General Pre-MBA Certificate

General Pre-MBA Certificate


Pre-MBA Certificate Curriculum


Pre-MBA certificate courses
Course Fees: $12,648



Currently accepting fall 2021 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 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 General Pre-MBA Certificate



The program focus is on helping create a stronger conceptual and practical foundation for students who wish to pursue an undergraduate business certificate. All Pre-MBA students are required to take and pass all required courses to meet the Pre-MBA certificate requirements. Upon completing the program, a general Pre-MBA business certificate will be awarded to students.


This certificate program is designed to give students a foundation in business administration. The program is open to students who have completed at least 56 units of university courses. Courses in this certificate program focus on developing the oral and written English proficiency and academic foundation in accounting, marketing, operations and more to be successful in business or in an MBA program.

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.