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SFSU's College of Business seeking applicants for new MBA program

SFSU's College of Business set to launch mid-career professionals into executive management

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, June 28, 2000--San Francisco State University's College of Business has begun recruiting business professionals for its new Accelerated MBA Program, which will be launched at the beginning of next year.

The program allows students with no prior business coursework to attain a Masters of Business Administration in only 23 months by attending class for six hours every Saturday in Redwood City. The program is designed for business professionals who work full time and have at least five years of experience in their field.

Although all working professionals from across the Bay Area are encouraged to apply, program director Joseph Messina says he expects most students will come from a cross section of industries in San Mateo County including biotech, computer and information technology, technical writing, paralegal, and human resources.

The program will hold all of its classes in corporate training space at the new headquarters of DPR Construction Inc. "This represents an increasing trend of partnerships between business schools and industry," says College of Business Dean Ray Maghroori. "This location allows us to bring our faculty closer to our anticipated student base-it meets our goal of making education more accessible to working professionals."

Once admitted to the program, students are automatically registered for all their future classes and grouped into a cohort of 35 to 40 students. Since the program has a fixed curriculum, students will take every course with the same group.

According to Maghroori, "This will provide for extensive interaction among the participants. At the end of the program, students will have 30 new friends and professional contacts, thus providing for superb business networking in the future."

The goal of the program is to provide participants with exposure to the art as well as the science of management. "The 'science' part refers to analytical courses such as statistics, accounting, and operations analysis courses that teach students how to analyze data," says Messina. "The 'art' of management refers to the subjective or intuitive part of analyzing and making business decisions; it involves topics such as the psychology of marketing and organizational behavior."

As part of their course work, students will complete a research project that identifies and recommends a course of action for a current problem in the individual's firm or industry. The first cohort of students will begin classes in January 2001.

Admissions requirements for the Accelerated MBA Program are:

San Francisco State University is a highly diverse, comprehensive, public and urban university with an enrollment of 27,000 students. It is one of the largest campuses in the nationally recognized 23-campus California State University system.

Note: Complete information can be obtained at or by calling the AMBA office at 415-405-3692. To receive an application packet, call the AMBA office or send e-mail to

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