MBA students in all three programs are active participants in student government and clubs supported by the School of Business faculty and staff. Many students also take advantage of all-campus and graduate student clubs bringing together students from across disciplines and interests in social and learning opportunities. USD has much to offer for those interested in an active student life outside the classroom – some of the most popular organizations are highlighted below.
Graduate Business Student Association (GBSA)
The GBSA is a student organization that promotes professional development, provides networking opportunities and acts as representation for graduate business students at monthly university-wide council meetings. The GBSA also acts as a forum for students to address concerns that affect all graduate business students. Guest speaker lectures, alumni and other networking opportunities are also provided through regularly scheduled formal and informal social gatherings through the GBSA.
The USD Entrepreneurship Club is committed to bringing together students, entrepreneurs, alumni, and faculty with the hopes of building relationships and fostering an interactive learning environment to explore the world of entrepreneurship.
Net Impact is a global membership organization of students and professionals using business to improve the world. It connects members with forward-thinking leaders to create positive social and environmental change through business.
The Healthcare Club provides a forum for students to meet and discuss current issues in the healthcare industries, such as the complex challenge of delivering accessible, efficient, equitable, and effective healthcare that is both sustainable and respectful of human life. The club also hosts guest speakers and expert panel discussions, providing opportunities for students to network with and learn from healthcare professionals.
Women in Business
The USD WMBA (Women & the MBA) club is committed to supporting the professional and personal development of Torero Women. We are a dynamic force of women who strive to celebrate and advance social transformation through business. We are committed to: Safe, strong, supportive, empowering community; professional development; volunteerism/community involvement.
Center for Peace and Commerce
The CPC is a collaborative effort between the School of Business Administration and the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies to prepare new generations of "change agents" who develop and exercise innovative approaches for achieving the 4 Ps– people, profit, planet and peace. Students can get involved by becoming members of the CPC Advisory Council, or simply by participating in networking, academic, and service events, including the Social Innovation Challenge.
Grad/Law Intramurals and Campus Recreation
An opportunity for “fun, sportsmanship, and fellowship,” intramurals of particular interest to current MBA students include volleyball, basketball, and dodge ball. Recreation facilities including a fitness center, pools, and tennis courts are on campus for independent fitness training, while diverse classes are available on- and off-campus including rock climbing, kayaking, yoga, dance, martial arts, and surfing.
The Grad/Law Commons is the hub for graduate student life, and is the home of many activities and programs, the Graduate Student Council, and a dedicated staff.
MBA students often participate in service beyond that required in the curriculum. USD’s Community Service Learning and University Ministry offices host volunteer opportunities in the San Diego and Tijuana communities and social justice activities. Of special interest to MBA students is the San Diego Microenterprise Project.