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Graduate Business

Graduate Business

  EBA-448 |    619-594-8073  |   [email protected]
  Monday-Thursday: 9am – 5pm   Friday: 9am – 2pm

Application Checklist

Have the following items on hand before you begin your application:


Social Security Number

Have your social security number ready, if you have one.


Citizenship Status


Credit Card

Application fees are due at time of submission and paid by credit card.


Annual Income


Steps to Apply

Apply to San Diego State University via Cal State Apply by March 1 for fall enrollment or November 1 for spring enrollment.

Cal State Apply


Within two weeks of submitting your Cal State Apply application, you will receive an email from SDSU that includes your RedID number, which is your SDSU student identification number. Use this number to create your SDSU WebPortal account.

SDSU WebPortal

Submit official transcripts via email or in sealed envelopes (issued by the school) from all post-secondary schools attended.

Email To:

[email protected]

Mail To:

Graduate Admissions Office
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-7416

Fowler College of Business requires all applicants for admission to advanced degree programs to submit one of the following test scores to be considered for admission.


Sent electronically, institution code: 4682


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

Upload program application materials (resume, letter(s) of recommendation, and statement of purpose) to Interfolio by April 15 for fall enrollment or November 15 for spring enrollment.

Fall 2020


Application FAQ


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.


SDSU will be admitting U.S.-based students who wish to pursue a graduate business degree for spring semester of 2021. The application period runs August 1 – November 1. The submission period for all documents, including test scores and transcripts, is open until November 15. SDSU will be admitting all students wishing to pursue a graduate business degree for the fall semester of 2021. The application period runs October 1 – March 1. Apply online at https://www2.calstate.edu/apply. A $70 nonrefundable application fee is required of all applicants. See the SMBA websites for information about their application cycle.

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 three 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.


No. SDSU does not interview prospective students for any of our graduate business programs, except for the Sports Business MBA programs. (See the SMBA page for more information about their application process.)

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 approximately two months to complete.


Once you have submitted the Cal State Apply 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.

We recommend submitting your Cal State Apply 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/).

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

GMAT: The average score is around 610, we rarely admit students who score below 540.

GRE: We recommend scoring in the 65th percentile or above on each section, and we rarely admit students who score below the 25thpercentile on any section of the test.

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.

You may take either test, but 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.

GMAT/GRE and IELTS/TOEFL official score reports must be submitted by November 15th for Spring or April 1st for Fall. 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.

Program Application

All program application materials (resumes, letters of recommendation, etc.) must be submitted electronically. See step 3 of the application process to create an account and upload documents.


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 program application. Once you have created an account on Interfolio, you will be able to generate a request for recommendation which will be sent to the recommender(s) of your choice. The recommender’s name and e-mail address are required. 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)

No. SDSU has its own international transcript evaluators.

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.