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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I apply for admission?

A: Please visit our Admission Requirements section for detailed application procedures.

Q: How many applicants are admitted to the program in each admissions cycle?

A: We seek to select a cohort of 30 students each year.

Q: What is the official admissions period?

A: The SDSU Sports MBA program starts in mid-January each year (Spring semester). The official window in which applications are accepted is August 1st through November 1st. For international applicants, we recommend that all materials be submitted by October 1st.

Q: Is it possible to apply earlier than August 1st?

A: Yes. Though we cannot accept applications through the CSU system website until August 1st, we understand that many competing programs have a fall semester start and some prospective students need an admissions decision from us earlier in the calendar year. SDSU Sports MBA offers Early Action admissions decisions for prospective students who have completed their research and are confident that SDSU is their first choice. Please inquire with the department for details.

Q: Will you accept the GRE in place of the GMAT?

A: Although the GMAT examination is strongly preferred, we will also accept equivalent GRE scores in lieu of the GMAT. One or the other is required, and a standardized test score will not be waived under any circumstances.

Q: Do I need to submit a TOEFL score?

A: International applicants who have not completed three years of full-time study at the secondary or post-secondary level where English was the language of instruction must score at least 550 (paper-based), or 80 (Internet based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Q: How much are the tuition and fees for this program?

A: Program fees for the Sports Business Management MBA Program cover the costs of your tuition, orientation, team building activities, graduation fees and regalia, SDSU student parking permit or annual trolley pass, SDSU student ID card, guest speaker series and student health services. (See the Program Fees section.)

Q: What is included in the tuition and fees for this program?

A: Program fees for the Sports Business Management MBA Program cover the costs of your tuition, orientation, team building activities, international excursion, graduation fees and regalia, SDSU student parking permit or annual trolley pass, SDSU student ID card, guest speaker series and student health services.

Q: What is NOT included in the tuition and fees?

A: The tuition and fees expense does not include books and required course materials, housing, transportation, relocation expenses and other personal expenses not listed above.

Q: How is the program structured?

A: Our program is designed to be completed in 18 months. In the first 12 months students complete their academic coursework. In January of the following year students begin their six month internships.

Q: What is the difference between a Sports MBA and regular MBA?

A: Sports MBA programs incorporate the standard MBA curriculum and also integrate sports-related themes into each course. Cases, class discussions, presentations and guest speakers are all focused on preparing you for a career in the sports industry.

Q: What are the advantages of a Sports MBA versus a Sport Management Masters?

A: One distinct advantage is the universal appeal of an MBA. The MBA curriculum is one that is applicable to virtually any industry and will benefit you throughout your career.

Q: Can I speak with a current student or alumnus to discuss the program?

A: If you would like to speak with a student currently pursuing the Sports MBA degree, or an alumnus/alumna of the program currently working in the sports industry, please email [email protected] and we will happily facilitate communication with the appropriate contact.

Q: Is the Sports MBA program accredited?

A: Yes. In fact we are the only Sports MBA in California fully accredited by the AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business).

Q: Where can I follow the latest developments the sports MBA program?

A: You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter and the Sports MBA blog.