Applicant FAQs

MBA Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How many classes are required in the MBA Program?
  2. What is the GMAT/GRE?
  3. How long will it take to complete the program?
  4. Is the MBA Program accredited?
  5. What is the tuition for the MBA Program?
  6. What are acceptable methods for payment of tuition?
  7. Are there additional fees?
  8. What is the refund policy?
  9. How are MBA Program courses taught?
  10. Can coursework be transferred to the MBA Program?
  11. What equipment will I need for the program?
  12. Do I need to be near a University Library?
  13. What is the California State University?
  14. What is the application procedure?
  15. Where can I learn more about GWE?
  16. What if English is not my primary language? Do I have to take the TOEFL or IELTS exams?
  17. Whom do I contact for additional information?


A Message on Student Fees
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).

Tuition Increase
The Board of Trustees has approved a tuition increase at their March 21-22, 2017 board meeting. Details about the approved fees can be found at


How many classes are required in the MBA Program?

If your baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution is in business or a related area, your MBA coursework will generally consist of 10 or 11 classes for a total of 30 or 33 units; 21 units in core courses and 9 or 12 units in electives.

If your baccalaureate degree does not meet the above criteria, you may be required to complete prerequisite coursework. This coursework is available through the MBA Online Program with up to five bridge or leveling courses.

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 What is the GMAT/GRE?

The GMAT stands for Graduate Management Admission Test. The GMAT is administered by GMAC, Graduate Management Admission Council. For information about the GMAT, visit to understand the format and cost of this exam.

As of 2014, the GMAT exam is $250 and tests are administered at testing centers in the US. Applicants can take the GMAT anytime schedule permitting. If applicants seek to take the test multiple times, there is a 30 day minimum waiting period between each test administration. For applicants with multiple scores, the highest overall score administration will be considered in the admission review process.

The GMAT is composed of four sections and can take approximately 4 hours to complete. Applicants are advised to prepare for the exam as appropriate.

Similar to the GMAT, the GRE General Test is comprised of 3 sections: Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Unlike the GMAT, the GRE exam does not provide a cumulative score. To learn more about the GRE or to schedule an exam, visit

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How long will it take to complete the program?

That depends on how many classes you take each term or semester. Most working students enroll in two classes (6 units) each term or semester. Students who take courses at this pace should expect to complete the program within 15 months. Students who require additional prerequisite or bridge courses may need up to an additional 5 months (2 terms) to complete these requirements. University regulations require that the MBA degree be completed within 5 years.

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Is the MBA Program accredited?

The MBA Program (online or on campus) is fully accredited under the University. California State University, Dominguez Hills is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

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What is the tuition for the MBA Program?

For the MBA On-Campus Program, the tuition and fees are set by the University. For the 2017-2018 academic calendar year, the tuition rate is $2,612 up to six units and $4,118 for more than six units per semester plus a $270 per unit graduate business professional program fee and other University fees. There is an additional $396 per unit for non-residents. To see the current fees, please click here.

For the MBA Online Program, tuition is currently $460 per unit. All courses are three units and the program is 30-33 units. All fees are subject to change.

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What are acceptable methods for payment of tuition?

For the on-campus program, the University Cashier's Office can be found in your my.csudh portal or on-campus. Payment for tuition and fees may be made by personal check, company or cashier's check, money order, or Visa/MasterCard/Discover Card. Payment is made to CSUDH. For more information, see the Cashier's Office website.

For the online program, the School of Extended Education manages the registration and tuition payments. Students can pay through the my.csudh portal or contact the School of Extended Education registration office.

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Are there additional fees?

Some courses may require additional material and shipping costs. A late fee of $25 (U.S.) will be levied if tuition is paid after a class begins. A $55 (U.S.) application fee is required when applying to the program. Application fees can be paid when the application is submitted online on Cal State Apply or paid by check or money order. Check payments must be mailed to the Cashier's Office and include student's name and date of birth or application confirmation number. Please do not send in payment until submitting the application online.

Checks can be mailed to:

CSUDH Cashier's Office
1000 East Victoria Street
Carson, CA 90747

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What is the refund policy?

The MPA On-Campus Program refund policy is set by the University. Please refer to the University Student Records page for guidelines.

The MPA Online Program refund policy is set by the College of Extended Education policies.

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How are MBA Program courses taught? Is online different from on-campus?

The MBA On-Campus courses are taught in the classroom. Teaching methodologies can vary depending on the subject matter and instructor. Instructors may use lecture, case study analysis, or speakers to engage students.

The MBA Online courses are taught in a combination of presentations, lecture notes and case study. Online lecture typically involves text materials provided, video presentations, video conferencing, NetMeeting, individual and group threaded discussions. Grades may be based primarily on assigned case studies. Some courses may use examinations administered online.

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Can coursework be transferred to the MBA Online Program?

A maximum of three MBA classes (9 units) may be transferred from an accredited institution with approval from the Director of MBA & MPA Programs. The grade(s) received and the institution where the course(s) were taken will be considered in making this determination.

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What equipment will I need for the program?

Our comprehensive technical requirements page on this website is will provide you with equipment, software, access and contact information.

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Do I need to be near the University Library?

Students can access the library by coming onto campus or accessing the electronic resources available at the University Library website. Some instructors may utilize articles available through the University Library as course materials. Students are eligible to visit other CSU campuses to access library materials. Please contact the Library prior to visiting.

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What is the California State University?

The California State University is a 23 campus, statewide system of comprehensive and polytechnic universities and the California Maritime Academy. The CSU awards bachelor and master's degrees in more than 200 subject areas, employs 40,00 faculty and staff, and serves some 350,00 students. A limited number of doctoral degrees are offered jointly with the University of California and with private institutions in California. The Dominguez Hills campus was established in 1960.

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What is the application procedure?

Apply on Cal State Apply and have all of your official transcripts sent directly from your college(s) attended to the Admissions and Records Office.  They will give your application an initial review and forward the transcripts and a summary of your application to the MBA Department. Resumes and/or references are not required but applicants may send them to the Department as supplemental material. The MBA department will review all materials and contact you via mail with your admission decision. You will also receive a general admission letter from the Admissions office. 

Send transcripts to:

CSUDH Admissions and Records Office
1000 East Victoria Street
Carson, CA 90747

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Where can I learn more about GWE?

Click here to view the GWAR requirements from the Testing Center.

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What if English is not my primary language? Do I need to take the TOEFL or IELTS exams?

All graduate applicants who have not attended schools at the secondary level or above for at least three years full time where English is the principal language of instruction or attended a foreign institution where English is not the official language of instruction must demonstrate English competency. Graduate applicants must submit a score of 550 on the Test Of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) paper exam or 80 on the TOEFL internet based exam.  TOEFL score (if required) should be sent directly from ETS to the Admissions and Records Office. Applicants may also take the IELTS exam and achieve an overall score of 6.5.

Applicants seeking to waive out of the TOEFL or IELTS requirement may contact the Office of American Language & Culture program at 310.243.3830 or visit their website at

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Whom do I contact for additional information?

The MBA Online Program Office can be emailed at or call us at (310) 243-3646.

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