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University of San Diego School of Business Administration

History of the San Diego Business School

The School of Business Administration at the University of San Diego was founded in 1972. In its first decade, the school added an MBA program and gained accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The school now offers two MBA programs.


Located near downtown San Diego, the school’s campus covers 180 acres. The school is close to beaches and mountains, and it is about 20 miles from the Mexican border. As well, the school is less than 10 miles away from the San Diego International Airport.


The San Diego University Business School provides state-of-the-art facilities including the Accountancy Institute, the John M. Ahlers Center for International Business, the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate, the Supply Chain Management Institute, the Center for Peace and Commerce, the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Catalyzer, and The Brink.


The School of Business Administration, as recently reported, has approximately 90 full-time faculty members, of which over 91 percent have doctorate degrees. The faculty has recently published over 116 articles in journals such as Harvard Business School Publishing, Journal of Financial Markets, and the Journal of Consumer Affairs. The average student-faculty ratio is 16:1.

Student Body

Recent figures noted over 1,800 students enrolled in the business school, with roughly 400 in master’s programs. Furthermore, there are around 40 students per cohort enrolled in the full-time MBA program.

Graduate Management Degree Offerings at the San Diego Business School

The School of Business Administration at the University of San Diego offers a full-time MBA, evening MBA, Hybrid MBA, MBA Dual Degree, Master’s in Accountancy, Master’s in Business Analytics, Master’s in Executive Leadership, Master’s in Finance, Master’s in Global Leadership, Master’s in Real Estate, Master’s in Supply Chain Management, and Master’s in Taxation.


USD Military Alumni: What Are You Doing Now?

As a Yellow Ribbon school, USD is proud to offer support and resources to its student veterans. Find out what careers our alumni and former military service members are currently pursuing, including alumni of the USD School of Business MS in Global Leadership program.

Discover How the USD Ahlers Center for International Business Develops a Global Mindset

The mission of the University of San Diego Ahlers Center for International Business is to develop the international business expertise of our students, faculty, and business community. Discover how the Ahlers Center helps USD students and faculty develop a global mindset by connecting them to global learning programs including international consulting projects with major multinational corporations such as Nike.

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