​Full-Time MBA Curriculum — FTMBA Courses

From leadership development to integrative problem solving, here's the complete sequence of required courses to complete your MBA.

Full-Time MBA program requirements.

A total of 56 units is required for all Full-Time MBA students. Of these, 34 are from the core courses and 22 from the electives courses.

I. Responsible Leadership Development

GSBA 515 - Leading Multicultural Teams and Organizations
Career and Professional Development Course
Leadership Labs
Required International Experience

II. Business Function Core

GSBA 504 - Marketing for Global Managers
GSBA 505 - Financial Management and Analysis
GSBA 506 - Operations and the Global Supply Chain Management
GSBA 510 - Financial Accounting and Statement Analysis
GSBA 518 - Economics in a Global Environment

III. Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability and Ethics

GSBA 508 - Law, Policy and Ethics in Global Business
GSBA 517 - Sustainable Business Model Innovation and Design
Elective in CSR/Sustainability/Ethics area
Two business related community service activities

IV. Integrative Problem Solving

GSBA 500 - Strategic Thinking and Communication
GSBA 502 - Statistical Decision Making
GSBA 503 - Problem Formulation and Decision Analysis
GSBA 590 - Strategic Execution
GSBA 595 - Business Consulting Project or
GSBA 593 International Consulting Project 

V. Program Electives

You have a wide variety of elective courses to choose from. If you like, you can select a concentration by focusing electives in a particular area of expertise. Two elective units must be taken in the corporate social responsibility area.

You can take up to six elective units from the School of Law or other relevant USD graduate program.

Some electives and core courses may be taken in the study abroad programs sponsored by the Ahlers Center for International Business. These courses may also be taken at one of our partner universities for a semester study abroad experience.


Choose your specialty.

From finance to entrepreneurship, you can specialize your MBA by concentrating your electives in one of seven relevant business fields.