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Graduate Business Programs

Admissions Criteria

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

Application Deadlines

Your online application, application fee, required documents and GMAT or GRE exam (if applicable) must be submitted by the application deadlines below.

Spring 2021 Application period

The Spring 2021 application period for all programs including MBA, MBA for Executives, MBA for Biotech Professionals, MS in Accountancy and MS in Business Analytics opens August 1, 2020 and closes October 15, 2020.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition and Fees for Fall 2020 semester*

Costs Part-Time (per semester) Full-Time (per semester)
California residents $3,631 plus $270 per unit $5,637 plus $270 per unit
Non-residents and International students $3,631 plus $666 per unit $5,637 plus $666 per unit

*Tuition and fees are subject to change.

For a detailed schedule of tuition and fees and payment deadlines, see the Bursar's webpage. International students must register for a minimum of eight units every fall and spring semester.

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

Seal of the AACSB

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.