Transfer Student Questions-FAQ

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.

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
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics

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
A grade of C or better is required in each of the above courses with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and a GPA of 2.25 in the major preparation courses. Please note that lists all courses that articulate for the major, not just our major-specific requirements for admissions. For more information, please refer to Transfer Admission Eligibility and read the complete info "WHAT ARE HIGHLY IMPACTED MAJORS AND HOW DOES THIS AFFECT ADMISSION DECISIONS?"

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".


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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 For more information about the Transfer AA/AS degree, please refer to

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.