Admission Requirements

  • The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score, which should be sent directly from the testing service. (NOTE: the Graduate Record Exam, or GRE, may be substituted for the GMAT)
    • Performance on the GMAT (or GRE): Scores in the verbal and quantitative categories must be at or above the 20th percentile; minimum score of 3.5 in the "analytical writing" component of the exam. Persons who score below 20 percent in either or both categories may be admitted on a conditional basis that requires them to take additional foundational coursework as prescribed by the Online MBA Program Director; minimum 470 GMAT score expected.
  • GPA: A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required for the last 60 units of undergraduate coursework. In addition, a total of 1,000 points must be achieved based on the formula (200 times the overall GPA plus the GMAT score), or a total of 1,050 points based on the formula (200 times the upper-division GPA plus the GMAT score). Persons taking the GRE must calculate the average of the two category scores before entering a GRE score in either formula.
  • Experience: Two years of relevant, full-time employment in a professional or supervisory role. A waiver of the work experience requirement by meeting a higher point score of 1150 based on the formula (200 times overall GPA plus the GMAT score total).
  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Completion of the following foundation courses or their equivalent courses:


Community College Equivalent

Course Number Course Name Available Modesto Jr. College Merced College San Joaquin Delta College Columbia College
ACC 2110 Financial Accounting CSU Stanislaus Online BUSAD 201 Financial Accounting ACTG 4A Financial Accounting Bus 1A Princ. Of Accounting BUSAD 1A Prin. Of Accounting
ECON 2510 Microeconomics Community College ECON 102 Microeconomic ECON 1B Intro to Microecon. ECON 1B Prin. Of Microecon. ECON 1 Prin. Of Microecon.
FIN 3220 Business Finance CSU
MGT 3310 Management Theory & Practice CSU
MKT 3410 Principles of Marketing CSU
MATH 1610 Statistics for Decision Making Community College MATH 134 Elementary Statistics MATH 10 Elementary Statistics MATH 12 Introduction to Probability and Statistics MATH 2 Elements of Statistics

Notes on Foundation Course Requirements:

  • Must also have a computer literacy course, equivalent to Computer Information Systems 2000 Introduction to Business Computer Systems.
  • Courses must be completed at same level (1000 and 2000 level courses are lower division; 3000 level courses are upper division).
  • If completing courses at CSU Stanislaus and it has a prerequisite, the Online MBA Program does not require this be completed. Please contact the instructor directly and notify them of your situation and interest in enrolling in their class. It is the instructor'€™s discretion if they will add students to their classes without appropriate prerequisites.
  • Prior to registering for foundation courses, make sure to have your transcripts reviewed by the Online MBA Program Coordinator. She will be able to confirm if foundation courses have been satisfied or if any need to be completed. The Online MBA Program Coordinator must also approve foundation courses completed off campus. This will ensure the equivalent course is completed. To receive credit for foundation courses, if completed outside of CSU Stanislaus, official transcripts must be provided directly to the Online MBA Program office.

International Applicants

  • Applicants whose native language is not English and undergraduate degree was instructed in a language other than English must take the TOEFL and have a minimum total score of 575 (or 213 electronic) with part scores of at least 54 (21 electronic), reported directly from the testing service. The IELTS will substitute the TOEFL, with a minimum Band score of 6.5.
  • International transcripts must be evaluated by a third party agency. For a list of agencies and the required information on the evaluation, please see this document.

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