Certificate in Business Administration

College of Professional & Global Education 

Dean: Dr. Alex Hwu 

1600 Holloway Ave, Hum 101
San Francisco, CA 94132
Phone: 415-338-1438
Email: globaled@sfsu.edu
Website: https://cpage.sfsu.edu/global


The Business Administration Certificate program is designed to give students a foundation in business administration. Courses in the Business Administration Certificate program focus on developing both oral and written English proficiency and the academic foundation in accounting, marketing, operations, and more needed to be successful in business or in an MBA program. 

Admission Requirements

Selection for admission to the program will be based on student objectives, academic background, and recommendations as appropriate. In order to be admitted to the program, a candidate should have completed the equivalent of at least 56 units of undergraduate studies, including coursework equivalent to a semester of business calculus, a semester of college written composition, a year of college economics, and a semester of college information systems. Additionally, coursework equivalent to ACCT 101 must be completed. Students admitted conditionally will be expected to complete the missing coursework. English language ability must be demonstrated through submission of appropriate proof of proficiency as listed here -  English Proficiency Requirement.

Admission Procedures

Students apply to the certificate program through the College of Professional & Global Education. See https://cpage.sfsu.edu/business-administration/apply for detailed instructions on how to apply.

Award of the Certificate

The certificate will be awarded by the dean of the College of Professional & Global Education and will also be signed by the faculty director of the certificate program. Notice of issuance of the certificate will be entered on the student’s official academic record. 

Certificate in Business Administration — 24 units

Required Courses (24 units)

ACCT 100Introduction to Financial Accounting3
BUS 300GWBusiness Communication for Professionals - GWAR3
DS 212Business Statistics I3
DS 412Operations Management3
FIN 350Business Finance3
ISYS 363Information Systems for Management3
MGMT 405Introduction to Management and Organizational Behavior3
MKTG 431Principles of Marketing3

Students who have specific educational or career needs may be allowed to vary selection of courses in the program after consulting with and obtaining written approval from the program coordinator.