Freshman Admissions

Please visit Freshmen Admissions for complete details.

Transfer Student Admissions

Please visit Transfer Student Admissions for complete details.

Graduate Admissions

The admissions committee reviews applicant overall qualifications and takes the following requirements into consideration:

  • Completion of a degree equivalent to a four-year U.S. Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university
  • Grade Point Average: Final GPA of Bachelor’s degree OR last 60 semester units or 90 quarter units of college coursework completed, must be at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). Or earned a Master’s degree with a 3.0 GPA. Incoming class average GPA is 3.3
  • GMAT test*: The verbal, quantitative, writing, and integrated reasoning scores will be evaluated. Incoming class average GMAT score is 570. A writing score of 5.0 or higher on the GMAT is required for Classified Student admission. Minimum writing score of 4.5 may be accepted as Conditional Admission and student must take approved writing course.
  • OR GRE test: The admissions committee is now accepting the GRE test in place of the GMAT.
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Résumé (full-time work experience is recommended)
  • Two letters of recommendation from supervisors or professors
  • Foreign language test is required of all applicants who have earned their undergraduate degree from a country where the official language is not English. Any of the following tests taken within the past two years are accepted: TOEFL exam minimum score of 96 IBT (or 243 CBT or 590 PBT), or an IELTS score of at least 7.0, or Pearson Test of English (PTE) academic overall score of 65.

* Executive MBA program applicants are required to come in for an interview with the admissions committee in place of taking the GMAT or GRE, and to also take a writing test. Executive MBA applicants are also required to have a minimum of seven years of full-time professional work experience.

If you have questions about your eligibility to apply, please contact us at or call (415) 817-4300.

Information sessions for Graduate Applicants

Sign up for an Information Session to learn about the options available to you and to receive admissions assistance.

Course Requirements


Select workshops are offered during the required orientation day prior to the start of the first semester and are designed to enhance your marketability and "soft" skills.

Degree Requirements

Course Waiver

If you have received a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from an AACSB-accredited institution in the past seven years and graduated with a GPA of 3.0 or better in the last 60 semester/90 quarter units of coursework, you may be eligible to waive all 700-level Graduate Business courses required for the MBA and MSA program. You would only need to take ten (10) 800-level courses to complete the program and will receive a waiver from our office once you are officially admitted to the program.

All other applicants who have completed one or more Business courses in the past seven (7) years with at least a B- or better grade, may still be eligible to waive the equivalent 700-level Graduate Business course(s). Once admitted to the program, students will receive information on how to submit a course waiver form and course syllabi for an official review of course waivers.

International Student Admissions


The Graduate Business office recommends that international students study at the American Language Institute (ALI), an intensive English program on the SF State main campus, prior to their MBA or MSA studies. At the ALI, students have the opportunity to improve lecture listening, note-taking, oral presentation, and academic reading and writing skills. In addition, they will become better oriented with the American educational system. This is strongly recommended if students have not met the GMAT verbal or TOEFL requirements or to improve their English proficiency and academic skills in preparation for graduate studies. For more information, see American Language Institute.


  • All graduate study applicants, regardless of citizenship, whose native language is not English, must demonstrate English language proficiency. Check the English Requirements needed to apply.
  • Review specific Requirements by Country
  • The Division of Graduate Studies at San Francisco State University requires all applicants to submit official academic documents from all higher education institutions ever attended. An official academic document is a verification of your academic record issued directly from the university. Review our Required Academic Documents page.

For more information about international graduate admissions, please visit Division of Graduate Studies

Application Deadlines

Application deadlines for the MBA, MS in Accountancy (MSA) and EMBA programs are listed below. The online application, application fee and all documents must be submitted by the deadline. The GMAT or GRE test, which is required for MBA and MSA admissions, must also be taken by the deadline. Please note the different deadlines for domestic applicants (U.S. citizens, permanent residents, H-visa holders) and international students (F-1 students).

We are now accepting applications for the Fall 2017 semester. Application deadlines are listed below:

Fall 2017 Filing Period Domestic Students International Students
Round One Deadline January 15, 2017 January 15, 2017
Round Two Deadline April 1, 2017 April 1, 2017
Round Three Deadline May 30, 2017 May 15, 2017

Selecting an Application Round for Fall semester

Applicants may choose any of the three rounds in which to submit their application. Do not feel obliged to rush your application, we want to see your best application, but we strongly encourage you to apply in the earliest round possible to expedite review. The sooner we have your materials, the sooner we can give you an admissions decision.

International Student application

International students (both graduate and undergraduate) may apply for admission using the international application form on CSU Mentor. Be sure to read about important deadlines at

Tuition & Fees

Tuition for Spring 2017*

Costs Part-Time Full-Time
California residents $3,159 plus $254 per unit $5,075 plus $254 per unit
Non-residents and International students $3,155 plus $626 per unit $5,071 plus $626 per unit

*Tuition and fees are subject to change

International Students fees

In addition to the regular tuition and registration fees listed above, nonresidents of the State of California must pay an additional $372 per unit (or fraction) for nonresident tuition fee. The total nonresident tuition fee paid per term will be determined by the number of units taken. For more information about international student tuition costs, please take a look at the Estimated Expenses Chart. International students must register for a minimum of eight units every fall and spring semester.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

If you plan to apply for financial aid or have any questions, please visit the SF State financial aid page. 

For scholarship and fellowship opportunities, visit the College of Business Graduate Scholarships And Fellowships page.

Payment Deadline

To look up tuition and fee payment deadlines, please visit the SF State Bursar's page under Student Services.