About Us

The College of Business at SF State is a leading institution of business education in the San Francisco Bay Area, with an emphasis on preparing students to succeed in an economy that is global in nature.

Our commitment to sustainable business, diversity, social justice and global partnerships echoes our core philosophy of responsible leadership. As one of the top-ranked public universities, we have been recognized worldwide for our investments in diversity, social responsibility, and visionary academics.

Our Graduate Business Programs, conveniently located at the SF State Downtown Campus in the heart of San Francisco, prepares leaders for careers in the growing innovative industries of the dynamic Bay Area and global marketplace.

Business Administration is the largest undergraduate major at SF State. Approximately 20 percent of the undergraduate students major in business administration. The College confers about 1200 undergraduate degrees and 225 graduate degrees each year.

Message from Dean Linda Oubré

Dean’s Development Council

Mission Statement

The mission of the College of Business at SF State is to provide high quality business education to a diverse learning community through innovative teaching, research, and service.

We fulfill this mission by preparing undergraduate and graduate students and the larger community to have successful careers through:

  • student engagement, learner centered activities, learner feedback and diverse teaching methods,
  • relevant and distinctive basic and applied scholarship,
  • service to the Bay Area community.

The strategic goals of the College of Business are social justice, internationalization, innovation, and investment in faculty, staff, and students.


Accredited by AACSB International in 1964, the College of Business seeks to provide high quality business education to a diverse learning community through innovative teaching, research, and support.

The College of Business at SF State is one of just 15% of all business schools in the world that meet the rigorous standards for accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB International).

To learn why you should only attend a school with AACSB Accreditation, see AACSB Accreditation | Importance in Choosing a Business School.

To learn more about AACSB International accreditation, see AACSB International.

Other Recognition

Aspen Institute Ranked 16th worldwide by the Aspen Institute’s “Beyond Grey Pinstripes” for our emphasis on integrating social and environmental stewardship into curricula and research.

Princeton Review Ranked 8th by the Princeton Review in the category, “Greatest Opportunity for Minority Students.”

College of Business Strategic Goals

The college's strategic goals and priorities are:


  • There is a strong multi-disciplinary focus on business education by building depth in discipline areas coupled with broad cross-discipline management perspective, particularly in graduate education.
  • The curriculum balances academic theory and applied experience.
  • Students are exposed to business professionals throughout their studies in a variety of ways from guest speakers to internships to group projects.
  • Concentration and emphasis programs reflect San Francisco business and economic opportunities and growth areas that provide future employment and leadership opportunities for students. Several current examples include hospitality management, sustainability, entrepreneurship and supply chain management.
  • Faculty scholarship and professional experiences contribute to and strengthen the curriculum.

Industry-ready Graduates

  • The program promotes the development of critical professional skills such as multi-cultural sensitivity, written and verbal communication, analytical skills, and team building.
  • Career services enable students to proactively self-manage their careers and engage in life-long learning.
  • The program has a reputation for developing well-rounded, results-oriented professionals with a mindset of social responsibility.


  • The curriculum reflects an international nature of business in all disciplines.
  • Strong partnerships are in place with international schools: faculty and student exchange, research, coursework, joint collaboration with multi-national business partners.
  • International students at SF State receive a true international experience in a supportive environment, and remain connected to the school upon their return to their home countries.
  • SF State domestic students receive enriching diversity and cross-cultural experiences that they can apply effectively to their business careers, as well as their personal lives.
  • SF State students have affordable opportunities for international experiences (i.e., study abroad) in addition to academic work.

Investment in Students, Faculty and Staff

  • The College builds a revenue portfolio with diversified sources of income.
  • Programs are in place to enable faculty to continually enhance their teaching effectiveness and scholarly activities.
  • Programs are in place to enable staff to develop their professional skills.
  • Non-academic programs and services which enhance student experiences and build critical skills are available to students.