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In order to be admitted to the Business program you must first qualify for admission to SDSU. Please consult the SDSU Office of Admissions for more information about how to apply to SDSU. All potential Business majors should request admission as Business Administration majors.

Transfer students must complete certain lower division courses before they can transfer to SDSU. Consult SDSU Transfer Admissions for more information.

If you are accepted to SDSU in Business you will be admitted as a Pre-Business Administration major.

Students who are admitted to SDSU in a major other than Business may change their major after they have met certain unit and GPA requirements.

Please note: Requirements for declaring Pre-Business are different from the requirements for declaring an upper division Business major.

For more information, go to Changing Majors/Declaring a Pre-Business Major.

To earn a degree in Business you need to qualify to declare an upper division Business major. Only students with a declared upper division major may take upper division courses in the College of Business.

Majors & Specializations

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Financial Services
  • General Business
  • Information Systems
  • Management
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Human Resource Management
  • Marketing
    • Integrated Marketing Communications
    • Professional Selling and Sales Management
  • Real Estate

Qualifying

Before you are eligible to declare an upper division major you must:

  • complete at least 60 units of college-level work
  • completed 9 preparation courses for the major with a C or better
  • have a 2.9 overall GPA

These requirements are called the impaction criteria.

Please note: All students are admitted into the pre-business majors until you meet the impaction criteria and declare an upper division major.

Required Courses in the Pre-Business Major

All students wishing to major in Business are admitted to SDSU as pre-business majors. Students usually spend the first half of their college work (whether at SDSU or another college) working on the pre-business impaction requirements.

Students must meet the following impaction criteria to be admitted to an upper division business major:

You must have completed at least 60 college units

(SDSU and transfer combined)

You must complete

the following 9 prep courses (8 for Accounting majors) with a C or better in each (no C- and no CR/NC grades allowed)

  • ACCTG 201: Financial Accounting
  • ACCTG 202: Managerial Accounting
  • ECON 101: Principles of Economics (Macro)
  • ECON 102: Principles of Economics (Micro)
  • FIN 240: Legal Environment of Business
  • MIS 180: Principles of Information Systems
  • RWS 290: Business Communications (formerly BA 290; not required for Accounting majors)
  • MATH 120 or MATH 150: Calculus for Business Analysis
  • STAT 119 or ECON 201: Elementary Statistics for Business or Statistical Methods

If you took or are currently enrolled in one or more of these courses at another school, the course you took must be approved by SDSU as equivalent to the SDSU course before you can declare your upper division major. Please visit www.sdsu.edu/tap for course equivalencies.

You must have a 2.90 overall GPA.

Please be sure your SDSU Degree Evaluation (Degree Audit) is viewable online before you declare upper-division. If you cannot access it from your WebPortal please visit the Office of Advising and Evaluations, SSW 1551. This Evaluation must show the grades that you earned in your prep courses.

Visit the Business Advising Center to Declare

If you meet the requirements to declare an upper division major you should visit the Business Advising Center (EBA 448, phone 619-594-5828) during the declaration period, which can be found in the Important Dates.

Note: You will need to bring a copy of your degree evaluation if you can not view it via webportal. The Academic Advising Center (SSW 1551) can print a copy for you.

SDSU will generally accept all college-level transfer units from an accredited school. Acceptance of units, however, does not mean that the content of the course will be accepted as equivalent to any specific course at SDSU. To determine equivalency of content, SDSU has to look at what material was taught in the course.

Lower Division Courses

Courses may be transferred to SDSU from any accredited school. However, transfer courses are considered units only (that is, they give a student units towards graduation but do not fulfill any specific course requirements) unless they are approved by SDSU as being equivalent in content to a specific SDSU course or meeting a specific requirement.

Business courses are considered equivalent to SDSU in one of two ways:

  1. Atriculation

    An articulation is a standing agreement between two schools that certain courses are equivalent. A student who takes an articulated course at another school will have cleared the requirement at SDSU that the course fulfills.

    Example:

    Grossmont's ECON 120 is articulated to SDSU's ECON 101. A student who has taken ECON 120 at Grossmont College has cleared ECON 101 at SDSU.

    Lists of articulated courses from other schools are available through the web at SDSU's Transfer Admissions Planner and through the statewide articulation charts at http://www.assist.org. We recommend that you check BOTH sites to ensure complete information.

    Please note: SDSU's Transfer Admission Planner website displays what SDSU has on file.

  2. Petition

    If no articulation exists concerning a particular school or course, the student may request to have the course accepted as equivalent to an SDSU course. This is done by filing a petition (called a Request for Adjustment of Academic Requirements) with the appropriate department at SDSU and including enough information about the other school's course for the department to determine that it is equivalent to SDSU's. Please consult the Business Advising Center about petitioning. Please note that the syllabus with topical outline (class schedule) and course description are required for all petitions.

    If the petition is denied, the student will need to take the appropriate course at SDSU to fulfill the requirement.

The rules about determining equivalencies for General Education (non-business) courses are somewhat different. Transfer students entering SDSU should request an evaluation from the Office of Advising and Evaluations to determine which, if any, of their transfer courses need to be petitioned.

Upper Division Courses

There are no articulations for upper division courses in Business. All courses must be petitioned in the manner described above. Please contact the Business Advising Center for information about requirements to petition upper division courses.

Note: The following information applies to students whose major is anything other than a pre-business major and who wish to be a pre-business major. The rules and procedures for declaring an upper division Business major are different.

Admission to the pre-business major is controlled by the College of Business Administration. Students must meet specific requirements in order to be able to change to any pre-business major.

You may change to a pre-business major if you meet one of the following:

  • You have completed 6-29 college units and have an overall GPA of at least 2.0
  • You have completed 30-59 college units and have an overall GPA of at least 2.7
  • You have completed 60 units or more and have an overall GPA of at least 2.9

When you meet one of the requirements listed above, visit the Business Advising Center (EBA 448) for information on how to change your major.

You may not take RWS 290: Business Communications until you have declared your pre-business major. However, you may take all the other major preparatory courses and your general education courses if you are not a pre-business major.

The Declaration Newsletter is an essential guide to help you through the process of declaring:

Download the Spring 2016 Declaration Newsletter (pdf)

Download the Provisional Declaration Form (pdf)

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have completed the impaction criteria (earned 60 units, completed the 9 preparation for the major courses with C or better, and 2.9 overall GPA), then you are eligible to declare your upper division major during the declaration period. Please refer to Important Dates to find out when the declaration period is for the semester you will be declaring. If you have completed have earned 60 units and completed the 9 preparation for the major courses with C or better, but your overall GPA is below 2.9, you can request to be placed on the waitlist. There is a new waitlist during each declaration period and you are encouraged to put yourself on the waitlist if you do not have a 2.9 overall GPA.

For information about waitlist deadlines, please refer to the Important Dates.

If you are taking preparation for the major courses at SDSU or another school, your grades must be officially posted before your can declare your upper division major. If your grade is not showing in your degree evaluation, then you can bring an unofficial transcript to the Business Advising Center in EBA 448 to declare.

If you have earned 60 units and completed the 9 preparation for the major courses with C or better, but your overall GPA is below 2.9, you can request to be placed on the waitlist. There is a new waitlist during each declaration period.

If you have questions about discrepancies between the GPA on your degree evaluation and on your unofficial transcript, please consult the Academic Advising Center (SSW 1551, 619-594-6668) for more information.

When you come in to declare your upper division major, you will meet with a business advisor who will review your required course list and suggested program for your major. These advising resources are also available on the Required Courses page of the Business Advising Center website by visiting the Upper Division section.

There are nine units of upper division general education courses (Explorations) that all SDSU students must take to meet graduation requirements. Refer to the General Education pages in the General Catalog to view these classes. The staff at the Academic Advising Center (SSW 1551) can advise you on how to complete this requirement. Additionally, some business majors require electives that are taught by departments outside of business, which can be taken before declaring the upper division business major. Please visit the Business Advising Center for more information about these courses.

This calendar is provided as a service to students to assist them in meeting required deadlines. If any of the dates below conflict with dates established by the University, only the University dates will be considered official.

Date Item
May 14, 2016 College of Business Administration Commencement 8:00 a.m.
May 20, 2016 Grades due from instructor
  1. Apply To The University

    Apply to San Diego State University between October 1st and March 1st. Apply online at www.csumentor.edu. 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.

    Transcripts

    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
    GMAT
    9LT-2P-73
    GRE
    4682
    TOEFL
    4682
    IELTS
    See IELTS website (www.ielts.org) 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 (http://gra.sdsu.edu/decisiondesk) 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: http://gra.sdsu.edu/decisiondesk

    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 (www.sdsu.edu/portal/).

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, http://www.ets.org/gre.

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 gradbusiness@sdsu.edu 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: http://gra.sdsu.edu/decisiondesk/ 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: http://gra.sdsu.edu/decisiondesk/. 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 ( http://arweb.sdsu.edu/es/admissions/grad/country.html).

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 ( http://www.ets.org/toefl) using SDSU’s Institution Code 4682. For the IELTS, please see www.ielts.org 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: http://arweb.sdsu.edu/es/admissions/grad/country.html.

International Admissions may be reached at (619) 594-1847 or intladmission@sdsu.edu.

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: http://go.sdsu.edu/student_affairs/financialaid/.

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:

No. SDSU has its own international transcript evaluators.

Yes. The MSIS degree is a STEM-designated degree. In addition, SDSU’s MBA degree, when completed with a specialization in Information Systems, is considered a STEM-designated degree.

No. Applicants to SDSU’s Graduate Business Programs are not granted conditional admittances if they have not yet submitted a complete application. All applicants to SDSU’s Graduate Business Programs must submit a complete application before they are considered for admission.

Applicants are evaluated on the basis of academic and managerial accomplishments, professional and educational goals, desire to succeed, and potential for advancement.

Successful applicants will generally possess at least 10 years of professional full-time work experience, and will have held an executive or management level position for more than five years. Others will have had successful careers in professions such as medicine or law.

Professional Experience

  • Length, breadth and depth of your professional and managerial experience
  • Potential for career advancement
  • Support from your employing organization

Academic Background

  • A baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association
  • Previous graduate-level coursework, when available
  • Performance on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE). GMAT can be waived for applicants with a 3.0 cumulative undergraduate or graduate GPA in a quantitative discipline (This is determined on a case-by-case basis, during your pre-applicant interview)

Additional Criteria

  • Potential contributions to the learning experience of the class
  • Professional maturity and motivation
  • Ability and willingness to make a 22-month commitment
  • Community service and professional activities

If you have questions about the admission process or would like additional information sent to you, please contact the EMBA office at emba@mail.sdsu.edu or (619) 594-6010.

Download EMBA Application Instructions (pdf)

Download an EMBA Application Checklist (pdf)

To apply to the Executive MBA program, you must first register with the California State University system, of which we are part, through the CSU Mentor online portal.

This is the first step in the application process, and should be completed prior to sending any supporting documents or materials. Please register through CSU Mentor as soon as possible, this creates an applicant profile for you with the SDSU Office of Graduate Admissions and allows you to proceed with the rest of the Executive MBA application.

Register and complete an application for Graduate Admission with the California State University system online

www.csumentor.edu

Payment

The application for Graduate Admissions includes a nonrefundable $55 application fee. Payment of the application fee is by credit card or check/money order. Using the credit card method will expedite the processing of your application. SDSU must receive payment before your application will be reviewed. The application fee is nonrefundable and may not be transferred to another term. When completing the application, be sure to give your full legal name and avoid abbreviations.

Major

Under "Major/Program Objective" select Business Administration: Executive MBA - External Degree (major code 221705). The term "external degree" designates that the Executive MBA program is a self-support program on a special sessions schedule.

Statement of Purpose

When asked to submit a statement of career objectives, please indicate: Sent to EMBA office directly.

Instructions for statement of career objective is explained in Part II: Supporting Documents.

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

The university requires that all students applying for admission to advanced degree programs present satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test or the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). Test scores should be sent electronically to San Diego State University (Institutional Code 4682 for GRE and 9LT-2P-73 for GMAT). For complete information on the availability of these tests, applicants are invited to contact the Student Testing, Assessment and Research Office on campus.

All students applying for admission to the EMBA program may petition to waive the GRE General Test or GMAT requirement if the applicant holds a professional doctoral degree from an institution whose professional program is accredited. All students applying to the EMBA program may also petition to waive this examination requirement if the applicant has a cumulative undergraduate GPA or Graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

All applicants who have completed three years of full-time study at the secondary or post-secondary level where English was not the language of instruction must pass the TOEFL test. For testing dates and locations and to schedule an appointment, http://www.ets.org/toefl. SDSU institutional code 4682

  1. Official Transcripts:

    Please request ONE official transcript from ALL colleges and universities you have attended and listed on your online application. EMBA Transcript Request Form (pdf)

  2. Two letters of recommendation:

    Please submit two recommendation letters. One of these letters should come from your immediate supervisor and the other from a business associate who can knowledgeably discuss your managerial and academic abilities, accomplishments and potential. EMBA Confidential Recommendation Form (pdf)

  3. Statement of Career Objectives:

    This statement should include a description of your short and long-term career goals, and the ways in which you believe the Executive MBA degree will help you to achieve them. This essay should be a maximum of two pages, double spaced.

  4. Corporate/Individual Sponsorship Form:

    This is required to insure that your organizational sponsor will agree to allow you to attend classes on the mandatory Fridays and Saturdays, and to determine if your organization plans to cover all or part of your educational fees. EMBA Corporate Sponsorship Form (pdf)

NOTE: Letters of recommendation, statement of objectives, and sponsorship forms can also be submitted via email or fax.

Please submit the official transcript, two letters of recommendation, statement of career objective, and the corporate/individual sponsorship form to the following address:

Executive MBA Program, Attn: Patricia van Damme
Specialized & International Programs Office
College of Business Administration
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-8232

All students applying to the EMBA program are required to present an updated resume and a business card at the time of the application interview.

All students applying to the EMBA program are required to interview with the program Director. To schedule an appointment, please contact the EMBA Office at (619) 594-6010 or emba@mail.sdsu.edu. Your appointment will be scheduled after you submit your online application. Please bring a copy of your resume, unofficial transcripts and a business card to your interview.

International transcripts:

Bring original plus certified copies of your foreign transcripts, mark sheets and diploma to SDSU's Prospective Student Center. Your originals will be retained for evaluation and returned at a later date.

An applicant interview is an integral part of the admissions process and provides you with the opportunity to elaborate upon your qualifications and to ask questions about the program. You may schedule your required interview after you apply.

Fall 2016
Online Application Deadline: May 1, 2016

Applicants are evaluated on the basis of prior academic and professional accomplishments, educational and career goals, and potential for advancement in the competitive sports business industry.

  • A GPA of 3.0 or higher in the last 60 semester units (90 quarter units) of undergraduate work (absolute minimum undergraduate GPA for graduate students at SDSU is 2.85)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Professional Résumé
  • Personal Statement
  • Sports MBA Alumni Interview
  • Official GMAT Score Report (the GMAT cannot be waived under any circumstances)

Prospective students should understand that the Sports MBA curriculum is largely based on quantitative classes (such as Statistics, Accounting, and Finance) and their application within the modern sports business industry.

  • An undergraduate background in a quantitative discipline is favorable, but not required
  • Applicants from all undergraduate disciplines are eligible for admission to the program
  • Sports MBA students will be expected to have a college-level understanding of Mathematics

Previous work experience after college is highly recommended, but not required for admission to the Sports MBA program.

  • Work experience in any form (internship or full-time) within the sports industry is favorable, but not required. A number of our students each year come to the program to gain experience and enter the sports industry from a wide variety of industries.
  • The SDSU Sports MBA program will strongly consider granting admission to a select few applicants with little professional experience who have recently received their undergraduate degree. A competitive candidate with little post-college work experience must have substantial internship/work experience during his/her college career in addition to an exemplary academic record and a competitive GMAT score.

The Sports MBA program is a small cohort of students who work together to enhance their collective experience both inside and outside of the classroom. Each year, a new class joins a closely connected group of alumni who are personally and professionally invested in every graduating cohort. While in the program, students enhance their résumés and the reputation of SDSU Sports MBA by coordinating class events, volunteering with local sports properties, and building their respective professional networks. We look to bring in a diverse group of students who embrace the challenge of gaining sports contacts and experience through these channels while concurrently completing an intensive graduate business program.

An important part of the application procedure is an alumni interview with someone who has gone through this experience and can help prospective students understand the challenge and the opportunity presented by the Sports MBA program. A prospective student can use this interview to express himself/herself in person and explain more about his or her background and application. The interview, either in person or via webcam, is also a great chance for applicants to ask specific questions of a program graduate and connect with a mentor as they enter into a new class of Sports MBA students.

The application period for our next cohort, beginning classes in January 2017 is open from August 1st–November 1st, 2016. Though we cannot accept applications through the CSU system website until August 1st, we understand that many competing programs have a fall semester start and some prospective students need an admissions decision from us earlier in the calendar year. SDSU Sports MBA offers Early Action admissions decisions for prospective students who have completed their research and are confident that SDSU is their first choice. Please inquire with the department for details.

Please see below for the steps you will need to take in order to apply.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact our office at (619) 594-5566 or smbainfo@sdsu.edu.

Complete an application for Graduate Admission with the California State University system online at www.csumentor.edu on or after August 1st, 2016

To apply to the Sports MBA program, you must first register with the California State University system, of which we are part, through the CSU Mentor online portal. This is the first step in the application process, and should be completed prior to sending any supporting documents or materials. Please register through CSU Mentor as soon as possible, this creates an applicant profile for you with the SDSU Office of Graduate Admissions and allows you to proceed with the rest of the Sports MBA application.

Payment

The application for Graduate Admissions includes a nonrefundable $55 application fee. Payment of the application fee is by credit card or check/money order. Using the credit card method will expedite the processing of your application. SDSU must receive payment before your application will be reviewed. The application fee is nonrefundable and may not be transferred to another term. When completing the application, be sure to give your full legal name and avoid abbreviations.

Major

Under "Major/Program Objective" select Business Administration: Sports Business Management (MBA) - External Degree. The term "external degree" designates that the Sports MBA program is a self-support program on a special sessions schedule.

GMAT

It is required that the GMAT be taken prior to the November 1st, 2016 application deadline, but please do not wait to complete the online process until you have taken the test. It is best to get your name in the system now.

Statement of Purpose

A statement of purpose is not needed to complete the CSU Mentor online application. When you input your information in, please do not submit a personal statement when the website prompts you to do so, instead please indicate that you will be submitting the personal statement electronically. A statement of purpose specific to the Sports MBA program will be emailed to you after you have completed the CSU Mentor application and your profile is created with SDSU Graduate Admissions.

Supporting documents may be submitted any time after your CSU Mentor application, but all documents should be submitted as soon as possible in order for the application to be considered for the cohort beginning in 2017.

  1. Request a transcript for each school where you took classes during your undergraduate career, including study abroad, and any transfer credits. Only one official transcript from EACH college and university listed on your application needs to be sent to SDSU. Official transcripts must be sent directly to:

    Sports Business Management MBA
    College of Business Administration
    San Diego State University
    5500 Campanile Drive
    San Diego, CA 92182-8232

  2. Print TWO confidential recommendation forms. At least one of your letters of recommendation should come from your immediate supervisor.

    Download the SMBA Confidential Recommendation Form (pdf)

    Note: although the confidential recommendation form is preferred, a recommendation letter without the attached form is acceptable if there are extenuating circumstances.

  3. Register for the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) by visiting the GMAT Home Page or calling (800) GMAT NOW. Please be sure to use the correct SDSU institutional code 9LT-2P-45 on your GMAT registration form. The Computer Adaptive GMAT is administered by Pearson VUE at test centers throughout the world. Results will automatically be submitted to the Specialized & International Programs office.

    The San Diego State University College of Extended Studies offers GMAT Prep Sessions for a total cost of $450, including materials. For more information on this prep course, please call the College of Extended Studies at (619) 594-5152 or visit www.ces.sdsu.edu.

    GMAT examination must be taken by November 1, 2016 for students applying for the Sports Business Management MBA program January 2017 cohort. Please be sure to list San Diego State University as a test recipient SDSU Institutional Code 9LT-2P-45.

  4. Submit a professional résumé.

Please submit the official transcript, resume, letters of recommendation, GMAT results (and TOEFL results, if applicable) to:

Sports Business Management MBA
College of Business Administration
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-8232

After completing your CSU Mentor application (Part I) and submitting your application's supporting documents (Part II), our office will contact you a prompt for completing both the statement of purpose and a brief PowerPoint assignment that will prepare you for the Sports MBA Alumni Admissions Interview.

You will be paired with an alumnus/alumna in your geographic area, as a face-to-face interview is preferred. Applicants living in cities without any SDSU Sports MBA alumni may travel to a nearby city to interview with an alumnus/alumna, travel to San Diego for the interview, or set up a webcam interview via Skype. In past years, most international students have conducted their admissions interviews via Skype appointment.

International students are highly encouraged to apply to the Sports MBA program at San Diego State University. The Sports MBA curriculum is globally focused, with classroom discussions, case studies, and guest lecturers frequently covering all areas of international sport. Over the past four years, international students have averaged over twenty percent of the cohort, one of the highest percentages of international students for any sports management program in the U.S.

A number of our international graduates have achieved significant success in the sports industry, either returning to their home countries or remaining in the United States and working for a domestic sports organization.

There are a few additional steps that international applicants must take with the Office of Graduate Admissions in order to be admitted to SDSU's Sports MBA program, and our staff is happy to work with international applicants to assist with the application. Please contact 619-594-5566 or smbainfo@sdsu.edu if you require additional instructions.

We realize the differences in language, application procedures and school systems international students face and therefore we are happy to assist international students with any questions or difficulties they might have regarding the program and its application process. Please read this website extensively and email us with any questions at smbainfo@sdsu.edu. If necessary, we can set up a either a voice or video Skype appointment for a smoother communication process once the application period has begun. You may also want to check the website of the International Student Center from San Diego State University. They are happy to assist you with questions about your visa, finances, housing and other concerns you may have. Their website is http://www.isc.sdsu.edu/.

The application for international students differs slightly from the domestic application. Please contact our office and we will work with you to satisfy this requirement. There are a few additional steps that international applicants must take with the Office of Graduate Admissions in order to be admitted to SDSU's Sports MBA program, which are explained below.

  1. International students will need to follow the steps to apply for the sports MBA program listed under Apply.
  2. In addition to the application steps for domestic applicants, international students need to submit the following documents:
  3. As an international applicant, you must hold the equivalent of a U.S. Bachelor's degree with 3.0 GPA or "B" average. The eligible degrees and required documents for your country are listed on the SDSU Graduate Admissions: Requirements by Country page. You must submit original, official academic records issued in English by your institution. If your academic records are not issued in English, a certified English translation must be provided. If your country is not listed, please contact Graduate Admissions for instructions.

    If undergraduate education was in a language other than English, students must submit a TOEFL test score in addition to all of the above documents. The minimum TOEFL scores are 550 (paper-based), or 80 (Internet based).

    Admitted international students requiring an F-1 student visa must submit the SDSU Financial Statement Form and supporting financial documents to provide evidence of funding for one academic year. Financial documents must be approved by the Office of Admissions in order to receive the I-20, which is needed to apply for a student visa.

    Financial Statement Form (pdf)

Please note that the Sports MBA program starts every Spring semester (January). We currently do not offer Fall semester admissions.

Applications for the cohort beginning January 2017 are accepted from August 1st–November 1st, 2016.

International applicants are highly encouraged to complete and submit all application materials as soon as possible to allow additional time for the Office of Graduate Admissions to review international transcripts and other supporting documents.

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