Program Overview

California State University in Bakersfield offers graduate students the opportunity to earn a Master of Science in Administration degree through an online learning format. The flexible online program is ideal for busy professional students seeking an education to pursue advanced career options or to fulfill personal aspirations.

The M.S.A. program is a broad interdisciplinary program available to students around the world. The specialized curriculum delves into essential topics of interest in administration that are needed when entering or advancing in the competitive job market. Students have the option of selecting a strategic combination of electives to best satisfy goals or career requirements. The electives provide a focused area of study, allowing graduate students to gain a deeper understanding of pertinent administrative concepts.

The foundation of the administration program builds on already learned competencies and enhances the understanding of written and interpersonal communication, quantitative decision-making, project evaluation, project management, program evaluation, organizational architecture, and human resource management.

Graduates must complete all core coursework, in addition to chosen electives to be considered eligible for the masters degree designation. Student outcomes are assessed throughout the program as well as in a culminating capstone course demonstrating a full grasp of the MSA program objectives.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission


    • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited College or University
    • Minimum GPA of 2.75 in the last 90 quarter units (60 semester units) of the applicant’s undergraduate program
    • Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR)
    • Potential for success as demonstrated via the application packet

    School Overview

    The California State University System recognized a need for a college in the San Joaquin Valley region, so in 1970, California State University Bakersfield, the 19th member of the University System, opened.

    CSU Bakersfield awards undergraduate and graduate degrees, including Master’s degrees. CSU Bakersfield houses four academic colleges: 

    • School of Business and Public Administration
    • School of Social Sciences and Education
    • School of Arts and Humanities
    • School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering

    Meeting the demands for distance learning programming, CSU Bakersfield also offers online degrees, housed in the Extended University Division. The Extended University Division manages extension programming and certificates, lifelong learning for adults, regional degree programs, along with the online campus. Online degree programs vary from complete distance education coursework to blended online and on-site formatting.


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