USF offers a dual degree in Asia Pacific Studies and the Master of Business Administration. The MAPS/MBA program is a 70-unit program that awards candidates both an
MBA and an MA in Asia Pacific Studies. The degree can be completed in
as little as three years. This 70-unit program offers a savings of tuition (16 fewer units — a savings of $18,590 at 2013-2014 rates) and time for the two degrees. Candidates must apply, and be admitted, to each program separately. A student can indicate in her or his "Statement of Purpose" that they are applying to both of these programs for the dual degree.
The MAPS/MBA program consists of the following components:
- Asia Pacific Studies Seminar courses — 24 units
- Asia Pacific Language courses or other "Flexible Options" — 4 units (8 units of language are substituted by 8 MBA elective units)
- MBA Core courses — 38 units
- MBA Elective courses — 4 units (8 units of MBA elective units are substituted by 8 units of MAPS seminars (Politics and Economics/Political Economy)
MBA and MAPS courses are offered during the evening on a year-round basis. MBA courses are also offered during the day and in the summer. This schedule allows students the flexibility to pursue the concurrent degree while working or studying full-time.
Students enrolled in the MAPS/MBA Concurrent Degree Program take advantage of all the unique features of the MAPS program, including the MAPS Professional Development Program, approved internships, and the 'Flexible MAPS' options. In addition, they have at their disposal the considerable professional advantages offered by the USF MBA Program's Consulting Group, Graduate Business Association, and the MBA Alumni Society.
Offered by the USF School of Management, the University's MBA Program is rigorous and intellectually challenging, providing the analytical, functional, interpersonal, and communication skills essential to success in the international marketplace. The Program's five integrative themes - communication skills, leadership dynamics, creative problem-solving, global perspectives, and ethical perspectives — are designed to develop managers who are broadly experienced and capable of meeting the demands of the new global business environment.