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Admission Requirements

The MBA Spring 2021 semester application is open, Fall 2021 will open October 1st. Apply here CalState.edu/Apply

In addition, some requirements have been changed:

  • Only one letter of recommendation is required for Traditional, Executive, and Executive Online MBA applications.

MBA Program Options Overview

The Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program, provides post-baccalaureate students with a high-quality master-level education in the field of business administration. The program is designed to prepare promising students for positions of increasing responsibility and leadership through education in the broad scope of business. It is open to all qualified students regardless of undergraduate major. The degree program has three options, we invite you to explore each of these options to see which program best fits your needs:

  • MBA - Traditional Concentrations (36 or 42 units): For qualified applicants seeking to develop in-depth, graduate-level knowledge in one or more specialized business areas. Concentration areas include: Accounting, Cybersecurity, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Global Supply Chain Management, Management, and Marketing Management
  • MBA - Executive Concentration (30 units): For qualified applicants possessing early- or mid-career experience who seek to expand their professional knowledge and skills through graduate business education. 
  • MBA – Executive Online (30 units): For qualified applicants possessing early- or mid-career experience who seek to expand their professional knowledge and skills through graduate business education. This is a fully online program offered through the College of Extended and Global Education.

Admission Requirements to the Traditional MBA Program

Suitability for admission to the program will be based on an examination of the entire application package. In addition to the general requirements of the university, specific requirements for admission to classified graduate status are:

  1. Bachelor's Degree: A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, with required minimum GPA of 3.0 calculated using the entire degree or the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units, which may include post-baccalaureate work. Students with significant GMAT/GRE scores and/or professional experience may be permitted to join with a 2.5 GPA;
  2. Personal Statement: Academic motivation and personal qualifications demonstrated through the submission of a 200-250 word statement.
  3. Resume: Submission of a current resume. Ensure this document included the months each position began and ended.
  4. Letters of Recommendation: One letter of recommendation is required. Applicants can submit either an official letter of recommendation on letterhead or the Letter of Recommendation Form.
  5. Interview: Email mba@csusb.edu to schedule your appointment with an MBA staff member.
  6. Business Aptitude Requirement: Applicants for MBA must meet ONE of the following Business Aptitude requirements:
    1. 3.2 cumulative GPA from an AACSB-accredited undergraduate business program.

    2. Minimum two years of post-undergraduate professional and/or managerial (defined as responsibility for scheduling, hiring, firing, evaluating, developing and/or rewarding employees) experience.

    3. Proof of completion of an accredited graduate degree (e.g. J.D., Ph.D., M.D.) from an accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the graduate program;

    4. Submission of an acceptable score on the Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE).

      The current acceptable exam scores with a 3.0 GPA:
      GMAT score of 470 (minimum 10% on GMAT Verbal Ability and Quantitative Ability percentile rankings) or
      GRE score of 298 (minimum 10% on GRE Verbal Ability and Quantitative Ability percentile rankings)

  7. English Proficiency for International Students: An applicant whose education has been in a language other than English must submit proof of English ability. They can satisfy this requirement in a number of ways:
    1. Test of English as a Foreign Language TOEFL (iBT 79/80 or PBT 550) taken within the past two years.
    2. IELTS exam score of 6.5 taken within the past two years. or
    3. Complete level 4 of CSUSB's Intensive English Program (IEP).

In addition to financial aid and scholarships offered by the university, there are also several scholarships and opportunities specifically available to graduate students attending the College of Business & Public Administration MBA Program. 

The CSUSB MBA Program is now accepting applications for scholarships and growth opportunities. Scholarships are subject to change based on funding availability.

Admission Requirements to the Executive and Executive Online MBA Programs

  1. Bachelor's Degree: A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. Personal Statement: Academic motivation and  personal qualifications demonstrated through submission of a 200-250 word statement of reasons for wishing to pursue the MBA at California State University, San Bernardino, and personal qualifications that will contribute to the successful completion of the program;
  3. Resume: Submission of a current resume.
  4. Work Experience Requirement for Professionals and Executives Options: Minimum two years of substantive work experience as indicated above for "Professionals" and "Executives" (There is no work experience requirement for the Traditional MBA).  Students with substantive work experience may be permitted to join with a GPA of 2.5 calculated using the entire degree or the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units, which will include post-baccalaureate work;
  5. Letters of Recommendation: One letter of recommendation is required.
  6. Interview: Email mba@csusb.edu to schedule your appointment with an MBA staff member.
  7. English Proficiency for International Students: An applicant whose education has been in a language other than English must submit proof of English ability. They can satisfy this requirement in a number of ways:
    1. Test of English as a Foreign Language TOEFL (iBT 79/80 or PBT 550) taken within the past two years.
    2. IELTS exam score of 6.5 taken within the past two years. or
    3. Complete level 4 of CSUSB's Intensive English Program (IEP).

If you are interested in the fully online Executive MBA Program, please visit the Online MBA website for more detailed instructions on how to get started.

https://www.csusb.edu/pace/degrees/master-business-administration-online-program