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California State University, Long Beach College of Business Administration - Accelerated MBA

Cal State Long Beach Daytime Accelerated MBA Program Structure

The Cal State Long Beach Daytime Accelerated MBA program combines a fast-paced diverse environment with experienced faculty, and is designed to be completed in 21 months for students without much work experience. The program is a cohort-based model consisting of 48 units with small to medium class sizes (25-35). There is also a required internship between your first and second year of the program.

The Accelerated Full-time MBA (AMBA) program focuses on Entrepreneurship and Innovation.  It prepares you with the quantitative and analytical skills that you need to start your career as an Entrepreneur (innovating by starting your business) and Intrapreneur (innovating within an established company). A required Study Abroad trip is included in the program. You continue to hone your global business skills around innovation and entrepreneurship from companies around the world.


The Cal State Long Beach Accelerated MBA program’s cohort-based structure is on a semester system and can be completed in 21 months beginning in the fall. The program incorporates a one-week international experience that provides students the opportunity to experience how entrepreneurs start businesses and how business is conducted on a global scale. This opportunity provides a richer grasp of global entrepreneurship through informative seminars and company visits, led by experienced CSU College of Business faculty.

In the first two semesters of the program, students with undergraduate degrees in non-business disciplines take the four first-year core courses along with second-year courses. Under this model, students begin and end the program together, strengthening the cohort.

The first-year focuses on the core business curriculum that introduces the student to entrepreneurship and innovation. A 3-unit Career preparation course intended to help students be well prepared to get an internship during their first summer. In the second-year of the program, CSULB integrates entrepreneurship and innovation throughout the curriculum.

The CSULB MBA consists of 48 credit hours to complete the program. All MBA students are required to complete the following core courses:Financial Accounting; Financial Management Concepts; Business Policies, Operations and Organizations; Marketing Concepts; Managerial Accounting and Control; Seminar in Business Finance; Seminar in Human Resources Management; Quantitative Methods for Managerial Decision Making; Management of Information Systems; Seminar in Strategic Management; and Seminar in Marketing Policies.

The Internship experience is required in your first summer session. The internship is between 20 and 40 hours per week, paid or unpaid.   This is an opportunity to learn more about the industry/company that you are interested in and get some work experience. Internships can be in southern California or anywhere else in the United States.  Students do not have classes during the summer so that they can focus on getting some industry experience. This also will prepare international students to apply for their OPT the following year. The objective of the program and this internship is for every student to have an offer in hand by graduation.

Advanced study courses must be taken from different disciplines with a special focus on entrepreneurship and innovation within the College of Business Administration. The students also have the opportunity to participate in the CBA Incubator and Innovation Challenge which starts each September culminating in a potential startup for the student team.

Class Profile

Students in the Cal State Long Beach Accelerated MBA program are, on average, 24-years old and may or may not have any prior professional work experience. The GMAT score range of the most recent cohort was 530-730 and students enrolled had an average GPA of 3.25 About 68 percent of the most recent class identified as female, with 32 of students identifying as male. More than half of the class (52 percent) were born outside of the U.S.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

The cost of tuition is $950 per unit or $45,600 for all 48 units of the Cal State Long Beach Accelerated MBA. Prices are subject to change without notice. Tuition includes all textbooks and required materials, orientation residential, on-campus parking, meals for days when student is on-campus, and the cost of the international trip.   Students are responsible for round trip airfare and transportation to and from the airports.

Graduate assistantships in the College of Business are targeted to MBA/MS students. Opportunities include working as a research assistant for a faculty member or as a graduate assistant for a department or program. Other types of assistantships that depend on students’ areas of expertise are also available.

All United States citizens and permanent residents of the United States may be considered for federally funded programs. Most student loans are based on either financial need or creditworthiness and are available only to US citizens and permanent residents. Howard students commonly use the Federal Stafford Loan Program, Alternative Education Loans, and the ACCESS Loan Program. Private loans may also be available.


Admission to the Saturday MBA guidelines are as follows:

A resume, two letters of recommendation, short answer personal statement, and video statement of purpose.

Applicants to the Saturday MBA program must have maintained a GPA of at least 2.75 in their previously earned undergraduate degree. Those submitting GMAT scores need to have scored a minimum of 500 with a 4.0 score in the essay and integrated reasoning sections. If students elect to submit a GRE instead of GMAT they must have scored At least 150 in each verbal and quantitative section and at least 4.0 in the essay section. There is a mandatory $70 application fee.

If you received your undergraduate degree in Business Administration from an AACSB accredited institution, with at least a 3.0 GPA you would be considered for a test waiver. Otherwise, you may qualify for a test waiver with at least 4 years of significant managerial work experience.

Previous work experience is not required in order to apply.


Domestic Students

Spring 2021 applications are accepted from August 1, 2020 to November 1, 2020

International Students

Spring 2021 applications are accepted from August 1, 2020 to October 1, 2020


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