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Graduate Business Programs

Below you will find information about admission to the following Graduate Business Programs:

For information about Information Sessions, application deadlines, and admission to our Master of Science in Quantitative Economics, please visit the MSQE program page.

Information Sessions

Sign up to attend an Information Session to learn more about our programs and admissions. Or for immediate questions contact us at

Admissions Criteria

The admissions committee reviews an applicant's overall qualifications and takes these admission criteria requirements into consideration.

Application Deadline

Fall 2021 Application Period

Your online application, application fee, required documents and GMAT or GRE test results must be submitted for admissions to our programs prior to the deadline. We encourage early submission of application. 

Application Filing Period: October 1, 2020 through May 15, 2021

Round 1 deadline: January 15, 2021

Round 2 deadline: March 15, 2021

Round 3 deadline: May 15, 2021

How to Apply

To apply to any of our MBA programs and our MSA program, visit our Graduate Business Programs Application Checklist for step-by-step instructions.

To apply to the Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) program, please follow the steps outlined on the MSBA page.

To apply to the Master of Science in Quantitative Economics (MSQE) program, please follow the steps outlined on the MSQE page.

To apply to any of our Graduate Certificate programs, please fill out an online application on our Cal State Apply page.

Tuition & Fees

Approximate Degree Costs Resident Non-Resident
MBA/MSA Fast-Track $26,000 $35,000
MBA/MSA Flexible $41,000 $54,000
MBA for Executives *$54,960 *$54,960
MSBA $26,000 $35,000

*MBA for Executives degree program cost starting in Fall 2021 semester.  Program does not follow traditional University cost structure outlined below. 

Costs (per semester) Part-Time (per semester) Full-Time (per semester)
California residents $3,655 plus $270 per unit $5,661 plus $270 per unit
Non-residents and International students $3,655 plus $666 per unit $5,661 plus $666 per unit

*Students pay tuition and fee charges each semester based on course enrollments.  Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Each semester, students in the MBA, MS Accountancy and MS Business Analytics Programs are charged a Graduate Program Fee ($700/part-time or $1200/full-time) and a Professional Program Fee ($270/unit). Non-residents of California and International students pay an additional $396/unit. These fees are reflected in the above prices. Tuition and fees are subject to change.  For a detailed itemization of tuition/fees and payment deadlines, see the Bursar's webpage.

Degree Requirements


Professional development workshops are offered during your required orientation day, prior to the start of the first semester, and are designed to enhance your marketability and soft skills.

Course Requirements

View our course requirements:

Course Waiver

If you are admitted into the MBA or MSA program, you may be eligible to waive all 700-level graduate business courses if you received a bachelor's degree in business administration from an AACSB-accredited institution in the past seven years, and graduated with a 3.0 GPA or better in the last 60 semester/90 quarter units of coursework. You would only need to take ten (10) 800-level courses to complete the program and will receive a waiver from our office once you are officially admitted to the program.

All other applicants who have completed one or more business courses in the past seven (7) years with at least a B- or better grade, may still be eligible to waive equivalent 700-level graduate business courses. Once admitted to the program, students receive information on how to submit a course waiver form and a course syllabi for an official review of course waivers.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

See the Office of Student Financial Aid if you plan to apply for financial aid. For scholarship opportunities, see the Lam Family College of Business scholarship web page.

AACSB Accredited

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Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International since 1964, the Lam Family College of Business at San Francisco State University provides a high quality business education to a diverse learning community through innovative teaching, research, and support. We are one of just five percent of all business schools worldwide that meet the rigorous standards for this accreditation.