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Fowler College of Business Administration – SDSU

SDSU Full-Time MBA Program Structure

San Diego State University (SDSU) full-time MBA students take 45 total units, which is made up of 15 classes, over the course of 1.5 to two years.


The SDSU full-time MBA curriculum requires 15-21 units of core courses that cover topics such as statistical analysis, marketing, and financial management. In addition, 18 units of electives are required, and 12 of those 18 units can be devoted to a specialization. One business strategy course as well as one culminating experience course–at three units each–are also required.

The elective/specialization courses cover topics in accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, health services administration, information systems, international business, management, marketing, project management, and supply chain management.


The Graduate Career Management Center provides students with individualized career counseling, workshops, interview help, and corporate recruiter connections. Furthermore, the center partners with corporations to provide students with internships, networking opportunities, and job fairs.

Tuition & Financial Aid

The estimated tuition for SDSU full-time MBA students costs $29,938 for California residents and $47,758 for out-of-state residents. These costs do not include housing, books, or other miscellaneous items.

Financial aid may be available for MBA students who need assistance with their studies. Graduate students may qualify for a Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loan, as well as subsidized or unsubsidized loans. Furthermore, SDSU scholarships may be available for MBA students.

Lastly, some students may qualify for graduate assistantships or teaching associate positions for financial help. Qualified students are required to work 5-20 hours per week.

Admissions Procedures

SDSU Fowler full-time MBA applicants need to submit transcripts from previous institutions, GMAT or GRE scores, a current résumé, a statement of purpose, two letters of recommendation, and the completed program application. A $55 application fee is also required.

The GMAT or GRE may be waived in light of a Ph.D., MD or JD degree only. While work experience is not required to apply, the program does encourage at least two years of it. Non-native English speaking applicants must provide either TOEFL or IELTS scores by April 1.

Application Deadlines

Students should apply to the College of Business Administration between October 1 and March 1.

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