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Ambassador Profiles

Want to find out the real scoop about attending a USF Graduate Management program? Talk to a current student to find out how they are handling the coursework, tuition, outside diversions, group work, and life as a USF School of Management graduate student.





Full-time MBA



Jamil Adas

Jamil Adas


Program: Full-Time MBA
Concentration: Finance
Undergraduate School: King Fahd University
Hometown: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

I chose the Full-Time MBA program at USF because it's accredited by the AACSB and it's located in the heart of San Francisco. My favorite aspect of the program is the multicultural environment. The professors are as diverse as the students. Our inside and outside class discussions include exchanging ideas from different parts of the world. What also grabbed my attention is the privilege of joining many active clubs where I can practice what I learn in class and meet others who share my interests.

Bruce Chiu

Bruce Chiu


Program: Full-Time MBA
Concentration: Entrepreneurship and International Business
Undergraduate School: Art Institute of California, Orange County
Hometown: Taipei, Taiwan

I joined USF’s Full-Time MBA program because of its ideal location in San Francisco, diverse student body, and large network of international faculty and alumni. I have seven years of business development and visual communications experience and am looking to transfer this experience to the restaurant industry. USF’s MBA program has exposed me to new opportunities that will allow me to make this career transition more smoothly. My education from USF will make me a successful entrepreneur to achieve my goal of becoming a restaurateur.

Liza Dolgonosov

Liza Dolgonosov


Program: Full-Time MBA
Undergraduate School: UC Davis
Hometown: San Mateo, CA
I chose to do my MBA at USF because of USF's excellent reputation and location. My favorite aspect of the program thus far is the diversity of the student body. Being in class every day with people from so many different cultures and backgrounds really enriches the academic experience. I would advise new students to branch out of their comfort zone; get involved, nurture new friendships, and take courses in subjects you haven't yet been exposed to. You'd be surprised what you can discover about yourself!

Mavis Gruver

Mavis Gruver


Program: Full-Time MBA
Concentration: Organization Development
Undergraduate School: Antioch College
Hometown: Duluth, MN
I chose the MBA program at USF because I want a graduate degree from a university whose mission I believe in. After ten years working in the nonprofit sector, I decided to take the next step for my professional development and pursue my MBA. The social justice focus of USF initially attracted me to apply, and the strength of the program and location in downtown San Francisco made USF the right choice for me. My career goal is to lead organizational development strategy and planning for a large business in the Bay Area, and my graduate education is giving me a strong foundation in the fundamentals of business and leadership which will allow me to achieve my goals.

Bayan Jamal

Bayan Jamal


Program: Full-Time MBA
Undergraduate School: College of Business Administration, Jeddah
Hometown: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
I chose the Full-Time MBA program at USF because of of its hands-on approach and its connectedness to working professionals. I was a project manager for a startup in Saudi Arabia before I came to USF. What has motivated me in the MBA program my realization of how much I am learning and growing. I know more about everything and I realized my own leadership abilities. Through my education I am closer to becoming the business leader who will put Jeddah (my hometown) on the map.

Burak Keles

Burak Keles


Program: Full-Time MBA
Undergraduate School: Koc University
Hometown: Istanbul, Turkey
I selected Full-Time MBA program at USF because it will provide me the opportunity to work in business field of high-tech companies in San Francisco Bay Area. The concentration options of our MBA program and the location played a big part in my decision to come to USF. My experiences USF will help me build my future career combining my computer engineering and business skills.

Nine Musiklad

Nine Musiklad


Program: Full-Time MBA
Concentration: Marketing
Undergraduate School: Thammasat University
Hometown: Bangkok, Thailand
I chose the MBA program at USF because I want to shift my career and I've always wanted to come to San Francisco. I primarily want to expand my business knowledge and improve my managerial skills to shift my career. I like the small class sizes and the freedom to select my own concentrated area of study in the MBA program. Coming in as an international student, I recommend other international students start reading The Economist or US newspapers to learn more about US when you enter the program.

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Part-Time MBA



Erik Burd

Erik Burd


Program: Part-Time MBA
Concentration: Analytics
Undergraduate School: Sonoma State University
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
I selected the Part-Time MBA at USF because of its excellent programs, flexibility and close connections to the technical and business communities. Before starting the program I was working in engineering, and decided to pursue an MBA to migrate from a technical role to management. I plan to build a new career in business strategy and hopefully start a new business in the future. USF has provided me with a very strong business background that has allowed me to develop very quickly as a leader.

Andrew Schonlau

Andrew Schonlau


Program: Part-Time MBA
Concentration: Finance
Undergraduate School: Buena Vista University
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
As a finance professional that lives in San Francisco, choosing USF's Part-Time MBA program was easy. USF is a well-respected university with a powerful alumni network, and the School of Management is located in the heart of downtown San Francisco, home to one of the largest financial hubs in the world. My favorite aspect of the Part-Time MBA program is my cohort. The small class sizes and diversity of backgrounds and career paths create a unique environment for collaboration with a variety of perspectives. I feel personally connected to every person in my cohort.

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Organization Development



Cassandra Beverly

Cassandra Beverly


Program: Organization Development
Undergraduate School: University of San Francisco
Hometown: Hayward, CA
USF provided me the support I needed to complete my undergraduate degree as a full-time student, mother and working professional, so when I decided to continue with my graduate education staying at USF was my #1 choice. Furthering my education in the MSOD program has given me a foundation for success in today’s highly competitive business world, and a career in organization development will give me the opportunity to help shape the future of my employer (Kaiser Permanente) and surrounding communities through planning, development, and management.

Angela Van

Angela Van


Program: Organization Development
Undergraduate School: California State University, Sacramento
Hometown: Sacramento, CA
I chose USF because of the positive feedback that I heard from former students, rankings and the great reputation and network connections that USF has within the Bay Area. I've always had the desire to advance my education because I truly believe in continuous improvement and continuous learning. I believe my graduate degree will help me tremendously in the future because it will open up many doors that wouldn't be available to me without it.  It will help me maintain my competitive advantage within the industry in my role as a retirement specialist.

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Nonprofit Administration



Samantha DePetro-Wysuph

Samantha DePetro-Wysuph


Program: Nonprofit Administration
Undergraduate School: California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Hometown: Oakland, CA
I chose the MNA program at USF because it's the first of its kind in the nation, because it has a curri culum specifically focused on the nonprofit sector, and because of USF's reputation for academic rigor. My graduate program has helped me learn about other parts of the nonprofit sector that I wasn't as familiar with before, and having a masters degree will leave me well positioned for my career in nonprofit management.

Chloe Shipp Verrey

Chloe Shipp Verrey


Program: Nonprofit Administration
Undergraduate School: The University of Oregon
Hometown: San Jose, CA
USF's location in San Francisco and the MNA weekend class schedule helped me choose this program. I chose to continue my education with a graduate degree to further my career and bolster my professional skills. I have been in the nonprofit world since completing my undergraduate degree, and I hope to see myself in a managerial role upon completing the program. Being both a graduate student and a working professional, I have gained real world skills from my classes that I can apply immediately in my professional life.

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Public Administration



Azalea Renfield

Azalea Renfield


Program: Public Administration
Undergraduate School: University of California, San Diego
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
I chose to earn my MPA at USF because I believe in good public service. I love how USF incorporates ethical practices in our curriculum. My favorite aspects of the program are the cohort model and the Jesuit values to educate the "whole person." I believe my graduate degree will grant me access to local and state government opportunities, and my experience as a School of Management Graduate Senator will prove valuable in the real world of politics.

Dylan Rose Schneider

Dylan Rose Schneider


Program: Public Administration
Undergraduate School: University of Utah
Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT
I decided on the MPA program at USF for three main reasons. First, the program at USF has incredible faculty who bring a broad range of professional and academic experience in the field of public administration. Second, the cohort model allows me to build a network and rapport with classmates over the two years of the program, opening me up to new experiences, relationships and a strong professional network. Finally, USF's commitment to social justice is a vital component to me in the area of public administration and we explore it especially through the application of ethics in the field.

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