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SMBA Alumni Testimonials

Class of 2017

Liliane Lendvai

Liliane Lendvai 

Operations Manager

Blair Search Partners

"The CSUSM SAMBA program equipped me with the tools, knowledge, and connections necessary to thrive in my career. I was impressed by the caliber of professors, the rigor of the curriculum, and the overall positive experience I had in the program. The classes were fast-paced, yet comprehensive. The curriculum covered a range of topics and made frequent use of case studies to illustrate the points. Also, as I specialized in International Business, I was especially appreciative to conduct my required internship in Germany.

However, I believe that the most important part of a worthwhile experience in a MBA program comes down to the connections one makes during their time throughout the program. In order to succeed with any career, one needs to have a firm grip on the pulse of the community, an understanding of who its key players are, and the ability to integrate oneself into this extensive network of connections. 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
 

Class of 2016

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Luke Froning

Admissions Representative, Brighwood College

"The CSUSM Specialized Accelerated MBA program was one of the best decisions I could have made for myself. CSUSM has great professors with real world experience and business success. The cohort style system allowed me to make great connections with students from many different cultural backgrounds, and it helped with my understanding of international business practices. The accelerated coursework challenged me to meet short deadlines in an efficient manner, and it mirrored the type of deadline that one would see in the work environment. At the end of my program, I traveled to Germany for class and an internship with a German IT company. The experience in Germany gave me a new perspective on how other countries do business, and it allowed me to apply the knowledge I gathered from my International Business specialty. I highly recommend the Specialized Accelerated MBA program!"

Luke Froning
 

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Solveig Halldorsdottir

Accountant, Ryni endurskodun ehf.

"The SMBA program at CSUSM was a challenging, fast-paced program that prepares you for the real world of business. The instructors in the program have close ties to the business world and emphasized on teaching from experience. Having the option to finish a MBA in one year was especially appealing to me as well as the cohort format of the SMBA program.  Through the cohort format the focus was both on teamwork as well as individual contribution and the cohort grew close as a group that supported each other. The program helped prepare me for my career by improving my time management skills, public speaking and organizational skills."

Solveig Halldorsdottir
 

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Aaron Ross

Owner, Grey Falcon Properties

"The SMBA program at CSUSM is incredible. I earned my MBA in 15 months of exhaustive and exhausting work. During the program, of the many valuable lessons learned, the single most valuable to me was targeted market analysis. With it I was able to formulate a statistical test that challenged a key assumption in my property management business. With the results of that test I was able to improve both mine and my client's cash flow. Business is about the bottom line and the SMBA Program improved mine."

Aaron Ross