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College of Business and Economics – California State University, Los Angeles - Full-Time MBA

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 36 units are required for the main track. The Cal State Los Angeles MBA curriculum includes the following: 24 units of required core courses, 9 units of elective or option courses, and three units of a culminating experience. 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: Accounting Information for Analysis and Control, Leadership and Organizational Behavior, Marketing Strategy for a Global Environment, Financial Management, Supply Chain and Operations Management, Global Business Environment, Business Information Systems as well as the Global Business Strategy Capstone and Business Administration Project or Field Study.

In conference with their graduate advisor, MBA candidates select graduate level courses for concentrations: Accounting, Entertainment Business Management, Human Resource Management, Finance, Health Care Management, International Business, Supply Chain Management, Management, Business Analytics, Information Systems, Real Estate, 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.

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 two letters of recommendation and two recommendation forms. 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. Students must first apply to the University through ‘Cal State Apply’ then apply to their chosen graduate program.

GMAT/GRE waivers may be offered to candidates that have at least of “significant” work experience in a managerial or similar professional role.

The Fall 2022 application window is open from October 1, 2021, to May 31, 2022. Official transcripts from all past colleges and/or universities attended must be mailed to our University before June 17, 2022.

To start the Fully-Employed MBA Program in Fall 2022, please apply through Cal State Apply here. You must submit your Cal State Apply application before May 31, 2022, for consideration. Learn how to use Cal State Apply here.

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