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San Francisco State University College of Business Executive MBA

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Program at a Glance

Program Type Executive

Program Information

Specializations Offered: Accounting, Decision Science, E-Commerce, Finance, General Management, Information Systems / Information Technology, International Business, Marketing, Statistics and Operations Research
Degrees Awarded: Executive MBA.

Rankings

Rankings

School Rankings

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (West)

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 37% accepted out of 569 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 27
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.4
  • Average Incoming GMAT: 590
  • Average Years Work Experience: 4
  • Application Fee: $55

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores

Important: Recommendations

Admission Requirements

Required: Recommendations, Extracurricular Activities, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores, Work Experience

Admission Information

Prospective SFSU students are evaluated on their undergraduate academic records, GMAT scores, current resumes, statements of purpose, and letters of recommendation. To be eligible for admission, students must have a 3.0 GPA and an undergraduate degree from an accredited university. While there is no minimum requirement, the University recommends at...Prospective SFSU students are evaluated on their undergraduate academic records, GMAT scores, current resumes, statements of purpose, and letters of recommendation. To be eligible for admission, students must have a 3.0 GPA and an undergraduate degree from an accredited university. While there is no minimum requirement, the University recommends at least three years of full-time work experience before matriculation. For more information about programs or to get help deciding which MBA is right for you, the business school hosts periodic open houses for prospective students.

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Important Dates

Round 1
April

1

Deadline
August

25

Start

School Information

School Information

The following section features data representative of the entire business school, and numbers here are not necessarily reflective of the specific program.

Students and Faculty

Total Graduate Students 408
Percent International Students 38%
Total Full-Time Faculty 48
Full-Time Faculty 83%

Student Life

The student body at SFSU reflects the Bay Area’s interesting local culture, and “because nearly 50 percent of the school’s students are international, the school ranks very high in diversity.” Group projects tend to go well, and “most everyone is laid back,” despite the pressures of business school. Some complain that students who “come straight from undergrad” are “uninterested and inexperienced” when compared to their older coun­terparts, but San Francisco’s MBA candidates are “generally thoughtful, professional, and engaged” throughout the program.Located downtown, the petite SFSU “campus is brand new and very nice,” and “the sur­rounding area is, of course, awesome.” Not only is the campus convenient for downtown professionals, there are “tons of restaurants and shops around” the neighborhood. On campus, the school augments the curriculum through “interesting events and presenta­tions outside regular classes,” and administrators “constantly send out emails about net­working events and clubs.” Among the more popular activities, “every Thursday, the social club meets at a bar after night class.” Even so, “there is not a strong community aspect among SFSU students,” as most maintain an active personal and professional life outside of school.

Career

According to SFSU’s happy grad students, “San Francisco is an amazing city to get an MBA in because so many companies are headquartered nearby, especially if you have an interest in entrepreneurship.” On top of that, the school’s close “proximity to Silicon Valley” opens up a world of options in high tech and computing. While there are sever­al top-rated business schools in the greater Bay Area, SFSU students say you can’t write off their strong, yet affordable public program. A current student elaborates, “a lot of stu­dents feel that SFSU doesn’t have a name like Stanford or UC Berkeley, but the connec­tions are there. We have people who work for Google and Yahoo! and, like myself, at Genentech, who, if you reach out, are connected and can help students.” Within the business school, students have access to ongoing career workshops and per¬sonalized career counseling. There is an annual career fair, as well as ongoing recruiting events at the business school and the main SFSU campus. MBA candidates may also take advantage of the online job boards managed by the University’s Career Center. The mean base salary for last year’s San Francisco State MBA graduates was about $85,000 annual¬ly, with 90 percent of students accepting a position within three months of graduation. Some of the biggest employers of SFSU graduates are Wells Fargo Bank, Genentech, PG&E, Autodesk, and Bank of America.

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About

The MBA Progam is broadly-based and highly-structured, offering a balanced preparation for managerial careers. Management is studied as a function which coordinates people, materials and information to meet selected objectives. The MBA prepares students for responsible positions in a rapidly changing world, heightens intellectual curiosity for life-long learning, and assists the student to develop initiative, imagination and creativity. In both the public and private sectors, the MBA is a widely-recognized degree.After acceptance to the MBA Program, students will need to demonstrate basic competencies in mathematics, statistics and written English. Students will also need to take or waive the 9 foundation courses. These courses will prepare the student for the program's advanced requirements.

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Students Say

San Francisco State University’s College of Business offers a contemporary MBA pro­gram, right in the middle of the Bay Area’s business community. While SFSU’s main campus is located in a residential neighborhood, the business school has its own build­ing in “the heart of San Francisco’s financial district.” The curriculum is high quality and progressive, and the “flexible schedule and very convenient location” make this school a top choice for San Francisco professionals. “The opportunity to individually tailor an MBA to a specific job market is key,” and many students choose SFSU to participate in the school’s popular “sustainable business emphasis.” In fact, there is a “focus on corpo­rate responsibility and sustainability” throughout the program, which is well aligned with the Bay Area’s forward-thinking business climate.The faculty takes a varied approach to teaching, with mixed results. “There are some that read directly from slides and others that are extremely engaging. They take book con­cepts and translate them into real-life situations.” Students admit that, “you need to be a little selective in the professors you choose,” but reassure us that, “If you do your research, there are enough accomplished professors here to get a solid education.” No matter who oversees classes, the curriculum is time consuming, as “courses require a lot of group work, a lot of reading, and several presentations.” However, the rewards are worth the effort, and students benefit from “engaging classroom discussion” in their classes. Always current, SFSU “professors are teaching the latest trends” through con­temporary case studies. Due to “the state of California budget constraints,” the program has experienced some recent limitations. For example, “they aren’t always able to offer elective classes consis­tently.” Fortunately, “the administration has done an excellent job communicating poten­tialities and schedule changes to the student body.” In fact, the administration gets high marks all around, and the “program advisers and program coordinator are very easy to talk to and helpful.” Both full-time and part-time students assure us, “If you plan out your schedule right, you won’t really have any trouble getting the classes you need.” And, even as the state raises student tuition and fees, an MBA from San Francisco State still comes at a “fairly low cost” for its quality.

The Princeton Review

Academic

The curriculum balances the art and science of management; not only understand theoretical issues, but also apply theory in diverse management situations. Courses are designed to give a comprehensive and relevant understanding of today's management environment. Case studies of business situations and guest speakers with specialized expertise are essential part of the curriculum.

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Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    The Center for Ethical and Sustainable Business at SF State- http://cob.sfsu.edu/cob/sustainable-center/

  • International Student Support Groups:

    Office of International Programs http://www.sfsu.edu/~oip

  • Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Support Groups:

    At the University level, support groups are offered for all gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgenders student.

  • Minority Support Groups:

    At the University level, support groups are offered for all Minority students.

  • Research Facilities:

    The Center for Ethical and Sustainable Business at SF State- http://cob.sfsu.edu/cob/sustainable-center/

  • Study Abroad:

    Argentina, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany,United Kingdom

  • Women Support Groups:

    Graduate Student Organization- Women In Business http://userwww.sfsu.edu/~wib/graduate/index.html

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of San Francisco State University College of Business include:

Eric Kelly - President, CEO, Overland Storage, Inc.

Brian Pretti - Senior VP of Mechanics Bank

Gordon Hoff - VP of International Deposit Services Bank of America

Elisa Steele - Chief Marketing Officer, Yahoo

Stephen Gillett - CIO, General Manager of Digital Ventures, Starbucks

School Employment Information

Graduation Employment 75%
Three Month Employment 90%
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