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University of San Diego School of Business Administration - International MBA

University of San Diego International MBA Program Structure

The International MBA is a one-year program designed for students with a specific interest in advancing their careers in a global direction. Students begin the program in Madrid over the summer, and then take classes in San Diego in the fall with other intakes of MBA students. Throughout the year, many global consulting projects allow students the chance to further their work in Asia, Europe, or Latin America.


The University of San Diego International MBA requires 33 credits of core curriculum, in addition to 11 credits of electives.

The program begins with the International Foundations module in Madrid, Spain and covers courses in responsible leadership development; international business; global perspectives on business consulting; and entrepreneurial strategies. In the fall, students take the International Management module in San Diego, CA and study statistics and analytics; marketing for global managers; global supply chain management; and financial accounting. An international consulting project precedes the final module, International Execution, in San Diego. The final module focuses on law, policy, and ethics in global business; sustainable business model innovation and design; agile strategies; and global perspectives and business practices in organizations. International MBA students can complete their 11 required elective credits either in San Diego or at an international location.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

The University of San Diego International MBA tuition is charged on a per unit fee. At the rate of $1,475 per unit, International MBA tuition is $64,900. 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 Ph.D. 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.

Applications are accepted on a rolling admissions. Apply by March 1.

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