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The College of Business at SF State offers a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program, an Executive MBA program, a Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) degree program and a Master of Arts in Economics. Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), the most respected international business accrediting association, we are committed to providing high quality business education that prepares students to become leaders in addressing the global economy. Conveniently located at the Downtown Campus in the heart of San Francisco, the Graduate Business Programs provide unique networking opportunities and access to the ever-growing Bay Area business community.

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.

View the MBA flowchart for more information.

MBA Admissions

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. For more information on admissions, visit the Graduate Programs Admissions page.

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 consists 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.

For detailed program information, visit the Bulletin.

Professional Development Requirements

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

Areas of Emphasis

The College of Business is organized by departmental disciplines. Each of the departments offers limited specializations in a variety of areas. Students may choose to pursue an area of emphasis or concentration in sustainable business. For detailed information on each area of emphasis listed below, view the Bulletin.

  • Accounting
  • Decision Sciences/Operations Research
  • Finance
  • Information Systems
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Sustainable Business

New Areas of Emphasis

MBA – 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. For more information, view MBA Emphasis in Ethics and Compliance.

MBA – Emphasis in Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM): In Spring 2015, SF State will be the first educational institution in Northern California to offer an HTM emphasis at the graduate level. For more information, view MBA Emphasis in Hospitality and Tourism Management.

MBA – Emphasis in Leadership: Students will hone their leadership skills to confidently enter into management positions in the workplace. For more information, view MBA Emphasis in Leadership.

MBA – Emphasis in Social Innovation: Students will focus on the processes of innovation, collaboration management and design thinking to address social problems and opportunities. For more information, view MBA Emphasis in Social Innovation.

MBA Advisers

The list of graduate advisers is updated once each term begins. View the list of advisers here.

Executive MBA Program (EMBA)

Expand your knowledge in business experience with the Executive MBA Program at SF State. With a focus on refining innovative leadership competencies, management skills, and entrepreneurship, this premier program properly equips working professionals to meet the demands of today’s global economy and advance to the executive level in their careers. View the EMBA Program for more information.

Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA)

Embark upon your professional career in accounting with the MSA program at SF State. The program is flexible for business and non-business undergraduates and is designed to meet the academic course work requirements for the Certified Professional Accounting (CPA) examination. Specialized areas of study also include financial accounting, auditing, managerial accounting, taxation, and accounting information systems. MSA graduates have moved on to career opportunities with global leaders that include: Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, KPMG, Chevron, Moss Adams, Grant Thornton, Burr Pilger Mayer, Armanino LLP Oracle, and move of the Silicon Valley 150.

Choose one of the following paths to begin your MSA degree:

  • Accelerated Path: You already have a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and want to enhance the marketability of your degree for career advancement. Earn your MSA in just a few months or longer depending on your preferences. View the Course Flowchart for the Accelerated Path.
  • Transition Path: You have a Bachelor’s degree in an area other than Accounting. Complete your MSA in less than two years. View the Course Flowchart for the Transition Path.
  • International Student Path: International students follow the same course flowchart as the Transition Path in addition to meeting our international requirements. For more information, please visit International Student Admissions.

MSA Admissions

Students can enroll full or part-time to pursue their MSA degree. For more information on admissions, visit the Graduate Programs Admissions page.

Degree Requirements

Students must complete foundation requirements and four workshops during the first semester of the program. For detailed information on the Foundation requirements, view the Bulletin.

Visit the Professional Development Workshops page for the list of topics and dates for the workshops.

MSA Advisers

As an M.S. in Accountancy student, you join a supportive community led by MSA Advisers. View the list of MSA advisers.

Master of Arts in Economics (MA Economics)

The Master of Arts in Economics at SF State provides students with a solid foundation in economic theory, quantitative methodology and analysis and their real world applications. Students will receive strong quantitative training to prepare them for advanced positions in the corporate sector, government agencies, and non-profit organizations or continue their graduate studies in a Ph.D. program. For more information, view the Graduate Program in Economics.