Full-Time MBA Program — 17 or 22 month program

Make leadership your full-time focus.

From camaraderie and connections to career planning and professional development, there are many perks to becoming a USD MBA student. With small class sizes and an intimate cohort format for core classes, you will build lifelong professional and personal relationships with classmates and faculty. Tailor your curriculum by choosing your program length, area of emphasis and international options. Your USD MBA will help you become an agent for change and a respectable, inspiring business leader.

By completing coursework vetted by corporate partners and our comprehensive professional development program, you will acquire the foundational and advanced skills employers look for in MBA-level hires. You will also work on real client projects throughout the MBA program. Conduct a semester-long consulting project for a San Diego company, or an international consulting engagement in which you advise small businesses and organizations in countries as diverse as China, Brazil, Germany, the Dominican Republic and many more.

As you study topics from financial management to strategic marketing, you will also have many opportunities to expand and evolve your skill set. Through workshops, mock interviews, coaching and executive mentors, our MBA career services office provides you with the tools—and essential industry connections—to pursue your goals.

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Professional MBA

This program is designed for working professionals. You can keep your current job responsibilities while learning the same global, ethical and social leadership principles as our full-time MBA students.

International MBA

This 11-month program begins at the University of San Diego’s Madrid Center and continues with two semesters of classes on USD's campus in sunny Southern California. International MBA students can travel to up to five countries in less than a year.

Dual degrees

Do you have other career interests? By pairing your MBA with another degree, you can explore anything from owning your own law practice to forming a nonprofit to pursuing real estate investments.

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