MBA for Executives Program

The MBA for Executives at San Francisco State University has been a leading program for 20 years, offering a top-ranked business education of unmatched value to leaders from a wide range of industries.

Accelerate your career advancement as a responsible business leader in this cohort of working professionals.

Is the MBA for Executives right for me?

  • I have seven or more years of significant full-time professional work experience
  • I have earned a four-year bachelor's degree
  • I am ready to sharpen my business skills and apply my experience on a global level

Program Features

  • 24-month, part-time program with weekend classes twice a month
  • Downtown San Francisco location
  • Distinguished faculty and rigorous curriculum
  • Small classes comprised of experienced professionals
  • Speaker series and networking opportunities
  • Career Services and Professional Development workshops and support
  • GMAT/GRE waived for admissions

Unmatched Value in
San Francisco


Top 10 Best
Salary-To-Debt Ratio of
MBA Programs


Small Class Sizes

Average 20 students
per class

Top 5 Most
Diverse University

-Wall Street Journal


Stephen Gillett Headshot

"The MBA program was a great cohort and a strong program. I learned a lot because I was directly and immediately applying the things I learned to real-world issues at work.”

-Stephen Gillett (MBA, '06), former CEO and Co-Founder of Chronicle, an Alphabet Company.

Cohort Structure

Our cohort structure facilitates the development of strong classroom relationships that blossom into a long-lasting professional network. By engaging with the same set of colleagues throughout the program, students develop a tight, supportive network from a broad cross section of Bay Area organizations. Cohort diversity enables students to not only develop their individual skills, but also to view the business world from a variety of perspectives through collaboration. Cohort members stay in touch long past graduation, supporting one another as they progress in their careers.

Class Hours and Location

MBA for Executives classes meet every other weekend on Friday and Saturday. Classes are held at the San Francisco State University Downtown Campus, conveniently located in the heart of the San Francisco's vibrant business community.


The MBA for Executives curriculum balances the art and sciences of management, providing both a theoretical backdrop for business and practical skills that can be put into action in diverse management situations. Courses are designed to give a comprehensive and relevant understanding of the modern management environment. Real-world case studies and guest speakers with specialized expertise are an essential part of the program’s learning structure. Some coursework can be tailored to the unique interests of the student cohort.

Participant Profile

Participants hail from a spectrum of professional and academic backgrounds and have an average of 12 years of work experience. A number of participants will have already obtained a master’s or doctorate degree. A snapshot of the most recent graduating class includes executives at 3M, Marriott, Microsoft, as well as non-profit organizations. With their insight and real-world experience, our participants create a rich and diverse industry landscape in the classroom.


The Lam Family College of Business is honored to work with 120 tenured and tenure-track faculty who are committed to excellence in teaching and innovation. As scholars and active researchers of their specific disciplines, our outstanding faculty provides participants with relevant and challenging curriculum. If you’re interested in learning more about our distinguished faculty, visit our faculty page.

Students and alumni of our MBA for Executives program work for some of the top employers in the Bay Area, including:

Employers who have EMBA students attending our EMBA program

Program Admissions


Sign up to attend an Information Session to learn more about our program and speak with an admissions representative. If you’re ready to apply, visit our Graduate Programs Application Checklist. This program only accepts students for the Fall semester. If you are interested in applying to this program, please send an email to