Pre-MBA Program


Prepare to earn an MBA at SF State


Pre-MBA Curriculum


Pre-MBA courses
Spring 2021 Tuition: $4,740
Reduced from $6,324

MBA Admission

MBA Admission

SF State MBA eligibility & requirements



Currently accepting spring 2021 applications

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Test Preparation Online Courses

Admission into the MBA program requires a TOEFL score of 88 or equivalent and a GMAT/GRE test. Our TOEFL and GMAT/GRE test preparation courses are a great way to prepare for these exams.





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Spring 2021 Tuition Update


Spring 2021 courses will be offered online, and all students enrolled in the program will receive a discounted rate of $395 per unit on tuition with no additional fee​s. Total tuition for full-time undergraduate enrollment (12 units) will be $4,740. All student fees will be waived.




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What Students Say


Jin-Wei Lin, International Business and Pre-MBA Student



“After completing three years of undergraduate study at Shih-Chien University in international trade, I enrolled in the International Business certificate program at SF State. While taking the inspiring Global Entrepreneurship course, I realized that I lacked some professional skills and knowledge needed to become an entrepreneur and a leader. I believe I can gain these skills through an MBA degree. I am excited to transfer to the Pre-MBA program, a path for the international student to gain the foundation needed to pursue a fast track MBA degree.”

Jin-Wei Lin, Taiwan
International Business Certificate Student, 2019
Pre-MBA Student





About the Pre-MBA Program



The program focus is on helping create a stronger conceptual and practical foundation for students who wish to pursue an MBA degree on 3+1+1 model. All Pre-MBA students are required to take and pass all required courses to meet the MBA foundation requirement.

Students who pass all courses in the program and maintain a 3.0 or higher GPA, plus earn a bachelor's degree from their home university, meet minimum eligibility requirements for SF State's Lam Family College of Business MBA program.


The Pre-MBA program is designed for international students from partner universities, interested in pursuing a business certificate. This one-year program is ideal for students who have completed a minimum three years of university courses and wish to pursue a stand-alone certificate, with the possibility of leading to a fast-track MBA degree (in as few as 12 months) through the Lam Family College of Business at SF State.

For Pre-MBA admission questions, please contact the Director of Recruitment and Partner Relations, Alexander Chang, at

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

Lam Family College of Business

The Lam Family College of Business at San Francisco State University is a leading institution of business education in the San Francisco Bay Area, with an emphasis on preparing students to succeed in an economy that is global in nature. The college's commitment to sustainable business, diversity, social justice and global partnerships echoes their core philosophy of responsible leadership. As one of the top-ranked public universities, they have been recognized worldwide for their investments in diversity, social responsibility and visionary academics.



Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International

AACSB Accredited

The College of Extended Learning offers this certificate program in partnership with the Lam Family College of Business, which has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International since 1964. The Lam Family College of Business provides a high-quality business education to a diverse learning community through innovative teaching, research and support. The college is one of just five percent of all business schools worldwide that meet the rigorous standards for this accreditation.