Master of Business Administration (MBA)

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Experienced faculty deliver a rigorous curriculum designed to prepare you with the skills to confidently resolve real-world business challenges.

It’s no surprise the Lam Family College of Business made Princeton Review’s 2021 list of Best Business Schools in the country based on the high quality of our MBA program and student career outcomes.

They also ranked our MBA program among the top 10 Best Green MBA programs based on students’ assessments of how well we prepare students to address environmental, sustainability, and social responsibility issues in their careers.

We offer flexible schedules that work for part-time or full-time students:

  • Most of our classes are delivered in a hybrid format so students can work full-time and attend classes in person once a week.*
  • Most online prerequisite courses are conveniently offered asynchronously, allowing students to take courses at any time of day or night, any day of the week.
  • If a student needs to take any prerequisite courses, most of these courses are offered online.

*Hybrid format is 50% in-person and 50% online. Some elective courses may be offered completely in person. We are in the process of converting most of our required courses to a hybrid format so some classes may not be stackable in the spring 2024 semester.

Sample Schedule for Fall 2023

MBA Flexible - Part-Time 

MGMT 855 - Emerging Issues in Management

5 - 6:15 p.m.



FIN 828 - Financial Markets

6:30 - 7:45 p.m.



"Through SF State’s MBA program, I developed a genuine expertise in finance, my emphasis, that opened doors and enhanced my credibility in the marketplace.”
– Dean Shehu (MBA, ‘10), Global Product Manager, Life Technologies, Inc.

MBA Programs Comparison Chart

This comparison chart of San Francisco State University'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 Business Program Time Frame Brief Requirements or Description
MBA for Executives 24 months (cohort)
  • For those with seven or more years of significant full time professional work experience
  • Have a four-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 significant full time professional experience in the biotech or life-sciences industry
  • Have a four-year bachelor's degree
  • Classes meet two nights per week in South San Francisco
  • GMAT or GRE required (may be waived for those with a doctoral degree or those with 5+ years of full-time professional work experience)
MBA Flexible 12–36 months
  • For those who work full time or those who want to attend school full time
  • Have a four-year bachelor's degree
  • Convenient afternoon and evening classes
  • Pick your own schedule
  • GMAT or GRE required (may be waived for those with a doctoral degree or those with 5+ years of full-time professional work experience)
MBA Fast-track as few as 12 months
  • For those who have completed a four-year bachelor's degree in business from an AACSB-accredited school (within past 7 years with minimum 3.0 GPA in last 60 semester units)
  • Complete 10 courses
  • GMAT or GRE required

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Frequently Asked Questions

Telephone: (415) 817-4300

Fax: (415) 817-4340

Office Hours:

Monday–Thursday, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
Friday, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

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