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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 12 - 15 months. Domestic students have the options of doing this program part-time with a 2 - 3 year ration.

    12 months - If your undergraduate degree is in Business you can petition to waive the Foundation courses and apply for a Fall entry. The program would start in August 2019 and end in August 2020.

    15 months - If your undergraduate degree is NOT in Business you are required to take the Foundation courses and apply for a Summer entry. The program would start in May 2019 and end in August 2020.

    Part-time - If your undergraduate degree is in Business and you opt for the part-time option the program duration is usually 2 years. If your undergraduate degree is NOT in business contact the MBA office for more information. Part-time option is not available for international students.

  • Q. Can I enter any term?
     A. Entry into the SMBA program is only allowed in the Summer (non-business majors) and Fall term (business majors) 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:
    Summer Entry (15 months): $40,236
    Including graduate tuition, campus fees, and professional program fee
    Fall Entry (12 months): $30,518
    Including graduate tuition, campus fees, and non-resident tuition
    All tuition fees are the same for domestic and international students.
    *Domestic students specializing in International Business will have an additional International Experience fee estimated as $4,000 - $6,000.
  • 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. No, if you have not already taken the GMAT/GRE test within the last five years, the GMAT/GRE must be taken as part of your application packet to the program.  
  • 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.  Please contact the MBA Office.
  • Q. I have taken graduate business courses already. Can I waive any of the MBA courses?

     A. Students may petition to waive the Summer Foundation courses:

    • Foundations of Accounting
    • Foundations of Finance
    • Foundations of Management
    • Foundations of Management Information Systems
    • Foundations of Marketing
    • Foundations of Operations Management

    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 SMBA classes with their cohort. In the experience of the SMBA program, learning is greatly enhanced when students progress through their classes with the same cohort. However, some students may decide to complete this program part-time.
  • Q. Is the work experience requirement mandatory?

    A. No, work experience is not required to apply to our Specialized MBA program.