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California State University - Chico College of Business Part Time MBA

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Program at a Glance

Program Type Part Time

Program Information

Specializations Offered: Accounting, General Management, Management Information Systems, Project Management
Degrees Awarded: MBA, Part Time.

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N/A Best Business Schools (West)

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 65% accepted out of 54 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 25
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.2
  • Average Years Work Experience: 4
  • Application Fee: $55

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Personal Essay, Undergraduate GPA

Important: Recommendations, Standardized Test Scores

Admission Requirements

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

Optional: Work Experience

Admission Information

To be eligible for a graduate program at Chico, prospective students must have an overall undergraduate GPA of 2.75, and a GPA of at least 3.0 for the final 30 hours of coursework. To apply to the MBA program, students must submit standardized test scores in addition to their academic transcripts, though the GRE may be substituted for the GMAT. The...To be eligible for a graduate program at Chico, prospective students must have an overall undergraduate GPA of 2.75, and a GPA of at least 3.0 for the final 30 hours of coursework. To apply to the MBA program, students must submit standardized test scores in addition to their academic transcripts, though the GRE may be substituted for the GMAT. The most recent entering class had an average GMAT score of 536 and an average GRE score of 1051. The average work experience for entering students is more than four years.

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Important Dates

Round 1
September

15

Deadline
January

20

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 58
Percent International Students 31%
Total Full-Time Faculty 10
Full-Time Faculty 90%

Student Life

Chico State is a vibrant and bustling university, located in a pretty town in the Sierra Nevada foothills. The “beautiful campus” makes a wonderful backdrop to the business school, and “there are always people hanging out on campus” before and after class. There are “lots of things happening around campus” for those who want to partake, including “great cultural activities” and plenty of “volunteer opportunities” in the local community. While “most MBAs don’t have time to participate in the many activities offered by the school,” others say they make a concerted effort to get involved. At this medium-sized public school, graduate students are “close-knit,” yet diverse cul­turally, socially, and academically. Some students are “fresh out of undergraduate school with no experience” in the workplace, while others are seasoned professionals, who con­tinue to work full-time throughout the duration of the program. Many students are “very passionate about learning,” while “others are not very serious about the program.” Because the school operates a partner program with several international universities, there are numerous students from overseas. With regards to the international communi­ty, a current student tells us, “Getting to know them on a collegial, friendly level during my MBA has been one of the most important experiences so far.”

Career

As a part of California State University, Chico, business students have access to the University’s Career Center, where they can sign up for individual consultations with a career counselor. Students can also attend the Career Center’s workshops and career development events throughout the year. Located in Northern California, Chico State maintains a “strong relationship with the San Francisco business community,” and, every year, “CSU Chico brings in various companies at the career fair.” International students, however, feel the school could do a better job helping them score internships and jobs, while locals say it is “very difficult to find employment” in surrounding Chico, which was affected by the economic downturn. Around forty percent of Chico’s MBA candidates are already employed when they begin the program, and most plan to stay at their current position after graduation. For those taking new positions, the mean base salary for graduates was $71,588 in 2010, with close to 80 percent of students remaining in the western United States. Chevron USA, IBM, and Deloitte are among the school’s top employers.

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About

Great programs at an exceptional value. That is what you will find at California State University, Chico. As a recent graduate noted "The MBA program was an affordable option where I could get the training I needed." At California State University, Chico you can earn a general MBA, or specialize in management information systems, project management, or accounting. Desirable SpecializationsThe Chico State College of Business is a recognized leader in management information systems (MIS). The MIS emphasis is designed to meet the growing job demands for professional consultants, business process analysts, IT infrastructure specialists, SAP functional analysts, and relationship management specialists. The MIS emphasis curriculum is a pathway toward SAP TERP 10 certification - a valuable addition to your resume. In 1996, SAP, the world's largest inter-enterprise software company in the world selected the CSU, Chico College of Business as its first partner in the SAP America University Alliance Program (SAP UAP). Our relationship with SAP has grown where we are now one of two "mega hosting" centers serving more than 100 institutions in the SAP UAP. Project management skills and knowledge are in high demand. Students leave the program with a strong grasp of business and the importance of keeping projects on time and under budget - something all businesses value. Students who complete an appropriate series of courses within this emphasis are prepared to sit for the Project Management Institute's (PMI) CAPM or PMP certification exam. Our instructors in the project management area are all Stanford certified or PMP certified. Get a Degree That Will Help You Get a JobStudents leave our program knowing business fundamentals, but are also ready to apply practical skills to get the job done. Students graduating from our MBA program have worked on numerous team projects and refined their soft and hard skills. In fact, recruiters regularly comment how Chico State students hit the ground running when they enter a new position. Our students have this reputation amongst recruiters since they take courses that give them real world skills. Our graduates have found fantastic positions with Chevron (IT Business Analyst), Deloitte Consulting, NetSuite (SAP Solutions Architect), Workday (Consultant), Lenovo (Supply Chain Business Specialist), Qualcomm (Business Intelligence Analyst), Target Corporation (Executive Team Lead), Accenture (SAP Analyst), Slalom Consulting (Management Consultant), and numerous other firms.An Outstanding ReputationThe College of Business at California State University, Chico is one of just 15% of all business schools in the world that meet the rigorous standards for accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB International). Chico State is one of the few AACSB accredited MBA programs in the country where students can get specialized project management or management information systems skills and knowledge. The College of Business has been AACSB accredited since 1972. Very few institutions can make this claim. In addition, our program is regularly cited by the Princeton Review as one of the nation's best business schools. The College of Business at CSU, Chico has also been recognized by EDUNIVERSAL for its strong national reputation. Small Class Sizes Mean a More Personal, Hands-on, Engaging Learning EnvironmentAt Chico State you will be taught by extremely supportive faculty in a small class, seminar type environment. The small class sizes allow students to better refine their critical thinking and analytical skills and work closely with the faculty. The small class size is representative of the program's hands-on, high-engagement teaching philosophy.A Great Program at an Exceptional ValueA great AACSB accredited program, desirable specializations, small classes, and a beautiful campus, all at far below the average price of an MBA. Clearly, the Chico State MBA offers a great program at an exceptional value.

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Students Say

California State University, Chico offers a practical and personable MBA program, well suited to Northern California professionals. With a “great regional reputation,” Chico students feel confident they can leverage their education in the workplace. Above all else, professors have “a lot of relevant industry experience” and offer “good insight into the business world.” Across disciplines, Chico professors “keep up with current events,” and class content is constantly “changing according to the news today.” Chico distin­guishes itself academically through a focus on information technology and business information systems. Chico State’s innovative Center for Information Systems Research involves students in a variety of hands-on projects in the business technology sector, and the school has been “a member of the SAP alliance” since 1996. While academics are strong, the environment is remarkably supportive, too. When a stu­dent needs extra assistance, professors are “easily accessible” and “always available out­side of class.” A current student shares, “I have met many professors through independ­ent projects, and they have been very helpful and guided me to the right resources.” Throughout the curriculum, there is an “emphasis on teamwork, interpersonal skills, and both qualitative and quantitative learning.” Students are encouraged to engage with the work, and “most professors try to create an environment that promotes active discus­sions.” The focus on group work, as well as real world applications, make for a “very practical learning experience,” which is immediately applicable to the real world. A small business owner tells us, “Classes are at night, and my real-life laboratory is my business during the day.”Working students appreciate the balance at Chico, saying, “The atmosphere is focused, but there is not too much pressure on the students.” “Overall, the program is consistent and organized,” and the “staff is flexible and understanding” with students who work full-time. On the other hand, some feel the Chico experience “might be better if we had a more competitive environment,” noting that there is a noticeable “lack of rigor in some classes.” In addition to the value offered to professionals, Chico also offers a “3+2” pro­gram for business undergraduates from partner schools, which offers the “opportunity to get a masters degree one year after your bachelor degree.” Several international uni­versities also participate in the school’s 3+2 program, which brings “a large number of international students” to campus. For many, the international community is an unex­pected plus of a Chico education, helping them to develop “cultural skills in a business environment that is less cutthroat than the real business world.”

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Academic

The university is a member of the University Study Abroad Consortium (USAC). The College of Business sends more students abroad than any other college on campus. Through USAC students have an incredible number of options for studying abroad.

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Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:
    • Center for Information Systems Research
    • Center for Entrepreneurship
    • SAP University Alliance Program Research -Center for Professional Sales
  • Research Facilities:
    • Center for Information Systems Research
    • Center for Entrepreneurship
    • SAP University Alliance Program Research -Center for Professional Sales
  • Study Abroad:

    The university is a member of the University Study Abroad Consortium (USAC). The College of Business sends more students abroad than any other college on campus. Through USAC students have an incredible number of options for studying abroad. For example, programs exist in the following countries: Australia, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malta, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, Sweeden, Taiwan, Thailand, The Netherlands, United Kingdom.

    Recently several MBA students completed graduate courses at the Copenhagen School of Business.

  • Women Support Groups:

    Association for Women in Business: http://www.csuchico.edu/cob/current/organizations.shtml

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of California State University, Chico The College of Business include:

Prabhakar Kalavacherla - Full time Member of International Accounting Standards Board (IASB)

Stephen Goodall - Executive VP and Principle with Outsell Inc. and Former President of J D Power Associates (retired 2009)

Scott Hanson - Founder/Principle Hanson McClain Financial Advisors

Michael Polenski - Founder, Blackbird Vineyard and Former President/ CEO of Chase Manhattan CorpÂ’s Global

Steve Perricone - Entrepreneur

School Outcomes

Average Debt At Graduation: $17,473

Top Employers Of Graduates From This School Include: IGT Company, Cap Gemini, IBM, Deloitte, KPMG

Industry Percent Employed Median Starting Salary
Business 80% $49,500
Information Technology 30% $67,500
Finance / Accounting 25% $46,000
Government 20% $46,000
Consulting 20% $65,000
Manufacturing 20% $41,000
Other 20% $96,500
General Management 15% $132,000
Consulting 15% $65,000
Marketing / Sales 15% $41,000
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