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April 12, 2004
DH 04 TK028
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Two Cal State Universities Partner
In Groundbreaking Online Engineering Management Program

Carson, Calif – A new, landmark master’s in engineering management program offered jointly by California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) School of Business and Public Administration (SBPA) and CSU Long Beach’s College of Engineering has received approval by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Following five years in the development stage, this will be the only known program of its kind in the country and will begin accepting applications immediately.

Capitalizing on the strengths of both universities, the program will expand the course offerings of CSUDH’s nationally recognized online business curriculum and the well-respected engineering courses offered at CSULB. More than 100 prospective students have expressed an interest in the program, with classes beginning in July. CSU Long Beach will process all applications.

“There are very few master’s in engineering management programs in the country, certainly none is Southern California, and none that I know of that are offered online,” said SBPA Dean James Strong.

“It is universally known that most engineers move into management positions at some point in their careers,” said Kenneth Poertner, director, CSUDH MBA Program, who also serves as the director of the new program along with CSU Long Beach counterpart, Mihir Das, associate dean of the CSULB College of Engineering. “This degree program will give them both needed engineering and business skills to successfully do so.”

Strong and Poertner have high expectations for the program and feel it will directly serve many full-time engineers who need the flexibility of online courses.

The CSUDH online M.B.A. program started with 20 students in 1997. Currently, 300 students are enrolled and hope to join the list of graduates of the program from more than 20 countries around the world.

For a list of online program offerings, visit the university’s Extended Education Program at To get more information on Cal State Dominguez Hills and its academic programs, visit the Web site at

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Monday, April 12, 2004, 9:00 am, by Stephanie Brown (sb)