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Knauss School of Business – University of San Diego - Professional MBA

University of San Diego Professional MBA Program Structure

The University of San Diego Professional MBA offers two tracks: the onsite format, which begins in the fall and the hybrid format which begins in the spring. Students in the onsite format meet on campus around two nights per week (on weekdays) from 5:30 to 7 p.m. After the first semester, students can alter their study structures.

Students in the hybrid format will mix and match online and onsite classes. The latter of which meet up on weekends once per month.


The University of San Diego Professional MBA requires 31 credits of core curriculum and 22 credits of elective coursework, which totals 53 credits. The program includes courses in responsible leadership development; core business functions; corporate social responsibility, sustainability, and ethics; and integrative problem solving.

In addition, students have an opportunity to supplement their class studies with a global opportunity. 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.

Part-Time MBA Rankings

• U.S. News & World Report: 140 (tie)

Class Profile

Students in the University of San Diego Professional MBA program are on average 29-years old, have 6.5 average years’ worth of experience, and a median GMAT of 578. About 42 percent of students are women, and the average GPA is 3.3.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

The University of San Diego Professional MBA tuition is charged on a per unit fee. The Professional MBA takes an estimated two-and-a-half years to finish. Recently reported tuition is $1,520 per unit, for a total of $80,560. A $1,500 deposit is required.

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. These Ahlers Center for International Business scholarships are awarded to students who meet the criteria for academic achievement, career goals, and financial need.

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


University of San Diego Professional 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 GMAT or GRE requirement may be waived for applicants holding an MD or Ph.D. in the fields of science or technology. Additionally, five or more years of work experience in these fields or business could also support a GMAT waiver; the University of San Diego also requires a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and proof of academic success in at least one calculus course at the undergraduate level.

Applicants are expected to have at least two years of professional work experience prior to applying.

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.

Fall: Full-time MBA and Evening Part-Time MBA

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

Spring: Hybrid MBA only

  • October 1
  • December 1

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