Why should I choose the College of Business?
The College of Business (COB) at CSULB provides well-rounded curricula that prepare students for the competitive world of business. COB is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB), which represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide, and is also continually rated as one of the Best Business Schools by Princeton Review.
COB extends beyond the classroom through a variety of co-curricular activities. Our 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, fine-tune business etiquette and networking skills, establish internships, and create professional mentoring opportunities. Our students also have opportunities to put what they have learned into practice by competing in programs such as the Student Managed Investment Fund, Innovation Challenge, Boeing Case Study Competition, and the International Collegiate Business Strategy Competition.
What are the Major Specific Requirements for Fall 2019 and Spring 2020?
Applicants must demonstrate academic preparation for Upper Division Major course work and should have completed:
- 60 transferable units
- Major preparation courses
- Be in good academic standing
- General Education courses, including Written Communication, Oral Communication, Critical Thinking, and College Level Math
Major preparation courses required for admission are:
- Business Calculus (or higher)
- Financial Accounting
- Managerial Accounting
Admission to CSULB is competitive, and we strongly recommend completing additional course work:
- Introduction to Computer Systems & Applications
- Introductory Business Statistics
- United States History
- U.S. Constitution & American Ideals
It is important to Read this current year-term link that admissions will manage: Transfer Admission Eligibility and read the current link "Major Specific Requirements for Transfer".
Do I have to choose a major for Business when I apply to CSULB?
Yes. Applying via CalState Apply presents 8 major options for the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) degree: Accountancy, Finance, Management Information Systems, International Business, Human Resources Management,Management, Marketing, and Operations & Supply Chain Management.
If I am considered “local,” and meet all Major Specific Requirements, will I be admitted?
Yes, since you are considered “local,” you will have a preference. CSULB determines which freshmen and transfer applicants will receive “Local Preference” for admission consideration based on their high school of graduation. For a map and list of local area schools, please refer to Local Area MAP as Preference for Freshmen and Transfers
As part of our commitment to provide access to U.S. military personnel and veterans, CSULB gives “Local Preference” to all U.S. military personnel and veterans regardless of their school of origin.
If I am a non-local student, and meet the Major Specific Requirements, will I be admitted?
Students who meet the all CSU Upper Division transfer eligibility requirements and complete COB Major Specific Requirements listed above, or a Transfer AS/AA degree in Business, are fully qualified to enter COB and will be considered for admission. Fully qualified applicants who are ‘local’ will be offered admission first. Other fully qualified applicants will be considered on a space-available basis based on their academic performance (GPA and successful completion of the recommended coursework listed above) compared with other applicants for the major.
If I have credit in Calculus I or higher, do I still have to take Business Calculus (Math 115)?
No, as long as you received a C or better in Calculus I. Please note that we accept courses that are equivalent to CalculusI (MATH 122) - or Survey of Calculus (Math 119A) or higher. We also accept AP Calculus credit.
Do I have to take philosophy before I can apply?
No, Philosophy/Ethics (Phil 160) is not a requirement for admissions. Only Accounting students are required to take at least one Ethics course as part of their degree requirements, which can be completed at a community college or CSULB.
What if I am close to fulfilling all lower-division requirements for COB admission?
Fall Admission: Coursework and unit minimums must be completed no later than the prior Spring term for all applicants. In January, applicants must complete a supplemental application asking about Fall grades and plans for the Spring semester.
Spring Admission: Coursework and unit minimums must be completed no later than the prior Summer term for all applicants. In September, applicants must complete a supplemental application asking about Summer grades.
What if I am planning on transferring with a Transfer AS/AA degree in Business Administration, but some of the Major Specific Requirements for COB (like "business calculus") are not included in my Business Transfer AS/AA curriculum?
Your community college lower division Associates of Science/Arts for Transfer (also referred to as AD-T) courses will supersede CSULB’s lower-division COB admission requirements and we will accept them. However, to streamline your transition, we highly encourage you to complete your other requirements such as U.S. History, U.S. Constitution & American Ideals, and any remaining lower-division COB courses at a community college. To check for articulation, please visit Assist.org. For more information about the Transfer AA/AS degree, please refer to
What type of support will I receive from COB?
COB’s Center for Student Success (CSS) provides students with one-on-one advising. The center’s main goal is to ease the transition, increase graduation rates, and focus on career preparedness. Through CSS, students receive services such as assistance with registration, use of campus resources, major and General Education graduation requirements, study abroad, program planning, course substitutions/equivalencies, as well as Mandatory Transfer Workshops the first semester to help new students plan for academic success, as well as provide continued guidance through graduation. In addition, students are provided with resources such as Supplemental Instruction and free tutoring to enhance educational potential.