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 August 16, 2019)

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

1. Accept your admission offer

Students admitted to our program should submit their decision to accept the admission offer on the SF State Gateway website within two weeks after receiving their admission offer. A response is required in order to start the process leading up to 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, graduate students do not need to pay a fee when they accept their offer.

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. All official transcripts (and international academic documents) should be submitted before the start of the semester, preferably before you register for your first semester classes this summer. Visit our University's Official Transcript Requirement page for details on how to submit transcripts and academic documents. 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 in the summer. 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 when the registration window opens in June.

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 was 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.

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 should complete any pre-requisite courses

Your admission letter will mention whether you were admitted Conditionally and will list if you need to fulfill either the Programming or Statistics pre-requisites before the start of the Fall semester. Please note that the BUS 780 Financial Accounting is no longer a pre-requisite for the program. You may refer to the information on our MSBA pre-requisite requirements page to complete the pre-requisite courses by August 22, 2019. Please submit your proof of completion to Professor Leyla Ozsen at lozsen@sfsu.edu.

6. MBA and MSA 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.

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 upcoming registration dates:

Early course registration for new students- CLOSED

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

Open registration for all students- CLOSED

  • July 25 through August 9, 2019
  • Students may register for up to 16 units

Tuition payment deadline

  • August 12, 2019 by 4 pm PST

Final late class registration period:

  • August 21-25; Paymet due date August 26th

For more details on registration please visit the Registrar's office webpage and for payment deadlines please see the Bursar's Office website.

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 currently listed in the regular online class schedule, but registration for this course will open on July 23, 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 in August:

  1. Go to the Fall 2019 class schedule
  2. Type BUS 714 under Subject
  3. Select College of Extended Learning (CEL) under Session
  4. 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.

9. Required orientation in August

An all day MBA, MSA and MSBA new student orientation is scheduled to be held on Thursday, August 22, 2019 from 9:30 am - 6:30 pm at the San Francisco State University Downtown Campus, 6th floor.

>Click here to register for the August 22nd orientation day and see the topics covered

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 on Tuesday August 20, 2019. More details are on the OIP website.

Please note there will be an all University Graduate Student Orientation on the Holloway Campus on Thursday, August 15, 2019, from 2 to 6 PM, in the university Annex. This general session held through the university's Division of Graduate Studies is optional and not required for our Lam Family College of Business Graduate students.

10. Get your SF State student ID

You can get your student ID (new OneCard Gator Pass) starting August 5, 2019 once you've 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 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

For New International Students

The Office of International Programs (OIP) provides a checklist for new international students. Please visit the OIP website for more information. 

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