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Frequently Asked Questions for Prospective Transfers

The College of Business Administration (CBA) welcomes all students to apply to our Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program.  The CBA provides well-rounded curricula that prepare students for the competitive world of business.  The CBA is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) based on the academic and professional qualifications of our faculty and the achievement of learning goals by our students. The CBA is rated as one of the Best 296 Business Schools by Princeton Review, 2013 Edition.

Q: What are the Major Specific Requirements for Fall 2013?
A: CBA applicants must demonstrate academic preparation for Upper Division Major course work and should have completed: a) 60 transferable units, b) the Golden Four (General Education—Written Communication, Oral Communication, Critical Thinking, and Math), and c) major preparation courses. Major preparation courses required for admission are: a) Macro or Micro Economics, b) Business Calculus, and c) Financial Accounting.  A grade of C or better is required in each of the above courses and the minimum cumulative GPA is 2.5.  In the past students were ranked by GPA, but this year admission will be accessible to students who meet the minimum requirements until CBA reaches capacity. For more information, please refer to the CSULB Admissions website and to CBA Major Specific Admission Requirements for Transfer.
Q: I am considered “local”, and meet all Major Specific Requirements, will I be admitted?
A: Yes, since you are considered “local”, you will have preference and we will admit alllocal” students that meet all Major Specific Requirements. Beginning Fall 2013, CSULB will determine “Local Preference” for freshmen and transfer applicants for admission consideration based on their high school of graduation or status as a military veteran. For the “local” area map, please visit, 2012 Local Admission Area Schools and District Map.
Q: What if I am a non-local student, but have met the Major Specific Requirements, should I apply?
A: Yes, please apply.  First, we will admit “local” students who meet Major Specific Requirements. Next, we will admit others who meet Major Specific Requirements. Again, in the past, students were ranked by GPA, but this year admission will be accessible to students who meet the minimum requirements until CBA reaches capacity. The CBA is not currently at capacity, so likelihood of admission is high if Major Specific Requirements are met.
Q: What if I am close to fulfilling all lower division requirements for CBA admission?
A: Please apply and try to finish the requirements by Spring 2013. In January, those who have applied will receive a supplemental application asking about Fall grades and plans for Spring semester.  Students who apply but have not fulfilled all admission requirements will be admitted if there is space available and will be asked to fulfill missing requirements during their first semester.
Q: What if I am planning on transferring with a Transfer AS degree in Business Administration, but some of the Major Specific Requirements for CBA (like "business calculus") are not included in my Business Transfer AS curriculum?
A: Your community college lower division Business Administration AS-T degree courses will supersede CSULB’s required lower division CBA admission requirements and we will accept them. If you did not take business calculus, you may be asked to take the course, but your upper division course requirements at CSULB will not exceed 60 units, if you transfer to CSULB with an AS-T degree in Business Administration.
Q: Why should I choose the College of Business Administration?
A: The CBA extends the classroom through a variety of co-curricular activities.  CBA student organizations are award winning and highly connected to our Corporate Partners.  The Student Center for Professional Development provides students with the opportunity to gain leadership skills, to fine tune business etiquette and networking skills, and to be mentored by one of our Corporate Partners.