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College of Business Administration/MBA Program

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The Business School offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Science in Business Administration (MSBA). Other programs include cooperative programs, work-study programs, foreign exchange, and internship programs with private, nonprofit, and public agencies that are designed to integrate field and classroom experiences. The strongest areas of study are marketing, finance, and human resource management.

Thirty-three total credits are required to complete the MBA, including 9 elective credits. Required courses include:

  • Management Accounting
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Managerial Finance
  • Business Organization, Theory, and Behavior
  • Seminar in Quality and Productivity Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Project Methods and Integrated Strategic Processes

Required courses for the MSBA include:

  • Management of International Business
  • Strategy for Financial Managers
  • Political, Cultural, and Social Environment
  • International Financial Management
  • European Financial Management
  • Security Analysis and Portfolio Management
  • Managerial Finance
  • Financial Engineering and Risk Management
  • Corporate Governance and Ethics

Students may eliminate or substitute requirements by completing comparable foundation course work within the past 10 years with a grade of C or better or by transferring up to 9 units.

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

There are 9 part-time faculty, of whom 80% hold a doctorate. Faculty salaries are rated above average for Category IIA institutions, based on the AAUP rating system. Average number of courses faculty teach is 1; average business class size is 19.


A bachelor’s degree is required, along with a GPA of 2.5 and a GMAT score of 450. The formula for using the GPA and GMAT scores is (200 x GPA) + GMAT, or (200 x upper-division GPA + GMAT). Most important admissions factors are GMAT results, academic accomplishments and ability, and work experience. A strong mathematics background is required.

The number of applicants for the 2006-2007 class was 79; 53 were accepted; 32 enrolled. The average GPA was 3.09; average GMAT score was 508. Transfers are accepted.

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 of $55, and 3 letters of recommendation. Check with the school for current application deadlines.Students are notified of the admissions decision within 1 month of receipt of the application. Once accepted, students may defer admission for up to 1 year.

Financial Aid

About 31% of graduate business school students receive financial aid from scholarships, loans, and graduate assistantships, for a total average of $3998 annually; maximum $11,440. Stipends and programs available for minority students include some on-campus scholarships. The FAFSA is required.The priority application deadline is March 2 for fall entry.

Residents pay no tuition. Nonresidents pay $339 per credit, or $10,170 per year. On-campus room and board costs approximately $8586; books and supplies, $1386; personal expenses, $2709; and other fees, $3625, for an estimated annual total of $16,306 for in-state residents and $26,476 for out-of-state residents. Graduate student housing is available in coed residence suites and 124 apartments accommodating 652 students. There is a referral service to help procure off-campus housing.


Forty-one percent of the current graduate business school class are enrolled full time. The greatest percentage of students are from California (93%). Forty-three percent are women, 34% are minorities, and 6% are foreign nationals. The average age at entrance is 31; ages range from 22 to 53. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 72%, business; 6%, engineering; 6%, social sciences; 3%, economics; and 3%, math and science. About 40% of entering students leave by the end of the first year due to academic or personal reasons; 60% remain to receive their degree. In 2006, 44 graduate business degrees were awarded.

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