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FAQ

What are the benefits to me for participating in this program?

By participating in this program you are:

  • Gaining access to executives in a one-on-one environment.
  • Honing your soft skills to make you more marketable upon graduation.
  • Starting early in your career planning ensures more access to experiences like volunteering, internships and jobs that will give you the skills you need to obtain an outstanding career outcome post-graduation.

When did the Business Professional Development (BPD) program start?

BPD began as a pilot in the Career Development course for upper level students in 2014. Since then, BPD has been redesigned and embedded into the Senior Experience and Global Management Experience courses as a pre-requisite experience.

What happens if I don’t complete the program requirements?

This program is a pre-requisite to enrolling in Senior Experience and Global Business Experience. If you do not complete the program, you will not be able to enroll in either course.

What are the qualifications to be in the program for 2017-2018?

Pre-business or business status students who are:

  • Transfer students entering in fall 2017
  • Students who were classified as first year students and enrolled in CSUSM as of spring 2016, summer 2016, or fall 2016.

How is this program unique to other career development programs?

This program is set up to help you identify an individual development plan that places you on a course to achieving a career outcome pre-graduation.

It is also unique in that we have San Diego executives who will coach each cohort of students through the program. These experts will provide first-hand knowledge to real-world employment needs and expectations.

Who is an Executive in Residence (EIR)?

An EIR is a San Diego executive from a variety of business fields who volunteers his/her time to our students in the BPD program. They are a coach and advocate for your success. Each student in BPD is in a cohort of approximately 30-60 students along with an EIR. 

What is an Individual Development Plan (IDP)?

An IDP is a guide to setting goals for your educational and career development. Many employers use IDPs to help employees with professional development and employee success. You are obtaining practice in using an IDP so that you will be ready to use one in your future employment or graduate school situations. It will also help you map out your career objectives for post-undergraduate career success. An IDP is a fluid document. Your goals may change over the course of your life and that's okay. 

How long does the program last?

The BPD for 2017-2018 provides students with 3 options to choose from:

  • Fall Session: Sep 18 – Nov 10 (8 sessions for 2 hours per week)
  • Spring Session: Jan 29 – Mar 30 (8 sessions for 2 hours per week)
  • Winter Intersession: Jan 8 – Jan 19 M/W/F (6 sessions for 3 hours per session)


In addition to the session you choose, you will also be required to:

  • Attend a business etiquette dinner
  • Attend a networking event
  • Participate in a mock interview with a professional

Note: The dinners, networking events, and mock interviews offered will occur within the fall and spring semesters; some activities will fall outside of the program session dates in order to accommodate our 600+ students participating in our program. Dates will be emailed along with registration links in fall 2017.

Will I be graded?

Yes. This program is worth 5% of your grade for Senior Experience or Global Business Experience.