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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
* Application Deadlines Subject to Change
Fall Semester October 1st March 2nd April 1st
  1. Complete the CSUMentor Application by March 1st.

    Each applicant must submit the California State University application electronically at the CSUMentor Website (www.csumentor.edu) along with the $55 nonrefundable application fee. Once you have submitted the CSUMentor application, you will be assigned a RedID number, which will be e-mailed to you within 3-5 business days. Your RedID number will allow you to track the status of your application through the SDSU WebPortal (https://sunspot.sdsu.edu/pls/webapp/web_menu.login/).

  2. Submit Official Transcripts & Test Scores to the Graduate Admissions Office by by April 1st.

    After you have submitted the CSUMentor application and received your RedID number, you will need to send official transcripts and test scores to the Graduate Admissions Office. Sending transcripts before submitting the CSUMentor application will result in processing delays.

    You must provide the following:

    1. Official transcripts (in sealed envelopes) issued within the last year, from all U.S. colleges and universities attended. Students who previously attended SDSU need only submit transcripts for coursework completed since last attendance. Hard copy SDSU transcripts are not required. Students with international coursework must submit both the official transcript and proof of degree. If documents are in a language other than English, they must be accompanied by a certified literal English translation. For country specific requirements, please see the Graduate Admissions website (http://arweb.sdsu.edu/es/admissions/grad/country.html).
    2. GRE scores sent directly from Educational Testing Services (ETS – http://www.ets.org) using SDSU’s Institution Code 4682. Please note the university requires that all sections (verbal, quantitative, analytical writing) of the GRE be completed.

      GMAT scores sent directly from GMAT (http://www.mba.com) using SDSU’s Institution Code 9LT-2P-73. Please note the university requires that all sections (verbal, quantitative, analytical writing and integrated reasoning) of the GMAT be completed.

    3. TOEFL scores are required of all applicants, regardless of citizenship, whose native language is not English and whose preparatory education was principally in a language other than English. A minimum score of 80 is required. Scores should be sent directly from ETS (http://www.ets.org/toefl) using SDSU’s Institution Code 4682.

    The above listed materials should be sent to:

    Graduate Admissions Office
    San Diego State University
    5500 Campanile Drive
    San Diego, CA 92182-7416

    If you have questions regarding Steps 1 and 2, please contact the Graduate Admissions Office at (619) 594-6336 or e-mail admissions@sdsu.edu. International applicants may contact the International Recruitment Office at (619)594-6336 or e-mail intladmission@sdsu.edu.

  3. Submit Supplemental Documents to the Graduate Business Programs Office by April 1st.

    All supplemental materials must be submitted electronically by going to this website: http://aztecgrad.sdsu.edu/gra/gradapps.aspx and creating an account so that you can upload your documents and set-up the request for Letters of Recommendation. Materials received in any other format (mail, e-mail, etc.) will not be processed.

    1. Submit Resume

      Work experience is not required for admission, but professional work experience is looked at favorably. You must upload a resume in the online submission that is either a PDF or a Word document.

    2. Submit two letters of recommendation via online submission system: http://aztecgrad.sdsu.edu/gra/gradapps.aspx

      • The process for submitting letters is integrated into the College of Business’s online submission system. Once you have created an account, you will be able to generate a request for recommendation which will be sent to the recommender of your choice. The recommender’s name, e-mail address, and company/ institution affiliation is required.
      • Recommendations can be either academic or professional; there is no preference given to either. Please note that while the CSU Mentor application states that the recommendation should be academic, this is not a requirement of our program for either the online submission system or the CSU Mentor application.
    3. Submit Required Question(s) for the Statement of Purpose. Please upload either a PDF or Word document that addresses the following question(s):
      • Required: Based on your current career goals, how will a Graduate Business Degree from San Diego State University help you to achieve these? (max 500 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)
  • 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).

  • GMAT: The 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, http://www.ets.org/gre.

    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.

Mail transcripts to

Graduate Admissions
Enrollment Services
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-7416

Submit Electronically: SOP, LOR, Resume

All supplemental materials must be submitted electronically by going to this website: http://aztecgrad.sdsu.edu/gra/gradapps.aspx and creating an account so that you can upload your documents and set-up the request for Letters of Recommendation. Materials received in any other format (mail, e-mail, etc.) will not be processed.

Entering Fall 2014

  • Total Applications1366
  • Total Admitted575
  • Total Enrolled285
  • Average GPA3.43
  • Average GMAT613
  • Average Age26
  • Women49%
  • Men51%
  • Domestic50%
  • International Students50%
Bachelor's degree fields
  • Business38%
  • Economics10%
  • Science and Engineering34%
  • Humanities & Social Sciences18%
  • Total Applications602
  • Total Admitted276
  • Total Enrolled154
  • Average GPA3.36
  • Average GMAT601
  • Average Age27
  • Women41%
  • Men59%
  • Domestic64%
  • International36%
Bachelor's degree fields
  • Business32%
  • Economics8%
  • Science & Engineering35%
  • Humanities & Social Sciences25%
  • Total Applications34
  • Total Admitted19
  • Total Enrolled13
  • Average GPA3.41
  • Average GMAT605
  • Average Age27
  • Women32%
  • Men68%
  • Domestic58%
  • International42%
Bachelor's degree fields
  • Business63%
  • Economics27%
  • Science & Engineering5%
  • Humanities & Social Sciences5%
  • Total Applications388
  • Total Admitted107
  • Total Enrolled34
  • Average GPA3.79
  • Average GMAT623
  • Average Age25
  • Women47%
  • Men53%
  • Domestic21%
  • International79%
Bachelor's degree fields
  • Business12%
  • Economics6%
  • Science & Engineering78%
  • Humanities & Social Sciences4%
  • Total Applications342
  • Total Admitted173
  • Total Enrolled84
  • Average GPA3.31
  • Average GMAT628
  • Average Age25
  • Women66%
  • Men34%
  • Domestic45%
  • International55%
Bachelor's degree fields
  • Business60%
  • Economics15%
  • Science & Engineering7%
  • Humanities & Social Sciences18%

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).

Competencies

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 (GradBusiness@sdsu.edu, (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: sunspot.sdsu.edu/schedule. Depending on the degree program and the previous coursework of the individual student, the program can be completed in two to four years on a part-time basis.

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. For the last several years, only a Fall admission cycle has been offered. Application periods are subject to change.

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

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. 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.

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. 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) of graduate level coursework 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. For the last several years, only a Fall admission cycle has been offered. Application periods are subject to change.

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

Not necessarily. You should apply as early as you are prepared to do so. Please plan on submitting your completed application materials ahead of the application deadline. Application decisions will be made throughout the admission cycle.

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 average undergraduate GPA for students admitted to our programs is around 3.30. In order for your undergraduate GPA to be considered satisfactory (not deficient) by the university, a domestic student should have at least a 2.85 and an international student should have at least a 3.00 on the 4.00 GPA scale. 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. Students undergraduate GPAs who are considered deficient are less likely to be admitted. Note that students who have a satisfactory GPA are not guaranteed admission.

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. Please keep in mind that it takes about 20 days to receive test scores from the testing agency.

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 admissions@sdsu.edu.

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.

How am I able to speak to my advisor?

Academic Advisors and Peer Advisors are available to help you in the Graduate Business Programs Office located in EBA 448. You can also contact the Graduate Business Programs Office at GradBusiness@sdsu.edu or (619) 594-8073. Our hours are Monday-Thursday 10:00am-6:00pm and Friday 10:00am-2:00pm during the academic year and Monday-Thursday 12:00pm-5:00pm during the summer.

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 ambassad@mail.sdsu.edu. 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