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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q. How long will it take for me to complete my MBA degree?
     A. The program can be completed in 18 months.
  • Q. Can I enter any term?
     A. Entry into the FEMBA program is only allowed in the Summer term of each year. This is done to encourage students to continue through the program together, as a cohort, which has demonstrated to significantly enhancing a positive outcome for students in the program.
  • Q. What is the cost of the program?
     A. Total Tuition and fees for current entrants are estimated at:
    Residents: $29,450
    Including graduate tuition, campus fees, and professional program fee
    Non Residents: $40,934
    Including graduate tuition, campus fees, and non-resident tution
  • Q. Who can I talk to about Financial Aid?
     A. Financial Aid is available and awarded to qualifying students based on demonstrated financial need. For more information on Financial Aid please visit
  • Q. I am an international student interested in the MBA program what is my next step?
     A. Please review the International Admission Requirements. You may also contact the International Admissions Office at or (760) 750-4844 or the MBA office at 760-750-4267 or  
  • Q. Can I take MBA courses without taking the GMAT/GRE?

     A. Yes, if the admissions committee approved to waive the GMAT/GRE requirement.  You can petition to waive the GMAT/GRE requirement if you have 7 years or more of  professional work experience.  Please fill out the GMAT/GRE waiver form and email it and your resume to Please make sure resume indicates a clear start and end date for each job. 

  • Q. How should I prepare for the GMAT/GRE?

     A. The MBA office recommends that you research your options for study guides and prepare with tools that you are most comfortable with. The GMAT club has this outline for students preparing for the GMAT. 

    If you are a self-directed student, you can purchase a GMAT/GRE Test Preparation book. There are several: Barron's, Kaplan's, Peterson's, Princeton Review, etc. The GMAT/GRE is a standardized and computerized test. Practicing taking the test within the time allowed is the best way to feel comfortable with the pace of the exam.  You should allow 2 -3 months of concentrated study to do well on the GMAT/GRE. Studying for more than 3 months has been known to reduce success.

    Some students prefer to have a test preparation course to help them study. Currently these range from about $400 to $1,400 and usually more cost results in more individualized attention. Several test preparation locations can be found in the San Diego area which includes:

    GMAC, the company that runs the GMAT test, also has an on-line tutorial that is available to you once you register at their website. Most students have found that the on-line tutorial is inadequate on its own to prepare well for the test.

    Be sure to study—typically students who take the test with minimal studying do not receive the score they are looking for.

  • Q. Are there any courses I can take ahead of time?
     A.  If you do not feel adequately prepared in terms of college level calculus, it is advisable for you to learn that material prior to entering the MBA program. Our program is designed to provide the business education background at a graduate level. 
  • Q. I have taken graduate business courses already. Can I waive any of the MBA courses?

     A. Students may petition to waive up to 6 units or two courses of the thirteen core courses. To request to substitute a course from another university, please indicate the course taken and the CSUSM course you would like to receive credit for on your application to the program. You will also be required to submit a syllabus for the course taken with your application.

    If you are planning to waive a course please notify the MBA office at or 760-750-4267. You will be notified with your admission decision if the course is approved for credit.  

  • Q. Do I have to take the set class schedule?
     A. Students are highly encouraged to take the FEMBA classes with their cohort. In the experience of the FEMBA program, learning is greatly enhanced when students progress through their classes with the same cohort. However, students may elect to take 1 or 2 courses per term, according to their own requirements. BA 650—Strategic Management in the Global Environment and BA 680 Master's Project can only be taken after advancement to candidacy, which requires having no more than 11 units (including BA 650, BA 671, BA 673 and BA 680) outstanding. Students have a maximum of five years from entering the FEMBA program to complete their degree.
  • Q. Is the work experience requirement mandatory?

    A. Yes, all applicants face the same guidelines, namely three years of professionally relevant work experience*. Our average, in fact, is over nine years per student. There are two reasons for this: first, we want to be sure you receive the full benefit of our program, which is obtained when students have enough work experience to relate what is taught in class with what they have experienced in the business world. The second reason is that half of the learning in a good MBA program is from the students bringing to the class what they have seen and done in the business world—their contributions and "war stories" are invaluable.

    *Professionally relevant work experience means that you have seen how management in an organization works; for example, being a waiter or waitress has a strong customer service requirement, but that person is not likely to have seen how the business/restaurant is run, where as a restaurant manager would know more about business operations