A. Gary Anderson
Graduate School of Management

Graduate Academic Transition Experience


Created for international students with a bachelor’s degree seeking to further their business education, our new GATEway program bridges a clear path to pursuing a U.S. business master’s degree. GATEway was developed in collaboration with the UCR School of Business and UCR Extension as a 16-week master’s program for the Spring quarter, running from March – June each academic year. GATEway students receive academic, cultural, and social preparation while earning graduate-level UC Riverside credits that can be transferred into a program at the A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management (AGSM).



  • Earn 12 AGSM graduate-level credits and gain experience taking graduate courses
  • Complete an academic preparation class focused on the American campus and classroom experience with UCR Extension
  • Choose specialized courses based on your desired graduate program
  • Receive individualized coaching on your graduate program application and preferential consideration for scholarship funding
  • Enter your graduate program confident and ready for success
Gateway Students
students in Gateway program


Weeks 1-4

GATEway students arrive five weeks ahead of the start of Spring quarter. During the first five weeks, students participate in a graduate academic skills preparation course and two intensive core graduate-level courses, providing students time to adjust to the American campus and the graduate business classroom environment.

Includes Core Courses (4 units)
  • Leadership, Teamwork, Communication and Ethics (2 units)
  • Career Development (2 units)
  • Graduate Academic Skills Preparation Course (0 units; offered through UCR Extension)

*The above courses are waived if required in a graduate program.

Weeks 5-16

GATEway students are then enrolled in their choice of two specialized graduate-level courses worth four units each. Courses will be made based on the student’s chosen track, MBA, MFin, or MPAc. During this period, GATEway students are integrated into UCR AGSM courses, alongside UCR AGSM Master’s program candidates from across the world. See track and course options listed below. All GATEway course options are subject to change in accordance with changes in degree program requirements and offerings.

Throughout the 16 weeks, GATEway students will meet with their cohort for cultural immersion experiences and graduate preparation coaching.

See below for track and course options for electives for weeks 5-16.



Gateway MBA students

GATEway to Master of Business Administration
  • Managerial Decision Making
  • Entrepreneurial Management
  • Corporate Strategy
  • Human Resources Management
  • Business Issues in E-Commerce

*Each course is 4 units

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GATEway to Master of Finance
(MFin) – STEM
  • Trading Strategies and Financial Models
  • Fixed Income & Securities
  • Corporate Risk Management
  • Seminar in Corporate Finance

*Each course is 4 units

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GATEway to Master of Professional Accountancy
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Information Technology Auditing and Assurance
  • Internal Auditing

*Each course is 4 units

MSBA students
GATEway to Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) – STEM
  • Business Analytics for Management
  • Marketing Analytics
  • Corporate Risk Management

*Each course is 4 units




The GATEway program runs for 16 weeks. Students enroll in two core courses (4 units) for the first month, followed by two elective courses (8 units) at the start of Spring quarter, earning a total of 12 graduate-level units from the GATEway program. 

Tuition for the program is $12,500; books, student services fees, health insurance, and housing are separate.

Application deadline is January 15, 2021.


Eligible candidates should successfully meet the following requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • TOEFL 550 PBT, iBT 80 or IELTS 6.5
  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA
  • Copy of your passport photo page
  • Proof of English language proficiency (official results from TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent)
  • Copy of transcripts
  • Statement of Purpose · Statement of Financial Support
  • Bank statement, in English
  • Parent or guardian release form


For more information, please contact ibusiness@ucr.edu