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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 the evening, 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:

MBA students wear their Sac State hoodies

Learn About the Program & the GMAT/GRE Waiver

While the application for Fall 2022 is now closed, prepare your application for Spring 2023 with the helpful information on this site.

Read our step-by-step instructions and watch the recording of our most recent Application Tips Workshop, where you'll learn more about our program, the application materials required, how to navigate Cal State Apply, the interview process, and much, much more.

Find even more information about the application process in the "How to Apply" section below, and linked in the index on the left.

Download Cal State Apply Application Instructions

Watch Application Tips Workshop Recording

You may also contact us via email at any time with questions at

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GMAT/GRE Waived For All Applicants

The College of Business has decided to waive the GMAT/GRE admission test requirement for the Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 application cycles. See our "How to Apply" section for the components you still need to submit as part of a successful application.

Check out the additional information on this page to learn about the expansive curriculum, how you can customize the program to your specific interests and personal schedule, and so much more!

Application Dates & Deadlines

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

Fall 2022 - closed Feb. 15, 2022

Spring 2023

  • Cal State Apply application available: August 1, 2022
  • All application materials due: September 15, 2022

Fall 2023

  • Cal State Apply application available: October 1, 2022
  • All application materials due: February 15, 2023

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 official transcripts by the deadline. See the "How To Apply" section below for more information and to download instructions.

MBA Recent Class Profile

Criteria Average
Age  30
Under-Represented Minority & First Generation Students 60%
GPA  3.2
Years of Work Experience   6
Female Students   51%

Admissions Criteria

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

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.

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.

Minimum Admission or Language Test Scores

Test Minimum Scores Accepted Note
GMAT NOT REQUIRED FOR SPRING 2023 No exams required for admission (GMAT or GRE not required).The College of Business has decided to temporarily waive the admission test requirement for ALL applicants. 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 required. 
TOEFL Paper-based: 550 Only applies to international students or students whose undergraduate degree was conducted in a language other than English.
Internet-based: 80
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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.

MBA Foundation Courses    
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.

MBA Core & Elective Courses  
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 Elective Courses  
  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
  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
  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
  General Management Concentration
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

Watch Application Tips Workshop Recording

Steps Details 
Complete the Cal State Apply Online Graduate Application - OPENS AUG. 1, 2022 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 September 15, 2022.
  Required Supplemental Documents/Components of the Cal State Apply Application:
  1) Current Professional Resume (1 - 2 pages)
  2) Statement of Purpose - Answer two (2) questions, to be determined at a future date; check back soon for details.
  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 ensure both letters show as "Completed" by to the deadline. Applications missing letters of recommendation will NOT be reviewed.
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 You must submit transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended to the Office of Graduate Studies or International Admissions by the application deadline. Please send transcripts AFTER you submit your application; doing so before will delay your application.
  International Students: submit 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 and received by the application deadline: 
  Office of Graduate Studies (OGS)
California State University, Sacramento
Riverfront Center, Room 215, MS 6112
6000 J St.
Sacramento, CA 95819‐6112

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.

U.S. Residents with international documents/transcripts AND international applicants must submit their transcripts for evaluation at least one month prior to the listed deadline. Additional Evaluation Information for Domestic Applicants with Foreign Documents.

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.

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)

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 $2,907
≥7 Units Per Semester $4,413
Graduate Business Professional Fee $270 per unit
Non-Residents & International Students 0 - 6 Units Per Semester $2,907 + $396 per unit
≥7 Units Per Semester $4,413 + $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

Current Students & Academic Advising

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

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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