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

Cal State Long Beach Evening MBA Program Structure

The Cal State Long Beach Evening MBA is a self-paced, giving students the opportunity to determine how many classes they take each semester.  The Evening MBA program is designed for working professionals that want to enhance their professional skills and leadership abilities.  Classes are small to moderate in size with 25-36 students. Students can also select from one of nine specializations or obtain a general MBA. The Evening MBA program admits students for both the fall and spring semesters. The program may be completed in 2.5-3 years.


The Cal State Long Beach Evening MBA is a self-paced program where students manage their own degree as either full-time or part-time. Classes meet weeknights from 7 to 9:45 p.m with some classes from 4 to 6:45 p.m. The program can be completed in, 2.5-3 years, with most students completing the program in their third year. Summer classes are also available.

Part-time MBA students start their studies with a weekend residential orientation in Downtown Long Beach to prepare them for the rest of their MBA careers. This experiential learning course teaches ethical decision making, the fundamentals of team dynamics, case analysis strategies and career preparation and planning skills. This helps the student start the program ready to excel in the classroom as well as work in collaborative learning groups. The CSU MBA consists of an aggregate of 48 credit hours to complete the program.

Specializations are available in finance, information systems, marketing, management, human resources management, health care administration, hospitality management, recreation, and leisure studies, and health science. Students are also given the option to take an international trip while in the program, offered every spring and summer in places including Hamburg, Germany, China, Vietnam, and Singapore.

Part-Time MBA Rankings

• U.S. News & World Report: 159 (tie)

Class Profile

In the typical Cal State Long Beach Evening MBA class, 80 percent of matriculated students are U.S. citizens, while 20 percent identify as international. The average GPA earned by students is 3.2. The average age of students enrolled in the MBA programs is 31. Students must have had a minimum of seven years of significant managerial work experience.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

Tuition for the Cal State Long Beach Evening MBA program is approximately $30,000 to $35,000 for the 48-unit program for California Residents and approximately $50,000 to $55,000 for Non-California Residents. The total cost depends on the number of units taken each semester. EMBA students are required to attend a two-day orientation on campus at the beginning of the program but there is no cost to students for the two-day Orientation.  Tuition and fees do not include the cost of books, on-campus parking, and other incidentals.

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.

Evening MBA students can apply for financial aid. 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:

Resume, two letters of recommendation, a short personal statement, and a video statement of purpose.

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.

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 Evening 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.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

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