Fall Incoming Students

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Information for students admitted to the Fall 2019 MBA, MS in Accountancy (MSA), and MS in Business Analytics (MSBA) programs:

(updated April 19, 2019)

There are a few important to-dos before you start the Fall semester on Monday, August 26, 2019. Please see below:

  1. Accept your admission offer
  2. Submit official transcripts
  3. Submit proof of immunization
  4. Submit a business course waiver request (MBA and MSA students)
  5. Submit your Financial Aid application
  6. Attend an Advising session on June 6 or July 10, 2019
  7. Plan your courses for the Fall
  8. Register for Fall semester classes after June 10, 2019
  9. Required orientation on August 22, 2019
  10. Get your SF State student ID beginning August 2019

1. Accept your admission offer

Students admitted to our program should indicate their decision on accepting their admission offer via the SF State Gateway website by May 1, 2019. A response is required in order to start the matriculation process of registering for classes and to sign up for an San Francisco State email account. Once you start the program in the Fall, communications from the University will be sent to your SF State email address. Please note: If you were admitted on a Conditional basis, your admission letter will indicate what course(s) you need to fulfill prior to admission or during your first semester in order to be moved from Conditional to Classified status.

2. Submit Official Transcripts


The Division of Graduate Studies at San Francisco State University requires all admitted students to submit an official sealed transcript from all universities and community colleges. Please submit all transcripts before registering for your first semester classes. Visit our University's Official Transcript Requirement page for details on how to submit transcripts. Students who have taken courses at San Francisco State University do not need to submit an SF State transcript.

Any international transcripts must include original transcripts plus a certified English translation. If your official transcripts do not show the degree received, then a copy of your diploma with a certified English Translation is also required. International students should also review the information about specific Admission criteria by Country.

All transcripts submitted in person or mailed in, should go to the following address:

Graduate Admissions
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue, ADM 250
San Francisco, CA 94132

3. Submit proof of immunization

Admitted students also need to submit proof of having received all required immunizations before registering for classes. Please refer to the SF State Immunization Requirements. Once the University verifies proof of immunization, students can then start registering for their first semester classes.

4. MBA and MS in Accountancy students may submit a business course waiver request

Students who have completed Business courses within the past seven (7) years with at least a B- or better grade, could be eligible to waive the equivalent SF State 700-level course. You may submit a waiver request prior to the start of the semester up until August 10, 2019, however we encourage you to submit the waiver form and required supporting documents as soon as possible to better plan your courses. You will receive an email from our office with the decision from our faculty within two to three weeks of receipt of your request.

Students must complete the following steps:

  1. Fill out the course waiver request form (pdf) A listing of our 700-level business course descriptions is found in the bulletin at http://bulletin.sfsu.edu/courses/bus/.
  2. Submit a copy of your transcript from the college(s) where you completed the business courses and circle the courses to be reviewed.
  3. Submit a course syllabus or detailed course outline for each of the business courses you have taken in the past seven years at a college or university. International Students will need to submit fully translated copies of syllabi or course outlines.
  4. Email the waiver form, copy of transcripts and course syllabi to: Ms. Armaan Moattari, Assistant Director of Admissions, at amoatt@sfsu.edu.

Please note: If you have received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from an AACSB-accredited school in the past seven years with a GPA of 3.0 or better in the last 60 semester/90 quarter units of coursework, you do not need to submit the form or any documents. You will automatically receive an approved waiver letter from our office via email.

5. Submit your Financial Aid application (U.S. citizens and residents)

MBA and MSA students who are considering financial aid, may refer to the San Francisco State Financial Aid webpage.

Please note the FAFSA deadline for the State of California is March 1, 2019. If you missed the deadline, you may still file the FAFSA application but the award decision may be delayed. If you have questions about financial aid, please contact Mr. Jimmie Wilder at 1-415-338-7000 or email him at jwilder@sfsu.edu.

6. Attend an Advising Session at the SF State Downtown Campus

We will hold advising sessions for incoming MBA, MS in Accountancy and MS in Business Analytics students admitted to the Fall 2019 semester. The in-house sessions will be held on Thursday June 6 and Wednesday July 10, 2019 at the SF State Downtown Campus, 6th floor, from 5 to 7 pm.

During the two-hour session, you will learn about our programs and services, and an academic adviser will review the curriculum and course requirements for each of our programs. At these sessions, you will also have a chance to meet recently admitted students as well as our staff.

>>Registration link to be updated soon for June 6, 2019 Advising Session held at the SF State Downtown Campus


>>Registration link to be updated soon for July 10, 2019 Advising Session held at the SF State Downtown Campus

If you live outside the area and not able to attend the Advising session, you can contact us at mba@sfsu.edu to get answers to any questions you may have.

>>MS in Business Analytics students can also attend online webinars, held by faculty director Leyla Ozsen, to learn more about course requirements.

7. Plan your courses 

The following information will assist you as you plan your courses for the Fall 2019 semester. The schedule of course offerings is available on the SF State Class Schedule page.

MBA students: refer to the MBA website for information about course requirements and the MBA course requirement chart (pdf).

MSA students: refer to the MSA website, and the MSA course requirement chart for students with a bachelor's degree in Accounting (pdf) or the MSA course requirement chart for students without an Accounting degree (pdf).

MSBA students: refer to the MSBA course listing in the University bulletin for course requirements. And attend an advising session to learn about which courses to register for in your first semester.

8. Register for classes

New incoming students may register any time after their assigned registration date. Please refer to your student information page on the SF State Gateway webpage to view the dates to register for courses. Tuition payment deadlines are listed as well. Below is a list of open registration dates:

Early course registration for new students

  • June 10 - July 24, 2019
  • Students can register for up to 9 units during this time

Open registration for all students

  • July 25 through August 9, 2019
  • Students may register for up to 15 units

Tuition payment deadline

  • August 12, 2019 by 4 pm PST

Visit the Registrar's office webpage for more details and a listing of all dates and deadlines.

For payment options, see Bursar's Office.

Students admitted as Conditional are required to take the BUS 714 Business Writing course

New students who are admitted conditionally (based on the writing score on the GMAT or GRE) are required to take the BUS 714 Elements of Business Writing class in their first semester at San Francisco State. If you are conditionally admitted and required to take this course, it will be stated on your admission letter. This three-unit course is offered through San Francisco State Univeristy College of Extended Learning at the Downtown Campus.

How to Register for BUS 714

Please keep in mind that you need to complete this course in your first semester, so you will need to plan your other courses around the BUS 714 class. The BUS 714 course is listed on the regular online class schedule and registration for the course will open by August 2019. For the Fall semester, there are three sections offered: Mondays 6:30 - 9:15 pm, Thursdays 2 - 4:45 pm and Thursdays 6:30 to 9:15 pm, all held at the San Francisco State University Downtown Campus. The class is offered through the College of Extended Learning and the course fee is US$1,185, independent of the other courses on your semester schedule. Once you register for BUS 714, course payment is due within five calendar days. Students receive a credit/no credit grade upon completing the course.

To search on the class schedule for the BUS 714 Business Writing course:

  1. select Fall 2019 for Term
  2. select Business under Subject
  3. type 714 for course number
  4. you should now see the course listed

Note: If you have been approved for financial aid, BUS 714 may not qualify as units towards financial aid, since it is offered through the College of Extended Learning. Please contact the Financial Aid office for more information.

9. Required orientation in August


The all day MBA, MSA and MSBA new student orientation is scheduled on Thursday, August 22, 2019 at the San Francisco State University Downtown Campus, 6th floor.

Registration link and agenda will be posted this summer for the August 22 orientation

International students are also required to attend the mandatory orientation day organized by the Office of International Programs on the San Francisco State University Main Campus during the week of August 19th. Dates will be posted soon on the OIP website.

Please note there will be an all University Graduate Student Orientation Fair on the Main Campus that week as well. Date to be announced. This general session is optional and not required for our College of Business Graduate students.

10. Obtain your SF State student ID after you enroll in classes

You can get your student ID (new OneCard Gator Pass) anytime after you have registered for classes:

New students can visit the One Card Services office on the Holloway Campus (first floor of the Student Service Center) to obtain their ID card beginning August 5, 2019. Students need to first register for classes and pay their tuition & fees for the Fall semester before they can obtain their ID card. You can take your photo and receive your student ID card right away.

For more information on the new OneCard Gator Pass, please go to SF State's website at http://onecard.sfsu.edu/home

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