Online MBA Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Application Deadlines

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

It's beneficial to submit your application and all required documentation before the deadline. Please note that classes fill up quickly, so the earlier your application is complete, the better.

How often does the program start?

Our program has three (3) start dates: spring, summer, and fall.


What are the transcript requirements for admission?

One official copy of transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended is required. If any credits for an undergraduate degree were rendered from an international college or 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 or university. (Please contact an Admissions Advisor with questions about foreign coursework evaluations.)

Where should I send my transcripts?

Official transcripts should be mailed directly from the degree-granting institution via the U.S Postal Service to:

California State University, Monterey Bay
College of Business
Online MBA Program Admissions
123 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2200
Chicago, IL 60606

Do you accept secure electronic transcript delivery service e-transcripts sent directly from the issuing institution?

Yes. Electronic transcripts are preferred and result in shorter processing time. CSUMB accepts electronic transcripts from select colleges. Check to see if your institution provides electronic transcripts.

Please have secure electronic transcripts sent directly from the issuing university to .

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

Copies of official transcripts can be scanned and submitted during the application process for an initial review. However, transcripts that come from applicants or that have been in the applicant's possession are not considered official. Official e-transcripts must be sent from the issuing institution and can be sent to If you're unsure of how to upload the document, feel free to send it to your Admissions Advisor.

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.

I do not have a bachelor's degree from 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. (Please contact an Admissions Advisor if you have questions about this process.)

Test Scores

Is the GMAT or GRE required?

We do not require the GMAT or GRE for admission. However, some of these requirements (as well as the minimum required GPA) will change for fall 2021, so apply today!

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

Yes. TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for international students. For more details refer to the English proficiency requirements for graduate study at CSUMB. If you have any additional inquiries concerning test scores or testing options, please contact your Admissions Advisor.

Tuition and Financial Aid Questions

How much does tuition for the Online MBA program cost?

Original tuition (including e-books valued at $2,000) is $41,600. Hard copies of books are available for purchase at a discounted rate.

View more details about tuition and the scholarship opportunity here.

Is financial aid available?

Yes, financial aid is available. To learn more about available options and to find out if you qualify for assistance, please visit our tuition and financial aid page. You can also contact an Admissions Advisor for more information.

General Admissions Questions

Can I transfer credits from another university?

Transfer credit requests will be evaluated post acceptance. The maximum amount of transfer credits is six credits or two three-credit courses.

My GPA does not meet the minimum requirement. Can I still apply?

Yes. An undergraduate GPA of 2.80 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) is required. However, applicants with an undergraduate GPA of between 2.80 and 2.99 are required to conduct an online video interview with the Admissions Committee, although this may be waived for applicants with substantial professional experience (a minimum of two years post-graduation in business or management). Please contact an Admissions Advisor for details.

Is there an interview required for admission? If so, how is that conducted?

Interviews are not required for all applicants. However those with an undergraduate GPA of 2.99 or below are required to conduct an online video interview as referenced in the answer directly above.

How long does my personal statement need to be?

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

What should my personal statement include?

The personal statement is your chance to stand out to the admissions committee. It must be in the format of a "business narrative" and include section headers as appropriate. Bulleted or outline formats are NOT acceptable.

Applicants must include an indication of work experience in their personal statement, as requested in the last prompt below. This answer should be a detailed narrative outlining your background, job/positions and duties/responsibilities (do not copy and paste a resume).

The statement should address why you are embarking on this degree program and include answers to the following guiding questions in a narrative form by following a question and answer format:

  • 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?
  • Define what responsible business means to you and explain how you can use this concept in your career.
  • Briefly name organizations for which you have worked and describe any work experiences that you have had.

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 write my letters of recommendation?

Two (2) professional and/or academic letters of recommendation are required from individuals who are well-qualified to judge your character, knowledge, and professional capabilities. One must be from a current supervisor, while the second letter may be from a past employer, 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.

Can I meet with a program faculty member during the application process?

Not at this time.

How does CSUMB's cohort model allow for unplanned breaks in the program? Am I able to take a leave of absence if necessary?

Students may take up to two leave of absence (LOA) which may be consecutive or separate. Students requesting more than two (2) LOAs will be required to reapply to the program.

What if I'm a non-native English speaker?

International student applicants are required to demonstrate satisfactory proficiency in English before gaining admission to the Online MBA program. More information can be found here.

Online Application Questions

How do I start my online application?

You can start your online application by clicking here and following the instructions. For detailed instructions, please refer to our How to Apply page.

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 an Admissions Advisor at 831-920-3453.

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

If you cannot find your school, attempt to submit different search term (i.e.: full school name instead of an abbreviation). If you still cannot find your school after several attempts, click on "Can't find your school?" and manually enter your school information into your application.

Can I save my application and work on it later?

Yes. You can manually save your application at any time 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 finish the application.

What if I need to resend the email reference request to my recommender?

You can resend a request to any recommender who has not responded to your initial request. Locate your application dashboard and click on "Program Materials", then click on "Business Administration (MBA)", and then click on "Recommendations". From this screen, you can see the list of your recommenders and choose an action for each. Click on the pencil icon located to the right of the recommender's name, scroll down to the bottom of the page, and click on "Resend This Recommendation Request".

Schedule Planning

Is there a part-time option available for the Online MBA program?

Currently, there is not an option for a part-time program. The program is mindfully structured for working adults to be completed in 18 months and allows for financial aid eligibility.

What kind of weekly time commitment does this program require?

The Online MBA program generally requires only 20 to 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.

How do graduation proceedings work? Can I attend the on-campus commencement?

Yes. Online students are welcome to participate in on-campus commencement activities.

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.

What types of students and/or professionals typically apply for this program?

We admit students from various majors, backgrounds, and experience. You can learn more about our students here.

Interested in Our CSUMB Online MBA?

Application Deadline
November 5th
Spring 2022 Term
Next Start
January 3rd
Spring 2022 Term