Overview

Applicants
204
Acceptance Rate
55%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.16
Years Work Experience
4.6
Average Age
27

Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
560 - 640
GPA
2.13 - 4.0

Deadlines


Regular Application Deadline
March 1

Rolling Admission Deadline
March 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

GMAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Non-Academic


School Type And Accreditation

School Type
Public

AACSB-approved
Yes

Selectivity Rating

Program Types

Full-Time
Yes

Part-Time
Yes

Evening
Yes

Executive
Yes

Online
No

Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
38:1
Total Faculty
55

67
Full-time
33
Part-time
31
Female


Students Say

It is not difficult to sum up the qualities that draw students to San Diego State University's Graduate School of Business. One student explains, "[It's a] nice location for me, good class times, a competitive curriculum, and a good solid reputation for a great up-and-coming business program and full and part time MBA programs." Those views are consistent throughout the comments about this "quite affordable" local school that has "a great business reputation." Though some air complaints about a few "mostly uninterested" professors, the consensus is that SDSU's business program is the "best quality for the money." Couple a "flexible program" with a "large networking base" and attendees will find "a community with numerous opportunities to give back and share [one's] new skills in constructive ways."

What students walk away with will depend on their own focus and drive, since the "quality of professors is highly volatile and you can't be sure how well they will teach or lecture." However, when the professors are good, the classroom experience is very worthwhile. Business students are glad that "professors with long work experience are common." For example, one student boasts, "The two courses in my last semester consisted of a senior director and a CEO from Qualcomm (a Fortune 500) and biotech firm, respectively." That "large depth of experience and knowledge" these educators share with their students suggests "professors promote critical thinking in class, as opposed to just lecturing. More emphasis is placed on in-depth analysis than on test taking." One student without a strong background in business was glad to note, "This school made my transition from a non-business background to a business program very smooth."

Such experience extends to the students. "Fifty percent of people have their own business in my classes," one student notes. Even for those without a wealth of previous business experience, SDSU offers a "consistently [top] ranked" entrepreneurship program and a Sports MBA program that boasts "access to many higher-ups in the sports industry in the San Diego and Southern California area." It also takes part in a Venture Capital Investment Competition that gains big exposure for participants. Some students worry that "ridiculous budget cuts" will mar the MBA program, but for others the future looks bright. Current administrators are "transforming the program," and the school is "integrating lecturers into the courses," all of which indicates a program that is sometimes "flying by the seat of its pants" but is generally on the upswing.


Concentrations

Accounting
Entrepreneurship
Healthcare Administration
Finance
Information Systems/Information Technology
International Business
JD/MBA - Dual Degree
Leadership/Management
Marketing
MS/MBA - Dual Degree
Product Management
Real Estate
Supply Chain Management

Center for Research

Accounting
Entrepeneurship
Finance
International Business
Investment Banking
Leadership/Management
Marketing
Real Estate

Specialities of Faculty

Academic specialties of faculty
URL

Entrepreneurship

Accounting




Supply Chain Management

Information Systems

International Business

Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
No

Sustainability course is

Description

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
No

Description

Career Overview

Average Starting Salary
$55,739
Accepted employment by 3 months after graduation
35%

Finding Jobs & Internships

Source Of Full-Time Job Acceptances
73%
Graduate Facilitated
17%
Unknown
10%
School Facilitiated

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

27%
Marketing
17%
Operations/Logistics
10%
General Management
10%
Information Technology
7%
Other
7%
Consulting
7%
Finance/Accounting

Graduates Employed by Region

62%
West
24%
International
7%
Northeast
3%
South
345%
Possessions and Territories

Students Say

A "large alumni network," strong "career services assistance … helpful MBA advisors, and the flexibility of the program" are the strengths of the program here. There are "excellent career counselors and job matching," along with "lots of alumni in the commu- nity" that make for good post-school career opportunities. With more than sixty years in operation, the school has amassed "a huge alumni base" which, some students note, "The program needs to utilize [more fully]." "The systems are in place, and as long as students tap into it," one student writes, "the resources the school provides are amazing."

Job Function

Job Function % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Marketing / Sales 27% $50,000 $52,400 $18,000 $80,000
Operations / Logistics 17% $33,000 $43,200 $30,000 $74,000
Information Technology 10% $67,500 $67,500 $30,000 $105,000
General Management 10% $73,500 $73,500 $30,000 $117,000
Other 7% $45,000 $48,429 $30,000 $80,000
Consulting 7%
Finance / Accounting 7%

Industries

Industries % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Technology 23% $74,000 $56,000 $18,000 $80,000
Consulting 17% $39,000 $44,000 $30,000 $76,000
Manufacturing 13% $46,000 $61,333 $33,000 $105,000
Other 13% $40,000 $49,250 $30,000 $87,000
Media / Entertainment 10% $65,000 $65,000 $50,000 $80,000
Financial Services 7%
Government 7%
Non-profit 3%
Pharmaceutical / Biotechnology / Healthcare 3%

Prominent Alumni

Bradley Feldmann
President / CEO, Cubic Corporation

Susan Salka
President / Director, AMN Healthcare

Douglas Manchester
Chairman, The Manchester Group

Bret Johnsen
CFO, SpaceX

Jennifer Fall
CFO/SVP, Gap Inc. / Old Navy

Dates

Application Deadlines
Mar 1

Financial Aid Statistics


Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$8,242
Tuition (Out-State)
$17,170
Fees (In-State)
$6,096
Fees (Out-State)
$6,096

Tuition Part-Time (per credit hour)

Tuition (In-State)
$451
Tuition (Out-State)
$823
Fees (In-State)
$254
Fees (Out-State)
$254

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Room And Board Off-Campus
$12,706
Academic Expenses
$1,804

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
112
Part Time
58%

In State
95.0%
Out of State
5.0%
Foreign Countries Represented
18

Demographics

7.00%
Underrepresented Minorities
25.00%
International

43% female
57% male

Campus Life

Students Say

"The San Diego State Campus is full of life and activity," bustling with concerts, shows, and more. The San Diego area offers sports, a huge array of restaurants catering to every culinary desire, and of course, the students of SDSU. No matter your focus, and no matter whether full-or part-time, "there are many places where you can find your niche and be happy." The common ground for SDSU Graduate School of Business students is, unsurprisingly, San Diego itself. One student notes, "It is a beautiful location, with beau- tiful weather and happy people. It has the feel of a big city, with many small communities making up that big city, so you get the best of both worlds." Despite its cozy feel, San Diego is indeed a city—and urban areas often mean opportunities for education, recre- ation, and more. "The closer to campus you live, the more involved you can get, which ultimately leads to success in classes or building lasting relationships that will serve you into life beyond graduation."

Like the surrounding city itself, students here are "very outgoing and easy to interact and work with," a group of "high achievers with a strong competitive drive and interest in furthering their careers." SDSU keeps students "very busy with work," while the city offers ample opportunities for entertainment. Whether full-time students who are "hard-working, motivated individuals who want to improve their future career possibil- ities" or part-time students who are "busy, working professionals, mostly young in their careers," students here tend to be "diverse, friendly, knowledgeable, and very helpful."


More Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Nikhil Varaiya
Director, Graduate Business Programs

Address
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-8228
United States

Phone
(619) 594-8073

Fax
(619) 594-1863

Email
GradBusiness@sdsu.edu


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