Executive MBA Program (EMBA)

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 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).