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Master of Business Administration

A Flexible MBA That Fits Your Schedule

Accelerate your career on your own terms with our self-paced Master of Business Administration program. Our AACSB-accredited program ensures you receive the highest caliber business education within a curriculum tailor-fit to your interests. A per-unit fee structure and a variety of electives to choose from enable you to create a unique experience on an affordable budget.

We cater our program to YOU:

  • All classes are offered in-person, Monday - Thursday, from 6:00 - 8:50 pm, to fit your full-time work schedule.
  • You decide how many classes to take: finish the program in as little as three semesters, or enroll part-time.
  • Fees are also determined by the number of units you enroll in each semester to accommodate your budget.

Dedicated faculty bring academic expertise and real-life business experience to the classroom to ensure you receive a rigorous education that prepares you to meet your goals.

Whether it's starting your own business, changing careers, or advancing in your current company, our personalized career services and extensive connections in the Sacramento area provide a valuable network you can leverage at every step.

Optimize Your Experience with One of Three Concentrations

Choose the classes that interest you and concentrate your MBA experience in one of the following areas:

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Learn More About the Program

While the application for Fall 2024 is now closed, get ready to submit your application for Spring 2025 by reading our step-by-step instructions and reviewing the helpful links below. You'll learn more about our program, the application materials required, how to navigate Cal State Apply, the interview process, and much, much more.

Download Cal State Apply Application Instructions

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Application Dates & Deadlines

The Sacramento State MBA program admits students for both the spring and fall semesters each year.

Fall 2024 - Application now closed

Spring 2025

  • Cal State Apply application available: August 1, 2024
  • All application materials due: September 15, 2024

To successfully apply for the program, you must submit the Cal State Apply application, pay the $70 fee, ensure both letters of recommendation are uploaded into Cal State Apply, and submit all transcripts by the deadline. See the "How To Apply" section below for more information and to download instructions.

MBA Recent Class Profile

Spring 2023 Class Demographics Class Data
Average Age  29
Average GPA  3.3
Average Years of Work Experience  6
First Generation Students  50%
Under-Represented Minority Students  57%
Female Students   51%
International Students  8%

Admissions Criteria

The following represent minimum academic qualifications and admission criteria. As the College of Business receives a large number of applications each cycle, it often admits fewer applicants than those who meet the minimum criteria.

2.50 Minimum Cumulative GPA

Title V of the California Educational Code requires that MBA candidates must have earned a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA and an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution. Foreign undergraduate degrees must be evaluated as equivalent to a 4-year, U.S. bachelor's degree with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA on a U.S. 4.0 scale.

MBA Interview

After preliminary review of completed applications, competitive applicants will be identified and selected to complete an interview. The interview will be used to further assess the strength of their application and to make a final admission decision.

Minimum Admission or Language Test Scores

Unless a valid waiver is presented, applicants who conducted their undergraduate studies in another country must also submit English Language Proficiency exam scores that meet the following minimum criteria.

Test Minimum Scores Accepted Note
GMAT NOT REQUIRED FOR  FALL 2024 No exams required for admission (GMAT or GRE not required).The College of Business has waived the admission test requirement for ALL applicants to the MBA degree. You do not need to submit a valid GMAT or GRE score as part of your application nor to be admitted to the program. The waiver is automatic; no waiver form is required. 
TOEFL Paper-based: 550 Only applies to international applicants or applicants whose undergraduate degree was conducted in a language other than English. A list of countries not held to the English Proficiency Requirement can be found here
Internet-based: 80
PTE 65
MBA Students at Orientation

MBA Foundation Courses

The MBA curriculum consists of 33-44 semester units depending on your academic background and professional experience.

The MBA "foundation courses" provide an academic background in basic business concepts, which the MBA curriculum will build upon.

While they do not affect your admissibility and they are not required to be completed prior to admission to the program, they do take priority over the MBA core and elective classes. Thus, they must be completed before you start the regular MBA coursework and with a cumulative foundation course GPA of 3.0. Foundation course waivers are available and are determined either at the time of admission, or upon a request for waiver by the student after application.

Course Name Course Number Note
ECON 204 Business Economics (3 units) Equivalent to Microeconomics AND Macroeconomics at the undergraduate and community college level.
MBA 201 Accounting (2 units) Equivalent to Financial Accounting at the undergraduate and community college level.
MBA 202 Business Communications (2 units) Graduate-level writing course. No undergraduate or community college equivalent.
MBA 203 Legal Environment of Management (2 units) Equivalent to Business Law at the undergraduate and community college level at a U.S. institution.
MBA 206 Managerial Statistical Analysis (2 units) Equivalent to an upper-division undergraduate statistical analysis course. No community college equivalent.

MBA Core & Elective Courses

All students in the program take five (5) Core classes, considered to be the backbone of the MBA degree. Core classes can be taken at any time, unless designated as a prerequisite for an elective course.

Elective courses provide students the opportunity to match their interests with their coursework, and are contained within four concentrations: Finance, Entrepreneurship & Global Business, Business Analytics in Healthcare, and General Management.

Your MBA career concludes with a Culminating Experience, taking the form of either the MBA 501 course in Business & Strategy, or a thesis or project.

Course Number  Course Name
MBA Core Courses
MBA 210 Management Accounting
MBA 220 Financial Management
MBA 230 Behavioral Science Applications in Management
MBA 240 Marketing Management
MBA 280 Value Chain Integration
MBA Electives (Finance Concentration)
MBA 221 Financial Markets
MBA 222 Security Analysis & Portfolio Management
MBA 223 Asset Valuation
MBA 224 Advanced Investment Strategies
MBA 251 Real Estate Finance & Investment
MBA Electives (Entrepreneurship & Global Business Concentration)
MBA 235 Management of Innovation
MBA 243 Global Marketing Environment (not currently offered)
MBA 270 Global Business Management
MBA 271 Integrative Entrepreneurship Management
MBA 272 Entrepreneurial Resource Management (not currently offered)
MBA 282 Global Supply Chain Management
MBA 232 Negotiation & Relationship Management
MBA Electives (Business Analytics in Healthcare Concentration)
MBA 225  Financial Aspects of Healthcare Administration
MBA 262 Integrated IT in Healthcare
MBA 281 Quality & Process Improvement in Healthcare
MBA 235 Management of Innovation
MBA 260 Management of Technology Intensive Enterprises
MBA 261 Integrated Business Process Management (not currently offered)
MBA 263 Project & Outsourcing Management
MBA 264 Business Intelligence
MBA Electives (General Management Concentration)
MBA 231 Managing in High Performance Work Organizations
MBA 260 Management Information Systems
MBA 270 Management of International Operations
  9 units of elective coursework, including from any of the MBA concentrations or other non-business graduate classes.
Culminating Experience
MBA 501 Culminating Experience Project in Business & Strategy
MBA 500A Thesis
MBA 500B Project

How To Apply

Steps to Complete the MBA Application & Downloadable Instructions

Ready to apply? Below is a step-by-step guide that details how to apply to the MBA program.

NOTE: You must complete the entire Cal State Apply graduate application and pay the $70 fee and ensure both letters of recommendation are uploaded by the appropriate deadline to be considered an applicant to the program. Official transcripts from all institutions attended must also be received by the deadline. Incomplete applications missing letters of recommendation or transcripts will not be reviewed.

Download Cal State Apply Application Instructions

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Steps Details 
Complete the Cal State Apply Online Graduate Application 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. Incomplete applications will not be considered and the portal will close promptly at 11:59pm on the deadline date.
  Required Supplemental Documents/Components of the Cal State Apply Application:
  1) Current Professional Resume (1 - 2 pages)
  2) Statement of Purpose - Answer the following two (2) questions. Format separately into two sections, but upload as one document.
  Prompt 1: The MBA classroom is a diverse, dynamic learning environment. Please describe how you will contribute to the Sacramento State MBA program, highlighting any significant events, experiences, hardships, or people that have affected your life. (500 words maximum)
  Prompt 2: The Sacramento State College of Business is committed to developing the next generation of leaders in the region. Discuss how as both an MBA student and an alumnus you hope to impact or give back to the greater Sacramento community. (250 words maximum)
  3) Two (2) Letters of Recommendation - Submitted directly by your recommenders through the Cal State Apply application portal. Letters submitted by the applicant will not be accepted. Please check your Cal State Apply portal often to monitor the progress of your letters and ensure both show as "Completed" by the deadline. While you are able to submit your application with pending requests, applications missing letters of recommendation or with letters submitted past the deadline will NOT be reviewed and DENIED as incomplete.
Create a SacLink account and email address 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 or International Admissions and contains instructions on how to create a SacLink account and Sac State email address. 
Submit all official transcripts Attach unofficial transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended to your Cal State Apply application. After submitting your application, you are also required to submit one (1) OFFICIAL transcript from ALL colleges and universities attended, in university sealed envelopes or through the university’s e-transcript service, directly to the Office of Graduate Studies (OGS) or Office of International Admissions by the application deadline. Applications will not be processed until all transcripts have been received.
  International Students: submit all transcripts to the Office of International Admissions (
  Sacramento State current students or graduates: only submit transcripts not previously submitted to the university or from institutions attended after graduation. 
  Send official digital transcripts (preferred) to Paper transcripts should be mailed to the following address: 
  CA Residents/Domestic Applicants:Office of Graduate Studies (OGS)
California State University, Sacramento
Riverfront Center, Room 215, MS 6112
6000 J St.
Sacramento, CA 95819‐6112
College of Business Faculty Interview (competitive applicants only) After preliminary review of their completed application, competitive applicants will be identified and selected to complete an interview with a College of Business faculty member. The interview will be used to further assess the strength of their application and to make a final admission decision. Not all applicants will be selected for interview and an interview does not guarantee admission.

International Applicants

International students are encouraged to apply to the MBA program and are welcomed on our culturally diverse and globally engaged campus in Sacramento. Learn more about the application and admissions process on the International Programs & Global Engagement site.

International applicants must answer "yes" to the question, “Do you have a U.S. visa?” on the Cal State Apply application. This indicates that you currently possess, or you intend to obtain, a U.S. F or J visa.

Please submit your whole application package, including supplemental application documents (resume, statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, admission test scores, and official transcripts) by the deadline. Additional materials may also need to be submitted for visa processing and to enroll in the program.

English Language Requirement

Students 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 list of countries not held to the English Proficiency Requirement can be found here.

Official English Proficiency Minimum Scores:

  • TOEFL - Minimum of 80 internet-based (iBT), 550 paper-based (pbt), 213 computer-based (cbt)
  • IELTS - Minimum of 6.5
  • PTE - Minimum of 65

(Please Use Institution Code 4671 when sending official score reports)

U.S. Residents/Citizens With Foreign Documents

U.S. residents or citizens who completed their undergraduate studies abroad and have international transcripts must either:

  • Submit all official transcripts to the Office of Graduate Studies (OGS) AT LEAST ONE MONTH PRIOR to the application deadline for internal evaluation (Spring app = August 15; Fall app = January 15); OR
  • Have all official transcripts evaluated by an outside company. The three agencies we accept evaluations from along with additional information for applicants with foreign documents can be found here.

Transcripts submitted to OGS for internal evaluation after the internal one-month-prior deadline will NOT be reviewed and your application will be denied as incomplete. For this reason, we recommend you choose an outside agency to evaluate your transcripts and ensure the evaluation is received by OGS before the final application deadline.

Applications missing transcripts by the deadline will not be reviewed and will be denied.

MBA Program Costs

As part of the California State University system, Sacramento State offers the lowest available tuition and fees for an AACSB-accredited MBA program in the Sacramento region.

Total cost for the program when enrolled as a part-time California resident student (6 units/semester) is approximately $27,000 and can be completed in an average of 2½ years.

Total cost for international students enrolled full-time (at least 9 units/semester) is approximately $38,000 and is completed in an average of 1 1/2 years.

Housing, books, parking, and other living expenses are not included in the fees below and are the responsibility of the student.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

At this time, no merit scholarships are available to new students. The MBA program does not provide graduate assistantships.

We encourage you to apply for financial aid by completing your FAFSA application by the priority deadline and to visit the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships webpage to learn more about this process. A full list of scholarships available at Sac State can be found here.

Academic Year Enrollment Fees

Student Detail Cost
California Residents 0 - 6 Units Per Semester $3,012
≥7 Units Per Semester $4,518
Graduate Business Professional Fee $270 per unit
Non-Residents & International Students 0 - 6 Units Per Semester $3,012 + $396 per unit
≥7 Units Per Semester $4,518 + $396 per unit
Graduate Business Professional Fee $270 per unit
MBA Foundation Courses Administered by the College of Continuing Education (CCE). Courses are either 2 or 3 units each. $630 per unit

Contact Information

Prospective Students & Admissions

Sophie Mills Duncan, J.D.
Recruitment & Admissions Coordinator
(916) 278-4501
Tahoe Hall - Room 1020

Program Support

Mandy Mangels
Graduate Program Support Specialist
(916) 278-3354
Tahoe Hall - Room 1020

Current Students & Academic Advising

Jeanie Williams, MBA
Graduate Coordinator & MBA Advisor
(916) 278-3354
Tahoe Hall - Room 1020

Faculty Director

Dr. Pooria Assadi
Interim Director of MBA Programs

Mailing Address

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

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