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    Program Overview

    16 weeks (1 semester)

    The MBA Preparation Program at California State University, Long Beach is for international students with advanced English skills who are preparing for entrance into a graduate business degree program in the United States. Each semester, students focus on important topics including management, finance, marketing, and entrepreneurship, all with an emphasis on international business and ethics. This program is offered in the Spring and Fall semesters only, and does not run in the summer.

    Students examine contemporary case studies, complete team projects, and analyze today's business trends and practices, all while improving their academic communication and Business English skills as well as preparing for the GMAT or GRE. Students learn about MBA programs in the area and will benefit from special events and opportunities for career planning and professional development.
     

     

    Who Should Attend?

    International students with advanced English skills who want to improve their reading, writing, listening, speaking, and vocabulary skills; learn techniques to improve GMAT or GRE scores; and develop the critical thinking skills necessary for success in a graduate-degree business program.


    *Successful completion of one or two semesters in this program does not immediately guarantee admission into any of the CSULB College of Business Administration's (CBA) various MBA degree programs. All MBA Preparation Program students must comply with CBA requirements and submit necessary test scores and documents as stated for those separate degree programs. More information about CSULB's Graduate Business Programs can be found at www.csulb.edu/cba-graduate-programs/programs.

    Through an institutional partnership, students who successfully complete 2 semesters of the MBAP program will be considered for preferred admission to the University of Redlands Graduate Business Programs. More information about the University of Redlands can be found at www.redlands.edu/admissions-and-aid/graduate-and-continuing-education/school-of-business.

     
     

    Program Highlights

     

     
     

    Special Features and Benefits

     

     

     

     

    Admission Requirements

     

    1. ALI Application ($150 Application Fee)
      Online Portal or PDF application
    2. Financial Document (less than 6 months old) with a minimum balance of $27,855 US dollars
    3. Financial Affidavit
    4. Applicant Questionnaire
    5. Mandatory Health Insurance Consent Form
    6. A copy of proof of one meeting or more of the following standardized test score(s): TOEFL ibt – 61, IELTS – 5.5, competitive GMAT/GRE; OR a valid diploma and transcripts from an English-speaking university (BA or BS)
     

    Students whose skills do not meet the standard of the MBA Preparation Program will be advised to enter the Intensive English Program. Students may apply to the MBA Preparation Program after they have completed Level 4 of the Intensive English Program.

     

     

     

    Program Curriculum

     

    The MBA Preparation Program is a two-semester progression of coursework, centered around the core classes of Business Communication (9 hours per week; listening/speaking focus), and Business Analysis (9 hours per week; reading/writing/vocabulary focus). Each of the core classes cover two 7.5 week modules each semester – Management & Finance in the Fall; Marketing & Entrepreneurship in the Spring. Additionally, first semester students take a full semester GMAT/GRE Prep class (4 hours per week), and an MBA Application Strategies class (3 hours per week). Continuing students in their second semester take the MBAP core classes, plus a CSULB Open University class of their choosing.  (See sample schedules below)
     
    All MBA Preparation Program courses are business content-based, but the focus is on teaching English used in business, as well as the cultural aspects of being a student in an American MBA program. Students receive instruction and feedback on their reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills through learning about targeted business issues and concepts in each module. 


    Sample Schedule – First Semester

     

    Monday

    Tuesday

    Wednesday

    Thursday

    Friday

    9:00 AM

    Business Communication

     

    Business Communication

     

    Business Communication

    10:00 AM

    11:00 AM

    Graduate Application Strategies

    Graduate Application Strategies

    12:00 PM

    Lunch

    Lunch

    Lunch

    Lunch

    Lunch

    1:00 PM

    Business Analysis

    GMAT/GRE Preparation

    Business Analysis

    GMAT/GRE Preparation

    Business Analysis

    2:00 PM

    3:00 PM

     

     

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    Sample Schedule – Second Semester

     

    Monday

    Tuesday

    Wednesday

    Thursday

    Friday

    9:00 AM

    Business Communication

     

     

    Open University*

    Business Communication

     

     

    Open University*

    Business Communication

    10:00 AM

    11:00 AM

    12:00 PM

    Lunch

    Lunch

    Lunch

    1:00 PM

    Business Analysis

    Business Analysis

    Business Analysis

    2:00 PM

    3:00 PM

    *Student's choice of credit course

     


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