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How to Apply

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of the pre-business core courses prior to admission
  • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA in Pre-Business Core
  • Individual pre-business core courses completed with a C or better
  • Completion of CSU general education transfer requirements
Term Priority Deadline  Application Link
Summer 2019  05/01/2019 Summer Application
Fall 2019 05/01/2019 Fall Application
Spring  2020 9/04/2019

Spring Application

Pre-Business Core

The minimum grade in every Pre-Business Core course must be a C or better (courses may not be taken credit/no credit), and must be completed with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. The UC Berkeley GPA Calculator may be helpful in computing your Pre-Business Core GPA. The Pre-Business Core courses total 24 units.

We reserve the right to accept or deny any non-CSUSM, non-articulated coursework (course syllabi may be required for review—please refer to the ASSIST Web site to verify articulated coursework).

ACCT 201 Financial Accounting (3)
ACCT 202 Managerial Accounting (Prerequisite: ACCT 201) (3)
BUS 202 Business Law (3)
BUS 203 Business Writing (Prerequisite: GEW 101) (3)
BUS 204 Business Statistics (3)
ECON 201 Microeconomics (3)
ECON 202 Macroeconomics (3)
MATH 132 Survey of Calculus (Prerequisite: MATH 115) (3)


A. Select the term you'd like to apply for
B. Create your CSU Apply account
C. Complete your profile (save your username and password)
      -Select "Undergraduate" for the level of degree you are seeking
D. Start your application
      -From the program selection page, select "Cal State San Marcos" 
      -Select the "Business Administration" program at Temecula 
      -Follow instructions to complete all 4 quadrants of the application
      -Once complete, submit your application. You will be prompted to pay a         $55 non-refundable application fee.


In addition to submitting the University application and application fee, you must request and submit one official transcript from each academic institution attended.

Electronic delivery is the preferred transcript delivery method. Verify with your school if an electronic transcript is available. Electronic transcripts can be provided through external or third party vendors (Credential Solutions, eTranscriptCA, National Student Clearinghouse, Parchment, etc.). When ordering your transcript, please choose California State University San Marcos as the intended recipient from the school name dropdown. If California State University San Marcos is not listed, please use as the recipient email address.

If you select to mail your transcript, all official transcripts must be mailed or delivered in sealed envelopes to the address below. *NOTE: Official transcripts from foreign institutions MUST be sent through postal mail.

Office of Admissions and Recruitment
California State University San Marcos
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA 92096

Revised/New Transcripts: Students submitting updated transcripts or transcripts from institutions not listed on the original application should email to indicate the transcript has been sent. Please include your full name, the school from which the transcript was sent and the program name of BSBA.

International students: You must submit academic records from foreign institutions.  The original foreign transcript must be on file and if they are not written in English, they must be accompanied by certified English translations. Official transcripts from foreign institutions MUST be sent through postal mail to the address listed above. Please note: The part-time program will not be able to sponsor F-1 students as the requirement to be an F-1 is full-time student status. The program is still open to other non-immigrant visa holders who do not need an I-20 document for their status (including H-1 and E-1).


All applicants, regardless of citizenship, who do not possess a bachelor's degree from a postsecondary institution where English is the principal language of instruction must satisfy the English language proficiency requirement. Typically, applicants demonstrate the English Proficiency requirement by submitting results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam. Submission of these test scores should be sent to the following address:

California State University San Marcos
ATTN: Extended Learning, BSBA
333 South Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA 92096-0001

*NOTE: We encourage applicants to submit the documents listed above in one packet; however, we understand this may not be possible. Please review your Student Center at
 MYCSUSM to ensure we have received your documents in a timely manner.

Provided below are the CSU required minimum scores for each TOEFL total score format:





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