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College of Business and Economics

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The College of Business offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Arts in Economics (MAEc), Master of Science in Accounting (MSAcc), Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS), Master of Science in Taxation (MST), and Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT). Other programs include individualized interdisciplinary programs, as approved by the Graduate Studies Office. The strongest areas of study are accounting, economics, finance, and information sciences/technology. The most popular course is Finance.

Required courses include:

  • Seminar in Managerial Accounting
  • Macroeconomic Theory and Policy
  • Seminar in Corporate Financial Management
  • Seminar in Organizational Behavior and Administration
  • Seminar in Marketing Problems
  • Decision Analysis, Forecasting, and Experimental Design
  • Comprehensive Business Management

Required courses for the MSAcc include:

  • Seminar in Accounting Theory
  • Seminar in Auditingor
  • Seminar in Administrative Accounting
  • Accounting Project

Required courses for the MST include:

  • Tax Research Practice and Procedures
  • Accounting Project

Required courses for the MSIT include:

  • Information Resource Management
  • Systems Analysis, Design, and Development
  • Electronic Commerce: Analysis and Evaluation
  • Information Resource Management
  • Business Databases: Design and Processing
  • Business Data Communications

Required courses for the MSIS include:

  • Special Topics on Information Systems Design and Data Communication
  • Information Systems Analysis, Design, and Development
  • Advanced Models (Deterministic or Probabilistic)
  • Business Modeling and Simulation
  • Data Structures and Database Management
  • Seminar in Information Systems
  • Forecasting, Decision Analysis, and Experimental Designor
  • Advanced Deterministic Modelsor
  • Advanced Probabilistic Models

Required courses for the MAEc include:

  • Introduction to Econometrics
  • Introduction to Mathematical Economics
  • Advanced Microeconomic Analysis
  • Advanced Macroeconomic Analysis

Students may eliminate or substitute requirements.

The maximum time permitted to complete the master’s degree program attending full time or part time is 5 years.

There are 126 total full-time graduate business faculty, of whom 88% hold a doctorate; there are 133 part-time faculty, of whom 33% hold a doctorate. Faculty salaries are rated well above average for Category IIA institutions, based on the AAUP rating system. Average number of credit hours faculty teach is 12; average business class size is 22.


A bachelor’s degree is required, along with a GPA of 2.5, a GMAT score of 450, and GRE scores of 1500. The formula for using the GPA and GMAT scores is (200 x GPA) + GMAT. Most important admissions factors are GMAT results, grades in upper-level courses, and academic accomplishments and ability. A strong mathematics background is not required.

The number of applicants for the 2006-2007 class was 732; 353 were accepted; 180 enrolled. The average GPA was 3.28; average GMAT score was 522. Transfers are accepted.

Students may begin the MBA program in the fall and spring. To apply, students must submit an application form, a transcript, GMAT scores, a nonrefundable application fee of $55, 2 letters of recommendation, and GRE (MAEc only). The application deadlines are open for fall entry; open, spring. Students are notified of the admissions decision 6 to 8 weeks after filing.The latest acceptable test date for fall entry is May.

Financial Aid

Stipends and programs are available for minority students through the California State University system. The FAFSA and the previous year’s tax return are required. Students should contact the Financial Aid Office. The application deadlines are March 2 for fall entry; March 2, spring.

Residents pay no tuition. Nonresidents pay $339 per credit, or $8136 per year. On-campus room and board costs approximately $5547; books and supplies, $1400; personal expenses, $2250; and other fees, $3592, for an estimated annual total of $12,789 for in-state residents and $20,925 for out-of-state residents. Graduate student housing is available locally. There is a referral service to help procure off-campus housing.


The greatest percentage of students are from California (89%). Forty-six percent are women, 39% are minorities, and 23% are foreign nationals. The average age at entrance is 29; ages range from 21 to 57. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 70%, business; 15%, liberal arts; 8%, engineering; and 7%, math and science. About 30% of entering students leave by the end of the first year due to academic or personal reasons; 45% remain to receive their degree. In 2006, 155 graduate business degrees were awarded.

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