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A great AACSB accredited program, desirable specializations, small classes, and a beautiful campus, all at far below the average price of an MBA. The Chico State MBA offers a great program at an exceptional value.

Great programs at an exceptional value. That is what you will find at California State University, Chico. A recent graduate noted "The MBA program was an affordable option where I could get the training I needed." At California State University, Chico you can earn a general MBA, or specialize in enterprise information systems or project management. Our EIS MBA is a STEM designated degree, making it especially attractive for international students.

Desirable Specializations
The Chico State College of Business is a recognized leader in enterprise information systems (EIS). The EIS emphasis is designed to meet the growing job demands for professional consultants, business process analysts, IT infrastructure specialists, SAP functional analysts, and relationship management specialists. Our EIS MBA option is now a STEM-designated degree, offering international students a full three years of OPT after graduation. The EIS emphasis curriculum is a pathway toward SAP TS410 certification (formerly TERP 10) a valuable addition to your resume. In 1996, SAP, the world's largest inter-enterprise software company in the world selected the CSU, Chico College of Business as its first partner in the SAP America University Alliance Program (SAP UAP). Our relationship with SAP has grown where we are now one of two "mega hosting" centers serving more than 100 institutions in the SAP UAP.

Project management skills and knowledge are in high demand. Students leave the program with a strong grasp of business and the importance of keeping projects on time and under budget something all businesses value. Students who complete an appropriate series of courses within this emphasis are prepared to sit for the Project Management Institute's (PMI) CAPM or PMP certification exam. Our instructors in the project management area are all Stanford certified or PMP certified. Our students from last semester posted a 100% pass rate on the CAPM certification exam, which is far above the typical pass rates.

Get a Degree That Will Help You Get a Job
Students leave our program knowing business fundamentals, but are also ready to apply practical skills to get the job done. Students graduating from our MBA program have worked on numerous team projects and refined their soft and hard skills. In fact, recruiters regularly comment how Chico State students hit the ground running when they enter a new position. Our students have this reputation amongst recruiters since they take courses that give them real world skills. Our graduates have found fantastic positions with Chevron (IT Business Analyst), Deloitte Consulting, NetSuite (SAP Solutions Architect), Salesforce, Workday (Consultant), (Distribution & Analytics), Lenovo (Supply Chain Business Specialist), Qualcomm (Business Intelligence Analyst), Target Corporation (Executive Team Lead), Accenture (SAP Analyst), Slalom Consulting (Management Consultant), and other firms. International students who pursue the EIS MBA option will also have the luxury of a 3 year OPT, making the process of securing long term employment in the US much more likely.

An Outstanding Reputation
The College of Business at California State University, Chico is one of just 15% of all business schools in the world that meet the rigorous standards for accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB International). Chico State is also one of the few AACSB accredited programs where students can get specialized project management or enterprise information systems skills and knowledge. The College of Business has been AACSB accredited since 1972.

Our program is regularly cited by the Princeton Review as one of the nation's best business schools. The College of Business at CSU, Chico has also been recognized by US News & World Report and EDUNIVERSAL for its strong national reputation. CSU, Chico has also recently been named as one of the "Best Colleges for your Money" (Money Magazine) and "Best Bang for the Buck" (Washington Monthly) illustrating that our MBA is very affordable.

Small Class Sizes Mean a More Personal, Hands-on, Engaging Learning Environment At Chico State you will be taught by extremely supportive faculty in a small class, seminar type environment. The small class sizes allow students to better refine their critical thinking and analytical skills and work closely with the faculty. The small class size is representative of the program's hands-on, high-engagement teaching philosophy.

A Great Program at an Exceptional Value
A great AACSB accredited program, desirable specializations (with a STEM degree option), small classes, and a beautiful campus, all at far below the average price of an MBA. The Chico State MBA offers a great program at an exceptional value.


From The School

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535 - 595
2.9 - 3.5


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Students Say

California State University, Chico offers a practical and personable MBA program, well suited to Northern California professionals. With a “great regional reputation,” Chico students feel confident they can leverage their education in the workplace. Above all else, professors have “a lot of relevant industry experience” and offer “good insight into the business world.” Across disciplines, Chico professors “keep up with current events,” and class content is constantly “changing according to the news today.” Chico distinguishes itself academically through a focus on project management, information technology and business information systems. Chico State’s innovative Center for Information Systems Research involves students in a variety of hands-on projects in the business technology sector, and the school has been “a member of the SAP alliance” since 1996.

While academics are strong, the environment is remarkably supportive, too. When a student needs extra assistance, professors are “easily accessible” and “always available outside of class.” A current student shares, “I have met many professors through independent projects, and they have been very helpful and guided me to the right resources.” Throughout the curriculum, there is an “emphasis on teamwork, interpersonal skills, and both qualitative and quantitative learning.” Students are encouraged to engage with the work, and “most professors try to create an environment that promotes active discussions.” The focus on group work, as well as real world applications, make for a “very practical learning experience,” which is immediately applicable to the real world. A small business owner tells us, “Classes are at night, and my real-life laboratory is my business during the day.”

Working students appreciate the balance at Chico, saying, “The atmosphere is focused, but there is not too much pressure on the students.” “Overall, the program is consistent and organized,” and the “staff is flexible and understanding” with students who work full-time. On the other hand, some feel the Chico experience “might be better if we had a more competitive environment,” noting that there is a noticeable “lack of rigor in some classes.” In addition to the value offered to professionals, Chico also offers a “3+2” program for business undergraduates from partner schools, which offers the “opportunity to get a masters degree one year after your bachelor degree.” Several international universities also participate in the school’s 3+2 program, which brings “a large number of international students” to campus. For many, the international community is an unexpected plus of a Chico education, helping them to develop “cultural skills in a business environment that is less cutthroat than the real business world.”


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Managing for Sustainability - This course examines the ways in which organizations can be managed to meet the triple bottom line: profit, ethical treatment of workers, and environmental sustainability. Students learn to analyze organizational impacts and develop practices that foster a balanced ecosystem as well as organizational effectiveness.

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Students conduct research related to sustainability in the course Managing for Sustainability, but are also involved in research projects if they are members of Net Impact or Sustainable Consultations of Office Practices.

School's environmental commitment 1:
Two key student organizations are actively learning key sustainability skills to prepare them for future careers, all while making a positive difference on campus and within the community. The first group, Sustainable Consultations of Office Practices works with administrators and faculty to reduce energy, water, solid waste and pollutants in offices on campus. Students have the opportunity to be heavily engaged with senior executives, facilities management, and Associated Students to green their offices. Net Impact is a second student organization that is making inroads. Net Impact connects students to business leaders that manage for sustainability. They also conduct project management and research for businesses in the local area.

School's environmental commitment 2:
Since 2006, CSU, Chico has received multiple awards for leadership in sustainability, including being named the top campus in the nation in 2007 by the National Wildlife Foundation for innovative efforts to curtail global warming and CSU, Chico was named one of the top five “green” colleges in the United States by Yahoo! News. Three buildings on campus are LEED Gold certified by the U.S. Green Building Council: the Wildcat Recreation Center, the Gateway Science Museum, and the Sutter Hall residential complex. The annual This Way to Sustainability conference is the nation’s largest student-run sustainability conference. The campus also hosted the 2011 convergence of the California Student Sustainability Coalition.

School's environmental commitment 3:
The College of Business has a minor in sustainability management for undergraduate students that is open to all majors. Students learn to manage successful organizations with a holistic approach to economic performance, social responsibility, and environmental stewardship. Students are well-prepared to sit for the Sustainability Management Association’s Sustainability Management Certified Associate to receive accreditation for the body of knowledge widely accepted in sustainability management. Students learn to manage for people, profit, and the planet.

Career Overview

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Students Say

As a part of California State University, Chico, business students have access to the University’s Career Center, where they can sign up for individual consultations with a career counselor. Students can also attend the Career Center ’s workshops and career development events throughout the year. Located in Northern California, Chico State maintains a “strong relationship with the San Francisco business community,” and, every year, “CSU Chico brings in various companies at the career fair.” International students, however, feel the school could do a better job helping them score internships and jobs, while locals say it is “very difficult to find employment” in surrounding Chico, which was affected by the economic downturn.

Around forty percent of Chico’s MBA candidates are already employed when they begin the program, and most plan to stay at their current position after graduation. For those taking new positions, the mean base salary for graduates was $71,588 in 2010, with close to 80 percent of students remaining in the western United States. Chevron USA, KPMG, and Deloitte are among the school’s top employers.

Job Function

Job Function % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Information Technology 30% $67,500 $67,500 $65,000 $70,000
Finance / Accounting 25% $46,000 $46,000 $40,000 $52,000
Consulting 15% $65,000 $65,000 $65,000 $65,000
Marketing / Sales 15% $41,000 $41,000 $41,000 $41,000
General Management 15% $132,000 $132,000 $132,000 $132,000


Industries % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Technology 25% $67,500 $67,500 $65,000 $70,000
Consulting 20% $65,000 $65,000 $65,000 $65,000
Government 20% $46,000 $46,000 $40,000 $52,000
Manufacturing 20% $41,000 $41,000 $41,000 $41,000
Pharmaceutical / Biotechnology / Healthcare 15% $132,000 $132,000 $132,000 $132,000

Prominent Alumni

Steve Perricone

Michael Polenski
Founder, Blackbird Vineyard and Former President/ CEO of Chase Manhattan Corp’s Global

Scott Hanson
Founder/Principle Hanson McClain Financial Advisors

Stephen Goodall
Executive VP and Principle with Outsell Inc. and Former President of J D Power Associates (retired 2009)

Prabhakar Kalavacherla
Full time Member of International Accounting Standards Board (IASB)


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55% female
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Campus Life

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Students Say

Chico State is a vibrant and bustling university, located in a pretty town in the Sierra Nevada foothills. The “beautiful campus” makes a wonderful backdrop to the business school, and “there are always people hanging out on campus” before and after class. There are “lots of things happening around campus” for those who want to partake, including “great cultural activities” and plenty of “volunteer opportunities” in the local community. While “most MBAs don’t have time to participate in the many activities offered by the school,” others say they make a concerted effort to get involved.

At this medium-sized public school, graduate students are “close-knit,” yet diverse cul- turally, socially, and academically. Some students are “fresh out of undergraduate school with no experience” in the workplace, while others are seasoned professionals, who continue to work full-time throughout the duration of the program. Many students are “very passionate about learning,” while “others are not very serious about the program.” Because the school operates a partner program with several international universities, there are numerous students from overseas. With regards to the international communi- ty, a current student tells us, “Getting to know them on a collegial, friendly level during my MBA has been one of the most important experiences so far.”

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From The School

Jennifer Ledoyan
Graduate Business Student Advisor

321 Glenn Hall
CSU, Chico
Chico, CA 95929-0021
United States




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