MBA FAQ

  1. What are the differences between the two MBA programs?
  2. What do the MBA programs cost?
  3. How many courses are required to complete the MBA degree?
  4. To be considered, do I need an undergraduate degree in business?
  5. Is work experience required?
  6. How can I determine whether my length and type of work experience qualify me for the MBA for Professionals?
  7. Are there prerequisite courses?
  8. When do I need to complete the prerequisite courses?
  9. Do you require a minimum GMAT or GRE score?
  10. Can you waive the GMAT or GRE requirement?
  11. Is there a minimum GPA required for admission?
  12. Do I need an English language proficiency examination (TOEFL)? 
  13. What is the profile of the class most recently admitted?
  14. I earned my undergraduate degree outside the U.S. Who will evaluate my degree?
  15. Can I meet with a representative from the Lucas Graduate School to review my candidacy?
  16. When does the Lucas Graduate School accept applications?
  17. What are the application deadlines?
  18. How do I apply?
  19. Which application do I use, domestic or international?
  20. Do I need to complete the three prerequisite courses and take the GMAT before I apply?
  21. Are the admission standards the same across the different tracks in the Early Career MBA (Accelerated, Full-Time or Part-Time)?
  22. When do I select which Early Career track I intend to follow?
  23. Can International students select any track within the Early Career MBA?
  24. Can I change my track in the Early Career MBA after I am enrolled?
  25. How long will it take to receive an admission decision?
  26. Does the Lucas Graduate School offer scholarships for MBA students?
  27. What type of Financial Aid is available?
  28. Who is eligible for Financial Aid?
  29. How do I apply for Financial Aid?

 

 1. What are the differences between the two MBA programs?
Both of our Lucas Graduate School of Business MBA programs prepare you for an exciting future through a broad curriculum of functional core courses, cross-functional and integrative courses and electives that fit well with a variety of career-related concentrations. Our two programs differ in their student profile, flexibility, degree completion time, location, admission cycles and cost.
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LUCAS MBA PROGRAMS

 

EARLY CAREER MBA

MBA FOR PROFESSIONALS

STUDENT PROFILE

Students with 0-5 years of work experience

Working professionals with 5+ years of relevant work experience

COURSE DELIVERY FORMAT

Multiple Tracks:

Accelerated, Full-Time and Part-Time

6- to 8-week sessions

Evening classes

Part-time, self-paced

 

6- to 8-week sessions

Evening classes

COMPLETION TIME

Accelerated Track: 12 months

Full-Time Track: 21-24 months

Part-Time Track: 33-36 months

Flexible: 24-36 months

ADMISSION

Fall

Fall and spring

LOCATION

Main SJSU Campus:

One Washington Square

San Jose, 95192 CA

Lucas Business Complex:

2933 Bunker Hill Lane, Suite 120 Santa Clara, 95054 CA

 

 

LUCAS MBA PROGRAMS

 

EARLY CAREER MBA

MBA FOR PROFESSIONALS

TRACK

Accelerated

Full-Time

Part-Time

Flexible

COMPLETION TIME

12 months

21-24 months

33-36 months

24-36 months

COURSES PER SESSION

2-3

1-2

1

0-2

STUDENTS ON F-1 VISAS

YES

YES

NO

NO

INTERNSHIP FOR CREDIT

YES (LIMITED)

YES

YES

NO

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 2. What do the MBA programs cost?

 

LUCAS MBA PROGRAMS

 

EARLY CAREER MBA

MBA FOR PROFESSIONALS

ESTIMATED COST (based on full-time track)

Residents: $32,721

Non-residents & International: $49,350

$34,020 for all students

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 3. How many courses are required to complete the MBA degree?   
42 semester units are required: 11 core courses and 4 elective courses for the Early Career MBA, 10 core courses and 4 elective courses for the MBA For Professionals. 
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 4. To be considered, do I need an undergraduate degree in business?
No. The Lucas Graduate School MBA programs are open to students from all disciplines.
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 5. Is work experience required?
The Early Career MBA is tailored for students with 0-5 years of work experience. Five or more years of relevant work experience is required for the MBA for Professionals.
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 6. How can I determine whether my length and type of work experience qualify me for the MBA for Professionals?
The Lucas Graduate School staff is happy to review your resume and help you select the right MBA program. Please contact us, and let’s get started.
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 7. Are there prerequisite courses?
Yes, three prerequisite courses are required – macroeconomics, microeconomics and business statistics, completed within the last seven years with a minimum grade of B. We can recommend some on-site and online courses if you need them.
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 8. When do I need to complete the prerequisite courses?
You must complete the prerequisite courses with a grade of B or better and submit your transcript by orientation.   Orientation is scheduled in mid-August for students admitted in the fall to the Early Career MBA and the MBA For Professionals. Orientation is scheduled in early January for students admitted in the spring to the MBA For Professionals, the only MBA program that offers spring admission.

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 9. Do you require a minimum GMAT or GRE score?
The GMAT or GRE is just one part of your profile. Scores at the 50th percentile in both the quantitative and verbal sections of the exam are considered competitive. We highly encourage you to prepare for the exam, take it as early as possible and retake it if you do not score competitively.

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 10. Can you waive the GMAT or GRE requirement?
We can waive the GMAT or GRE requirement if you have:

  1. Earned a Ph.D. in the United States.
  2. Graduated with honors from the Lucas College of Business Gary J. Sbona Honors Program within the last five years.

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 11. Is there a minimum GPA required for admission?
Ideally, your GPA should be 3.0 or above for admission to the MBA programs. The last 60 units or 90 quarter units are used to calculate your GPA. An absolute minimum GPA of 2.5 is required for graduate admission at SJSU.
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 12. Do I need an English language proficiency examination (TOEFL)? 
If you graduated from a higher education institution in a country where the primary language is not English, you will need to take an English-language proficiency exam. The university minimum entrance score for the TOEFL is 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based) or 80 (internet-based). The minimum score required on the IELTS is 6.5, and the minimum PTE score is 53.

SJSU does not accept English-medium of instruction as a substitute for an English-language proficiency exam.

We can waive the examination if you have:

  • Received a bachelors or masters degree from an accredited U.S. institution.
  • Received a bachelors or masters degree from an accredited institution for which English is the official and primary language of that country.
  • Completed three years of full time coursework in an accredited U.S. institution.

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 13. What is the profile of the class most recently admitted?
MBA For Professionals:

Average age – 34, Average GMAT– 587, Average GRE Verbal – 155, Average GRE Quantitative – 156, Average GPA – 3.17, 67% male, 33% female

Early Career MBA:
Average age – 26, Average GMAT – 572, Average GRE Verbal – 152, Average GRE Quantitative – 154, Average GPA – 3.37, 53% male, 47% female
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 14. I earned my undergraduate degree outside the U.S. Who will evaluate my degree?
Graduate Admissions requires a World Education Services document-by-document evaluation for all transcripts and degrees earned outside the United States, (Basic or ICAP). This applies to all applicants with international credentials, both domestic and foreign, with the exception of Canada. WES is a non-profit organization that conducts research on international education and trends and provides expert credential evaluation services. You can find an application and directions on the WES website.
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 15. Can I meet with a representative from the Lucas Graduate School to review my candidacy?
Yes. You can schedule an admission advising appointment to review your transcripts, test scores, resume and MBA program options. We offer this option periodically throughout the year. Please contact us for details.
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 16. When does the Lucas Graduate School accept applications?
Early Career MBA – Once a year for fall admission

MBA For Professionals – Twice a year for fall and spring admission
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 17. What are the application deadlines?
Applications open Oct. 1, 2017 for fall 2018 admission to both MBA programs. The application deadline for fall 2018 admission is May 1, 2018. 
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 18. How do I apply?
The Lucas Graduate School’s website contains step-by-step instructions on the application process.
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 19. Which application do I use, domestic or international?
Domestic students are defined as U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents (Green Card holders) or H-4 or H1-B visa holders. If you fit one of those categories, use the Domestic Students application.

International students are defined as those who hold F-1 or J-1 visas. If you fit one of those categories, use the International Students application.
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 20. Do I need to complete the three prerequisite courses and take the GMAT before I apply?
No.We recommend that you apply early and obtain a SJSU ID. This will enable you and the Lucas Graduate School to monitor the progress of your application.
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 21. Are the admission standards the same across the different tracks in the Early Career MBA (Accelerated, Full-Time or Part-Time)? 
Yes, the admission standards are the same across all tracks. We encourage you to mention your preferred track in your personal statement, but your preference doesn’t have an impact on the admission decision. 
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 22. When do I select which Early Career MBA track I intend to follow?
Once you are admitted to the Early Career MBA, we will send you a form in which you can select the track you intend to follow. 
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 23. Can International students select any track within the Early Career MBA?
No. International students are not eligible for the Part-Time track. Due to the academic pace and the possibility to use the Curricular Practical Training option for a three-unit internship, the Full-Time track is best suited for International students. Please note that an approved three-unit internship will count as one elective in the Early Career MBA program. 
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 24. Can I change my track in the Early Career MBA after I am enrolled?
Yes, but you will need to discuss it with, and secure approval from, the MBA director.
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 25. How long will it take to receive an admission decision?
This depends on how quickly you complete your application. You must submit all the required documents and the test scores required by Graduate Admissions and the Lucas Graduate School. The process usually takes students six weeks.
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 26. Does the Lucas Graduate School offer scholarships for MBA students?
Once you’re enrolled, the Lucas Graduate School’s MBA programs coordinator will alert you about scholarship opportunities as they arise. You may also visit the Financial Aid and Scholarship section of our website more information on SJSU scholarship opportunities.
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 27. What type of Financial Aid is available?
Early Career MBA students may be considered for State University Grants, Graduate Professional Business Grants and Federal Direct Stafford Loans. If you need additional funds, you may apply for the Graduate Plus Loan based on your credit rating.

MBA For Professionals students may be considered for Federal Direct Stafford Loans. If you need additional funds, you can apply for the Graduate Plus Loan based on your credit rating.
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 28. Who is eligible for Financial Aid?
Graduate students who are U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens—meaning individuals who have been issued an alien registration number.
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 29. How do I apply for Financial Aid?
You must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid application by March 2, 2017, for priority consideration. If you will not complete your federal tax return by the priority filing date, use an estimated income on your FAFSA. You may still complete the FAFSA application after the priority filing date of March 2.
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Questions? Contact the Lucas Graduate School