Masters in Business Administration

The Mission of the USF MBA programs is to promote disciplined analysis as a catalyst to positive change in business practice. We combine the global diversity of our students, analytical rigor of our faculty, and the entrepreneurial energy of our region to create a rigorous and practical learning environment that is regionally anchored, nationally recognized and globally respected.

The USF MBA is distinguished by the comprehensive way it accompanies students on their professional development journey. Rooted in a classic liberal arts tradition that applies critical thinking, quantitative and qualitative analysis, and refined communication skills to the study of business and management, the MBA program addresses career preparation from several perspectives, each designed to collaborate in building an overall professional profile for success in business and in life.

Foundational to the program is a challenging academic curriculum designed to train students to meet the requirements for a diverse and rapidly changing global workforce. Students are supported in their intellectual inquiries by complementary programs embedded in the context of a vibrant business community that provide personalized career services aimed at matching students’ skills and passions with employment opportunities. In turn, academic and professional preparation is sustained by an expansive series of co-curricular programs and mentor-supported reflections directed at encouraging students to discern and articulate their values as they develop their characters. Enhanced by collaborative activities that promote engagement with the society they seek to serve as contributing citizens, the MBA program at the University of San Francisco continues the Jesuit tradition of magis, doing more for the greater good. 

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the USF MBA Programs will be able to:

  • Students will defend their position on business decisions/problems through deep knowledge of specific functional areas
  • Students will design business strategy by incorporating concepts from multiple functional areas
  • Students will develop a leadership and communication style that is authentic, effective, and persuasive
  • Students will value diverse perspectives, inspire collaboration, and maximize collective abilities
  • Students will identify the ethical, environmental, and social implications of business issues and formulate appropriate responses
  • Students will challenge assumptions and establish a process to appraise competing perspectives
  • Students will interpret ambiguous information and formulate succinct solutions

The MBA Curriculum

The University of San Francisco MBA Program is a rigorous and intellectually challenging field of study that provides the analytical, functional, and interpersonal skills necessary for success in an increasingly complex and global business environment. The MBA curriculum reflects careful consideration of the development of these skills by providing students with two levels of graduate management course work: Core Courses and Elective Courses. 

The Career and Professional Development Modules are designed to address the critical career development needs of MBA students. Students will acquire skills and resources to define a career objective, craft a career strategy and execute it.

Full-Time MBA Students

The MBA curriculum is 48 units comprised of 10 core courses (20 units), four Career Accelerator courses (8 units), a required Innovation Project (2 units), Capstone course (2 units), and 16 elective units. Students pursuing a concentration must complete 12 units of pre-approved courses in that area.

  • MBA Core Courses (10 courses, 20 units)
  • Career Accelerator Courses (4 courses, 8 units)
  • MBA Elective Courses (8 courses, 16 units)
  • MBA 6100 Innovation Project (1 course, 2 units)
  • MBA 6010 Magis Capstone (1 course, 2 units)
  • Required Career and Professional Development Modules

Part-time MBA Students

The MBA curriculum is 40 units comprised of 10 core courses (20 units), a required Innovation Project (2 units), Capstone course (2 units), and 16 elective units. Optional to the Part-Time MBA Program is participation in the Career Accelerator Platform at an additional eight units. Students pursuing a concentration must complete 12 units of pre-approved courses in that area.

  • MBA Core Courses (10 courses, 20 units)
  • MBA Elective Courses (8 courses, 16 units)
  • MBA 6100 Innovation Project (1 course, 2 units)
  • MBA 6010 Magis Capstone (1 course, 2 units)
  • Required Career and Professional Development Modules

MBA Core Courses

The MBA Core Courses are the nucleus of the MBA curriculum and provide innovative problem-solving skills to diagnose and solve a wide variety of managerial problems. In addition to the development of specific functional and analytical skills, the core curriculum has been uniquely designed to integrate five themes throughout each course: global perspectives, ethical perspectives, creative problem solving, leadership dynamics, and communication skills. Through the use of case studies, guest speakers, computer simulations, and faculty-student interaction, these themes merge with course content to provide a real world experience.

Contact Info

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University of San Francisco
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101 Howard Street, Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 422-2221