College of Business

Costs, Scholarships and Grants*

MBA Program Costs

The cost to complete the campus MBA Program depends on a variety of factors. Unit load, number of prerequisites needed, option selected, residency status, and graduation timeframe can all impact the total cost for the program and term costs each semester. On average, the program is estimated to cost $24,400 for domestic and around $38,000 for international/non-resident students.

For international students, there are additional financial responsibility requirements for admission to the program. For more information review the tuition and fees for international students to prove financial solvency.

MBA Scholarships and Grants

Online MBA program students are not eligible for the scholarships and grants described below. Online MBA students are eligible for financial aid and should consult the online MBA program(opens in new window) pages for details about tuition, fees, and financial aid eligibility.  

Do you want to get an MBA but are concerned about the expense of continuing your education? We might be able to help. Our in-person MBA program is already a great value, but these scholarships and grants make it an extraordinary deal. 

Scholarship Application Process

If you want to be considered for any of the MBA scholarships below, you to need to include a 1-2 paragraph justification in your statement of purpose clearly describing why you make an outstanding candidate for one of these awards.

Academic Excellence Scholarships

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We feel it is important to reward academic excellence and achievement. If you have a strong undergraduate GPA (e.g. 3.5 or higher) you may be eligible to receive one of the MBA Academic Excellence Scholarships. Evidence of a strong academic track record will be reviewed for consideration.

North State Initiative Scholarship

MBA North State Initiative Scholarship

The University places a high priority on servicing students in our Northern California service area, which includes Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity and Yuba counties. This scholarship is designed to reward and support outstanding students who can show that they are residents of one of these counties. Evidence of long-standing record or residence, employment, or community engagement in the service area counties will be reviewed. Particular emphasis is for applicants who went to high school in the service area. A strong academic record and leadership potential will also be an important characteristic. This scholarship requires a minimum 3.3 undergraduate GPA.

Building Bridges Scholarship

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We feel it is important to develop a broad and diverse student population in our MBA program. This scholarship is designed to financially support underrepresented groups and encourage underrepresented students to apply to our MBA program. 

Additional Grant and Scholarship Opportunities

Students are encouraged to review additional financial sources but should exercise caution if applying to scholarships outside of Chico State or the CSU system.

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Chico State Wildcat Scholarship

The CSU, Chico Wildcat Scholarship application is available every year from January 2 - February 15 for the next academic school year which may include additional funding sources.

External Scholarships

There are also external scholarship resources recommended by the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office.

The Graduate Business Grant

The Graduate Business Grant(opens in new window) assists students with the costs of the MBA Professional Fee assessed by the California State University to all business graduate programs. This grant is not administered by the College of Business/MBA Program. Eligibility is determined by information the FAFSA, a student's expected family contribution (EFC), and financial need. For more information, please contact the Financial Aid Office, 530-898-6451, or

*The CSU makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum. Fees listed in published schedules or student accounts may need to be increased when public funding is inadequate. Therefore, CSU must reserve the right, even after fees are initially charged or initial fee payments are made, to increase or modify any listed fees. All listed fees, other than mandatory systemwide fees, are subject to change without notice, until the date when instruction for a particular semester or quarter has begun. All CSU listed fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change upon approval by the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, or the Presidents, as appropriate. Changes in mandatory systemwide fees will be made in accordance with the requirements of the Working Families Student Fee Transparency and Accountability Act (Sections 66028 - 66028.6 of the Education Code)

Chico State MBA Program

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MBA Program Advisor
Jill Rice

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Fall Semester:
Apply by April 29

Spring Semester:
Apply by November 1