1 MILLS MBA PROGRAM Business Education That Makes a Difference
2 I looked carefully at several top schools in the Bay Area to compare them, including attending lectures, and found that there was no difference in the quality of the curriculum content, so I was able to focus on selecting the environment I was looking for in an MBA program. At Mills, I found a real sense of community, and I always felt like I was a name rather than a number. I found the caliber of the faculty and staff comparable to the best in the Bay Area, and that made choosing Mills a no-brainer for me. DEBORAH BONNER 05 Partner, Environmental Resources Management BUILDING FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE The innovative home of the Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business is designed to inspire success. Combining the best of contemporary architecture and educational technology with sustainability, the 28,500-square-foot facility achieved a Gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. With floorto-ceiling windows, abundant natural light, a living green roof, and open spaces designed for collaboration, it s the perfect representation of our commitment to educating socially and environmentally responsible business leaders.
3 WELCOME TO AN MBA EDUCATION THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE. At Mills, we take you beyond the traditional MBA. We provide the essentials of business education, and we do something more. We prepare you to be an ethical and socially responsible organizational leader who can deliver strong financial performance while also making a positive societal and environmental impact. Our strong business curriculum is flexible not formulaic. Here, you will hone your critical thinking skills, master business fundamentals, and learn to lead and collaborate for success. Our small classes ensure that you interact closely with faculty, contribute actively to class discussions, and learn with and from your peers. Our faculty brings together accomplished academics and experienced leaders and managers who share a dedication to teaching excellence. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 16:1, our faculty can invest in each student, providing mentoring and support while challenging you to perform at your highest level. Reflecting Mills core competence in educating women for leadership, our school is distinguished by the diversity of our student body. We attract students women and men whose diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences enrich our learning community. The relationships that you build here, complemented by our career services and network of 20,000 Mills alumni, will pave the way to your future success. Our vision is that our MBA will make a powerful difference in your professional life and, through you as leaders, make a positive difference in our society today and in the future. I invite you to learn more about our unique program. Deborah Merrill-Sands, PhD Dean
4 QUALITY ACADEMICS MAKE THE PROGRAM STRONG Our rigorous MBA Program prepares you with a strong foundation in leadership and management fundamentals while strengthening your analytic, critical thinking, and quantitative skills. We integrate attention to ethical decision making, social responsibility, and sustainability throughout the curriculum. You have opportunities to hone your leadership and teamwork skills through group projects. You broaden your real-world experience through company analyses or projects, such as assessment of work flow processes, market research studies, or advising on business plans. The MBA degree is a 17-credit semester program and requires students to complete a combination of foundation and core courses, as well as five electives from a broad range of offerings. FLEXIBILITY MAKES IT YOURS Make the Mills MBA Program your own. You can choose from concentrations in finance, accounting, global business, marketing, nonprofit management, or socially responsible business. Or, you can combine electives to support your specific career interest. We offer day and evening courses, as well as limited summer and weekend classes. You can also study full time or part time. Students enrolled in three or more classes each semester are considered full time. Students enrolled in fewer than three courses per semester are charged a part-time MBA flat tuition rate. ACCELERATED MBA FULL-TIME MBA PART-TIME MBA BACHELOR S TO MASTER S 5-YEAR DEGREE MBA/MA IN EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP If you have completed all of the foundation courses, you can complete your MBA degree in 12 to 18 months. Our full-time MBA Program can be completed in 18 months to two years. Match your program to your schedule and earn your MBA in three to five years. You can earn a BA and an MBA in five years at Mills if you meet program requirements. This joint degree program is designed specifically to prepare future educational leaders and managers for success in a rapidly changing educational landscape. It can be completed in two-and-a-half to four years. MBA FOUNDATION COURSES* Intermediate Microeconomics Intermediate Macroeconomics Financial Accounting Managerial Accounting Quantitative Methods for Business Managerial Economics Corporate Finance MBA CORE COURSES* Management Information Systems Marketing Management Operations Management Human Resources Management Leadership and Ethics *Course requirements subject to change. ELECTIVES Choose five electives from an extensive list, including diverse courses such as: Entrepreneurship Financial Derivatives Marketing Strategy Corporate Social Responsibility For a complete list, visit THE CENTER FOR SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS The Center for Socially Responsible Business at Mills College is building innovative partnerships that offer Mills MBA candidates compelling learning opportunities. With access to visionaries, practitioners, and policy makers from a wide range of organizations, you can gain insight into how companies can create both economic and social value. The center offers an annual lecture series and conference with recent presenters from Clif Bar, Title Nine, Brightpath Capital Partners, Revolution Foods, Inner City Advisors, and Charles Schwab & Co.
5 FACULTY DEDICATED TO YOUR GOALS Mills Business School faculty have one thing in common: they are dedicated to helping you achieve your professional goals. Faculty members include academic experts with degrees from the leading business schools and seasoned professionals who bring real-world experience and multidimensional perspectives into the classroom. Whether you attend during the day or evening, full time or part time, you have access to the same outstanding faculty. SCOPE WITH PERSPECTIVE Our faculty s business interests also range far and wide. They have conducted research, published, and served as advisors, consultants, or practicing managers in areas such as: Advertising Capital markets Corporate social responsibility Employee relations and employment law Entrepreneurship IT innovation Leadership and diversity Modeling and data analysis Negotiation and mediation Nonprofit funding models Real estate development Securitization of mortgage markets Social media and Internet marketing Sustainable business strategies I interacted with my professors outside of class constantly. They spent extra time exercising their genuine interest in me and my fellow students. Such generosity and care is a true rarity in an educational institution today. JACQUELINE FAMOR ANTIG 08 Research Analyst, icharts STUDENT-TO- FACULTY RATIO TOTAL STUDENTS AVERAGE AGE AVERAGE YRS WORK EXP. STUDENTS OF COLOR 16: % 2011 Data SILVER CHAPTER NET IMPACT Lokey Graduate School of Business students are active participants in Net Impact, a global network of leaders who are changing the world through business. Their commitment has earned the Mills Net Impact chapter silver status in recognition of their high-quality events, relationships with other Net Impact chapters, and sharing of best practices.
6 THE NEXT STEP IN YOUR CAREER Career Services helps you prepare for the career management process from the first day that you enter the program. Our resources can help you with everything from securing an internship to seeking a new job or positioning yourself for a promotion. We have strong partnerships with employers in the for-profit, nonprofit, and governmental sectors, as well as a variety of activities to facilitate effective job searches. Career management is a lifetime process and Career Services provides both strategic and tactical preparation. SCOPE OF CAREER SERVICES Clarifying goals Identifying target function, industry, and companies Resume and interview preparation Workshops covering topics such as job search strategies, resume and cover letter writing, interviewing skills, and networking techniques Customized coaching for specific opportunities Mock interviews Access to alumni and industry network contacts Guidance in evaluating job offers Support in attending outside events & conferences SAMPLE INTERNSHIP SITES Bay City Capital Centro Community Partners FDIC icharts Inner City Advisors KPMG Robotti & Company Reciprocity Thomson Reuters Women s Initiative POST-MBA CAREER GROWTH Mills MBA graduates take on increasingly challenging leadership roles as their careers grow. 6 + YRS Vice President of Operations, M5 Networks Head, US Strategic Regional Development, Trina Solar Senior Developer Program Manager, NetSuite Partner, Environmental Resources Management Vice President, Asset Management, Citigroup Senior Director, Marketing & Investor Relations, Bay City Capital First Vice President For Change Management, East West Bank 6 + YRS I am very grateful to the Career Services Office for assisting me in securing a job at the FDIC. I benefited greatly from the material presented at the career events. The supportive staff kept me motivated during my MBA and their help resulted in this great opportunity. KATYA SVIZEVA 11 Financial Institution Specialist, FDIC 4 + YRS Trading Analyst, PG&E Marketing Analyst, Southern California Edison Vice President, Client Relations, Visa Senior Sales Operations Analyst, Genesys Telecommunications Director of Finance, Parsons Corporation Co-founder, e-modelers 1 + YRS Executive Director, Bay Area Community Services Corporate Security & Compliance Program Analyst/AVP, Bank of the West Project Manager, Google Associate Principal, Internet Marketing Research Loan Associate, NCB Capital Impact Staff Accountant, KPMG 4 + YRS 1 + YRS
7 MAKE THE INVESTMENT An MBA education is an investment in yourself and your future. We can help. Generous merit and need-based scholarships, as well as other forms of financial aid, are available. THEY BELIEVE IN US WHILE WE INVEST IN YOU Although the Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business is relatively young, successful individuals, major corporations, and leading women s organizations recognize our achievements and have provided millions of dollars of funding. Lorry I. Lokey, the founder of Business Wire and prominent philanthropist, donated over $20 million to the Mills MBA Program. GOLDMAN SACHS Goldman Sachs chose the Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business at Mills College as a partner in its 10,000 Women initiative a global philanthropic program designed to increase the number of underserved women receiving a business and management education. Selected Mills MBA students receive financial support, mentoring, and professional development opportunities from Goldman Sachs. FINANCIAL WOMEN S ASSOCIATION The Financial Women s Association of San Francisco (FWA) is committed to promoting the success of women in financial professions and has consistently chosen Mills MBA students to receive scholarships for women who show promise as future financial leaders. Scholarship recipients also become FWA members, have access to professional development programs, and are invited to special events throughout the year. FORTÉ FOUNDATION Mills joins a select list of prestigious business schools who partner with the Forté Foundation to substantially increase the number of women business leaders. Whatever the stage of your career, the Forté Foundation offers the information, scholarship support, and networking you need to get and stay connected. PRIORITY APPLICATION DEADLINES FALL FEB. 1 SPRING NOV. 1 MBA/MA JAN. 15 WHERE DO YOU GO FROM HERE? We would like to meet you. We encourage you to visit a class, schedule an admission consultation, or speak with faculty, current students, or alumni. Contact our associate director of MBA admission at or to arrange a meeting. The diversity of the Mills student body continually challenges students to push their thought process to another level. It better reflects the real-world situations in which they may find themselves. SUZANNE PERMANNA 07, MBA 08 Assistant Vice President, Bank of the West
8 ABOUT MILLS COLLEGE Founded in 1852, Mills is an independent liberal arts college that offers bachelor s degrees to women and graduate degrees and certificates to both women and men. Mills is ranked as one of the top-tier colleges and universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report, and our graduate programs have gained an international reputation for excellence and innovation. With a focus on collaboration between distinguished faculty and students, small class sizes, and flexible program features, the graduate curriculum allows students to delve intensely into their areas of study within a liberal arts context. Located on a lush 135-acre campus in the Oakland foothills with easy access to San Francisco and Silicon Valley, Mills College enables students to connect with the Bay Area s diverse metropolitan centers and thriving cultural communities. CONNECT WITH US: MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, CA Architectural Photography: Nic Lehoux Lokey GSB Architect: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson E Printed on recycled paper with 25% post-consumer waste using soy-based inks
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