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.
Undergraduate Business Programs
Graduate Business Programs
Below you will find information about admission to the following Graduate Business Programs:
For any other questions, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions page.
The admissions committee reviews an applicant's overall qualifications and takes these admission criteria requirements into consideration.
Fall 2022 Applications are now open.
Application period for Fall 2022: October 1, 2021 through May 1, 2022.
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 for Executives||*$54,960||*$54,960|
*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||$3,475 plus $270 per unit||$5,481 plus $270 per unit|
|Non-residents and International students||$3,475 plus $666 per unit||$5,481 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.
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.
View our course requirements:
- Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree Requirements
- Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) Degree Requirements
- Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) Degree Requirements
- MBA for Executives Degree Requirements
- MBA for Biotech Professionals
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.
COVID-19 and Our Campus Comeback
Health & Safety Commitments
Your health and safety are our paramount concern at San Francisco State University. We ask every member of our campus community to join a pledge to make and follow plans to keep fellow students, faculty, and staff safe and well. Feeling confident, safe and well will help you focus on your academic success. To participate in in-person classes, all students are asked and expected to:
- stay informed on the most up-to-date information related to SF State’s COVID-19 response and Campus Comeback plan.
- plan ahead for possible class disruptions due to COVID-19 or other unexpected events, such as unhealthy air quality caused by smoke.
- take care of yourself and others by staying home when you aren’t feeling well or believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, and
- follow all required health and safety guidelines, including verifying your proof of vaccination or exemption status before coming to class; and wearing a multilayered mask over your nose and mouth at all times when indoors on campus; and wash your hands as often as possible (i.e. soap and water, hand sanitizer).
For the fall 2021 semester, classes will be offered in a variety of learning modes. There will be in-person courses, hybrid courses (some meetings in person on campus and some online), and fully online.
For up-to-date information about SF State’s response to COVID-19 and how you can keep yourself and others safe and well, visit the Campus Comeback website. For students to plan how you will maintain your academic success when unexpected events disrupt regular teaching and learning activities, follow the information on the course syllabus and consult the Keep Learning Student Planning Guide.
For our faculty: to help our faculty adapt and respond to a variety of unexpected events so that you can keep teaching, a curated list of resources is available at the Keep Teaching: Instructor Planning Guide | Instructional Continuity website.