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San Diego State University

Fowler College of
Business Administration

MSA Tuition & Aid

(numbers last updated 6/8/2016)

SDSU is listed in the top 25 Best Value Colleges in 2014 by Forbes

Estimated Total Cost*
*Fees are subject to change upon approval by the Board of Trustees. Estimated total costs are based on Fall 2016 tuition and fee amounts and are regarded as estimates. These estimates do not include prerequisite/core classes for non-MBA programs or miscellaneous costs (books, housing, etc.) and are based on the typical length of time it takes a student to complete the degree.
California Resident MBA MSA MSIS MSBA-FTP
Full-time Student (12 units)
Average Cost Per Semester: $7,223
$28,130 $18,729 $21,669 $18,729
Part-time Student (6 units)
Average Cost Per Semester: $4,283
$33,502 $21,415 $25,698 $21,415
Non-California Resident MBA MSA MSIS MSBA-FTP
Full-time Student (12 units)
Average Cost Per Semester: $11,687
$44,870 $29,889 $35,061 $29,889
Part-time Student (6 units)
Average Cost Per Semester: $6,515
$50,242 $32,575 $39,090 $32,575

Breakdown of Fees

Tuition is paid on a semester basis. Tuition for 2016-2017 is calculated based on the following fees. Summer Fees and other payment details are located here.

Description Amount
*Residents of the state of California are not required to pay Non-Resident Tuition. A student's residency status is determined by the SDSU Office of the Registrar. The Office of the Registrar has detailed guidelines for establishing residency within the state of California. Further information about establishing residency can be found at:
Registration Fees Part-time (0 to 6.0 semester units) $2,759
Registration Fees Full-time (6.1 or more semester units) $4,175
Graduate Business Professional Fees $254 per semester unit
Non-Resident Tuition* $372 per semester unit

Example: A part-time California resident taking six units can expect to pay the following fees per semester during the 2016-2017 school year: [$2,759 part-time registration fee + ($254*6)) = $4,283].

The CSU makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum. Fees listed in published schedules or student accounts may need to be increased when public funding is inadequate. Therefore, CSU must reserve the right, even after fees are initially charged or initial fee payments are made, to increase or modify any listed fees. All listed fees, other than mandatory systemwide fees, are subject to change without notice, until the date when instruction for a particular semester or quarter has begun. All CSU listed fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change upon approval by the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, or the Presidents, as appropriate. Changes in mandatory systemwide fees will be made in accordance with the requirements of the Working Families Student Fee Transparency and Accountability Act (Sections 66028 - 66028.6 of the Education Code).

How and When to Pay

When to Pay: All students must pay registration fees prior to registration (deadlines are located on WebPortal). OUT-OF-STATE (Non-Resident and Foreign) Tuition and the Professional Program Fee are due in full prior to the first day of classes. SDSU does not bill for tuition. Questions? Contact Student Account Services.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

SDSU has a full service Financial Aid and Scholarship office to assist our graduate students with their financial aid needs. If students are in need of financial assistance for their graduate studies, they are encouraged to contact the SDSU Office of Financial Aid:

SDSU Scholarship Search Tool

Search for Scholarships: All students, regardless of grade point average, area of study, citizenship, or residency status are encouraged to apply for all scholarships for which they may be eligible.

The following links will take you to the search results for the given areas of study. Other scholarship opportunities may be available by using the scholarship search tool with other criteria.

Graduate Assistant and Teaching Associate Positions

Teaching associateships and graduate non-teaching assistantships in business administration are available to a limited number of qualified students.

How to Apply: Graduate Assistant Application, Teaching Associate Application (for Accountancy only).

When to Apply: We encourage students to apply for a GA or TA position as soon as you have been admitted to one of SDSU’s Graduate Business Programs. Hiring is dependant on the needs of the professors.

Other On-Campus Work Opportunities

There are many other opportunities work on campus (view common on-campus job locations). Here are a few to get you started:

AACSB accredited

The Charles W. Lamden School of Accountancy is fully accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. In 1982, The School was the first accredited accounting program in the state of California.