Graduate Business Admission Criteria

Admission Criteria

Updated as of November 2017

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, integrated reasoning and writing scores will be reviewed. A minimum writing score of 5.0 on the GMAT is required for Classified admission. A lower writing score may be accepted as Conditional admission and student must take approved writing course.
  • OR GRE test: The admissions committee accepts 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 Internet Based Test minimum score of 88 (or 570 on PBT), or IELTS score of at least 7.0, or Pearson Test of English (PTE) minimum academic overall score of 65.

Applicants who demonstrate outstanding professional experience, but do not meet some of the above criteria, may still be admitted into the program, conditional upon completing additional requirements that will be listed in the admissions offer.

* Applicants with a doctoral degree are not required to take the GMAT or GRE test. Executive MBA program applicants are not required to take the GMAT/GRE, however they will be asked to come in for an interview with the admissions committee and to take a writing test. Executive MBA applicants are also required to have a minimum of seven years of full-time professional work experience.

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.

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