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MBA Program

The Mission of the USF MBA programs is to promote disciplined analysis as a catalyst to positive change in business practice. Our integrated curriculum, practitioner-focused concentrations, and pragmatic learning opportunities with Bay Area business enables our graduates to build more productive and compassionate organizations. 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.

Today, organizations throughout the world face unprecedented levels of complex operational challenges. Expanding global economies, rapidly changing technologies, and increasing concern for ethical business conduct are critical issues to which private, public, and not-for-profit organizations must respond. Effective handling of complex issues requires managers who are both broadly-experienced and visionary.

USF’s Master of Business Administration develops the analytical, practical, and interpersonal skills managers need to make crucial decisions in an increasingly complex business environment. The MBA is an advanced professional degree designed to prepare students for a versatile and challenging management career.


The MBA program at the University of San Francisco blends the experience and expertise of our innovative faculty with the Jesuit tradition of educating students to be leaders in business. Our commitment is to prepare MBA students for high-level management careers in an increasingly global business environment.

In addition to training in the traditional functional skill areas, our curriculum highlights themes that are an integral part of every course in the curriculum:

  1. Apply theory to solve practical problems, 
  2. Measure, analyze and interpret all aspects of the business environment, 
  3. Integrate legal, ethical and social concerns into business decisions, 
  4. Possess effective leadership and communication skills & strategies, 
  5. Formulate strategic visions and plans, and 
  6. Understand and harness innovation and disruptive change in business.

The themes and skill areas have been clearly identified by employers as differentiators in their recruitment practices and critical to success in today’s business environment. Our innovative curriculum will give the USF MBA student a distinctive advantage in their professional career.

The University of San Francisco's strategic location in one of the world's leading international business centers provides the classroom within which our students develop management expertise. Our internationalized curriculum, which blends theory and application, provides students with the analytical skills and practical experience for dealing with complex organizational issues. Our international student body, which represents 80 countries worldwide, brings to the classroom an appreciation of business perspectives and cultural approaches matched by few business schools nationwide.
The MBA program is designed on an interactive model to facilitate strong relationships between students and faculty. Individualized attention from faculty, who bring industry and consulting experience to their classrooms, provides a personalized approach to management education. Our faculty, whose primary commitment is to teaching, work closely with students to enhance the depth, breadth, and flexibility of the MBA program. USF faculty understand the changing needs of business and provide their students with experience and curriculum that reflect these changing needs.
The USF MBA program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).

Program of Studies

Students who entered the Full-Time MBA and Part-Time MBA programs prior to August 2012 must complete a curriculum that consists of these components:

  • MBA Core Courses (28 credits required)
  • MBA Elective Courses (28 credits)

In 2012, the MBA curriculum was revised based on extensive student and faculty input to provide more in-depth exposure to the core business skills. Students who entered the Full-Time MBA and Part-Time MBA programs in August 2012 must complete a curriculum that consists of three components:

  • MBA Core Courses (34 credits required)
  • Business Communications proficiency (1-2 units)
  • MBA Elective Courses (20-21 credits depending on Business Communications proficiency)

Students who enter the Full-Time MBA and Part-Time MBA programs August 2013 or after must complete the curriculum that consists of these components:

  • MBA Core Courses (34 credits required)
  • Business Communications proficiency (2-3 units)
    Students are expected to complete Business Writing Foundations but have the opportunity to take a writing assessment to waive out of the course. All students will complete Business Presentation Foundations and two modules of Advanced Topics in Business Communications.
  • MBA Elective Courses (19-20 credits depending on Business Communications proficiency).

The Full-Time MBA program can be completed in two years, and the Part-Time MBA program can be completed in less than three years.

The One-Year MBA consists of these components:

  • MBA Core Courses (18 credits) and
  • MBA Elective Courses (24 credits).

A student enrolled in an MBA program must complete the requirements within a five-year period.

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.

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.

Full-Time and Part-Time MBA Core Courses

Entry August 2012 onward (Primarily 4 unit courses) 

Academic Probation

Any graduate student whose cumulative grade point average falls below 3.0 will be placed on academic probation. Students on academic probation who fail to raise their cumulative grade point average to 3.0 by the time they have completed the next six (6) semester hours of graduate work are subject to disqualification from the program. Students whose cumulative average falls below 2.5 in any one semester are also subject to disqualification unless otherwise noted by the specific school or college.

Dean's List

Those individuals who have demonstrated excellence in their MBA course work are acknowledged by their placement on the Dean's List. This designation receives permanent record on transcripts. Those students with current and cumulative GPAs of 3.7, who have completed at least eight credits in the graduate program at the University of San Francisco, and are members of the top 10% of all MBA students are eligible for the Dean's List. Additional policies and rules for graduate students are listed under Graduate Regulations.

Beta Gamma Sigma

Beta Gamma Sigma is a national honor society whose membership is selected from business or management programs of schools that are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is one of the highest academic recognitions a student can receive. To be eligible for membership, an MBA student must rank in the top 20% of the two (December, and May) annual graduating classes of the Program.