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Domestic Applicants



Pursuing the MBA program at CSU, Chico requires research, planning, and preparation in advance of submitting your application. The application itself is also a multi-step process.

Admission based on:

  1. Completion of a bachelor's degree.
  2. Competitive GPA; calculation is specifically based on the last 60 units (target GPA = 2.75 or higher) and 30 units (target GPA = 3.0 or higher).
  3. Qualifying GRE or GMAT test score; target score for GRE = 303+ or GMAT = 570+ (50th percentile or higher). The total is determined using the combined score on the verbal and quantitative reasoning sections.
  4. Current resume; business experience is recommended but not required.
  5. Statement of purpose; 1-2 page essay addressing: Why do you want to get an MBA? Why would you like to attend CSU, Chico for your MBA? What makes you an outstanding MBA candidate?
  6. Two letters of recommendation and waiver forms.
  • Applicants: complete the top half of the Waiver Form and then give to each recommender.
  • Recommenders: submission instructions are included on the form.

We highly recommend that you read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page for further information about our program and the application process. You should also review our printable PDF for the basic steps to complete your application.


Step 1: Prepare

  • The GRE or GMAT exam is required for admission regardless of GPA. Give yourself time to study and prepare for the test.
  • We do not prefer one test over the other. We will always use the highest test score if you attempt the test more than once or take both tests.

Step 2: Research

  • Consider which option you would like to pursue: General MBA, MBA option in Project Management (PRMG), or MBA option in Enterprise Information Systems (EIS).
  • Determine your eligibility for MBA scholarships and grants.
  • An undergraduate degree in business is not required. However, there are six course areas that students may need to take prerequisite courses or online modules to prepare for MBA courses.
  • Review our FAQ page for common application questions and answers.

Step 3: Apply Online

Our program, like all California State University campuses, uses the online application: www.calstate.edu/apply

  • To start our program in the fall, submit your application October 1 - March 1
  • To start our program in the spring, submit your application August 1 - September 15

When you choose your program on the application, this will declare your option in the MBA program.


Step 4: Send Supplemental Materials

  1. Mail official transcripts for each college/university that you attended since high school.
  • Graduate Studies 400 W. First St. Chico, CA 95929-0875
  1. Submit official GRE or GMAT test scores electronically. Our test code is 4048.
  2. Email to the MBA program (mba@csuchico.edu):
  • Current resume
  • Statement of purpose
  • Two letters of recommendation and waiver forms
  • If applying for MBA Scholarships, send your scholarship essay with your application materials

Step 5: Decisions

Once your online application and all supplemental materials have been received, your application is considered complete. Complete applications will be reviewed starting on March 1 for fall and September 15 for spring admission. Decisions will be made on a rolling basis until space fills. Applicants will be notified of the decision via an email from the MBA Director. Please be patient as your application is reviewed.