Students Say

For Golden State professionals, California State University, Northridge offers an affordable and convenient option for a graduate degree in business. Generally considered the “best school in the San Fernando Valley,” Northridge is “comparable to other major business schools, such as USC and UCLA” but much easier on your pocketbook and personal life. “Prices are still a fraction of local private schools,” and “the evening MBA program makes attending school while working full-time not only possible, but much easier than anticipated.” This program is geared toward working professionals, and “all the classes are scheduled during the evening or on the weekends.”

Overview

Applicants
195
Acceptance Rate
34%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.39
Years Work Experience
7
Average Age
29

Test Scores

GMAT
510 - 740
GPA
2.5 - 4.0

Deadlines


Regular Application Deadline
May 1

Rolling Admission Deadline
May 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

GMAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Non-Academic

Overall

Students Say

For Golden State professionals, California State University, Northridge offers an affordable and convenient option for a graduate degree in business. Generally considered the “best school in the San Fernando Valley,” Northridge is “comparable to other major business schools, such as USC and UCLA” but much easier on your pocketbook and personal life. “Prices are still a fraction of local private schools,” and “the evening MBA program makes attending school while working full-time not only possible, but much easier than anticipated.” This program is geared toward working professionals, and “all the classes are scheduled during the evening or on the weekends.” While keeping up at work and school can certainly be challenging, faculty and staff are “sympathetic to the many demands facing graduate students, who have full-time jobs and families.”

The Northridge MBA comprises core coursework and electives, which together offer a “good balance of academic and professional experience.” As working professionals, CSUN students are looking to build knowledge and skills that they can immediately apply to their jobs. As such, they are pleased to report that the teaching staff is current and “well informed of the market trends.” “Every course has applications to real-world business situations,” and the program concludes with a mandatory 3-unit consulting project for a live business in the community. In addition, CSUN students can tailor their degrees though elective coursework. The school offers concentrations in international business, marketing, management, and information systems, among other disciplines. “The size of the program doesn’t allow for all of the electives to be offered each semester,” so students who wish to specialize must plan their schedules carefully.

For a public school, MBA enrollment is low. With only around 250 students in the program, “the small class sizes allow for you to ask questions and interact with the professors and fellow students.” “Nearly every class involves small group work,” which helps students improve their team-building skills while also benefiting from their classmates’ expertise. Here, “the students are diverse in many ways, and each one has a wealth of knowledge that they gladly share.” A current student enthuses, “The courses are solid, and the students really raise the bar. You know that most of the students will be reading, studying, memorizing, and applying the material.” While all professors have great credentials, some are more effective than others. Among other differences, “the younger professors are very engaging, while many of the older ones can be a bit regimented.” No matter what their teaching style, Northridge professors are generally “supportive” and “available to meet and discuss” business topics outside the classroom.


Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
22:1
Total Faculty
34

97
Full-time
18
Female
6
Minority
3
Part-time

Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability

Sustainability course is

Description

Research Opportunities in Sustainability

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Career overview

Career Rating
71

Prominent Alumni

David Nazarian
CEO, Nimes Capital, entrepreneur and investor in wireless communications

Dave Liston
CFO Caruso Affiliated

Stephen Bollenbach
CEO, Hilton Hotels

Vincent Barabba
Twice Director of US Census, GM Executive

Charles Noski
CFO, AT&T

Dates


Financial Aid Statistics


Average Scholarship / Grant Aid Package
$0

Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$12,342
Tuition (Out-State)
$15,690

Tuition Part-Time (per credit hour)

Tuition (Out-State)
$339
Fees (Out-State)
$339

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Room And Board On-Campus
$10,628
Estimated Room And Board Off-Campus
$10,628
Academic Expenses
$1,788

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
161


Demographics


Campus Life

Students Say

All business classes are held at CSU Northridge’s main campus, located in Los Angeles. The campus is well equipped and comfortable, and there is a “private MBA reading room” with computers, a printer, a presentation screen, a refrigerator, tables and chairs for students to get together, study, or relax. When getting together with other students, “the graduate lounge is great and is always available” for study meetings and casual chats. When schedules permit, “sometimes, classmates go out to eat after class.”

With active professional commitments outside of school, very few MBA students are actively involved in the community beyond “group meetings with classmates and study groups once a week.” However, “nearly every class involves small group work,” so students at CSUN have an opportunity to get to know their colleagues outside the classroom setting. Drawing from the surrounding community in Los Angeles, “the students are diverse in many ways. In addition to representing a “mix of geographical, cultural, and work backgrounds,” they “vary in experience, from recent college grads and young professionals to mid-career transitioners.” On the whole, CSUN is a collaborative program, with “very little sense of academic competition” between students.


More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Deborah Cours, Ph.D.
Director of Graduate Programs

Address
18111 Nordhoff Street
JH 3109
Northridge, CA 91330-8380

Phone
818-677-2467

Email
mba@csun.edu
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Key Stats

195
Applicants
161
Size
34%
Acceptance Rate

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