Application Information for Domestic Applicants - MBA

Domestic applicants are defined as U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents (Green Card holders), and non-F or non-J visa holders.

General Procedures

These procedures are for domestic applicants for the MBA programs.

Step 1

Complete your application online at CSUMentor:

  • Indicate Application Term – Fall, Spring
  • For Major Program/ Objective select:
  • MBA Off-Campus for the Executive-Style MBA (Fall or Spring only)
  • MBA-One Year for the full time accelerated MBA-One program  (Fall only)
  • MBA On-Campus for the Conventional MBA (Fall only)
  • Leave the concentration option blank. All the Lucas MBA programs are generalist in nature and concentrations are not offered.
  • For Degree Objective selectother master’s (MBA, MFA. MPA, etc.)
  • If you have taken the GMAT, please enter your score. If you have not taken the GMAT yet please enter a date in order to be able to move forward in the application.
  • Omit the Statement of Purpose section on the application and follow the guidelines on Step 4 number 2 on the Lucas Required Items section.
  • Once you have completed your application, you must pay a non-refundable application fee of $55.00 either online via credit/debit card, or mail a check or money order to Graduate Admissions and Programs Evaluations (GAPE). If you are mailing a check or money order, be sure to include a copy of the "Application Agreement Statement" with your payment.

Unless payment is made by credit/debit card, mail the application fee to:

San José State University
Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations
One Washington Square
San José, CA 95192-0017

Step 2

Thoroughly review the items listed on your “To Do” list on your MySJSU account and take note of the deadline date specified for each document.

All the documents listed must be official copies and submitted to GAPE by the specified deadline.

If you have completed a degree at an institution that is outside of the U.S., please visit the International Document Requirements page and find the country where the institution is located. Applicants must follow the instructions listed for the particular country of study. Otherwise the documents will be considered as unofficial.

An English-language proficiency exam is required for all students who graduated from a higher education institution in a country in which the primary language is not English. The exams accepted by this university include the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), and the Pearson Test of English (PTE). The university minimum entrance score for the TOEFL is 213 (computer based), or 80 (internet based). The minimum score required on the IELTS is 7.0 and the PTE is 68.

Mail all documents directly to the Graduate Admission and Program Evaluations (GAPE) office:

Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations
San Jose State University
One Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192-0017

Step 3

If you have not already done so, take the GMAT or GRE exam and have the score sent directly to the Lucas Graduate School of Business. 

Step 4

Lucas School Required Items for MBA Program Admission Review

  1. Statement of Purpose - Please address the following questions in the body of your essay. Limit your responses to two pages double spaced.
    • What are your motivations for pursuing the Lucas GSB University MBA?
    • What are your short term (2-5 years) and long term (>5 years) career goals and how will the Lucas GSB MBA assist in helping you achieve these goals?
    • How have your previous academic, work experience, and/or extracurricular experiences and accomplishments prepared you for the rigorous academic study of the Lucas MBA?
  2. A GMAT score report
  3. A Resume
  4. Letters of recommendation are optional but highly recommended.  If you wish to submit recommendations, they may be sent from individuals (current or former employers, supervisors, professors) who are able to objectively assess the quality of your character and your capabilities and accomplishments. Letters of recommendation should include the provider's relationship to the applicant, their complete address and contact information (if not printed on the letterhead), and discuss the applicant's level of maturity, motivation, intellectual ability.

Mail the above documents to:

Lucas Graduate School of Business
San José State University
Business Tower Room 350
One Washington Square
San José, CA 95192-0162

The San José State University Graduate Admissions Review Process

While the Lucas Graduate School of Business office makes the final admissions decision for our business graduate programs, the overall admissions process for all SJSU graduate programs is managed by the SJSU Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations.

See Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations Office for additional information.  We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the requirements, timelines and advice this web page offers. During the application process, please review the information for Prospective Students, including the Frequently Asked Questions section.

When all of your required documents on your “To Do List” are received and your status is listed as complete on your MySJSU student account, your application will undergo the initial review by the GAPE office. An evaluator will be assigned to evaluate your grade point average (GPA), your degree, and English Language Proficiency examination scores if required. When this process is completed, the application will be referred to the Lucas Graduate School of Business for the final review and an admissions decision.