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MBA Admissions

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

  1. Apply To The University

    Apply to San Diego State University between October 1st and March 1st. Apply online at A $55 nonrefundable application fee is required of all applicants.

  2. Submit Test Scores & Transcripts

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


    Send official transcripts from all institutions attended to Graduate Admissions. If your transcript is not in English, then you must also send a certified literal English translation of the transcripts along with the official original-language transcripts with proof of degree.

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

    Test Scores

    Take the GMAT or the GRE and request that official scores be sent to Graduate Admissions. If your Bachelor’s degree was not taught principally in English, then you must take the TOEFL or IELTS and have official scores sent to Graduate Admissions.

    SDSU Institution Codes
    See IELTS website ( for instructions.
  3. Complete Program Application

    Electronically submit Program Application through your Decision Desk account by April 1st. No paper or e-mailed materials will be accepted or reviewed. You must have your SDSU Red ID to submit your Program Application.

    Go to Decision Desk ( and create an account.

    1. Upload Resume
    2. Upload Statement of Purpose
    3. Set up the request for two letters of recommendation for the MBA, MSIS, and MSBA-FTP programs and one letter of recommendation for the MSA program via online submission system:

    Applicants will have the opportunity to upload an optional essay if there are any concerns you want to explain to the Admissions Committee.

Admitted Averages

View Admitted Averages 2015 (pdf)

Admissions/Prospective Students FAQ

Application – General

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 make an application more competitive.

For the last several years, only a Fall admission cycle has been offered. The application period for Fall begins October 1st and ends March 1st. Application periods are subject to change.

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.

Current and previous students must complete the CSU Mentor application and pay the $55 fee. Students who previously attended SDSU need only submit transcripts for coursework completed since last attendance.

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

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

SDSU Graduate Business Programs makes every effort to return admissions decisions to applicants in a timely fashion. Applicants will be notified via email. 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). After all the applicant's materials have been received by SDSU, an admissions decision can take in excess of two months to complete.

Once you have submitted the CSU Mentor application, you will be assigned a RedID number, which will be e-mailed to you. If you have not received your RedID within 10-15 business days of applying, please contact Graduate Admissions. RedIDs may be issued anywhere between 1 and 15 business days, depending on when you apply.

We recommend submitting your CSU Mentor application as soon as possible to ensure you receive your RedID on time. Your RedID number will allow you to track the status of your application through the SDSU WebPortal (

No. SDSU does not allow students to defer enrollment. If you need to delay your enrollment for any reason, you will need to reapply for the semester that you are able to attend classes at SDSU. Admission is not guaranteed for applicants that reapply after previously being admitted.

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. Admission decisions will be made throughout the admission cycle.

No. We admit students from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds. However, students who are admitted to SDSU Graduate Business Programs are expected to have competencies in personal computing, quantitative and statistical methods, and economics. Download further information about MBA Program Pre-requisite Competencies (pdf).

Application – Test Scores and GPA

GMAT: The average score is around 610, we rarely admit students who score below 540, GMAT Home Page.

GRE: We recommend scoring in the 60th percentile or above on each section, and we rarely admit students who score below the 25th percentile,

For either test, both the verbal and quantitative percentiles with be reviewed. A high overall score does not necessarily justify a low score in one of the percentiles. Exams taken more than five years ago will be considered on a case by case basis.

You may take either test. We do not require both. We do not favor one test over the other.

Only applicants who hold a PhD, MD, or JD degree may be exempt from taking the GMAT or GRE, no other exceptions, even for work experience, are granted.

Possibly. GMAT/GRE and IELTS/TOEFL official score reports must be submitted by April 1st. Please keep in mind that it takes about 20 days to receive test scores from the testing agency. If you have already submitted scores for the GMAT or the GRE and you would like to retake the exam, please contact the Graduate Business Programs Office at or (619) 594-8073. Only the highest score will be considered when making an admission decision.

The average undergraduate GPA for students admitted to our programs is around 3.40. 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 with undergraduate GPAs that are considered deficient are less likely to be admitted. Note that students who have a satisfactory GPA are not guaranteed admission.

Application – Program Application

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

Please upload a document that addresses the following question: 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). If you have concerns about your prior academic work or any extenuating circumstances that you would like the Admission Committee to be aware of, you may submit an Optional Essay in which you may explain these concerns (max 250 words).

The process for submitting letters is integrated into the College of Business Administration’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 and e-mail address is required. No paper or emailed letters of recommendation will be accepted or reviewed.

Two letters of recommendation are required for the MBA, MSIS, and MSBA-FTP programs and one letter of recommendation is required for the MSA program.

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.

International Students

International students have the same application deadlines as domestic students. 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 (

TOEFL or IELTS 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 for the TOEFL and a minimum score of 6.5 is required for the IELTS. TOEFL scores should be sent directly from ETS ( using SDSU’s Institution Code 4682. For the IELTS, please see for instructions. SDSU does not grant conditional admittance to students who do not meet the language requirement.

Applicants to SDSU Graduate Business Programs are expected to have completed a four year undergraduate degree. 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; requirements by country can be found here:

International Admissions may be reached at (619) 594-1847 or

International students attending SDSU are not eligible for any federal or state financial aid programs. However, ISC Scholarships are sometimes available. You should regularly check with ISC for information. Most academic departments offer University Scholarships which are competitive and based on scholastic performance at SDSU.

International graduates and undergraduates may apply for any University Scholarship for which they are eligible. More information and application forms for University Scholarships can be obtained through SDSU's Scholarship Office: For information on scholarships and fellowships offered by foundations and international agencies, visit

International students may apply for GA/TA positions: Teaching associateships and graduate non-teaching assistantships in business administration are available to a limited number of qualified students.

Download applications and additional information:

AACSB accredited

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