Pre-MBA Program Curriculum

List of Required Courses for Pre-MBA Program Students

All Pre-MBA students will enroll in the Business Administration certificate program and are required to pass the following courses to meet certificate requirements and MBA entry requirements. Some Business Administration certificate courses require some background in calculus, economics, information systems and accounting. Students who do not have the required prerequisites or equivalent will need to take the prerequisite courses listed below. These courses can be taken at SF State or any other college or university.

Required Courses
Code Title
ACCT 100 Introduction to Financial Accounting
BUS 300GW Business Communications for Professionals
DS 212 Business Statistics
DS 412 Operations Management
FIN 350 Business Finance
ISYS 363 Information Systems for Management
MGMT 405 Introduction to Management and Organizational Behavior
MKTG 431 Principles of Marketing

Pre-MBA Prerequisite Courses

Prerequisite Courses
Code Title
ACCT 101 Introduction to Managerial Accounting

DS 110/MATH 110 Calculus with Business Applications

ECON 101 Introduction to Microeconomics
ECON 102 Introduction to Macroeconomics
ISYS 263 Introduction to Information Systems

  • Prerequisite: DS 212 or GE B4 Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning
  • Any basic quantitative reasoning class (ex., college algebra) can meet the GE B4Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning requirement
  • CLEP Exam may be taken to have ISYS 263 waived

This one-unit course introduces new students to the geographic, historical and environmental, socio-cultural and political context of the Bay Area, San Francisco and San Francisco State University. In addition, this course prepares students for success in their transition to living in San Francisco while preparing for life in San Francisco, building community, and learning about the campus and the surrounding area. The course is experiential and includes field trips throughout the city.

The course is optional, in-person/hybrid, and is offered to you free of charge. You are encouraged to take it to learn more about and experience the City of San Francisco. You can sign up when completing your course preference wishlist.

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.

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