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Specialized MBA Program

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CSUSM’s College of Business Administration offers an accelerated Specialized MBA program for recent graduates (business and non-business major) along with international students interested in pursuing an advanced business education. Each MBA option is determined by significant employer demand for graduates with specialized knowledge of the following areas.

Our three specializations are:

Join our interest list and download the full SMBA brochure to receive more information! We also encourage you to join an information session on campus this Fall.

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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 Related 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 (recommended)
Foundation Courses taken part-time through Open University at CSUSM prior to entry (Fall/Spring semester). *ACCT must be completed during summer.
Apply Fall 2022 for admission and begin foundation courses as early as Spring 2023!

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


Summer/Fall 2022 entry tuition costs $825 per unit. 

  • Business Majors: 36 units required.
  • Non-Business Majors: 48 units required.

See more information about tuition and additional fees.

Merit-based scholarship is available based on student academic performance.
MBA students are eligible to enroll in a Graduate Assistant program. This paid opportunity provides students with financial support as they pursue their MBA degree. For more details about the Graduate Assistant program, contact

GMAT/GRE Information

The MBA admission committee has made an important decision to help the SMBA applicants with their GMAT/GRE requirement. Read more about waiver options.