Lam Family College of Business

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The Lam Family College of Business at San Francisco State is San Francisco’s public business school. We embrace the area’s rich diversity and provide access to  professional success through high quality teaching, innovative and relevant courses, discipline-based and pedagogical scholarship, and engagement with the academic and business communities. 

AACSB Accredited

Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International since 1964, the Lam Family College of Business at San Francisco State University provides a high quality business education to a diverse learning community through innovative teaching, research, and support. We are one of just five percent of all business schools worldwide that meet the rigorous standards for this accreditation.

Our commitment to sustainable business, diversity, social justice and global partnerships echoes our core philosophy of responsible leadership. Our College prepares students to succeed in an economy that is global in nature. As one of the top-ranked public universities, we have been recognized worldwide for our investments in diversity, social responsibility, and visionary academics. We aspire to be one of the best public urban business schools by applying sustainability and ethical perspectives to our understanding of business practice, global leadership, innovation, the economy and society.

Our Graduate Business Programs, conveniently located at the San Francisco State University Downtown Campus in the heart of San Francisco, educates leaders for careers in the growing innovative industries of the dynamic Bay Area and global marketplace.


Alumnus Chris Larsen (B.S., '84), wife Lyna Lam and Rippleworks have partnered together to generously donate $25 million to SF State's College of Business.

The Chris Larsen and Lyna Lam Funds for the College of Business will inspire innovation, entrepreneurship, and financial technology education. Read about Chris' voyage from being first in his family to attend college to one of the world's most iconoclastic business leaders.



News Article:

Q&A: Meet Dr. Eugene Sivadas, the New Dean of the Lam Family College of Business

Dr. Eugene Sivadas became Dean of the Lam Family College of Business in July 2020. Read about his vision for growing the college and making it a “laboratory for creating a new kind of business school.”



Lam Family College of Business Funding Initiatives

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Scholarship can make the difference of students being able to buy textbooks, pay for tuition, or even stay in college.

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Institute for Innovation

The Institute for Innovation will include an incubator space, access to angel funding, scholarships, awards and an endowed chair.

Outside shot of the SFSU business building

Center for the “Language of Business”

The Center will become a central hub for accounting students, faculty, alumni and industry professionals to collaborate together.

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Trading Room & Student Investment Fund

The stock trading room provides students with an opportunity to gain valuable real world hands-on experience.

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Institute for Wine, Food & Restaurant Management

The Institute will coordinate education, research and applied learning across the fine food, restaurant and wine industries.

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Business Enterprise &
Engagement Center

The Center will provide career development resources, internship opportunities, faculty-led consulting engagements and student conferences.


Lam Family College of Business Stories

First responders might have a new partner on the way thanks to a team of forward-thinking San Francisco State University students. The students recently took home first prize at the Lam Family College of Business’ third annual Entrepreneurship Symposium and Pitch Competition with Simba Police, a voice-activated mobile assistant designed to help first responders in emergency situations.

Now a student in the LFCoB, Terah Lawyer was formerly incarcerated for 15 years. The scholarships she has received have helped her persist in her education and start a new life after prison.

Although she is not a graduate from the Lam Family College of Business, Loretta has worked for much of her career in the accounting industry. Last September, she established the Loretta Doon Scholarship Endowment in Accounting to ensure future accounting students have the means to continue their path to graduation.

“The power of SF State's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is twofold: One, valuable work and service experience for students, and two, the VITA program gives back to the community in meaningful ways by generating a $1 million in tax refunds to those who need it.” - Katie Hetherington, J.D., Assistant Professor in Accounting in the Lam Family College of Business

For more information about the Lam Family College of Business, contact:


Anjali Billa

Associate Vice President
University Development
Phone: (415) 405-3625