Business Administration, MBA

Business and Public Administration (bpa)

Office: Business Development Center, Building A, Room 122 (BDC 122A)

Phone: 661-654-2780


Program Description

The Master of Business Administration degree offers critical preparation needed by working professionals for challenging careers in business. Competing in the complex, rapidly changing environment of business and public sectors requires having the knowledge, skills, and values that the MBA degree provides. The CSUB MBA program is continuously assessing and evaluating itself to provide advanced business knowledge to prepare professionals for the changing global market place. Individuals from all areas of study (business and not-business) and industry (private and public sector) are welcome to apply.

Format and Location

The program is offered in both face-to-face and online formats. The face-to-face format is available in two different venues:

  1. Monday through Thursday evenings in Bakersfield and
  2. Friday nights and Saturday mornings at our satellite campus in Antelope Valley.

Students enrolled in a format are generally required to take core required classes exclusively within that format, though exceptions may be granted with the permission of the Director. In order to provide as many elective options as possible, students may move freely between online and face-to-face formats for electives.

It is important to note that, while format and locations may differ, the program is otherwise identical with respect to admission and graduation requirements (see “APPLICATION AND ADMISSION” and “REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION” below).


The mission of the MBA program is to provide our region with an advanced business education which will foster a commitment to lifelong learning and facilitate the career growth of our graduates.


The faculty and the students of the CSUB MBA program will work together to create an environment that is supportive of the highest standards of ethical behavior.


All MBA courses are taught by full-time academically qualified (i.e., Ph.D. or other equivalent degrees) faculty and all of them have some type of domestic or international real-world business experience. The Faculty maintains currency in their fields by actively engaging in research, consulting, and serving on local, regional, and national boards. The Faculty brings a strong theoretical foundation, as well as relevant practical experience, to the classroom, providing for a relevant, applied approach to master’s level education.

Professional and Academic Standards

The MBA program acknowledges the significant impact of business on society. Consequently, those admitted to the program, retained, and awarded degrees, must possess, develop and demonstrate academic and professional integrity in all activities. They should be able to inspire public confidence and trust in business and in CSUB MBAs. In addition, all established university academic performance and student conduct standards for graduate students apply. Any student or applicant that is found by formal review to be lacking in academic integrity or in professional ethical standards of behavior may be denied admission, placed on probation, suspended, or dismissed from the program. Such actions are, of course, subject to university review and appeal.

Program Goals

Goal 1: The MBA graduate will demonstrate advanced knowledge of the functional areas of business and the external business environment.
Goal 2: The MBA graduate will demonstrate professional presentation and communication skills.
Goal 3: The MBA graduate will demonstrate complex problem-solving skills.
Goal 4: The MBA graduate will have explored personal and professional ethical frameworks.

Student Population

The CSUB MBA Program student population is primarily composed of professionals and executives representing a variety of industries. There are also a number of international students representing a variety of countries. The student mix enriches learning by providing exposure to various industries, cultures, and international perspectives. The average MBA student enters the program with a 3.2/4.0 undergraduate GPA and a 520 GMAT score. There is approximately a 60/40 male/ female ratio within the program. Half of the currently enrolled students are completing classes at a full-time pace. The Occidental Petroleum Graduate Research Lab and the MBA Students’ Association provide networking opportunities.


CSUB’s MBA students have their own facility-the Occidental Petroleum Graduate Research Laboratory-to study, work in teams, or network. This facility serves as a resource center for the students by providing study space, individual and team computing facilities, and academic support resources. Students also have the benefit of a state-of-the-art library and computing resources to facilitate the development of the skills needed in an information-oriented world.


The CSUB MBA program is the only program in its region accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business-International (AACSB). “AACSB International accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. Institutions that earn accreditation confirm their commitment to quality and continuous improvement through a rigorous and comprehensive peer review. AACSB accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in management education.” (Source: The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, Tampa, Florida USA).