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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
  • Completed 60 or more transferable semester (90 transferable quarter) units by the end of spring
  • At least two years of full-time work experience or equivalent
  • Current resume
  • One professional reference assessing management and leadership potential
Term Priority Deadline  Application Link
Spring 2020 10/16/2019

Spring Application

Pre-Business Core Courses

Each student is required to complete the 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)
BUS 204* Business Statistics
ECON 201 Microeconomics (3)
ECON 202 Macroeconomics (3)
MATH 132 Survey of Calculus (Prerequisite: MATH 115) (3)

*Any courses completed more than 10 years ago must be repeated.


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 "Professional Business Administration" program under San Marcos Extended Learning
      -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, 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.

AP Scores: If you have completed AP coursework and sat for the exam, please understand that official AP scores may be required in the case that we cannot find specific coursework to meet a requirement. In order to avoid delays in determining your eligibility we recommend you send your official AP scores when you send your transcripts.

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 Professional 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), International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam, or Cambridge English score report. 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 option:

  • TOEFL score of 61 iBT with writing score no lower than 19 and no section score below 14
  • IELTS overall band score of 5.5, writing score no lower than 5.5 and no section score below 5.0 
  • Cambridge English B2 First (FCE), C1 Advanced (CAE), C2 Proficiency (CPE) minimum score of 168.  (160 and above eligible for pathway program)


Once you apply to your program there are several steps a student must take to be set up for success in their first semester and beyond. Please visit our applicant resource page for more information about your next steps.