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San Francisco State University College of Business - Executive MBA

San Francisco State Executive MBA Program Structure

The San Francisco State Executive MBA Program is designed to provide working professionals with an opportunity to advance their career in a stimulating and supportive environment. EMBA classes are taught in cohorts designed to strengthen interpersonal relationships and sharpen business acumen The EMBA cohort meets on alternating weekends. The program begins in the fall and spans 24 months, culminating in a research project.


The San Francisco State Executive MBA Program consists of 16 courses, comprised foundation courses, functional courses, and three specialized course electives selected by faculty for each cohort.

Foundation courses include: Financial and Managerial Accounting; Economics for Managers; Managing Organizational Change; and Strategic Marketing Management.

The foundation courses of accounting, economics, and statistics are efficiently integrated with the functional areas of finance, marketing, organizational behavior and design, and computer information systems to accelerate the student’s progress through the program. Functional courses are comprised of the following: The Political, Social, and Legal Environment of Business; Statistics and Operations Management; Advanced Computer Applications and Information Systems for Management; Corporate Financial Management; and Culminating Experience in Strategic Management.

Case studies of actual business situations and guest speakers with specialized expertise are an important part of the curriculum. Specialized courses are selected by the faculty to meet the specific objectives of mid-career professionals. These courses are considered electives and cover topics such as leadership, international business negotiations and sustainable business.

The Executive MBA program concludes with a research project which evaluates strategy formulation, implementation, techniques and decision-making in the context of the economic, social, political, and competitive global environment.

Class Profile

The average GMAT scores and GPA earned by students are 560 and 3.3 respectively. On average, students have 12 years of professional experience when they begin the program. The average age of students enrolled in the MBA programs is 35.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

The cost of tuition for the San Francisco State Executive MBA program is $3,546 + $270 per unit for part-time California residents and $5,552 + $270 per unit for full-time residents. For out of state and international students, part-time tuition is $3,546 + $666 per unit while full-time tuition is $5,552 + $666 per unit.

Financial aid in the form of federal student loans is available to qualified admitted EMBA students.

Types of Federal Student Loans available include the Federal Direct Unsubsidized student loan and the Federal Graduate PLUS loan.

EMBA students who do not wish to complete the FAFSA for federal student loan consideration may want to consider an alternative loan, such as P.L.A.T.O.


Applicants to the San Francisco State Executive MBA programs must have completed a Baccalaureate degree or recognized qualifications equivalent to a degree. Incoming students must have previously maintained a GPA of 3.0 and three years of professional work experience.

To apply to San Francisco State’s full-time MBA program, applicants must submit a completed application form, official copies of transcripts from each institution attended, current résumé and two letters of recommendation. The school also requires applicants to submit a statement of purpose. Official GMAT score OR GRE scores must also be sent in by applicants, along with a $55 application fee. International applicants from non-native English speaking countries must provide proof of English fluency with TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, or IBT test scores.

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