International Applicants - Graduate Programs in Business

General Admissions Process

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

  • Use Cal State Apply to file your application before the Application deadlines 
  • Pay a non-refundable $70 fee 
  • International Applicants seeking F1 visas are eligible for admission to the following programs:
    • MS Accountancy
    • MS Finance
    • MS Information Systems (accelerated track only) - STEM
    • MS Marketing Analytics (accelerated track only) - STEM
    • Accelerated MBA
    • Evening MBA
    • Online MBA

​Application Requirements

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

  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or greater   
  • GMAT/GRE Test Requirements Waived for Spring and Fall 2021
  • Resumé
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Short Answer Personal Statement (1500 characters 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?
  • Video Statement of Purpose:
    • Describe your career goals in the next 3-5 years, and
    • Your long-term dream job.
    • You can use a platform such as YouTube to create the video. Include the link in the application form.
  • Application FAQs
  • Contact Us for an ADA-compliant format for the Video Statement of Purpose

Download Application Checklist


International Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as early in the application period as possible (deadlines.) Once the applicant has been admitted and an I-20 has been issued, it can take several weeks to obtain a visa. 


Along with the ​General Application Requirements, all international applicants to CSULB must submit the following checklist items:

  • Apply as early in the application period as possible
  • Meet or exceed English language requirement minimum test score
  • Submit original or certified copies of ALL OFFICIAL academic records, transcripts/individual marksheets, certificates, and diplomas.
  • Await notification. Your application will be evaluated AFTER the application deadline
    • Monitor the status of your application by visiting Applicant Self Service before calling or emailing the International Admissions office.
    • For a detailed guide on how to check your status, click here.
    • Note - if admitted and Form I-20 issued, it often takes several weeks to obtain a visa.