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Knauss School of Business – University of San Diego - Full-Time MBA

University of San Diego Full-Time MBA Program Structure

Both tracks (General Management and International Business) of the University of San Diego full-time MBA program offer courses on campus daily and students can complete the program in 22 months (or 17 months at an accelerated rate) beginning in August. In-person classes may be currently impacted by COVID-19. The program utilizes learning teams and group work/projects; full-time students are expected to be available during daytime hours to conduct this group work. As full-time MBA students move into the second year of the program and enroll in electives, primarily offered in the evenings, they have the opportunity to pursue daytime internships or part-time employment off-campus.


Curriculum at the San Diego Full-Time MBA

The University of San Diego’s full-time MBA consists of 53 units. Of these, 31 are derived from core courses, and 22 from electives

The programs cover courses in responsible leadership development; core business functions; corporate social responsibility, sustainability, and ethics; and integrative problem-solving. In addition, the international focus MBAs will take specialized coursework on international business core functions.

In addition, students have many opportunities to supplement their class studies with global opportunities. They may opt to take part in international consulting practicums to work on an intensive consulting project in places such as Buenos Aires, Brazil, or China. Study abroad opportunities, semester exchange programs, international internships, and even international dual degree programs are also available. Students have a choice of 8 concentrations should they choose to pursue one: Business Analytics, Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Enterprise, Entrepreneurship, Finance, International Business, Managerial Leadership, Marketing, and Supply Chain Management.


San Diego Full-Time MBA Rankings

  • #1 Ranked Global MBA Program in San Diego, 2018 Financial Times
  • #1 Ranked Full-Time MBA in San Diego, Bloomberg Businessweek


Class Profile

The University of San Diego full-time MBA program Fall 2020 Full-Time MBA cohort consisted of 30 students. The average age of students was 29 years of age, while the average G.P.A was 3.3. 33 percent of the student body was female, while 30% was international students.  In addition, the middle GMAT range was 510-690.


Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

The University of San Diego full-time MBA tuition is charged on a per-unit fee of $1,565 in 2020-2021.  The total tuition cost is $82,945.

The School of Business Administration does offer merit scholarships for applicants with exceptional GMAT scores, work experience, or other accomplishments. At a $5,000 minimum, these scholarships are announced at the time of a student’s admission to the school.

In addition, students may apply for graduate assistantships to balance the tuition costs. By assisting a faculty member’s research for 40 hours over the course of a semester, students may receive $1,200 tuition assistance.

Furthermore, students may receive loans and grants based on financial need. In order to qualify for this assistance, students should fill out a FAFSA form by April 1.

Scholarships are also available for students who take classes that require international travel. Students who meet the criteria for academic achievement, career goals, and financial need are eligible for these Ahlers Center for International Business scholarships.

Students may also seek on-campus employment. This is often a good option for international students with a student visa status.

Lastly, military students may qualify for the GI Bill benefits and the Yellow Ribbon Program.



University of San Diego full-time MBA applicants must submit an online application with three essays (and an additional optional essay), official transcripts from all previous schools, a résumé, a GMAT or GRE score, two recommendations, an $80 application fee, and (if applicable) an official TOEFL score. The program may waive the GMAT or GRE requirement for applicants with an MD or PhD in the fields of science or technology.

International applicants must also submit a Certification of Finances Form. If needed, applicants may submit a degree evaluation via the World Education Services to prove their degree is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree.


2021-2022 San Diego Full-Time MBA Deadlines

  • November 1
  • January 15
  • March 1
  • May 1

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