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MSA Admission Requirements

The MSA admissions committee takes a holistic approach to admission decisions.  Acceptance into the MSA program is based on the candidate’s potential for academic and professional success as determined by the committee.

General MSA Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university
  • GPA: 3.0 in the last 60 semester units of undergraduate coursework*
  • GMAT or GRE Tests: Not required


Basic Statistics course completed with a grade of C or better. If you don’t meet this requirement, please contact us to discuss your options.

Application Requirements

In addition to a completed application (available here), you must also complete or submit the following for program consideration:

  • Resume summarizing work experience
  • Written statement of personal goals and program objectives
  • Three professional references (reference forms are included in the MSA application)
    • References must be from professional and/or academic sources. References from friends, family members or coworkers will not be accepted
    • References must be from supervisory or administrative personnel who have evaluated your work
    • At least one faculty reference preferred
  • One official transcript from each college attended. Digital copies are not accepted. Official hard copy transcripts are required
  • $75 application fee

For more information, see full application requirements.

Conditional Admission

Upon approval of the Academic Coordinator and in consultation with the Admission Committee, students not meeting all program entrance requirements may be admitted to the program with Conditionally Classified Standing.  In these cases, the Academic Coordinator will develop criteria on an individual basis that must be met for advancement to Classified Standing.

Every Situation is Unique

If you have questions about these admissions requirements or general questions about the program, please contact us today and we'll be happy to assist you with the application process.

*Last 90 quarter units. If you do not meet the 3.0 GPA requirement, your application may still be considered. Applicant must meet the minimum graduate admissions requirements of the university, which you can review here.