Introducing the Knauss MBA

Master the fundamentals with San Diego’s #1 MBA, where we emphasize real world experiences, global learning and business for good.

The University of San Diego’s Knauss School of Business has created a newly redesigned MBA curriculum embedded with consulting projects, study abroad, industry-specific networking and the ability to map your degree requirements to your experience and passion. Advance your horizon with the MBA program that’s ranked #1 in San Diego (Full-Time) by U.S. News & World Report and Bloomberg Businessweek.

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*Part-Time MBA students can opt to begin hybrid format in January.
**Rolling admissions after May 1 based on space availability.

Personalize Your MBA

Make the most of your time with an MBA degree tailored to you.

No two MBA students come to the Knauss School of Business from the same background or with the same aspirations. The Knauss MBA is designed to be personalized to each student so that you’ll receive the most from your time here. Our Student Success team will work with you to craft a personalized purpose of studies that matches your aspirations and career goals. Your core coursework, electives and industry-specific networking will align with your goals, opening up new doors while you’re still in the program and expanding horizons for after you graduate.

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Hone Your Skills by Applying Them

Each of our MBA students benefits from participating in real world consulting projects.

One key aspect of our newly revised MBA curriculum is providing you with even greater experiential learning opportunities. That's why we require not one, but two consulting projects — Social Impact Consulting and International Consulting projects. Whether you’re advising BMW about its plans for electric motorcycles or creating business plans for local microentrepreneurs, you’ll see where strategy meets execution and take your learning to the next level. Plus, employers will love to see these projects and experiences on your professional resume.

The result? You’ll be prepared to create an immediate impact in your career upon graduation.

Concentrations

Pursue your passion with one of six highly in-demand MBA concentrations: Business Analytics; Entrepreneurship and Innovation; Finance; Organizational Leadership; Marketing; and Supply Chain Management.

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Course Waivers for Part-Time MBA Students

Starting Fall 2022, Part-Time MBA students are eligible to waive up to seven core classes based on professional experience, prior coursework and assessments.

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Business for Good Is Our Bottom Line

Join a community that believes in practicing business as a force for good.

At the Knauss School of Business, we share a vision of business stewardship. This means we believe businesses have a responsibility to care for and protect societies in which they operate. And at the University of San Diego — a Catholic university, and one of the first in the world to be designated a Changemaker campus — our roots run deep. So whichever business field you're interested in, you'll be joining like-minded faculty and students who will challenge you and help you grow.

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A World of Business Is within Reach

Go abroad to travel, consult and learn global business first hand.

Our San Diego location provides unique opportunities for business students to push their boundaries and gain a global perspective. Whether you're taking one of our many classes abroad, or we're bringing consulting opportunities to campus, these classes help you hone core competencies that are in demand in today’s global business environment. You'll gain soft skills like intercultural communication, as well as hard skills obtained through consulting for global companies like L’Oreal, Callaway Golf and WD-40.

Most MBA study abroad classes are planned to be short and impactful, often a week long, so that even working professionals can join. Full-time students can participate in a full semester abroad.


Video: The New Home of the Knauss School of Business

Watch a one-minute video highlighting the Knauss Center for Business Education — our 120,000-sq.ft., state-of-the-art facility opening in Fall 2022.

Our beautiful Southern California campus makes the University of San Diego a destination for thousands each year, and it’s about to get even sunnier. The Knauss Center for Business Education will be a state-of-the-art facility for innovation, collaboration and business education.


Choose the Format That's Right for You

We offer the MBA in three formats: Full-Time, Part-Time Evening and Part-Time Hybrid. Not sure which format is the best fit? View our MBA Program Comparison to compare schedules and class profiles.

Full-Time MBA

The Knauss MBA curriculum, offered in a traditional full-time format. Fully immerse yourself in the art of business. MBA Dual Degree options include: Juris Doctor, MS Business Analytics, MS Finance, MS Real Estate, MS Supply Chain Management.

Average Age: 28
Program Duration: 17-22 Months
Program Start: August

Part-Time MBA - Evening Format

The Knauss MBA curriculum, offered in the evening for working professionals. New beginning Fall 2022: part-time MBA students are automatically considered to waive certain core classes based on professional experience, prior coursework and assessments.

Average Age: 31
Program Duration: 24-36 Months
Program Start: August

Part-Time MBA - Hybrid Format

The Knauss MBA curriculum, offered 40% online and 60% in person. Classes are held on campus one weekend per month. New beginning Fall 2022: part-time MBA students are automatically considered to waive certain core classes based on professional experience, prior coursework and assessments.

Average Age: 31
Program Duration: 24-36 Months
Program Start: January


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