Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Build your career through the MBA program at SF State

Experienced faculty deliver a rigorous curriculum designed to prepare you with the 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:

MBA Programs Comparison Chart

This comparison chart of SF State's MBA programs provides an overview to help you select the program that best fits your needs. Click on program links for more details.

Graduate Program Time Frame Brief Requirements or Description
Executive MBA 23 months (cohort)
  • For those with 7 or more years of full time professional work experience
  • Have a 4-year bachelor's degree
  • Convenient Friday and Saturday classes held on alternate weekends
  • Admissions interview and essay exam required
  • No GMAT or GRE required
MBA for Biotech Professionals 32 months (cohort)
  • For those with 2–7 years of full time professional experience in the biotech or life-sciences industry
  • Have a 4-year bachelor's degree
  • Classes begin January 2018 in South San Francisco
  • Classes meet two nights per week
  • GMAT or GRE required (May be waived for those with doctoral degrees)
MBA Fast-track as few as 12 months
  • For those who have completed a 4-year bachelor's degree in business from an AACSB-accredited school
  • Complete 10 courses only
  • GMAT or GRE required
MBA Flexible 12–36 months
  • For those who work full time and or those who want to attend school full-time
  • Have a 4-year bachelor's degree
  • Convenient afternoon and evening classes
  • Pick your own schedule
  • GMAT or GRE required
Bridge MBA 12 months
  • For those with a 3-year bachelor's degree from non-U.S. universities
  • Conditional admission into our MBA program
  • Complete 6 courses in first year
  • Transfer these 6 courses to MBA program

MBA Fast-Track or Flexible


You may enroll full-time or part-time in our MBA program. All undergraduate majors are considered for our MBA program. Applicants who have completed a 4-year bachelor's degree in business from an AACSB-accredited school, within the past seven years, with at least a 3.0 GPA in the last 60-semester or 90-quarter units of coursework, may waive all 700-level MBA courses. Applicants who have completed course work equivalent to any of the prerequisite courses at other institutions within the last five to seven years may be able to waive individual prerequisite courses. 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 700-level Business courses (or less depending on how many courses are waived) plus ten Advanced Requirement courses. The Advanced Requirements 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 Course Requirements (pdf)

San Francisco State University Bridge MBA Program

The San Francisco State University College of Business Bridge MBA Program allows international students with a three-year bachelor's degree to be admitted to the MBA Program on a conditional basis.

Bridge MBA students are required to take six prerequisite courses and these courses can be counted towards the MBA Program if the grades are satisfactory. After completing the prerequisite courses and meeting the Bridge MBA requirements within one year, the student will be formally admitted to the MBA Program.

Bridge MBA Admissions Requirements

  • Earned a bachelor's degree with a minimum of GPA 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in last 60 units (or 3.0 GPA in all undergraduate work)*
  • Complete the online Cal State Apply application
  • Submit all college transcripts
  • Take the GMAT exam (average GMAT score 570, minimum AWA 4.5)
  • A TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE score that meets the College of Business minimum
  • Resume
  • Personal Statement
  • Two Letters of Recommendation

Once admitted to the Bridge MBA Program:

  • Student must complete 18 units (6 courses) from the list of courses offered for the Bridge MBA Program and maintaining an average GPA of 3.0
  • Student will meet with the graduate student adviser every semester prior to registering for classes
  • Previous business courses cannot be used to waive prerequisite or advanced courses
  • Student must take the BUS 714 Writing course if the GMAT AWA is below 4.5

After completing the Bridge MBA program requirements, the conditional admission will be lifted and the student can be admitted to the MBA Program and/or receive a certificate in business. View the SF State Bulletin for additional information on our MBA program.

* This program is designed for students who earned their bachelor’s internationally, at a college or university outside the USA.