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Masters in Business Administration

The Mihaylo MBA program provides students with a strong foundation in business fundamentals in addition to the practical knowledge to become effective leaders. Through hands-on learning and networking opportunities the Mihaylo MBA prepares students to master conceptual, analytical, technical, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills. A tradition of excellence has been exemplified by our students winning a cumulative 39 national awards from the National Small Business Institute’s case competition—placing in the top ten for 19 of the last 20 years—and placing in the region’s top three at the ACG Cup competition.

Mihaylo MBA program’s high standard of excellence is maintained in part by the competitive nature of our admission process.  To start your application today, please visit our graduate admissions website.

Program Requirements

The Mihaylo College of Business and Economics MBA program is designed to support the career goals of our students. With options to complete your program either full or part-time, the basic curriculum consists of 33-45 semester units (11-15 courses).

  1. Foundational courses (30 units or ten courses)
    • Emphasizing conceptual, analytical, technical, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills.*
  2. Concentration/elective courses - (12 units or four courses)
    • Allowing students to concentrate in an MBA focus area
  3. Master's capstone course (3 units or one course)
    • Supporting student teams completing a major consulting project with an area business.

*Students must complete a writing course if they score below 50 percentile on the Verbal or Analytical Writing areas of the GMAT exam within the first year of study.

Waiver Policy

Up to 12 units (four courses) of foundation coursework can be waived depending on the student’s academic background.

Prerequisite Requirements

Students must complete prerequisites in calculus and statistics by their first year of study. Prerequisite coursework can be completed prior to enrolling. The courses below or equivalent coursework must be completed with grades of at least a "C" (2.0).

  • Business Calculus
    • Math 130 or 135 at CSUF (3 units)
    • OR enroll in the 4 day Business Calculus Boot Camp at CSUF - offered each fall semester.
      • Fall 2015 dates (9:00am to 1:00pm): August 29, September 5, September 12, and September 19
    • OR Equivalent course at a community college
      • See for course equivalencies at California Community Colleges
  • Statistical Analysis
    • ISDS 361A or ISDS 513 at CSUF (3 units)
      • ISDS 361A may be taken through Open University prior to enrollment
    • OR Equivalent course at a 4 year institution

Program Structure

Courses are offered Monday through Thursday in the late afternoon (4:00-6:45pm) and in the evening (7:00-9:45pm). Students can enroll part-time and take one or two courses per semester, allowing them to graduate in two and a half years. Full-time students, even those without an undergraduate degree in business, can usually complete the program in less than two years when attending full-time.

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