San Francisco Bay Bridge at night under a full moon

MBA Semester in San Francisco

Each fall 70 MBA students spend a semester at Wharton’s San Francisco campus for a unique immersive learning experience. With a vibrant culture that celebrates innovation, networking, and technological talent, the Bay Area opens a world of possibilities for business school students.

The Semester in San Francisco combines classroom learning with extracurricular activities and various opportunities for students to engage with the regional economy. It all takes place at Wharton San Francisco, just a block from the iconic Bay Bridge and a short drive from Silicon Valley.

After three successful years in pilot mode, SSF officially became a core offering in Wharton’s MBA Program in 2015. Full-time MBA students apply for the program in their first year to attend in fall of their second.

A lineup of top Wharton professors teaches a customized curriculum, selected in part by participating students. In Fall 2016, offerings included Technology Strategy from Prof. Karl Ulrich, Venture Capital and the Finance of Innovation from Prof. David Wessels, and Digital Marketing and Electronic Commerce from Prof. David Bell.

The City Is Your Classroom

The chance to explore entrepreneurship, technology, and recruiting in the Bay Area — it’s what draws many MBA students to the Semester in San Francisco program. The learning opportunities extend beyond classrooms on campus to business networking events, connections with entrepreneurs, and full immersion in the West Coast and Silicon Valley scenes.

About a third of students take internships with local companies during the program. Some get a headstart by securing summer gigs, and almost all take advantage of recruiting, site visits, and career treks throughout the region.

In-classroom lectures and informal guest talks, Bay Area encounters, and exploration — there’s a lot to experience and benefit from.

A Closer Look at SSF

Check out this overview of the SFF Program with host John Byrne, editor-in-chief of Poets & Quants. 

Applying to Semester in SF

With just 70 spots available per year, the application process is highly competitive. Learn more about program costs and logistics and find out where you can submit your application.