Pre-MBA Program


Prepare to earn an MBA at SF State


Pre-MBA Curriculum


Pre-MBA courses
Course fees: $13,400

MBA Admission

MBA Admission

SF State MBA eligibility & requirements



Currently accepting fall 2020 applications

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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 Pre-MBA program is designed for international students, 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 an accelerated 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


    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 the following eight courses to meet MBA foundation requirement:

    • Applied Business Forecasting
    • Business Communications for Professionals
    • Historical and Contemporary Aspects of Food, Beverage and Culture in America
    • International Marketing Management
    • Introduction to International Business Negotiation
    • Operations Management
    • Seminar in Business Policy and Strategic Management
    • Seminar on Business and Society

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

      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.