Programs Offered

  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics
    • International Economics Option
    • Managerial Economics Option
  • Bachelor of Science in Business
    • Option in Entrepreneurship
    • Option in Finance
    • Option in Global Business
    • Option in Management
    • Option in Marketing
  • Online Bachelors of Science of Business Program (Voted by Best Value Schools as one of the Most Affordable Online Degree Programs)
  • Bachelor of Science in Business: Santa Barbara Programs
  • Minor in Business Management
  • Minor in Economics
  • Minor in Social Business
  • Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Business Administration
  • Certificate in Social Business
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master of Science in Biotechnology and Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Martin V. Smith School of Business & EconomicsACBSP AccreditedVoted by Best Value Schools Most Affordable Online Degree Programs

The Business and Economics Program has a liberal arts and interdisciplinary focus. It is built on the five Cs: critical thinking, collaboration (working with others), and communication (oral and written English), conduct and competencies (in business related disciplines). Students learn the fundamental principles of accounting, economics, finance, information systems, management, and marketing as applied in a variety of organizational settings. A distinguishing aspect of the Business and Economics Program is the requirement to take courses developed in conjunction with disciplines outside the traditional business curriculum. Examples include courses with Biology, Chemistry, Education, English, Fine Arts, History and Performing Arts.

In addition, a Capstone Course provides students with the opportunity to integrate their knowledge through a Global Strategy Simulation exercise. To foster an integrative and cross disciplinary experience in a relevant business area, students are required to select one of five emphases: Entrepreneurship, Finance, Global Business, Management, and Marketing. All emphases draw on upper-division courses from accounting, economics, management and marketing to offer an in-depth perspective into five critical areas of business.



Actively promote the Mission of CSU Channel Islands (CI) by building and supporting a learning community of faculty and students who pursue excellence in all areas of business and economics education and scholarship

Touchstones to the Mission

  • Multi-Disciplinary Liberal Arts approach to business and economics education
  • Work towards students’ ultimate best interests
  • Undergraduate five Cs: Critical Thinking, Collaboration (teamwork), Communication, Conduct (ethics), Competency (in related academic disciplines)
  • Graduate three Is: Innovative, Integrative, International
  • Reflect a university-wide perspective
  • Effectively manage resources
  • Seek non-state resources
  • Excellent faculty + relevant curriculum + support = optimal educational opportunities for students


A School of Business & Economics widely recognized for its excellent graduates, faculty and curriculum.



The Martin V. Smith School of Business and Economics programs prepare students to work in a variety of organizations—both public and private. The Bachelor of Science degree prepares students for several types of graduate and professional school studies: MBA, MPA, law school.

Our list of classes & catalog


Schedule of Classes
CSUCI Catalog
Fall 2020 Scheduling and Course Information
Spring 2021 Scheduling and Course Information

ACBSP Accreditation


Martin V. Smith School of Business & Economics, California State University Channel Islands, has the following business programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP):

  • BS in Business (BSB)
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • MS Biotechnology/MBA Dual Degree Program
  • BSB Option in Entrepreneurship
  • BSB Option in Finance
  • BSB Option in Global Business
  • BSB Option in Management
  • BSB Option in Marketing

The following program has been excluded from ACBSP Accreditation at the request of the School of Business and Economics: BA in Economics (BAE)

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