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Online iMBA

A Fully Online, One Year, Cohort-Based, AACSB Accredited Program

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Master best practices in business enterprise, expand your network, and accelerate your career.

The AACSB accredited online iMBA program at Sacramento State prepares students to be business leaders in the global marketplace. Advances in technology have opened commerce to an international scale and heightened the competitiveness of business everywhere. As a result, the demand for well-educated executives and managers has grown at phenomenal rates. The online iMBA program provides students access to in-depth learning and practices in different business functions leading to successful international enterprises.

International students will not be issued an F-1 student visa for this program as it is a completely online program.

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Spring 2023 Application Open Now

Fall 2022 applications are now closed. Spring 2023 applications open August 1, 2022. We encourage early applications as applicants are admitted on a first come, first served basis.

Application Deadline for Spring 2023: December 1, 2022

The College of Business has decided to waive the GMAT/GRE admission test requirement for EMBA applicants for the Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 application cycle.

For more information regarding admission requirements and get connected to current students, alumni, and faculty, please contact Claire Goldsby at goldsby@csus.edu.

Download the Online MBA Spring 2023 Calendar

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Program Highlights and Costs

Accelerated Format

  • 12-month program
  • One course at a time (each course is 3 weeks long)

Flexible Scheduling

  • 100% Online
  • Classes are held on Fridays (3 - 7PM) and Saturdays (8AM - 2PM)

Cohort-based Learning

  • Stimulating networking environment
  • Group work

Outstanding faculty

  • Scholar with industry experience
  • Executive co-instructors & guest speakers

Quality Accredited Program

  • AACSB accredited program
  • Assurance of student learning

Program Cost

The total cost for the program is $825 per unit or $29,700. The program will be billed in installments per class and a fee schedule will be provided for you based on the admission term. Books and course materials are not included.

Financial AId

Financial Aid may be available for students pursuing the online iMBA degree. We recommend starting the financial aid process as early as possible by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). More information can be found here.

Online iMBA FAQ's

What is the degree name on the diploma?
The online iMBA graduates earn an Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree upon graduation. There is no concentration.

Are foundation or prerequisite courses required?
No, all students will participate in two days of “boot camp” refresher classes (Statistics, Economics, Finance, and Accounting) which help participants prepare for the academic rigor of the Online iMBA curriculum.

What is the class schedule and asynchronous/synchronous work?
Each class spans 21 days with 15 asynchronous days and 6 synchronous days. The synchronous class time meets on Fridays from 3PM - 7PM and Saturdays 8AM- 2PM. Students are expected to attend online class meetings on Fridays/Saturdays.

How much is tuition and what is the payment schedule for tuition?
The online iMBA program is $825 per unit with a total of 36 units (12 classes). The total cost of the program is $29,700. Tuition payments are per class. A payment schedule can be found here.

Is work experience required for admission?
Work experience is NOT required for the online iMBA program.

Is Financial Aid available for the online iMBA program?
Yes, financial aid is available through the FAFSA process. Please visit the College of Continuing Education's website for more information regarding financial aid.

Minimum Qualifications

The College of Business has decided to waive the GMAT/GRE admission test requirement for the Spring 2022 application cycle.

Candidates are required to have:

  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited institution with a 2.50 overall GPA (Title V requirement)
  • Applicants with foreign documents must submit their transcripts for evaluation by one of the approved agencies. Please review the information from the Office of Graduate Studies.
  • Applicants who earned a degree from an institution located in a nation where English is not the official language, or where the language of instruction at that institution was not English, must take the TOEFL or IELTS or PTE and receive a passing score: a minimum TOEFL of 550 (paper-based) or 80 (Internet-based), or an IELTS score of 6.5

The COB reserves the right to admit fewer applicants than those meeting the minimum criteria. In limited cases, applicants who do not meet all the minimum admission criteria may be reviewed by the Admission Committee for the program, who may offer a ‘special admission’ recommendation to the Dean, or the Dean’s designee, for a final admission decision.

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Application Information - Spring 2023

How To Apply

NOTE: You must complete the entire Cal State Apply graduate application and pay the $70 fee by the appropriate deadline to be considered an applicant to the program. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Download the MBA Instructions for the Cal State Apply Application as an example

Complete the online application via Cal State Apply. You must pay the application fee of $70 and press the "Submit" button to officially complete the application. Required Supplemental Documents/Components of the Cal State Apply Application:

  • Request for two (2) letters of recommendation: Applicants will enter name and an email request will automatically be sent to the recommender on your behalf. Please advise your recommender to look for this email in their inbox, as well as their spam or junk-mail folder, as emails do occasionally get filtered out. Recommenders can complete the Online iMBA Recommendation Form or write their own letter and upload directly through the email portal. Please see page 27 of these instructions for more details on the recommendation submission process.
  • Statement of Career Objectives (1 page): This statement should include a description of your long- and short-term career goals, and the ways in which you believe the Online iMBA degree will help you to achieve them.
  • Current resume

Copies of official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, other than Sacramento State sent electronically to gradtranscripts@csus.edu or hard copy to:

Office of Graduate Studies
California State University, Sacramento
Riverfront Center, Room 215, MS 6112
6000 J St.
Sacramento, CA 95819

All transcripts must be received by the application deadline. For students graduating in Fall 2022, please request official transcripts to be sent. You will need to request a second set of transcripts once you have graduated and your degree is conferred.

  • Applicants with foreign documents must submit their transcripts for evaluation by one of the approved agencies. Please review the information from the Office of Graduate Studies.
  • Applicants who earned a degree from an institution located in a nation where English is not the official language, or where the language of instruction at that institution was not English, must take the TOEFL or IELTS or PTE and receive a passing score: a minimum TOEFL of 550 (paper-based) or 80 (Internet-based), or an IELTS score of 6.5

Need help?

Review the slides from the recent Online iMBA information session and Application Tips

Download the MBA Instructions for the Cal State Apply Application as an example.

Watch MBA Application Tips Workshop Recording as an example.

An email will be sent to you approximately one week after you submit your Cal State Apply application. The email will come from the University Office of Graduate Studies and contains instructions on how to create a SacLink account and Sac State email address.

Riverfront Center

Online iMBA Academic Curriculum

Online iMBA curriculum focuses on international business management and global mindset. Course descriptions can be found in the current Academic Catalogue.

After the orientation event to introduce faculty, staff, and cohort members, students will participate in two days of “boot camp” refresher classes (Statistics, Economics, Finance, and Accounting) which help participants prepare for the academic rigor of the Online iMBA curriculum.

Note: IMBA 213 is the Graduate Writing Intensive (GWI) course that fulfills the first step of your Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). To complete the first step of the Graduate GWAR, all graduate students must earn a grade of B or higher in the required GWI course. More information can be found here.

Course Number Course  Units
Bootcamp Statistics  
Bootcamp Accounting  
Bootcamp Economics  
Bootcamp Finance  
iMBA 210 Managerial Accounting 3
iMBA 211 Global Corporate Finance 3
iMBA 213 Marketing Management 3
iMBA 214 Statistical Decision Making 3
iMBA 215 Info Tech Management 3
iMBA 216 Human Resource Management 3
IMBA 217 Business Law and Legal Environment 3
iMBA 241 Comparative International Management 3
IMBA 242 Multinational Corporate Management 3
IMBA 243 Global Supply Chain Management 3
IMBA 244 Project Management 3
IMBA 500 Leadership and Change Management 3

MBA Degree Learning Goals

Students will have certain capabilities (knowledge, skills, abilities) that result from your business degree program. At the Sacramento State, we call these capabilities learning outcomes. Learning outcomes are measured and analyzed through a broad range of assessments, from class assignments to standardized exams, to provide assurance of learning in the degree program. From time to time, the College of Business (COB) or your instructors may ask or require you to participate in assessments. We use the information from assessments to reinforce what is working or to make changes to support student learning and success. For example, we may revise curriculum or hire additional staff and faculty to support the needs of our students. We document how our students perform and the actions that we take to continuously improve. This process helps to enhance the student experience and maintain our external accreditation with AACSB International. Speaking of accreditation, less than 5% of business schools worldwide are accredited by AACSB and thus this elite accreditation contributes greatly to the COB reputation. We hope that when you are asked to participate in assessment activities that you will accept the invitation and put your best effort forward.

Goal 1: Applied Business Knowledge: Master, integrate, and apply business knowledge and skills to current, practical, and important contexts and situations.

1.1 Apply concepts, skills, and tools to impact practical, real-world business situations.

Goal 2: Leadership and Strategy: Effectively accomplish organizational goals in collaborative dynamic environments.

2.1. Formulate strategies and engage organizations to improve organizational effectiveness for long-term sustainability and competitive advantage.

Goal 3: Effective Business Communication: Effectively communicate in a variety of business settings using appropriate techniques.

3.1. Communicate in an organizational setting using appropriate oral and written formats for various purposes.

Goal 4: Integrative Analysis and Problem Solving: Address business situations in novel ways through reason and holistic analytical thinking.

4.1. Address business situations from multiple business functional areas to perform quantitative and qualitative analyses for effective decision making and innovative problem solving.

Goal 5: Global Business Context: Identify the significance of ethics, legal regulation, economics, social responsibility, cultural diversity, and global issues for planning and decision making.

5.1. Evaluate and adapt organizational and individual responses to diverse regulatory systems and ethical environments.

5.2. Assess and change organizational responses to international economic systems and intercultural environments.

Schedules and Calendars

Current & Admitted Student Information

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Contact Information

Prospective Students & Admissions

Claire Goldsby
(916) 278-2895
Tahoe Hall - Room 1020
imba@csus.edu

Program Curriculum

Eric C. Lin, PhD, CFP®
Faculty Director
(916) 278-7229
Tahoe Hall - Room 2058
lin@csus.edu

Academic Advising;

Serena Hoffman, M.S.
Academic Advisor
(916) 278-6391
Tahoe Hall, Room 1020
imba@csus.edu

Mailing Address

California State University, Sacramento
College of Business
Tahoe Hall, Room 1020
6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819-6088, USA