitment to serving both students and companies in the region is one very important reason Mihaylo is home to Orange County business.

Michael LaCour-Little, professor of finance and co-director of Mihaylo College’s Real Estate and Land Use Institute | page 5

Centers of Excellence Create Opportunity for Students

Jim Gutmann ’80 MBA, partner, Wood Gutmann & Bogart Insurance Brokers


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Respected Think Tanks Mihaylo’s Centers of Excellence Connect Students and Businesses Mihaylo College is home to 15 separate industry research and business development organizations called Centers of Excellence. These independent think tanks generate up-to-date market analyses, consult with business, provide policy advice and seek to foster the growth of commerce. They also provide students with hands-on experience in important research, business consulting and other projects. By building a bridge from where we study to where we work, our students both learn and live what happens in business. Center for Corporate Reporting and Governance Center for Economic Education Center for Entertainment, Tourism and the Arts Center for Entrepreneurship Center for Insurance Studies Center for International Business The Center for Leadership Center for the Forum for Advanced Security Technologies Center for the Study of Emerging Financial Markets Family Business Council Institute for Economic and Environmental Studies Real Estate and Land Use Institute The Sales Leadership Center Small Business Development Center Small Business Institute | page 7

Alumni Network More Graduates in Southern California than Any Other Business School The economic opportunity of our area combined with the college’s integral connection with the business community has resulted in many of our graduates choosing to stay right here in Southern California. The achievements of our graduates cumulatively reflect the innovative and entrepreneurial nature of our college and our community as well as Mihaylo’s involved approach to learning.

Greg Waller’s Lifetime Investment In the world of corporate finance, Greg Waller is a business titan. With his experience and expertise, he has routinely managed, raised and saved figures in the hundreds of millions of dollars for his employers. Graduating from Mihaylo in 1978 with an MBA in accounting, Waller has been busy crunching the big numbers ever since. “Mihaylo afforded me the opportunity for my financial career and success in life. I owe it all to the education I received here,” says Waller. Following a successful 25year career as vice president, chief financial officer and controller for Sybron Dental Specialties and their various subsidiaries, he became the chief financial officer for Universal Building Products in 2006, the largest privately held manufacturer of concrete forms in North America. In addition to his current CFO position, Waller’s reputation earned him seats on four Greg Waller, ’72, ’78 MBA, chief financial officer, Universal Building Products Inc.

boards of directors of publicly held companies with annual revenues up to $100 million. “Earning my MBA from Mihaylo,” he says, “was the best investment of my life.”

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Alumni Hire Fellow Mihaylo MBA Graduates In paying it forward to her fellow Mihaylo graduates, Rochelle Reiter is taking care of her own. As an undergraduate majoring in business administration, Reiter was sitting in her consumer-behavior class when guest lecturer and Mihaylo alumnus Wes Phillips ’76 came in to speak. Upon Reiter’s graduation in 1995, she interviewed with Phillips, the CEO of Orange Label Art + Advertising, and was immediately hired as a media assistant. Working her way up in the company, she returned to earn her MBA from Mihaylo in our FEMBA program for working professionals. Shortly after receiving her MBA in 2000, she was promoted to Orange Label’s vice president of business development. Says Reiter: “More than 60 percent of our employees are Cal State Fullerton grads, including our company president and CEO. Our organization routinely recruits at CSUF for new hires.” Reiter is now a partner in the company and celebrated her 14th year with Orange Label Art + Advertising.

Rochelle Reiter ’95, ’00 FEMBA, vice president, Orange Label Art + Advertising | page 9

MBA Students Building Your Network The Mihaylo MBA program recruits graduates from top schools nationally and internationally. The impressively diverse MBA student population mirrors the multicultural workplace and enhances your learning experience.

Student Diversity and Long-term Value Draws Student Ahn “Annie” Tran Across The Nation to Mihaylo In touch with her community and her culture at Mihaylo, student Ahn “Annie” Tran has a deep appreciation for the rich diversity of Southern California. Born and raised in Vietnam, Tran came to the United States as a high school exchange student in West Virginia. Upon graduation, she moved west and earned a bachelor’s degree in business at Mihaylo College and knew her next step was a graduate degree. “I entered the MBA program here after comparing it to other programs and recognizing the tremendous value that Mihaylo offers,”says Tran. In addition to pursing her MBA, Tran is working as an investment analyst intern and studying for her first level of CFA. “I’ve learned so much from the many different perspectives I’m exposed to at Mihaylo. I work and learn with students and teachers who come here from all over the world.”

MBA College Students:

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MBA student Ahn “Annie” Tran

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2.3% Black



Female: 43.7%



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Male: 56.3%

MBA Student David Mock Re-routes His Career Path with an MBA In choosing to pursue an MBA from Mihaylo, student David Mock represents the hard working business leaders Mihaylo is known for. Mock received his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering and worked for 15 years as an engineer and group manager for Beckman Coulter. He recently started his own consulting firm, Primium Analytics, which provides technical and business strategy services to a wide array of companies. Mock decided to further leverage his skills across multiple industries with the credibility of an MBA with a concentration in information systems. “I compared the MBA at Mihaylo to other well-known institutions across the country, and I chose Mihaylo because of the college’s close ties to the business community and its continued expansion and development of significant new programs,” he says. “Other excellent schools offer programs that are similar, but my experience at Mihaylo allows me to be part of something bigger and better in my community.”

Student Clubs and Organizations Mihaylo College offers students many different opportunities to enrich their educational experience outside of the classroom. Our student clubs and organizations offer leadership, teamwork and networking opportunities. Accounting Society American Marketing Association Association of Information Technology Professionals Beta Alpha Psi, national accounting and finance honors fraternity Business Inter-Club Council, the coordinating and funding council for all Mihaylo student organizations Delta Sigma Pi, business fraternity Economics Association Entrepreneur Society Finance Association Gamma Iota Sigma, risk management and insurance fraternity Latino Business Student Association MBA Association Real Estate Association

MBA student David Mock

Society for Advancement of Management For more information on these organizations, visit | page 11

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World-class Reputation The Value of Your Mihaylo MBA is Supported by the Facts Since Southern California is a world-class economy in and of itself, the Mihaylo experience prepares our graduates for all regions of the world. The competition is increasing and the bar is getting higher. A master’s degree from Mihaylo gives you the competitive advantage:

We are accredited by AACSB International for both our business

administration and accounting programs; only 8 percent of business

schools worldwide have achieved this distinction. Mihaylo is one of only five schools in California to have earned dual accreditation.

Our part-time MBA program is ranked among the top 150 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

Princeton Review annually lists Mihaylo in its “Best Business Schools” publication.

Cal State Fullerton is ranked No. 8 by U.S. News & World Report in the Top Public Master’s Universities in the West and is designated one of the Forbes Top 100 public institutions.

Mihaylo presents the leading annual Economic Forecast Conference in Orange County in conjunction with the Orange County Business Council.

Mihaylo has the largest Insurance and Risk Management Program west of the Mississippi and an MBA concentration in Insurance and Risk Management.

Faculty in the Finance Department are ranked in the top 11 percent nationwide for research productivity in the three leading finance journals.

Information Systems and Decision Sciences Professor Zvi Drezner is

ranked No. 6 worldwide for research productivity in the five leading

production and operations management journals.

In core real estate journals, Mihaylo faculty are ranked 21st worldwide

for research productivity (ahead of schools like USC, UNC, Michigan,

Indiana, GWU and Yale).

Mihaylo is a preferred recruiting school for the big four accounting firms and all of the regional accounting firms.

Our MBA graduate teams have won national awards in the National Small Business Institute’s case competition in 18 of the last 19 years. | page 13

The Mihaylo MBA Program Our students can choose to fine tune their MBA in 11 different areas including Accounting, Business Intelligence, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Information Systems, International Business, Management, Management Science, Marketing, and Risk Management and Insurance. Or, you may pursue an MBA without a concentration. With the flexibility to complete your program either full- or part-time, the basic curriculum consists of 10 foundation courses, four concentration courses and a capstone course. The foundation courses assure a complete understanding of the world marketplace while the concentration courses provide a particular area of focus.

The 10 foundation courses include: Financial Accounting Managerial Accounting Microeconomic Perspective for Managers Managerial Finance Decision Models for Business and Economics Management of Information in the Corporate Environment Operations Management Legal and Ethical Environment in Business Organizational Behavior Marketing Management

Capstone Class Consulting Project A highlight of our program is the strategy capstone class where student teams complete a major consulting project with an area business. The learning experiences and environment of the MBA program has fostered a tradition of excellence with our students winning a cumulative 39 national awards from the National Small Business Institute’s case competition, placing in the top 10 for 18 of the last 19 years, and placing in the region’s top three at a recent ACG Cup competition.

Professional Development The MBA program is further enhanced by opportunities for professional development including lecture series, conferences and certificate programs.

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A Customized MBA Program that Works with Your Schedule Courses are offered Monday through Thursday in the late afternoon (4-6:45) and in the evening (7-9:45). A majority of our students attend part-time and take two courses per semester, thus allowing them to graduate in two-and-a-half years. Full-time students, even those without an undergraduate degree in business, can usually complete the full program in less than two years, and some finish in as little as 16 months. Students entering with a bachelor’s in business may be eligible to replace several courses, thus further customizing their degree.

Admission Our program’s high standard of excellence is maintained, in part, by the competitive nature of our admission process. Our students come from diverse academic and professional backgrounds and demonstrate a consistent level of excellence and achievement. Admission is competitive and based on an overall assessment of the candidate’s academic, personal and professional backgrounds. For more complete details on program admissions, please visit: | page 15

We’ll Say It: Location Matters As the gateway to our beautiful Cal State Fullerton campus, Steven G. Mihaylo Hall is the college’s new home. Erected in 2008, this $87.5 million building was designed to attract and support the ground breaking research of our faculty and academic efforts of tomorrow’s business leaders. Every facet of this cutting-edge facility tells you that this is where you deserve to be. We have created a working and learning environment unlike any other you have experienced: The multi-tiered and high-tech classrooms, a dedicated graduate student lounge, and state-of-the-art research labs and technology are just a few of the physical features that make Mihaylo Hall so conducive to educational excellence.

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