Graduate Programs

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

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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 one of the following fields: Decision Sciences/Operations Research, Ethics and Compliance, Finance, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Information Systems, Global Business and Innovation, Leadership, Marketing, Nonprofit and Social Enterprise Leadership, or Social Innovation.

MBA Admissions

You 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 your MBA, you must attend a required orientation that includes professional development workshops, and complete eight Foundation courses (or less depending on how many courses are waived) plus ten Advanced Requirement courses.

You may be eligible to waive all or some of the Basic Foundation courses depending on their undergraduate background. The Advanced Requirement consists of required courses and elective courses. You may choose an area of emphasis or take College of Business 800-level electives in different areas to complete a general MBA. Students are encouraged to consult with an advisor in their area of specialization.

Visit the SF State Bulletin for detailed program information.

Or, you may view the MBA flowchart (pdf)

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 include:

* View the SF State Bulletin for additional information on our MBA program.

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Executive MBA Program (EMBA)

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The Executive MBA Program at SF State has been a leading institution for quality business education in the Bay Area for the past 10 years. With an AACSB International accreditation, we are proud to be included in the top 5 percent of business schools worldwide. As a meaningful contributor to Bay Area leadership talent, we challenge our students to apply their skills to address business issues on a local and global level.

We are excited to announce the relaunch of this premier EMBA program in fall 2015.

Features of the program include:

  • 22-month, part-time program regardless of undergraduate major
  • distinguished faculty
  • weekend classes held twice a month
  • GMAT waived
  • placement in cohort of diverse industry professionals
  • monthly Thought Leadership Speaker Series

Contact Manuel Maranan, Recruitment and Admissions Director or view the University Bulletin for more information.

EMBA Admissions

You may enroll full or part-time to pursue your EMBA. For information, see Graduate Admissions and Application Deadlines.

Cohort Structure

Our cohort structure facilitates the development of strong classroom relationships that blossom into long-lasting professional networks. With the same set of colleagues throughout the program, students develop a tight, supportive network from a broad cross section of Bay Area organizations. Cohort diversity provides an exciting mix of students that creates the opportunity to develop a strong, positive learning community. Students explore and develop individual potential, as well as learn to operate together in a suite of exciting courses. Cohort members stay in touch long past graduation, supporting one another as they progress in their careers.

Class Hours and Location

EMBA classes meet every other weekend on Friday (1–9 p.m.) and Saturday (9 a.m.–5 p.m.) All classes are held at the San Francisco State University Downtown Campus, located in the heart of the San Francisco's vibrant business district.

Student Profile

Students hail from a spectrum of professional and academic backgrounds and have an average of 12 years of work experience. A number of students will have already obtained a master’s or doctorate degree. A snapshot of the most recent graduating class includes a dentist, a mid-level executive at Microsoft, a Stanford Ph.D. graduate, and the director of a non-profit organization. With their insight and real-world experiences, our students create a rich and diverse industry landscape in the classroom.


The College of Business is honored to work with 120 tenured and tenure-track faculty who are committed to excellence in teaching and innovation. As scholars and active researchers of their specific disciplines, our outstanding faculty provides students with relevant and challenging curriculum.


Students have graduated from the Executive MBA program and gone to make significant contributions to their organizations in a number of leading companies in the Bay Area such as Apple, PG&E, Deloitte, Genentech, and Wells Fargo.


The curriculum balances the art and sciences of management so you gain an understanding of both the theoretical backdrop for business, and learn to apply theory in diverse management situations. Courses are designed to give a comprehensive and relevant understanding of today's management environment. Case studies of actual business situations and guest speakers with specialized expertise are an essential part of the curriculum.

View the EMBA courses for 2015–2017.


Our program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the most respected business accrediting association in the world. Our program is periodically evaluated and is dedicated to continuous improvement of courses and faculty in teaching, research and professional service. San Francisco State University is also accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

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Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA)

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No matter what your background, the MSA is the right option for you. Embark upon your professional career in accounting with the MSA program at SF State.

Students With an Accounting Degree

You already have a bachelor’s degree in accounting or business administration and want to enhance the marketability of your degree for career advancement. You may earn an MSA degree with just 10 courses.

Students Without an Accounting Degree

You have a bachelor’s degree in an area other than accounting or business administration. You may complete a full time MSA in approximately two years, or even less if you have already taken some business courses.

MSA Admissions

You may enroll full or part-time to pursue your MSA. For information, see Graduate Admissions and Application Deadlines

Degree Requirements

You must attend a required orientation that includes professional development workshops, complete the MSA Foundation courses (unless they are waived based on your undergraduate degree) plus 10 Advanced Requirement courses.

For information on the MSA course requirements, see the SF State Bulletin

Or, view the MSA course requirements for students with an accounting degree (pdf)

Or, view the MSA course requirements for students without an accounting degree (pdf)

MSA Advisers

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

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Master of Arts in Economics (MA Economics)

A well-prepared student can typically expect to complete the MA Economics program in eighteen to twenty four months, while others with less mathematics/statistics/economics preparation may require an additional semester or two. The program requires students to develop skills in the mathematical modeling of economic theory and statistical analysis of economic data, as well as in writing and communicating economic ideas. An applied orientation and a strong quantitative training allow graduates to compete successfully for positions as researchers or administrators in the corporate sector, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. The program also offers a solid foundation for students interested in continuing their graduate studies in Ph. D. programs elsewhere. M.A. Economics graduates have recently been placed in advanced positions with public utilities, economic consulting firms, research divisions of large companies, and with local and state government agencies. A sizable number of MA graduates have continued on to pursue Economics Ph. D. degrees as well as MBAs and Law degrees from reputed universities in the United States and abroad. For detailed program information, see the University Bulletin.

MA Economics Admissions

You may enroll full or part-time to pursue your MA in Economics. For information, see Graduate Admissions and Application Deadlines.

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