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Admissions Information

Please note that you can only apply to one of our graduate programs.  If you are unsure about which program is best for you, contact us

  • Applications to all Graduate Programs must be filed via  Cal State Apply .
  • There is a non-refundable $70 fee that must be paid in order for your application to be processed. 
  • Transcripts can be submitted electronically at ES-IDPTrans@csulb.edu for domestic students only.
  • International students, please follow these instructions for submission of transcripts and other required materials. 
  • Applications are reviewed on a rolling bases.  Application deadlines for the different programs.

General Application Requirements

Meeting minimum and/or general requirements does not guarantee admission. Application FAQ page.

  • ​Enrollment Services/International Admissions require a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university with a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the last 60 semester (or 90 quarter) units attempted for admission to the university. Admission to all Graduate Programs in Business requires at least a 2.75 GPA.   
  • GMAT or GRE test scores 
    • Minimum GMAT requirements: At least 500 overall score; 4.0 essay score; 4.0 integrated reasoning score
    • ​Minimum GRE requirements: At least 150 in each verbal and quantitative section; 4.0  essay score.
  • Resumé
  • YouTube link to video statement of purpose
  • Short Answer Personal Statement 
  • Two letters of recommendation are required

Download Application Checklist

Program Requirements

MBA (all programs)

Short Answer Personal Statement (250 words max):

Describe a time when you dealt with someone who was difficult.

  • How did you handle that situation?
  • What would you do differently if you could do it over again?

Provide a Video Statement of Purpose:

You can use a platform such as YouTube to create the video. Post the link in the application form. 

  • Through your resume and recommendations, we have a clear sense of your progression path to date. What are your career goals in the next 3-5 years and what, in your imagination, would be your long-term dream job?

Note: If you need an ADA-compliant format for the Statement of Purpose, please contact us.

MS Accountancy 

Short Answer Personal Statement (250 words max):

Describe a time when you dealt with someone who was difficult. 

  • How did you handle that situation? 
  • What would you do differently if you could do it over again?

Provide a Video Statement of Purpose:

You can use a platform such as YouTube to create the video. Post the link in the application form. 

  • Through your resume and recommendations, we have a clear sense of your progression path to date. What are your career goals in the next 3-5 years and what, in your imagination, would be your long-term dream job?

Applicants to this program must possess either:

  • Bachelor's degree in Accountancy from an accredited university OR
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university, and accounting coursework equivalent to the current CSULB catalog. The student must have a GPA of 3.0 in the required Accounting courses listed below:
    • Intermediate accounting I & II ( ACCT 300A and ACCT 300B)
    • Cost accounting, (ACCT 320)
    • Federal Taxation, (ACCT 351)
    • Auditing (ACCT 470)
  •  Applicants may also satisfy the prerequisites at local community colleges. View a class comparison chart (pdf) of acceptable courses from other local college and universities.

CSULB offers a summer intensive program that will allow applicants to complete the prerequisite courses in two summer sessions (12 weeks.). Contact msa@csulb.edu for details.

MS Finance

Short Answer Personal Statement (250 words max):

Describe a time when you dealt with someone who was difficult. 

  • How did you handle that situation? 
  • What would you do differently if you could do it over again?

Provide a Video Statement of Purpose:

You can use a platform such as YouTube to create the video. Post the link in the application form. 

  • Through your resume and recommendations, we have a clear sense of your progression path to date. What are your career goals in the next 3-5 years and what, in your imagination, would be your long-term dream job?

Note: If you need an ADA-compliant format for the Statement of Purpose, please contact us

MS Information Systems

Short Answer Personal Statement (250 words max):

Describe a time when you dealt with someone who was difficult. 

  • How did you handle that situation? 
  • What would you do differently if you could do it over again?

Provide a Video Statement of Purpose:

You can use a platform such as YouTube to create the video. Post the link in the application form. 

  • Through your resume and recommendations, we have a clear sense of your progression path to date. What are your career goals in the next 3-5 years and what, in your imagination, would be your long-term dream job?

Note: If you need an ADA-compliant format for the Statement of Purpose, please contact us

MS Marketing Analytics

Short Answer Personal Statement (250 words max):

Describe a time when you dealt with someone who was difficult. 

  • How did you handle that situation? 
  • What would you do differently if you could do it over again?

Provide a Video Statement of Purpose:

You can use a platform such as YouTube to create the video. Post the link in the application form. 

  • Through your resume and recommendations, we have a clear sense of your progression path to date. What are your career goals in the next 3-5 years and what, in your imagination, would be your long-term dream job?

Note: If you need an ADA-compliant format for the Statement of Purpose, please contact us