FAQ About Concordia’s Orange County MBA
What are the requirements for admission into the MBA program?
Domestic and international applicants must participate in a 30-minute interview with admissions as part of their application process.
Domestic Students please submit:
International Students please submit:
In order to waive the TOEFL with an ESL program, you will need to have completed the program and a letter from the organization stating your completion. You may also waive the TOEFL if you have been at a US University or College for 2 or more years.
Please be advised, we must receive all of your documents for your application at least 30 days prior to the start of the semester in which you intend to start the program.
After you submit the required documents we can begin working on your I-20 paperwork.
Please send all application materials to:
School of Business
1530 Concordia West
Irvine, California 92612
What are the deadlines to apply?
For domestic students: At least one week prior to the start date you are
For international students: At least one month prior to the start date you
are interested in.
Start dates for the 2014-2015 academic year: 8/18/14, 10/13/14, 1/5/15, 3/2/15, 5/4/15, and 6/22/15.
Is the GMAT required?
The GMAT is not required. However, if you have taken the test and want to submit your scores we will take them into account when reviewing your file for admission.
Do you require students to be working while completing the MBA?
You do have to be working. Most of the projects directly correlate with work in the business world and are designed to be immediately applied to your profession.
How long will it take me to complete the MBA degree?
On average our students finish in approximately 2 years. The MBA degree is a total of 40 Units (20 Core Classes and 20 Electives).
How much will I be investing in my MBA degree?
The per unit cost for the 2014-2015 year is $790. You will be investing approximately $31,600.00 for 40 units. Tuition is subject to annual review.
Are there majors or emphases in the MBA program?
Our MBA program is in Business Practice. We do not offer specific majors or emphasis but rather an overall view of business in your first year during the core classes. As you enter into your second year and elective courses you are able to pick and choose your own path to discover your own passions in business. We have suggested tracks in various areas, e.g., marketing and finance, but also the ability to customize your program. There are over 20 electives to choose from and more are added every session.
When are classes for the MBA program offered?
Classes are offered in the evenings Monday – Thursday from 6 – 10pm. This allows working Orange County MBA students the ability to balance work, life and school.
Where are classes for the MBA program held?
The MBA program is face to face learning with a blend of technology. Classes are held at our main campus in Irvine, CA. By taking classes in such a central location in Orange County, MBA students find that they are able to effectively manage their work obligations while excelling in their coursework.
Does the business faculty have experience in the business world?
You bet! The business faculty at CUI are actual experts in their fields. Most have over 20 years experience working in their particular areas from marketing to management, green research, finance, accounting, non-profit and more! They hold the top degrees and have studied at prestigious schools. Since class sizes are small you are able to develop a relationship with these professors as well as be mentored by some of the best in their fields.
Is financial aid available?
Yes, you can find out all you need to know here.
How are applicants selected?
Candidates are expected to provide evidence of their ability to achieve success in a graduate business program. Areas of measurement include but are not limited to:
- Success as an undergraduate student demonstrated by continuous improvement in their academic performance.
- A cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better (4.0 scale) in all previous college work meets this requirement.
- Since a high undergraduate GPA is not necessarily an indicator of business success, Concordia considers all applicant's academic accomplishments on an individual basis.
- Success as a member of the business community
- Success as a responsible and contributing member of society
- Success as demonstrated by moral and ethical leadership
Who can I contact for additional MBA admission questions?
MBA Admissions Coordinator
Is the CUI MBA Program accredited?
Yes, CUI is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)