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Message from the Provost

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Dear Prospective Graduate Student:

A graduate education can open doors for professional advancement that will fulfill your passion, develop your skills and improve your economic prospects. A graduate education from the University of San Diego is designed for students who want to take their passion and skills to a higher level. At the University of San Diego, we believe that a student’s passion and skills are best developed by excellent faculty who engage them in rigorous and relevant dialogue and experiences in the classroom and the outside world.

Across all of our graduate programs, award-winning faculty engage our students by teaching and sharing their knowledge and experience. Excellent faculty combine a carefully developed curriculum for students to develop the knowledge, skills and attitude necessary to succeed and make an impact in their chosen profession. A USD education includes the development of ethical conduct and compassionate service reflective of our Catholic identity to further prepare our graduates to meet the challenges of our complex global society.

Classroom experience is reinforced through programs that are tailored to provide hands-on experience within a particular field of study. These experiences range from internships, to fieldwork, to consulting projects, to clinical work. Several graduate programs, including our Leadership Studies and International MBA programs, require international experience for degree completion.

Graduate programs are offered in a wide variety of formats, including full-time and part-time programs (offered in the evening or over weekends), as well as on-ground and online programs.

Students at the University of San Diego receive extensive support, including best-in-class technology, library, dining and career services. The Office of Financial Aid can help you explore options for financing your graduate education. You’ll learn more about our programs throughout this publication.

My best wishes to you in your pursuit of a graduate education.

Andrew T. Allen
Vice President and Provost