Step 1. Apply To The University
SDSU will be accepting applications from August 1 – November 1, 2017 for U.S.-based students who wish to pursue a graduate business degree for spring semester of 2018.
SDSU will be accepting applications from October 1 – March 1, 2018 for all students wishing to pursue a graduate business degree for the fall semester of 2018.
Apply online at Cal State Apply once the application period opens. A $55 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.
After you apply, you will receive your SDSU Red ID – your Red ID is required to submit your program application (step 3).
Step 2. Submit Test Scores & Transcripts
Submit Official Transcripts & Test Scores to the Graduate Admissions Office so that
they are received by November 15th, 2017 for Spring 2018, and by April 1st, 2018 for
Fall 2018 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
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 (www.ielts.org) for instructions.
Step 3. Create Decision Desk Account and Submit Program Application
Electronically submit a program application through your Decision Desk account once the application period open and no later than November 15th for Spring 2018 applicants, and by April 1st for Fall 2018 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 2018 (January 2018):
Fall 2018 (August 2018):
- Upload Resume
- Upload Statement of Purpose
- Set up the request for two letters of recommendation via Decision Desk (see links above). One letter required for MSA program.
- Applicants will have the opportunity to upload an optional essay if there are any
concerns you want to explain to the Admissions Committee.
Admitted Student ProfileView Admitted Student Profile 2016 (pdf)
Admissions/Prospective Students FAQ
Application – 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.
SDSU will be admitting U.S.-based students who wish to pursue an MBA or an MSA for spring semester of 2018 The application period runs August 1 – November 1, 2017. 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 2018. The application period runs October 1 – March 1, 2018. Apply online at www.csumentor.edu. A $55 nonrefundable application fee is required of all applicants. See the EMBA and 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 EMBA and Sports Business MBA programs. (See the EMBA and SMBA pages 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 CSU Mentor 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).
Yes, students can elect to choose a specialization. We offer a choice of 10 specializations:
MBA in Accounting
MBA in Entrepreneurship
MBA in Finance
MBA in Health Services
MBA in Information Systems
MBA in International Business
MBA in Management
MBA in Marketing
MBA in Project Management
MBA in Supply Chain Management
GMAT: The average score is around 620, 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 with 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 Decision Desk, 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.
Two letters of recommendation are required for the MBA, MSIS, and MSBA-FTP programs and one letter of recommendation is required for the MSA program.
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@example.com.
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:
No. SDSU has its own international transcript evaluators.
Yes. The MSIS degree is a STEM-designated degree. 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.