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MBA Admissions

For Sports MBA admissions, visit the SMBA website.
For Executive MBA admissions, visit the EMBA website.

Online Application Opens** Online Application Closes** File Completion Deadline**
* When Available
** Application Deadlines Subject to Change
Fall Semester October 1st March 1st April 1st
Spring Semester* August 1st November 1st November 15th
  1. Apply Online at
    • Pay the $55 application fee. Your application will not be processed without receipt of the application fee.
  2. Mail official sealed transcripts
    • Applicants to SDSU Graduate Business Programs are expected to have completed a four year undergraduate degree. Students who are applying to a graduate business program during their last year of undergraduate study are eligible to apply and will be required to provide proof of completion of their undergraduate degree if admitted. Three-year bachelor degree programs completed by international students are reviewed on a case by case basis by the Graduate Admissions office: (619) 594-6336
    • SDSU requires a domestic graduate applicant to have a cumulative GPA of a 2.85/4.0. If your cumulative GPA is not 2.85, then graduate admissions will calculate your last 60 unit GPA
    • SDSU requires an international graduate applicant to have a cumulative GPA of a 3.00 on the US 4.0 scale
    • Average GPA of enrolling students is 3.3 (on a 4.0 scale)
  3. Take GMAT or GRE and have official scores sent to SDSU
    • GMAT
      • Average score is 600, we rarely admit students who score below 540, GMAT Home Page
    • GRE
      • Recommended score in the 60-70th percentile on each section,
    • Only exams taken in the last five years will be considered
    • Only the highest score will be considered when making an admission decision
    • Only applicants who hold a PhD, MD, or JD degree may be exempt from taking the GMAT or GRE, no other exceptions are granted
    • Students should give themselves enough time to prepare for these exams. Scores could take up to 30 days for us to receive after completion of the exam
    • Official scores must be received by the application period deadline
  4. Submit Resume
    • Work experience is not required for admission, but professional work experience is looked at favorably.
  5. Submit at least one letter of recommendation, up to three, with required form(s)
  6. Submit Required Question(s) for the Statement of Purpose
    • REQUIRED: Based on your current career goals, how will a Graduate Business Degree from San Diego State University help you to achieve these? (max 750 words)
    • OPTIONAL: If you have concerns about your prior academic work or any extenuating circumstances that you would like the Admission Committee to be aware of, please share those with us. (max 250 words)
    • All students, regardless of citizenship, whose Bachelor's degree was principally in a language other than English, must demonstrate competence in English
    • TOEFL
      • Must score 80 (internet based), 550 (paper-based), or 213 (computer based),
    • IELTS
    • Scores must be obtained no earlier than two years prior to applying to SDSU
  2. Certified literal English translation of transcripts and official original-language transcripts with proof of degree
    • The translation may come directly from the school itself or from a professional, certified translator
    • The translation must contain all information shown on the original-language documents
  3. All International Student Center Requirements found at
Mail transcripts to Mail resume, LOR, and SOP to Email resume or SOP to
Graduate Admissions
Enrollment Services
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-7416
Graduate Business Programs
Supplemental Application Information
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-8228

Number of Entering Students (Entering Fall 2012)

Total Enrolled
GMAT Average
Average GPA
Average Age
International Students
CA Resident

Educational Background

Science and Engineering
Humanities and Social Sciences

SDSU Graduate Business Programs makes every effort to return admissions decisions to applicants in a timely fashion. Applicants will be notified via email.

Prospective students should monitor the progress of their application through the SDSU Web Portal using the Red ID number that is assigned and emailed to the student after they have completed the CSU Mentor application.

The SDSU Web Portal provides applicants with the most up-to-date information available on their application status. SDSU keeps student information as current as possible on the Web Portal. However, depending on the volume of mail received at the university, mail processing can take from one to four weeks from the date of receipt at SDSU for information to be updated on the Web Portal (this includes transcripts, GMAT/GRE and TOEFL/IELTS scores, and supplemental materials).


Students who are admitted to SDSU Graduate Business Programs are expected to have competencies in personal computing, quantitative and statistics methods, and economics. Download further information about MBA Program Pre-requisite Competencies (pdf).

Below are frequent questions prospective students ask about SDSU Graduate Business Programs. If you still have questions after reading through the information below, please feel free to email or call the Graduate Business Programs office for assistance (, (619) 594-8073).

Does SDSU offer part-time graduate business programs to accommodate working professionals?

Yes. Students may choose to attend the SDSU on either a part-time or full-time basis. Part-time students generally take two classes each semester. Class schedules are arranged in order to meet the needs of students who can only attend courses during the evening hours. Previous class schedules can be found at: The degree program can be completed in two to four years on a part-time basis depending on the previous coursework of the individual student.

When do SDSU Graduate Business Programs begin? Can students begin their studies in any semester?

The application period for Fall begins October 1 and ends March 1. Application periods are subject to change.

Is it possible to transfer to a graduate business program at SDSU from another institution?

Yes, however transfer students may only transfer up to twelve semester units from an AACSB-accredited institution when they enter the SDSU business program. Any additional coursework that may have been completed at the previous institution will not be credited toward the degree program at SDSU. Also, any coursework completed at a non-AACSB accredited institution will not transfer to SDSU's graduate business programs. Please note transfer credit is subject to review by the Graduate Business Programs office at SDSU and may require you to provide full course descriptions and/or syllabi before credit is given for previous coursework. Credit for previous coursework is not guaranteed.

How do employers view the MBA vs. MSBA?

Both programs are considered graduate level business degrees. The MSBA is a more specialized degree whereas the MBA is a more general degree.

Does SDSU offer online or distance learning graduate business programs?

No. SDSU does not offer distance or online learning for graduate business programs.

Does SDSU School of Business offer PhD programs?

No, the SDSU School of Business does not currently offer any PhD programs.

Do students have to choose a concentration, specialization or track?

MBA students may pursue a specialization but are not required to do so. MSBA students are required to choose a concentration and work with their faculty advisor to develop a program of study. MSA students must choose one of the tracks and work with their faculty advisor to develop a program of study under the chosen track. MSIS students may choose one of the tracks and work with their faculty advisor to develop a program of study under the chosen track.

What specializations, concentrations, and tracks exist?
MBA Specializations

(MBA specializations are NOT listed on the diploma, but are areas students may choose to focus their studies): Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Health Services Admin., Information Systems, International Business, Management, Marketing, Project Management, Real Estate, Supply Chain Management.

MSA Specializations

(MSA specializations are NOT listed on the diploma, but are areas students may choose to focus their studies): Accounting Information Systems, Financial Reporting, Taxation.

MSIS Specializations

Students select a career track and courses with the approval of the graduate advisor.

Can I take classes outside of the College of Business Administration?

Students may take up to six units (or two courses) outside of the School of Business, however pre-approval of these classes by the Graduate Business Programs office is required in order for the course to be included in the student's official program of study. Students should submit a request for approval of any courses outside of the College of Business Administration before registering for the course.

When should I apply?

The application period for Fall begins October 1 and ends March 1. Application periods are subject to change.

Do I have a better chance of being admitted if I apply early in the application period?

You should apply as early as you can. The MBA program, in particular, often reaches capacity prior to the end of the application period. Please plan accordingly and submit your completed application materials well ahead of the application deadline.

Does SDSU require applicants to have work experience before applying?

SDSU does not require applicants to have work experience before they apply. However, graduate business studies are enhanced for students who have real-world experiences to apply course concepts to.

I earned my undergraduate degree from SDSU. Does this enhance my chances for being accepted?

No preference is given to students who graduated from SDSU. All students are assessed on the same basis.

Does SDSU have a minimum GPA? What is the average GPA?

The minimum cumulative GPA to be considered for admittance is 2.85 for domestic students and 3.0 for international students. The average GPA for students admitted to our programs is 3.3. If a domestic student's cumulative GPA is deficient, SDSU will calculate the GPA for the student's last 60 semester units or 90 quarter units. There are no exceptions to the GPA minimum for international students. Note that students who meet the minimum GPA requirements are not guaranteed admittance.

Do I need to submit community college transcripts and/or transcripts from other institutions I attended, even though they are indicated on the University transcripts I graduated from?

Yes. You need to submit transcripts from all institutions that you have attended. The exception is that if you graduated from SDSU, you do not need to submit transcripts.

How do I find out the status of my application?

You can check the status of your application by accessing the SDSU Web Portal. After all the applicant's materials have been received by SDSU, an admissions decision can take in excess of two months to complete.

Can I submit materials, such as GMAT/GRE and TOEFL scores, after the application deadline?

Yes. For the Fall admission cycle, GMAT/GRE and TOEFL scores must be submitted by April 1st.

Does SDSU conduct admission interviews?

No. SDSU does not interview prospective students for any of our graduate business programs, except for the EMBA and Sports Management MBA Programs.

I earned a three-year undergraduate degree. Am I eligible to apply to SDSU graduate business programs?

Three-year undergraduate degrees (including three-year undergraduate degrees with one year of graduate study) are reviewed on a case by case basis by the Graduate Admissions office. Students should contact the Graduate Admissions office for assistance in determining if their studies are sufficient for application. Graduate Admissions may be reached at (619) 594-6336 or

What are the factors that will determine my admittance?

GMAT/GRE and GPA scores serve as significant factors influencing the admittance or denial of an application. Work experience is not required, but at least two years of professional work experience will increase an applicant's chances of admittance.

If I am admitted to SDSU, can I defer my enrollment?

No. SDSU does not allow students to defer enrollment. If you need to delay your enrollment for any reason, you will need to re-apply for the semester that you are able to attend classes at SDSU.

I am currently a graduate business student at another school. Can I transfer into the SDSU graduate business programs?

Yes. Students may transfer up to 9 units (in some cases 12 units) of coursework from an AACSB-accredited institution. The courses must be similar in curriculum to those required by the SDSU graduate business program.

I plan on applying to the program, but want to start classes before I am officially admitted. Can I do that?

You can take classes through Open University, which is a program facilitated by the College of Extended Studies. Open University is for students who are not matriculated. You can transfer up to 9 credits (in some cases 12 units) into the program upon admittance. If you do transfer 9 units from Open University, you will not be allowed to transfer any additional units. To register for Open University, you must go to the first class and request permission from the instructor to enroll in the class. Classes with a BA prefix are not open to non-matriculated students. Below is a link to the Open University website:
Applicants can only take classes for which the prerequisites have been met.

How do I arrange a campus tour?

Campus tours are conducted daily during the academic year and on a reduced schedule during the summer. Reservations are required and can be made on the Prospective Students website. The 40-to-60 minute walking tour encompasses the main part of the campus and includes narration on the history and traditions of the University. Campus information packets are provided prior to starting the tour. Tours are conducted by the SDSU Ambassadors. The Ambassadors, current students specially trained to provide tours, welcome the opportunity to share their university experience with prospective students and their guests. For more information, contact the SDSU Ambassadors at (619) 594-6868, or by e-mail at All walking tours depart from the Prospective Student Center in the Student Services building, located at the base of the clock tower.

AACSB accredited

The College of Business Administration is fully accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business