From the School

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.


From The School

The Division of Graduate Studies, ADM 254 San Francisco State University 1600 Holloway Avenue San Francisco, CA 94132 Students are required to complete or submit the following: Graduate Admissions Application- complete online via "CSU Mentor" Application Fee - $55.00 payable to SFSU. Official Transcripts- Send official transcripts from all colleges, universities, and community colleges attended. GMAT Test Scores- The GMAT Exam is required for admissions by all applicants. Statement of Purpose- State reason for pursuing a graduate business degree at SFSU, past accomplishment that would indicate potential as a successful candidate, and projections for the future. TOEFL Test Scores- TOELF is required for applicants who have earned an undergraduate degree from a country where English is not the official language. Letters of Recommendation and Resume (Optional- highly recommended)

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Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
480 - 580
3.11 - 3.6


Rolling Admission Deadline
June 1

Round 1
January 15

Round 2
April 1

Round 3
June 1

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Degrees Offered

Masters of Business Administration (MBA) Masters of Science in Business Administration (MSBA)

Academic Programs

The curriculum balances the art and science of management; not only understand theoretical issues, but also apply theory in diverse management situations. Courses are designed to give a comprehensive and relevant understanding of today's management environment. Case studies of business situations and guest speakers with specialized expertise are essential part of the curriculum.

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Accounting Decision Sciences Finance Hospitality Management Information Systems International Business Managememt Marketing







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Students Say

San Francisco State University’s College of Business offers a contemporary MBA program, right in the middle of the Bay Area’s business community. While SFSU’s main campus is located in a residential neighborhood, the business school has its own building in “the heart of San Francisco’s financial district.” The curriculum is high quality and progressive, and the “flexible schedule and very convenient location” make this school a top choice for San Francisco professionals. “The opportunity to individually tailor an MBA to a specific job market is key,” and many students choose SFSU to participate in the school’s popular “sustainable business emphasis.” In fact, there is a “focus on corporate responsibility and sustainability” throughout the program, which is well aligned with the Bay Area’s forward-thinking business climate.
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.

Specialities of faculty

Academic specialties of faculty

Dr. Mark Starik, Management and Sustainable Business

Dr. Amy Chang, Accountancy

Dr. Susan Cholette, Decision Sciences

Dr. Yim-Yu Wong, International Business

Dr. Gulnur Tumbat, Marketing and Consumer Behavior

Dr. Lutfus Sayeed, Information Systems and Electronic Commerce

Dr. Alan Jung, Finance and Risk Management


Courses in Sustainability

Sustainability course is

BUS 884 : The Political, Social, and Legal Environment of Business --

Research Opportunities in Sustainability

Established The Center for Ethical and Sustainable Business at SF State -

School's environmental commitment 1:
The University's MBA program is ranked No. 13 in the U.S. and No. 16 in the world in the Institute's 2011-2012 Beyond Grey Pinstripes survey, comparing MBA programs in their coverage of environmental, social and ethical content.

School's environmental commitment 2:
MBA Concentration in Sustainable Business

School's environmental commitment 3:
Established the Center for Ethical and Sustainable Business

Career overview

Students Say

According to SFSU’s happy grad students, “San Francisco is an amazing city to get an MBA in because so many companies are headquartered nearby, especially if you have an interest in entrepreneurship.” On top of that, the school’s close “proximity to Silicon Valley” opens up a world of options in high tech and computing. While there are several top-rated business schools in the greater Bay Area, SFSU students say you can’t write off their strong, yet affordable public program. A current student elaborates, “a lot of students feel that SFSU doesn’t have a name like Stanford or UC Berkeley, but the connections are there. We have people who work for Google and Yahoo! and, like myself, at Genentech, who, if you reach out, are connected and can help students.”
Within the business school, students have access to ongoing career workshops and personalized career counseling. There is an annual career fair, as well as ongoing recruiting events at the business school and the main SFSU campus. MBA candidates may also take advantage of the online job boards managed by the University’s Career Center. The mean base salary for last year’s San Francisco State MBA graduates was about $85,000 annually, with 90 percent of students accepting a position within three months of graduation. Some of the biggest employers of SFSU graduates are Wells Fargo Bank, Genentech, PG&E, Autodesk, and Bank of America.

Prominent Alumni

Stephen Gillett
CIO, Symantec

Elisa Steele
EVP of Strategy & CMO, Jive Software

Ron Galatolo
Chancellor, San Mateo Community College District

Brian Pretti
Partner & Chief Investment Officer, Capital Planning Advisor

Eric Kelly
President, CEO, Overland Storage, Inc.


From The School

FEES AS OF FALL 2007 Per Semester: Part-Time ( 0-6 units) Full-Time (more than 6 units) California Residents: $2,032 $3,249 Non-residents: $2,032 $3,249 + $339 per unit + $339 per unit ************************************************************************************************ INFORMATION REGARDING FINANCIAL AID For information regarding to Financial Aid, please visit San Francisco State University's Financial Aid OfficeSSB302 | (415) 338-7000 | | e-mail: FAFSA In addition, please check Free Application for Federal Student Aid | 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) |


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64% female
36% male

Campus Life

From The School

The GBA The Graduate Business Association (GBA) is a not-for-profit, volunteer student organization which supports graduate business students at San Francisco State University in their academic endeavors (MBA/MSBA). The association is an active part of the College of Business. It sponsors events, brings speakers to campus, and provides a forum for networking, exchanging ideas and socializing. The GBA is open to all SFSU business graduate students. You can contact us at There is also a Yahoo! Usergroup and mailing list at: Recognizing that approximately 70% of the participants in the graduate business program consist of part-time students, our goal is to develop networking events that offer students the opportunity to meet peers, alumni and business professionals. The Graduate Business Association provides its members with current information and updates regarding the graduate program, professional events and workshops that take place throughout the school year.

Students Say

The student body at SFSU reflects the Bay Area’s interesting local culture, and “because nearly 50 percent of the school’s students are international, the school ranks very high in diversity.” Group projects tend to go well, and “most everyone is laid back,” despite the pressures of business school. Some complain that students who “come straight from undergrad” are “uninterested and inexperienced” when compared to their older counterparts, but San Francisco’s MBA candidates are “generally thoughtful, professional, and engaged” throughout the program.
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.

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Campus and Location

San Francisco State University College of Business Graduate Programs 835 Market Street, Suite 550 San Francisco, CA 94103-1901 The College of Business at San Francisco State University is one of the largest business schools in the US, located in one of the world’s most dynamic and exciting business environments, San Francisco and the Bay area. The College of Business, Graduate Programs is conveniently located in downtown San Francisco, nearby to many fortune 500 companies in the Bay Area.


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Director, Admissions, Recruitment, and External Relations

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