School of Business


Frequently Asked Questions


1. What is Jabs?

The Jabs MBA is named for the namesake of the Dr. Robert K. Jabs School of Business. Find out more about Dr. Robert K. Jabs.

2. What are the program’s entry dates and application deadline?

The MBA offers a rolling admission policy, and accepts students for the Fall (September), Spring (January) or Summer (May) semesters.

Students are strongly encouraged to have their application files, including all needed documentation, completed at least two months prior to the start of the semester.

3. How long does the admission process take?

Once an application file is complete, applicants will typically be notified of a decision within 7-10 business days

4. What are the prerequisites?

The prerequisites for entering the Jabs MBA program are: Principles of Accounting I, Statistics, Marketing, and a Computer Applications course. Applicants may be able to substitute substantial, relevant work experience for prerequisites. Applicants to the Accounting Concentration should have an additional 21 semester units of Accounting coursework.

5. What is the GPA requirement?

Applicants are considered for admission based on GPA, GMAT score, essay, resume, interview, and individual considerations.  Since one number cannot completely define you, we consider the total admissions packet when making admissions decisions.

6. Is the GMAT required?

The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) is the most common admissions metric used by top business schools. We require it for all applicants to allow us to compare our program with other top graduate business programs. 

7. Is your MBA program accredited?

Yes. CBU’s MBA program is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and professionally accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) – the premier accreditor for teaching-focused business programs. CBU is proud to be among the top 10% of all business programs to hold professional accreditation.

8. How long does the program take to complete?

The length of the program may vary for each student. Students may take as little as 12 months to complete the program full time. Full-time working professionally typically complete the program in 24 months.  

9. When do classes meet?

The MBA is designed to accommodate the busy schedules of working professionals. All classes meet one evening per week either on Tuesdays or Thursdays in our new state-of-the-art School of Business Building on our main campus. Ample free parking is available immediately adjacent to the building.

10. What concentrations does the MBA offer?

The Jabs MBA offers two concentrations: Management and Healthcare Administration. Both programs have eight core courses and four courses in the area of concentration.

11. Am I required to have work experience to enter the program?

No. However, CBU’s Jabs MBA program is designed for the working professional looking to advance professionally. Students from a variety of experience and backgrounds are integrated into classes to maximize networking and learning across generations, cultures, and industry specialties.