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FCB Graduate Programs: How to Apply

For Sports MBA admissions, see How to Apply to SMBA.

Spring 2020
SDSU will be accepting applications from August 1 – November 1, for U.S.-based students who wish to pursue a graduate business degree for the spring semester of 2020.  

Fall 2020
SDSU will be accepting applications from October 1 – March 1 for all students wishing to pursue a graduate business degree for the fall semester of 2020. 

Step 1. Apply To The University

Apply online at Cal State Apply once the application period opens. A $70 nonrefundable application fee is required of all applicants. There are four sections that the application requires you to complete in order for it to be submitted:

  • Personal Information
  • Academic History
  • Supporting Information
  • Program Materials

Please fill out the Personal Information and Academic History sections completely. For each of the sub-sections under Supporting Information, you need to indicate that you are not adding anything, as no information submitted here will be used in the review process. The Program Materials section should be entered and will direct you to step 3 of the application process below.

More information on completing your application

After you apply, you will receive your SDSU Red ID – your Red ID is required to submit your program application (step 3).


Submit Official Transcripts & Test Scores to the Graduate Admissions Office so that they are received by November 15th, 2019 for Spring 2020, and by April 1st, 2020 for Fall 2020 applicants.

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 SDSU. Keep in mind that it can take up to 20 days from when you take the exam for the University to receive your scores. 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 SDSU.

SDSU Institution Codes:

GMAT 9LT-2P-73 GRE 4682 TOEFL 4682 IELTS See IELTS website ( for instructions.


Electronically submit a program application using the links below once the application period opens and no later than November 15th for Spring applicants, and by April 1st for Fall applicants. No paper or e-mailed materials will be accepted or reviewed. You must have your SDSU Red ID to submit your Program Application.

Spring 2020 (January 2020):

Fall 2020 (August 2020):

  1. Upload Resume
  2. Upload Statement of Purpose
  3. Set up the request for two letters of recommendation via Interfolio (see links above). One letter required for MSA program.
  4. Applicants will have the opportunity to upload an optional essay if there are any concerns you want to explain to the Admissions Committee.

View Admitted Student Profile 2018 (pdf)