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Graduate Students : MBA : Spring FAQ

Spring Incoming Students

Here are some frequently asked questions from students who are new to the Graduate Business programs.

  1. 1. What should I do first, once I have been admitted?
  2. 2. When and how will I register for classes?
  3. 3. How do I get an email account?
  4. 4. What is the “Who’s Who and What’s What ” orientation event?
  5. 5. How do I demonstrate competency in written English?
  6. 6. What are the mandatory Career and Communications skills Workshop series?
  7. 7. When do I need to talk to an academic advisor and how can I meet a faculty advisor?
  8. 8. Can the Foundation Courses be waived if I did not graduate from an AACSB-accredited institution or took only a few Business courses in the past?
  9. 9. How do I know what courses will be offered during the semester?
  10. 10. Do I really need to finish the prerequisites for a course before I take the course?
  11. 11. What happens if my GPA falls below a 3.0 one semester?
  12. 12. Are there many graduate business classes offered during the summer session?
  13. 13. What kind of career search support does the Graduate Business Programs offer?

1. What should I do first, once I have been admitted?

If you have not posted your Accept Admission Offer (AAO), please do so as soon as possible. To post your AAO, go to SF State Admission Status. You can then review the Program Planning and Information packet on the Spring 2013 Incoming Students page.

International Students

You will receive a Certificate of Eligibility for F-1 student status in the mail as soon as the University issues the document.

2. When and how will I register for classes?

Once you have been admitted to the program and set up an email account, you will receive an email from the Registrar’s Office. You may also go online to MySFSU to look up your two important assigned dates: Fee Payment Deadline & Registration Appointment Date/Time.

You must pay tuition and fees first before you can register for any classes.

Review the schedule of tuition and fees and go to the Bursar's office site for payment methods and information on course registration policies. You may then register online for classes a few days later. Please register for classes on your priority registration day since many of the courses fill up quickly. Otherwise, you may experience difficulty registering for your desired courses during the later open registration period.

International Students

You must submit proof of medical insurance coverage to the Registrar’s office, or purchase medical insurance from the Student Health Services on the main campus before you can register. Go to the Student Health Services site for information and instructions.

3. How do I get an email account?

When you post your Accept Admission Offer (AAO), you are prompted to set up an SF State email account. Once you have paid your registration fee, you can get an SF State email account which will give you access to the Web and to the SF State email system.

You are required to sign up for an SF State email account, even if you already have a personal account. You can then forward your SF State email to the account you use the most. The university and the department contact students with important information and the system can only send emails to SF State accounts. To set up an email account, go to SFSU Division of Information Technology : Account Services.

4. What is the "Who’s Who and What’s What" new student Orientation event?

The Who’s Who and What’s What is a required orientation session held for all new graduate business students. The event includes required sessions and an overview of program requirements and policies. The event also gives you the opportunity to network with fellow classmates, current students, as well as staff members and the Dean of the College of Business.

International Students

You are required to attend the Office of International Programs student orientation week on the main campus prior to the semester starting. You should receive a packet in the mail from the University regarding this orientation. Please contact oip@sfsu.edu if you have questions. The Graduate Business Programs office also holds a Welcome Session which is required for newly admitted International students. All orientation events take place a few days before the start of the semester.

5. How do I demonstrate competency in written English?

Students must demonstrate proficiency in written English by the end of their first semester in the program and before taking any 800-level courses. If you scored 5.0 or above on the Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) section of the GMAT exam, the required BUS 714 business writing course will automatically be waived for you.

If you scored below a 5.0 on the AWA of the GMAT, you will need to enroll in and complete the BUS 714 course in the first semester of the program. Registration for the writing course is through the College of Extended Learning. This course should be taken on a Credit/No credit grade basis.

6. What are the mandatory Career and Communications Skills Workshop series?

Select workshops are a graduation requirement for incoming Graduate Business students and should be fulfilled within the first semester of study. Two required career workshops and two required communications workshops are held during the first semester in the program. Attendance is mandatory. The Spring semester workshops are held on Saturdays in February and March at the SF State Downtown Campus, 5th floor. The list of required Career and Communications skills workshops will be updated in January. Your name is automatically placed on the class rosters.

7. When do I need to talk to an academic advisor and how can I meet an advisor?

If you are just starting the program at the foundation-course level, you can make an appointment to discuss any questions you may have with our general Graduate Business advisor.

However, if you have waived all or many of the foundation courses or are an MS in Accountancy student, you should meet with a faculty advisor as soon as possible. You may visit any of the faculty advisors during their weekly scheduled office hours. For a list of designated advisors, see: Graduate Advisers.

If you have urgent questions during the first few days of the semester, please contact the Graduate Business Office at (415) 817-4300 or email mba@sfsu.edu

8. Can the Foundation Courses be waived if I did not graduate from an AACSB-accredited institution or took only a few Business courses in the past?

Students who have earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration within the past seven years with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in last 60 semester units from an AACSB-accredited university, can automatically waive all 700-level Foundation courses. Students will receive a letter via email from the Graduate Business Programs office indicating the waiver of courses.

Students who have taken and completed business courses within the past seven years with a letter grade of B- or better, may be able to waive the corresponding 700-level foundation course. Applicant transcripts will be reviewed and students will receive a letter prior to the class registration period indicating which courses have been waived. Students may contact the Graduate Business office at mba@sfsu.edu.

9. How do I know what courses will be offered during the semester?

Course offerings for the semester are posted on the online class schedule approximately two months before the registration period begins. To access the online class schedule, see SFSU Search Class Schedule.

As a rule, all Foundation 700-level courses, and all required Advanced 800-level courses are offered every Fall and Spring semester. Some elective courses are offered during the Fall semester within each area of emphasis, while others may be offered in the Spring semester. During the optional Summer sessions, only a few Foundation and Advanced required courses are offered. Consult with your advisors on course planning.

10. Do I really need to finish the pre-requisites for a course before I take the course?

Yes, you need to fulfill the pre-requisites before you take a course.  Pre-requisites exist to help ensure that the student is adequately prepared to be successful in the course. If you receive a grade less than a “B-” in a pre-requisite course, you should talk to a faculty advisor about the potential need to retake the course. Depending on the course and your area of emphasis, you may struggle in subsequent courses because of insufficient knowledge.

If you receive a grade of “C” or less in a course, you may not include that course in your Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) for graduation and, if it is required for graduation, you must repeat the course.

The SF State course registration system does not check for pre-requisites, so simply because you are registered in a class does not mean that you can stay enrolled in the class.

11. What happens if my GPA falls below a 3.0 ?

All graduate business students need to maintain a 3.0 GPA (grade point average) every semester. If a student’s GPA falls below a 3.0, they will be put on academic probation and will have a "hold" on their class registration for the following semester. If a student is placed on probation, they should contact the Graduate Business office immediately regarding the procedures to follow to clear the hold and register for courses. If the GPA has not improved and the student remains on academic probation, they will be subject to disqualification.

12. Are there many Graduate Business classes offered during the summer sessions?

Typically about half of the Foundation courses and a few MBA Advanced Requirement courses are offered during the summer. The elective courses are generally not offered during the Summer Session due to the short duration of each session.

13. What kind of career search support does the Graduate School of Business offer?

The College of Business Graduate programs offers workshops, one-on-one counseling, comapny information sessions and speaker series throughout the year. The College also offers internship and full time job opportunity listings on the web site. These listings and other career resources are available on the Career Resources page.

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