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What does the program schedule look like?

You can click here for the program flowchart. You will attend one class at a time while concurrently taking online courses throughout each semester/session. Each class for the Fresno cohort will be offered twice a week in the evenings from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm and every other Saturday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. There will be a brief break between semesters/sessions.

Each class for the Visalia cohort will be offered once a week in the evenings from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm and every Saturday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. There will be a brief break between semesters/sessions.

For a complete listing of courses please visit the University Catalog.

How do I apply?

You will need to complete the Cal State Apply application, pay your application fee ($70) and submit the ABBA program application. For more details please visit this page on How to Apply.

Please note:  Once you are admitted into the Accelerated Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration (ABBA) program through Continuing and Global Education (CGE), you will not be able to change your major to a regular bachelor’s degree in business administration (Stateside).  You will need to reapply for admissions through the university during the regular admission filing period and must meet all admission requirements.

Can I apply for this program if I am already a current student at the Craig School of Business?

Yes, you are eligible to apply by completing the ABBA program application. In order to be eligible, you have to have all lower division general education and all pre-business courses completed with a “C” or better, before the start of the program.

Up to 10 units of the upper division business core courses that you have completed to date may count towards your overall ABBA degree completion. All coursework completed will be evaluated and it is subject to approval by the Dean.

What is the cost?

The total program cost is $22,448 which is $368 per unit for a total of 61 units. The tuition structure for ABBA program is different than the traditional program. Tuition is per unit, and payable in full, every semester. It is not a flat fee per semester, like in the traditional program. E.g. for current ABBA cohort, tuition charges are as follows:

Semester 1: $6,624, Semester 2: $5,888, Semester 3: $2,576, Semester 4: $7,360

Is financial aid available?

Yes, financial aid (includes grants and student loans) is available for qualified participants. Awards vary, as each student's situation is unique. Once admitted into the program you can go to Financial Aid and fill out the FAFSA form (click here).

How many students are accepted into this program?

There is space for 44 students. If the program does not meet the minimum number of enrolled participants the classes and the program are subject to cancellation and/or will be postponed to a later date.

How often will the program be offered and how long does it last?

The goal is to have the Fresno cohort run once a year. From start to finish it will take 17 months to complete the program.

The goal is to have the Visalia cohort run once a year. From start to finish it will take 17 months to complete the program.

Who are the faculty teaching in this program?

The courses in the ABBA program are taught by the same Craig School of Business faculty that teach in the traditional programs. You can view the faculty directory for each department by clicking here.

Is my degree different from regular students?

No, the degrees are the same (Bachelors of Science in Business Administration). However the ABBA program is considered a Special Option with an emphasis in general business and it is offered through the Division of Continuing & Global Education. If your goal is to earn an option in any of the fields offered by the Craig School of Business you might consider standard admission with a regular option.

What happens if I start the ABBA program but then can’t commit to the program schedule?

 If you get disenrolled or you withdraw from the ABBA Special Option after you have started the program, you will have to reapply to the University.

What if I fail a class?

If you fail a class, you will have an option of making up the grade through attending regularly scheduled classes through Open University. Please be advised that seats in classes offered through Open University might not always be available. Since ABBA is a cohort type program the cohort will continue on with the regularly scheduled classes.

If you fail a course that is a prerequisite for any future courses, the failed course must be made up prior to the enrollment of the future courses. This could delay your time to graduation. 

Who do I contact if I need additional information?

To schedule an appointment with the Craig School of Business Outreach Counselor for specific questions about admissions please call (559) 278-2352 or e-mail

Where will the classes take place?

For the Fresno cohort all the face-to-face classes are scheduled at the Craig School of Business on the Fresno State campus.

For the Visalia cohort all the face-to-face classes are scheduled at the Visalia Fresno State campus.

Are the books included in the fees?

The books are not included in the overall fees.

Do I pay for the program all at once?

No. The fees will be due before the classes begin for each session/semester.

How do I register for the classes?

Since this is a special session program you will be receiving registration forms for each session/semester that you will complete and submit with payment to the University Business Center. There will also be an option to complete the registration process online which you will learn more about during the orientation. As part of the cohort program, all your classes will be prescheduled and your seat will be reserved.

When does the program start?

The cohorts in Fresno are usually scheduled to start the first week of August.

The cohorts in Visalia are usually scheduled to start the first week of August.

When are my fees due?

The program fees will be payable at the time of registration for each semester/session. Your fees will correspond to the number of units you are taking for that particular session/semester at $368 per unit.

Will there be an orientation?

Orientation will take place a few weeks before the actual program start date for participants that have been admitted into the program. During the orientation you will go over the schedule, registration & payment procedures, program standards, and other relevant information. This will also be a great opportunity to get to know your classmates.

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