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Exploring MBA Careers and Salary Potential

Build Your Future on Responsible Business

Wondering what MBA career path you may follow? CSUMB’s Online MBA graduates prove that the right business program can accelerate career growth and expand your opportunities—as well as your earning potential—in a diverse selection of professional fields.

Our graduates are CEOs, operations and department directors, electrical engineers, police officers, paralegals, clinical specialists, marketing managers and more. More than 97 percent of these students came to CSUMB seeking the tools and knowledge to facilitate their own career advancement, and we have helped them build momentum toward achieving those goals while also fully transforming the way they think about business.

So where will your MBA take you? Follow CSUMB through a unique and experiential learning journey into integrative and responsible business, and find a competitive edge for the strategic development and specialist roles that can empower you to change the world.

Explore Career Outcomes

MBA Salary Trends

An MBA is a significant commitment, but it’s a commitment to a better and more secure future. So if you’re ready to do the work and exceed your potential, consider the payoff of an MBA salary:

  • $105,000: Median salary for new MBA graduates2
  • $10,500: Average sign-on bonus for new MBA graduates2
  • $145,000: Current median salary of self-employed business school alumni3
  • $301,000: Median cumulative base salary for online MBA holders three years after graduation3

Hiring Trends for MBA Graduates

Wondering whether our online program can really provide the career boost you want? Consider these 2018 hiring trends:2

  • 96% of Fortune 100 companies planned to hire recent MBA graduates
  • 77% of startups planned to hire recent MBA graduates
  • 75% of companies planned to place MBA hires into mid-level positions

Meet Your Network

Study alongside students from a wide variety of industries with educational backgrounds ranging from business administration to aviation management, and from marriage therapy to molecular biology. You’ll find common ground in your desire to change for the better, whether that means advancing in your current career or starting your own business.

About Our Students

*Percentages drawn from California student body, not total student body.1


Companies Where Our Students Work

Network with a tight-knit cohort of classmates who are employed by leading Fortune 500 companies and iconic corporations that include:

  • Apple
  • Tesla
  • ADT
  • Kaiser

Reported Employment Industry*



1 in 2 CSUMB alumni who are employed report receiving a promotion, or higher level position at a new employer, within one to three years of graduation2


97 percent of prospective students pursue the Online MBA for career advancement


On average, these CSUMB alumni experienced over a 40 percent increase in their salaries within three years of graduation2

*Results based on self-reported information from Alumni from 2016-2018 graduation classes.

Student Spotlight: Edna Smith, MBA '16

“Get to know your cohort, because you are a team who will likely have strong relationships far into the future. Get to know your faculty, because they are there for you, and they are the greatest resource the program has to offer.”

Read Edna’s Full Interview

Ready to Earn Your MBA? Take the Next Step

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Featured Blog: Why Get An MBA? Top 10 Reasons

Spend some time exploring our infographic that shares the top ten reasons to earn an MBA.
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Featured Blog: How Much Does an MBA Cost? The Return on Your MBA Investment

Learn some tips and tricks on how to save while pursuing an online MBA and the potential ROI.
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Interested in Our Online MBA?


Application Deadline

November 8
Spring 2020 term


Next Start

January 6
Spring 2020 term


1. Retrieved on March 26, 2019, based on self-reported data by CSUMB MBA students from cohorts starting in 2018-2019 Spring.
2. Retrieved on April 26, 2019, based on a limited sample of self-reported data from alumni from CSUMB Online MBA from graduating cohorts between 2016-2018, including respondents who indicated they expect to receive a promotion OR change employers within 6 months from the time of their response.