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San Francisco State University College of Business - Flex MBA

San Francisco State Flex MBA Program Structure

The accredited, part-time, San Francisco State Flex MBA is specifically designed to support working professionals by providing the opportunity to earn a graduate business degree on a part-time basis while accelerating their careers. The San Francisco State Flex MBA program features the same curriculum and faculty and confers the same degree received by graduates of the full-time MBA program. With a convenient class schedule students experience hands-on learning in a close-knit, collaborative environment that strengthens their professional and personal networks. Students complete the program in as little as 12 months or as many as 36 months.


Much like in the full-time MBA program, San Francisco State Flex MBA candidates must fulfill a Professional Development Workshop series, eight foundation courses and 10 advanced requirement courses. Students may be eligible to waive all or some of the Basic Foundation Courses depending on their undergraduate background. Advanced Requirements consists of 30 units of required courses and elective courses. Only six courses are required to be completed in the first year.

In the first semester of the program, students must complete a series of four workshops and learn how to strategically manage their career and practice effective presentation and communications skills. The required, core courses may include: Data Analysis for Managers, Financial Management, Financial Accounting, Operations Analysis, Marketing Management, Economics for Managers, Management Principles & Organizational Behavior, and Information Systems for Management.

After completing the core requirements, students can select electives from 10 possible areas of specialization: Decision Sciences/Operations Research, Accounting, Finance, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Information Systems, Leadership, Marketing, and International Business.

The MBA culminates in a case study in Strategic Management, which evaluates strategy formulation, implementation, techniques and decision-making in the context of the economic, social, political and competitive global environment.

Part-Time MBA Rankings

• U.S. News & World Report: 163 (tie)

Class Profile

The typical MBA class is 44 percent female and 56 percent male. Around 53 percent of matriculated students are U.S. Citizens, while 47 percent identify as international. The average GMAT scores and GPA earned by students are 585 and 3.33 respectively. On average, students have three years of professional experience when they begin the program. The average age of students enrolled in the MBA programs is 27.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

The cost of tuition for the San Francisco State Flex 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.

The State University Grant is a grant for students who are California residents, who pay state resident fees, and who have exceptional financial need. This grant is awarded to undergraduates and graduates in amounts based on the amount of resident fees they are required to pay.

University Administered Scholarships are awarded to students based on academic achievement and financial need.

The Alumni Scholarship Association grants scholarships of $1,500 each to students who have SF State Graduate status in the fall of 2013. Applicants are required to have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.25, and must be enrolled full time. Scholarships are merit and need based.

The Federal Work-Study Program provides employment opportunities to both graduate and undergraduate students with financial need. Work-Study positions are available both on-campus and off-campus with certified non-profit agencies. Students may work a maximum of twenty hours per week.

The Federal Perkins Loan is a federal program providing long-term, low interest loans to students who are enrolled full time. Awards at SF State depend upon the availability of funds and generally range from $300 to $2,000 per academic year.

The William D. Ford Federal Direct Student Loan Program (FDSL) has two components—the subsidized loan and the unsubsidized loan. The Subsidized Loan is available to students who have financial aid eligibility. The Unsubsidized Loan is available to students who have limited or no financial aid eligibility or who need to borrow an additional amount of loan.


Applicants to the 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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