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English for business studies for advanced learners (15-16 weeks)

The MBAP program welcomes advanced students of English (61 iBT or 5.5 IELTS, or completion of Level 4 of the IEP) who want to prepare for graduate studies in business. This two-semester program is offered in the Fall (August) and Spring (January) semesters. Students may begin in either session.

  • Preparing for a business related graduate degree in the U.S.
  • Advancing business and general academic English skills
  • Working on admissions requirements for graduate programs
  • Studying for the GMAT or GRE
  • Succeeding in a university classroom with native English speakers
  • Read and analyze business case studies and write case analyses
  • Write business-related research papers
  • Give academic presentations
  • Take notes on advanced lectures
  • Write a statement of purpose for a graduate school application
  • Prepare for the GMAT or GRE
  • Advanced classes with business content
  • Experienced, highly qualified, enthusiastic instructors
  • CSULB Open University course in the 2nd semester of the program
  • Graduate admissions advising
  • Language-score waiver for the University of Redlands Graduate Business Programs (after successful completion of two semesters)
  • 2-Day orientation
  • Access to Conversation Lab and Homework Lab
  • Access to ALI social activities
  • On campus housing and housing assistance

iBT 61, IELTS 5.5, completion of IEP Level 4, OR undergraduate degree from an English-speaking institution.

Fall 2024 MBAP applicants: CSULB will be raising the English language score requirement for the IELTS and Duolingo English Test (DET) as follows:

  • Duolingo English Test (DET): 105
  • IELTS: 6.0 

Please note: Successful completion of one or two semesters in this program does not immediately guarantee admission into any of the CSULB College of Business' (COB) various MBA degree programs. All MBA Preparation Program students must comply with COB requirements and submit necessary test scores and documents as stated for those separate degree programs. More information about CSULB's Graduate Business Programs can be found at

Institutional Partnerships

University of Redlands 
Through an institutional partnership, students who successfully complete two semesters of the MBAP program will be considered for preferred admission to the University of Redlands Graduate Business Programs. Click here for more information about the University of Redlands.

Virscend University
The American Language Institute is affiliated with Virscend University’s Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and its Master of Business Administration programs. ALI students may waive the TOEFL or IELTS requirement of this college by successfully completing Level 4 of the IEP for admission to the BS program, and by completing the MBA Preparation Program or Level 6 of the IEP program for admission to the MBA program. ALI prospective students may also apply for Conditional Admission to this program.

Louis Nguyen

The MBA Prep program is a perfect transition for international students. I have had a chance to push my English to a more advanced level. I am a lot more confident now.

Louis Nguyen MBA Prep


16 weeks (1 semester)
Aug 22, 2024
Program Dates: 
Aug 26 - Dec 11, 2024
$200 - $300

Jacqueline Record,
MBA Prep Coordinator