Spring Incoming Students

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Information for students admitted to Spring 2021 Semester

(updated January 21, 2021)

Welcome MBA, MSA and MSBA students!

Due to COVID-19 guidelines, all Graduate Business courses will be held online during the Spring 2021 semester. Faculty and staff continue working towards providing students with a great learning experience during these times.

There are a few important to-dos before you begin the semester on Monday, January 25, 2021:

1. Accept your admission offer

Students admitted to our programs should submit their decision to accept the admission offer on the SF State Gateway website within two weeks of receiving their admission decision from the university. A response is required in order to start the process leading up to registering for classes and to sign up for a San Francisco State email account. Once you start the program in the Spring, communications from the University will be sent to your SF State email address.

As soon as you have accepted your admission offer, you will need to pay a $250 deposit to reserve your spot in our program. This non-refundable $250 deposit will be credited towards your first semester tuition once you enroll in classes. Please see the step-by-step pdf instructions on How to Pay the Enrollment Deposit Online or view this video with the same instructions.

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.

International students residing outside the U.S.: Since it is not likely that international students will be able to obtain a visa to come to the U.S. to take online classes, San Francisco State University can offer two options to international students currently living abroad. Please review the instructions in the email sent by Ms. Armaan Moattari and email her at amoatt@sfsu.edu if you have any questions. 

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. Visit our University's Official Transcript Requirement page for details on how and where 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 our university's Required Academic Documents.

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 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 - pre-requisite requirements

Your admissions letter will mention whether you were admitted Conditionally and will list if you need to fulfill the Information Systems and/or Statistics pre-requisite(s) 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 faculty Director of the MSBA program, Professor Leyla Ozsen at lozsen@sfsu.edu, no later than December 15, 2020. Both courses act as prerequistes to the majority of MSBA requirements, so students will need to have both classes completed prior to their Spring registration date or plan to enroll in both classes for the Spring 2021 semester. 

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 Lam Family College of Business 700-level course. You may submit a waiver request any time before December 30, 2020, 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 2 to 3 weeks of receipt of your request.

Students must complete the following steps:

Step 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/.

Step 2) 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.

Step 3) Submit a photocopy of the transcripts from the university where you completed the business courses and circle the courses to be reviewed.

Step 4) Email your completed waiver form, copy of transcripts with courses highlighted, plus course syllabus for each class to: Ms. Armaan Moattari, Assistant Director of Graduate Business Programs 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 by email by December 1, 2020.

7. Held Previously- Advising Session in December

We will hold an online advising session for incoming MBA and MS in Accountancy (MSA) as well as fro MS in Business Analytics (MSBA) students admitted to the Spring 2021 semester. During the Zoom session, our advisers will provide information about student resources, program curriculum and course requirements. You'll have a chance to virtually meet our Graduate Business Programs team, as well as other recently admitted students. Mark your calendar to attend the session held for your degree program.
Advising Zoom session for new MBA and MS in Accountancy (MSA) students admitted to the Spring 2021 semester:
Wednesday, December 2, 2020, 5:30 - 7 pm California time (PST)
Advising Zoom session for MS in Business Analytics (MSBA) students admitted to the Spring 2021 semester:
Wednesday, December 3, 2020, 9 - 10:30 am California time (PST)
Please email us at mba@sfsu.edu if you have any questions regarding the Spring 2021 semester.

8. Plan your courses to register for Spring semester

The following information will assist you as you plan your courses for the Spring 2021 semester:
The schedule of course offerings is available on the SF State Class Schedule page. All Spring 2021 classes will be taught online using any one of three teaching modalities: Synchronous (taught in real-time), Asynchronous (on-demand, no real-time class sessions), and Bichronous (blend of on-demand and real-time classes).  Please refer to the class notes in the online schedule of classes for each individual class. Students can enroll in a course only if they have met the necessary academic requirements to do so. Course pre-requisites are listed in the description of each class on the online schedule.  
MBA students: refer to the MBA website for information about course requirements and see 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. Attend one of the monthly online webinar sessions 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 

  • December 12, 2020 –  January 13, 2021- CLOSED
  • Graduate students can register for up to 16 units, but we recommend taking no more than 12 units per semester
  • Tuition payment deadline if registering during this time period is January 13, 2021 by 4 pm PST

Open registration for all students

  • January 14 – January 24, 2021 
  • Graduate students can register for up to 16 units, but we recommend taking no more than 12 units per semester
  • Tuition payment deadline for this time period is January 25, 2021 by 4 pm PST

For more details on course 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.

How to Register for BUS 714 writing course

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 Business Writing class. This course will be listed in the regular online class schedule, but registration for this course will not be open until January 5, 2021. The class will be offered on Wednesday afternoon from 2 - 4:45 pm through the College of Extended Learning and the course fee is US$1,185 for this 3-unit class (independent of the other courses you take). Once you register for BUS 714, the course payment is due within five calendar days. Please note that 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. Go to the Spring 2021 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. Previously Held-  Required orientation sessions in January 2021

Lam Family College of Business Graduate Programs orientation day: A required orientation session is scheduled via Zoom on Friday, Janaury 15, 2021 from 1 pm - 5:30 pm PST (California time) for all students admitted and enrolling in our Spring 2021 MBA, MSA and MSBA programs.  Come prepared on Zoom video to learn and network!


Connect with your fellow incoming classmates:

Please take a few seconds to submit your name and email address by Jan. 17th, if you'd like to connect with the Spring 2021 incoming class of MBA, MSA and MSBA students. 


Review Academic Tips and Reminders:

Access and filter class look-up on the SF State Class schedule- video: https://youtu.be/qU1pg3elc30

Reminders, Tips, Grad Programs advisor contact info- pdf: Academic keys to success

Review of MBA Degree Requirements- video: https://youtu.be/Ir7H_6mRg5k

(For MSA and MSBA requirements, please review the website or contact your faculty advisor)


  • Optional SF State Spring 2021 Virtual Orientation for all New Graduate Students

Wednesday, January 20, 2021
4:00 - 5:00 PM PST
You may register for the university's New Graduate Student Virtual Orientation here. Zoom invitations will be shared with registrants the week of the event.


Office of International Programs Orientation day:

International students on F1 visa are required to also attend a mandatory online orientation on Tuesday January 19, 2021 organized by the SF State Office of International Programs. More details on time and registration will be posted on the OIP website under the section "I'm Admitted, Now What?". You will also find a checklist of items to complete prior to international student orientation.


NOTE: Zoom is San Francisco State's video and web conferencing service. All faculty, staff and students have the ability to create and join Zoom meetings. To set up your account, go to https://sfsu.zoom.us and go to the "Sign in" link. You can log in using your SFSU ID or SFSU email address and SFSU password. And review our Zoom best practices in advance of the orientation sessions.


10. 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 Spring due to Covid19 restrictions. Please check back for more information.

Students can get their student ID (new OneCard Gator Pass):

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

We're here to answer your questions!

Contact the Graduate Business office at mba@sfsu.edu or call 415.817.4300

And don't forget to connect with us!