Program Eligibility


Bachelor’s Degree

  • Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university. To confirm the regional accreditation of your institution, please search here.

​More Information

2.5 minimum GPA in last 60 semester or 90 quarter units attempted.

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

  • Spring 2021: GMAT/GRE requirement has been suspended. Please submit an essay (Statement of Career Objectives, under application requirements) for committee review. Follow the format and content requirements. Send a draft to Katrina Kidd, MBA Director, for feedback.
  • Fall 2021: Plan on taking and registering for the GMAT or GRE exam by May 30, 2021. The statement of career objectives is required, and must follow the formatting and content guidelines, but will not be reviewed by the faculty committee. It is recommended you submit a draft of the essay to MBA Director, Katrina Kidd, for feedback. For the required GMAT/GRE scores, please see the information below.

Sent directly from the testing agency

GMAT and GRE Score: Target score is based on undergraduate GPA at the time your university application is submitted; the higher your GPA the lower the acceptable score, as follows:

GMAT: Two Years of Work Experience*

  • Overall GPA – Must achieve 1,000 points:
    • Formula: 200 x Overall GPA + GMAT score = 1,000
    • Example: 200 x 2.5 GPA + 500 = 1,000 points


  • Upper Division (UD) GPA – Must achieve 1,050 points:
    • Formula: 200 x UD GPA + GMAT = 1,050 points
    • Example: 200 x 2.5 UD GPA + 550 = 1050 points

GRE: Any work experience

  • Upper Division (UD) GPA – Must achieve 200 points:
    • Formula: 20 x UD GPA + Average GRE = 200 points
    • Example: 20 x 2.5 UD GPA + 150 = 200
  • Average GRE score: add the two category scores (verbal and quantitative) and divide by 2.

GMAT and GRE require the following:

  • 3.5 Analytical Writing
  • 20th Percentile for Verbal and Quantitative

Persons who score below the 20th percentile in either or both categories may be admitted on a conditional basis that requires them to take additional coursework (remediate) as prescribed by the MBA Program. The total and analytical writing scores must be satisfied on the exam for a candidate to be eligible to remediate low percentage scores.

Experience: Candidates must demonstrate a two-year record of relevant, full-time employment in a professional or supervisory role. 

*Applicants wishing to enter the program without the required two year-experience may achieve a waiver of the work experience requirement by meeting a higher point score of 1,150 points based on the formula (200 x the overall GPA + GMAT total score).

GMAT/GRE Waiver: Please contact Director to see if you meet the guidelines for a potential exam waiver.

Foundation Courses

Business & Non-Business Undergraduate Courses (must be satisfied prior to core/elective courses by non-academic business background students)

Stanislaus State

Community College Equivalent



Modesto Jr. College

Merced College

San Joaquin Delta College

Columbia College

ACC 2110 Financial Accounting


BUSAD 201 Financial Accounting

ACTG 4A Financial Accounting

Bus 3 Financial Accounting

BUSAD 1A Prin. Of Accounting

ECON 2510 Microeconomics


ECON 102 Microeconomics

ECON 1B Intro to Microecon.

ECON 1B Prin. Of Microecon.

ECON 1 Prin. Of Microecon.

FIN 3220 Business Finance


Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

MGT 3310 Management Theory & Practice


Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

MKT 3410 Principles of Marketing


Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

MATH 1610 Statistics for Decision Making


MATH 134 Elementary Statistics

MATH 10 Elementary Statistics

MATH 12 Introduction to Probability and Statistics

MATH 2 Elements of Statistics

Note: Prior departmental approval will be required for foundation courses not listed. Contact the MBA Program to confirm the institution and equivalent foundation course.