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Online MBA Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Test Scores

What is the minimum GMAT score I need to attain on the GMAT?

There is no GMAT requirement*

*This requirement will change for fall 2020, so apply today!

Will my application still be considered if my test scores do not arrive by the specified deadline?

We will need all application material received by the document deadline to have your file considered for that term.

Do you accept the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) for International Students?

International student applicants are required to demonstrate satisfactory proficiency in English. Applicants who have attended a school where English was the primary language of instruction for at least three years immediately preceding admission to CSUMB will have met the proficiency requirement. All other applicants, regardless of whether they have worked professionally in English, must demonstrate written and verbal fluency in English. The applicants will be encouraged to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exams.

The minimum score for IELTS is 6 and it can be a substitute for TOEFL. Official test scores must be sent to the Office of Admissions. The scores are valid as long as they can be currently obtained from IELTS, which has an automatic expiry of two years.

Do I have to submit IELTS/TOEFL scores if I have earned a degree from a U.S. institution?

No, we don't require TOEFL or IELTS scores if you received a baccalaureate degree (or higher) from an accredited U.S. institution of higher education, or from an institution whose medium of instruction is English.

Application Deadlines

Does your office need to receive all application materials by the application deadline?

Your complete online application must be submitted by the deadline.


Do you accept e-transcripts sent directly from the issuing institution?

Yes. Please have e-transcripts sent directly from the issuing university to

Where should I send my transcripts?

Mailed transcripts and/or test scores should be sent via the U.S. Postal Service and be addressed as follows:
California State University, Monterey Bay
College of Business
Online MBA Program Admissions
123 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2200
Chicago, IL 60606

Can I scan and submit a physical document? If so, what email address should I use?

Yes, you may send the following documents directly to your assigned Admissions Advisor’s email.

  • Personal Statement
  • Release of information form
  • Updated resume
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation

Do I need to obtain copies of all my transcripts, even if I only took one course at an institution?

Yes. Official transcripts from each college or university you have attended are required.

If I earned my bachelor’s degree outside of the U.S., what official documents does CSUMB require?

Applicants who earned their bachelor's degrees from colleges or universities outside the United States must utilize services approved by CSU Monterey Bay to have a course-by-course evaluation performed of their undergraduate transcript(s). For more information, click here.

General Admissions Questions

How long does my essay need to be?

Your application must include a personal statement that is at least three (3) pages double spaced.

When will I be notified of an admission decision?

Most admissions decisions will be posted within two (2) weeks of your application entering review.

Who should I request as references?

Two (2) professional and/or academic letters of recommendation are required from individuals who are well-qualified to judge your character, scholarship, and professional abilities. One should be from a current or former employer, the second can be from any of the following sources: an employer, a professor or other academic supervisor, or someone in a leadership position in a nonprofit or volunteer organization.

Is the application deadline flexible?

No. The application deadline is firm.

Technology Questions

How do I start my online application?

You can begin your online application by clicking here and following the instructions.

For more detailed instructions, click here.

What if I forget my password?

Please click “Forgot Password” to reset it.

What if I have problems while completing the application?

If you are having issues with our online application system, please contact your Admissions Advisor at 831-920-3453.

What if I cannot find my school listed on the application?

If you cannot find your school listed on the application, please contact your Admissions Advisor and they will be able to send you a link.

Can I save my application and work on it later?

Yes. You can manually save your application at any point during the online application process and return to it at a later time. You will need your username (email) and password to log back in and complete the application.

Schedule Planning

What kind of weekly time commitment does this program require?

The online MBA program is considered part-time and generally requires only 20-25 hours of work per week, including time spent with lectures, research, and coursework.

Is it possible to complete this program while also working a full-time job?

Yes. The Online MBA program has been designed specifically with the goals of working professionals in mind. Students can log in, view lectures and assignments, and submit required classwork as their schedules allow.

Approximately how many courses should I expect to complete each year?

You are required to complete three (3) courses during the fall term, three (3) courses during the spring term, and two (2) courses during the summer term, for a total of eight (8) classes per year.

Program details

How will I interact with my cohort peers?

Students in the Online MBA program can expect to collaborate and communicate with their cohort peers primarily through video conferencing, live chat, discussion boards, and email messages related to course assignments. Similarly, faculty will communicate with students through these same channels, along with scheduled phone conversations which are available upon request.