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How to Apply

Admission entry for Fully Employed MBA (FEMBA) program is every summer term. The next admission entry point is Summer 2020.  Classes will begin on May 30, 2020.

Domestic Applicants:

  • Applications are currently closed at this time but will re-open October 5, 2019
  • The application deadline is March 9, 2020. All applications will be reviewed at this time.
  • A second round of application review will take place on April 6, 2020 if there are remaining seats open.

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Admission Requirements

  • 1. Bachelors Degree from Accredited Institution

    Applicant 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.
  • 2. Good Academic Standing & GPA Requirement

    Applicant must be in good academic standing at the last college or university attended. 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.

  • 3. Professional Work Experience

    Applicant must have at least three years of full-time, professionally relevant work experience.
  • 4. GMAT/GRE

    Applicant must have taken the GMAT or GRE before the application deadline of March 9, 2020.

    To learn more about taking the GMAT, please see

    • Minimum GMAT 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. We compare GRE scores to the equivalent score of a 500 on the GMAT.
    • Request that your official GMAT score report to be sent to CSUSM. The school code for the GMAT test is V38-PT-28. If you are sending GRE scores the school code is 4155.
    • If you have at least 7 years of professional work experience, you may petition to waive the GMAT/GRE requirement by contacting the MBA office at or (760) 750-4267. Please note that the admissions committee might ask for an interview and/or employment verification.
    • If you hold a master or doctorate degree in a quantitative field, you may petition to waive the GMAT requirement by contacting the MBA office at or(760) 750-4267. 
    • 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. In order to request a fee waiver code your FAFSA application must be submitted. 
  • 5 International Students/ Non-resident

    All International applicants requiring the F-1 student visa should visit the Office of Global Education 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.

    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 satisfy the English Language Proficiency Requirement with one of the following:

    • TOEFL score of 80 iBT
    • IELTS overall band score of 6.0, writing score no lower than 6.0 and no section score below 5.5


Application Process

  • Application Filing Period

     Domestic Applicants:
    • Applications are currently closed at this time but will re-open October 5, 2019.
    • Cal State Apply Application must be completed by March 9, 2020.
    • The application submission deadline for all materials is March 9, 2020.

    International (F-1 Visa) Applicants:

    • Applications are currently being accepted
    • Applications are processed as received
    • The application submission deadline for all materials for international applicants outside of the United States requiring an F-1 Visa is March 1, 2020
    • The application submission deadline for all materials for international applicants already on an F-1 Visa and in the United States is March 9, 2020
    • International applicants requiring a F-1 Student Visa see GRADUATE INTERNATIONAL ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS



  • Step 1. Apply to Cal State San Marcos MBA

    Summer 2020
    CSUSM will start accepting Fully Employed MBA program applications on October 5, 2019 unitl March 9, 2020.
    Submit a Cal State Apply Application online and pay the $55 application fee by March 9, 2020. On the application please select the Major/Program Objective “Business Administration,” and for the Degree Objective select “Other master's (MBA, MFA, MPA, etc.)".
    You will be asked to submit the following with your application:
    • Resume
    • Two Essays
      1. Personal Achievements: Submit a one-page essay on your on achievements which you consider to be the best indicators of your potential for a successful management career.
      2. Program Experience: Submit a one-page essay on the rewards and challenges you anticipate from the program, and how you expect the experience to enhance your management career.
    • References
      • Provide the name and email address for three professional references.  We will contact them to complete a recommendation for you.
      • References can use the following recommendation template.
    • Unofficial transcripts for all colleges attended (attach a pdf copy of your transcripts)
  • Step 2. Request official transcripts and scores

    Official Transcripts:

    All Official Transcripts must be requested to be sent to CSUSM. This INCLUDES all community college and university  course work.

    Official Transcripts may be sent to CSUSM electronically at 

    Official Transcripts may also be mailed to: 

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

     Test Scores:

    GMAT/GRE: Request that your official GMAT score report to be sent to CSUSM. The school code for the GMAT test is V38-PT-28. If you are sending GRE scores the school code is 4155.

    If you want to petition to waive  the GMAT/GRE requirement please fill out the GMAT/GRE waiver form and email it and your resume to Please make sure your resume indicates a clear start and end date for each job. 

    TOEFL/IELTS: If you are required to take an English proficiency test, request for your official TOEFL or IELTS scores to be sent to CSUSM.  

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MBA Success

"I highly recommend CSUSM’s Fully Employed MBA program. It is a demanding and intensive program that will help you take your career to the next level.  For me there were several factors impacting my decision to attend CSUSM over other schools. The integration with the business community was most important to me. Through courses such as Meet the Leaders you are granted access to leaders in the business community that you wouldn’t otherwise have access to. Also learning in a cohort environment helps ensure your success as an individual. Lastly CSUSM provides the best value, keeping the cost of the program competitive."

Rosemary Kessel
-Rosemary Reed Kessel
Director of Operations, Commworld of
San Diego-North, Inc.