Pre-Business Analytics Program / Pre-Graduate Studies Program

Program Overview

Offered in collaboration with the College of Business and Economics, the Pre-Business Analytics 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 Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) at California State University, East Bay; and, can be useful for those pursuing other graduate degrees at this university. The length of program is two 8-week sessions, a total of 16 weeks.

Ideal Students:

  • Students who do not possess an undergraduate degree in business, and intend to pursue an MSBA 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 MSBA Program
  • Non-business professionals who seek an accelerated foundation in business administration without the degree

Admission Requirements for the Pre-Business Analytics Program

  • A degree satisfying the undergraduate degree requirements of the MSBA, 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, TOEFL iBT 71, or Duolingo English Test 100
  • The university application for MS in Business Analytics via Cal State Apply and $70 application fee must be submitted before enrolling in the master's program. It is not required to submit the university application at the same time with the ALP Pre-Business Analytics application.

Admission Requirements for the CSU East Bay MSBA Program

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

  • Acceptable percentile rankings in verbal and quantitative section on GMAT
  • IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 80 (Duolingo is not acceptable for MSBA admission)

Program Fees

Pre-Business Analytics

(1 semester: 8-week session x2)

Application Fee
$150 one-time application fee
Registration Fee / semester



Student Health Services Fee / Semester

Pre-Business Analytics Tuition $7,188 (includes two graduate courses)/semester
Total Fees $7,693/semester *

*Fees are subject to change without notice.

*If you choose to take undergraduate level math and/or statistics class through Open University, additional fees ($392/unit) will be applied.


  • Admission to MSBA 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

A typical one semester program may consist of:

  • Two graduate level MSBA courses for credit (total 6 semester units) in Business Analytics. Students will enroll in these courses through the Open University system. 
    • BAN 601: Technology Fundamentals
    • BAN 602 : Quantitative Fundamentals
  • Graduate Writing, Research Writing courses
  • Advanced Communication Skills
  • Business Culture of Silicon Valley
  • Skills for Professional Success   
  • IELTS and GMAT Preparation courses (optional)

IELTS Preparation Class (Optional)

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

GMAT Preparation Classes (Optional) 

  • GMAT Verbal Preparation: A course that focuses on the verbal section of the test
  • GMAT Quant Preparation: A course for students who need to practice the math skills required on the Quantitative section of the GMAT

Pre-Graduate Studies Program  

Students who plan to enter a graduate program at Cal State East Bay or other university in the United States may take advanced courses to prepare for graduate school admission regardless of their intended area of study. Students who have obtained IELTS 6.0, TOEFL iBT 71, or Duolingo English Test 100 are eligible to attend the Pre-Graduate Studies Program and have the option of taking such courses as:

  • Graduate Writing
  • Research Writing 
  • Advanced Reading Skills
  • Advanced Communication Skills
  • Skills for Professional Success
  • GMAT Preparation
  • IELTS Preparation
  • CSUEB undergraduate or graduate credit courses to meet graduate program goals (with academic department's approval)