College of Business

International 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. This information relates to only the campus MBA program.  International students are not eligible to apply for the online MBA program.

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. Given the COVID-19 global pandemic, the campus MBA program has waived the GRE/GMAT requirement for admission to our program. If you would like to take the exam to bolster your application profile, we are happy to add a test score to your file. 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. Proof of English language proficiency (if required); demonstrated by a minimum score from one of the following: TOEFL = 550, TOEFL (IBT) = 80, IELTS 6.5, or PTE Academic 59.
  5. Financial support documents and a copy of your passport bio data page.
  6. Current resume; business experience is recommended but not required.
  7. 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?
  8. One letter of recommendation from a professional colleague, supervisor/manager, academic instructor, or someone who can attest to your professional skills and abilities.

We highly recommend that you read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page for further information about our program and the application process. 

Step 1: Prepare

  • Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the GRE or GMAT exam is not required for admission during the Spring Semester application cycle (August 1 – September 15).  If you choose to take either exam, please 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). The EIS MBA is a STEM designated degree, which allows international students to stay in the US for a three year OPT after graduation.
  • 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 for international students called Cal State 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

The first step in Cal State Apply is to select your desired MBA option.  Our campus MBA has a general option, as well as specializations in Project Management or Enterprise Information Systems.  Directions to submit official transcripts, a resume, statement of purpose and letter of recommendation will be found in the 4th section of the application.

Step 4: 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.