Candidates for admission to the MBA program should submit a complete application portfolio preferably 45 days prior to the start of the term. Admitted students may begin the program at the beginning of any term. Admission decisions for regular graduate standing are based on a review of the following materials in the candidate's file:
- A completed application form and non-refundable application fee
- Evidence of an interview with an admission counselor
- Official transcripts showing a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. Normally, a grade point average of approximately 3.0 or higher in upper division undergraduate work is expected
- Two letters of recommendation
- Personal statement
- Test scores: Applicants whose undergraduate records do not satisfy the criteria set forth in paragraphs A-D below must include Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores in their admission portfolio. The GMAT may be waived for candidates who present an official transcript of previous college work from a regionally accredited college or university reflecting any one of the following criteria:
- an undergraduate, upper division grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale; or
- a combined grade point average of 3.0 or higher for the most recent 60 credits of study consisting of any of the following: graduate course work, upper division post baccalaureate course work (exclusive of extension or continuing education work), and upper division undergraduate course work; or
- a minimum of nine credits of graduate course work completed and a 3.50 grade point average; or
- a previously earned master's degree.
Note: All applicants who have completed their undergraduate work at institution outside of the U.S. must submit TOEFL scores and have their transcripts evaluated for equivalency to a U.S. bachelor's degree.
Interested individuals should make an appointment for an admission interview with an MBA admission counselor. Counselors are available for afternoon and evening appointments on the Thousand Oaks Main Campus. This exploratory interview will clarify individual program requirements and give prospective students an opportunity to ask questions. To schedule an appointment, contact the Graduate and Adult Enrollment Office at (805) 493-3325.
International students have unique admission requirements. They should refer to the admission requirements for international students listed in the general admissions section of this website.
Under some conditions, after meeting with an admission counselor and with the approval of the Program Director, a student may register for classes before completing the entire admission process; however, the Application for Admission, the $50 application fee, and a copy of a transcript showing a bachelor's degree with an acceptable GPA and/or acceptable standardized test score must be on file in the graduate representative before the class registration can be accepted. Students are expected to complete all admission requirements in the first semester of their program or they will not be permitted to enroll in subsequent semesters. Provisionally admitted students are not eligible for financial aid.