CSULB American Language Institute

    MBA Preparation Program

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    Program Overview
    The MBA Preparation Program at California State University, Long Beach is for international students with advanced English skills who are preparing for entrance into a graduate business degree program in the United States. Each semester, students focus on important topics including management, finance, marketing, and entrepreneurship, all with an emphasis on international business and ethics.

    Students will examine contemporary case studies, complete team projects, and analyze today's business trends and practices, all while improving their academic communication and Business English skills as well as preparing for the GMAT or GRE analytical writing and quantitative portions. Students will learn about MBA programs in the area and will benefit from special events and opportunities for career planning and professional development.

    Who Should Attend?
    International students with advanced English skills who want to improve their reading, writing, listening, speaking, and vocabulary skills; learn techniques to improve GMAT or GRE scores for the analytical writing portions; and develop the critical thinking skills necessary for success in a graduate-degree business program.

    Program Highlights
    • 18 instructional hours per week of graduate level business English instruction plus up to 6 hours of GMAT/GRE preparation courses
    • Membership in supportive student organizations such as the CSULB International Business Association and the International Student Association
    • MBA application strategy workshops
    • Pre-arrival advising
    • Housing assistance

    Special Features and Benefits

    Admission Requirements
    1. General application
    2. Applicant Questionnaire
    3. One or more of the following standardized test score(s): TOEFL iBT – 61, IELTS – 5.5, competitive GMAT/GRE
    4. Online Skype or in-person interview once questionnaire and applicable test score(s) have been submitted

    Students whose skills do not meet the standard of the MBA Preparation Program will be advised to enter the Intensive English Program. Students may apply to the MBA Preparation Program after they have completed Level 4 of the Intensive English Program.

    Program Curriculum
    All MBA Preparation Program courses are business content-based, but their focus is on teaching the English used in business and the cultural aspects of being a student in an American MBA program. Students receive instruction and feedback on their reading/writing, listening/speaking skills in English through learning about targeted business issues and concepts in each module topic; however, classes are not designed to solely teach business concepts. Module topics for fall semesters include Management and Finance; the spring semester module topics feature the themes of Marketing and Entrepreneurship. Cultural awareness and understanding will be promoted through activities designed to study each module topic.

    In one semester, students study two different 7.5-week module topics for the two core classes. Grades for both courses will be given at the end of every module:
    • Business Communication (9 hours per week: listening/speaking emphasis)
    • Business Analysis (9 hours per week: reading/writing/vocabulary emphasis)
    Also, students take two additional, full-semester-length classes in the following topics. Grades for these courses will be given at the end of the whole semester:
    • GMAT/GRE Analytical Writing Portion Preparation (4 hours per week)
    • GMAT/GRE Quantitative (2 hours per week)
    • As per each semester's needs, there may be rotating electives such as Business Law and Ethics, MBA Application Strategies, Business Current Events (2 hours per week)

    Sample Schedule
    *Varies by semester.

    Contact Us
    Email: ALI-Programs@csulb.edu
    Phone: (562) 985-8424