CI in Santa Barbara County
CSU Channel Islands (CI) offers undergraduate degree completion and graduate degrees programs to students living in the Santa Barbara area. Programs are offered on either the Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) Campus or at CI’s Goleta Campus.
The BS in Business degree completion program, offered on the SBCC campus through CI’s Martin V. School of Business and Economics, has a liberal arts and interdisciplinary focus. Students learn the fundamental principles of accounting, economics, finance, information systems, management, and marketing as applied in a variety of organizational settings. Classes are offered year-round in an accelerated format that allows students to complete the degree in approximately two years.
CI’s Martin V. Smith School of Business & Economics (Smith School) will offer a BS/Business-to-MBA Degree Program on the Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) campus. This innovative program is open to undergraduate students with excellent academic and career potential. Students transfer to CI upon completion of 60 transferable units (minimum) and are able to complete both the BS Business and MBA in about 4 years. Admission criteria balance candidates’ overall credentials including academic performance, internship and/or part-time work experience, leadership potential, and extracurricular activities. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout the BS Business completion program to advance to the MBA Program segment. Classes in the BS Business program segment are held year-round on weekends. MBA segment classes are held year-round on weekday evenings.
Offered on the SBCC Campus, the BA Psychology degree completion program exposes students to all major areas of Psychology through a required sequence of core courses that borrow ideas from the best undergraduate psychology programs, producing students with knowledge in all branches of psychology as well as methodological skills that can be widely applied within and outside of the discipline. The interdisciplinary nature of the program allows students to experience the intersection of psychology with other disciplines, closely following how psychology is understood and practiced in the world at large. Psychology students develop a broad skill set that will help them succeed in various careers. The hallmark of the degree, however, is a gateway to graduate school. Alumni are well prepared to enter into graduate programs such as a Master degree in Family Therapy or Social Work, Juris Doctor (JD), and doctoral programs in Psychology. Classes are offered year-round in an accelerated format that allows students to complete the degree in two years or less.
CI’s Nursing Program offers a Track I degree completion program at our Goleta Campus. The program admits a cohort of 22 students annually each spring. The program is designed for the entry-level pre-licensure student, using the cohort model of class scheduling, and is a full time program lasting 2.5 years or 7 semesters including summers. Potential students are eligible for admission after they have completed the required GE Prerequisite courses, and are General Education Certified by a California community college or have a previous Bachelor's degree. The program utilizes supplemental admission criteria.
CI’s “Working Professionals” MBA Program in Santa Barbara is offered on our Goleta Campus. Students are admitted annually in the Spring Term (April). Classes are offered year-round in an accelerated weekday evening format that allows students to complete the Core curriculum in 18-months. The MBA Program is the result of bench-marking against the best business programs in the country and has been developed while using AACSB’s assurance of learning standards as a guideline. Our program features integrated modules that cut across functional disciplines, as well as team teaching and learning. Consistent with the University’s mission, the program emphasizes graduating business leaders with a global and multicultural perspective.
BS/Business-to-MBA at SBCC (MBA Segment)
Offered exclusively in Santa Barbara, recent graduates who meet CI’s rigorous admission criteria enter the Santa Barbara MBA program annually each Spring (April). Students join the Santa Barbara “Working Professionals” MBA cohort upon successful completion of two MBA Special Topics Courses: Human Resource Management and Career Development. Applicants start immediately after graduation and are waived the work experience and GMAT requirements. Applicants are required to have a 3.0 GPA from their undergraduate program.