Pre-MBA Program

**Pre-MBA Program will not be offered in Summer 2018. If you're interested in applying for Fall 2018, please contact the program coordinator, Ms. Yie Peng ( for information.** 

Requirements | Program Fees | Outcomes | Curriculum | Preparation for IELTS/GMAT

Program Overview

Offered in collaboration with the College of Business and Economics, the Pre-MBA is an intensive, integrated curriculum of business courses, GMAT preparation and critical academic skills for international students preparing to enter graduate business school.

Students are admitted to this program when preparing for admission to the AACSB accredited Masters in Business Administration and Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) program at California State University, East Bay. The length of program depends on their needs - one to three quarters of study are possible (three to nine months).

A typical three month program consists of:

  • One graduate level MBA Fundamental course for credit (4 quarter credits) in Accounting, Information Technology or Management. For more details on these fundamental courses, see the Pre-MBA Fundamental Course Descriptions. 
  • Graduate Writing/Reading course
  • IELTS and GMAT Preparation Workshops

Ideal Students:

  • Students who do not possess an undergraduate degree in business, and intend to pursue an MBA degree or any Master's in business degree at Cal State East Bay or other American university
  • Undergraduate business majors who need to master the English and/or academic skills needed to pass required TOEFL, IELTS, GMAT exams, and academic course work for acceptance to the university MBA Program
  • Non-business professionals who seek an accelerated foundation in business administration without the degree


Admission Requirements for the Pre-MBA Program

  • A degree satisfying the undergraduate degree requirements of the MBA, including no less than a GPA of 2.5 in the final two years of study. Meeting this requirement to be confirmed through screening of the transcript by International Admissions, following guidelines to be set by the College of Business.
  • IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL 71
  • In addition to the Pre-MBA application, students must also submit a MBA application through Cal State Apply.

A GMAT score is a requirement for continuing from first to second quarter in the Pre-MBA program.

Admission Requirements for the CSU East Bay MBA Program

After completion of the Pre-MBA program, students are expected to satisfy all of the international student requirements to enter the CSU East Bay MBA program, namely:

  • GMAT + last two year's undergraduate GPA x 200 = 1050
  • IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 79

* For those interested in applying for Master of Science in Accountancy, educational background should include Accountancy.

Program Fees

Program Fees
 Pre-MBA Program (Fall, Winter, Spring)Pre-MBA Program (Summer)
Application Fee
$150 one-time application fee & each time deferring or changing program
Registration Fee / Quarter
$149 $149
 Student Health Services Fee / Quarter $101 $101
ALP Tuition & Course Fees / Quarter $3,500 $2,500
(No fundamental course is offered)
Total Fees / Quarter $3,750 $2,750

*Fees are subject to change without notice

*If you choose to take MATH1130 (4 units) and/or STAT1000/2010 (5 units) class through Open University, additional fees ($304/unit) will be applied.


  • Full transfer of credit into the CSU East Bay MBA of one to three fundamental courses (4-12 units)
  • Admission to MBA after meeting TOEFL or IELTS and GMAT requirements
  • Strengthen business communication skills
  • Develop necessary study skills for success in graduate business school
  • Learn about US business practices
  • Intensive GMAT test taking preparation


Three MBA Fundamental courses are taught as part of the Pre-MBA, one each in the following quarters:

Fall : MGMT 6015/ 7805 

Winter : ACCT 6015/ 7810 

Spring : ITM 6015/ 7800 

Summer : No fundamental courses are offered.

For course descriptions of each fundamental course, refer to the Pre-MBA Fundamental Course Descriptions.

Preparation for IELTS/GMAT

IELTS Preparation

An intensive overview of advanced vocabulary, reading, grammar, listening and essay writing. Focus is placed on improving IELTS test scores for admission to an MBA program at Cal State East Bay or other institution.

GMAT Preparation Workshops

  • GMAT Verbal Preparation:
    A 10-week course that focuses on the verbal section of the test; course offers access to multimedia software in the ALP Learning Center.
  • GMAT Quant Preparation:
    A 10-week course for students who need to practice the math skills required on the Quantitative section of the GMAT
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