Graduate Admissions

 

Application Steps

*Students who are interested in an MS in Supply Chain Innovation are required to follow the same procedure for the MS in Information Systems for the Fall 2024 Admission Cycle and indicate on their Interfolio application their interest in Supply Chain.

Fall 2024 admission cycle application dates:

Accepted from 10/1/2023 through 2/1/2024 for Information Systems (MS), Cybersecurity Management (MS), and Global Business Development (MS)

Accepted from 10/1/2023 through 4/1/2024 for Business Administration (MBA), Accountancy (MS), Finance (MS), and Financial and Tax Planning (MS)

Step 1: Complete CalState Application

Step 1 must be completed through CalState Apply before moving on to steps 2-4.

Once you create an account, you can select your program on the “Add Programs” page. You can find your program by filtering the campus to “San Diego State” and searching for the name of your program.

Note that search must be done by program name and not degree type. For example, the program name for MBA is "Business Administration".

Begin CalState Application

Questions about Step 1 can be directed to Graduate Admissions or International Admissions.

Step 2: Create Your my.sdsu account

Once you have submitted the Cal State Apply application, you will be assigned an EmpID number, which will be e-mailed to you. If you have not received your EmpID within two weeks of applying, please contact Graduate Admissions. You will need to use your EmpID to access my.SDSU.

Access my.sdsu 

Step 3: submit transcripts through my.sdsu to graduate admissions

Graduate applicants are required to submit transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended. Do not send transcripts before submitting the Cal State Apply application, as this may result in processing delays.

For Information Systems (MS), Cybersecurity Management (MS), and Global Business Development (MS) the deadline to submit transcripts is February 15, 2024.
For Business Administration (MBA), Accountancy (MS), Finance (MS), and Financial Tax Planning (MS) the deadline to submit transcripts is April 15, 2024.

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Step 4: Submit proof of english proficiency (if required)

All graduate and post-baccalaureate applicants (regardless of citizenship status) applying to SDSU from an international institution where the medium of instruction was not English, must submit proof of English proficiency. A list of acceptable English proficiency tests can be found on the Graduate Admissions Steps to Apply.

A copy of your official score report or unofficial transcript can be submitted through your my.SDSU account.

Questions about Steps 2-4 can be directed to Graduate Admissions or International Admissions.

Step 5: Create Interfolio & Submit Documents

We recommend submitting your Interfolio as soon as possible. Because of the my.SDSU transition, Fowler College of Business can not evaluate your application without an accompanying Interfolio application.

The Fall 2024 Interfolio deadline for Information Systems (MS), Cybersecurity Management (MS), and Global Business Development (MS) is March 1, 2024.

The Fall 2024 Interfolio deadline for Business Administration (MBA), Accountancy (MS), Finance (MS), and Financial and Tax Planning (MS) is April 15, 2024.

Once you have completed Step 1 of the application, please select the appropriate link to submit your prepared resume, statement of purpose, letters of recommendation and optional essay (if applicable). You can start your Interfolio application while you are working on Steps 2-4 of the application.

We request you to submit your unofficial transcripts on the Fowler Interfolio page, regardless of whether you have already submitted them elsewhere in the application system.

Please note that you are also required to submit the transcripts through my.SDSU.

GMAT/GRE are not required for admission into Graduate Programs.  Students may take GMAT/GRE and upload their unofficial scores on Interfolio to supplement their application.

GRE

Sent electronically, institution code: 4682

GMAT

Sent electronically, institution code: 9LT-2P-73

Prepare your resume ahead of time, then follow the instructions provided in Interfolio to upload and submit it.

This step of the application process requires that you upload a written response to the application prompts using Interfolio (links above).

You should prepare your responses in a single document (pdf preferred) and upload and submit using Interfolio. Preview the fall essay prompts by finding your program below:

  1. Through your resume and recommendations, we have a reasonably clear sense of your academic and professional path to date. What do you envision your accounting-related career to be over the next 3-7 years? (maximum 500 words)
  2. Why do you feel that the MSA program in the Charles W. Lamden School of Accountancy would be a good fit for you? (maximum 250 words)
  3. We offer three specializations within the MSA program. Please explain why you are selecting the specialization you intend to pursue. (maximum 250 words)
  1. Through your resume and recommendations, we have a reasonably clear sense of your professional path to date. What are your career goals over the next 3-5 years and what is, in your imagination, your long-term dream job? (maximum 500 words)
  1. Through your resume and recommendations, we have a reasonably clear sense of your professional path to date. What are your career goals over the next 3-5 years and what, in your imagination, would be your long-term dream job? (maximum 500 words)
  2. Why do you feel that the Fowler College of Business and this program would be a good fit for you? (maximum 250 words)
  3. What matters to you most and why? (maximum 250 words)
  1. Management information systems is a term that is used by many people to represent a variety of different concepts. Explain what this term means to you. What do you envision your information systems-related career to be over the next 3-7 years? (maximum 250 words)
  2. Point out the three most important items or experiences in your academic and professional experiences that make you a qualified candidate for the MS Information Systems or MS Cybersecurity Management program and explain to us why you believe these are significant. (maximum 500 words)

  1. Through your resume and recommendations, we have a reasonably clear sense of your academic and professional path to date.  What do you envision your career to be over the next 3-7 years? (maximum 500 words)
  2. Why do you feel that the MSGBD program in the Fowler College of Business would be a good fit for you? (maximum 250 words)
  3. Describe the two or three most important factors for success in international business development and sales and why these are significant. (maximum 250 words)

You will enter the contact information for your letters of recommendation in the Interfolio system. Interfolio will generate a prompt to the individuals for which you have provided contact information. We prefer recommendations that use our form. Please assist us with the process by emailing the blank form for your program to the individuals you have selected to prepare your recommendation letters.

 

Applicants also have the right to submit an optional essay. We invite you to help us better understand the context of your opportunities and achievements. Our admission process takes a holistic view of applicants and we seek to understand all aspects of an applicant’s character, qualifications, and experiences. You may use this essay to convey any relevant information not addressed elsewhere in your application materials.  This may include explanations of employment gaps, academic aberrations, supplemental coursework, academic or professional achievements, etc. To the extent you would like to elaborate on other hardships or unusual life circumstances that would help us understand the context of your opportunities, achievements, and impact, please do so. (300 words maximum). There is a separate link in Interfolio to submit your optional essay if you choose to prepare one.

Questions about Step 5 of the application process? Contact us at [email protected]

Application FAQ

General

The admissions committee for each of our graduate business programs takes a holistic review of all of the applicant's materials submitted including a thorough review of the applicant's undergraduate academic performance, including an emphasis on performance in quantitative courses as those have demonstrated a strong correlation with graduate business performance. We also consider the nature of the degree and quality of the university attended.  We also examine any academic courses subsequent to the applicant's undergraduate experience.  We also examine standardized test scores which generally  demonstrate proficiency in quantitative and verbal performance.  However, grades and exam scores are by no means the only element of an applicant's materials and we review all applicant materials.  For some applicants, grades and or exam scores are not able to tell the entire story and so we also review the applicant's professional work experience and seek verification of professional development through letters of recommendation.  We also review applicant essays for additional information that other materials cannot provide.  Lastly, applicant's are eligible to submit an optional essay that more fully describes their individual situation and the conditions of the applicant's history. 

SDSU will be admitting U.S.-based and international students who wish to pursue a MBA for the Spring 2025 cycle. SDSU will also be admitting U.S.-based and international students wishing to pursue a graduate business degree for the Fall 2024. The application period is now open. The application period closes on February 1, 2024 for Information Systems (MS), Cybersecurity Management (MS), and Global Business Development (MS). The application period closes on April 1, 2024 for Business Administration (MBA), Accountancy (MS), Finance (MS), and Financial and Tax Planning (MS). Apply online at https://www2.calstate.edu/apply. A $70 nonrefundable application fee is required of all applicants.

SDSU does not require applicants to have work experience before they apply. However, at least two years of professional work experience will make your application more competitive. Graduate business studies are enhanced for students who have real-world experiences to apply course concepts to.

No, current and previous students must complete the five step application process outlined above. 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.

SDSU does not conduct admission interviews for most programs.  For Fall 2024, the MBA program will conduct a short interview for select candidates.  Look out for an email notification.

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 my.SDSU (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 approximately four to six weeks to complete.

Once you have submitted the Cal State Apply application, you will be assigned an EmpID number, which will be e-mailed to you. If you have not received your EmpID within two weeks of applying, please contact Graduate Admissions.

We recommend submitting your Cal State Apply application as soon as possible to ensure you receive your EmpID on time. Your EmpID number will allow you to track the status of your application through the SDSU’s my.SDSU system (https://my.sdsu.edu/).

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 Competencies (pdf)

Test Scores and GPA

No. For either test, both the verbal and quantitative percentiles will be reviewed. A high overall score does not necessarily justify a low score in one section of the exam. Exams taken more than five years ago will be considered on a case by case basis.

GMAT/GRE are not required for admission into Graduate Programs. Students may take GMAT/GRE and upload their unofficial scores on Interfolio to supplement their application. If you decide to submit test scores, we do not place a preference on either exam and will generally rely on your highest score submitted.

GMAT/GRE and IELTS/TOEFL unofficial score reports must be submitted with your Interfolio for Fall 2024 Admissions. 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 [email protected] 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.

Yes. You need to submit transcripts from all institutions that you have attended.

Program Application

All program application materials (resumes, letters of recommendation, etc.) must be submitted electronically. See step 5 of the application process to create an account and upload documents.  Once you have selected your program from Step 5, please read the entire instructional page and review the Application Guide before selecting Apply Now.

There are writing prompts included in the program application.  Once you have created an account on Interfolio, you will be given these prompts to address along with further instructions and length requirements. 

The process for submitting letters is integrated into the program application. On Interfolio, you will be able to generate a request for recommendation which will be sent directly to the recommender(s) of your choice. The recommender’s name and e-mail address are required. Then, please download the blank recommendation form and send to your recommender(s) to use as their template to upload once they have received the notification from Interfolio.  No paper or emailed letters of recommendation will be accepted or reviewed.

Recommendations can be either academic or professional; there is no preference given to either. We recommend choosing someone who can best speak to your ability to be successful in the program.

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.

As an international applicant, you must hold the equivalent of a U.S. Bachelor's degree with 3.0 GPA or "B" average in order to be considered for admission. Additionally, a passing TOEFL (80 or higher) or IELTS (6.5 or higher) score must be provided if your medium of instruction was not English.

For country-specific requirements, please see the Graduate Admissions website (http://arweb.sdsu.edu/es/admissions/grad/country.html). International Admissions may be reached at (619) 594-1847 or [email protected].

International students 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:

Graduate Assistant Application
Teaching Associate Application (for Accountancy only)

Yes. Agencies such as IERF, Wes, and ECE will evaluate international student transcripts to facilitate faster processing within SDSU. These agencies provide an evaluation package including verification of the institution being an accredited school, course by course evaluation, certification and authentication of all documents, and GPA evaluation.

The evaluation report must be sent electronically, directly by IERF, WES, or ECE to Graduate Admissions and must include copies of the international documents used to complete the evaluation.  International students from war-torn countries who cannot submit official documents, are required to work with SDSU’s  Graduate Admissions exception request form at [email protected]

Yes. The MSIS and MSCM degrees are STEM-designated degrees. 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.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, GRE or GMAT scores are suspended for the Spring and Fall 2021 admissions cycles.

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