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Specialized MBA

The College of Business Administration offers an evening Specialized MBA program for those interested in pursuing an advanced business education.

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. 

Available specializations include:


Schedule options:

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

 Major Full-Time Students  Part-Time Working Professionals
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.
Business Minor 12 months 24 months

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


Summer 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.

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Specialized MBA Program Brochure

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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 
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