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Executive MBA: Turning Today’s Professionals into Tomorrow’s Industry Leaders

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In today’s ultra-competitive job market, it takes more than great interviewing techniques and a winning smile to stand apart from the competition. It takes the kind of preparation and confidence that only a rigorous, real-world education can provide.

San Francisco State’s Executive MBA (EMBA) program gives talented individuals the skills they need to thrive in the modern marketplace. Geared toward mid- to upper-level working professionals who need an advanced degree to move into executive positions, the program is structured to accommodate even the most demanding schedules by compressing instruction into a concentrated seven hours of coursework per week over two evenings.

A Lifelong Network

San Francisco State’s EMBA program is based on a “cohort” structure, which allows students to study with the same group of similarly motivated professionals throughout the program’s duration. SF State prides itself on diverse cohorts in which students are exposed to a variety of experiences and perspectives. The relationships that develop there frequently blossom into strong professional networks that endure well after graduation.

Tita Gray, principal manager of diversity and inclusion at Paci?c Gas & Electric“My classmates at SF State are more than just great friends—they’ve also become the backbone of my professional network and helped propel many of my professional accomplishments,” said Tita Gray (MBA ’09), principal manager of diversity and inclusion at Pacific Gas & Electric.

SF State boasts a vast network of alumni in the Bay Area business community. In fact, more than 80 percent of the University’s domestic graduates continue to live or work in the Bay Area, and more than 31,000 area residents attended its College of Business.

Return on Investment

Investing in an EMBA pays off. Research by SF State’s EMBA Program Director Aaron Anderson, a published expert on organizational management, shows that members of the first cohort, who graduated six years ago, report a return on their tuition investment of 302 percent in increased salary. Cohort 9, less than three years out, reports a return of 102 percent. Anderson translates: “The cost of their tuition was returned to them after two or three years in the form of higher salary, and after five or six years it has been returned two or three times—and counting.”

Stephen Gillett, who obtained his MBA from SF State in 2004 and is now chief information officer and director of digital ventures at Starbucks, credits the program for laying the foundation of his current success: “The EMBA was absolutely critical, not only in the foundational skill-set it gave me and the vernacular I learned, but also for the confidence it gave me to go out and talk with non-technology leaders in their language.”

Exterior shot looking in to the DTC classroomsIn short, if you have a strong professional track record and a clear career path toward the executive suite, an EMBA from San Francisco State may be your next great stride forward. If you need a broad foundation in business and want the flexibility to explore different career options, then a standard MBA may be more appropriate. Either way, you’ll be making an investment in yourself that will pay dividends for the rest of your career.

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The BEST jobs are never the easiest. Same with MBA PROGRAMS.

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