Admission To The Program

Qualified applicants holding a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university may be admitted to the program. Each applicant must submit the following to the Graduate School:

  1. Apply to California State University Graduate School on CSU Mentor website
    • You may choose from the following program and concentrations: MBA (general degree),
      MBA – Accounting, and MBA – Finance.
    • Fall 2015 application deadline is June 30, 2015.
  2. Two copies of official transcripts from each college attended other than CSU Stanislaus be sent to "Graduate School / MSR 120"
    • Minimum GPA of 2.50 is required in the last 60 units attempted

Each applicant also must submit the following directly to the Master of Business Administration Office,
DBH 209:

  1. A completed MBA Program Application.
  2. Three letters of recommendation from faculty and/or other professional sources.
  3. The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score report, which should be sent directly from the testing organization. (Note: the Graduate Record Exam, or GRE, may be substituted for the GMAT). The following scores are required: 
    1. 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]. For persons taking the GRE, the formula is: a total of 200 points must be achieved based on: [20 times the upper division GPA plus the average GRE score]. To first obtain the average GRE score, a person must add the two category scores (verbal and quantitative) and divide by 2.
    2. A minimum score of 3.5 in the "analytical writing" component of the exam is required.
    3. Scores at or above the 20th percentile in the verbal and quantitative categories must be achieved. Persons who score below the 20th percentile in either or both categories may be admitted on a conditional basis that requires them to take additional foundation coursework (remediate) as prescribed by the MBA Program. The total and analytical writing scores must be satisfied on the exam for a candidate to be eligible to remediate low percentage scores.
    4. Experience:  Candidates must demonstrate a two-year record of relevant, full-time employment in a professional or supervisory role. Applicants wishing to enter the program without the required two year-experience may achieve a waiver of the work experience requirement by meeting a higher point score of 1150 points based on the formula [200 times the overall GPA plus the GMAT total score].
  4. Applicants whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and achieve minimum scores as required by the Office of International Education. Additional documents are required for international applicants. Refer to the Office of International Education website. 

MBA Program Deadlines
MBA application documents maybe submitted year-round. Applications will not be reviewed if files are incomplete. Please refer to The Graduate School website for University application deadlines.


Foundation Courses

Business & Non-Business Undergraduate Courses
(must be satisfied prior to core/elective courses by non academic business background students)

Foundation Courses
ACC 2110 Financial Accounting
ECON 2510 Principles of Microeconomics
FIN 3220 Business Finance
MGT 3310 Mgt. Theory & Practice
MKT 3410 Principles of Marketing
MATH 1610 Statistics for Decision Making

Note 1: Must also have a computer literacy course, equivalent to Computer Information Systems 2000 Introduction to Business Computer Systems.

Note 2: If a foundation course has a prerequisite the MBA Program does not require this be completed. Please contact instructor directly and notify them of your status and intent of enrolling in their class. It is the instructor’s discretion if they will add students to their classes without appropriate prerequisites.