California State University, Channel Islands Martin V. Smith School of Business & Economics

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California State University, Channel Islands, has achieved remarkable accolades for being the youngest of the 23 CSU campuses and founded in 2002. U.S. News and World Report ranks CSUCI 18th among “Top Public Schools- Regional Universities West” for 2020, and Washington Monthly rated the Channel Islands 22nd for “Best Bang for the Buck- West” in 2019. The Martin V. Smith School of Business and Economics is accredited through the ACBSP. Drawing upon the university’s interdisciplinary approach, students will learn to apply business principles even in their science, history, English, and art classes. The well-rounded curriculum has transformed business students into successful alumni employed with some of the nation’s leading corporations, such as Bank of America, JD Powers & Associates, Union Bank, Wells Fargo, Apple, and Facebook.


Undergraduate students with a knack for business can earn a Bachelor of Science in Business or a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. Students pursuing the B.S. in Business can add a focus in Entrepreneurship, Finance, Global Business, Management, or Marketing. Economics students can pursue the International or Managerial Economics route. The 15-unit Social Business Certificate can be added to either degree and provides students with the necessary skills to tackle social problems at the local, national, and international levels. Students will choose two problem areas from Economics and Poverty, Science and Technology, Culture and Politics, or Health and Environment.

Graduate students can earn a Master of Business Administration or joint MBA/Master of Science in Biotechnology. The focus for the MBA program is on International Business and Entrepreneurial Innovation. Still, students will also be able to pursue their individual interests with Special Topics courses in Human Resource Management, Career Development, Entrepreneurial Management, Real Estate, Supply Chain Management, and many other options. This accelerated MBA can be completed in two years, and consists of 33-48 units, depending on students’ prior education and work experience. All classes are available in the evening to accommodate professional students. To round out the international emphasis, students may attend the optional short-term International Study Tour. The 72-unit dual MBA/Biotechnology degree consists of a combination of core courses and electives in Biotechnology and Business Administration.

Student Life

Each month presents a line-up of exciting business events. With the School of Business and Economics BBQ to kick off the school year. The Money Tech Workshops will help budding entrepreneurs learn everything from how to pitch their business idea to managing finances. Students who are interested in using their business acumen to create purpose can attend the B Corp Roundtable to learn about earning a B Corp Certificate, and female students can get inspiration from the Women’s Entrepreneurship Panel. The 90 Second Business Pitch Competition gives students the opportunity to pitch their best idea to local entrepreneurs and business advisors for the chance to win up to $500. The American Entrepreneur Association, the Business Club, and paid internships are other ways for students to continue learning beyond the classroom.

Online Programs

Students seeking a convenient degree that fits with their lifestyle may earn a Bachelor of Science in Business online.

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