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The Lam Family College of Business at San Francisco State University has been a leading institution for quality business education in the Bay Area for over 50 years, with an emphasis on preparing students for professional success in a global economy.

Undergraduate Business Programs

Graduate Business Programs

Admissions, Deadlines, Tuition & Fees, and more

For the MBA, MS in Business Analytics, and MS in Accountancy (MSA) programs, see Graduate Business Admission Criteria. 

See MS in Quantitative Economics Admissions Criteria

The application period for Spring 2024 has been extended for the following programs and will close on the following dates:

  • Master in Business Administration (MBA): November 1st
  • Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) November 1st

The application period for Spring 2024 has closed for the following program:

  • Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA)

The application period for Fall 2024 is open and will close on May 1st. We accept applications on a rolling basis. Please see our application round deadlines for Fall applications:

  • Round 1: January 15
  • Round 2: March 15
  • Round 3: May 1 (final fall application deadline)

When you are ready to apply, please refer to the application checklist for step-by-step application instructions. 


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

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.

Check out our in-depth FAQ covering topics such as:

  • admissions
  • curriculum
  • general questions about the programs
  • the MSBA program
  • tuition & fees 

Our graduate programs have different application steps in order to apply:

MBA and MSA Programs

Visit our Graduate Business Programs Application Checklist for step-by-step instructions.

Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) program

Follow the steps outlined for the MSBA program.

Master of Science in Quantitative Economics (MSQE) program

Follow the steps outlined for the MSQE program.

Graduate Certificate

Complete an online application on Cal State Apply.

Sign up for a Graduate Business Programs Information Session to learn more about our programs and the admissions process.

If you have an urgent question, or cannot join one of our sessions at this time,

Tuition and fees are subject to change. For a detailed itemization of tuition, fees and payment deadlines, see the Bursar's Office.

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. This program does not follow traditional University cost structure as outlined:

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 $1,200/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 prices.

Contact Us

Call or email to learn more about our Graduate Business Programs.


(415) 817-4300


(415) 817-4340


Office Hours

Mon. - Thurs., 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Fri., 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.


San Francisco State University
Downtown Campus
160 Spear Street, Suite 1230
San Francisco, CA 94105

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