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California State University, Long Beach College of Business Administration

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 18 months for students without much work experience. Through the program, students are able to update their skills and start their careers. International students will benefit from the immersion in U.S. culture and language.


The Cal State Long Beach Accelerated MBA program’s cohort-based structure is on a semester system and can be completed in 18 months beginning in August. A carefully selected group of 25-35 students goes through the program together, fostering a teamwork environment that mirrors the workplace. 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 CSULB MBA consists of 48 credit hours to complete the program. All MBA students are required to complete the following core courses: Advanced Cost Accounting, Budgeting and Control; Seminar in Business; Applied Statistic and Decision Analysis; Seminar in Human Resources Management; Management of Information Systems; Seminar in Management Planning and Control Systems; Seminar in Marketing Policies.

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 more may not have any prior professional work experience. The GMAT score range of the most recent cohort was 530-650, and students enrolled had an average GPA of 3.24. 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.


The graduate business school has both a Career Coach and an Employer and Internship Development person that work exclusively for our graduate program.  Our Career Coach provides the full spectrum of career preparation and planning from resume building to networking and interview skills. We provide three 1-unit Career Development Workshops that are part of the curriculum to help students, both domestic and international, attain internships/CPT’s and jobs/OPT’s after graduation.

In addition, there is an active Graduate Business Association that links alumni with students through workshops and networking events during the academic year

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. Costs included in the final total account for textbooks, campus parking, meals on class days, additional required materials, and the price of the international trip included in the curriculum.

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:

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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 $55 application fee.

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