The Cal State Monterey Bay MBA is an innovative program that features two unique tracks to suit experienced executives and aspiring managers. To stimulate class discussion and maximize learning opportunities, our MBA candidates are placed in a cohort of students of similar experience level. A class of aspiring managers is likely to have different questions and experiences than a class of seasoned executives.

Based on your level of experience, we encourage you to apply either for the Traditional MBA or the MBA Executive Track. For the former, one year of professional experience is required. For the Executive Track program, we require a minimum of seven years experience with three in a management/leadership capacity.

Candidates considered for admission to the MBA program will be evaluated on the basis of their academic qualifications (GPA), personal statement, application, resume, and a letter of reference.


  • Application form
  • GPA > 2.5
  • Prospective students are encouraged to contact an admission advisor to learn more about the GPA evaluation. You may be considered for the program if GPA of the last 60 credits is 2.5 or higher.
  • Personal statement including work experience

At CSU- Monterey Bay, we believe that entrance exam scores do not necessarily reflect an individual's ability to excel in this program. We also look for experience and motivation in our students. That is why the GMAT, often an admissions requirement for traditional MBA programs, is not a requirement for our online program.

Decision Making

The Admissions Committee will holistically consider the following information in evaluating your application:

  • Completed California State University Monterey Bay application
  • Your statement of purpose detailing your objectives and qualifications
  • One official copy of transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended. If any credits of undergraduate degree were rendered from an international college/university, all foreign coursework (transcripts) must be accompanied by a course-by-course evaluation, whether or not a degree was earned at the international college/university.
  • Completed bachelor's degree with a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA in the last 60 credits attempted.
  • MBA Executive Track Only:

  • A letter of recommendation is required from an individual (e.g., instructor, employer) familiar with your professional and/or academic work.
  • Résumé, describing your professional work experience

All supporting documents should be submitted to:
Cal State Monterey Bay Online Education Center
3333 South Congress Avenue Suite 100
Delray Beach, FL 33445

All documents will be available for review by the MBA Admissions Committee and the Cal State Monterey Bay Department of Admissions via the online Apply site.

International students and those who have received their bachelor's degrees outside the U.S., see International Applicants.

Admissions Support

Cal State Monterey Bay pairs you with an Advisor, trained specifically in your program, to help you with the admissions process, track selection, online learning orientation, and more.

Program faculty members conduct ongoing advising on an as-needed basis. They maintain office hours that you can use to access appropriate course and academic advising in person, via telephone or email.

Get started today. Call 866.757.5172 or simply fill out the form to the right.


The next phase of your career starts with a few short steps.

The online MBA application process is completed online. We made the process as streamlined as possible for your convenience. Use the timeline below to keep track of admissions milestones. Advisors are available if you have questions along the way.

Below is an example of what your timeline may look like.

Daily Tasks

Estimated Time

Request Official Transcripts30 min
Collect Unofficial Transcripts30 min
Request Reference Letters1 hour
Sign Release of Information Statement30 Min
Upload Résumé 15 min - 3 hours
Complete FAFSA 2 hours*
Complete Application 30 min - 1 hour
Develop Personal Statement1 - 3 hours
Detail Description of Leadership
and Management Experience
1-2 hours
  • *Be sure to have your most recent tax returns in front of you and choose to receive your PIN by email.

Get started today. Call 866.757.5172 or simply fill out the blue form to the right.


A completed CSU-Monterey Bay application and $55.00 application fee are required for consideration for the online MBA program. Space is limited, so apply today. Start your application now.


To expedite the review process, we encourage you to submit unofficial transcripts so we can begin to evaluate your credentials.

To finalize your application, we need to receive official transcripts from all institutions attended including both undergraduate and graduate, including the institution from which you obtained your undergraduate degree.


A GMAT score is not required for admission to the MBA Executive Track.


You must submit a personal statement outlining why you are embarking on this degree program.

The personal statement must be in the format of a "business narrative" and include section headers as appropriate. Bulleted or outline formats are NOT acceptable.

Traditional MBA applicants need to include an indication of work experience in their personal statement.

The statement should include the following:

    MBA Traditional Track

  • Why are you interested in the CSUMB online MBA program?
  • How might your MBA experience assist your future organization?
  • How might your MBA experience assist your MBA classmates?
  • How might you visualize the MBA program assisting you in solving real world problems?
  • Briefly name organizations for which you have worked and describe any work experiences that you have had.
  • MBA Executive Track

  • Why are you interested in the CSUMB MBA Executive Track program?
  • How might your MBA Executive Track experience assist your future organization?
  • How might your MBA Executive Track experience assist your classmates?
  • How might you visualize the MBA Executive Track program assisting you in solving real world problems?


You must submit a minimum of two letters of reference that directly relate to your potential performance in the MBA program.

The requirements are as follows:

  • A letter must be personally developed by and received from an individual referent, who may be contacted by Cal State Monterey Bay Admissions personnel.
  • The individual whom a candidate selects as a referent needs to develop his or her recommendation based on what that individual knows about the candidate's experience and knowledge and associate those with the MBA mission, objectives, and course topics.
  • If referents can provide electronic signatures, it is preferred. However, at a minimum, your referents must provide their names, titles, firms/organizations, contact details, and if possible, official letterhead.


You need to provide a current résumé that details your work experience.

Get started today. Call 866.757.5172 or simply fill out the blue form to the right.


We encourage students from around the world to apply for Cal State Monterey Bay's online programs. The flexibility of our learning platform and the accessibility of our resources makes Cal State Monterey Bay online a good choice for students in far away exotic lands, on military bases and on the move. When you learn online, your campus is wherever you are.


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

Approved service providers:

  • Educational Perspectives
  • World Education Services
  • American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
  • IERF International Education Research Foundation


English language proficiency must be demonstrated by any candidate whose undergraduate degree language of instruction was other than English, regardless of recent work history. Applicants must take and provide scores of either the TOEFL, the Test of English as a Foreign Language, or the IELTS. The TOEFL Test is widely administered in a variety of test taking formats.

Following are the minimum score requirements for this program (score must be equal to or greater than):

  • Internet-based exam: 79-80
  • Computer-based exam: 213
  • Paper-based exam: 575

Cal State Monterey Bay's TOEFL code is 1945.

TOEFL scores must be sent directly to an Admissions Advisor. TOEFL scores are valid for two years after the test is administered.

The IELTS must be taken within the previous three years and the minimum score must equal or exceed 6 (six).

Students should have score reports delivered to:
Cal State Monterey Bay Online Education Center
3333 South Congress Avenue, Ste 100
Delray Beach, FL 33445

Get started today. Call 866.757.5172 or simply fill out the blue form to the right.

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Spring B, 2015

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April 6, 2015
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