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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
  • Information Systems
  • Management
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Human Resource Management
  • Marketing
    • Professional Selling and Sales Management
    • Integrated Marketing Communications
  • 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:

Complete All Preparation for the Major Classes

Complete the following 9 (8 for Accounting majors) Preparation for the Major classes with a C or better in each:

  • ACCTG 201: Financial Accounting
  • ACCTG 202: Managerial Accounting
  • RWS 290: Business Communications [not required for Accounting majors]
  • ECON 101: Macroeconomics
  • ECON 102: Microeconomics
  • FIN 240: Legal Environment of Business or an approved Business Law course
  • MATH 120: Calculus for Business Analysis or MATH 150: Calculus I
  • MIS 180: Principles of Information Systems
  • STAT 119: Elementary Statistics for Business or ECON 201: Statistical Methods

Equivalent courses at other colleges may be substituted for the SDSU classes listed. You can use SDSU's Transfer Admissions Planner to see if the classes you took at another school are equivalent to (articulated with) SDSU courses. If you do not find your course or school listed there, please consult the Business Advising Center (EBA 448, (619) 594-5828).

Complete at least 60 units of college-level course work

There are sample lower division programs (pdf) available to show you how you can combine lower division General Education classes and Preparation for the Major classes to meet the 60-unit requirement.

GPA Requirement

Students must have a 2.9 GPA in all college coursework completed OR go on the WAITLIST. If there is space in the program after all eligible students have been accommodated, then students will be admitted from the WAITLIST in GPA order. Contact the Business Advising Center for more information.

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 are a newly admitted freshman enrolled and matriculated (after the first day of class)
  • 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 Fall 2014 Declaration Newsletter (pdf)

Download the Upper Division 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 and you are encouraged to put yourself on the waitlist if you do not have a 2.9 overall GPA.

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 clicking on Upper Division.

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
*NOTE: Spaces may be available after qualified students are accommodated. Please request to be placed on the WAITLIST if you have 2.8-2.9 overall GPA after Fall 2013 grades are posted.
May 21 – August 14, 2014 T1 Summer Session
July 7 – August 14, 2014 Summer Session II
August 19, 2014 Last Day to Apply for Waitlist
August 20, 2014 Waitlist* Results Available
August 25, 2014 First Day of Fall 2014 Classes
September 8, 2014 Last Day to Add/Drop a Course
September 8, 2014 Last Day to Declare Upper-Division for Fall 2014
September 8, 2014 Apply to Graduate Deadline for December 2014
September 22, 2014 Upper Division Welcome Reception
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 www.csumentor.edu
    • 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, 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
  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)
  1. TOEFL/IELTS
    • 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), www.ets.org/toefl
    • 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 www.isc.sdsu.edu
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
GradBusiness@sdsu.edu

Entering Fall 2013

  • Total Applications1039
  • Total Admitted439
  • Total Enrolled242
  • Average GPA3.27
  • Average GMAT599
  • Average Age28
  • Women41%
  • Men59%
  • Domestic79%
  • International Students21%
Bachelor's degree fields
  • Business42%
  • Economics12%
  • Science and Engineering20%
  • Humanities & Social Sciences26%
  • Total Applications600
  • Total Admitted237
  • Total Enrolled145
  • Average GPA3.27
  • Average GMAT590
  • Average Age28
  • Women37%
  • Men63%
  • Domestic83%
  • International17%
Bachelor's degree fields
  • Business40%
  • Economics8%
  • Science & Engineering26%
  • Humanities & Social Sciences26%
  • Total Applications120
  • Total Admitted45
  • Total Enrolled18
  • Average GPA3.30
  • Average GMAT549
  • Average Age29
  • Women28%
  • Men72%
  • Domestic83%
  • International17%
Bachelor's degree fields
  • Business39%
  • Economics17%
  • Science & Engineering17%
  • Humanities & Social Sciences27%
  • Total Applications319
  • Total Admitted157
  • Total Enrolled79
  • Average GPA3.27
  • Average GMAT625
  • Average Age27
  • Women52%
  • Men48%
  • Domestic70%
  • International30%
Bachelor's degree fields
  • Business49%
  • Economics18%
  • Science & Engineering9%
  • Humanities & Social Sciences24%

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.

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). GMAT can be waived for applicants with a 3.0 cumulative undergraduate 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 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)

The GMAT can be waived for EMBA applicants who hold a terminal degree (Ph.D., J.D., Ed.D.) or have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.

  • 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-73 on your GMAT registration form. The Computer Adaptive GMAT is administered by Pearson VUE at test centers throughout the world. The GMAT Bulletin can be obtained from the Specialized & International Programs office at (619) 594-6010 or emba@mail.sdsu.edu. Results will automatically be submitted to the Specialized & International Programs office.

    San Diego State University College of Extended Studies
    GMAT Prep Sessions
    $425, includes materials
    (619) 594-5152
    http://www.ces.sdsu.edu/

    Please be sure to list San Diego State University as a test recipient SDSU Institutional Code 9LT-2P-73.

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 2014 Application Period August 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014

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 2015 is open from August 1st–November 1st, 2014. If you are interested in applying for this cohort, please read below what 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, 2014

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 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 2015.

  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, 2014 for students applying for the Sports Business Management MBA program January 2015 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).

    International students are required to submit qualifying financial documents in order to obtain a student visa for study in the United States. A bank statement displaying funds covering the entire tuition amount (approximately $41,000 USD for January 2014) and living expenses must be provided at the time of acceptance in order to gain entrance to the program.

    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 2015 are accepted from August 1st–November 1st, 2014.

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