The Program Experience
USF MBA students, Taylor and Johnny, discuss their favorite program experiences.
At USF, you earn an MBA where business happens. You’ll receive a career-focused education that offers intimate instruction and specialized work experience to align with your professional goals. Just as importantly, unparalleled proximity to all Bay Area industries — finance, technology, nonprofit, to name just a few — provides networking opportunities you’ll find nowhere else. You’ll be able to form connections with professionals from international organizations and corporations, participate in multiple internships and gain broad experience across industries, and benefit from face-to-face meetings with prospective employers.
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.
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.