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Graduate Programs : MSA : Course Requirements : Foundation Courses

Foundation Courses

Foundation courses offer students without an undergraduate degree in business the opportunity to learn the basic elements of business prior to studying at the master's level.

The six required foundation courses are listed below and are linked to the SF State Bulletin course descriptions.

Course Title Units
BUS 776 Data Analysis for Managers 3
BUS 780 Financial Accounting 3
BUS 783 Economics for Managers 3
BUS 785 Financial Management 3
  Only two of the following three courses are required for the MSA:  
BUS 786 Operations Analysis 3
BUS 787 Marketing Management 3
BUS 788 Management Principles and Organizational Behavior 3

Waiving Foundation Courses

Students who have completed course work equivalent to any of the foundation courses at other institutions, may be able to waive that particular foundation course. The factors impacting the decision to grant a waiver include, whether the institution is accredited by AACSB, whether the grade earned was a B- or better, whether the course was completed recently in English, and whether further classes within the subject matter were completed. For waiving BUS 780, the equivalent class should have been completed within the last three years. For other foundation courses, a longer time period is allowed.

An up-to-date listing of AACSB schools around the world can be found on the AACSB International website.

The following list is designed to help students determine whether they can waive any of the foundation courses. SF State graduate foundation courses are listed on the left, undergraduate equivalents are listed on the right and are linked to the SF State Bulletin official course descriptions. You may match your undergraduate institution's course descriptions with SF State's as a guide to see whether they may be waived.

Graduate Course Equivalent Undergraduate Course
BUS 776 DS 212
BUS 780 ACCT 100
BUS 783 ECON 101 and ECON 102
BUS 785 FIN 350
BUS 786 DS 412
BUS 787 MKTG 431
BUS 788 MGMT 405

Current Graduate Business students enrolled in our program may not take the undergraduate equivalency courses since they are classified as graduate students.

After a student is admitted to the program, transcripts will be reviewed by the Graduate Programs office to determine waiver of courses.

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