Chico, CA
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Tuition Cost $24,000
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March 1
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California State University, Chico - Great programs at an exceptional value

Great programs at an exceptional value. That is what students will find at California State University, Chico. As a recent graduate noted "The MBA program was an affordable option where I could get the training I needed." At California State University, Chico, students can earn a general MBA degree, or specialize in enterprise information systems or project management. The program is an exceptional value with scholarships available for highly qualified students. California State University, Chico accepts applications for both Fall and Spring semester. Apply today!

Desirable specializations:

The CSU Chico College of Business is a recognized leader in enterprise information systems (EIS). The EIS emphasis is designed to meet the growing job demands for professional consultants, business process analysts, IT infrastructure specialists, SAP functional analysts, and relationship management specialists. The EIS emphasis curriculum is a pathway toward SAP TERP 10 certification -- a valuable addition to a resume. In 1996, SAP, the world's largest inter-enterprise software company in the world selected the CSU, Chico College of Business as its first partner in the SAP America University Alliance Program (SAP UAP). The relationship with SAP has grown where the CSU Chico College of Business is now one of two "mega hosting" centers serving more than 100 institutions in the SAP UAP.

Project management skills and knowledge are in high demand. Students pursuing MBA degrees with an option in project management exit the program with a strong grasp of business and the importance of keeping projects on time and under budget -- something all businesses value. Students who complete an appropriate series of courses within this emphasis are prepared to sit for the Project Management Institute's (PMI) CAPM or PMP certification exam. Instructors in the project management area are all Stanford certified or PMP certified.

Get a degree that will help in getting a job

Students leave the program knowing business fundamentals, but are also ready to apply practical skills to get the job done. Students graduating from the MBA degree program have worked on numerous team projects and refined their soft and hard skills. In fact, recruiters regularly comment how CSU Chico students hit the ground running when they enter new positions. Students at Chico State have this reputation amongst recruiters since they take courses that give them real world skills. Graduates have found fantastic positions with Chevron (IT Business Analyst), Deloitte Consulting, NetSuite (SAP Solutions Architect), Workday (Consultant), Lenovo (Supply Chain Business Specialist), Qualcomm (Business Intelligence Analyst), Target Corporation (Executive Team Lead), Accenture (SAP Analyst), Slalom Consulting (Management Consultant), and numerous other firms.

An outstanding reputation

The College of Business at California State University, Chico is one of just 15% of all business schools in the world that meet the rigorous standards for accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB International). Chico State is one of the few AACSB accredited MBA degree programs in the country where students can get specialized project management or management information systems skills and knowledge. The College of Business has been AACSB accredited since 1972. Very few institutions can make this claim.

In addition, the program is regularly cited by "The Princeton Review" as one of the nation's best business schools. The College of Business at CSU, Chico has also been recognized by EDUNIVERSAL for its strong national reputation.

Small class sizes mean a more personal, hands-on, engaging learning environment

At Chico State students will be taught by extremely supportive faculty members in a small class, seminar type environment. The small class sizes allow students to better refine their critical thinking and analytical skills and work closely with the faculty members. The small class size is representative of the program's hands-on, high-engagement teaching philosophy.

A great program at an exceptional value

A great AACSB accredited program, desirable specializations, small classes, and a beautiful campus, all at far below the average price of an MBA degree program. The Chico State MBA degree program offers a great education at an exceptional value.

Location & Contact

College of Business

California State University, Chico

400 West First Street
Chico, CA 95929-0722
United States

Dr. Judy Hennessey


Phone: 530-898-6272
Fax: 530-898-4584

Dr. Matthew Meuter

MBA Director

Phone: 530-898-5880
Fax: 530-898-4584

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Departments & Programs

Degrees & Awards

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Business Administration And Management Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 26
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Thesis, project, or comprehensive exam
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


52% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 53
    • Accepted 40
    • Acceptance Rate 52
    • Enrolled 24
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $55
    • Application Fee - International $55
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline March 1st March 1st Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline September 15th September 15th Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGMAT or GRE, two letters of recommendation, and statement of purpose, resume
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 550 paper based, TOEFL iBT, PTE Academic (minimum score 59) or IELTS (6.5)

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students70
    • Female Percentage44%
    • Male Percentage56%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students70
    • Part-time Percentage53%
    • Full-time Percentage47%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino11%
    • Black / African American0%
    • White / Caucasian47%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native1%
    • Asian26%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races12%
    • Unknown or International Student3%

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *$24,000
    • Out-of-state tuition *$24,000
    • International student tuition*$24,000
    • *Typical tuition for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year fees$3,810
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • Non-resident fee$5,580
    • *Typical fees for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsMarch 1
    • Types of financial support availableCareer or Field-Related Internships, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans, Traineeships, Graduate Assistantships


  • Faculty Breakdown
    • Total Faculty114
    • Full-time Percentage53%
    • Part-time Percentage47%
    • Female Percentage35%
    • Male Percentage65%



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