MBA for Executives Program

The MBA for Executives program at San Francisco State University has been a leading program for quality business education in the Bay Area for over 15 years.

This program is designed for working professionals seeking to accelerate their career advancement as responsible business leaders.

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 apply my experience on a global level

Program Features

  • 24-month, part-time program
  • distinguished faculty
  • weekend classes, twice a month
  • GMAT waived
  • placement in cohort of diverse industry professionals
  • thought leadership speaker series

Program Admissions

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Fall 2021 Application Period

Your online application, application fee, required documents and GMAT or GRE test results must be submitted for admissions to our programs prior to the deadline. We encourage early submission of application. 

Application Filing Period: October 1, 2020 through May 15, 2021

Round 1 deadline: January 15, 2021

Round 2 deadline: March 15, 2021

Round 3 deadline: May 15, 2021

Cohort Structure

Our cohort structure facilitates the development of strong classroom relationships that blossom into long-lasting professional networks. 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 provides an exciting mix of students that creates the opportunity to develop a strong, positive learning community. Students explore and develop individual potential, as well as learn to operate together throughout their courses. 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 (1 – 9 p.m.) and Saturday (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.) Classes are held at the San Francisco State University Downtown Campus, 6th floor, located in the heart of the San Francisco's vibrant business district.


The curriculum balances the art and sciences of management so you gain an understanding of both the theoretical backdrop for business, and learn to apply theory in diverse management situations. Courses are designed to give a comprehensive and relevant understanding of today's management environment. Case studies of actual business situations and guest speakers with specialized expertise are an essential part of the curriculum.This is a 16-course, 48-unit program. Tuition is $1395 per unit.

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.

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.

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