Freshman Admissions

Please visit Freshmen Admissions for complete details.

Transfer Student Admissions

Please visit undergraduate Transfer Student Admissions for complete details.

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Information Sessions

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

Admissions Criteria

The admissions committee reviews applicant overall qualifications and takes the following admission criteria requirements into consideration.

Application Deadlines

Application deadlines for the MBA and MS in Accountancy (MSA) 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).

Fall 2018 Application

Selecting an Application Round for Fall 2018 semester

Applicants to our graduate programs 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. 

The Fall 2018 application period opens on October 1, 2017, with three rounds. The deadlines are:

Fall 2018 Filing Period Domestic Students International Students
Round One Deadline January 15, 2018 January 15, 2018
Round Two Deadline April 1, 2018 April 1, 2018
Round Three Deadline June 1, 2018 May 15, 2018

How to Apply

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

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 and payment deadlines please see the Bursar's webpage. International students must register for a minimum of eight units every fall and spring semester.

Degree Requirements


Select professional development 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.

Course 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.

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.