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San Francisco State University College of Business


San Francisco State University was founded in 1899 as San Francisco State Normal School, a two-year teacher training college and was the first ‘normal school’ in the country to require a high school diploma for admission. The school attained university status in 1972, while affiliated with the California State University system, and officially changed its name to San Francisco State University in 1974. The San Francisco State University College of Business earned its accreditation from the AACSB in 1964.


The San Francisco State Downtown Campus is located at the renovated 835 Market Street building in the heart of downtown San Francisco’s dynamic hub for transportation, commerce and industry. Situated just off the Bayshore Freeway, the college of business is directly above the Powell Street BART and Muni stations.

The Downtown Campus location makes the MBA and MSA programs more convenient for many working professionals who wish to pursue a degree part-time, as it provides a wealth of employment opportunities in the thriving business region surrounding the campus.

The graduate school is located less than 20 miles away from the San Francisco International Airport.


Occupying nearly 125,000 square feet on the fifth and sixth floors of the Westfield San Francisco Centre, facilities include 33 classrooms and nine computer labs. Classrooms are configured around a vertical glass-enclosed atrium that offers views in all directions from the historic sky-lit dome, across to adjoining classrooms and below to shopping activity.


The College of Business has 104 tenure-track and tenured faculty with Ph.Ds, and there are approximately 18 part-time faculty members. Around 66 percent of the College of Business faculty are male, while 33 percent are female. Full-time faculty members received their Ph.D. degrees from institutions such as University of California, Berkeley and Los Angeles (UCLA); Stanford University, Harvard University; University of Southern California; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Georgia State University; Carnegie Mellon, Purdue University; University of North Carolina and University of Washington.

Leaders in the study of the economic, social, political and technological forces shaping global markets today, they perform important interdisciplinary research and are active as business consultants and board members.

Student Body

The San Francisco State University College of Business typically enrolled around 520 students in its MBA programs. San Francisco State itself enrolls around 30,000 students per year, with 56.8 percent of students identifying as female and 43.2 percent of students identifying as male.

MBA Degree Offerings

The San Francisco State University College of Business offers a traditional, full-time Fast Track MBA, as well as the Flexible part-time, and Executive MBA programs.

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