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2024-2025 Catalog 
2024-2025 Catalog

Business: Master of Business Administration, M.B.A. - 37-55 units

Offered through California State University Channel Islands Extended University

Our program in Business Administration is designed for working professionals in Southern California. The Martin V. Smith School of Business & Economics MBA program is the result of benchmarking against the best business programs in the country and features integrated modules that cross functional disciplines, a common cohort experience, team teaching and learning. Consistent with the University’s mission, there is an emphasis on graduating business leaders with a global and multicultural perspective. Our MBA aims to make a difference in the lives and careers of our students and contribute to the vitality of the region.


The MBA Program is designed to develop business leaders capable of working in an increasingly multicultural and global environment. Key elements include:

  • Learning Community/Cohort Experience
  • Evening Classes
  • Online Foundations of Business courses
  • Focus on International Business and Entrepreneurial Innovation
  • International Study Tour Option
  • Real-World Orientation

The MBA Curriculum

The curriculum is comprised of three parts: Foundations of Business 0-18 semester units, Required Core 31 semester units, and Special Topics 6 semester units for a total of 37-55 semester units.

Foundations of Business

The Foundations of Business courses provide the theoretical concepts and quantitative tools that form the basis for making business decisions. These courses are designed to provide students with a general understanding of accounting, economics, finance, ethics and law, statistics, management, and marketing. Either none or all of these courses may be waived depending upon the applicant’s undergraduate degree and coursework. Students with a bachelor’s degree in business from CI or from other accredited institutions within the last 10 years will have met the Foundations of Business requirements. Individual business courses taken as an undergraduate student at CI or another institution may also meet specific Foundations requirements. Upon acceptance to the program, a student’s transcripts will be reviewed for completion of the necessary coursework for mastery of the Foundations of Business. A grade of “C” or better in each course is required to meet the criteria.

Required Core

The core MBA courses are presented in a cross-functional, integrative manner that provides a comprehensive view of the structure of business operations. Students learn to analyze business from a variety of perspectives. The seven core courses provide the skills and competencies students will need to be effective business leaders in the 21st century. A distinguishing aspect of the MBA Program is its focus on entrepreneurship and global business awareness. The Capstone Course (BUS 570) provides students with the opportunity to integrate their knowledge through an International Business Simulation exercise.

Special Topics Courses

Students will take two graduate courses (6 units) in which professors provide in-depth coverage of selected business and economics subjects. Topics vary based on the discipline expertise of the assigned professor.


Admission Requirements may be found in the Graduate Studies  section of the catalog.

Requirements for Master of Business Administration - 37-55 units

Students must earn a grade of ‘C’ or better in all courses to apply them to the MBA, with an overall grade point average of 3.0 (grade of B) or better.

Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement

Prior to the awarding of the degree, writing proficiency is demonstrated by completion of BUS 520 - Strategy and Leadership  with a grade of B or higher.