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California State University - East Bay School of Business and Economics Full Time MBA

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Program at a Glance

Program Type Full Time

Program Information

Degrees Awarded: MBA, Full Time.

Rankings

Rankings

School Rankings

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (West)

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 64% accepted out of 165 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 29
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.1
  • Average Incoming GMAT: 519
  • Average Years Work Experience: 3
  • Application Fee: $55

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Also Considered: Recommendations, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

Required: Standardized Test Scores, Extracurricular Activities, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Optional: Recommendations, Work Experience

Admission Information

To be considered for admission at California State University East Bay, students must score in the 20th percentile of the GMAT in both the verbal and quantitative sections. Students must also have a GPA of at least 2.5 for all upper division undergraduate coursework as well as minimum index score of 1050 (Upper Division GPAx 200) + total GMAT score...To be considered for admission at California State University East Bay, students must score in the 20th percentile of the GMAT in both the verbal and quantitative sections. Students must also have a GPA of at least 2.5 for all upper division undergraduate coursework as well as minimum index score of 1050 (Upper Division GPAx 200) + total GMAT score. Exceptions to these minimum requirements are rarely made.

The Princeton Review

School Information

School Information

The following section features data representative of the entire business school, and numbers here are not necessarily reflective of the specific program.

Students and Faculty

Total Graduate Students 219
Total Full-Time Faculty 62
Full-Time Faculty 95%

Student Life

Cal State East Bay’s large campus is known for its diversity, and the business school is no different. Here, students come “from different societies, educational and professional backgrounds, and age groups.” There are also “a lot of students from overseas,” which adds a unique flavor to an otherwise largely local student body. While their backgrounds vary, “There seems to be two groups: working professionals and younger students fresh out of college.” Both younger and older students “take their classes seriously” at CSUEB. Across departments, CSU is largely a “commuter school.” Most students work during the day and take classes at night, describing their lifestyle as “hectic.” Since few MBA candi­dates live on campus, “There’s not much interaction among MBA students other than class- or project-related.” When they do interact, students say their classmates are “friend­ly” and “easy to engage in conversation.” Located in the suburban city of Hayward, California, the CSUEB campus is propitiously situated right between the city of San Francisco and Silicon Valley, offering easy access to a wide range of social and recreation­al opportunities, outdoor activities, and professional connections of the greater Bay Area.

Career

As a part-time program, CSUEB principally attracts employed students who are not nec­essarily looking for a new position after graduation. Nonetheless, students think the school could do a better job offering “access to career advising for working students” and “promoting networking opportunities” within the local business community. On the whole, “It is up to the individual to find opportunities” at CSUEB. There is no dedicated career placement office for business students at CSUEB; however, MBA candidates can make an appointment at the university career center if they want help with the job search or need assistance with their resume and cover letter. The university at large also hosts career fairs and networking events. Not many MBA candidates take advantage of these offerings, though a current student explains, “The career fair that I attended did have companies that offer a wide range of internship opportunities.” The school’s geographic location “near Silicon Valley” and San Francisco is an asset to anyone looking for work in the tech industry. According to the university’s Success Report for 2008-2009, 91 percent of graduate business students were employed or pursu¬ing further education after graduation. MBA graduates took jobs at many Bay Area com¬panies, including Kaiser Permanente, Chevron, the City of San Jose, Ernst & Young, Genentech, PG&E, and SAP Labs Americas, among others.

The Princeton Review

Students Say

California State University—East Bay’s College of Business and Economics offers a “con­venient and affordable” MBA program, specially designed to accommodate working professionals in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. At this large public school, all “MBA classes are in the evenings,” and the multi-year program’s flexible schedule makes it eas­ier for students to prioritize work and family while pursuing their degree. Core course­work comprises the majority of the MBA, with each student completing a series of required classes in management, marketing, economics, and finance. After the core, stu­dents can choose to specialize in one of seven business areas, and the program concludes with a capstone course in entrepreneurship or strategic management. Throughout disci­plines, “Classes focus a great deal on working in teams and presentation skills,” and “Almost every class requires at least one group project and at least one class presenta­tion.” Fortunately, students are generally “open to learning and contributing to team projects with enthusiasm,” and the collaborative nature of the program teaches students “how to work with others, manage a team, and present to an important group of people, just as they will have to do in the business world.” Despite its low price tag, CSUEB does not skimp on quality. At this large public school, professors are “qualified and skilled professionals,” who have “experience working as consultants to organizations around the world.” Most instructors are “passionate about their subjects” and enjoy teaching, though the faculty is a “mixed bag,” so you may not love every professor you get. Owing to the state of California’s recent budget problems, you will run up against some burdensome bureaucracy at CSUEB. While red tape does not necessarily affect the quality of the MBA, “The administration can appear somewhat inept at times.” A number of students are particularly frustrated that “The administra­tion does not work with them to help them graduate on time.” Following the school’s recommendations, students should be able to complete the program in about three years, though scheduling conflicts can sometimes make the suggested schedule impossible to follow. On the flip side, those who reach out to administrators within the business school say the higher-ups can be friendly and helpful; a current student insists, “The head of the program and the program coordinator have been excellent to work with.” All in all, the school strikes the right “balance between quality of education and price for education.” With it’s affordable tuition, “good reputation,” and enviable location in the San Francisco Bay Area, “It’s difficult to find a school that is a better value than California State University.”

The Princeton Review

Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    Alameda Center for Environmental Technologies (ACET), The China America Business and Education Center (CABEC), The Center for business and Environmental Studies (CBES), The Center for Environment Technologies (CSDET), California Urban Environmental Research Center (CUEREC), Center for Entrepreneurship, Environmental Finance Center, Region IX (EFC 9), The Human Investment Research and Education Center (HIRE), Institute for Research and Business Development (IRBD), Small Business Institute (SBI), The Smith Center for Private Enterprise Studies, Institute for Telecommunications Technologies.

  • Minority Support Groups:

    Student Life Organization http://wwwsa.csueastbay.edu/~slife/clubs/clubs.shtml

  • Peer Tutoring Programs:

    Beta Alpha Psi: www.csuebbap.com

  • Research Facilities:

    Alameda Center for Environmental Technologies (ACET), The China America Business and Education Center (CABEC), The Center for business and Environmental Studies (CBES), The Center for Environment Technologies (CSDET), California Urban Environmental Research Center (CUEREC), Center for Entrepreneurship, Environmental Finance Center, Region IX (EFC 9), The Human Investment Research and Education Center (HIRE), Institute for Research and Business Development (IRBD), Small Business Institute (SBI), The Smith Center for Private Enterprise Studies, Institute for Telecommunications Technologies.

  • Study Abroad:

    Russia

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of California State University, East Bay College of Business and Economics include:

Judy Belk - Senior VP Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors

Mahla Shagfi - Senior VP and Regional Director, Union Bank of California

Mike Abary - Senior VP , Sony IT Products Division

Bill Lockyer - State Treasurer of California

Mark Mastov - Founder of 24 Hour Fitness

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