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University of San Diego School of Business Administration - 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).


The University of San Diego full-time MBA: General Management Track requires 34 credits of core curriculum, in addition to 22 credits of 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.

Full-Time MBA Rankings

• Bloomberg: 58

Class Profile

Students enter the University of San Diego full-time MBA program with an average of five years professional work experience, are 29-years old, a GMAT of 605 and a mean GPA of 3.1.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

The University of San Diego full-time MBA tuition is charged on a per unit fee. At the rate of $1,520 per unit, full-time MBA tuition is $85,120. A deposit of $1,500 is also 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.

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 GMAT or GRE requirement may be waived for applicants holding 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.

Application deadlines for the fall are as follows:

November 1
January 15
March 1
May 1

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