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Graduate Business Programs

Frequently Asked Questions


Yes, please call us at 559.278.2107 or email us at to schedule an in-person, phone or Zoom appointment with our advisor. 


For the MBA application, please visit Cal State Apply. The EMBA application is available on our website.

You can, but you will be taking a risk. The Cal State application functions on a different time zone and may shut down earlier than anticipated on the deadline date. We recommend that you submit your application ahead of the deadline.

You will not submit the Cal State application until you have submitted these initial items and have been accepted to the EMBA program. If you submitted a Cal State application too soon, please contact our office.

The acceptance rate is about 30 to 60 percent and varies by year. We encourage you to apply regardless of our acceptance rate.

Depending on when you submitted your application, it can take one to three months to find out if you have been accepted into the program.


Applicants may waive the GMAT if they meet one of the following criteria:

  • They possess a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Fresno State with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher.
  • They possess a master's degree in any discipline from an accredited, domestic university.

GMAT waivers will not be granted for any reasons that differ from the ones stated above. We will determine whether you meet our eligibility requirements upon receipt of your transcripts.

Yes, we accept the GRE; however, we do measure your score by a different scale. We highly recommend that you take the GMAT as it makes you a more competitive applicant.

Supplemental Documents

We accept letters of recommendation from employers and/or professors.

We only require standard business letter format for the letters of recommendation, and there is not a form. References should explain why you would be a great candidate for the MBA program.

Please have your references address your letters to Prof. Renee Chu-Jacoby.

No, we do not have a word or page count requirement for the Statement of Purpose.

Please explain why you would like to pursue an MBA degree and describe some of your short-term and long-term goals. 


Yes, international applicants will need to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores in order to be considered for the EMBA program.


No, our office will be able to access your transcripts on our computer system.

No, your transcript will be unofficial in this case. Please follow the instructions under Transcript Submission.

Please use this tool to calculate your GPA: This tool only provides an estimate.


No, the MBA is a general degree. However, you may take electives in your field of interest.


Yes, our MBA courses are offered in the evenings, and some of them are offered online. Our EMBA courses mostly take place on Saturdays.

The program consists of 36 units. Some students may have to take up to 15 units of prerequisite courses in addition to the standard 36 units depending on their academic background.

You must take nine units (three classes) to be considered a full-time graduate student.

Yes, as a part-time graduate student, you are allowed to take three to six units.

The MBA program is comprised of 36 units and can be completed in 4 semesters. Some students may have to take up to 15 additional units of prerequisite courses while they are attending our program. The EMBA can be completed in approximately 17 months.


If you have graduated with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the Craig School of Business, you have already fulfilled some or all of your prerequisite requirements for the MBA degree. If you attended a different university, then we will determine if your credits will transfer upon receipt of your transcripts. 

Online Courses

You cannot take your MBA classes 100 percent online; however, you can take both in-person and online classes in the same semester.

Study Abroad

Yes, we encourage our MBA students to participate in Summer Study Abroad. In January or February of each year, we release details on Summer Study Abroad to our students.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Please visit: Tuition and Fees.

No, we do not have any Graduate Assistantships available at this time.