MBA Admissions Criteria

The following represent minimum academic qualifications and admission criteria. The CBA reserves the right to admit fewer applicants than those meeting the minimum criteria. In limited cases, applicants who do not meet all the minimun admission criteria may be reviewed by the Admission Committee for the program, who may offer a 'special admission' recommendation to the Dean, or the Dean's designee, for a final admission decision.

Minimum Academic Qualifications


  1. Undergraduate degree from an accredited institution with a 2.50 overall GPA (Title V requirement).


  1. Standardized test: GMAT or GRE (test scores are considered valid for 5 years from the test date).

A minimum percentile of 30% for overall (GMAT only), verbal, and quantitative scores is required from those with less than 5 years of professional, managerial work experience. If you have more than 5 but less than 10 years of professional work experience, our admissions committee will have more leniency on your percentile scores.  
For example:  Having 7 years of professional, mangerial work experience will help to offset a GMAT verbal percentile score of 28%.

Take our GMAT Mini Quiz to get an idea of questions you’ll face on the GMAT exam.


  1. Standardized GMAT or GRE Waiver

   No Waiver Form Required - Automatic Waiver:

3.1. Earned an undergraduate business degree at Sacramento State with an overall GPA of 3.25 or better

3.2. Credentialed as a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) – submit CFA credential with application to

3.3. Currently licensed as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) – submit copy of CPA license with application to  Unlicensed applicants must supply a copy of their CPA exam grade report sent by the State Board of Accountancy, while licensed applicants must supply a copy of their CPA license.

Must Submit GMAT/GRE Waiver Form - Submit form to 

3.4. Earned an undergraduate business degree at an AACSB accredited institution with an overall GPA of 3.25 or better.

3.5. Hold a graduate degree from an accredited institution

3.6. Are currently a student in a doctoral program at an accredited institution

3.7. Have 10 years of valid and documented professional and managerial experience

3.8. Request to use GMAT/GRE past 5-year mark. 

Until the MBA Admission Test waiver request has been approved, the applicant must take the GMAT or GRE. 


  • For applicants who are currently completing their undergraduate degree the 3.25 overall undergraduate GPA criteria that is used for this waiver is the overall GPA available during the admission cycle. This means that applicants’ last semester GPA may not be included in the 3.25 overall undergraduate GPA calculation for GMAT/GRE waiver purposes. If an applicant wants to include their final overall GPA for the GMAT/GRE waiver then they will need to apply for a semester after their final semester grades have posted.
  • International applicants must obtain a minimum TOEFL of 550 (paper-based) or 80 (Internet-based), or an IELTS score of 7.

Additional Information Used for Admission Decisions

  • Letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement addressing purpose of application
  • Employment history (Resume or CV)

The average GMAT score for admitted applicants is: Total score 585.

The average GPA for admitted applicants is: 3.2 GPA.