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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.

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Admissions Office Contact

Nikhil Varaiya
Director, Graduate Business Programs

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

(619) 594-8073

(619) 594-1863



Applicants: 127
Acceptance Rate: 66%
Average Undergrad GPA 3.22
Years Work Experience: 5.4
Average Age: 27



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