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Specialized MBA Student Projects

The CSUSM College of Business Administration Specialized MBA program (SMBA) is a full time 15 month program designed for recent business and non-business major graduates interested in pursuing advanced business education. SMBA student projects commence in June and are completed in August.

SMBA Students Profile 

Average Age of SMBA student is 27

SMAB students have an average of 5.5 years of work experience

SMBA students have an average of 1.8 years of management experience 


SMBA Students industry background


*Data is based is based on the graduating cohorts of 2017 and 2018. View Accessible SMBA Stats.

SMBA Project Advisor

David Grooms

 David Grooms

David Grooms is a senior operating advisor for Corbel Capital Private Equity Group, focused on Aerospace and Defense markets. He provides consulting services to multiple companies in developing plans for capital raises, business development and expansion, operations and product development.

David also is a seasoned executive and currently CEO of Mesa Secure, an Aerospace & Defense and Business Services consulting company. David was previously COO of Datron World Communications and President of the Datron Advanced Technology Group, overseeing the manufacture, design, and distribution of military communications solutions. Prior to Datron, David was, among other roles, President of Kyocera North America, overseeing facilities in the United States, Mexico, and Guam, with over $1 billion in sales as of his 20th year with the company. David has extensive experience developing strong sales growth, product development and establishing manufacturing operations in the US, Mexico and Israel, and also has extensive business experience in Asia, Europe and the Middle East and North Africa.