MBA Degree Requirements

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To earn an MBA, a candidate must fulfill a Professional Development Workshop series, eight (8) Foundation Courses (or less depending on how many courses are waived) and ten (10) Advanced Requirement courses. Students may be eligible to waive all or some of the Basic Foundation Courses depending on their undergraduate background. The Advanced Requirements consists of required courses and elective courses.

MBA students may choose an area of emphasis if desired or take College of Business 800-level electives in different areas to complete a general MBA. Consult with an adviser in your area of specialization.


Master of Business Administration Requirements

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Professional Development Requirements:

4 total workshops to be completed by all students during the first semester of the program. Visit the Professional Development workshops page for a comprehensive listing of topics and dates. 


Foundation Courses

Foundation courses offer students without a business undergraduate degree the opportunity to learn the basic elements of business prior to studying at the master's level. And for students who completed their undergraduate degree in business over seven years ago, the foundation courses offer an opportunity to refresh their knowledge and catch up on advances that have taken place in the different disciplines. 

Students who have earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration within the past seven years from an Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)-accredited university, can automatically waive all 700-level Foundation courses. The eight required foundation courses are listed below and are linked to the San Francisco State University Bulletin course descriptions.


Foundation courses:


BUS 776 Data Analysis for Managers (3 Units)

BUS 780 Financial Accounting (3 Units)

BUS 782 Information Systems for Management (3 Units)

BUS 783 Economics for Managers (3 Units)

BUS 785 Financial Management (3 Units)

BUS 786 Operations Analysis (3 Units)

BUS 787 Marketing Management (3 Units)

BUS 788 Management Principles & Organizational Behavior (3 Units)


Waiving Foundation Courses

A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required in the last 60 semester units of coursework completed. An up-to-date listing of AACSB schools around the world can be found on the AACSB International website.

All other students who have taken and completed course work equivalent to any of the foundation courses at other institutions within the last five to seven years and earned a grade of B- or better, may be able to waive foundation courses.

The following list is designed to help students determine whether they can waive any of the foundation courses. SF State graduate foundation courses are listed on the left, undergraduate equivalents are listed on the right and are linked to the SF State Bulletin official course descriptions. Match your undergraduate institution's course descriptions with SF State's as a guide to see whether they may be waived.


Current graduate business students enrolled in our program may not take the undergraduate equivalency courses since they are classified as graduate students. After a student is admitted to the program, transcripts will be reviewed by the Graduate Programs office to determine waiver of courses.


MBA Advanced courses (30 units):


Quantitative Track

 Select two (2) out of the four (4) following courses:

ACCT 831  Financial Statement Analysis
DS 852  Managerial Decision Making (3 units)
FIN 819  Financial Analysis and Management (3 units)
ISYS 814  Information Systems for Strategic Advantage (3 units)

Qualitative Track

 Select two (2) out of the four (4) following courses: 

IBUS 815  Seminar in International Business (3 units)
MGMT 842  Seminar in Organization Design and Change (3 units)
MKTG 860  Strategic Marketing (3 units)
BUS 884   Political, Social and Legal Environment of Business
Plus BUS 890  Culminating Experience in Strategic Management (3 units)
And Electives  Five (5) electives for a total of 15 units chosen from the 800-level graduate business curriculum (consult with an adviser)