Admissions

Executive MBA

Thank you for considering the University of San Francisco for your Executive MBA.

With the exception of the interview, the application process is entirely online. Once you create an account, you can complete the application in a time frame that suits your needs.

Admission Qualifications

  • Bachelors Degree
  • Eight-years professional experience preferred
  • International Applicants: We are unable to admit any F-1-seeking international students to our Executive MBA program as we cannot sponsor student visas for part-time programs.

Application Requirements

Your application will not be reviewed by the Admissions Committee until all requirements are submitted. The following constitutes a completed application.


  • Online Application Form
  • Application Fee
  • Official Transcript(s)
  • Executive Assessment, GMAT, or GRE – waiver available
    • The Executive Assessment (EA)*, Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) and Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are the options of the exams you may take as part of the application requirement. If you would like to request a waiver for the exams please send your LinkedIn profile, resume, and contact details to emba@usfca.edu.

      * Learn more about the difference between Executive Assessment and GMAT/GRE on the Graduate Management Admission Council Customer website.
  • Professional Résumé
  • Two professional letters of recommendation from current or former companies are required
  • Statement of Purpose (500 words). Address the following:
    • What are your short and long-term professional goals?
    • Why do you believe an EMBA will help you achieve these goals?
    • How did you come to decide upon USF for your EMBA?
  • Self Evaluation (500 words). Evaluate the following:<
    • Your leadership and management skills.
    • How you are perceived as a potential leader by your managers, peers, and/or direct reports.
    • Areas upon which you could further develop
  • Interview
  • Employer Agreement for Program Participation
  • Scholarship Statement (Optional) — The USF School of Management offers general merit and special interest scholarships. Review available scholarships and use this essay to explain your eligibility and/or qualifications for one or more of these scholarships.
Fall 2020 Application Deadlines
Round Deadline Decision Release
1 November 15, 2019 December 13, 2019
2 January 15, 2020 February 21, 2020
3 March 16, 2020 April 17, 2020
4* May 15, 2020* June 19, 2020
5 June 15, 2020 July 10, 2020

Application Frequently Asked Questions

How can I determine whether I am eligible for a waiver?

Waivers are offered on a case-by-case basis. The Admissions Committee reviews academic credentials and career progress in order to make this determination. If you are interested, fill out the GMAT / GRE waiver request form.

What is the difference between Executive Assessment and GMAT/GRE?

The Executive Assessment is specifically designed to evaluate the business school readiness of seasoned professionals. The assessment focuses on skills that are critical both at work and in an EMBA program: higher-order reasoning, critical thinking, analysis, and problem-solving. Because it was designed specifically for experienced professionals, it requires modest preparation, takes only 90 minutes to complete, and includes flexible rescheduling options. The test is administered by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), creators of the GMAT® exam. Learn more about the Executive Assessment by visiting the Graduate Management Admission Council website.

Who should I request a letter of reference from?

The USF Executive MBA program requires two letters of recommendation from professional references. A current or former supervisor, manager, or client would be appropriate individuals from whom to request a reference. Do not include a reference from someone who has a clear conflict of interest in doing so, including a subordinate or family member. Here is the Graduate Recommendation Form (PDF).

I was educated outside the US. Do I need to submit a TOEFL/IELTS result?

Applicants who have completed two or more years of study or earned their undergraduate/graduate degree at an institution located in one of the countries listed in the Exempt Countries Table may be waived of the English proficiency requirement.

Applicants from countries where the government requires 11 years of mandatory English instruction may be exempt from providing an English language test score according to the discretion of an individual graduate program.
 
Requests for an English proficiency waiver must be indicated in the online application. Applicants who meet the standards indicated above, please indicate your request in the International Applicant Requirements section of the online application and upload appropriate documents to support the request. The Admissions Committee will review and determine eligibility for waivers upon review of the application in its entirety.
 
Please note: The University reserves the right to request additional English proficiency exams from any applicant based on the entirety of the application review or if the applicant’s proficiency in English should prove inadequate after admission to a program.

What is the Employer Agreement for Program Participation?

The Employer Agreement for Program Participation is a form signed by your employer that acknowledges your EMBA Program takes place once a month on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and supports your participation in the USF EMBA Program.

What do you look for in an EMBA applicant?

Every element of the application is considered by the Admissions Committee when making admissions decisions. Ultimately, the Committee is looking for three things:
  1. ACADEMIC POTENTIAL. The USF EMBA Program is academically rigorous. The Admissions Committee reviews all academic transcripts, standardized test results (GMAT/GRE), professional licenses, and other indicators of academic potential. 
  2. MANAGERIAL POTENTIAL. The resume, statements of purpose and letters of recommendation requirements are designed to provide the Admissions Committee an insight into your ability/potential to successfully manage human, financial, or operational resources. Most successful candidates to the EMBA Program have a minimum of eight years of experience. Every successful candidate has been able to demonstrate to the Admissions Committee how their experiences to date serve as evidence of their future managerial potential.
  3. FIT. Perhaps the most difficult to define but the most critical element of the application review process is determining whether the applicant is a good fit for the EMBA Program and whether USF is a good fit for the applicant. The letters of purpose help shed light on this question. In addition, every applicant is interviewed by the Admissions Committee. Ultimately, the Committee wants to be absolutely confident that every member of the EMBA cohort has something to contribute to the EMBA experience and that the EMBA experience will help every member of the cohort achieve the goals they have set for themselves