About the University of San Diego School of Business

Founded in 1972 with the visionary belief that global partnerships were the key to the future of business, the USD School of Business is dedicated to creating a learning environment that includes entrepreneurship and innovation, global business, ethical leadership, and business analytics.

The University of San Diego School of Business is now home to more than 1,800 students every year and offers nine majors, 13 minors, eight specialty master’s programs and two MBA programs. The school also houses five centers of excellence that enhance the student experience and build practitioner relationships with the business community. Currently, seventy-one percent of undergraduate business students have international experiences, 100% of MBA students study abroad, and the USD School of Business graduate students spend an average of 17 days overseas during their coursework

The USD School of Business is internationally recognized and enjoys top rankings, both locally and globally:

  • In 2018, Financial Times ranked the USD School of Business in the nation’s top 50 (50th), in the top 100 (97th) globally and 6th in California.
  • Poets&Quants also recently ranked the undergraduate business program as 47th in the nation and 3rd in California.
  • U.S. News & World Report has consistently ranked the Master’s in Supply Chain Management in the top 25 in the United States for best online graduate business programs.
  • Bloomberg Businessweek currently ranks the MBA program number 60 in the nation and the undergraduate business program number 53 in the nation.
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As it has for many decades, the University of San Diego School of Business creates and prepares future business leaders who are well equipped for the 21st century marketplace; who can navigate business across the globe; who embrace innovation and entrepreneurship as cornerstones for building commerce; and who prioritize sustainability, ethics and social responsibility. The School has a consistent recognition of A or A+ teaching quality by Bloomberg Businessweek and the faculty – 85% of whom have PhDs - has dramatically increased the number of publications in top-tier academic journals in recent years. The USD School of Business continues to be a model of outstanding global business education, a leader in high-quality business research, and a magnet for the most dedicated and innovative faculty and staff.

By the Numbers graphic showing 1,762 Undergrad Business Majors, 613 Undergraduate Degrees Awarded, 230 Graduate Degrees Awarded. Lists 78 full-time faculty, 64 adjunct faculty and 59 members of staff and administration. 533 undergraduate minors, 137 undergraduate students involved in internship classes and 20,672 alumni (30% of USD's alumni).

In December of 2017, USD Board of Trustees Chair Don Knauss, and his wife, Ellie, made a $20 million donation to the USD School of Business.  Combined with other gifts, including a generous pledge of $1 million from Kim and Andy Busch, USD will expand the size of the USD School of Business from 48,000 square feet to more than 120,000 square feet with the construction of a new building.  The $67 million construction project will be completed in 2022.

AACSB Accreditation

In June 2019, both the business and accounting degree programs in the USD School of Business were reaccredited for another five years by AACSB International.

USD School of Business Mission

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

USD School of Business Vision

Our vision is to be a model of outstanding global business education, a leader in high-quality business research and a magnet for the most dedicated and innovative faculty and staff.