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Eberhardt School of Business

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The ESB offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA) as well as a joint degree in law (MBA/JD) and pharmacy (MBA/PharmD). Other programs include cross-registration with the university’s McGeorge School of Law, a cooperative program with the Peace Corps, internships (required of all full-time students without significant work experience), foreign exchange, and a mentor program for full-time students. The strongest areas of study are general management, entrepreneurship, management information systems, finance, and marketing. The most popular courses are Global Marketing, Technology and Innovation, and Global Business Competition. Regular programs bring distinguished speakers and visiting professors to campus. Pacific Business Forum brings nationally known business leaders to campus to speak.

Eighteen total credits are required to complete the MBA, including 12 elective credits. Required courses include:

  • Management Information Systems
  • Financial Accounting
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Global Marketing
  • Operations Management
  • Financial Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Global Business Competition
  • Managing Leadership and Change
  • Firm, Markets, and Environment
  • Data and Decision Making
  • Strategy Forumlation and Implementation
  • Corporate Finance
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management
  • Negotiation
  • Corporate Resposibility

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 2 year, maximum, 6 years.

There are 25 total full-time graduate business faculty, of whom 96% hold a doctorate; there are 2 part-time faculty. Faculty salaries are rated well above average for Category IIA institutions, based on the AAUP rating system. Average number of courses faculty teach is 5; average business class size is 14.


A bachelor’s degree is required, along with a GPA of 2.8 and a GMAT score of 540. The formula for using the GPA and GMAT scores is (200 x GPA) + GMAT, or minimum 1200. Most important admissions factors are motivation, GMAT results, and academic accomplishments and ability. A strong mathematics background is not required.

The number of applicants for the 2006-2007 class was 100; 52 were accepted; 38 enrolled. The average GPA was 3.4; average GMAT score was 582. Transfers are accepted. Minority students are actively recruited through minority organizations.

Students may begin the MBA program in the fall, spring, and summer. To apply, students must submit an application form, a transcript, GMAT scores, a nonrefundable application fee of $75, 2 letters of recommendation, 2 essays, and a resume. The application deadline is January 15 and March 1 for fall entry. Students are notified on a rolling basis of the admissions decision. The latest acceptable test date for fall entry is June. Once accepted, students may defer admission for up to 1 academic year.

Financial Aid

About 68% of graduate business school students receive financial aid from scholarships, loans, and graduate assistantships, for a total average of $18,752 annually; maximum $36,014. The FAFSA and the previous year’s tax return are required. The application deadline is February 15 for fall entry.

Tuition for all students is $842 per credit, or $25,260 per year. On-campus room and board costs approximately $10,500; books and supplies, $1500; personal expenses, $1500; and other fees, $300, for an estimated annual total of $39,600. Graduate student housing consists of an on-campus residence hall and on- and off-campus apartments.


Seventy-eight percent of the current graduate business school class are enrolled full time; 62% have had an average of 2 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 (82%). Forty-seven percent are women, 37% are minorities, and 12% are foreign nationals. The average age at entrance is 25; ages range from 21 to 53. Fifty-three percent enter directly from undergraduate school; 4% already have a graduate degree. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 52%, business; 24%, math and science; 8%, economics; 4%, engineering; 4%, liberal arts; and 4%, social sciences. 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, 20 graduate business degrees were awarded.

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