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School of Business Administration


David Pyke, PhD, DEAN
Stephen Standifird, PhD, ASSOCIATE DEAN

Undergraduate Programs

Thomas M Dalton, PhD, CPA, DIRECTOR

Graduate Programs

Master of Business Administration
Master of International Business Administration

Manzur Rahman, PhD, JD, DIRECTOR
Master of Science in Accountancy
Diane D. Pattison, PhD, DIRECTOR
Master of Science in Executive Leadership
Master of Science in Global Leadership
Robert P. Schoultz, MBA, DIRECTOR
Master of Science in Real Estate
Master of Science in Supply Chain Management
Master of Science in Taxation
Diane D. Pattison, PhD, DIRECTOR

Centers, Institutes, and Programs

Accountancy Institute
Diane D. Pattison, PhD, DIRECTOR
Ahlers Center for International Business
Denise Dimon, PhD, DIRECTOR
Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate
Supply Chain Management Institute
Responsible Enterprise Initiative
Patricia Marquez, PhD, ACADEMIC DIRECTOR


Andrew T. Allen, PhD
Jean-Pierre Amor, PhD
Craig B. Barkacs, MBA, JD
Linda Barkacs, JD
Kenneth Bates, PhD
Tara Ceranic, PhD
Stephen J. Conroy, PhD
Curtis W. Cook, DBA
N. Ellen Cook, PhD
Thomas Copeland, PhD
Simon Croom, PhD, FCIPS
Richard Custin, JD, LLM
Thomas M. Dalton, PhD, CPA
John Demas, MBA, JD
Shreesh D. Deshpande, PhD
Denise Dimon, PhD
Kokila P. Doshi, PhD
Kristine Ehrich, PhD
Seth R. Ellis, PhD
Joey Gabaldon, MBA
Alan Gin, PhD
John D. Hanson, PhD
Donald L. Helmich, PhD
Judith A. Hora, PhD
Johanna Steggert Hunsaker, PhD
Phillip L. Hunsaker, DBA
Robert R. Johnson, PhD
Mark Thomas Judd, MIB, CPA
Timothy P. Kelley, PhD, CPA
Maria Kniazeva, PhD
Marc Lampe, MBA, JD
C. David Light, PhD
Barbara Lougee, PhD
Alyson Ma, PhD
Loren L. Margheim, PhD, CPA
Patricia Marquez, PhD
Robin McCoy, PhD, MBA
Ryan McKeon, PhD
Norm Miller, PhD
Thomas O. Morris, PhD
Andrew J. Narwold, PhD
Cynthia Nitsch, MA
Joan Passovoy, MBA
Diane D. Pattison, PhD
Cynthia Pavett, PhD
Johan Perols, PhD
James T. Perry, PhD
Jillian Phillips, PhD
Mario J. Picconi, PhD
David Pyke, PhD
Manzur Rahman, PhD, JD
Ryan Ratcliff, PhD
Eugene J. Rathswohl, PhD
Carl M. Rebman Jr., PhD
Mark J. Riedy, PhD
Daniel A. Rivetti, DBA
Miles Romney, MAFM
Miriam Rothman, PhD
Vivek Sah, PhD
Jonathan Sandy, PhD
Helder Sebastiao, PhD
James K. Smith, LLM, PhD, JD, CPA
Tyagarajan N. Somasundaram, PhD
Stephen Standifird, PhD
Steven W. Sumner, PhD
Marko Sventina, PhD
Charles J. Teplitz, DBA
Charles Tu, PhD
Vicente Vargas, PhD
Gary G. Whitney, PhD
Barbara E. Withers, PhD
Dirk S. Yandell, PhD
Carsten Zimmermann, PhD
Dennis P. Zocco, PhD

Engineering Programs
Kathleen A. Kramer, PhD, DIRECTOR
Electrical Engineering Program
Susan M. Lord , PhD, COORDINATOR
Ernest M. Kim, PhD, PE
Kathleen A. Kramer, PhD
Mikaya L. D. Lumori, PhD
Michael S. Morse, PhD, JD
Thomas F. Schubert, Jr., PhD, PE
Industrial and Systems Engineering Program
Leonard A. Perry, PhD, COORDINATOR
Bradley Chase, PhD, MPH, CPE
Truc Ngo, PhD
Rick T. Olson, PhD
Mechanical Engineering Program
Frank G. Jacobitz, PhD
James G. Kohl, PhD
David M. Malicky, PhD
Matthew T. McGarry, PhD

Paralegal Studies Certificate Program
Susan M. Sullivan, MA, DIRECTOR

The School of Business Administration

The School of Business Administration is committed to developing socially responsible leaders with a global outlook through academically rigorous, relevant, and values-based education and research.

The major goal of professional undergraduate business education in the School of Business Administration is to prepare students with an educational foundation for effective and responsible administrative and managerial leadership in both private and public organizations or related professional activities. This goal implies educating persons to be responsible adults in all aspects of their lives in an era of dynamic change. It implies that we aim to educate persons as highly competent professionals who strive for the achievement of the highest values and goals.

The basic orientation of the School is professional, and this dictates a three-part curriculum. The first and most important part is the core curriculum, USD’s general education program. An effective leader and professional in this era of change and challenge must be a liberally educated person. It is necessary that our students learn the indispensable competencies of written literacy, mathematical competency, and critical reasoning. Furthermore, it is our objective to help students develop their own internalized value systems and appreciate the diversity of human experience. We believe that a liberal education is a necessary part of a professional education, and we have structured a curriculum that recognizes this as preparation for life.

The second part of the curriculum is the common-body-of-knowledge, those business courses required of all School of Business Administration graduates. This business core provides the foundation for a career as a manager or as a business-related professional. It provides the student with an understanding of the interaction between the firm and its environment, and an overall view of policy-making in an organization. This business core, combined with the quantitative and philosophy courses, is designed to help our students become professionals with highly analytical minds.

The third section of the curriculum provides the student an opportunity to specialize and prepare for an entry-level position in the first years of a career. These areas include majors in accounting, business administration, business economics, economics, finance, international business, marketing, and real estate. The goal of this portion of the curriculum is to provide the student with the understanding necessary for the development of personal potential early in one’s career.

Our goal is to graduate self-motivated persons who will be able to absorb and use an ever growing body of knowledge and changing technology, and to serve humankind in an ethical manner. The school, therefore, stresses values and the process of learning.

Advisory Boards and Committees

A number of advisory boards and committees have been established to assist various programs within the School of Business Administration in the following areas:

  1. Developing and promoting relations between the USD School of Business Administration and the business, not-for-profit, and government communities.

  2. Providing counsel and advice on existing and contemplated programs of the School of Business Administration.

  3. Serving as liaisons between the USD School of Business Administration and the San Diego community, the state, and national sectors.

  4. Advising the dean and the faculty on matters dealing with business programs, curricula, and activities.

  5. Assisting in seeking sources of support for School of Business Administration programs and facilities.

  6. Improving and facilitating recruiting and placement of graduates and alumni.

  7. Advising the USD School of Business Administration on ways and means of effective utilization of human and physical resources in business research projects and programs.

School of Business Administration Board of Advisors

Dr. Marjorie Blanchard, The Ken Blanchard Companies
Mr. Robert Bruning, Ernst & Young, LLP
Mr. Mailin Burnham, The Burnham Foundation
Mr. Tres Conrique, Rancho Santa Fe Technologies
Dr. Thomas Cooper, Aperture Venture Partners
Mr. Chris Crane
Mr. Michael Gallegos, American Property Management Corp.
Mr. Ash Israni, Pacifica Companies
Mr. John Kontopuls, Elite Show Services, Inc.
Mr. Kenneth Koo, Tai Chong Cheang Group
Mr. Andy Laats, Nixon Inc
Mr. Michael Mack, Garden Fresh Restaurant Corp
Mr. Robert J. Mac Kay, PepsiCo, Inc.
Mr. Luis Maizel, LM Advisors, Inc.
Mr. Henry L. Nordhoff, Gen-Probe, Inc.
Mr. Garry O. Ridge, WD-40 Company
Mr. Paul F. Rodeno, Security Business Bank of San Diego
Ms. Maureen Partynski, Dynamic Community Bank Advisors
Dr. David F. Pyke, University of San Diego
Mr. Brian Sagi, Cerian Technology Ventures, LLC
Ms. Susan Snow, TTTech North America
Ms. Janean Stripe, Raymond J. Lucia Companies Inc.
Mr. Thomas Yang, Callaway Golf

Accountancy Programs Executive Board
Mr. Steve Embry, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP
Mr. Robert Bruning, Ernst & Young, LLP
Mr. Joseph Dowds, Deloitte & Touche, LLP
Mr. John Driscoll, General Atomics
Mr. Russ Slaughter, KPMG

Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate, Commercial Real Estate Committee
Chair: Mr. Charles Abdi, Finest City Realty Advisors
Mr. Robert F. Anselmo, The Corky McMillin Companies
Mr. Ron R. Bamberger, Boardwalk Development
Mr. Robert D. Bell, Esq., Luce Forward Hamilton & Scripps LLP
Mr. Thomas G. Blake, Coast Income Properties Inc.
Mr. Robert G. Bohrer, H.G. Fenton Company
Ms. Deborah A. Bossmeyer, Stewart Title of California
Mr. Dan T. Broderick, Eastdil Secured
Mr. Richard A. Caterina, Johnson Capital Group Inc.
Mr. David F. Davis, D.F. Davis Real Estate Inc.
Mr. Michael E. Dullea, Old Republic Title
Mr. Curtis Gabhart, ACI Apartments
Mr. Nick A. Hamilton, Red Capital Group
Mr. Mark Hoekstra, Heritage Real Estate Advisors Inc.
Mr. Kurt J. Huppert, U.S. Bank Commercial Real Estate
Mr. Pasquale Ioele, StepStone Real Estate Services Inc.
Mr. Jerry H. Jacquét, Meissner Jacquét Investment Management Services
Ms. Debbie Leonard, Old Republic Title
Mr. Mark T. McGovern, CBRE/Melody
Mr. Russ Merrill, The Merrill Group
Mr. Nathan L. Moeder, The London Group Realty Advisors Inc.
Mr. John C. Mulvihill, Pacific Life Insurance
Mr. James E. Munson, Esq., Consultant
Mr. John S. Pagliuso, Wells Fargo Bank
Mr. Christopher J. Pasquale, CB Richard Ellis Inc.
Mr. Daniel J. Phelan, Pacific Southwest Realty Services
Mr. R. Andrew Pollin, Pacifica Companies
Ms. Randi S. Rosen, KPMG LLP
Ms. Renee M. Savage, Capital Growth Properties Inc.
Mr. Roger Simsiman, Rho Advisory Group
Ms. Lori E. Smith, Bank of America
Mr. Jeffrey R. Stoke, Esq., Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch
Mr. Michael D. Verbeck, Ernst & Young LLP
Ms. Joyce L. Welch, Deloitte Tax LLP
Mr. John P. Wickenhiser, Wells Fargo Bank
Mr. Kent R. Williams, Marcus & Millichap
Mr. Christopher F. Wood, Monro Capital Inc.
Mr. Donald S. Zech, CDC Commercial Inc.

Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate, Executive Committee
Chair: Mr. Sherman D. Harmer, Jr., Urban Housing Partners, Inc.
Ms. Barbara R. Cambon, Snowcreek Management Co.
Ms. Gina Champion-Cain, American National Investments Inc.
Mr. Dennis S. Cruzan, Cruzan/Monroe Investments
Ms. Julie Dillon, Dillon Development Inc.
Dr. Douglas G. Duncan, Fannie Mae
Mr. Mitchell P. Ellner, Retired Partner, Ernst & Young LLP
Mr. J. Bradley Forrester, ConAm Group of Companies
Mr. Bradley A. Geier, Merlone Geier Partners
Mr. James T. Gianulis, The Pacific Companies
Mr. Ian M. Gill, Highland Partnership Inc.
Mr. Mark Gleiberman, MG Properties Group
Mr. R. Kent Griffin, BioMed Realty Trust Inc.
Mr. Timothy P. Haidinger, Haidinger Properties
Mr. Peter J. Hall, Realty Advisory Services
Mr. Keith A. Johnson, Fieldstone Communities Inc.
Mr. Stath J. Karras, Cushman & Wakefield
Mr. Donald E. Lange, Pacific Financial Services
Ms. Mary Ann McGarry, Guild Mortgage Co.
Mr. Robert M. McGill, Neighborhood Bancorp
Mr. Daniel F. Mulvihill, Pacific Southwest Realty Services
Mr. Steven G. Osgood, Square Foot Companies LLC
Mr. Jeffrey L. Reed, Wells Fargo Bank
Mr. Matthew J. Reno, Reno Contracting Inc.
Mr. Joseph R. Reppert, First American Real Estate Information Services
Mr. Michael S. Robb, Pacific Life
Mr. John M. Robbins, Consultant
Mr. Thomas W. Sudberry, Jr., Sudberry Properties Inc.
Mr. Stuart A. Tanz, Retail Opportunity Investment Co.
Mr. Herbert B. Tasker, Mason-Duffie Mortgage Corp.
Mr. Joseph B. Tyson, Cisterra Capital
Mr. Douglas P. Wilson, Douglas Wilson Companies
Mr. Alex F. Zikakis, Capstone Advisors

Ex Officio Members
Dr. Stephen Standifird, University of San Diego
Mr. Charles Abdi, Finest City Realty Advisors
Mr. Joseph C. Anfuso, Florsheim Homes
Ms. Ann M. Bruce, Cruzan/Monroe Investments
Mr. William T. Ostrem, Black Mountain Ranch LLC
Mr. Christopher J. Pascale, CB Richard Ellis

Emeritus Members
Mr. Malin Burnham, Burnham Foundation
Dr. Author E. Hughes, USD President Emeritus
Mr. William D. Jones, CityLink Investment Corp.
Mr. John C. Kratzer, JMI Realty Inc.

Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate, Residential Real Estate Committee
Chair: Mr. Joseph Anfuso, Florsheim Homes
Mr. Steven C. Atwood, National Residential Mortgage
Mr. Paul Barnes, Shea Homes San Diego
Mr. Daniel Berkus, Paragon Management Company LLC
Mr. Lynn Borkenhagen, Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP
Mr. Anthony Botte, Hearthstone Advisors
Mr. Robert C. Cummings, Barratt American Homes
Mr. Lionel R. Deschamps, KPMG LLP
Mr. Michael E. Dullea, Old Republic Title
Mr. Mike Fake, Residential Pacific Mortgage
Mr. Joseph M. Galascione, ERA Metro Realty
Mr. Daniel Golovoto, Equity Residential
Mr. Joseph S. Greenblatt, Sunrise Management
Mr. Robert S. Griswold, Griswold Real Estate Management Inc.
Ms. Tammy Harpster, Phoenix Realty Group
Mr. Stephen H. Hinckley, MG Properties Group
Mr. Horace Hogan II, The Brehm Communities
Mr. Jamo Kennedy, 3G Development Inc.
Mr. Ken Manqueros, Stearns Lending, Inc.
Ms. Dianne McMillan, North San Diego County Association of Realtors
Mr. Michael T. Mercurio, Esq., San Diego Association of Realtors
Mr. Mark A. Mozilo, CalCap Advisors Inc.
Mr. Andrew D. Murphy, American Property Enterprises
Mr. Michael Nagy, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce
Mr. Alan N. Nevin, MarketPointe Realty Advisors
Mr. William Ostrem, Black Mountain Ranch LLC
Ms. Laura Pephens, Pephens & Co. Inc.
Mr. Robert Pinnegar, San Diego County Apartment Association
Mr. Lorne R. Polger, Esq., Procopio Cory Hargreaves & Savich
Mr. Francis X. Riley, San Diego HUD Office
Mr. James J. Schmid, Esq., Chelsea Investment Corp.
Mr. Tom Scott, San Diego Housing Federation
Mr. Rick A. Snyder, R.A. Snyder Properties Inc.
Mr. Gregory M. Shields, Project Design Consultants
Mr. Brad Wiblin, Bridge Housing Corp.
Mr. Borre Winckel, Building Industry Association of San Diego

Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate, Young Entrepreneurs Council
Chair: Ms. Ann Bruce, Cruzan/Monroe Investments
Vice Chair: Ms. Emma Ricci, Ernst & Young LLP
Mr. Daniel T. Broderick, Eastdil Secured
Mr. Matthew T. Carlson, Cushman & Wakefield
Mr. Brian Gates, H.G. Fenton Co.
Mr. Fernando R. Landa, Hecht Solberg Robinson Goldberg & Bagley
Mr. Alvin Mansour, Marcus & Millichap
Ms. Kelly Souza, Wells Fargo Bank
Mr. Justin Suiter, Pasco Laret Suiter & Associates

Supply Chain Management Institute Advisory Board
Mr. Scott Beth, Intuit, Inc.
Mr. John Cotter, OptumHealth
Dr. Simon Croom, University of San Diego
Ms. Carrie Ericson, AT Kearney Procurement & Analytic Solutions
Ms. Dawn Evans, Sourcing Interests Group
Mr. Michael Forbes, Northrop Grumman Corporation
Mr. William Forbes, Raytheon Company
Mr. Reg Holden, PETCO Animal Supplies
Mr. Rey Huerta, Enterprise Logistics Solutions
Mr. Mark Mealy, YRC Logistics
Mr. Angel Mendez, Cisco
Mr. Robert Mionis, StandardAero
Mr. Jim Meyers, Southern California Edison
Mr. R. David Nelson, The Dave Nelson Group
Mr. Paul Novak, Institute for Supply Management
Mr. Tom Olesen
Mr. Mark Palamar, Qualcomm
Ms. Jane Ryskamp, Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Mr. Peter Taylor, Solar Turbines, A Caterpillar Company
Ms. Maria Thompson, Agile Sourcing Partners, Inc.
Mr. Patrick Wade, WD-40 Compay

Centers, Institutes, and Programs

John Ahlers Center for International Business

The John M. Ahlers Center for International Business was founded in 1994 with a generous endowment from the estate of John and Carolyn Ahlers to enhance international business education at USD. Given a lifetime of international business and service, the Ahlers believed that globalization had increased the need for managers to be developed with special skills and knowledge to handle the challenges and opportunities of an international marketplace. The Ahlers Center provides a number of programs to strengthen and acquire this needed expertise among the faculty, students, and the business community. These programs have resulted in faculty with international expertise who offer a variety of international courses and perspectives, and students who are interested and experienced in international business. These activities link faculty, students and international business leaders to share ideas and develop knowledge to operate more effectively in a global business environment.

The Ahlers Center, along with the International Center at USD, develops and coordinates study abroad programs during Intersession and Summer Sessions. These programs allow business students the opportunity, over a relatively short time period, to have a study abroad business-oriented experience. In addition to study abroad opportunities, the Ahlers Center annually sponsors International Executives-in-Residence, bringing business leaders to campus and the classroom. The Ahlers Center also invites distinguished international business faculty for special guest lectures or to offer courses as visiting faculty at USD.

All of these activities, and others, have created a Center of Excellence in International Business at USD that permeates throughout the curriculum and into a variety of programs.

Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate

As a Center of Excellence within USD’s School of Business Administration, the Burnham-Moores Center’s mission is to deliver outstanding education, industry outreach, career services and cutting-edge research to advance socially responsible leadership in real estate.

The Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate provides course offerings to real estate professionals at all levels of career development through various academic programs. World-class faculty, coupled with an extensive network of industry contacts, provide students with a one-of-a-kind educational experience that positions them for success.

Each year, the Center brings together over 2,000 industry and civic professionals through numerous conferences. Flagship events include an Annual Real Estate Conference, a Residential Real Estate Conference and a distinguished lecture series, Breakfast at the BMC, which features top industry professionals.

The Burnham-Moores Center has unparalleled connections with the San Diego real estate community and beyond. Each year, more than 100 industry professionals serve as guest lecturers in undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education courses. Four Policy Advisory Board committees, made up of over 100 real estate professionals, provide invaluable services to students through internships, mentorships and job opportunities.

The Real Estate Society provides extracurricular activities for current students interested in real estate, including monthly programs on topics such as redevelopment and sustainable real estate and monthly field trips to unique real estate development projects. A real estate alumni association continues the lifelong relationships begun at USD and nurtured thereafter.

Undergraduate students can choose real estate as either a major or a minor. For additional information about the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate and its offerings, please go to

Accountancy Institute

The Accountancy Institute was created to serve the educational and professional needs of the San Diego accounting community. The institute offers a variety of personalized educational opportunities including the tax boot camp, a certificate in financial planning, and other continuing professional education programs.

These, as well as other networking and personal growth opportunities, are available to our current students, our alumni, and other San Diego professionals from the accounting community. The University of San Diego Accountancy Institute’s commitment to personalized leadership and ethics continues through our variety of professional opportunities offered by our faculty.

Supply Chain Management Institute

SCMI has helped to professionalize and shape the industry by providing supply chain management education to undergraduate, graduate and executive students for more than 25 years. The Institute provides students with purposeful opportunities to learn from leading practitioners in supply chain management through facility tours, guest speakers, interactive workshops and executive education. SCMI also assists students and alumni with career placement through its annual job fair and year-round access to leading corporations with opportunities for both internships and long-term placement. The student division of the Institute, the Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA), along with the alumni division, the Supply Chain Management Alumni Association (SCMA2) also organizes opportunities for interaction with industry and professional organizations.

Undergraduate students, including those outside the SBA degree programs, have the opportunity to choose supply chain management as a minor. Nine units of supply chain management courses are required as part of the 18 unit overall requirement. Graduate students may choose from obtaining an MBA with an emphasis in supply chain management or a Master of Science in Supply Chain Management (MS-SCM). The MS-SCM degree is the first and only master’s degree to receive approval by the prestigious Institute for Supply Management (ISM), the largest supply management association in the world. The MS-SCM degree is also the only U.S. degree accredited by the Chartered Institute for Purchasing and Supply (CIPS).

Responsible Enterprise Initiative

The mission of the Responsible Enterprise Initiative (REI) is to prepare new generations of “change makers” building a sustainable world through innovative thinking and action, integrating business principles and effective management with unique ideas for peace building and poverty alleviation. A collaborative effort between the School of Business Administration and the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, REI assists in creating new enterprise paradigms and solutions, especially in unstable, volatile locations in the world.

School of Business Administration Requirements

Students become eligible for upper-division School of Business Administration courses with the approval of the School of Business Administration Advising Center and upon completion of:

  1. 60 units
  2. the business major orientation program
  3. Math 130 or 150 with a grade of C– or better.

As a degree requirement, all School of Business Administration majors must successfully complete the Professional Development Passport Program administered through the undergraduate programs office. To complete the passport program successfully a student must attend a series of pre-approved professional development events while a USD business major.