The School of Business and Public Administration at California State University, Bakersfield holds accreditation for its programs from the AACSB and the NASPAA. The School of Business and Public Administration is one of the smaller schools nationally to hold both accreditations, showing that you truly get an excellent quality education at CSUB. The mission of the SBPA is to “provide a well-prepared workforce for Kern County, the Antelope Valley, and the larger economy.” Students at CSU-Bakersfield enjoy small class sizes and lots of face-to-face interaction with professors.
Undergraduate majors at the School of Business and Public Administration include Agricultural Business, Applied Studies, Business Administration, Economics, Environmental Resources, and Public Policy and Administration. The Applied Studies major allows students who have completed approved courses at a community college or in the military to use that towards their bachelor’s degree at CSUB. There are also 13 different concentrations in the Business Administration degree, including Accounting, Agribusiness, Commercial Law, Economics, Finance, Information Systems, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, International Business, Management, Marketing, Operations and Supply Chain Management, Sales, and Taxation. Graduate programs offered include Master of Business Administration, Master of Public Administration, and Master of Science – Healthcare Administration. The MBA program has three specific tracks, including Accounting, Insurance Industry, and Non-Profit/Public Administration/Health Care.
For students looking for financial help during their college career, many scholarships are available internally through the College of Business and Public Administration, as well as a few external scholarships for business students. The SBPA is committed to helping the growth and success of all students. A career development program is available for students to help them get internships and jobs with many of their partners in the industry in the community.
For students looking to live on campus, you will enjoy the Student Housing East facility, which opened in 2015 and includes suite-style rooms shared by four to six students and their own suite bathroom. Floor plans and costs for each vary depending on the style chosen. A First-Year Experience program for incoming freshman houses students together in Juniper hall on floors two and three so that students can build closer relationships with each other to enhance their first year at college. The First-Year Experience also includes an academic course, and students often have Math and English classes together as well. This program creates a more intimate atmosphere on a large campus so that students feel involved and included during this year of big life transitions. Many dining options on campus are within walking distance of the residence halls as well as academic help and guidance from residential coordinators.
Although CSUB does not offer any fully online graduate programs, they do offer many undergraduate courses online through their partnership with the many other California State University campuses. Every student is able to take one fully online course each semester. These courses are hosted by other CSU campuses but completed fully online; there are no face-to-face meetings, and the credits will transfer to CSUB. Many Business and Accounting courses are available but are subject to change each semester. For a full list, students should visit csufullyonline.com and put CSUB as their home campus to see a full list of available courses.