California State University at Monterey Bay

by TBS Staff

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  • First–generation college students comprise more than half of CSUMB’s student body.
  • Strives to provide accessible higher education for traditionally underserved groups, including low income populations and learners over age 30.
  • Continues to expand online offerings and embrace diverse approaches to education and instruction.
  • Produces dynamic leaders in diverse fields, including business, marine science, math, music, computer science, and social work.


In 1994, Cal State Monterey Bay became part of the CSU system, a public university system comprised of 23 California institutions. Today, CSUMB serves more than 7,500 learners. Roughly, 12% of candidates at CSUMB are transfer students, and 11% are enrolled in graduate-level coursework. The university's program offerings include a variety of online courses and degrees.

CSUMB’s distance education programs include degrees in business administration, computer science, information studies, and a blended master’s program for physician assistants. CSUMB became one of the first schools in the CSU system to use Cal State Online, which leverages resources from 23 campuses and 49,000 faculty and staff members to provide diverse educational opportunities through concurrent enrollment.

California State University, Monterey Bay Statistics

Public/Private Public nonprofit
Acceptance Rate 59%
Percentage Receiving Grant or Scholarship Aid 78%
Student–to–Faculty Ratio 25:1
Full–Time Freshman Retention Rate 79%
Graduation Rate 60%
Required Standardized Test(s) ACT, SAT
Accreditation WASC Senior College and University Commission
Student Population 7,584
Date Founded 1994
Colors Green and blue

California State University Monterey Bay’s Accreditation, Tuition, and Admissions Info

Accreditation and Approvals

California State University Monterey Bay is regionally accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)


Program Level Cost
Undergraduate In–State $5,742 per year
Undergraduate Out–of–State $396 per credit hour
Graduate In–State $7,176 per year
Graduate Out–of–State $16,680 per year
MBA Online $41,600 total (18–month program)


CSUMB’s admission prerequisites and application requirements vary by program.

First–time college students must verify that they have graduated from high school, completed the A–G course sequence with a "C" grade or higher, and meet minimum GPA requirements. Undergraduate applicants should also submit ACT or SAT scores. Minimum standardized test scores and GPAs differ for California residents and out–of–state applicants. Applicants must meet all requirements in the spring or fall term prior to enrollment; summer courses do not count.

Transfer students, including candidates who wish to complete a degree through CS Online, must hold at least 60 transferable semester credits and a GPA of 2.0 or higher. Thirty of these transfer credits must come from general education coursework, with a "C–" grade or better in English composition, speech/oral communication, critical thinking, and college–level mathematics.

Graduate applicants to CS Online must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and demonstrate a 2.5 GPA or better. GPA requirements are waived for applicants with a post–bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited school. CSUMB’s graduate admission requirements reflect university regulation and Title 5, Chapter 1, Sub–chapter three of the California Code of Regulations.

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Online Degrees Offered

Cal State Monterey Bay Online offers an 18–month online MBA program through the school’s College of Business. The School of Computing and Design at the College of Science offers an online degree completion program in computer science, along with a fully online master’s in instructional media and technology.

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