Applicants for admission to the MBA Program must meet the general requirements the CSU has set out by Title 5, chapter 1, subchapter 3 of the California Code of Regulations. In addition, applicants for admission to the MBA Program must also meet supplemental requirements of the College of Business Administration (CoBA).
The minimum requirements for CSU graduate admission (not for the MBA Program, see CoBA Requirements below) require that the student must:
- 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
- Be in good academic standing at the last college or university attended
- Have attained a grade point average of at least 2.5 cumulative GPA in an acceptable earned baccalaureate degree or a 2.5 GPA in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units attempted
- Satisfy the supplemental requirements of the CoBA
College of Business Administration (CoBA) MBA PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
Admissions are processed on a rolling basis. A Faculty Admissions Committee makes admissions decisions, which will be done only with a complete application package.
The minimum CoBA requirements for admission are:
- A GMAT score of 500 or above, with a minimum 30th percentile score in the Verbal section, a minimum 30th percentile score in the Quantitative section, a minimum score of 4.0 in the Analytical Writing section and a minimum score of 4.0 in the Integrated Reasoning Section. The Faculty Admissions Committee will use the best GMAT score taken within the past five years. If you would like to substitute the GRE for the GMAT requirement you may seek permission by completing a Special Permission Form and returning to the MBA Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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.
- 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 years 2009 through 2012 are:
- Average Age - 31.1 years
- Average GMAT - 541
- Average GPA - 3.15
- Average Work Experience - 8.5 years
- Percentage of Female Students Admitted - 36%
CoBA supplemental information:
- Two essays
- Three professional recommendations
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.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS
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. It may be waived for a limited number of applicants from low-income families for whom payment would be a financial hardship. If you believe you qualify, obtain a Request for Application Fee Waiver form at the Office of Admission of any CSU campus and submit it with the application.