Full-Time MBA Program — 17 or 22 Months

Make leadership your full-time focus.

From camaraderie and connections to career planning and professional development, there are many perks to becoming a Knauss School of Business 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. Throughout the experience, you will be guided by distinguished Knauss School of Business faculty members. Meet Associate Professor of Marketing Andrea Godfrey Flynn, just one of our exceptional faculty members who mentor students on their consulting projects.

As you study topics from financial management to strategic marketing, you will also have many opportunities to expand and evolve your skillset. 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.

GMAT waivers are being offered for the Fall 2022 application cycle. See if you qualify by visiting the MBA FAQs page.

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Evening Part-Time 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.

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.