How to Apply

Business Administration Certificate Admission Requirements

  • Complete at least 56 units of university coursework
  • Overall GPA 2.5 or higher
  • English Proficiency Requirement - Please review the English Proficiency Requirement page for details.


Business Administration Certificate Application Deadlines*

Spring 2022: November 15, 2021
Fall 2022: May 15, 2022
Summer 2022: May 21, 2022 (domestic applicants only)

*Late applications will be considered. Students will be accepted on a space-available basis.

Semester Dates

Spring 2022: January 24, 2022 - May 20, 2022

Annual Tuition/Fees & Cost of Living

Certificate Program Tuition & Fees Living Expenses* Total Fees*

*Estimated costs presented. Actual costs may vary.

Business Administration Certificate $12,648 $25,262 $37,910

Certificate students pay the following tuition and mandatory fees per semester:
Tuition: $395 x number of units enrolled
Mandatory fees: $132 x number of units enrolled

Mandatory fees include:

  • A robust orientation program
  • Personalized advising services
  • Course registration assistance to ensure you are on track to complete certificate
  • An activities program with:
    • Outdoor recreation, cultural events and sports
    • Visits to San Francisco neighborhoods famous for their unique culture, arts, music, food, businesses and more
    • Guest speakers from local industries

Optional fees (non-refundable, subject to change):

  • Muni: $200 per semester. Unlimited monthly transportation pass for local buses and trains.
  • Mashouf Wellness Center: $182 spring or fall semester, TBA summer semester. Semester access to the Mashouf Wellness Center including state of the art fitness and aquatics facilities, and a recreation and outdoor program.

Preparation Courses

The following CEU classes are not required for the certificate but strongly encouraged enrichment options if you are planning to apply for graduate school, Optional Practical Training (OPT), an internship or a job. 

  • Graduate School Preparation - Provides students interested in applying for graduate schools the knowledge, skills, practice and confidence needed to prepare competitive graduate school applications and interview well.
  • Global Business Communication Skills - Designed to prepare students for a successful job or internship search and the professional skills needed to excel in this internship or job.

Optional Practical Training (OPT)

Optional Practical Training (OPT) offers international students the opportunity to work up to one full year in the United States after nine months of full-time study. Please confirm eligibility for OPT with the admissions coordinator.


Optional Practical Training

Visa Information

Although enrollment in SF State Extended Learning is not considered admission to SF State, an I-20 ("Certificate of Eligibility") for F-1 student status will be issued when students are accepted into a full-time certificate program in SF State Extended Learning and require a student visa to enter the country. Students entering the US using an F-1 visa must maintain full-time student status during the time they are enrolled in an approved certificate program at SF State Extended Learning.

Other non-immigrants visa categories (except B, C and D visa) may enroll (full or part time) in SF State Extended Learning courses incidental to their primary status. Contact the Center for Global Engagement for detailed information and restrictions.

Refund Policy Fall 2021

Tuition, mandatory and optional fees must be paid in full seven calendar days prior to the first day of semester instruction. See below summary of key dates and refund policies for tuition and mandatory fees. Please note the application fee and optional fees are non-refundable. For course or program withdrawal, contact the Center for Global Engagement at


Withdrawal from the Program

Withdrawal Date Mandatory Fees
Withdrawal request submitted on or before August 19
(before orientation day)
100% refund
Withdrawal request submitted August 20 - August 22
(orientation day through the day prior to 1st day of semester instruction)
50% refund
Withdrawal request submitted on or after August 23
(1st day of semester instruction and beyond)
0% refund


Drop/Withdrawal from an Academic Course

Drop/Withdrawal Date Tuition
Class dropped on or before September 13 100% refund
Class withdrawal between September 14 and September 20 75% refund
Withdrawal on September 21 and beyond 0% refund

Payment processing service charges are not refundable. Visit Registration Policies for more information.

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