California State University, Long Beach

Cal State Long Beach Saturday MBA Program Structure

The Cal State Long Beach Saturday MBA Program offers an efficient program structure that allows students to complete the whole 48-unit program in 23 months.

The program’s course structure is built on the premise that an integrated analytical perspective of all business disciplines is needed in order to be successful. Due to the cohort nature of the program, all students take classes at the same time. New cohorts begin each August.


Students take two courses at a time on Saturdays, one in the morning and the other in the afternoon. In the first part of the program, students learn key functional concepts and critical thinking skills through a set of discipline-based courses. The second portion of the program focuses on Sustainability and the Business Organization, prompting students to grapple with complex problems that businesses face in terms of sustainability.

All Cal State Long Beach Saturday MBA students participate in a three-day orientation at a downtown Long Beach luxury hotel. The orientation features team building and case study activities as well as helping to career skills workshops.

In the first portion of the program, participants will learn and reinforce key functional concepts and develop critical thinking skills through a set of discipline-based courses. The advanced courses allow for a more in-depth analysis of different topics that broaden the students’ perspective of the nature of sustainable business practices. Participants proceed through the Saturday MBA program as a cohort with organized teams for both study and project purposes.

In keeping with the sustainability focus of the program, participants study how businesses in other parts of the world comply with international sustainability regulations and the challenge of striking a balance between sustaining communities through business and remaining economically viable.  The culminating experience of the program is a course called Integrated Analyses.

Class Profile

The Cal State Long Beach Saturday MBA is designed for students with at least three years of work experience. Its structure is suited to the needs of working professionals who can only attend class on Saturdays. The average cohort has 25 to 35 students with an average work experience of 15 years and an average GPA of 3.4. The average GMAT score is 570 and the average student is 38-years old. The program does offer test waivers for students that have seven or more years of significant managerial experience. Students generally come from a variety of backgrounds, and have included engineers, doctors, attorneys, and mid-level managers from a variety of industries seeking to move up in their organizations.


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 planning to help students as they seek to make career changes and move up in their companies. It includes workshops on networking and interviewing as well as self-assessments to clarify career goals.

In addition, there is an active Graduate Business Association that links alumni with students through workshops and networking events during the academic year. The graduate program also offers students an opportunity to be part of the CB Incubator and the Innovation Challenge, which can result in starting your own business.

Tuition & Financial Aid

The complete 23 month Saturday MBA program will cost $44,160, which breaks down to $920 a unit and includes the international trip (except for the airfare to and from the country), 3-day orientation, all books and materials, parking on campus, food and other incidentals. Fees are subject to change without notice.

Financial aid is available for the Saturday MBA program. Applicants can visit or contact the CSULB office of financial aid for more information.

Admissions Procedures

Admission to the Saturday MBA is only for Fall. Admission to the SaturdayMBA 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 Saturday MBA program may waive the GMAT/GRE test requirement, if they can demonstrate seven years or more of significant managerial work experience.

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 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.

Application Deadlines

The Saturday MBA cohort application window is October 1 – May 31. International students on F1 visas are not eligible for the Saturday MBA.


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