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Asia Pacific Studies/MBA

The M.A. in Asia Pacific Studies/MBA program is designed to provide a humanities-based, interdisciplinary degree that applies business expertise to the development of Asia and its impact on global economic systems. Awarded by the USF College of Arts and Sciences and the USF School of Management, the MAPS/MBA program provides a cost and time savings of up to 16 units.


  • Separate admission to each school is required
  • Students may begin either program first or begin the programs concurrently

Application Requirements

  • Online application
  • Resume
  • Essay
  • Interview
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the MAPS program*

*Students applying to the MBA program first or applying to MAPS and MBA programs concurrently (to begin in the same semester) must submit all required application materials as listed here


What is the cost for the joinT program? 
The MAPS/MBA program provides a cost and time savings of up to 16 units and can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. University policy requires that all join degree students pay the tuition rate of the program they started first throughout their join degree coursework. 

What is the format?
MAPS/MBA students complete the MBA program in either a Full-Time MBA cohort or Part-Time MBA cohort.  Eight MAPS units are applied to the MBA elective curriculum.

What is the duration of the program? 
The MAPS/MBA can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis.  Students opting for the full time format can complete the program in as little as three years. If students opt to take the program on a part-time basis, then the duration will be extended. 

Why should I pursue the MAPS/MBA joinT degree?
The MAPS program provides students with an interdisciplinary, liberal arts background in the Asia Pacific region and prepares them for a broad spectrum of careers.  This program paired with the MBA program prepares students for a variety of careers at international service organizations, international businesses, consulting firms, Foreign Service and more. 

I am currently in the MAPS program and have the letters of recommendation waived. But references are required in the online application. What do I do?
Please register the following email addresses as "references" in order to submit the application: mba@usfca.edu, management@usfca.edu.

I am currently in the MAPS program and have the official transcripts waived. But a transcript upload is required in the online application. What do I do?
For expedited processing, please obtain unofficial copies of your transcripts and upload it to the online application. Official undergraduate transcripts from the previous MAPS appilcation (if available) may be used to fulfill registration requirements if admitted to the MBA portion of the joint degree.

Why should I pursue the MAPS/MBA joinT degree?
The MAPS program provides students with an interdisciplinary, liberal arts background in the Asia Pacific region and prepares them for a broad spectrum of careers.  This program paired with the MBA program prepares students for a variety of careers at international service organizations, international businesses, consulting firms, Foreign Service and more.