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California State University, Long Beach
2012-2013 CSULB University Catalog

College of Business Administration

College Information

Dean: Michael E. Solt

Executive Assistant to the Dean: Margaret Williams, (562) 985-5307

Associate Dean for Administration: Omer S. Benli

Associate Dean for Accreditation: Robert Chi

College Office: College of Business Administration - 200

Telephone: (562) 985-5306, FAX: (562) 985-5742


Student Services: Jeane Caveness, Assistant Dean of Students (562) 985-5297

Graduate Programs and Executive Education: David Horne, Director (562) 985-4776


  • Accountancy: Steve Fisher, Chair (562) 985-4653
  • Finance: S.V. Le, Chair (562) 985-4569
  • Management and Human Resources Management: Judy Strauss, Chair (562) 985-4753
  • Information Systems: C. Sophie Lee, Chair (562) 985-1940
  • Marketing: Ingrid Martin, Chair (562) 985-4769
  • International Business Program: Terrence H. Witkowski, Director (562) 985-4766
  • Legal Studies in Business Program: Kathleen A. Lacey, Director (562) 985-5668

Programs at a Glance

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Minors in Business Administration

Master of Business Administration


Undergraduate and graduate programs are nationally accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), 777 South Harbour Island Blvd., Suite 750, Tampa, FL 33602-5730, phone: (813) 769-6500.

Academic Advising

The College of Business Administration maintains an advising and admissions office for undergraduate students in CBA 100, 562-985-4514, and an office for graduate students in CBA 363, 562-985-5565. Advisors are available in these offices throughout the semester to assist students with admission, registration, and degree requirement information.

Student Center for Professional Development

The Student Center for Professional Development (SCPD) provides resources in support of student learning under its umbrella program Passport to Success (Passport). SCPD also encourages students to join business student organizations to assist them in connecting to college resources and networking opportunities. Under the Passport umbrella SCPD offers the following resources:

Professional development workshops provide a progression of learning experiences that teach students non-academic skills and attributes employers want to see in new employees.

Community Scholars is a community service program that pairs CBA students with Jordan High School sophomores and juniors in a mentoring relationship that encourages academic success and pursuit of a college education. CBA students make a positive impact on the high school students' lives while performing a community service that employers highly value in a prospective employee.

Corporate Mentoring Program pairs mentors from the corporate world with individual students in a year-long one-on-one relationship. The mentors coach and guide the students, help them with decision making and manage their expectations for life after graduation. Students must complete certain prerequisites to participate in CMP.

For more information about SCPD programs, services and resources please contact SCPD at 562-985-2265 or or

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is provided to business students through the University Financial Aid Office. That office administers funds made available through the federal and state governments and through certain private sources. Awards are made to students who demonstrate a need for assistance with educational expenses.

Achievement Awards

Additional information about the following awards and their requirements can be obtained from the CBA website.

Applications for Outstanding Undergraduate are usually due in early to mid-January. Each department may select up to three Outstanding Graduates. From among the chosen Outstanding Undergraduates, the Dean of the College selects the Dean's Medalist. These awards are reserved for graduating seniors and require a minimum GPA along with other considerations for applicants.

Beta Gamma Sigma is the international honor society recognizing the outstanding academic achievements of students enrolled in collegiate business and management programs accredited by AACSB International. Applications to membership are due online early April at: Inductees will be installed at the CBA Annual Awards Banquet in mid-May.

The Delta Sigma Pi Scholarship Key winner is selected from among those graduating students with the highest GPA (graduates and undergraduates).
In addition, the college offers numerous scholarships. Further information is available on the CBA website:

Student Organizations

The following organizations are available for business students: American Marketing Association, Beta Alpha Psi/Accounting Society, Black Business Students Association, Delta Sigma Pi, Financial Management Association, Hispanic Students Business Association, Human Resources Management Association, Information Systems Students Association, International Business Association, MBA Association, Society for the Advancement of Management, and Law Society. Student organizations typically host professionals representing business and industry at weekly meetings and also sponsor a variety of social, recreational and community service events.

The Associated Business Students Organization Council (ABSOC) is the coordinating council for all business student organizations. ABSOC and the Associated Students co-sponsor the annual "Meet the Industries Expo." This annual spring event includes morning professional workshops and an afternoon career expo which draws numerous companies and several hundred students. Other programs each semester include a business student organizations' fair and the student-faculty-staff mixer. ABSOC also co-sponsors the anjual "Ethics at the Beach" seminar with the Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership.

Beta Gamma Sigma, founded at the University of Wisconsin in 1907 as a business honor society, is the only honor society recognized by the AACSB - International. Membership is available to business students at California State University, Long Beach only because the College of Business Administration is accredited by AACSB.

Election to membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest scholastic honor that a student in business administration can attain. To be eligible for membership at CSULB, students must rank in the upper three percent of their junior class or the upper seven percent of their senior class, or rank in the upper ten percent of those receiving masters degrees in business administration.

Computer and Information Technology

Students in the degree program develop basic understandings and competencies relating to information processing, the application of computers in business and government, management information systems concepts, and computer programming. A computer laboratory facility is maintained within the College to provide computer access for business students.

General Policies and Regulations

Specific University and College requirements are detailed in various sections of this Catalog. Every student must develop complete familiarity and understanding of the regulations and requirements by which successful completion of a program will be determined. (Also see pertinent section regarding University General Regulations and Procedures).

Admission Under Impaction

Freshman applicants to the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration will be placed in the pre-major code for Business Administration. Transfer applicants must apply to the University during the initial filing period of October and November for the following fall semester or August for the following spring semester. They must indicate their choice of major on the application.

Continuing students seeking admission to the upper-division major in Business Administration must submit a supplemental application to the College of Business Administration Advising Center (CBA, Room 100). Although there is no specific deadline for filing, it usually takes a minimum of two weeks to complete the application process. Therefore, students should file their applications no later than two weeks before their next Early Registration access date.

Refer to the following website for additional impaction criteria:

Special Enrollment Status

Enrollment through Open University (College of Continuing and Professional Education) is allowed only on a space available basis which is determined by the type of course and teaching method as well as classroom capacities. The student must otherwise be qualified.

CBA Policy on Course Transfers/Substitutions

The College of Business Administration has a strict policy on course transfers/substitutions. This is necessary to preserve the academic integrity of programs and to meet accreditation standards. No credit by examination will be allowed for any CBA course. The transfer/substitution policy has two separate components: prior to matriculation at CSULB and post matriculation at CSULB.

Prior to Matriculation at CSULB

Students may petition for major credit courses completed at another recognized institution prior to matriculation at CSULB.

Courses (with a grade of "C" or better) are transferred with the approval of the appropriate department chair and the associate dean.

Post Matriculation at CSULB

Students may not transfer for credit any upper division major courses taken at another school concurrently with or subsequent to their matriculation at CSULB. Exceptions are approved with verifiable proof and genuine needs according to the following requirements:

  1. 1. approvals must be secured prior to enrolling in courses in another institution;
  2. 2. no more than two courses may be transferred or substituted;
  3. 3. a grade of "B" or better is necessary for course transfers/substitutions.

Departments have the discretion to be more stringent with regard to these requirements. Students participating in Study Abroad Programs are exempt from rule #2.

Grading Policy

Business majors and minors may not exercise a Credit/No‑Credit grading option for courses required by the College of Business Administration in their program. No course taken for Credit/No‑Credit grading will be accepted to fulfill a Business requirement. Enrollment in a business course as an auditor is not permitted.

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