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Business Administration - Part-Time, MBA

Experiential Learning

Experiential learning is at the core of USF's MBA Program. We believe in the importance of academic work that can be put into practice outside the classroom, whether at a job interview, in a summer internship or with a client-facing project.

USF puts you close proximity to the biggest companies in the Bay Area giving you unparalleled opportunities to gain real-world experience in a new role. You will network with organizations across different industries, and build strong relationships with prospective employers.

We've designed our Part-Time MBA to emphasize experiential learning through a few key Program components.

Swimming in the Shark Tank

Business students pitch startup ideas to angel investors — over Zoom

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With a family of five, a demanding job and multiple commitments, the USF Part-Time MBA program created a space that still allowed for critical knowledge to be gained. It is a comprehensive program and has given me a holistic understanding of business; making me a more impactful business partner."

Scott Hernandez MBA ’18 Principal Executive Recruiter, Amazon

Innovation Project

The Innovation Project is part of every MBA students' experience. As a part-time student, you'll conduct your Innovation Project during the fall of the second year, either independently or with a small cohort. Each student's project plan is submitted to and approved by the faculty board. The Innovation Project carries 2 credits and is a graded component of the program.

Innovation Project Objectives

  • Choosing a project that carries relevance and value for your career plans
    The Innovation Project will demonstrate the application of concepts learned in the MBA Program, as well as a clear connection between your work as a student and your professional field of interest.
  • Think strategically and work creatively
    Whether electing to work alone or with a small group, your project should show creative applications of what you've learned in the classroom to come up with innovative solutions for your client.
  • Gain influential references from the company – and the people- with whom you work
    Plan for post-graduation success with recommenders who worked with you and experienced for themselves how you contribute to a team.
  • Share your unique experience with other students
    During USF's annual Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation Week (SEIW), students publicly present the outcomes and takeaways through a comprehensive report on their Innovation Project. The SEIW is held each spring.

Malloy Group for Organization Science Consulting

For students interested in consulting, the Malloy Group provides a valuable consulting experience by connecting students with the Bay Area’s most notable startups, from early to late-stage, on real-world projects.

Whether you're interested in application software, healthcare, SaaS, consumer products, or retail industries, the Malloy Group has a successful history of collaborating with the most innovative and cutting-edge companies.

And when it comes to preparing for success for after you graduate, the Malloy Group plays a key part in setting your resume apart from the rest, and in demonstrating you as an experienced professional who can make invaluable contributions to today's dynamic workplace.