Early Career MBA

New to your career or a recent graduate? If you’ve been working for five years or fewer, this program is for you. Choose from three tracks that best fit your learning pace and schedule. Classes meet on the SJSU campus, typically in the evenings and Saturdays in six-to eight-week sessions. If you don't see what you are looking for here, please check out our MBA FAQ section.

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Admission Requirements

Our admission requirements are the same for both of our MBA programs:

  • Four-year bachelors degree (any major) from an accredited U.S. college or university or an equivalent degree from a recognized institution outside the United States

For transcripts or degrees earned outside of the United States and Canada: Graduate Admissions (GAPE) requires that you submit a WES (Basic or ICAP) evaluation. Directions are available on the WES (World Education Services) website, https://www.wes.org/

  • A preferred GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • GMAT/GRE waived: The GMAT/GRE requirement is waived for the MBA program for the Fall 2020 admission cycle. The program director may require an interview with applicants who take advantage of this waiver opportunity.
  • GMAT or GRE (Spring 2021): Scores at the 50th percentile in both the quantitative and verbal sections of the exam are considered competitive. Conditional on the approval of the MBA Director, the GMAT/GRE requirement may be waived if the applicant has any of following.

Earned a Master’s degree or Ph.D. from an accredited institution in the United States.

Graduated with honors from the Lucas College of Business Gary J. Sbona Honors Program within the last five years.

A GPA of at least 3.2 AND completed at least 5 years of full-time professional work experience with increasing responsibilities and a managerial role over people and/or budgets.  An interview with the MBA Director and/or a letter from the supervisor attesting to the level of work responsibilities may be required.

For consideration of the GMAT/GRE waiver, you MUST complete the CSU application and the waiver request which requires you to attach documentation. 

  • English Language Proficiency exam may be required if you have earned your degree outside the United States. You may select one of these exams:

    TOEFL score of 80 or higher (IBT)
    IELTS score of 6.5 or higher

  • Pre-requisites: A grade of B or higher in economics (can be Microeconomics or 
    Macroeconomics or Principles of Economics) and statistics

    If you need to complete any or all of these courses you can find 
    equivalent courses at California colleges or take them online through Straighterline. The pre-requisites must be completed by August 1 (for Fall admission) and January 1 (for Spring admission). Although only one economics course is required as a prerequisite, two semesters are recommended.

  • Personal Statement
  • Resume
  • Letters of Recommendation (optional)


The Early Career MBA offers admission once a year in fall only. Applications for fall open October 1st and close on June 1st.  All documents are due by June 20. Application decisions are made on a rolling basis. 

For your convenience, please use the tailored step-by-step application and document submission instructions. These include the guidelines for your personal statement, letters of reference and exam scoresChoose the link below that applies to you:

Domestic Applicants

International Applicants

Program Overview

  • Student Profile: 0-5 years of work experience   
  • Program Type: Accelerated, full-time, part-time         
  • Completion Time: 12-36 months
  • Courses per Session: 1-3
  • Courses required to complete degree: 11 core and 4 electives
  • Sessions: 6-8 weeks per class
  • International Students F-1 Visa: Yes, except part-time
  • Internship for Credit: Yes*
  • Schedule:Evening and Saturday classes
  • Admission: Fall 
  • Location: SJSU main campus
  • Estimated Costs: Resident $25,072-$34,346; Non-Resident & International $41,704-$50,978

*A Note About Internships
All three tracks allow you to take a three-unit internship. Your internship can count as one of your four required elective courses. If you are an international student on an F-1 visa you can use the internship option as Curricular Practical Training. If you are in the Accelerated Track opportunity to secure an internship is limited due to the program’s pace and time frame for completion.