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Fowler College of Business Administration – SDSU

SDSU Part-Time MBA Program Structure

Like the full-time MBA, the San Diego State University (SDSU) part-time MBA consists of 45 units (15 classes), but can be completed in three-to-four years, rather than one-to-two. Classes are scheduled only for evening hours once per week at 4-6:40 p.m. and 7-9:40 p.m., as to accommodate students working full-time.


The SDSU part-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.

Class Profile

MBA students in the most recent SDSU Fowler incoming class joined with a 3.42 GPA, and average GMAT score of 621, between two-to-four years of professional work experience, and were 27-years old on average.

Around 74 percent of the MBA class identified as male, while 26 percent identified as female. About 24 percent of the class was born outside of the U.S.


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 average cost per semester for SDSU part-time MBA students is $4,283 for California residents and $6,515 per semester for out-of-state residents. This brings the estimated total costs to $35,678 for in-state students and $53,498 for out-of-state students. These estimates do not include room, books, or other miscellaneous purchases. Tuition and fees are subject to change.

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 part-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 may have to provide either TOEFL or IELTS scores.

Application Deadlines

For admission to the fall 2018 part-time cohort, students should apply by March 1, 2018.

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