Master of Business Administration (MBA)

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Build your career through the Master of Business Administration program at San Francisco State University

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.

Become a full-time or part-time graduate business student and pursue your MBA degree. Elective courses are offered by the following departments:

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, but may be waived if at least one of the following conditions is met: 1) Completed doctoral or master's degree from a recognized/accredited program; 2) Minimum 3.0 GPA with five or more years of full-time, professional work experience; 3) Completed an undergraduate degree in business with a cumulative 3.5 (or higher) GPA. 
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, but may be waived if at least one of the following conditions is met: 1) Completed doctoral or master's degree from a recognized/accredited program; 2) Minimum 3.0 GPA with five or more years of full-time, professional work experience; 3) Completed an undergraduate degree in business with a cumulative 3.5 (or higher) GPA.
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, but may be waived if at least one of the following conditions is met: 1) Completed doctoral or master's degree from a recognized/accredited program; 2) Minimum 3.0 GPA with five or more years of full-time, professional work experience; 3) Completed an undergraduate degree in business with a cumulative 3.5 (or higher) GPA.