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

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 beginning in the fall semester.

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.  The program is delivered in a hybrid delivery which offers flexibility bringing together state-of-the-art online learning with on-campus classes and experiences.


Students take two courses at a time on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. In the first part of the program, students learn key functional concepts and critical thinking skills through a set of discipline-based courses. The core business curriculum integrates the impact of disruptive technology in business decision making.  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

Students in the Cal State Long Beach Saturday are, on average, 34-years old. Students in the program enter with an average GPA of 3.14. About 68 percent of the most recent class identifies as female, with 32 percent of students identifying as male. GMAT scores among Saturday MBA students range is 530-620.


The graduate business school offers 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, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

The complete 23 month Saturday MBA program will cost $48,000, which breaks down to $1,000 per unit.  Tuition includes all textbooks and required instructional materials, orientation residential, on-campus parking, meals for days when students are on-campus, and the cost of the international trip.  Students are responsible for round trip airfare and transportation to and from the airports.

Financial aid is available for the Saturday MBA program. 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.

For information about scholarships, please visit the Cal State Long Beach Financial Aid and Scholarships Office website and College of Business Funding Opportunities. All candidates are considered for scholarships based on the qualitative and quantitative components of your application. For information about scholarships at the university level, please visit the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office website.


Admission to the Saturday MBA guidelines are as follows:

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.

GMAT waivers are available for select students. 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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