Executive MBA Program (EMBA)

The Executive MBA Program at San Francisco State University has been a leading institution for quality business education in the Bay Area for over 10 years.

The College of Business is one of just 15% of all business schools in the world that meet the rigorous standards for accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB International). 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.

Is the Executive MBA right for me?

• I have seven or more years of business experience
• I have earned a four-year Bachelor's degree
• I'm ready to apply my experience on a global level

Program Features

• 23-month part-time program
• Distinguished faculty
• Weekend classes, twice a month
• GMAT waived
• Placement in cohort of diverse industry professionals
Thought Leadership speaker series

EMBA Admissions

You may enroll part-time to pursue the Executive MBA program. For information on how to apply, see Graduate Admissions and Application Deadlines.

If you have questions about your eligibility to apply, please contact us at mba@sfsu.edu or call (415) 817-4300.

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 throughout their 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, 6th floor, located in the heart of the San Francisco's vibrant business district.


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 EMBA courses for 2015–2017 cohort

View EMBA courses for 2016–2018 cohort

Participant Profile

Participants hail from a spectrum of professional and academic backgrounds and have an average of 12 years of work experience. A number of participants 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 participants 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 participants with relevant and challenging curriculum.


Participants 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.

Our current participants and alumnus work for:

Employers who have EMBA students attending our EMBA program