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MBA Admission Requirements

Fully Employed MBA Admission Requirements

The minimum requirements for admission are:

1. Have completed a four-year college course of study or an appropriate baccalaureate degree (or equivalent preparation) from a regionally accredited institution or from an international institution that meets CSUSM accreditation standards.

2. Be in good academic standing at the last college or university attended.

3. A Grade Point Average (GPA) of “B” (3.0) or better in the last 60 graded semester units, from a WASC-equivalent university. Only regular courses from four-year colleges and/or universities will be used in calculating an applicant’s GPA—no extension courses or community college courses will be included.

4. Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) Official Score Report

  • Minimum score requirements: 
    • Total score of 500
    • 30th percentile score in the Verbal and Quantitative sections
    • 4.0 in the Analytical Writing and Integrated Reasoning sections
    • The Faculty Admissions Committee will use the best GMAT score taken within the past five years.
  • GRE scores may be submitted in lieu of the GMAT. 
  • If you hold a master or doctorate degree in a quantitative field you may petition to waive the GMAT requirement. To petition complete a Special Permission Form and return to the MBA Office at with copies of transcripts from all colleges attended and your resume.
  • GMAT fee waivers are available based on financial need and there are only 10 waivers granted per year.  Please email the Financial Aid & Scholarships Office at to request a fee waiver code.

5. The Work Experience requirement is at least three years of full-time, professionally relevant work experience.

Please be advised that the above requirements are minimums. However, applications not meeting all minimum requirements are accepted and reviewed by the Faculty Admissions committee for an admission decision.

The averages for admitted students in 2015 and 2016:

  • Average Age - 32 years
  • Average GMAT - 502
  • Average GPA - 3.27
  • Average Work Experience - 9.3 years
  • Percentage of Female Students Admitted - 50%

CoBA supplemental information:

  1. Two essays
  2. Three professional recommendations
  3. Resume

The Essays and the Letters of Recommendation must support the competency of the individual in relation to graduate studies and demonstrate the appropriateness of the MBA degree for the individual's goals.

All graduate applicants, regardless of citizenship, whose preparatory education was principally in a language other than English must demonstrate competence in English. Those who do not possess a bachelor's degree from a postsecondary institution where English is the principal language of instruction must receive a minimum total score of 550 on the paper-based test, or a minimum total score of 213 on the computer-based test, or a minimum of 80 on the Internet based Test of English as a Foreign Language, or a minimum overall band score of 6 on IELTS. Alternative methods for assessing fluency in English as approved by the University may also be utilized, including ALCI TOEFL Waiver.

As a CSU requirement, all new students born after January 1, 1957 will be notified of the requirement to present proof of measles and rubella immunizations. This is not an admission requirement, but is required of students by the beginning of their second term of enrollment in CSU. Proof of measles and rubella immunizations is also required of certain groups of enrolled students who have increased exposure to these diseases.


All International applicants requiring the F-1 student visa should visit the Office of Global Education website to get detailed information about the application process for graduate level international students. All international applicants requiring an F-1 Student Visa are required to submit a financial affidavit that certifies they have the financial resources to provide for all expenses as indicated under Estimated Expenses. This form is part of the application for admission. Verification of English proficiency, the financial affidavit, and all official academic records from foreign institutions must be on file by the application deadline, and if they are not written in English, they must be accompanied by certified English translations.

A non-refundable application fee of $55 in U.S. funds, payable to "California State University San Marcos" must accompany each application. This fee is non-refundable and may not be transferred to another term at any campus.