Information for students admitted to the Fall 2020 semester
(updated August 19, 2020)
Welcome MBA, MS in Accountancy and MS in Business Analytics students!
There are a few important to-dos before you begin the Fall semester on Monday, August 24, 2020:
- Accept your admission offer and pay the enrollment deposit
- Submit official transcripts
- Submit proof of immunization
- Apply for Financial Aid
- Fulfill pre-req requirements- MSBA students
- Submit a business course waiver form- MBA and MSA students
- Plan and register for Fall semester classes
- Attend our virtual orientation sessions in August
- Get your SF State student ID
- Academic tips and reminders- videos and slides
1. Accept your admission offer
2. Submit Official Transcripts
3. Submit proof of immunization
Admitted students need to submit proof of having received all required immunizations before registering for classes. Please refer to the SF State Immunization Requirements. The University will verify proof of immunization once they have been submitted. Students who have obtained an undergraduate degree from San Francisco State University do not need to submit proof since the immunization records should already be on file.
4. Apply for Financial Aid
U.S. citizens and residents: 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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
International students: Please refer to the Office of International Programs financial assistance webpage for more information on any available scholarships and loan information.
5. MSBA students - pre-requisite requirements
Your admissions letter will mention whether you were admitted Conditionally and will list if you need to fulfill either the Information Systems or Statistics pre-requisite for the MSBA program.
BUS 714: In applying to the program, if you scored below a 4.0 on the analytical writing assessment of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), you will be required to complete BUS 714 (Elements of Graduate Business Writing) during your first semester in the program. More information about enrollment in BUS 714 is provided below (see #8).
BUS 776: Your admissions letter will mention if you have met the MSBA statistics prerequisite requirement (previously taken a course equivalent to BUS 776 at SF State with a grade of B- or better). Students who have not met this requirement should enroll in BUS 776 (Data Analysis for Managers) during their first semester in the program.
BUS 782: Your admissions letter will mention if you have met the MSBA information systems prerequisite requirement (previously taken a course equivalent to BUS 782 at SF State with a grade of B- or better). Students who have not met this requirement should enroll in BUS 782 (Information Systems for Management) during their first semester in the program.
If your admissions letter mentions that you are required to complete either BUS 776 or 782, but you feel that you have already completed an equivalent course (with a grade of B- or better), please submit your proof of course completion to Professor Leyla Ozsen at email@example.com no later than July 31, 2020. Both courses act as prerequistes to the majority of MSBA requirements, so students will need to have both classes completed prior to their Fall registration date or plan to enroll in both classes for the Fall 2020 semester.
6. MBA and MSA students may submit a business course waiver request
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. Attend an online webinar advising session to learn about which courses to register for in your first semester.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 registration dates:
Course registration period for new graduate students
- Monday, June 8 to Tuesday, August 11, 2020
- Gradaute students can register for up to 16 units, but we recommend taking no more than 12 units
Tuition payment deadline for this time period is
Open registration for all students
- Monday, August 17 to Sunday, August 23, 2020
- Graduate students can register for up to 16 units, but we recommend taking no more than 12 units
- Tuition payment deadline for this time period is Wednesday, August 24 by 4 pm PST
Students admitted as Conditional are required to take the BUS 714 Business Writing course
All 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 have to plan your other courses around the BUS 714 class. The BUS 714 course is listed in the regular online class schedule, but registration for this course will be open after July 21, 2020 . For the Fall semester, two sections will be offered, both on Wednesdays, one from 2 - 4:45 pm and the other from 6:30 - 9:15 pm. 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:
- Go to the Fall 2020 class schedule
- Type BUS 714 under Subject
- Select College of Extended Learning (CEL) under Session
- Click on Quick Search. You should 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.
8. Required orientation in August
A required orientation session was held on Thursday, August 20, 2020 from 9:30 am - 1 pm via Zoom for new MBA, MSA and MSBA students.
August 20th Graduate Business Programs Orientation Agenda:
9:20 - 9:30 am: Log in to Zoom
9:30 am: Introductions, College Overview, Career Services, Division of Graduate Studies (Facilitator: Manuel Maranan, Admissions Director)
10:10 am: Networking workshop (Facilitator: Prof. Matt Fisher, Dept. of Mgmt & Mktg)
5 minute break
11 am: Academic overview and Q&A + breakout sessions by degree program (Facilitator: Prof. Sanjit Sengupta, Faculty Director of Graduate Programs; Dept. faculty in MBA breakout room; Prof. Leyla Ozsen in MSBA breakout room; Prof. Jung Hoon Kim in MSA breakout room)
5 minute break
12:15 - 1 pm: Current Student Panel and Q&A (Facilitator; Chris Kingston, Director of Student Services and Advising)
1 pm: Closing (Armaan Moattari, Assistant Director, Admissions & Professional Development)
SF State Graduate Studies Town Hall session:
A virtual one-hour New Student Town Hall is being organized by the SF State main Division of Graduate Studies. The session is optional and will be held for all graduate students. There are two dates to choose from with same exact content, so we recommend that you attend the Wed. August 19 session from 2-3 pm PST, since the second date coincides with our required orientation on August 20th. During the session, you will gain an understanding of the higher expectations of graduate students, learn about campus resources, and meet the SF State Division of Graduate Studies team. The dates are listed on the Grad Studies office website and students will receive an email from Division of Graduate Studies to register for the session.
Office of International Programs Orientation day:
International students on F1 visa are required to also attend the one-hour mandatory online orientation organized by the SF State Office of International Programs on August 17, 2020. More details and registration are posted on the OIP website.
The Office of International Programs (OIP) also provides a checklist for new international students. Please visit the OIP website for more information.
9. Get your SF State student ID
Update: Pick up of student IDs is on hold until the Campus re-opens. Classes will be held remotely in the Fall due to Covid19 precautions. Please check back for more information
Students can get their student ID (new OneCard Gator Pass):
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. Students need to first register for classes and pay their tuition & fees for the Fall semester before they can get 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
10. Academic Tips and reminders
Reminders, Tips, Grad Programs advisor contact info and more: Access the Powerpoint Slides here
Access and filter class look-up on the SF State Class schedule: video: https://youtu.be/qU1pg3elc30
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