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2012-2013 CSULB University Catalog

College of Business Administration

Graduate Progams

The College of Business Administration offers graduate study leading to the Master of Business Administration (MBA). The degree offered by the College of Business Administration is accredited by the AACSB - International.

The MBA is designed to serve the community by providing graduate business education to persons who show promise of leadership and success in business or related fields. For this reason, the faculty of the College of Business Administration has established rigorous standards of admission and completion for the program.

Admission to Graduate Study

In addition to admission by the University Office of Admissions and Records, an applicant for graduate study in business must apply to and be admitted by the College of Business Administration.

Admission Procedures

1. Students interested in applying to the MBA program at CSULB should file a University application online at and an MBA Application Packet from the Graduate Program Office in the College of Business Administration. Students must complete and submit both applications in order to be considered for admission into the graduate program in business. Students applying for the MBA should mark "other masters" as the degree objective, and 05011 as the major code. Students should submit the MBA application with two letters of recommendation, current resume, statement of purpose and responses to five specific questions directly to the MBA office.

2. Two complete sets of official transcripts of all college work attempted are required. One set must be sent to:

California State University, Long Beach, Office of Admissions and Records, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90840

The other set of official transcripts must be sent directly to the Graduate Programs Office at the following address:

California State University, Long Beach, College of Business Administration, Graduate Programs and Executive Education Office, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90840

3. Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores must be forwarded directly from the GMAC to the College of Business Administration Graduate Programs Office. Test scores over 5 years old will not be considered.

4. Foreign students should first contact the Center for International Education on campus for special deadlines. Foreign students are required to take the TOEFL test and achieve a score of 550, in addition to the steps above required of all applicants to the MBA program.

Deadlines for International applications are:

  • April 1 for Fall Semester
  • October 30 for Spring Semester

Deadline for domestic applications are:

  1. November 15 for Spring Semester
  2. April 30 for Fall Semester

One official copy of all transcripts, the MBA Application Packet, GMAT score and TOEFL score (if applicable), must be filed in the Graduate Programs Office by:

  • March 30 for Fall Semester
  • October 30 for Spring Semester

Because of high demand for admission to the MBA program, it is advisable that students submit their application to the program early. No action can be taken on applications until all required documents are received. Application materials submitted after these dates will not be considered.


Admission will be granted to students showing high promise of success in post‑baccalaureate business study. Each applicant's potential for graduate management education is evaluated on the basis of six major criteria:

  • 1. Past Academic Record, as reflected in undergraduate GPA or other Graduate programs.
  • 2. Graduate Records Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)
  • 3. Managerial Experience: demonstration of increasing levels of responsibility.
  • 4. Communication: ability to clearly identify the applicant's leadership potential, educational goals and academic strengths.
  • 5. Two Letters of Recommendation
  • 6. Statement of Purpose
  • 7. Answer to 5 essay questions

Upon completion of evaluation by the College of Business Administration Graduate Programs office, the student is notified by mail of acceptance or rejection. If accepted to the MBA Program, student's transcripts are reviewed for completion of the necessary course work for mastery of the common body of knowledge. Generally, a grade of "B" or better within the last 3 years or an "A" in the last 4 years is required to meet the criteria.

Upon completion of evaluation by the College of Business Administration Graduate Programs office, the student is notified by mail of acceptance or rejection. If accepted, the letter includes an evaluation listing prerequisites met by the student in previous course work and those still requiring completion. Course work from a non-AACSB accredited school or over three years old and with a grade less than "B" at the time of acceptance will not be considered for satisfaction of First Year Core.


In order to be admitted into the University as an MBA student you must meet all of the MBA Admissions criteria.

Admission to Graduate Courses

Only students who have been admitted to the MBA program may take graduate courses in Business Administration. The only exception is that students who have been admitted to other Master's programs at CSULB may take select graduate courses in Business Administration to meet the requirements for their programs, with the permission of their major advisor and the Graduate Programs office.

Enrollment in graduate courses through the Open University will normally be permitted only for students in an AACSB-accredited graduate program elsewhere with a letter of permission from the Associate Dean/Dean of the student's home university, or to alumni of the CSULB MBA Program.

Continuous Enrollment

Once a student is accepted and enrolled in the MBA Program, he/she is expected to attend classes both semesters of the academic year. (Fall and Spring semesters are considered the regular semesters of the academic year; Summer attendance is optional.) Registration and completion of at least one course each semester satisfies the Continuous Enrollment requirement.

If a student is unable to satisfy the Continuous Enrollment requirement, he/she must complete the Educational Leave of Absence procedures detailed below. Continuous Enrollment status will only be preserved if the student's absence from a regular semester has been processed and approved through the Educational Leave of Absence procedures.

Students failing to maintain Continuous Enrollment status will be administratively removed from the MBA Program. Registration privileges will be revoked. Students planning to continue in the MBA Program who have been administratively removed due to the violation of the Continuous Enrollment condition will be required to re‑apply to the MBA Program and to the University.

Leave of Absence

Any MBA student in good academic standing may request an Educational Leave. Students requesting an Educational Leave must complete an Educational Leave Form, in advance, including an explanation of their reasons for seeking the leave and a statement of when they intend to resume academic work. The completed form is to be submitted for approval to the Graduate Programs Office and the University Admission and Records Office in accordance with University Policy.

The minimum initial leave will be one full semester; the maximum will be one calendar year. A student may request, in writing, in advance, an extension of leave. Under no circumstances will the total number of approved educational leaves exceed two, nor will the duration of approved educational leaves extend beyond two calendar years.

Students returning from an approved one semester educational leave are not required to submit an application form. Students on leave longer than one semester must apply for re‑admission to the university. Students returning from an absence for which an educational leave was appropriate but not approved in advance must complete the entire MBA admission process.

An Educational Leave of Absence, if properly requested and processed, allows a student to satisfy the Continuous Enrollment requirement and therefore does not affect their good standing status. Students on an approved education leave of absence will continue to receive registration information.

Graduate students who plan to enroll for credit at another institution of higher education during the leave period must obtain prior approval for the transfer of course credit to the student's program from the department chair in question and the Graduate Programs Director.

The period of an educational leave is counted in the calculation of elapsed time under the regulations governing the seven year maximum period for completion of the MBA degree requirements.

For the period of an educational leave the student's rights under the "Election of Regulation" rule are preserved, maintaining the right of the student to elect regulations as if he or she had maintained continuous attendance. See the CSULB Catalog, General Rules and Procedures section, for a complete explanation of the Election of Regulation ‑ "Catalog Rights".

An educational leave presupposes no expenditure of University resources or faculty and staff time in behalf of the student during the period of the leave. In addition, no computer facilities, no library privileges, and no student services are available to a student on educational leave.

Transfer Credit

Assuming the Continuous Enrollment requirement has been satisfied, a maximum of six credits that closely complement the student's degree objectives may be applied toward the requirements for the MBA degree beyond the First Year Core under the following conditions:

  • 1. the credits under consideration must be graduate credits,
  • 2. the course work must be taken at an AACSB accredited graduate program,
  • 3. prior approval must be obtained from the Graduate Programs Director,
  • 4. prior approval must be obtained from the department chair of the course work being transferred.

The remaining units must be completed in courses at CSULB reserved exclusively for graduate students.

Scholastic Standards/Probation/Disqualification

A student who fails to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in all work completed as a graduate student at this University or in all transferred work applied to the program will be placed on academic probation. The semester in which the student's GPA falls below 3.0 is the First Probational Semester.

A student on probation, who at the end of the Third Probationary Semester (or summer, if classes are taken) fails to obtain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on all units attempted in post‑baccalaureate work at CSULB, will be disqualified and removed from the graduate program. The student should note that the cumulative GPA is calculated by the University Admissions and Records Office and includes all upper division and graduate courses taken while enrolled in the graduate program.

A grade of "C" or better is required in any course taken to satisfy first or second year Core requirements. A grade of "B" or better is required in GBA 699. If either of these requirements is not met, a student must take the course a second time or withdraw from the program. A second failure to achieve the requirement grade will result in involuntary separation from the program. This requirement operates independently of the requirement for a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.

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