Overview

Applicants
296
Acceptance Rate
49%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.50
Years Work Experience
3.4
Average Age
26

Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
480 - 640
GPA
2.5 - 4.0

Deadlines


Regular Application Deadline
June 1

Rolling Admission Deadline
June 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

GMAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Non-Academic


School Type And Accreditation

School Type
Public

AACSB-approved
Yes

Selectivity Rating

Program Types

Part-Time
Yes

Evening
Yes

Executive
Yes

Online
No


Students Say

Students looking for the biggest "bang for the buck" will appreciate California State University, Long Beach. Although "tuition and fees have gone up every semester, what we are getting in return is still a great deal," at least "compared to other universities." There are many reasons to choose Cal State in addition to its affordability. "The campus is conveniently located, parking is good and the resources (database subscriptions, computer equipment) provided are excellent." Also popular with students are the small program and class sizes, which make it "easy to get to know many of your classmates throughout your stay." At CSULB, "classmates are invested in the education experience." "Fellow students are fun to work with and bring different experiences helping to enrich discussion." There are "many foreign students" in the graduate program who help to provide an "international business focus" during classroom discussions. International students appreciate the opportunity to "take advantage of their experiences" at Long Beach.

Finding a program that meets individual needs at CSULB is easy to do. There are "many options for working folk," including a "Saturday only program" which is a twenty-threemonth long lock-step cohort. The three basic options include the Saturday MBA, the Self-Paced Evening MBA, and the eighteen-month Daytime Accelerated MBA. A good majority of students fit into the part-time category, and these commuters appreciate the school's ample parking and location in the "convenient" city of Long Beach. A current student describes it as "one of the most beautiful and diverse cities in the country."

Generally, students attend CSULB for its "smaller classes, good choice of different programs, [and] great location." One student says the school and its programs are "definitely growing by leaps and bounds." Another student who is a military veteran says, "The VA program here is the best of any school I have seen." Overall, students should come away from the school with "strong academics" as well as a "great sense of a real life business experience."

Many students also find the cohort system as one of the school's "greatest strengths." Although at times it may create some "isolation" from the rest of the campus, it does a great job of unifying peers within one's group, allowing students "time to develop relationships and strengthen our network," which is "almost impossible when your classmates change every session."

Getting help on campus is a positive experience as well. "The administration and faculty are very accessible and diverse." Students say that administrators "are fantastic in keeping students informed and getting them involved." Students' opinions about the faculty vary, yet many feel that "professors are very helpful and always have open lines of communication." Some say that although their academic and professional knowledge is well respected, their ability to teach effectively covers a "wide range." Also, some students consider it a disadvantage that not all professors "have extensive real-world experience."

Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
Yes

Sustainability course is
Required

Description
The curriculum is intended to give graduate students the necessary integrated business skills to: (1) analyze a given sustainable business situation, (2) devise realistic and feasible sustainable business alternatives, and (3) suggest a specific sustainable strategy(ies) for the business. The course has four main components to choose from that would allow each individual’s analytic talents to emerge: (1) problem-solving exercises/experiential activities, (2) case analyses and discussions using HBR (Harvard Business School) cases or other equivalent level cases, (3) develop a project based on how to solve a sustainable business problem, and (4) other types of analytical group exercises such as in-class simulation games and other active learning games. Class participants will have to think at various corporate levels to maximize their learning experience including at the levels of V.P. of Accounting/Finance, V.P. of CSR/Sustainability, V.P. of Marketing, V.P. Human Resources, etc.

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
No

Description

Career overview


Students Say

CSU's MBA Career Management Services "is very interactive and helpful with network- ing for future careers." Besides maintaining an MBA job board and hosting on-campus recruiting events in a variety of business disciplines, they also maintain contact with alumni to encourage networking opportunities. Attending one of the large, cam- pus-wide career fairs hosted by the Career Development Center affords yet another opportunity to meet potential employers. In recent years, large companies have visited campus, including Alaska Airlines, Accountants Incorporated, American Capital Group, California National Bank, CVS/Carmark Pharmacy, First Investors, Kelly Scientific Resources, Ameriprise Financial, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, and Comerica Bank.

Dates

Application Deadlines
Mar 2

Financial Aid Statistics


Average Scholarship / Grant Aid Package
$0

Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$13,092
Tuition (Out-State)
$20,220

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
292


Demographics


Campus Life

Students Say

The MBA program combines a mix of students from several different countries, some who come directly from an undergraduate program and others that have "fifteen-plus years of work experience." This "diverse, friendly" student body consists of a solid group of classmates who "are invested in the education experience."

Although the school provides "ample opportunities to get into clubs and programs," graduate students with busy lifestyles may not have the opportunity to be "as involved as [they] would like to be." They do say, however, that they appreciate the "beautiful" campus and the surrounding area is "very nice." Long Beach is a thriving community that "gives access to so many different activities and different cultures." Students feel "safe" in this environment. They welcome the comfortable surroundings that are not only motivating, but also provide "a great atmosphere to study."

Students looking for off-campus housing will find selections that are "organized" with "a lot of affordable options." Weekend students remark that Saturdays are "quiet and uneventful" and that "not all of the services are open that day." Having a full-time job means that they miss out on "attending training during the week."

More Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Marina Freeman-Garvey
Graduate Programs Coordinator

Address
1250 Bellflower Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90840-8501
United States

Phone
562-985-5565

Fax
562-985-5590

Email
mba@csulb.edu


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