Spring Incoming Students

1. Accept your admissions 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 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. The $250 deposit will be credited towards your first semester tuition if you join the program, otherwise it will be forfeited. Please see the step-by-step pdf instructions on How to Pay the Enrollment Deposit Online or view this video with the same instructions.

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. 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 prior to class registration

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 December.

4. MS in Business Analytics 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. You may refer to the information on our MSBA pre-requisite requirements page to complete the required online courses by January 23, 2020. Please submit your proof of course completion to Professor Leyla Ozsen at lozsen@sfsu.edu.

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 any time before December 15, 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:

Step 1) Print and 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 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 by email.

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

Graduate business students who are considering Financial Aid, may refer to the SF State Financial Aid webpage.

Please note the FAFSA deadline for the State of California is March 1. If you miss the deadline, you may still file the FAFSA application but award decision may be delayed. If you have any question about Financial Aid, please contact our Financial Aid office directly on the Holloway Campus at 1.415.338.7000 and ask for Mr. Jimmie Wilder or email him at jwilder@sfsu.edu.

6. Plan course selection for your first semester

To plan your courses for the Spring semester:

The Spring class schedule is available on the SF State Class Schedule page.

7. Register for classes

Course registration period will begin December 14 and will continue into January 2020. Please refer to your student information on the SF State Gateway/MySFSU page to view your assigned start date to register for courses. New incoming students may register any time during their designated registration period. Tuition payment is required immediately after students register for classes.

Below is a list of upcoming registration dates and Tuition payment deadlines:

Early course registration for new students

  • December 14, 2019 through January 17, 2020
  • Students can register for up to 9 units during this time
  • Payment due date for courses added during this period is Monday January 21, 2020 at 4 pm PST

Final class registration period:

  • January 25-26, 2020
  • Students can register for up to 16 units during this time
  • Payment due date for courses added during this period is Monday January 27, 2020 at 4 pm PST

You may also refer to the Registrar's office page for a listing of all the dates and deadlines. And for payment options please refer to the Bursar's office site.

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 SF State. If you are "Conditionally" admitted and required to take this course, it will be stated on your admission letter as well as on your SF State Gateway student center. This 3-unit course is offered through SF State's College of Extended Learning.

Class Schedule & Registration 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 will be listed on the online class schedule and will be open for registration beginning early January. For the Spring 2020 semester, there will be two sections of the course taught at the Downtown Campus so you can choose which works best with your class schedule: Wednesday 2 to 4:45 pm (section 1) and Wednesday 6:30 to 9:15 pm (section 2). The class is offered through the College of Extended Learning and carries its own fee of $1,185, which is independent of the other courses on your semester schedule. Once you register for the BUS 714 course, the tuition payment of $1,185 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 January:

  1. Go to the Spring 2020 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.

8. Register for the required Graduate Business Programs orientation at the Downtown Campus on Thursday, January 23, 2020

A required all-day orientation for new incoming MBA, MSA and MSBA students will be held on Thursday, January 23, 2020 from 9:30 am - 6:30 pm at the SF State Downtown Campus 6th floor. Please mark your calendar.

>>Register to attend the January 23 orientation. The day's agenda is listed here as well.

And the Office of International Programs on the Main Campus holds a Welcome Check-in day for new international students. More information can be found on the OIP website.

9. Get your SF State Student ID after you have enrolled in Spring 2020 classes

You can get your student ID (new OneCard Gator Pass) starting in early January 2020 after 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 January 6, 2020. 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.

Need help?

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

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