Admissions Requirements - California School of Management and Leadership

The California School of Management & Leadership (CSML) admissions criteria vary depending on the program and level of studies. Requirements are designed to measure the qualities and capabilities required of a professional in the field to which the student is applying as reflected in the applicant’s academic ability, academic preparation, and other personal and non-academic factors.

In addition to the supplementary requirements of the program, the following are University-wide admissions requirements:

  • Completed application with application processing fee
  • Submission of official transcripts

See the Programs & Degrees section to find out details about each program. Admissions requirements are listed below for the following programs:

Admissions Criteria: BS Business Administration

GPA Applicants must have at least a 2.0 grade point average
English Language Proficiency English language proficiency must be demonstrated by applicants not previously educated in English. Minimum TOEFL score of 550 paper/213 computer/80 internet or equivalent.

Graduate Admissions

All completed applications are reviewed by an admissions committee in the program. For most programs, an in-person interview is required. While applicants are selected for entrance to CSML Graduate Programs on the basis of their composite applications, the following items are essential components of the admissions decision.

Admissions Criteria: San Diego MBA

GPA Applicants need to meet one of the following GPA requirements

  • Overall Bachelor’s GPA is 2.75 or above
  • Overall Bachelor’s GPA is between 2.60 and 2.75, plus
  • Minimum five (5) years professional work experience, or
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75 in the last 60 units of coursework (include graduate work) completed
  • An accredited master’s degree with overall GPA 3.0 or above”
Personal Essay
A 1 to 2 page personal essay describing the following is required:

  • a brief autobiographical statement including future professional plans
  • the professional organizations to which you belong and
  • honors, activities and other creative accomplishments.
Recommendations
Encouraged but not required
Resume
A current resume is required
English Language Proficiency
(International applicants)
  • CSML will admit students with IELTS score of 6.0 with no individual band score below 5.5 (TOEFL IBT 75, PTE 50). Students can start their academic program immediately on entry into their program.
  • CSML will conditionally admit students with IELTS score 5.5-5.9 with no individual band score below 5.5 (TOEFL IBT 60, PTE 42). Students will start in an English program and upon successful completion will start their academic program
  • Students with IELTS scores 5.0-5.4 (TOEFL 45, PTE 36) will be admitted to a full ESL program. Upon successful completion of the ESL program, they will start their academic programs

Admissions Criteria: MS Data Analytics

GPA Applicants need to meet one of the following GPA requirements

  • Overall Bachelor’s GPA is 2.75 or above
  • Overall Bachelor’s GPA is between 2.60 and 2.75, plus
    • Minimum five (5) years professional work experience, or
    • Minimum GPA of 2.75 in the last 60 units of coursework (include graduate work) completed
  • An accredited master’s degree with overall GPA 3.0 or above”
Personal Essay
A 1 to 2 page personal essay describing the following is required:

  1. an autobiographical statement including future professional plans
  2. the professional organizations to which you belong, and
  3. honors, activities, and other creative accomplishments
Recommendations
Encouraged but not required
Resume
A current resume is required
English Language Proficiency
(International applicants)
  • CSML will admit students with IELTS score of 6.0 with no individual band score below 5.5 (or equivalent). Students can start their academic program immediately on entry into their program.
  • CSML will conditionally admit students with IELTS score 5.5-5.9 with no individual band score below 5.5 (or equivalent). Students will start in an English program and upon successful completion will start their academic program
  • Students with IELTS scores 5.0-5.4 will be admitted to a full ESL program. Upon successful completion of the ESL program, they will start their academic program

Admissions Criteria: DBA

Master’s Degree A master’s degree in business, management or related field from an accredited institution with established and recognized programs in business and management. A minimum graduate GPA of 3.0 is required.
Recommendations Two written, confidential recommendations from those who can attest to the applicant’s abilities, interests, and proven accomplishments in education.
Resume
Current resume
Essay A two page personal essay describing the following is required: the professional organizations to which you belong; honors, activities and other accomplishments; and a brief autobiographical statement including future professional plans
Interview An in-person interview is required. Video interview available for international applicants.
English Language Proficiency English language proficiency must be demonstrated by applicants not previously educated in English. Minimum TOEFL score of 550 paper/213 computer/80 internet or equivalent.

Admissions Criteria: PhD Leadership

Master’s Degree A master’s degree or equivalent from an accredited university. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.
Recommendations
Two professional recommendations
Resume
Current resume
Essay 6-7 pages, typed double-spaced. The essay should include the following topics:

  1. Describe your personal objectives in applying to the PhD in Leadership Program. Also, discuss why you are attracted to studying at Alliant.
  2. Write a brief autobiographical sketch, highlighting your leadership experience in general.
  3. In a few paragraphs, focus in detail on one specific, important leadership experience in your career. Describe the situation you faced, your actions, the results of your leadership, and any lessons you learned about leadership and/or yourself.
  4. Although we recognize that your specific areas of interest may change over the course of your training, please describe a research topic related to leadership that you might like to explore during your studies at Alliant. Please be as specific as possible.
Interview In-person interview required. Video interview available for international applicants.
English Language Proficiency English language proficiency must be demonstrated by applicants not previously educated in English. Minimum TOEFL score of 550 paper/213 computer/80 internet or equivalent.