How to Apply

How to Apply for the Pre-MBA Program

The Pre-MBA program is currently accepting fall 2021 applications.



Pre-MBA Application Deadlines

Fall 2021: May 15, 2021
Spring 2022: November 15, 2021

Semester Dates


Annual Tuition/Fees & Cost of Living

Certificate Program Tuition & Fees Living Expenses* Total Fees*

*Estimated costs presented. Actual costs may vary. For MBA tuition and fees please refer to the MBA Admission page.

All students pursuing MBA admission must also complete BUS 699: MBA Application Prep, a 1-unit support course, in both the fall and spring semesters. The tuition and fees for this 1-unit course are $527/semester.

Pre-MBA $12,648 $25,032 $37,680

Certificate students pay the following tuition and mandatory fees per semester:
Tuition: $395 x number of units enrolled
Mandatory fees: $132 x number of units enrolled

Mandatory fees include:

  • A robust orientation program
  • Personalized advising services
  • Course registration assistance to ensure you are on track to complete certificate
  • An activities program with:
    • Outdoor recreation, cultural events and sports
    • Visits to San Francisco neighborhoods famous for their unique culture, arts, music, food, businesses and more
    • Guest speakers from local industries

Optional fees (non-refundable, subject to change):

  • Muni: $200 per semester. Unlimited monthly transportation pass for local buses and trains.
  • Mashouf Wellness Center: $173 spring or fall semester, $83 summer semester. Semester access to the Mashouf Wellness Center including state of the art fitness and aquatics facilities, and a recreation and outdoor program.

Pre-MBA Admission Requirements

  • Complete at least three years of university coursework
  • Overall GPA 2.5 or higher on the first three years of university coursework
  • No GMAT required
  • English Proficiency Requirement:
    TOEFL - iBT 70 or IELTS 6.0 or PTE 50

Refund Policy

Tuition, mandatory and optional fees must be paid in full seven calendar days prior to the first day of semester instruction. See below summary of key dates and refund policies for tuition and mandatory fees. Please note the application fee and optional fees are non-refundable. For course withdrawal guidelines, see the Registrar's Office Dropping and Withdrawing page.


Spring 2021 - Withdrawal from the Program

Withdrawal Date Mandatory Fees
Withdrawal request submitted on or before January 20
(before orientation day)
100% refund
Withdrawal request submitted January 21 - January 24
(orientation day through the day prior to first day of semester instruction)
50% refund
Withdrawal request submitted on or after January 25
(first day of semester instruction and beyond)
0% refund


Spring 2021 - Drop/Withdrawal from an Academic Course

Drop/Withdrawal Date Tuition
Class dropped on or before February 12 100% refund
Class dropped between February 12 and February 19 75% refund
After February 19 0% refund