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College of Business and Public Administration

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The College of Business and Public Administration offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Public Administration (MPA) as well as a joint degree in PhD in Information Sciences with Claremont Graduate University (Drucker). Other programs include internships with local manufacturing and service companies, joint research with faculty, and consulting programs with area businesses. The strongest areas of study are finance, information systems, marketing, accounting, management, and entrepreneurship. The most popular courses are accounting, finance, information systems, and marketing. Regular programs bring distinguished speakers and visiting professors to campus.

Forty-eight total credits are required to complete the MBA, including 20 elective credits. Required courses include:

  • Organization Theory and Behavior
  • Financial Planning and Control
  • Marketing Management
  • Accounting for Managerial Decision Making
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Corporate Strategies in Global Economy
  • Information Management Systems

Required courses for the MPA include:

  • Research Methods in Administration
  • Public Administration Theory and Practices
  • Public Financial Management
  • Human Resources Management in the Public Sector
  • Public Budgeting and Finance
  • Management of Public Organizations
  • Administrative Regulation
  • Public Policy Analysis

Students may eliminate or substitute requirements by transferring up to 12 quarter units from an approved graduate program.

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

There are 36 total full-time graduate business faculty, all of whom hold a doctorate; there are 2 part-time faculty, of whom 50% 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 8; average business class size is 18.


A bachelor’s degree is required, along with a GPA of 2.5 and a GMAT score of 470. The formula for using the GPA and GMAT scores is (200 x GPA) + GMAT, equal to or greater than 1050. Most important admissions factors are grades in upper-level courses and GMAT results. A strong mathematics background is not required.

The number of applicants for the 2006-2007 class was 225; 166 were accepted; 95 enrolled. The average GPA was 3.2; average GMAT score was 525. Transfers are accepted. Minority students are actively recruited by advertisements in minority newspapers.

Students may begin the MBA program in the fall, winter, and spring. To apply, students must submit an application form, 2 transcripts, GMAT scores, a nonrefundable application fee of $55, 2 letters of recommendation, and a 250- to 750-word statement of interest. The application deadlines are August 1 for fall entry; November 15, winter; February 15, spring. Students are notified 3 to 8 weeks after receipt of the application of the admissions decision. The latest acceptable test date for fall entry is September 1. Once accepted, students may defer admission for up to 1 quarter.

Financial Aid

About 33% of graduate business school students receive financial aid from scholarships, loans, and graduate assistantships, for a total average of $5500 annually; maximum $18,500. Stipends and programs available for minority students include the Albro Scholarship, Lawrence Daniels Scholarship, and CSUSB Black Faculty and Staff Scholarship. The FAFSA and SAAC are required. The application deadlines are August 1 for fall entry; November 15, winter; February 15, spring.

Tuition for in-state residents is $3518 per year. Nonresidents pay $8136 per year. On-campus room and board costs approximately $8500; books and supplies, $1300; personal expenses, $6000; and other fees, $3518, for an estimated annual total of $19,318 for in-state residents and $27,454 for out-of-state residents. Graduate student housing consists of dorms and off-campus facilities, which are readily available and reasonably priced. There is a referral service to help procure off-campus housing.


Sixty percent of the current graduate business school class are enrolled full time; 80% have had an average of 3 to 6 years of full-time work experience prior to entering graduate school, a factor preferred by the school. The greatest percentage of students are from California (65%). Forty-three percent are women, 25% are minorities, and 33% are foreign nationals. The average age at entrance is 29; ages range from 23 to 51. Twenty-six percent enter directly from undergraduate school; 3% already have a graduate degree. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 40%, business; 19%, social sciences; 14%, liberal arts; 11%, math and science; 10%, engineering; and 6%, economics. About 10% of entering students leave by the end of the first year due to academic or personal reasons; 90% remain to receive their degree. In 2006, 93 graduate business degrees were awarded.

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