California State University, Long Beach

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 Daytime 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

The Cal State Long Beach Daytime Accelerated MBA consists of 25 to 30 students at an average age of 25. Fifty-five percent of students were born outside of the U.S. The average GPA of students in the program is 3.35 and the average GMAT score is 555.


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 & Financial Aid

The cost of tuition is $875 per unit or $42,000 for all 48 units of the Cal State Long Beach Daytime Accelerated MBA. Prices are subject to change without notice.

Admissions Requirements

Admission to the Evening MBA is twice a year, for spring and fall. Admission to the Evening MBA requires a two-step application process.

1) Apply to the university via

2) Apply to the program via

According to the policy established by the Graduate Programs Committee (GPC), applicants to the Evening MBA program may waive the GMAT/GRE test requirement, if they can demonstrate seven years or more of significant managerial work experience.

The Accelerated 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 550 with a 4.0 in analytical writing .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 analytical writing section.

Valid travel documentation (passport, F1, 1-20), as well as a completed application, including letters of recommendations, transcripts, and required essays are mandatory.

Application Deadlines

The Daytime Accelerated MBA application window is October 1- May 30.  International students have an application window of October 1 to April 15.

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