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California State University, Long Beach, College of Business Administration Part Time MBA

Excellence is our ultimate goal. The CBA is one of 648 business schools in 38 countries, out of 13,000 worldwide, that are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International. AACSB standards require that our faculty maintain academic and professional qualifications and our students achieve the CBA’s learning goals. We are committed to excellence in education, and our continuous accreditation since 1972 is a testimony to the hard work and dedication of our faculty and staff.

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Program at a Glance

Program Type Part Time
Total Program Enrollment 73

Program Information

California State University, Long Beach College of Business Administration Says

Excellence is our ultimate goal. The CBA is one of 648 business schools in 38 countries, out of 13,000 worldwide, that are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International. AACSB standards require that our faculty maintain academic and professional qualifications and our students achieve the CBA’s learning goals. We are committed to excellence in education, and our continuous accreditation since 1972 is a testimony to the hard work and dedication of our faculty and staff.

Specializations Offered: General Management
Degrees Awarded: Evening MBA.

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N/A Best Business Schools (West)

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 47% accepted out of 313 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 28
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.3
  • Average Incoming GMAT: 561
  • Average Years Work Experience: 4
  • Application Fee: $55

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Important: Recommendations

Also Considered: Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

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

Optional: Work Experience

Admission Information

Admissions criteria vary at CSU, depending on the program to which you are applying. In recent years, students entering the full-time, accelerated MBA had an average GMAT score of 520, an average GPA of 3.2, and an average age of 26. Evening MBA and Fully-Employed MBA candidates entered with a GMAT score of 555 and 536, respectively.

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Important Dates

Round 1
June

1

Deadline
August

22

Start

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 211

Student Life

The MBA program combines a mix of students from several different countries, some who come directly from an undergraduate program and others that have “15+ years of work experience.” This “diverse, friendly” student body consists of a solid group of classmates who “are invested in the education experience.” Although the school provides “ample opportunities to get into clubs and programs,” graduate students with busy lifestyles may not have the opportunity to be “as involved as [they] would like to be.” They do say, however, that they appreciate the “beautiful” campus and the surrounding area is “very nice.” Long Beach is a thriving community that “gives access to so many different activities and different cultures.” Students feel “safe” in this environment. They welcome the comfortable surroundings that are not only motivating, but also provide “a great atmosphere to study.” Students looking for off-campus housing will find selections that are “organized” with “a lot of affordable options.” Weekend students remark that Saturdays are “quiet and uneventful” and that “not all of the services are open that day.” Having a full-time job means that they miss out on “attending training during the week.”

Career

CSU’s MBA Career Management Services “is very interactive and helpful with network­ing for future careers.” Besides maintaining an MBA job board and hosting on-campus recruiting events in a variety of business disciplines, they also maintain contact with alumni to encourage networking opportunities. Attending one of the large, campus-wide career fairs hosted by the Career Development Center affords yet another opportu­nity to meet potential employers. In recent years, large companies have visited campus, including Alaska Airlines, Accountants Incorporated, American Capital Group, California National Bank, CVS/Carmark Pharmacy, First Investors, Kelly Scientific Resources, Ameriprise Financial, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, and Comerica Bank.

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Students Say

Students looking for the biggest “bang for the buck” will appreciate California State University, Long Beach. Although “tuition and fees have gone up every semester, what we are getting in return is still a great deal,” at least “compared to other universities.” There are many reasons to choose Cal State in addition to its affordability. “The campus is conveniently located, parking is good and the resources (database subscriptions, com­puter equipment) provided are excellent.” Also popular with students are the small pro­gram and class sizes, which make it “easy to get to know many of your classmates throughout your stay.” At CSULB, “Classmates are invested in the education experi­ence.” “Fellow students are fun to work with and bring different experiences helping to enrich discussion.” There are “many foreign students” in the graduate program who help to provide an “international business focus” during classroom discussions. International students appreciate the opportunity to “take advantage of their experi­ences” at Long Beach. Finding a program that meets individual needs at CSULB is easy to do. There are “many options for working folk,” including a “Saturday only program” which is a 23-month long lock-step cohort. The three basic options include the Saturday MBA, the Self-Paced Evening MBA, and the 13-month Daytime Accelerated MBA. A good majority of stu­dents fit into the part-time category, and these commuters appreciate the school’s ample parking and location in the “convenient” city of Long Beach. A current student describes it as “one of the most beautiful and diverse cities in the country.” Generally, students attend CSULB for its “smaller classes, good choice of different pro­grams, [and] great location.” One student says the school and its programs are “definite­ly growing by leaps and bounds.” Another student who is a military veteran says, “The VA program here is the best of any school I have seen.” Overall, students should come away from the school with “strong academics” as well as a “great sense of a real life busi­ness experience.” Many students also find the cohort system as one of the school’s “greatest strengths.” Although at times it may create some “isolation” from the rest of the campus, it does a great job of unifying peers within one’s group, allowing students “time to develop rela­tionships and strengthen our network,” which is “almost impossible when your class­mates change every session.” Getting help on campus is a positive experience as well. “The administration and faculty are very accessible and diverse.” Students say that administrators “are fantastic in keep­ing students informed and getting them involved.” Students’ opinions about the faculty vary, yet many feel that “professors are very helpful and always have open lines of com­munication.” Some say that although their academic and professional knowledge is well respected, their ability to teach effectively covers a “wide range.” Also, some students consider it a disadvantage that not all professors “have extensive real-world experience.”

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Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    Information Systems/Information Technology, Leadership/Management

  • International Student Support Groups
  • Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Support Groups
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