The Admissions Process

To apply to the MBA with Options, students need to take the following steps:

Apply On-Line

Students need to complete and file an on-line application through Students should include their personal statement within the application, and we ask students to include the reasons they are looking to pursue an MBA and their reason for selecting Cal State East Bay. Be sure to pay your application fee to avoid delay.

Take the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT)

Students may be required to take the GMAT. Sign up for the test here. Please submit the scores electronically to the university by selecting it during the exam, or sending it at a later date. Our GMAT code is TCV-K9-41.

GRE score is also accepted.

Candidates with 5 or more years meaningful work experience may be considered for GMAT waiver. (Meaningful work experience typically requires a Bachelors degree). Suitability for the program for those seeking a GMAT waiver will be determined by an interview.

Send-In Documents

All applications, transcripts, and test scores should be sent directly to the admissions office:

California State University, East Bay
25800 Carlos Bee Boulevard
Hayward, CA  94542

International Students should send all applications, transcripts and test scores to:

California State University, East Bay
Office of International Admissions, LI 2550
25800 Carlos Bee Boulevard
Hayward, CA  94542

Résumés and letters of recommendation are not required as part of the initial application process. 

Admissions Requirements

The M.B.A. is open to students who hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.  Each applicant is evaluated on the basis of

  • past academic performance as reflected in undergraduate grade point average and subsequent coursework; and
  • results of the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) in verbal, quantitative, and the “Index Score”  that involves the total GMAT score, Index Score = (Upper Division GPA x 200) + Total GMAT]. Admission to the program is selective. 
  • GRE score, if provided, is accepted in place of GMAT. GMAT may be waived for applicants with five years or more work experience. Applicants' eligibility for a GMAT waiver is discussed during their personal interview, in which their professional achievements and academic background are addressed.

Entering Class Fall 2014 Profile


Female: 42%

Male: 58%

Admitted Through:

GMAT: 65.9%

GMAT Waiver: 16.3%

GRE: 17.8%

Average GPA= 3.12

Average GMAT= 544

Average Number of Years of Work Experience: 6.7 years

Countries Represented:

China 13%

India 16%

Saudi Arabia 5%

Taiwan 1.5%

Thailand 3%

USA 59%

Vietnam 1%

Afghanistan 1.5%

International Students

For admission to California State University, East Bay as an international student, you are required to meet the following conditions:

1.  Meet the above admission requirements

2.  Demonstrate proof of English proficiency in one of the following ways:

  • An official transcript showing graduation with a bachelor's degree from a U.S. college or university, or an international college or university where English is the principal language of instruction, or an official letter from the college or university certifying that English was the language of instruction.
  • A TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 550 (213 computer-based or 79 Internet-based; 92 for MA Economics) or above.
  • An overall test score from IELTS (International English Language Testing System) exam of 6.5 or above for graduate students. A score of 7 or above is required for international students seeking a Masters of Science degree in Economics.                         
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