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College of Business and Economics – California State University, Los Angeles

Cal State Los Angeles MBA Program Structure

The Cal State Los Angeles MBA can be completed as a traditional two-year program, or students attending part-time can complete the degree in up to four years. A cohort structure helps to optimize learning. Cal State LA operates year-round on the quarter system—four quarters, each 11 weeks in duration. Classes are offered during evenings and occasionally on weekends; evening classes start at 6:10 p.m. for working students.


A total of 48 units are required for the main track. The Cal State Los Angeles MBA curriculum includes the following: 32 quarter units of required core courses, 16 quarter units of elective or option courses, and a Master’s Comprehensive Examination. Any Foundations courses must be completed before undertaking the Required Core.

The MBA core courses are presented in a cross-functional, integrative manner that provides a comprehensive view of the structure of business operations. Students learn to view and analyze business problems from a variety of perspectives. The eight core courses provide the skills and competencies students will need to be effective business leaders in the 21st century. Core courses include: Managerial Skills and Business Ethics; Financial Reporting, Control, Management and Market; Marketing Management in Global Environment; Managing Business Processes; Business, Government Policies and the Global Economy; Integrated Business Strategy.

In conference with their graduate advisor, MBA candidates select graduate level courses for their 16-unit option from these areas: Accounting, Business Economics, Computer Information Systems, Finance, Health Care Management, International Business, Management, and Marketing.

Students must demonstrate their integrative and interdisciplinary business capabilities by satisfactorily completing the Comprehensive Examination.

Class Profile

The typical full-time Cal State Los Angeles MBA class is 48 percent female and 52 percent male. The average range of GMAT scores earned by students is 510-570. The average GPA earned is 3.25. On average, students have three years of professional experience when they begin the program. The average age of students enrolled in the MBA programs is 28.


The mission of the Career Development Center is to empower students to make enlightened career decisions throughout the lifespan; to connect them with employers; and provide skills to successfully obtain employment in a rapidly changing, complex, and competitive world.

At the conclusion of the Interviewing Skills, Resume Writing, and Job Search Techniques workshops, students will be given a short survey form that will provide a direct measure of their learning outcomes on the material presented.

During test review and interpretation, counselors directly assess what students have learned in regard to understanding of self and identifying a career goal. Students learn how to effectively obtain employment, and how to connect with employers.

The Cal State Los Angeles Career Center supports career development and job search by providing online resources such as: tips on resume writing, interviewing, job search strategies, company research, listings for on-campus student employment.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

The total estimated MBA tuition for California State University Los Angeles students is $28,000 for domestic students.

The Graduate Equity Fellowship program is designed to increase the number of master’s degrees awarded to economically disadvantaged CSU students, especially those students from groups that are underrepresented among graduate degree recipients in their area and those who are disabled. Grant stipends may be up to $1500 per quarter.

The Federal Direct Loan, formerly called a Guaranteed Student Loan (GSL) or a Stafford Loan, is an educational loan made by the University and is subsidized by the federal government. Qualifications for a Federal Direct Loan are based on financial need and federal eligibility requirements. Eligible graduate students may borrow up to $8,500 per year, for a cumulative total of $65,500 in GSL/Stafford/Federal Direct Loan funds. Students may qualify for a portion of both Subsidized/Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loans.


Applicants to the Cal State Los Angeles MBA program must have completed a Baccalaureate degree or recognized qualifications equivalent to a degree, as well as two years of previous professional work experience..

To apply to the Cal State Los Angeles MBA program, applicants must submit a completed application form, official copies of transcripts from each institution attended, current résumé and three letters of recommendation. Students must have maintained a GPA of at least 2.5 at their previous academic institution. The school also requires applicants to complete an entry essay. Official GMAT scores of at least 500 must also be sent in by applicants, along with a non-refundable $55 application fee.

Application deadlines will be updated by the business school in the near future.

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