The American Language Program (ALP) strives to offer the highest quality academic and cultural programs and activities for a diverse international population and to serve as a resource for Cal State East Bay. For over three decades, our international staff and instructors have offerred the resources and support to students from over 50 countries to achieve their personal, academic, and career goals.
Preparation for IELTS/GMAT
An intensive overview of advanced vocabulary, reading, grammar, listening and essay writing. Focus is placed on improving IELTS test scores for admission to an MBA program at Cal State East Bay or other institution.
GMAT Preparation Workshops
GMAT Verbal Preparation:
A 10-week course that focuses on the verbal section of the test; course offers access to multimedia software in the ALP Learning Center.
GMAT Quant Preparation:
A 10-week course for students who need to practice the math skills required on the Quantitative section of the GMAT
10-week quarters in Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer & a special 5-week session in Summer (for new students only)
Six levels of academic English instruction
Small class size - average 15 students per class, allowing for a dynamic exchange between students and instructor
IELTS preparation classes
Individual academic advising and support
High school diploma or equivalent
Minimum level of English proficiency
Offered in collaboration with the College of Business and Economics, the Pre-MBA is an intensive, integrated curriculum of business courses, GMAT preparation and critical academic skills for international students preparing to enter graduate business school.
Students are admitted to this program when preparing for admission to the AACSB accredited Masters in Business Administration and Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) program at California State University, East Bay. The length of program depends on their needs - one to three quarters of study are possible (three to nine months).
A typical three month program consists of:
One graduate level MBA Fundamental course for credit (4 quarter credits) in Accounting, Information Technology or Management. For more details on these fundamental courses, see the Pre-MBA Fundamental Course Descriptions.
Graduate Writing/Reading course
IELTS and GMAT Preparation Workshops
One undergraduate Math or Statistics course if required by College of Business
Students who do not possess an undergraduate degree in business, and intend to pursue an MBA degree or any Master's in business degree at Cal State East Bay or other American university
Undergraduate business majors who need to master the English and/or academic skills needed to pass required TOEFL, IELTS, GMAT exams, and academic course work for acceptance to the university MBA Program
Non-business professionals who seek an accelerated foundation in business administration without the degree
Admission Requirements for the Pre-MBA Program
A degree satisfying the undergraduate degree requirements of the MBA, including no less than a GPA of 2.5 in the final two years of study. Meeting this requirement to be confirmed through screening of the transcript by International Admissions, following guidelines to be set by the College of Business.
IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL 71
In addition to the Pre-MBA application, students must also submit a MBA application through CSU Mentor.
A GMAT score is a requirement for continuing from first to second quarter in the Pre-MBA program.
Admission Requirements for the CSU East Bay MBA Program
After completion of the Pre-MBA program, students are expected to satisfy all of the international student requirements to enter the CSU East Bay MBA program, namely:
GMAT + last two year's undergraduate GPA x 200 = 1050
IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 79
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