Feb 20, 2024
The Fully Employed Master of Business Administration (FEMBA) is a part-time, cohort-based program offered at CSUF Irvine Center. Students complete the program in three years. All classes are offered during the evenings. From the start, students benefit from College of Business and Economics’ rich connections to the thriving Southern California business community. Students enter the program with a cohort of peers — all with a minimum of three to five years work experience — creating an instant network of working professionals from an array of industries. Other opportunities, such as the real-world consultation project in the capstone course, broadens the professional network. The program is offered only through Extension and International Programs at a higher tuition rate.
Admission into the MBA program is competitive and decisions are based on the holistic assessment of each candidate’s academic and personal/professional background. Students must meet the CSU requirements for admission to a master’s degree program. Please consult the Graduate Admissions section in this catalog for complete information. In addition, applicants will be evaluated based on the following:
- a satisfactory score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). Students should score in the top 50 percent on the verbal, quantitative and analytical writing areas. GRE/GMAT might be waived based on the waiver policy;
- a minimum TOEFL score of 570 on the paper exam, or 90 on the internet based (iBT) is required1; and
- a recommendation from the MBA Admissions Committee based upon a review of the above requirements, the student’s “Statement of Purpose” and prior work experience.
Additional coursework may be required of admitted students who holistically satisfy the criteria but are weak in one of the above areas.
GRE/GMAT Waiver Policy
For those with seven or more years of professional full-time work experience:
- A GMAT or GRE score report is not required
- Applicants may opt to submit a current score as part of the application if they wish
- The Admissions Committee may request a score report as additional information to more thoroughly assess an applicant’s quantitative and analytical abilities.
For those with less than seven years of professional full-time work experience:
- A GMAT/GRE exam is required
- A waiver may be considered for those applicants who can show through their academic and professional work experience a high level of quantitative and analytical skill and ability necessary for program success.
- Eligibility: Hold a quantitative-based master’s degrees or a terminal degree (MD, PhD, JD, DO) from an accredited school.
1 For international students
All newly admitted students must demonstrate proficiency in calculus and statistics, either at the time of admission or within their first year of study. The technical courses listed below, or equivalent coursework, must be completed with a “C” (2.0) or better:
Students with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration may be able to complete the program with a minimum of 40 units of adviser-approved coursework. However, students with little or no recent coursework in Business Administration may require 43 total units of advisor-approved coursework. A minimum 3.0 GPA (“B”) is required in study plan courses and overall applicable coursework. Any study plan course with a grade lower than “C” (2.0) must be repeated and passed with a “C” (2.0) or better.
Business Core (19-22 units)
The M.B.A. program at CSUF presumes that all students demonstrate proficiency in the topics covered by the following business core, which consist of 19-22 units of coursework. These courses must be at the 500 level. All specific required courses are determined by faculty advisers within the College of Business and Economics, who make decisions about core coursework equivalency. Based on a student’s previous coursework, faculty advisers may waive a maximum of 3 units of required core. If additional required core coursework is found to be equivalent, CBE faculty advisers may approve a substitution of a 500-level course in the same discipline. Consideration for equivalency may only be provided if the proposed equivalent courses are no more than seven years old and the student has achieved a “C” (2.0) or better with an overall GPA of 3.0 (“B”). Each student in the M.B.A. program must complete an adviser-approved study plan. The Business Core courses are:
* Students must get approval from Business Graduate Programs on which of these courses to take
Generalist M.B.A. (18 units)
Select no more than six units from any one discipline. If the cohort takes ECON 515 as part of the Business Core, then ECON 521 can be used as a concentration course. If the cohort takes ECON 521 as part of the Business Core, then ECON 515 can be used as a concentration course.