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Specialized MBA Program

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The College of Business Administration offers a Specialized MBA program for those interested in pursuing an advanced business education. Each MBA option was determined by significant employer demand for graduates with specialized knowledge of the following areas.

Available specializations include:

The unique program consists of three phases: the Foundation, the Core, and the Specialization. Upon satisfactory completion of each phase of the program, students will receive a certificate, and upon completion of the final project/culminating experience, an MBA degree. Career Advisors will help provide students with a viable career plan. Learn more about the MBA program at an upcoming information session, or join our interest list to receive more information and download the full SMBA brochure!

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Schedule options:

The evening class program now offers schedule options for full-time students AND working professionals!

 Major Full-Time Students  Part-Time Working Professionals GRE Information Realted to COVID-19 Orientation Dates
Business Majors
12 months
24 months
Non-Business Majors
*Required to take Foundation Courses
15 months
  • 27 months
Foundation Courses taken on full-time basis summer prior to entry (May-August).
  • 36 months (recommemded)
Foundation Courses taken part-time through Open University at CSUSM prior to entry (Fall/Spring semester). *ACCT must be completed during summer.
Apply Fall 2020 for admission and begin foundation courses as early as Spring 2021!

*Full-time working professionals are strongly advised to complete the program on a part-time schedule.


Summer/Fall 2020 entry tuition costs $825 per unit. 

  • Business Majors : 36 Units required
  • Non-Business Majors: 48 Units required

See more information about tution and additional fees.

GMAT/GRE Information

In light of the continued COVID-19 situation, the MBA admission committee has made an important decision to help the SMBA applicants with their GMAT/GRE requirement. Read more about waiver options.

Learn more at an information session!

Fill out the form below to join us for an upcoming information session. Or receive more information and connect with the CSUSM MBA team via our interest list.

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Can't make it to an information session? No problem! Schedule an appointment at your convenience with MBA Program Director, Hadi Zonouzi to learn more about our program options!

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MBA Success

"I was impressed by the caliber of professors, the rigor of the curriculum, and the overall positive experience I had in the program.  I specialized in International Business, and I was especially appreciative to conduct my required internship in Germany. CSUSM’s SAMBA program delivered this in full with its range of guest speakers, events, internship opportunities, and more. If you want to expand your network, develop a strong business acumen, and increase your competitiveness in the workforce, then this program is for you."

Liliane Lendvai

-Liliane Lendvai 
Operations Manager
Blair Search Partners