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College of Business Administration/Graduate Programs

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The College of Business Administration offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Science in Business Administration (MSBA). Other programs include an interdisciplinary program in hospitality management and foreign exchange with 18 countries. The strongest areas of study are finance, management, and telecommunications. The most popular courses are in management, marketing, and information systems. Regular programs bring distinguished speakers and visiting professors to campus, including an Executive-in-Residence and international faculty each quarter.

Forty-eight total credits are required to complete the MBA, including 8 elective credits. Required courses include:

  • Accounting
  • Business Research Methods
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Management Science
  • Financial Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Information Systems Seminar
  • Management Policies and Strategies
  • Management Seminar

Required courses for the MSBA include:

  • Organizational Communications
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Data Communications
  • Legal Environment
  • Advanced EDP Auditing
  • Security and Privacy
  • Business Information Systems

Students may substitute or transfer up to 13 units from another AACSB institution.

Business students may take relevant nonbusiness courses in other departments. The minimum time permitted to complete the master’s degree program attending full time or part time is 1 year; maximum, 7 years.

There are 60 total full-time graduate business faculty, of whom 98% hold a doctorate; there are 3 part-time faculty, of whom 66% hold a doctorate. Faculty salaries are rated well above average for Category IIA institutions, based on the AAUP rating system. Average number of credit hours faculty teach is 12; average business class size is 27.


A bachelor’s degree is required, along with a GPA of 3.0 and a GMAT score of 450. The formula for using the GPA and GMAT scores is (GPA x 200) + GMAT or minimum 1050. Most important admissions factors are GMAT results, grades in upper-level courses, and work experience. A strong mathematics background is not required.

The number of applicants for a recent class was 300; 90 were accepted; 60 enrolled. The average GPA was 3.4. Transfers are accepted. Minority students are actively recruited by visiting minority associations.

Students may begin the MBA program in the fall, winter, spring, and summer. To apply, students must submit an application form, 2 transcripts, GMAT scores, a nonrefundable application fee, 2 letters of recommendation, and a resume. Students are notified of the admissions decision on a rolling basis. Check with the school for current applications deadlines and fees.

Financial Aid

Stipends and programs available for minority students include the President’s Scholarship. The FAFSA, the previous year’s tax return, and the SAAC are required. Check with the school for current application deadlines.

Tuition for in-state residents is approximately $1000 per year. Nonresidents pay approximately $2000 per year. Books and supplies cost approximately $600; personal expenses, $1700; and other fees, $1100, for an estimated annual total of $4400 for in-state residents and $5400 for out-of-state residents. Graduate student housing is not available on campus.


Twelve percent of a recent graduate business school class were enrolled full time; 92% had an average of 9 years of full-time work experience prior to entering graduate school, a factor preferred by the school. The greatest percentage of students were from California (92%). Twenty-six percent were minorities and 8% were foreign nationals. The average age at entrance was 29; ages ranged from 23 to 65. Eight percent entered directly from undergraduate school; 3% already have a graduate degree. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 55%, business; 12%, engineering; 11%, liberal arts; 7%, math and science; and 5%, economics. About 2% of entering students leave by the end of the first year due to academic or personal reasons; 98% remain to receive their degree. In a recent year, 122 graduate business degrees were awarded.

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