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University of San Francisco School of Management Executive MBA Structure

The University of San Francisco School of Management executive MBA program lasts 20 months (60 credits), beginning in August. Classes meet one series of days per month, held on a Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (with an included one-hour lunch break and an additional pair of 15 minute breaks). Those classes are held exclusively in the downtown USF campus in SoMa.

A week-long international trip is held early in the second year of the program.


Students entering the program are expected to have at least eight years of experience, including two-to-three years of managerial experience in order to handle the workload of the executive MBA classes. Nineteen classes are included as required courses, all of which aim to assist students overall understanding of four principles: leadership, decision-making, global social responsibility and foundational business knowledge.

Class Profile

The incoming class for the USF School of Management executive MBA is comprised of 60 percent of students that identify as female with 40 percent that identify as male. The average age of the class is 38-years old and the average amount of work experience is 15 years. The majority of students entering the program come from the government/education/non-profit field, with biotech/pharma/health science and banking/finance following closely behind.


Graduate students enrolled in any of the USF MBA programs will have access to the Graduate Career Management Pool, which gives students access to career advisors as well as a wealth of content that will assist in development. The resources included are: webinars; assessment tools; resume templates; international opportunities, jobs and internship postings and a map of local events.

Tuition & Financial Aid

The estimated all-inclusive cost of the first year of the USF Executive MBA program costs $43,680. This includes meals, parking, networking events, the week-long international business trip (not including airfare, food and other extra expenses) and membership to the Koret Health and Recreation Center.

The total cost of the 60 credit program costs an estimated $87,360. This includes the $25 AGUSF fee, paid each fall and spring semester. Many students can finance their degree through corporate sponsorship via their employer or through a reimbursement policy, wherein the student earns the money they paid for the program back after it is successfully completed.

Applicants to any of USF’s MBA programs are eligible for a number of partial-tuition scholarships. All domestic applicants are also eligible for federal student loans.

Admissions Procedures

Students applying for the executive MBA program at the University of San Francisco must have at least eight years of professional work experience with two-to-three in some management capacity. Like the other MBAs USF offers, applicants must submit official copies of transcripts from any previous college or university, a copy of a résumé, two letters of recommendation (at least one from an official professional contact). Applicants must submit both a 500-word ‘Statement Of Purpose’ and a 500-word self-evaluation. International applicants must submit either a TOEFL, IELTS or PTE score. The minimum TOEFL scores are: 100 (internet-based) and 600 (paper-based). The minimum IELTS score is 7.0 and the minimum PTE score required is 68. All international applicants born in native-speaking English countries are exempt from submitting any test scores. As well, international applicants seeking an F-1 visa in additional to admittance into the program will not be accepted.

The school suggests that applicants from East Asian countries take an International Skill Verification Services (ISVS) and the International Study Candidate Assessment Process (ISCAP), but it is not required.

All applicants admitted into the program will be interviewed before-hand by invite only. GMAT scores are accepted but can be waived on a case-by-case basis.

Application Deadlines

Application deadlines for the fall 2018 cohort are as follows:

Round One – January 15, 2018
Round Two – March 15, 2018
Round Three – May 15, 2018
Round Four – June 15, 2018

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