Curriculum Overview

Full-Time MBA

At USF, you'll have the unique benefits of a career-focused education, offering instruction, course selection, and specialized work experience that align with your professional goals, as well as unparalleled proximity to Bay Area networking, helping you form connections with international organizations, intern in virtually any industry, and gain first-hand experience with prospective employers.

Two-year Full-Time MBA program

Most students have one primary consideration when applying to MBA programs. How will earning my MBA with University of San Francisco increase my opportunities for career success?  

What's Different About the USF Two-Year Curriculum?

  • Career Accelerator Platform
    Full-time students select one of three Career Accelerator Platforms that align with your professional goals—Human Factors of Business Performance, Business Finance, and Customer Success Management. Your Platform shapes your coursework and recommends industry-specific lecture series, as well as connects you with USF alumni working in relevant fields of interest, and prepares you for interview environments specific to your trajectory. You'll begin advancing your career as soon as you become a student. 
  • Innovation Project
    Gain valuable work experience at a company you choose, like a local nonprofit, large corporation, or community organization. You'll build relationships and references through your innovation project, as well as present your work to your peers in the spring of year two. 
  • Personal Advisory Board
    Each student has a personal advisory board consisting of at least one assigned peer, as well as a non-USF advisor, such as a former boss or mentor. You can invite as many advisors to serve on your board as you wish. Your Board encourages you to seek advice from trusted confidants, reflect on your goals and progress, and form meaningful relationships to last beyond your time in the program. 
  • Management Exercises: A cornerstone of Jesuit tradition is a reflection of one's social impact and our ability to create social equity. Our management exercises are designed to encourage time with your Personal Advisory Board to reflect on yourself, on colleagues and classmates, on the client or organization you've worked with, and on how you can positively serve society at large. 

Two-Year MBA Curriculum Summary 


YEAR 1

Fall Semester includes core courses to cover business fundamentals, such as accounting, finance, marketing, data analysis, ethics, economics, and leadership. You'll also explore your options for choosing one of three Career Accelerator Platforms, and select the members of your Personal Advisory Board.

Spring Semester is when you choose your Career Accelerator Platform, select three elective courses within this Platform, and take two more of your core curriculum studies.

Summer Study is the ideal time to pursue a summer internship and connect with potential employers. You can also gain first-hand consulting experience through the Malloy Group for Organizational Science Consulting, conduct an independent project to strengthen your career skill set, or pursue coursework across disciplines with electives courses.

YEAR 2 

Fall Semester gives you plenty of opportunities to take electives within your Career Accelerator Platform, or perhaps re-evaluate your path and select alternative elective courses outside your Platform. You'll also determine your innovation project and select the company you'll work with throughout the semester. 

Spring Semester culminates your work in the program, as you meet with your personal advisory board, present your innovation project to your classmates, view other students' work, and reflect on your experience as a whole.

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