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Admission Requirements

  • Completed 60 or more transferable semester (90 transferable quarter) units by the end of spring
  • Earned a cumulative transfer GPA of 2.5 or higher in Pre-Business Core
  • Earned a cumulative transfer GPA of 2.5 in:
    • Oral Communication
    • Written Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Mathematics or Quantitative Reasoning
  • A professional reference assessing management/leadership potential
  • At least 2 years of full-time work experience
Term Priority Deadline  Application Link
Fall 2019  6/01/2019 Fall  Application
Spring 2020 9/04/2019

Spring Application

Submission of the Program Application will allow Extended Learning to provide each prospective student with an educational plan for program acceptance. Each applicant will receive an individualized advising worksheet showing course requirements completed and outstanding requirements that need to be met. Before submitting your application, you will be prompted to pay the non-refundable $55 Application Fee. You should receive an email confirming your application submission and payment.

Note: Should you be offered admission into this program, you will be asked to pay a $150 "intent to enroll" fee upon acceptance. This fee will be credited towards your first semester's fees.

Applications will not be processed until the application fee has been paid and submission of all official transcripts have been received.

Pre-Business Core Courses

Each student is required to complete 21 semester units of Pre-Business Core courses prior to admission. 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.

Official copies of transcripts submitted as part of your Program Application package will be used to verify satisfactory completion of the Pre-Business Core admissions requirement. 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).

Course Name Full Name
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)
ECON 201 Microeconomics (3)
ECON 202 Macroeconomics (3)
MATH 132 Survey of Calculus (Prerequisite: MATH 115) (3)

Official Transcripts

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, please ensure the transcript is in an envelope sealed by your school and addressed to:

Office of Admissions & Student Outreach
California State University San Marcos
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA 92096-0001

Previous CSUSM students who have not completed coursework at CSUSM in the last year should resend all official transcripts as the originals may have been archived.

International Student Admissions Requirements

For all Extended Learning degree programs, "foreign students" include those who hold U.S. visas as students, exchange visitors, or in other nonimmigrant classifications. You must submit academic records from foreign institutions. The original foreign transcript must be on file. If not in English, the transcripts must have certified English Translations. Transcripts must also be evaluated course-by-course by an approved Foreign Transcript Evaluation agency. Original Foreign transcripts, with English Translations, and the Transcript Evaluation must be submitted to Extended Learning.

International students, please note: With the part-time BSBA program Cal State San Marcos will not be able to sponsor F-1 students as the requirement to be an F-1 is full-time student status. However, the program will still be open to other non-immigrant visa holders who do not need an I-20 document for their status (including H-1 and E-1).

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

As required by Sections 40752.1, 40802.1, and 41040 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations, campuses of the California State University require that English competence be established by applicants for admission who have not attended for at least three years an education institution at the secondary level or beyond where English is the principal language of instruction. Most frequently, such students document competence in the English language via results on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). This test (TOEFL) has been and is available in three scoring formats.

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





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