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The CBPM offers the Master of Business Administration (Career MBA), Master of Business Administration for Experienced Professionals (MBA), Master of Business Information Technology (MBIT), Master of Science: Leadership and Management (MSLM), Master of Public Administration (MPA), Master of Health Administration (MHA), and Master of Science: Gerontology (MSGERO) as well as a doctoral program in publis administration, and a joint degree in law (MBA/JD). The strongest areas of study are management, leadership, finance, supply chain, international business, and marketing. Regular programs bring distinguished speakers and visiting professors to campus.

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

  • Accounting Information for Decision Making
  • Economics of the Firm
  • Financial Management
  • Seminar in Organizational Theory and Behavior
  • Seminar in Marketing Management
  • Business Analysis
  • Management of Information Technology
  • Managing in a Global Economy
  • Graduate Business Seminar

Required courses for the MBA for Experienced Professionals include:

  • Managing Technology
  • Managing Financial Resources
  • Designing Effective Organizations
  • Strategic Management

Required courses for the MBIT include:

  • Accounting Information for Decision Making
  • Management of Information Technology
  • Integrated Data Management
  • Information Networks
  • Systems Planning and Implementation
  • Electronic Commerce
  • Current Issues in Management Practice
  • Seminar in Marketing Management
  • Analysis of Business Operations
  • Graduate IT Seminar

Required courses for the MS Leadership and Management include:

  • Organizational Theory and Development
  • Leadership: Theory and Practice
  • Ethics and Decision Making
  • Human Resource Management
  • Conflict Management and Organizational Change
  • Organizational Research
  • Graduate Seminar

Required courses for the Master of Public Administration include:

  • Introduction to Public Administration
  • Human Resource Management in Public Administration
  • Organizational Theory
  • Policy Formation and Analysis
  • Management of Public Funds
  • Reorganization and Intergovernmental Relations
  • Ethics and Leadership in Public Management
  • Administrative Law
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis for Public Management
  • Managing Collaborative Networks
  • Strategic Planning and Organization Change
  • Graduate Seminar

Required courses for the Master of Health Administration include:

  • Managing and Leading in Health Service Organizations
  • Recent Trends and Issues in Health Services
  • Financial and Cost Analysis
  • Healthcare Economics
  • Organizational Communications
  • Organizational Research Methods
  • Graduate Seminar
  • MHA Professional Seminar

Students may eliminate or substitute requirements by transferring up to 6 semester hours of acceptable course work completed within the past 5 years from an acceptable institution at which a grade of B or better was achieved.

The minimum time permitted to complete the master’s degree program attending full time is 1 year; maximum, 5 years. For students attending part time, the minimum is 2 to 2<1/2> years; maximum, 5 years.

There are 37 total full-time graduate business faculty, of whom 90% hold a doctorate; there are 70 part-time faculty. Average number of courses faculty teach is 6; average business class size is 12.


A bachelor’s degree is required, along with a GPA of 3.0. If the entering GPA is low, a GMAT score of 500 is required for the MBA program; the GRE is required for the MSLM if the entering GPA is low. Most important admissions factors are academic accomplishments and ability, grades in upper-level courses, and management potential. A strong mathematics background is not required.

The number of applicants for the 2006-2007 class was 800; 550 were accepted; 480 enrolled. The average GPA was 3.2. Transfers are accepted. Minority students are actively recruited by advertising in minority papers and through special events.

Students may begin the MBA program in the fall, winter, spring, and summer. To apply, students must submit an application form, a transcript, GMAT, GRE, or MAT scores, a nonrefundable application fee of $50, 2 letters of recommendation, a current resume, a statement of purpose, and a demonstrated ability to write. The application deadline is rolling for fall entry. Once accepted, students may defer admission for up to 2 years.

Financial Aid

About 30% of graduate business school students receive financial aid from scholarships, loans, and graduate assistantships, for a total average of $16,800 annually; maximum $18,500. Stipends and programs are available for minority students. The FAFSA, the previous year’s tax return, and the SAAC are required. March 2 is the priority deadline.

Tuition for all students is $530 per credit, or $9540 per year. Books and supplies cost approximately $750; personal expenses, $1800, for an estimated annual total of $20,750. Graduate student housing is limited to off-campus rentals. There is a referral service to help procure off-campus housing.


Fifty percent of the current graduate business school class are enrolled full time; 83% have had an average of 5 to 7 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 (75%). Fifty-one percent are women, 43% are minorities, and 14% are foreign nationals. The average age at entrance is 32; ages range from 21 to 55. Eighteen percent enter directly from undergraduate school; 5% already have a graduate degree. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 60%, business; 10%, engineering; 10%, social sciences; 5%, economics; 5%, math and science; and 4%, liberal arts. About 8% of entering students leave by the end of the first year due to academic or personal reasons; 85% remain to receive their degree. In 2006, 515 graduate business degrees were awarded.

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