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California State University, Chico - Great programs at an exceptional value

Great programs at an exceptional value. That is what students will find at California State University, Chico. As a recent graduate noted "The MBA program was an affordable option where I could get the training I needed." At California State University, Chico, students can earn a general MBA degree, or specialize in enterprise information systems (EIS) or project management. The EIS MBA is a STEM designated degree, providing international students with a three-year OPT upon graduation. The program is an exceptional value with scholarships available for highly qualified students. California State University, Chico accepts applications for both Fall and Spring semester. Apply today!

Desirable specializations:

The CSU Chico College of Business is a recognized leader in enterprise information systems (EIS). The EIS emphasis is designed to meet the growing job demands for professional consultants, business process analysts, IT infrastructure specialists, SAP functional analysts, and relationship management specialists. The EIS MBA is a STEM degree providing tremendous value to international students who wish to remain in the US to work. The EIS emphasis curriculum is a pathway toward SAP TERP 10 certification -- a valuable addition to a resume. In 1996, SAP, the world's largest inter-enterprise software company in the world selected the CSU, Chico College of Business as its first partner in the SAP America University Alliance Program (SAP UAP). The relationship with SAP has grown where the CSU Chico College of Business is now one of two "mega hosting" centers serving more than 100 institutions in the SAP UAP.

Project management skills and knowledge are in high demand. Students pursuing MBA degrees with an option in project management exit the program with a strong grasp of business and the importance of keeping projects on time and under budget -- something all businesses value. Students who complete an appropriate series of courses within this emphasis are prepared to sit for the Project Management Institute's (PMI) CAPM or PMP certification exam. Instructors in the project management area are all Stanford certified or PMP certified.

Get a degree that will help in getting a job

Students leave the program knowing business fundamentals, but are also ready to apply practical skills to get the job done. Students graduating from the MBA degree program have worked on numerous team projects and refined their soft and hard skills. In fact, recruiters regularly comment how CSU Chico students hit the ground running when they enter new positions. Students at Chico State have this reputation amongst recruiters since they take courses that give them real world skills. Graduates have found fantastic positions with Chevron (IT Business Analyst), Deloitte Consulting, Amazon, NetSuite (SAP Solutions Architect), Workday (Consultant), Lenovo (Supply Chain Business Specialist), Qualcomm (Business Intelligence Analyst), Target Corporation (Executive Team Lead), Accenture (SAP Analyst), Slalom Consulting (Management Consultant), and numerous other firms. The STEM designation for the EIS MBA allows international students to stay in the US for up to three years on their OPT, which significantly enhances the ability to secure permanent work in the US.

An outstanding reputation

The College of Business at California State University, Chico is one of just 15% of all business schools in the world that meet the rigorous standards for accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB International). Chico State is one of the few AACSB accredited MBA degree programs in the country where students can get specialized project management or enterprise information systems skills and knowledge. The College of Business has been AACSB accredited since 1972. Very few institutions can make this claim.
In addition, the program is regularly cited by "The Princeton Review," EDUniversal, US News & World Report and CEO Magazine for the strength of our programs. The program also recently named one of the “Best colleges for your money” (Money Magazine) and “Best bang for your buck” (Washington Monthly), illustrating that our MBA program is a fantastic value.

Small class sizes mean a more personal, hands-on, engaging learning environment

At Chico State students will be taught by extremely supportive faculty members in a small class, seminar type environment. The small class sizes allow students to better refine their critical thinking and analytical skills and work closely with the faculty members. The small class size is representative of the program's hands-on, high-engagement teaching philosophy.

A great program at an exceptional value

A great AACSB accredited program, desirable specializations, small classes, and a beautiful campus, all at far below the average price of an MBA degree program. The Chico State MBA degree program offers a great education at an exceptional value.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 33

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? Yes
Evening/weekend programs available? No
Distance learning programs available? No
Terminal master's degree available? No

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Master's Degrees Entrance Exam GMAT (desired score of 570) or GRE (desired score of 303)
Thesis, project, or comprehensive exam


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic
applications accepted?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline March 2nd March 2nd Yes
Spring deadline September 16th September 16th Yes

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Exam GMAT (desired score of 570) or GRE (desired score of 303)
Master's Degree Requirements 2 letters of recommendation, department letter of recommendation to access waiver form, statement of purpose, resume

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required TOEFL Paper score: 550
TOEFL IBT score: 80
IELTS: Required

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Application deadlines for financial awards March 2
Types of financial support available Health Care Benefits
Scholarship and/or loans
Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
Not Reported
International Breakout (representing other countries)


Hispanic/Latino 13.56%
Black or African American 0%
White or Caucasian 57%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1.69%
Asian 30.51%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 1.69%
Unknown 11.86%


Male (61%)
Female (38%)


Total faculty
Full-time - 10
Part-time - 1
Male (9)
Female (2)

Location & Contact

Address 400 West First Street
Chico, CA  95929-0722
United States
Contact Dr. Terrence Lau
Phone: 530-898-6272
Fax: 530-898-4584

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