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MBA Degree Requirements

All MBA students are required to maintain a cumulative 3.0 grade point average in all graduate course work. In addition, students who do not earn a "B" or better in their first four MBA classes are subject to dismissal. Students who receive less than a “C” in any course will not be able to use that result towards the fulfillment of any degree requirement.

Note that all graduate students with undergraduate degrees from outside of California must complete the equivalent of the Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) to graduate. We recommend that this requirement be completed early as it can be a useful refresher. Achievement on the verbal section of the GMAT or GRE at or above the 60th percentile also satisfies this requirement.

Course Requirements

Core Courses (36 units)
All candidates for the degree must complete the following courses:

  1. Accounting 600: Financial Accounting for Leaders (4)
  2. Accounting 620: Accounting for Decision Making and Control (4)
  3. Finance 600: Seminar in Financial Management and Policy (4)
  4. Management 602: Seminar in Operations and Technology Management (4)
  5. Management 605: Managerial Skills (4)
  6. Management 690: Seminar in Strategic Management (4)
  7. Management Information Systems 610: Information Systems for Leaders (4)
  8. Marketing 600: Seminar in Marketing Management (4)
  9. MBA 690: Master’s Culminating Project (4)

Elective Courses (12 units)
All CSUB MBA students are required to take a minimum of 12 units (3 courses) of electives. While MBA programs typically do not have formal concentrations, the MBA student may specialize in an area of interest.

For example, the student who is interested in small business management or entrepreneurship might select Finance 640 (Working Capital Management), Management 600 (Organizational Theory), Management 610 (Human Resource Management), and/or Marketing 601 (Consumer Behavior). Should you wish to build something in your field please see the MBA Director or the MBA advisor.

Industry Specific Elective Patterns
The MBA currently has three industry-specific specializations.

Accounting-Accounting majors who intend to seek CPA licensing outside of California are required to complete a fifth year of course work prior to licensure. The CSUB MBA Program has developed a course track that enables accounting majors to complete the fifth year while simultaneously engaging in personal development. This fifth year requirement will soon be adopted by California as well – and at that time an appropriate course solution will be developed.

Upon completion of their fourth year and graduation, the student wishing to complete the fifth year should apply to the MBA Program using the standard MBA Program Application process. Once enrolled in the program, the student should contact the MBA advisor for an appropriate course list. At the completion of the 5th year course sequence, students who would like to complete the MBA degree program need only take the remaining courses. Accounting students are not required to take ACCT 600 or ACCT 620 and electives are substituted in place of those courses.

Insurance Industry – CPCU (Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter)
Students who have passed the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter national certification exams (CPCU 510, CPCU 520, CPCU 530, CPCU 540) may count these as their electives towards their CSU Bakersfield MBA. See the MBA Director or the MBA Advisor for more specific information.

Non-Profit/Public Administration- Students who would like to combine the MBA with non-profit or public sector work interests may create a specialization using classes from the Masters in Public Administration. For example, a student who is interested in non-profit should take non-profit management (PPA 519), grant writing (PPA 520), and a marketing elective. See the MBA Director or MBA Advisor for an appropriate plan of study.