Saturday MBA

Saturday MBA Program - Focus on Sustainability

What makes the Saturday MBA Program different?

Learn how to integrate sustainability across the business functions

  • Learn how sustainability impacts the business environment through consulting projects with local businesses.
  • Learn how sustainability is integrated into the global business environment through our international trip.
  • Integrate sustainability into your career and your company

The SMBA with a sustainability focus is a cohort-based program beginning each fall with Saturday classes.  Each cohort consists of a carefully selected group of working managers who will tackle business problems that address the triple bottom link of a business organization. 

The Saturday MBA is designed for students with at least 3 years work experience and goes for 23 months.

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As part of the program, the students spend a week abroad to learn what businesses in other countries and regions of the world are doing to comply with national and international sustainability regulations, and to sustain their community while remaining economically viable.  The students focus on the region’s markets, consumers, institutions, and legal structure in the sustainability framework. 


Students are required to participate in a three-day orientation at a downtown Long Beach luxury hotel. The focus of the orientation is to prepare the student to work in teams, master the Harvard case discussion method, and begin the preparation for their career post-graduation. During the orientation, students get to know faculty, fellow students and alumni of the program and begin to work as teams. The orientation is included in the cost of the program


The price of books and other materials, some meals, parking on campus,   international trip expenses except airline costs to and from country, are all included in the tuition.


The Saturday MBA is designed for students with at least 3 years work experience. According to the policy established by the Graduate Programs Committee (GPC), applicants to the MBA programs and the MS in Supply Chain Management program may apply to waive the GMAT/GRE test requirement if they can demonstrate both an academic ability to succeed in a graduate program and seven years or more of significant managerial work experience. The determination of eligibility for a waiver will be based on a holistic review of an applicant’s academic transcript, current resume, and a letter of recommendation addressing your managerial experience. To request a waiver, please submit your resume, an unofficial transcript of your undergraduate degree, and a letter of recommendation from your current employer to

Please note that if you are a U.S. citizen or resident, but obtained your undergraduate degree from a university outside the U.S., and are granted a test waiver, you will need to take the Writing Proficiency Exam as a graduation requirement under university policy.

Career services

Career planning and management are an important benefit of the Daytime Accelerated MBA. Students begin their career planning after they have been admitted and support continues for up to a year after graduation.  Students work with a career advisor on identifying career goals and developing a job search strategy, as well as resume writing, interviewing, and other important career skills.


New SMBA cohorts begin every August. Applications are accepted from October 1 until the May 31.