Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Build your business education through the MBA program at SF State.

Experienced faculty deliver a rigorous curriculum designed to prepare you with the proper skills to confidently resolve real-world business challenges. Become a full-time or part-time graduate business student and pursue your general MBA degree, a concentration in sustainable business, or choose an area of emphasis in accounting, decision sciences, finance, information systems, international business, leadership, management, marketing, social innovation or our newest areas in ethics and compliance and hospitality and tourism management.


MBA students may enroll full-time or part-time. Depending on your academic background, you may qualify to compress or waive your MBA foundation courses. All undergraduate majors are considered for our MBA program. Please speak to our admissions office or an adviser for help in answering your questions.

Visit Graduate Admissions and Application Deadlines for more information.

Degree Requirements

To earn an MBA, a candidate must fulfill a Professional Development Workshop series, eight Foundation Courses (or less depending on how many courses are waived) and ten Advanced Requirement courses. Students may be eligible to waive all or some of the Basic Foundation Courses depending on their undergraduate background. The Advanced Requirements consist of required courses and elective courses. MBA students may choose an area of emphasis if desired or take College of Business 800-level electives in different areas to complete a general MBA. Consult with an adviser in your area of specialization.

Visit the SF State Bulletin for detailed program information.

Or, you may view the MBA flowchart (PDF)

Professional Development Requirements

Students must complete four Professional Development workshops during their first semester of the program. Visit Professional Development Workshops for topics and dates

Areas of Emphasis

The College of Business is organized by departmental disciplines. Each department offers limited specializations in a variety of areas. Students may choose to pursue an area of emphasis or concentration in sustainable business.

The areas of emphasis currently include:

  • Accounting*
  • Decision Sciences/Operations Research*
  • Ethics and Compliance
  • Finance*
  • Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM)
  • Information Systems*
  • International Business*
  • Leadership
  • Management*
  • Marketing*
  • Social Innovation
  • Sustainable Business*

* View the SF State Bulletin for detailed information on these emphases.

New Areas of Emphasis

Emphasis in Ethics and Compliance

This emphasis is a unique program that responds to the need for ethics and compliance professionals in industries such as healthcare, pharmaceutical and hospitality.

Emphasis in Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM)

In the spring 2015 semester, SF State will be the first educational institution in Northern California to offer an HTM emphasis at the graduate level. For information, see MBA Emphasis in Hospitality and Tourism Management

Emphasis in Leadership

Students hone their leadership skills to confidently enter into management positions in the workplace.

Emphasis in Social Innovation

Students focus on the processes of innovation, collaboration management and design thinking to address social problems and opportunities.