Degree Programs Expand at SBCC

Santa Barbara City College
By Janet Egiziano, Director, Thousand Oaks Campus; Associate Director, MBA Program

Beginning Fall 2013, CI Extended University will add two programs to its degree portfolio on the Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) campus. BS Business-to-MBA and BA Early Childhood Studies will join undergraduate degree programs in Business and Psychology that are currently underway. These locally-offered programs, made possible through the CSU Channel Islands and SBCC partnership, afford students additional opportunities to earn an undergraduate or graduate degree from CI entirely in Santa Barbara. 

The BS Business-to-MBA program emphasizes graduating business leaders with global and multicultural perspectives. Designed for high achievers preparing to enter the business world, students can complete the entire program in less than four years. Those with excellent academic and career potential transfer at the junior level to CI and take all courses on the SBCC campus. For students who meet its rigorous admission requirements, this unique program guarantees early acceptance into the MBA program, waiving the two-year work experience requirement and GMAT exam.

The Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Studies (ECS) program prepares graduates to effectively work with young children and their families. This 50-52 unit degree completion program emphasizes the first eight years of life as extremely significant, aligning with research indicating that brain development occurs most dramatically during the early years of life. Because English is a second language for more than 5 million public school children nationwide, ECS has a programmatic focus on the preparation of graduates who possess knowledge and skills in second language acquisition and literacy for young English learners.

The application period for the BS Business-to-MBA and BA Early Childhood Studies programs at SBCC is February 1 – June 1, 2013.  To learn more or to register for an information session, visit the Extended University website at

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