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Lucas Graduate School of Business – San Jose State University - MBA for Professionals

San Jose State University MBA for Professionals Program Structure

The San Jose State University MBA for Professionals at Lucas Graduate School of Business is an Executive program designed to provide working professionals with an opportunity to advance their career in a stimulating and supportive environment. EMBA classes are taught at the Lucas Business Complex located in Santa Clara, CA. Classes are delivered year-round in six-to-eight-week sessions, meeting one evening per week and on two Saturdays with some additional online class offerings. The program can be completed in as few as 24 months, or as many as 36. Admissions are held both in fall and spring.


Like the other MBA programs, the San Jose State University MBA for Professionals program prepares students through a broad curriculum of functional core courses, cross-functional and integrative courses and elective courses. The curriculum consists of fourteen courses: ten required courses and four electives. Elective courses can be selected to target a variety of career-related concentrations.

The core courses are often prerequisites to electives, and include Business Research and Communications, Managing in the Global Economy, Developing and Managing People, Financial and Managerial Accounting, Marketing Management, Law and Ethics, Managerial Decision Analysis, Financial Management, Operations and Supply Chain Management, and Strategic Thinking.

Students must take a minimum of four classes (12 units) of elective coursework. Elective courses are offered in the following disciplines: Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Organizational Development, Global Business Development, Entrepreneurship and Venture Development, Information Systems and Operations Management.

During the course of the program, students have the opportunity to participate in an applied business experience internship. The course provides students with an opportunity to translate their academic training into real world practice and gain overall knowledge of key functional areas of business. The internship offers students a valuable learning experience and significantly increases their knowledge of business organizations.

Class Profile

The typical San Jose State University MBA for Professionals class is 33 percent female and 67 percent male. The average GMAT scores and GPA earned by students are 587 and 3.17 respectively. MBA for Professionals students typically have a minimum of five years’ professional work experience. The average age of students enrolled in the program is 34.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

San Jose State University MBA for Professionals courses cost $2,550 per 3-unit course. The program consists of 14 three-unit classes, for a total program cost of $35,700.

Students may be considered for Federal Direct Stafford Loans. If additional funds are needed, students may apply for the Graduate Plus Loan based on credit rating.


Applicants to the MBA programs must have completed a Baccalaureate degree or recognized qualifications equivalent to a degree. Students must have maintained a GPA of at least 3.0 to apply.

To apply to the San Jose State University MBA For Professionals program, applicants must submit a completed application form and current résumé. Students must also have earned a B or higher in their macroeconomics, microeconomics or business statistics class—and the class must have been completed within the last seven years.

Letters of recommendation are optional, but may be requested for some applicants. The school also requires applicants to submit a personal statement. Official GMAT score or GRE scores are generally required, but can be waived for select applicants. Non-native English speaking students must provide either TOEFL or IELTS test-scores to prove English fluency.

A $55 application fee is required.


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