Master of Business Administration for Professionals

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This flexible MBA for Professionals program allows you to choose your pace while working on your career goals. By taking 2-3 courses per session, you can be done in 24 months, or 1-2 courses per session and be done in 36 months.

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Graduate students of the MBA for Professionals are busy professionals and change-makers who have five or more years of work experience. Students have the opportunity to grow in their current careers and join fellow alumni working with global corporations in Silicon Valley.

This program is a stand-out among other MBA programs, with courses that meet in the evenings and occasionally Saturdays. Courses use a hybrid format, with a mix of in-person and online classes. This format gives students the flexibility they need to advance their careers while keeping their current job.

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*Fee listed will increase by 5% next Fall. SJSU makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum; however, fees listed in published schedules may need to be increased to maintain the high quality of education we offer and are subject to change upon approval by the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, or the campus President, as appropriate.

Program Benefits

One-of-a-kind learning environment

Experience diverse thinking and the rush of being among other inspired professionals in Silicon Valley.

Exciting networking opportunities

80% of our graduate students are full-time business professionals making an impact on not only the business world but the entire globe.

Passionate educators

Learn and evolve with our faculty, who are both academically trained and also individuals who have long experience in the business world.

AACSB accredited

Less than 5% of the world’s business schools hold this accreditation.

Career Opportunities

Graduate students from the MBAP program work for Silicon Valley tech companies and/or global corporations. Other alumni entrepreneurs are founding businesses and using their skills to help grow startups.

  • Our location in Silicon Valley gives students the opportunity to be in the heart of the tech industry and have access to the entire world.
  • Companies such as Cisco, Apple, Google, and IBM post on the SJSU campus’ digital career platform and also engage in on-campus recruiting.
  • 800+ Lucas Graduate School of Business alumni are current or former CFOs in Silicon Valley

Top Jobs for MBA Graduates

According to U.S. News, these are some “hot jobs” for MBA grads 2022:

  • Business Operations Manager
  • Financial Manager
  • IT Manager

Students can also prepare for jobs of the future, such as jobs that focus on environmental sustainability or help companies reinvent themselves in a Marketing Manager position.

“The reason I chose the MBA for Professionals at San José State University was because I worked full-time while pursuing my MBA degree. SJSU’s MBA really allowed me to do that with its flexibility of classes; it worked out for my schedule.”

Adam Evaristo
MBA for Professionals Alum

Apply To The Program

Learn more about how to apply below.
  • Prerequisites
    • Statistics ( B or better )
    • Economics ( B or better )

    If you need to complete one or both of these courses, you can take equivalent courses at California community colleges or online through Straighterline.

  • Admission Requirements
    • Online application:
    • Transcripts
    • Resume
    • Personal statement
    • WES evaluation and TOEFL or IELTS (required for international coursework)
  • How to Apply

    For step-by-step instructions visit LGSB's instructions pages for domestic students (U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and all visa holders not applying for F-1 or J-1) and international students (those applying or currently holding an F-1 or J-1 visa).

  • Application Deadlines

    Fall admission

    Domestic: October 1 - May 1

    International: October 1 -  May 1

    Spring admission

    Domestic: August 1 - November 1

    International: August 1 - October 1

  • FAQ

    For a full list of FAQs for MBA programs, visit the MBA page.

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