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Published on Mar 21, 2011
Hello, I'm Dr. David Horne, Director of the Cal State Long Beach MBA Programs. Briefly, here is what we look for in the applicants to our three MBA Programs.
The essays are equally important across the programs so pay special attention to your comments as you tell us about yourself and your motivation for pursuing an MBA at Cal State Long Beach. The letters of recommendation should tell us about your leadership abilities and other outstanding characteristics. The importance of the other criteria,however, varies depending on the program.
The Accelerated Daytime MBA Program puts more emphasis on your undergraduate degree including the overall GPA and the pattern of your grades. Your GMAT scores are also very important. Your work history is less of a factor in determining admission for the Daytime MBA.
Our Saturday MBA Program places much more importance on what you have accomplished in your career since earning your undergraduate degree. Certainly your grades and GMAT score are considered, but a meaningful work history is a strict requirement to join the other experienced students in the Saturday MBA.
Finally, our Evening MBA is somewhere between the other two. Work experience is preferred, but not a strict requirement for the program. Basically, if you are a recent graduate , the stronger your school or test-based indicators need to be. If you graduated some time ago, your work experience is much more important.
These guidelines only give you a quick overview of how we make the admission decisions, so we urge you to contact the MBA Office for additional admission insights.