Graduate Programs Application Checklist

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Thank you for your interest in our graduate business programs. Here are the steps to take to apply to SF State's MBA, Executive MBA* or MSA program.

Please note that you must submit application materials to both CSU Mentor and to SF State's Division of Graduate Studies.

Step One

CSU Mentor

Complete and submit your entire graduate application via CSU Mentor online application.

Please select the following on the CSU Mentor application:

  • Business Admin [MBA] for Major/Program Objective
  • select Other Master's for Degree Objective

Step Two

Submit the following documents to the Division of Graduate Studies:

Application Fee

Enclose a check or money order for US$55.00 and payable to San Francisco State University. Or, when applying online, you may submit the fee electronically.


Send one official sealed copy from all colleges, universities, and community colleges attended. International transcripts must include original transcripts plus a certified English Translation. If official transcripts do not show the degree conferred, then a copy of the diploma with a certified English Translation is also required. Only original copies are accepted.

Financial Statement/Medical Insurance Form for International Students

Applicants who need a student visa (F or J) must also submit this form that includes:

  • a financial statement dated within 12 months from the date of the Application and certified by the bank indicating that the student or sponsors have at least US$39,968 to cover one academic year of study. Please check the SEVIS form for the most current amount required.
  • a signed Medical Insurance Agreement (bottom portion of the Supplemental Form for International Students). Once admitted to the program, proof of health insurance is necessary in order to register for classes.

The Financial Statement/Medical Insurance For International Admission form must be submitted before the document deadline, and can be obtained online from Graduate Admission Forms.

Mailing Address

Division of Graduate Studies
San Francisco State University
, ADM 250

1600 Holloway Avenue

San Francisco, California 94132


Step Three


The GMAT* or GRE test is required for admission by all applicants. All test results must be sent to the university directly from the test center.

To register for the GMAT, visit the GMAT website, or call 1(800) 717-GMAT.

  • Our GMAT school codes are: F87HP99 for the MBA, and F87HP10 for the MSA program.
  • Download free GMAT preparation software from

To register for the GRE, visit

  • Our GRE school code is: 4684
  • Download free GRE preparation software from the ETS website.

* In lieu of the GMAT, applicants to the EMBA program must have an interview with the admissions committee.


All graduate business applicants, regardless of citizenship, whose native language is not English, must demonstrate English language proficiency. To demonstrate your English language ability, please request to have your official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic score report to San Francisco State University's Division of Graduate Studies. Scores are valid for two years from the test date.

Step Four

E-mail the following supplemental documents to

Statement of Purpose

The Statement of Purpose must be between 500–750 words and submitted as a separate document. On the top of the page, please include your name and SF State ID number, or date of birth if you do not have an SF State student ID number yet. Please save the document as a PDF and email to along with your résumé.

It should include responses to these four questions:

  • How will an MBA or MS in Accountancy degree prepare you for your future goals?
  • Why are you applying to San Francisco State University?
  • Explain any past accomplishments which you feel are particularly important in relation to your future goals.
  • Please explain how each of the following two words apply to you: 1. Leadership 2. Team Player


Full time work experience is highly recommended for admission to the program. Current incoming class average full time work experience is three years. Please include any internship or part-time work experience as well.

Letters of Recommendation

You may download the Letter of Recommendation Cover Form (pdf), sign and submit to each recommender. Please ask your recommender to complete the form and attach to their recommendation letter. Letters can be from employers or professors. There is no specific format and no more than two letters are necessary. The recommenders may also write about your character and how you operate in a team environment. The letters of recommendation must be sent directly from your recommenders to our office via e-mail to or by mail; address is noted on the top portion of the cover form.

Check Your Application Status

Once you have submitted your application, you may check your application status online

American Language Institute for International Students

The College of Business Graduate Programs recommends that international students study at the American Language Institute (ALI), an intensive English program on the SF State campus, prior to their MBA studies if they have not met the TOEFL and GMAT requirements and to improve their English proficiency in preparation for graduate studies.

At the ALI, students have opportunities to improve lecture listening, note-taking, oral presentation, and academic reading and writing skills, and to become better oriented to the American educational system. For more information, see the ALI web site

* In lieu of the GMAT, applicants to the EMBA program must have an interview with the admissions committee.