MBA Prospective Student FAQs

GENERAL QUESTIONS


ADMISSION CRITERIA


APPLICATION PROCESS & DEADLINES


DEGREE PROGRAMS


PREREQUISITES & COURSES


CURRICULUM


PREPARING FOR YOUR MBA


PROGRAM COSTS & FINANCING YOUR MBA


GENERAL QUESTIONS

Why should I pursue an MBA?

Today’s marketplace is competitive and, regardless of your chosen profession, a graduate business degree will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to advance professionally.  In this environment you will learn essential business skills in areas such as finance, accounting, marketing, law, management and more. The networking and self-actualization you will obtain will allow you to work more effectively with your colleagues, clients, and external constituents. Obtaining an MBA from Sacramento State will add value to your professional portfolio through life-long learning.

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How long does it take to complete an MBA at Sacramento State?

On average, depending on a student’s educational background and their course load, it takes students around two years to complete the MBA Program at Sacramento State. However, students have up to seven years to complete the degree requirements if they choose to do the program on a part-time basis. 

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What is the size of your entering class? 

Because our methods of instruction stress interaction between students and faculty, we limit the number of students in order to foster a sense of community. Thus, roughly 70 students each semester are admitted to the MBA Program, depending upon the quality of the applicant pool.

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How many people apply to the Sacramento State MBA Program each year?

The MBA Program receives more than 150 applications a year.

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Does Sacramento State offer part-time graduate business programs to accommodate working professionals? What is the difference between part-time and full-time status?

Yes, our traditional MBA program is a flexible program, and students may choose to attend on either a part-time or full-time basis. A part-time student is a students who takes 8 units or less in a given semester, while a full-time student would take 8.1 units or more in a given semester. All classes are held in the evenings or on weekends in order to meet the needs of working professionals. 

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When do the Sacramento State graduate business programs begin? Can students begin their studies in any semester?

Applications for admission are accepted for Spring and Fall with start dates of late January and late August, respectively. 

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What is career placement like?

The College of Business Administration at Sacramento State Biz Graduate Career Services Center is committed to providing all of our graduate business students and alumni the career services needed to grow and succeed professionally.

Whether you are a current student seeking employment, an alum of our graduate programs looking to advance your business career, or a recruiter seeking top talent for your organization, you have come to the right place!

MBAFocus is a sophisticated career service platform that is designed and built specifically for graduate business students. This platform offers local, domestic and global opportunities for students and alumni.

Featured Include

  • Individual profiles for the students and alumni
  • Resume Book
  • Daily job updates; 700+ jobs posted
  • Connecting with recruiters
  • Employment tracking
  • Registering for career-related events

Career Coaching provided by Lee Hecht Harrison (LHH). LHH is one of the oldest and most respected career management firms in the world.  LHH was founded in 1974. LLH has offices worldwide and helps over 100,000 people each year make successful career transitions.

Services include

  • Career assessment tools and exploration of career options.
  • Resume preparation and marketing plan development.
  • Guidance in effective networking.
  • Social Media utilization for job searching and networking.
  • Interviewing and negotiation coaching.
  • Online profile development to support various social recruiting techniques.

To find more detailed information regarding our in house CBA career services for graduate students only, please click here.

Our University Level Career Center offers 2,130 valuable resources for exploring your career options. The Career Center helps students develop a career vision and build a strong foundation for continuous career and life management. For additional information, please visit the Career Center website at https://www.csus.edu/careercenter/

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How do I get in touch with alumni or current students from Sacramento State?

Unfortunately, we are not able to share alumni or student contact information because of privacy concerns.  However, there are opportunities to meet both alumni and students as a prospective applicant.  If you attend one of our information sessions, you will have an opportunity to hear not only from a program advisor, but also from current students and alumni who are available to share their experiences and answer your questions.  In addition, once you are admitted, you will be given the opportunity to connect with both students and alumni in your area.

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Can I apply if I already have an MBA?

No, if you already have an MBA from the United States, you are unable to apply to the Sacramento State MBA program. If you possess an MBA from a country other than the United States, you are eligible to apply for our program. If you already have an MBA from the United States, you are able to take two MBA courses through Open University [with a letter from your employer stating you are taking the courses for professional growth]. 

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Can I apply if my undergraduate degree is in a non-business field?

Yes, we encourage students of all fields to pursue our MBA Program. In fact, about 35% of our MBA students have a degree in an undergraduate major other than business.

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Which companies recruit Sacramento State students?

The Sacramento State Career Center enjoys the support of employers representing local, national, and global companies. This support continues today because of the relationship between our students and their employers need to access a high-performing pool of applicants. Employers recruiting at Sacramento State consistently provide material and human resources to help us prepare the workforce of tomorrow. The companies listed here are loyal supporters of the Career Center, our programs, and our students. Employees of these companies donate their time to critique resumes, conduct mock interviews, sit on informative panels, sponsor events, and participate in career fairs. Many of these employers are Sac State alumni and they know that our graduates are a great resource.  These companies include:

  • Blue Shield of California
  • Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)
  • Intel Corperation
  • California State Auditor
  • VSP Global
  • California Department of Justice
  • Sutter Health
  • United States Department of Veteran Affairs
  • Golden 1 Credit Union
  • State Street Corperation
  • California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS)
  • CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
  • City of Sacramento
  • Sacramento Kings
  • River City Medical Group
  • Federated Insurance
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise

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What is the difference between an Professional MBA and an Executive MBA (EMBA)?

Aspiring to management is pretty common in business, as is a consideration of the differences between a Professional MBA and an Executive MBA. These two programs have similar goals and outcomes: They both help graduates advance into senior-level management positions that are absolutely critical to the long-term success of the organization and the long-term trajectory of their career in management. Each MBA program performs this educational task a bit differently, however. As a result, different kinds of students are accepted into each of these programs, and different classes are offered based on the program’s status as either professional or executive in nature. The Professional and Executive MBA programs might be different in terms of their length and coursework, but they’re aligned in that they both propel their graduates into senior-level management positions that offer them an excellent job placement rate and starting salary. According to the US News and World Report, the primary difference between a Professional MBA and an Executive MBA is the experience level of the admitted applicant, rather than the coursework or the outcomes achieved by the program.

The Professional MBA is a Program for “New” Managers and Recent Graduates -The professional MBA is the traditional version of the Master of Business Administration program. It’s been offered for generations in the United States and is increasingly popular in Europe, largely due to its comprehensive focus that teaches students first and foremost about the role and responsibilities of a modern manager. The program also focus on various content areas and how management is enacted in each: Marketing, finance, human resources, and executive management all require at least 3 credit hours of study in a traditional, professional MBA program. As a result, this program is a perfect fit for business professionals with relatively limited, relatively recent experience. Most schools require between zero and five years of experience in order to gain admission. Sacramento State does not require any work experience for its Evening MBA program.

Executive MBA Programs Target the Seasoned Professional - An executive MBA usually requires applicants to have at least 10 years of experience in positions that showcase increasing managerial responsibilities. Sacramento State requires a minimum of 3 to 5 years of professional work experience to apply. This makes the EMBA a program designed almost exclusively for those who advanced into managerial roles without a graduate degree at all. As such, it exempts students from the study of more basic management theory and practice. Those who enroll in the EMBA are put on a more accelerated track, quickly pushed past 500-level management coursework and placed in classes emphasizing strategic decision-making, corporate structure, executive leadership, and the role of the chief executive.

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ADMISSION CRITERIA

What is the admission criteria for Sac State's MBA program?

Prospective MBA students should review the admission criteria page for more information.  Below are some key requirements that must be met for admittance into our program:

  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited institution with a 2.50 overall GPA (Title V requirement)
  • Standardized test: GMAT or GRE
  • International students must obtain a minimum TOEFL of 550 (paper-based) or 80 (Internet-based), or an IELTS score of 7

PLEASE NOTE: The CBA is not using the Integrated Reasoning section of the GMAT or GRE as part of our admission criteria at this time.

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What is the average GMAT score?  What is the average GPA?

The average GMAT score for admitted applicants is 585. The average GPA for admitted applicants is 3.20.

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What is the minimum GMAT score requirement?  What is the minimum GRE score requirement?

A minimum percentile of 30% for overall (GMAT only), verbal, and quantitative scores is required from those with less than 5 years of professional, managerial work experience. Leniency on test scores will be given to those with more than 5 years but less than 10 years of professional, managerial work experience. Students with 10 or more years of documented, professional, managerial work experience may be eligible to waive the GMAT/GRE exam requirement.  Please see the admissions criteria for more information about waiving out of the GMAT/GRE.

To register for the GMAT, please click here.

To register for the GRE, please click here.

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What is professional, managerial work experience?

Examples of professional, managerial work experience are listed below:

  • Delegating responsibilities to employees
  • Being the leader or, “in charge” of a task, set of tasks, project, other employees and their tasks, an organization, etc
  • Some action verbs that demonstrate key leadership skills: Initiated, directed, innovate, originated, guided, coached, led, lead the path, developed, inspired, motivated, established, dominated, achieved, influenced, planned and forecast.
  • Action words for managerial positions that showed the ability to manage, supervise, and delegate are: Organized, administered, coordinated, supervised, controlled, oversee, managed, took charge of, maintained, handled, assigned, and dictate.
  • Management job title (e.g. customer service manager, executive, director of operations, supervisor)

How does the Admissions committee evaluate my GMAT/GRE score if I have taken the test more than once?

Your highest GMAT/GRE score in a single sitting will be evaluated. GMAT/GRE scores are valid for five years. 

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Can I list only my best GMAT/GRE score?

Yes, we review only the score from a single test sitting that you present in your application.

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How close to the application deadline can I take the GMAT/GRE?

We require that either test be taken before the application deadline of the round in which you apply. You will receive an unofficial score on the day you take the exam. We will accept this score as a place holder until we can retrieve your official score from the online score reporting websites. If you take the test within three weeks of the actual application filing deadline date, please email your unofficial score to mps@csus.edu. On the date of the test, you should instruct the testing service to send your official score directly to Sacramento State. 

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What is the GMAT like?  What is the GRE like?

For information regarding the GMAT or GRE, please visit the Admissions Exam page.

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Can I be conditionally admitted into the program if I plan to take/re-take the GMAT/GRE after the application period has ended?

We do not offer conditional admittance. You must take the GMAT/GRE by the deadline and receive an acceptable score per our admissions criteria to be admitted to the program.

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Is there any way that I can waive the GMAT/GRE test requirement?  How do I request a waiver?

Yes!  The waiver conditiond for the GMAT/GRE test requirement are as follows:


 No Waiver Form Required - Automatic Waiver:

3.1. Earned an undergraduate business degree at Sacramento State with an overall GPA of 3.25 or better

3.2. Credentialed as a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) – submit CFA credential with application to MBA@csus.edu.

3.3. Currently licensed as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) – submit copy of CPA license with application to MBA@csus.edu.  Unlicensed applicants must supply a copy of their CPA exam grade report sent by the State Board of Accountancy, while licensed applicants must supply a copy of their CPA license.

Must Submit GMAT/GRE Waiver Form - Submit form to MBA@csus.edu 

3.4. Earned an undergraduate business degree at an AACSB accredited institution with an overall GPA of 3.25 or better.

3.5. Hold a graduate degree from an accredited institution

3.6. Are currently a student in a doctoral program at an accredited institution

3.7. Have 10 years of valid and documented professional and managerial experience

3.8. Request to use GMAT/GRE past 5-year mark. 

Until the MBA Admission Test waiver request has been approved, the applicant must take the GMAT or GRE. 

Do you accept the LSAT, MCAT, or other tests?

At this time, only the GMAT or the GRE can fulfill our admissions exam requirement unless you are eligible for a waiver.

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What is the minimum GPA requirement?

The minimum overall undergraduate GPA requirement is 2.50. Official transcripts are required from all schools attended after high school, including your undergraduate degree program, any graduate work, and/or additional courses taken [certificate program, continuing education courses, etc.].  

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What are the minimum TOEFL scores?

TOEFL Scores: Minimum score of 550 [paper-based], 80 [internet-based], or 213 [computer based]. TOEFL scores are valid for two years.

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What is the correct TOEFL institution number for Sacramento State?

The ETS institutional code for Sacramento State is: 4671

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I am a U.S. citizen who completed my schooling outside of the U.S. at an institution where I was instructed in a language other than English. Do I need to take the TOEFL?

Yes. All students, regardless of citizenship, whose preparatory education was principally in a language other than English must take the TOEFL to demonstrate competence of the English language.

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Is a personal interview required? Does Sacramento State conduct admission interviews?

The Sacramento State MBA Program Services does not normally conduct interviews as part of the MBA application process. 

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Does Sacramento State require applicants to have work experience before applying?

Sacramento State does not require applicants to have work experience before they apply. However, learning may be enhanced for those graduate students who have real-world work experiences to apply towards course concepts.

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Are there specific types of work experience that will make me a more attractive candidate?

Rather than focusing on specific categories of work experience, applicants should focus on their roles, responsibilities, and what they have learned from the types of work that they been involved in.  

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How many years of work experience does the average Sac State MBA student have?

The average amount of work experience is 3 years.

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I earned my undergraduate degree from Sacramento State.  Does this enhance my chances for being accepted?

No preference is given to students who graduated from Sacramento State. All students are assessed equally.

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Do I need to submit community college transcripts and/or transcripts from other institutions I attended, even though they are indicated on the University transcripts I graduated from?

Yes.  You need to submit transcripts from all institutions that you have attended. 

If you are a Sacramento State alumni, you need only submit transcripts not previously submitted to the university.

If you did not attend Sacramento State in the past you will need to submit official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities that you have ever attended (even if it was only for one class).

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I earned a three-year undergraduate degree.  Am I eligible to apply to Sacramento State’s graduate business programs?

We do accept a bachelors degree of 3 years as long as [at least] 120 semester units were taken to complete the degree. If you are an international student, you should contact the Global Education Office at 916-278-7772 or by email at intlinfo@csus.edu for more information.

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Can I apply as a college senior? Can I apply as an undergrad?

We encourage college seniors to consider applying to the MBA Program. If you are admitted you will need to submit a transcript once you have officially been awarded your undergraduate degree. All degree requirements must be completed and the degree must be posted to your transcript before the start of your first semester in the MBA Program. 

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How do I find out if my undergraduate degree is from an AACSB accredited Institution?

Please visit the following site and search for your school: http://www.aacsb.edu/accreditation/accredited-members/global-listing

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APPLICATION PROCESS & DEADLINES

Can I speak to an Admissions Coordinator?  How do I find out if I am qualified?

The best way to contact our office with specific questions about the MBA program and application process is to submit an online inquiry at our information requests page  or call 916-278-6772. Please keep in mind that we cannot evaluate your qualifications before you apply. However, you are able to view our minimum admission criteria at the admissions criteria page. The admission advisors consider your entire application; therefore, it is impossible for us to determine your chances of admission in advance.

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How will my application be evaluated? What factors are considered in admissions decisions?

Each application received is reviewed in depth by the College of Business Administration MBA Program Services.  When selecting students, we place an emphasis on leadership potential, strong academic ability, and personal qualities and characteristics. These factors are not listed in order of importance, and we look at each candidate individually.  GMAT scores and GPA serve as a significant factor when considering the admittance or denial of an application. Work experience is not required, but professional work experience will increase an applicant’s chances of admittance. Applicants will be admitted to the program based on the evidence of potential success in the program that they provide. Such evidence may include but is not limited to: the applicant’s maturity, motivation, employment history, managerial potential, letters of recommendation, personal statement, community activities, and other accomplishments that support the applicant’s potential to successfully complete the program. Our goal is to assemble a class of students who will bring diverse perspectives to the learning environment.

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How do I add new information if I have already submitted my application? 

Once your application has been submitted, you are not able to make any changes. However, if you have important changes such as contact information, please call MBA Program Services at 916-278-6772. 

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What is the timeline for applying?

Sacramento State usually has two application filing deadline dates - one for the Fall Semester and one for the Spring Semester. Please click here to check our website for the most current deadlines.

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Is it possible to apply after the deadline? Will there be an extension?

No. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be accepted. Currently, there is no extension for the application deadline.

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How do I apply?

Please see the application checklist page for more information about applying to Sacramento State's MBA program.

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Can I apply without paying the application fee?

The application fee may be waived for a limited number of applicants for whom payment would be a financial hardship. If you believe you qualify, fill out the Application Fee Waiver portion of the online application. Online fee waiver requests will be processed immediately and the applicant will be informed of their fee status at that time. Please note that if your fee waiver request is denied, your application will be placed in incomplete status and will not be processed until the fee is paid.

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After I submit my online application, is there a way to check the status? 

After you submit your application, you will receive a confirmation via email that your application has been successfully submitted. 

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How do I contact technical support for the online application?

You may call 1-800-GO-TO-XAP [46-86-927] for technical assistance.

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How do I find out the status of my application materials?

You can check the status of your application by checking your application status on your MySacState portal. After all of an applicant’s materials have been received by Sacramento State, an admissions decision may take up to twelve weeks from the application deadline. 

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May I submit my supplemental materials via mail or fax?

No. Sacramento State does not accept faxed or mailed supplemental materials from students. All supplemental materials should be uploaded to your MySacState as outlined in step 4 of the application checklist.

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How can I submit my transcript(s)?

Please mail your official transcripts (sealed) or have your previous attended University send your official transcripts to BOTH of the following addresses (1 set of transcripts will be sent to each address):

Masters of Business Administration Program Services [MPS]
College of Business Administration
CSU, Sacramento
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819-6088
AND
Office of Graduate Studies (OGS)
River Front Center, Room 206
CSU, Sacramento
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819-6112

If you are a Sacramento State alumni, you need only submit transcripts not previously submitted to the university.

If you did not attend Sacramento State in the past then you will need to submit official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities that you have ever attended (even if it was only one class).

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Can I send in my unofficial transcripts by the deadline and submit my official transcripts after the deadline?

No, your official transcripts need to be submitted by the application filing deadline.

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How many letters of recommendation are required?  Who should provide my recommendations?

Two recommendations are strongly preferred. Recommenders should be individuals who know you well and who can relate specific and relevant details about your abilities and performance. We believe that supervisors from internships or employment, professors, advisors, and mentors can all serve as adequate recommenders. We discourage recommendations from peers.  

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What is the process for recommenders?

Please see step 3 of the application checklist for information on letters of recommendation.

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Is the deadline for the Recommendation Form the same as the application filing deadline?

The deadline for letters of recommendation is the application deadline. And they must use the my sac state system to request recommendation letters from the recommenders. Their recommenders will submit the letters using the link provided by the student directly into my sac state system. There are instructions for this on the application checklist webpage. 

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How will I be notified of my application decision? When can I expect to hear back about the application decision?

Whether you are accepted or denied into the Sacramento State MBA Program, you will be notified by mail and/or email. Please keep in mind, however, that an admissions decision may take up to twelve weeks after the admission deadline from when all of an applicant’s materials have been received.

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Will Sacramento State provide detailed feedback for students who have been denied acceptance? 

Due to the large number of applications we receive we cannot accommodate requests for extensive personalized feedback on your application. Also, please understand that the decision of MBA Program Services is final and we cannot advise you on whether or not you should re-apply in the future. 

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If I am admitted to Sacramento State, can I defer my enrollment?

No. Sacramento State does not allow students to defer enrollment. If you need to delay your enrollment for any reason, you will need to re-apply for the semester that you are able to attend classes at Sacramento state.

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Are reapplicants at a disadvantage?

Reapplicants are not placed at a disadvantage for having applied (or having been denied) in a previous year. Your new application will be evaluated on its merits, in the context of the new applicant pool. We encourage you to give yourself a fresh start when you approach your reapplication. Think through and, if necessary, re-write your personal statement, retake the GMAT, update work history and submit new transcripts. This is also a good opportunity for you to add any new information that may be helpful to the admissions office in the decision-making process.

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What are the procedures for reapplying?

You will need to submit a new online application and pay the application fee. You are encouraged to submit new materials. However, check with the appropriate offices to see if your previous application documents are still on file. 

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What are the requirements for the professional headshot photo?

Your headshot photo should meet the following requirements:

  • Only you are in the photo
  • The photo is taken in an appropriate setting
  • You look professional and presentable
  • Your face is easily discernable

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DEGREE PROGRAMS

What business graduate programs are available at Sacramento State?

We offer four outstanding graduate programs so you are able to find a program that best fits your needs and interests:

  • MBA
  • MBA for Executives
  • MS Accountancy
  • IMBA

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How do employers view the MBA vs. EMBA?

Both programs provide the same graduate level business degree. For a comparison of our graduate business programs, please click here.

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Does Sacramento State offer online or distance learning graduate business programs?

Our Master of Science in Accountancy is a fully online program. Within the MBA program, the following three foundation courses are available as online options: ECON 204 Business Economics, MBA 201 Accounting, and MBA 203 Legal Environment of Management. Please note that all MBA core courses are in-person and sometimes in a hybrid format.

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Does Sacramento State offer PhD Business Programs?

No, Sacramento State’s College of Business Administration does not currently offer any PhD programs.

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Does Sacramento State have a one-year MBA Program?

On average, depending on a student’s educational background, it takes student between 2-3 years to complete the MBA Program at Sacramento State. However, many students have finished the program in as little as three semesters.  It is rare that a student can finish the program in one year, because required summer courses are not always offered. Students have up to 7 years to complete the degree requirements if a student chooses to do the program on a part-time basis. We do offer a 15-month MBA for Executives program, and a 12-month International MBA program.

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Can I complete a joint MBA/MS Accountancy degree?

You are able to be enrolled in both the MBA and MS Accountancy programs. However, it is not considered a joint degree. 

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PREREQUISITES & COURSES

Can I transfer units taken at another school towards the Sacramento State MBA? Is it possible to transfer to a graduate business program at Sacramento State from another institution?

Transferring graduate level units towards your Sacramento State MBA varies from case to case. The school examines each case on an individual basis. Students may transfer up to six semester units of graduate level coursework from an AACSB-accredited institution when they enter the Sacramento State business program. Any additional coursework that may have been completed at the previous institution will not be credited toward the degree program at Sac State. Also, any coursework completed at a non-AACSB accredited institution will not transfer to Sac State’s graduate business programs. Please note that transfer credit is subject to review by MBA Program Services at Sac State and require you to provide full course descriptions and syllabi before credit is given for previous coursework. Credit for previous coursework is not guaranteed and must meet the university currency requirements.  Please note that courses taken at another institution may also satisfy relevant foundation course requirements. See below for more information regarding foundation courses.

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How do students waive out of foundation courses?

A graduate student may request a challenge for waiver of a College of Business Administration foundation course if at least one of the following conditions is met: 

  1. The student has taken an equivalent course at an AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accredited college of business within 7 years of admission, with a minimum individual foundation course GPA of 2.0 and cumulative foundation course GPA of 3.0.
  2. The student has achieved appropriate professional or academic qualification(s).
  3. The student has appropriate professional work experience.
  4. ECON 204, MBA 201 and MBA 203 have lower division course equivalencies. We will accept courses from non-AACSB accredited universities as well as from Community Colleges to waive these three specific courses. The courses submitted for waiver must be a grade of "C" 2.0 or above in each individual course, an overall "B" 3.0 or higher GPA is required in all five foundation courses when combined, and all the coursework must be completed within the seven year period prior to admission. The courses that are considered equivalent for waiver are as follows:
    • ECON 204 Business Economics can be waived by taking both a Microeconomics and a Macroeconomics course.  These courses are ECON 1A and ECON 1 B at Sac State.
    • MBA 201 Accounting can be waived by taking a Financial Accounting course.  This course is ACCY 1 at Sac State
    • MBA 203 Legal Environment of Management can be waived by taking a Business Law or Legal Environment of Business course. It must be taken at a college with in the USA.  This course is MGMT 10 at Sac State.

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Can I take individual classes without being admitted to the program?

No, all students must be admitted to the MBA Program before enrolling in classes.

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Can I take classes outside of the College of Business Administration?

Students may take up to six units [or two courses] of graduate level coursework outside the College of Business Administration. However, pre-approval of these classes by MBA Program Services is required in order for the course to be included in the students’ official program of study. Students should submit  requests for approval of any courses outside the College of Business Administration before registering for the course.

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CURRICULUM

Do students have to choose a concentration, specialization or track?

MBA students may pursue a specialization in the concentrations offered [see next question] but are not required to do so. 

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What concentrations does the Sacramento State MBA Program offer?

Elective courses allow students to customize their programs either by choosing individual courses that match her or his interests or by choosing a concentration.

The MBA curriculum has the following concentrations:

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Do I have to declare a concentration? When do I need to declare my concentration?

No, you do not have to declare a concentration. Students may also choose the MBA General Program [no specific concentration]. Your concentration needs to be declared by the time you take the “Culminating Experience” portion (typically your final course) of the MBA Program.

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Can I pursue a concurrent degree?

There are currently no concurrent degrees offered by the College of Business Administration.  Please note that the MBA/JD program is no longer available.

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PREPARING FOR YOUR MBA

I plan on applying to the program, but I want to start classes before I am officially admitted. Can I do that?

No, you are not able to start classes before you are officially admitted to the MBA Program. However, students may start and/or complete relevant foundation courses prior to beginning the program. Please click here for more information.

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What teaching methods are used in the Sacramento MBA Program?

Teaching methods are up to the individual instructors to balance various student backgrounds and preparations and are customized with a strong focus on real-life applications and leadership.

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How do I arrange a campus tour?

This link describes the campus tour process, and allows you to sign up for a tour:  https://www.csus.edu/admissions/campus%20tours/

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I am an international student; will I need a visa if I am admitted?

Sacramento State will assist you in the visa process once you are admitted to the MBA Program. The first step will be to determine which visa is right for you. Most students study under the F-1 visa, and a few study under the J-1.  Please contact the Office of Global Education for more information.

Office of Global Education
Lassen Hall, 1st floor lobby
International Admissions
CSU, Sacramento
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819-6012

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Is it easy to work and go to school? 

Yes! Many of our students are full-time working professionals. All of the classes are held in the evenings and/or on the weekends to accommodate working students. You have the choice of enrolling as a part-time or full-time student depending on what best fits your needs.

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Can I take a semester off?

Yes. Only one semester at a time can be taken off. You are not able to take two semesters or more off consecutively. 

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What foundation courses can I take at a junior college?

ECON 204, MBA 201 and MBA 203 have lower division course equivalencies. We will accept courses from non-AACSB accredited universities, as well as from Community Colleges to waive these three specific courses. The courses that are considered equivalent for waiver are as follows:

  • ECON 204 Business Economics can be waived by taking both a Microeconomics and a Macroeconomics course.  These courses are ECON 1A and ECON 1B at Sac State.
  • MBA 201 Accounting can be waived by taking a Financial Accounting course. This course is ACCY 1 at Sac State.
  • MBA 203 Legal Environment of Management can be waived by taking a Business Law or Legal Environment of Business course. It must be taken at a college with in the USA. This course is MGMT 10 at Sac State.

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PROGRAM COSTS & FINANCING YOUR MBA

What is the cost of the MBA Program?

The CBA's graduate programs are cost-effective choices. As part of the California State University system, Sacramento State offers the lowest available tuition and fees for a graduate program in the Sacramento region. For California residents, the current fees are $2,866.00 per semester for 0-6 units and $4,372.00 per semester for 7 units or more. Non-residents pay the resident fees plus $396 per unit tuition. Additional Fees: Graduate Business Professional Fee is $270 per unit (applicable to both residents and non-residents). Please note that other fees such as parking and health insurance may also be applicable.

The CSU makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum. Fees listed in published schedules or student accounts may need to be increased when public funding is inadequate. Therefore, CSU must reserve the right, even after initial fee payments are made to increase or modify any listed fees, without notice, until the date when instruction for a particular semester or quarter has begun. All CSU listed fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change upon approval by the Board of Trustees.

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Is financial aid available? What scholarships are offered?

Please be assured that your financial need does not affect admission decisions.  The staff of the Financial Aid Office is committed to helping you fund your MBA education once you are admitted to the MBA Program. Various types of aid, both need-based and non-need-based are available to students who qualify for assistance. Loan applications are available through the campus Financial Aid office.  Internships may be available through the Career Center or Business Student Services. Scholarships are also available at https://www.csus.edu/cba/biz/scholarships.html. You may also want to visit fastWEB for custom scholarship opportunities.

Please use the following link to access the Financial Aid office scholarship information https://www.csus.edu/faid/types_of_aid/scholarships/. You may also view additional financial opportunities for Graduate Students on our Financial Opportunities page.

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Is there financial aid available for non-United States citizens?

Federal Loans are not available to non-United States citizens. For non-United States citizens, loans must be obtained through private banks or institutions.  Some scholarships may also be available. Please see above for links to scholarships.

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Can I get a job on campus?

Yes, there are jobs available on campus. Please consult the employment opportunities webpage at https://www.csus.edu/webpages/employment.stm. If you are interested in working for the College of Business, MBA Program Services is often looking for capable and enthusiastic student leaders to work in our office.  Please inquire with us for more information.

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