California State University, Monterey Bay College of Business

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California State University, Monterey Bay’s College of Business values integrity, responsibility, excellence, passion, diversity, collaboration, impact, and innovation. Along with instilling business knowledge, the curriculum enhances critical-thinking, quantitative, decision-making, and communication skills in every student. The 20-person faculty has had 71 published articles which is a fantastic accomplishment and speaks to the esteemed quality of professors. An advantage for business students is the 58,000 square-foot Joel and Dena Gambord Business and Information Technology Building that opened in 2016 and is both innovative and sustainable. The CoB carries the AACSB accreditation.


A student pursuing an undergraduate degree can obtain a Bachelors in Business Administration or Sustainable Hospitality Management. The BBA consists of a capstone project for graduating seniors and a variety of concentrations to choose from including Accounting, Agribusiness with a Supply Chain Management specialization, Entrepreneurship, Information Systems, Management & International Business, and Marketing. Students can also minor in Business or Nonprofit Management. Through the 2+2 Transfer Program, the University partners with Hartnell College for a BBA with a concentration in Agribusiness completion degree, and Monterey Peninsula College for a Bachelors in Sustainable Hospitality Management completion degree.

Financial aid for business majors comes in many forms including the Hospitality Scholarships, Tanimura Family Foundation, Friends and Family Scholarship, and the Richard K. Leffingwell Scholarship. For an excellent multicultural experience, business students can immerse themselves in a different culture while receiving college credit in places like Norway, France, Thailand, Czech Republic, Argentina, Germany, Japan, and Macedonia.

Student Life

There are many avenues for business students to connect with peers, network with professionals, and even serve the community. One way is through participation in student organizations like the Accounting Society, Agribusiness Club, Business Club, Alpha Kappa Psi, Human Resources Club, Sustainable Hospitality Club, and the Information Systems Society.

Other ways to connect are through the variety of events hosted by the CoB. At the Annual Ethics and Responsible Business Forum, students hear from business experts in an active discussion participation atmosphere. Greater Vision is an annual event that focuses on agriculture and societal issues. Graduating seniors get to show their Capstone projects at the Capstone Festival. ACCESS (Accelerated Career Exploration for Student Success) is an excellent resource for students to receive training, guidance, and resources to prepare to step into a career. The Diamond Key Professional Development Program provides workshops and networking mixers. Career Gateway Events offer expert testimony, presentations, networking activities, and interview opportunities. The Career Guide and Assessment helps students find majors, career paths, help with resumes, interview preparations, and job searches. The Institute for Innovation and Economic Development allows students to gain assistance with an entrepreneurial venture and to help influence the growth of current businesses.

Online Programs

Graduate students can earn a Masters in Business Administration degree completely online. This flexible, affordable option can be completed in 18 months and provides interactive networking opportunities and real-time discussions.

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