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Graduate Business

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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 (issued by the school) via email or in sealed envelopes 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

For Spring 2021 and Fall 2021, the GMAT and GRE exams are not required and scores will not be considered in the admissions process.

GRE

Sent electronically, institution code: 4682

GMAT

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

 

This step of the application process requires that you upload a resume and written responses to the application prompts using Interfolio (links below) by April 15 for fall enrollment or November 15 for spring enrollment. You will also use Interfolio to enter the contact information for the individuals you have selected to prepare your letters of recommendation.

To upload your resume follow the instructions provided in Interfolio.

You should prepare your responses in a single document (pdf preferred) and upload and submit using Interfolio. Preview the fall 2021 essay prompts by finding your program below:

Business Administration (MBA)

  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)

Accountancy (MS)

  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)

Cybersecurity Management (MS) and Information Systems (MS)

  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)

Financial and Tax Planning (MSBA)

  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)

Global Business Development (MS)

  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.

 

Apply for Spring 2021

 

Apply for Fall 2021

 

Application FAQ

General

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. For Spring 2021 and Fall 2021, the GMAT and GRE exams are not required and scores will not be considered in the admissions process.

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.

*For Spring 2021 and Fall 2021, the GMAT and GRE exams are not required and scores will not be considered in the admissions process.

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.

*For Spring 2021 and Fall 2021, the GMAT and GRE exams are not required and scores will not be considered in the admissions process.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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 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 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.

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