Freshman Admissions

Please visit Freshmen Admissions for complete details.

Transfer Student Admissions

Please visit undergraduate 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 and to take a writing test, in place of taking the GMAT or GRE. 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.

Application Checklist

Visit our Application Checklist page for step by step instructions on how to apply to our graduate programs.

Information sessions

Sign up for an Information Session to learn about our graduate programs and the options available to you.

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.

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.

Tuition & Fees

Updated Tuition and Fees for Fall 2017*

Costs Part-Time Full-Time
California residents $3,540 plus $270 per unit $5,546 plus $270 per unit
Non-residents and International students $3,540 plus $666 per unit $5,546 plus $666 per unit

*Tuition and fees may be subject to change

For a detailed schedule of tuition and fees please see the Bursar's page.

 International students must register for a minimum of eight units every fall and spring semester.

International Student Admissions

Students who feel they may need additional English language skills training can consider studying first at San Francisco State University’s American Language Institute (ALI). At ALI, students have the opportunity to improve lecture listening, note-taking, oral presentation, and academic advancement in reading and writing skills. In addition, students will become better oriented with the American educational system. Attending the ALI program 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 the SF State American Language Institute.

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.