International MBA Students

A Truly International M.B.A. Program

Our unique college and community atmosphere make Humboldt State one of the best campuses for international students in California. Our business faculty and staff are known for welcoming international students to the department and larger campus community and creating a positive learning environment for every student.

Our beautiful location provides plenty of opportunities to engage in activities beyond the classroom, to join local clubs, and to make life-long friends.  For more information on the area and HSU's International program please visit the Center for International Programs eBrochure.

M.B.A. Program Quick Facts
• Students can complete the program in one year if they have their undergraduate degree in Business.   
• If students have their undergraduate degree in something other than Business, they can complete all pre-requisites in one semester prior to    the program starting.
Program starts every Fall semester (August).
No prior work experience is required.
• Students complete a comprehensive final exam.
• Located in safe, friendly, Arcata, California.Anchor

• Humboldt State University (HSU) is a recognized leader in sustainability and natural resource management. The Princeton Review named Humboldt State University a “Best of the West” and “Green” college.
• HSU ranks 15th among public schools in its category and #53 in US News and World Report’s Best Colleges in Regional Universities. HSU is 8th out of all the California State Universities.
• HSU was named a top master’s university in the country by Washington Monthly.
• Humboldt State was ranked among the top 7 percent of master’s universities in the country and 20th among public universities in its category, according to the 2013 College Guide.


The MBA program is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE).

Admissions & Requirements

Please direct all admission/status of application questions to the Center for International Programs by emailing or by calling our office at +1-707-826-4142.

To see if your question has already been answered, please view our Frequently Asked MBA Questions.


• Minimum GPA (Grade Point Average) of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
• English Proficiency
• Completion of a BA or BS degree
• Completion of pre-requisites
• GRE (Graduate Record Examination) score of 300 on verbal & quantitative OR GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) with a score of 500

Application Instructions

For detailed graduate MBA application instructions for international students, click here. Follow each step carefully and send all supporting documents to the Center for International Programs (CIP). The CIP office will work with the Business Department to process your application and will notify you with updates.

Please send documents electronically to, or by mail to:

International Student Admissions
Center for International Programs
1 Harpst Street
Arcata, CA 95521

If admissible, we will issue you an Admission Letter and I-20 with scanned copies of transcripts and proof of English Proficiency, but we must receive the originals via mail before you begin attendance.

Application Instructions

• Submit the Conditional Admission Form
• Fill out the paper Graduate application (list term planning on attending university studies)
• Submit your Transcripts (we can accept scanned copies for admission purposes)
• Submit the HSU Application Fee
• Submit the Certification of Finances - MBA
• Submit GMAT or GRE results (if you do not have GMAT or GRE results, you can take either test while attending IELI.)

If admissible, we will issue you an Admission Letter and I-20 with scanned copies of transcripts and proof of English Proficiency, but we must receive the originals via mail before you begin attendance.

Admissions Deadlines

The MBA program is a 1-year program and begins in August of each year.  The program runs August through July.  The application deadline is February 1st.

Prerequisite Information

To be eligible for the MBA program, you must have completed courses in:

1)  Statistics
Elementary Statistics: Probability, relative frequency; measure of central tendency, variation, correlation; binomial and normal distributions; testing of hypotheses and estimation; linear regression.

2) Accounting
Financial Accounting: First course in accounting. Measurement and reporting principles used in US to prepare financial reports for investors/creditors. Computer applications demonstrate design of accounting information systems. This needs to be financial accounting, not managerial accounting.

3) Economics
Economics: Learn economic fundamentals. Microeconomic behavior of consumers and firms. Different market structures and government policies. Macroeconomic concepts including business cycles, unemployment, inflation, and growth. Effects of fiscal and monetary policy. This can be a combined Macroeconomics and a Microeconomics course. If you have only taken a class in Micro-economics, this will suffice.

4) Finance
Finance: Basic skills for analyzing financial data. Time value of money; techniques and ratios commonly used in financial analysis. Any general overview of finance topics will suffice. *Principles of finance is also commonly known as Business Finance.

To see if courses you have taken at your previous university meet these requirements, please send scanned copy of transcripts to for evaluation.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to apply to the MBA (Masters in Business Administration Program)?

• You must graduate college before starting the degree.
• 2.75 college GPA
• GRE or GMAT test
o GMAT – score of 500
o GRE – 300 combined score on Verbal and Quantitative
• English proficiency: see below

What if I don’t have the English requirement?
 English Language Proficiency information

Do I have to take the GRE or GMAT?
• Yes.

Do I have to take certain courses before starting the MBA?
• Yes. You must take a foundation course/college course in: 
o financial accounting
o economics (macro and micro)
o finance
o statistics

What if I have not taken these courses?
• You can be conditionally admitted to the MBA program and attend HSU to complete the pre-requisites in the Spring (January) semester before the program begins.
• You can take them at your home university.

When will I find out if I’ve been admitted?
• In most cases, we can conditionally admit you as early as January if you have completed your application. You must still complete all remaining requirements (degree, tests & courses, if any) by August, before you can start the program.