[Revised] CSU San Bernardino Online MBA – Cost | Review | GMAT Waiver

California State University San Bernardino Online MBA
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College of Extended and Global Education Online MBA


List of Courses Offered 

The following concentrations are offered in this program:

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Information Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Management
  • Marketing

Furthermore, the following core courses form part of the curriculum of this program.

  • Data-driven Decision making – ADMN 601.  (4 units)
  • Advanced Managerial – ADMN 602. Communications (4 units)
  • Accounting for Managerial Decision-Making – ACCT 606. (4 units)
  • Financial Theory and Corporate Finance – FIN 602. (4 units)
  • Information Systems and Technology Management – IST 609. (4 units)
  • Organization Theory and Behavior – MGMT 601. (4 units)
  • Corporate Strategy in a Global Economy – MGMT 685. (4 units)
  • Marketing Management – MKTG 605. (4 units)
  • Managing the Supply Chain – SCM 607. (4 units)


  • The duration for the online MBA is 18 months.

Cost Structure 

  • The online MBA program cost a total of $36,000 at $750 per credit unit.

Eligibility Requirement

  • Academic background: A Bachelor’s Degree or its equivalent from a regionally accredited institution is a prerequisite for this program. Applicants must have attained a minimum GPA of 3.0 GPA in the last 90 units of coursework. Applications with a GPA between 2.5 and 2.99 will be considered for exceptional admission by the program and Dean of Graduate Studies.
  • Work Experience: Applicants require a minimum of 5 years of working experience in a leadership or management role to be for this program.
  • Language: TOEFL is a requirement for international students with less than 3 years of experience as a secondary or postsecondary institution in an English-speaking environment. The minimum TOEFL score for admission is 550 (paper-based test) 213 (computer-based test) and 79-80 (internet based test). Also acceptable is an IELTS score of 6.5 or the completion of level 6 of the CSUSB’s Intensive English Program.

Class Profile and Potential Salary

  • 100% of students for this program have a minimum of 5 years of quality professional work experience.

GMAT Requirements and Scores

  • GMAT is not a requirement for admission into this program.

Application Procedures

Applicants are to confirm their eligibility before they proceed to complete their online applications through the program website. The requirements are as follows:

  • Submission of a resume showing a minimum of 5 years of professional experience in performing management and leadership roles.
  • Submission of a personal statement of 250 words showing applicant’s qualifications, motivations for the applying to the program and plans for successful completion.
  • Submission of a resume showing a minimum of 5 years of broad management and leadership work experience.
  • Two recommendation letters from professional contacts.
  • Academic transcripts from accredited colleges and universities attended by the applicant.
  • Academic transcripts should only be sent directly by the applicant’s college or university electronically via email at gradadmissions@csusb.edu.

Application Timeline

Entry points for the program are as follows:

  • Fall Admission: Rolling (Fall 2018)

Acceptance Rate

  • Out of 94 applicants for the MBA, 85 candidates were accepted and enrolled. The program, therefore, recorded a 90% acceptance rate.


Reviews and Ranking

  • Named among The 10 Most Affordable Online MBA Programs That Don’t Require the GMAT by Online MBA Report
  • Ranked No. 6 on the West Coast by Online MBA Report in 2017
  • Listed “Best for Vets of 2016” by Military Times
  • Ranked among “The Best 295 Business Schools” in 2013, 2014, and 2015 by the Princeton Review.
  • Listed as one of “America’s Best Graduate Schools” by U.S. News and World Report in the 2013 and 2014.
  • Listed as one of the top 5 innovative business schools in the U.S by European CEO Magazine.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q 1: Do I need to provide a GMAT result?

Ans: No. GMAT is not a prerequisite for admission into this program.

Q 2: Is there a minimum academic requirement?

Ans: Yes. The Requirement is a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0. However, the Dean of Graduate Studies may consider applicants with a GPA of between 2.5 and 2.99.

Q 3: How long does it take to complete this program?

Ans: CSU-SB’s College of Extended and Global Education has set a duration of 18 months for this program.

Q 4: Does the program require any on-site presence?

Ans: No. The program can be completed 100% fully online.

Q 5: Does the program admit candidates without work experience?

Ans: No. 100% of students who apply for this program were already working before they enroll. In fact, professional work experience of 5 years in management and leadership roles is the requirement for consideration.

Q 6: As a distance learning student am I qualified for a student loan?

Ans: Yes. Eligible students may receive the achievement-based award in addition to other forms of Scholarships.

Q 7: Do I need to write an application essay?

Ans: Yes. Applicant should submit a 250-word essay stating their career motivations, their qualifications, plans and purpose for applying to the MBA online program.

Q 8: Do I need to submit a recommendation letter?

Ans: Yes. Applicants are required to submit three letters of recommendation, two of which must be from professional contacts.

Q 9: Do you offer any scholarships or other forms of financial assistance to students?

Ans: Yes. US students may be eligible for financial aid in the form of grants, federal student loans, and scholarships. Students may confirm their eligibility through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) website. Eligible students may also apply for the Cal Grant to finance their MBA program.

Q 10: What is the minimum TOEFL score for this program?

Ans: The required minimum TOEFL score is 550 in the paper test, 213 in the computer-based test and 79-80 in the internet test.

Contact Information

  • California State University, San Bernardino
  • 5500 University Parkway,
  • San Bernardino CA 92407
  • Director of Admissions: Deborah Grijalva
  • Admissions Phone: (909) 537-5703
  • Admissions email: mbaonline@csusb.edu

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