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 program is consistently ranked among the best value in the country. 

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Our MBA program is typically completed in 18-24 months. Faculty engage students with case studies, lectures, and project work to elevate your competitive edge for career advancement.

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Redefine Your Future, In Person or Online

Our MBA program is offered in-person or online(opens in new window) and offers four degree options:

  1. General MBA (campus and online)
  2. Business Analytics - STEM Degree (campus only)
  3. Project Management (campus and online)
  4. Health Services Administration (online only)

Program Similarities: 

  • You will receive the same AACSB-accredited degree (does not distinguish between in-person or online).
  • The GRE/GMAT are not required.
  • The prerequisite requirements are the same for both programs.
  • You'll receive individualized advising support throughout your journey. 

Program Differences:

In-Person MBA
  1. Three degree options:
    • General MBA
    • Project Management
    • Business Analytics (STEM designated)
  2. Welcomes International Students from all over the world.
  3. Semester-long courses
Online MBA
  1. Three degree options:
  2. 100% online and fully asynchronous.
  3. Most courses are 6 weeks in length.

MBA Program Highlights

  • STEM-designated Business Analytics MBA degree. Our Business Analytics MBA option is a STEM degree, which allows international student MBA graduates to take advantage of a full three-year OPT.
  • Designed with working professionals in mind. Most classes start at 5 p.m. or later Monday-Thursday making it possible to be a working professional and a graduate student.
  • Individualized course planning. Since we are not a cohort-based program, you can complete the program in the timeframe that works best for you.
  • Prerequisites streamlined. Students without an undergraduate degree in business can take prerequisite coursework and modules to prepare for the MBA program. These can be completed prior to applying to the program, prior to starting the program, or as you begin taking MBA courses.
  • Outstanding faculty and small class sizes. Our high-quality learning environment provides practical hands-on knowledge and skills.
  • Dedicated MBA Director and Advisor. Our staff are here to answer any questions related to the program!

How to Apply

Applications for the MBA program are completed through CalState Apply(opens in new window).

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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