The MBA Progam is broadly-based and highly-structured, offering a balanced preparation for managerial careers. Management is studied as a function which coordinates people, materials and information to meet selected objectives. The MBA prepares students for responsible positions in a rapidly changing world, heightens intellectual curiosity for life-long learning, and assists the student to develop initiative, imagination and creativity. In both the public and private sectors, the MBA is a widely-recognized degree. After acceptance to the MBA Program, students will need to demonstrate basic competencies in mathematics, statistics and written English. Students will also need to take or waive the 9 foundation courses. These courses will prepare the student for the program's advanced requirements.
The faculty takes a varied approach to teaching, with mixed results. “There are some that read directly from slides and others that are extremely engaging. They take book concepts and translate them into real-life situations.” Students admit that, “you need to be a little selective in the professors you choose,” but reassure us that, “if you do your research, there are enough accomplished professors here to get a solid education.” No matter who oversees classes, the curriculum is time consuming, as “courses require a lot of group work, a lot of reading, and several presentations.” However, the rewards are worth the effort, and students benefit from “engaging classroom discussion” in their classes. Always current, SFSU “professors are teaching the latest trends” through contemporary case studies.
Due to “the state of California budget constraints,” the program has experienced some recent limitations. For example, “they aren’t always able to offer elective classes consistently.” Fortunately, “the administration has done an excellent job communicating potentialities and schedule changes to the student body.” In fact, the administration gets high marks all around, and the “program advisers and program coordinator are very easy to talk to and helpful.” Both full-time and part-time students assure us, “If you plan out your schedule right, you won’t really have any trouble getting the classes you need.” And, even as the state raises student tuition and fees, an MBA from San Francisco State still comes at a “fairly low cost” for its quality.
Located downtown, the petite SFSU “campus is brand new and very nice,” and “the surrounding area is, of course, awesome.” Not only is the campus convenient for downtown professionals, there are “tons of restaurants and shops around” the neighborhood. On campus, the school augments the curriculum through “interesting events and presentations outside regular classes,” and administrators “constantly send out emails about networking events and clubs.” Among the more popular activities, “every Thursday, the social club meets at a bar after night class.” Even so, “there is not a strong community aspect among SFSU students,” as most maintain an active personal and professional life outside of school.