Master of Business Administration (MBA)


Program Description

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Cal State L.A.'s MBA program is designed to develop general managers capable of working in an increasingly multicultural and global environment. Key elements include:

  • Integrated modules that cross-functional disciplines
  • A common cohort experience
  • Teamwork among both faculty and students
  • Focus on global business awareness
  • A participative, student-centered learning environment

A key objective of Cal State L.A's College of Business and Economics is to serve the needs of working professionals. Accordingly, classes are offered during evenings and occasionally on weekends. This newly structured MBA program provides all of the features of a full-time program on a convenient evening schedule.

The MBA Curriculum

The curriculum includes the following: Required Core courses (32 quarter units), Elective or Option courses (16 quarter units), Comprehensive Exam, and possible courses from the Foundations of a Business list, mainly for students who do not have Bachelor's degrees in business administration. 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.

Important message regarding WPE/GWAR: The University policy is that all graduate students should take the WPE (Writing Proficiency Exam)/GWAR (Univ 400 - Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement) within the first three terms of their graduate program.


In a conference with their graduate advisor, MBA candidates select graduate-level courses for their 16-unit option from these areas:

  • Accounting
  • Business Economics
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Finance
  • Health Care Management
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Marketing

Admission to Master of Business Administration

Admission to the Graduate Programs - MBA at the College of Business and Economics is a two-step process. Students must first be admitted to the University and then must satisfy the College's requirements for admission to graduate programs.

For admission to the University, applicants must have:

  • Submit an official CSU Graduate Application to the University
  • (You will need to create an account in order to fill out the application.)
  • A baccalaureate from an accredited institution, or equivalent academic preparation as determined by Admissions and University Outreach or another appropriate campus authority.
  • Two official transcripts, which must include verification of the bachelor's degree.
  • A grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 (4.0=A) in their latest 90 quarter (or 60 semesters) units attempted and good standing at the last college attended.
  • A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 80 (internet based test), 213 (computer version) or 550 (paper version) for those applicants who earned a bachelor's degree to a school where English was not the principal language of instruction.

In addition to University admission requirements, applicants to graduate programs in the College of Business and Economics must submit the following:

  • Separate Graduate Program Application to the College of Business and Economics.
  • (You will need to download the application and use MS Word to fill it out).
  • Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score of 500 or higher. Applications for the GMAT and an explanatory pamphlet may be obtained at the College Advisement Center (SH 256B), or directly from the Educational Testing Service, P.O. Box 966, Princeton, NJ (1-800-462-8669) or online at GMAT.
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to the applicant's ability to pursue graduate studies. References from employers and faculty members are acceptable.
  • Click here to download the Recommendation Form.
  • Detailed resume or curriculum vitae showing the applicant's work experience (two or more years full time)
Last updated Nov 2018

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