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Online MBA Application Requirements

NOTE: Due to testing center closures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, California State University, Chico will be waiving the GRE/GMAT requirement for all Online MBA applicants through the fall 2021 term. Students applying to the Online MBA program for the fall 2021 term do not need to request a waiver for these exams.

All applicants to the CSU Chico Online MBA program must possess a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a GPA of at least 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) over the last 60 units of credit and 3.0 over the last 30 units of credit.

Additional Online MBA application requirements are as follows:

  • Completed online application
    • A $70 application fee is required to submit this application
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended
    • Official transcripts should be submitted electronically to or mailed to:
      Office of Graduate Studies
      California State University, Chico
      400 West First Street
      Chico, CA 95929-0875
  • GMAT or GRE scores
    • GMAT score of at least 570 or GRE score of at least 303 preferred
    • A GRE/GMAT waiver is available for qualified applicants
  • Current resume or CV
  • Personal statement of 1 to 2 pages addressing the following questions:
    • Discuss your background and why you want an MBA
    • What makes you a strong candidate for our Online MBA program?
  • One letter of recommendation from a professional colleague, supervisor/manager, or academic instructor
    • Applicant: During the application process, applicant will provide the name and email address of recommender. The letter must be submitted through the Cal State Apply system by the recommender prior to the application deadline. It is important that applicants keep an eye on the progress of recommendation letter submission and remind recommenders as the deadline approaches.
    • Recommender: Letter of recommendation will be provided electronically as part of the application process. The letter must be submitted through the Cal State Apply system prior to the application deadline.

No work experience is required to apply to the Online MBA program!

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Admissions Deadlines

Priority Application Deadline

July 5th

Fall 2021 Term

Application Deadline

August 2nd

Fall 2021 Term

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August 23rd

Fall 2021 Term