Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Expand Will the diploma state that it was an "Online" degree?

    No! The diploma does not read "Online", it states Master in Business Administration just like the diploma for students in the traditional on campus program.

  • Expand What’s the total number of courses required in this program?

    Twelve courses are required to achieve your MBA Online program. Students are also expected to complete our Boot Camp courses associated with six of the core classes before the start of their second quarter, unless later completion is approved by the MBA program.

  • ExpandHow long does it take to complete the program?

    Students have the opportunity to either complete the program in the 18-month track or the convenient Flex track for additional time. To complete the program in 18-months, students need to start in intake 1 (session one), and follow the prescribed program plan.

  • Expand How many classes do I need to take each quarter?

    Student's take two classes per quarter; the first class is taken during the first five weeks of the quarter and the second class is taken during the second five weeks of the quarter.

  • Expand How many weeks do these courses last?

    Each course is taught in 5 week sessions. Students normally finish each class in 5 weeks.

  • Expand How many class hours per week? How many study hours per week?

    Every unit asks for 5-6 hours of study time which totals to 25-30 hours of study time per course.

  • Expand How many core courses are there?

    The program consist of 2 foundation courses, 7 essential core courses, 2 elective courses and 1 culminating experience course.

  • ExpandCan I take more than 1 course at a time to finish faster?

    If a student were to take 2 courses at the same time this would double to coursework load (50-60 hours per week) and is not really feasible for someone working full time. Students may submit a request for exception to the Academic Advisor and will be considered by the MBA Director.

  • Expand How many focus/concentration courses are there?

    In the general MBA Online, 2 focus/electives are required. These courses will be selected for you based on your program plan. Additionally, a new Cyber Security focus area is coming to the MBA Online Program degree in the Spring 2018. Our program combines the rigorous standards of a highly ranked AACSB program, the flexibility of being completely online and the option of the high demand Cyber Security concentration.

  • Expand Is an upper division writing course required?

    The writing requirement is integrated in your first quarter with ADMIN 602.

    If the student does not score a B or better in Admin 602 - Advanced Managerial Communication in the first quarter, then the student must repeat the course.

  • Expand Is a portfolio course required?

    Yes. This course should be completed at the end of the program, typically concurrent with ADMN 691.

  • Expand Is there a comp exam course required?

    A comprehensive exam is not required for the completion of the MBA Online Program. This previous program requirement has been substituted by the comprehensive project course completed at the end of the program (ADMN 691).

  • Expand If no, what other type of final exam is required?

    There will be a culminating experience project which exemplifies your knowledge that you have obtained in the MBA Online Program.

  • Expand Is a GMAT or GRE score required; if so, what dept. should this go to?

    No, a GMAT or GRE is not required for admission into the MBA Online Program.

  • Expand What is the cost for this program?

    The total cost of the MBA Online Program is approximately $36,000.

  • Expand Is there any financial assistance for this program?

    For information on financial assistance for the MBA Online Program contact the Financial Aid office at (909)537-5227, and contact Raul Valdovinos,

  • Expand What are the deadline dates to know about for each quarter?

    Please visit: Admission Requirements for more information on deadlines.

  • Expand Where does my formal application first get submitted to?

    To apply to the MBA Online program, you must submit your application through Cal State Apply. Once your application is submitted, it will be processed through the office of Graduate Admissions, and will then be sent over to the MBA office for further review.

  • Expand Where do my documents need to be submitted to?

    All official transcripts must be submitted to the office of Graduate Admissions. All letters of recommendations and résumés may be submitted to the Business Graduate Programs office to the Business Graduate Coordinator, Deborah Grijalva, at

  • Expand When admitted, how do I enroll in courses my first quarter?

    During the first quarter of your acceptance, you must complete an online orientation through blackboard. This can be located thought MyCoyote faq

  • Expand As an international student, what other depts. do I need to contact?

    You will work very closely with the Center of International Studies and Programs (CISP). They can be contacted via email or phone at:

    1-909-537-5288 (admission inquiry); Fax: +1-909-537-7020


  • Expand What are the quarterly census dates for this program?

    Please visit the program website for important dates and deadlines.

  • Expand Is there an orientation for this program?

    All students admitted into the MBA Online Program must attend a new student MBA orientation. The dates for this event vary, and can be found in the acceptance letter sent by the Business Graduate Program office. As MBA Online students complete this orientation virtually via Blackboard. Once it is available the Business Graduate Coordinator, Deborah Grijalva will notify you.

  • Expand When do I need to submit the Advancement to Candidacy form?

    A student is required to submit an Advancement to Candidacy after completion of at least 20 units of applicable graduate-level course work at the university, with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (‘B’)

  • Expand After I review and sign my Program Plan, what happens next?

    After a Program Plan is reviewed and signed by all required parties, it is sent over to the offices of Records, Registration and Evaluations for final clearance.

    If you decide to change any of your elective courses, you must obtain prior approval by completing a Request for Change in Graduate Program Plan form, available in the Business Graduate Programs Office (909) 537-5703.

  • Expand When is the best time for me to file grad check?

    A Graduation Requirement Check should be filed according to the filing deadlines found in the class schedule, as well as on our MBA website. The deadlines are also available through the Records Office website.

    If you have not already filed your Graduation Requirement Check please do so according to the filing deadlines found in the class schedule. This is necessary for you to graduate and receive your diploma. For information on filing your Graduation Check please contact the offices of Records, Registration and Evaluations at (909) 537-5200.

  • Expand What’s the difference between the online and traditional program?

    The learning platform is the main difference between the two programs. Online is purely online and traditional is on campus in person. The GMAT/GRE is also required for the traditional program and no work experience is required.

  • Expand When I finish my program, when do I receive my diploma?

    Your degree is processed by the Office of the Registar. This can take up two 2-3 months as it is ordered from out of state. Please contact them for the status at 909-537-5200.

  • Expand Why is there a CEL Hold on my account?

    A CEL Hold is present to prevent students in degree programs from dropping or adding courses that are not a part of their program. The College of Extended Learning will add/drop you from your courses. The CEL Hold will remain on your account for the duration of your program.