College of Business

Master of Business Administration

Chico State has been offering a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree since 1968. Our AACSB accredited and affordable MBA program is consistently ranked among the best value in the country and offers three degree options to choose from:

  • General MBA (GEN)
  • Project Management (PRMG)
  • Enterprise Information Systems (EIS) - now a STEM Degree

The program is offered as campus-based or through the online MBA program(opens in new window).


CEO Magazine MBA ranking

CEO Online MBA Ranking #65 

Courses, Prerequisites, & Requirements

Campus-Based MBA vs Online MBA

Students can choose either the campus-based program or a fully online MBA program.


  1. Same AACSB-accredited degree.
  2. Same degree requirements and curriculum.
  3. GRE/GMAT waived.
  4. Faculty engage students with case study, lecture, and project work to elevate graduate student's competitive edge for career advancement.
  5. Transcripts from both programs simply state that you have an MBA from Chico State. 


Campus-Based MBA

  1. Three degree options:
    • General MBA
    • Project Management
    • Enterprise Information Systems
  2. Offers more choices for elective course selection.
  3. On-campus classes (depending on COVID-19 restrictions).
  4. Welcomes International Students from all over the world.
  5. Semester long courses with frequent interaction with faculty face-to-face on a weekly basis.
  6. MBA degree may be completed in two years.

Online MBA

  1. Three degree options:
  2. 100% online and fully asynchronous.
  3. Most courses are 6 weeks in length. 
  4. FAST (Focused. Applied. Strategic Training) Elective Courses: 3 weeks in length; 1.5 units each
  5. Typically completed in 18-23 months.
  6. Engaging, optional live session each week.

How to Apply

Applications for both the campus-based and online MBA programs are completed through CalState Apply.

With one of the lowest average student debt amounts in the country, Chico State offers one of the nation’s highest return on investment.

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