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Graduate Business Professional Fee

On May 13, 2009, the California State University Board of Trustees adopted a professional fee for state-supported MBA programs and similar business graduate degrees. Effective, Fall 2018, the fee will be $270 per Semester Unit. A portion of the new fee revenue will be set aside for financial aid.

Information on the graduate business professional fee and the 10% general fee increase is available on the CSU web site.

Graduate Business Professional Fee FAQ's

Without the graduate business professional fee, the College of Business and Economics would not be able to continue to maintain, let alone enhance, its current AACSB accredited business programs.
  • The decision to implement the graduate fee was made by the California State University Board of Trustees on May 13, 2009.
  • All CSU business schools that are either AACSB accredited or in the accreditation process will be impacted.
The graduate business professional fee of $270 is paid on a per unit basis in addition to basic tuition and campus fees for the following graduate business programs:
  • Master of Busines Administration (MBA)
  • Master of Science (MS) programs in Business Analytics (MSBA)
  • $270 per semester unit in addition to the various fees
  • All courses that apply to the completion of the degree program will be subject to the fee

Note: The fee is also charged for prerequisite courses taken by students who have an admission status and are enrolled in one of these programs.

The new fee applies to all required courses taken by students who are enrolled in fee- authorized graduate professional business programs. The fee also applies to prerequisite courses taken by students conditionally admitted to fee-authorized programs.
Yes, the fee will be charged for every course that a conditionally classified or classified student enrolled in a fee-authorized program takes in order to fulfill graduation requirements.
No, the fee only applies to courses required to graduate from the fee-authorized program.
In the case of concurrent programs in which only one degree program is authorized to assess the higher graduate business professional fee, the courses related to the program that is not authorized to charge the higher Category I fee will not be assessed at the higher per-unit rate. The fee-authorized program will charge the higher per-unit fees for all courses required for its portion of the concurrent degree program.
The Graduate Business Professional Fee will take effect starting in Fall 2009 quarter.
Both new and continuing students will be subject to the fee.
Yes, all students including international, in-state and out-of-state residents are subject to the Graduate Business Professional Fee.

Some of the ways the fee may be used include

  • To maintain AACSB accreditation
  • To attract and retain much-needed tenure-track faculty members to teach in the graduate program
  • To support diversity recruitment
  • To provide financial assistance to eligible students
  • To offer graduate assistantships
  • Receive the continued access to the business programs which meet the quality standard of AACSB with respect to the curriculum, faculty, and services.
  • Increased availability in financial assistance and student assistantships.
  • Gain additional support in student services.
Apply for financial aid using the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and list CSUEB's federal school code (001138): FAFSA. You may also contact the Office of Financial Aid with questions at 510-885-2784, email, or speak to a staff member in person in the Student Information Lobby, Student Administration Building. Be sure to complete and submit all financial aid documents by the established deadlines.
At least 25 percent of the fee revenue will be set aside for financial aid. The CSU Chancellors Office will be providing details to CSUEB and other campuses about how students can qualify for financial aid funded by the fee. If you have not already done so, you must file the FAFSA for (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and list CSUEB’s federal school code (001138): FAFSA. You will need to file this application to be automatically considered for any additional financial aid.
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