How to Apply

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Next steps for MBA/graduate students

Congratulations on deciding to advance your career with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree!

The Marymount MBA is designed for recent college grads, early career professionals and mid-level managers. Our program features small classes, one-on-one attention and individualized career services, providing you with the skills and experience to take your career to the next level. You’ll work closely with professors who have real-world business experience to create a capstone project with ideas ready to put into practice.

Let’s get started!

1. Tell us about you

Sign up to receive more information about the Marymount MBA.

2. Visit

Tour our campus. Meet with admissions representatives, students and professors.

3. Apply for admission

Current seniors should apply for the Marymount MBA during their senior year. Contact an MBA advisor at (310) 303-7273 for application requirements. All other applicants can apply via the MCU graduate application.

4. Apply for financial aid

Graduate students may be eligible for financial aid. Complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application to see if you qualify. (Marymount’s school code is: 010474) Schedule an appointment with MCU’s Office of Financial Aid to learn what options are available.

  • Fall 2020: July 15
  • Spring 2021: November 15
  • Summer 2021: May 1

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Our admissions committee engages in a holistic review process when reading and evaluating each application. While we review your academic aptitude for successfully pursuing graduate study, we are also interested in your accomplishments, career goals and personal qualities that fit well with the Marymount culture. Our objective is to discover who you are as an individual and how you might benefit from the opportunities available at Marymount.

To apply, we ask that you prepare and submit the following to help us assess your qualifications.

    • Application
    • $50 application fee
    • Official transcripts* from all colleges and universities attended
    • Personal statement

International applicants only

    • Proof of English-language proficiency
    • Required documentation for student visa

We do not require GMAT/GRE scores.

Upon admission, candidates are required to pay a commitment deposit prior to registration, which is non-refundable and will be credited toward tuition.

*Please note that original transcripts are required from all undergraduate and graduate academic institutions you have attended and must be sent directly from the institution. If your academic records are not in English, you must provide a notarized English translation from a certified professional and upload it with the original transcript or copy.

We prioritize applications from current Marymount students interested in pursuing the one-year add-on MBA or who plan to start MBA coursework immediately after completing the undergraduate program. We do not require an application fee, MCU transcript or personal statement. We just need a completed application and commitment deposit. If you’re an international student, you must update your Confidential Statement of Financial Support Form and supporting bank documentation.

Contact an MBA advisor at (310) 303-7273 to get started.

In addition to the graduate application requirements, all international applicants must also demonstrate English proficiency by submitting one of the following tests with corresponding minimum scores.

TestMinimum Score
TOEFL iBT79
IELTS6.5
Duolingo90

The exam must have been taken within the last two years from the date you submit your application. Exam scores more than two years old will not be accepted. Once admitted, international students must submit a Confidential Statement of Financial Support Form, proving they have enough financial resources to cover educational and living expenses each academic year.

This information is required for issuance of the I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for a visa. Applicants must obtain an international student visa (F-1) from the U.S. Embassy in order to enter the United States. The information you provide will be used to create or update your official record in the U.S. government’s Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).

While a lucky few may have an employer or family member help foot the bill for grad school, many will need to seek other alternatives. The first step in applying for financial aid is to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA determines your eligibility for federal, state and school-sponsored financial aid, including educational loans and work-study programs. One important difference as a graduate student is that you’ll be considered independent, meaning you’ll use your own financial information, rather than your parents’.

While the Internet can be a good resource to explore the many scholarships available to help you pay for an MBA, most graduate students are heavily dependent on loans. Graduate students can often take out more loans than undergrads but be aware the federal interest rate on these loans is typically higher than it is for undergrads, and interest accrues as soon as the loan is disbursed.

Although international students are not eligible to receive federal financial aid, they may be eligible for scholarships and private loans. Let’s talk. Schedule an appointment with MCU’s Office of Financial Aid to discuss your options.

What makes the Marymount MBA different from other programs?
The Marymount MBA program prepares students for entrepreneurial leadership in a global economy. Unlike other MBA programs that emphasize theory, Marymount’s MBA adds a strong practical element. Students work closely with professors who have real-world business experience to create a capstone project with ideas ready to put into practice. Students looking to start their own companies are especially attracted to a Marymount MBA because they can tailor the program to their interests and design a capstone project for real-life application, such as developing a business plan for their start-up. Projects have focused on everything from sports to small business growth.

Do you offer an executive MBA?
No, we do not. The Marymount MBA is designed for recent college grads, early career professionals and mid-level managers.

Can I take classes online?
The Marymount MBA is delivered in hybrid format—a combination of in-person and online courses. On-ground classes are offered at the Marymount campus located in Rancho Palos Verdes, about 25 miles from downtown Los Angeles, with evening and weekend options to accommodate busy schedules.

How many units are required to complete the MBA program?
You must complete a total of 36 units to graduate with an MBA from Marymount California University. Students typically enroll in 16 units of coursework in the fall and spring semesters, and 4 units in the summer, though the distribution may vary.

How many units should I take per semester?
To make appropriate progress toward graduation and qualify as a full-time student, you should enroll in at least 12 units. International graduate students must take a minimum of six units to maintain full-time F-1 status.

Do you accept transfer credits?
Yes, we will accept up to 10 units of graduate coursework from another accredited academic institution.

How long will it take to earn my degree?
The Marymount MBA can be completed in 12-24 months.

What entrance exams do I need to take?
Marymount does not require entrance exams, such as the GMAT or GRE, for admission.

Can I apply to the MBA program before I have completed my bachelor’s degree?
Yes. However, acceptance is contingent, meaning your bachelor’s degree must be conferred prior to the start of MBA classes.

How much will it cost?
You can review our tuition and fees, which are subject to change each academic year.

Can graduate students apply for financial aid?
Yes. Graduate students may be eligible for scholarships, educational loans and work-study programs to help reduce or even eliminate their out-of-pocket expenses. To secure the most financial aid, you need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is used to help determine your eligibility for public and private aid. Most applicants who complete the FAFSA are eligible for some form of federal aid. Although international students are not eligible to receive federal financial aid, they may be eligible for scholarships and private loans. We recommend you schedule an appointment with our Office of Financial Aid to discuss your options.