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Director's Message

Ingrid Martin HeadshotGraduate school is one of those endeavors that require significant personal sacrifice with the realization that the results will transform your future for yourself and for your family. As you consider different graduate programs and career paths, know that my team and I will be here to support you in making the optimal choice to help you achieve your personal goals.

We offer a variety of programs designed to either start your career or move your career forward while enabling you to confidently explore new industries for career possibilities and consider opportunities that you may not be aware were available to you. Our curricula are relevant, timely, and continuously adapt to address new social and economic challenges in a global context. We have four dynamic MBA programs and five specialized Masters of Science (M.S.) programs, each offering a unique path tailored for students with different backgrounds and career goals.

The initial decision that you need to make is which degree best matches your career goals.  The M.S. option is a specialized degree that can help you launch your career or help you make the first move in your career to become a division manager or a department/ functional area manager in your chosen field of specialization, be it marketing analytics specialist, IT cybert security specialist, certified financial analyst, supply chain manager, CPA, and so on.  

Launching your career after you get your MBA or using the MBA to take your career to the next level are both viable strategies. If you want to launch your career but need the confidence and business training to enter an industry,  our accelerated full-time MBA program is designed to prepare you to launch your career after you complete the program.

If you want to move up in your organization or make a lateral change to focus on solving business problems (e.g. strategic level decisions) instead of functional area problems (e.g., marketing analytics, financial analysis), then an MBA is the perfect route to achieve your career goals.  Once you have decided which type of graduate path is best for you, then our program staff is ready to assist you in realizing this goal. 

Our graduate program staff is trained to provide customized attention for each of our nine programs.  Each program has a staff person that is specialized and will provide you with the attention and support that you may need to apply to the program that is best for you and your career.  As the director of the graduate programs, I am here to help you determine which program is optimal for your career and personal needs.

The CBA Graduate Business Program boasts a world-class faculty, strong alumni network and close individual and corporate relationships. Our faculty brings both industry experience and high academic quality to the classroom.  In addition, the college has interactive learning classrooms that feature the latest technology designed to create an active learning environment for case discussions, simulations, and lectures. 

International students can look forward to an immersive experience that will introduce them to American culture and the English language as it is used in the classroom, business, and daily life. 

Not only is Long Beach one of the most diverse cities in the United States, there are many opportunities here to make contacts within a variety of industries such as the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the aerospace and entertainment industries, and a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem.  Community engagement is an important cornerstone of our curriculum with students working on projects for local businesses, the Aquarium of the Pacific, other units of the University, and the ports to name just a few.  In addition, opportunities to do a one-week study abroad in some of our programs adds to the global focus of our programs. These experiences provide a practical component to the theory taught in the classroom and enhances the foundational knowledge that our graduates take into their careers.

Let me congratulate you on your decision to further your education with a graduate degree. I invite you to connect with us. Again, congratulations on the start of a journey that will transform your career and enhance your life.

Go Beach!

Ingrid Martin, Ph.D.,
Director of CBA Graduate Programs