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Making the Most of the Online MBA Community at CSUMB

One of the best parts of working toward an Online MBA at California State University, Monterey Bay is becoming part of a tight-knit community of graduate students and professors who are passionate about the business world. Some online programs may provide few opportunities for meaningful interactions, but ours has been built with online engagement at its heart. Because the CSUMB online community can be accessed anytime, anywhere, from any device, students have convenient access to connect with classmates, ask professors questions and get insights that benefit them in their studies.

Here are some of the ways that the online community in CSUMB’s Online MBA program can benefit you as a student.

Form Connections That Matter

Success in the business world depends on strong relationships with others. That’s why at CSUMB, students network and develop valuable interpersonal skills that make them better leaders in professional settings.

The convenient and easy-to-use online learning platform in the Online MBA program has been designed to enable students to develop relationships with classmates and professors. Live video and audio capabilities enable students to get to know their peers and professors on meaningful levels. Each class features a discussion forum for collaborating on assignments and exchanging ideas, so exciting and productive conversations never have to stop.

In addition to instantaneous discussion with peers, the online learning platform provides quick access to our program’s experienced faculty. There's no need to wait until the next class or schedule in time to converse with a professor. The learning platform is always accessible, so you can get the information you need quickly and conveniently.

Meet Business Pros From All Over the World

As part of the country's largest four-year public university system, CSUMB is among the most ethnically, economically and academically diverse student bodies in the nation. When students join the Online MBA, they also gain access to this diverse network of alumni, with whom they can connect as they study and after graduation.

Online MBA programs attract a broad range of students, with varying educational, work and cultural experiences. The online community learning environment aligns with the university’s vision statement, one aspect of which is “To build a multicultural learning community founded on academic excellence.”

Being exposed to diverse peers in your MBA program enables students to cultivate a global business mindset. Graduates have a better understanding of how business contexts vary across the globe, and can leverage their broad network to pursue business opportunities from around the world.

Collaborate Meaningfully

During their time in the program, students take courses with the same cohort, which means you’ll have time to develop a rapport with your fellow students. By the time you graduate, you’ll have built a lasting community of business connections.

Coursework in the Online MBA entails small group projects to prepare students for on-the-job leadership roles. The program's focus on collaboration enables students to practice building and maintaining business relationships in a supportive environment. Students have the opportunity to lead, contribute ideas when facing challenging business situations, practice business operations in a simulated competitive environment, and execute business skills like marketing, finance and innovation.

Students also build collaboration experience with other students through peer reviews. Sharing and receiving practical feedback is valuable for a wide variety of professional environments, and doing so in the Online MBA program enables students to develop these skills and learn business best practices from each other.

Get Personalized Attention From Faculty

Some on-ground MBA programs feature intimidatingly huge classroom environments, with some classes containing hundreds of students and few opportunities for personalized interaction. In the CSUMB Online MBA program, class sizes are capped at 30 students. This creates an intimate online learning environment that allows students to get more one-on-one time with professors, in addition to being able to get to know their classmates better.

The Online MBA program is designed to enrich interactions in every facet of study. Our Online MBA faculty have extensive business backgrounds in a range of industries. Online MBA students are also encouraged to seek out mentorships with their professors, who make themselves available outside of class via email and video conferencing.


The Online MBA program at CSUMB provides a community learning experience via the online platform, while also offering the same deep connections you'd find in an on-campus program. If the immersive online learning environment at CSUMB sounds appealing to you, get more information on the Online MBA program curriculum.