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University of San Diego, School of Business Administration Executive MBA

University of San Diego’s internationally recognized School of Business Administration offers a highly personal academic experience that gives students the tools to become world-class business leaders. For 40 years, the school has provided rigorous, values-based undergraduate and graduate business programs that accelerate personal and professional growth. Graduates of the University of San Diego’s business programs hold leadership positions across industries and sectors, and have been shaped by faculty that focus on teaching quality and an academic program that emphasizes ethics, the triple bottom line, and the role of business in society.

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Program at a Glance

Program Type Executive
Tuition (Total) $59,940

Rankings

Rankings

School Rankings

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (West)
#2 Greatest Opportunity for Women
#5 Best Green MBA

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 56% accepted out of 141 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 27
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.2
  • Average Years Work Experience: 3
  • Application Fee: $80

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores

Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA

Admission Requirements

Required: Extracurricular Activities, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores, Work Experience, Recommendations

Admission Information

To apply for admission to USD's MBA programs, prospective students must hold an undergraduate degree from an accredited college, with a GPA of B or better. For the most recent incoming class, students had a mean GMAT score of 669. The same year, International MBA candidates had an average GMAT score of 602, and evening MBA students averaged 601 on ...To apply for admission to USD's MBA programs, prospective students must hold an undergraduate degree from an accredited college, with a GPA of B or better. For the most recent incoming class, students had a mean GMAT score of 669. The same year, International MBA candidates had an average GMAT score of 602, and evening MBA students averaged 601 on the GMAT. For all MBA programs, a minimum of two years of professional work experience is expected.

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School Information

School Information

The following section features data representative of the entire business school, and numbers here are not necessarily reflective of the specific program.

Students and Faculty

Total Graduate Students 227
Percent International Students 33%
Total Full-Time Faculty 116
Full-Time Faculty 66%

Student Life

USD offers “a very pleasant campus environment” in a convenient location that provides everything you need “in or nearby campus.” “The library is amazing and provides a truly quiet and inspiring atmosphere for studies.” Activities are plentiful. “There are clubs, internships, and competitions to match every major and interest,” as well as “countless activities/events/speaking engagements each week that one can attend. Additionally, there are MBAR events which are nights out at local bars/clubs for MBA students which represent great social outings.” The school is “close to the beach and downtown,” and, “as a city, San Diego is unbeatable.” Commuters will find that traffic “is not bad even during rush hour.” Classmates are “very busy due to balancing a full time career and family demands with an MBA program.” Yet, they remain “active, social people who are extremely motivated to learn. Some are here to progress their careers and others to shift their focus entirely.” Although they are competitive, they are also “very helpful and friendly. Everyone wants everyone else to succeed and the culture and community is very strong in that respect.”

Career

“USD has a job placement office dedicated solely to its MBA students. This office provides direct connections to regional, national, and international employment opportunities, internships, and contract projects.” The career services personnel “are knowledgeable and dedicated recruiting professionals clear in their mission of providing every MBA student with the information and connections necessary to secure the career of their dreams.” The majority of students appreciate the “stellar” career placement services staff. They do “an excellent job assisting MBA students find the right companies that will enable them to achieve their career goals.” One student defends them in response to a few complaints from classmates: “The career services department for the MBA program offers as much support as a given student wishes to receive. It's true that they don't land the job for you, but they do offer you every tool available to find and land the job yourself.” “The school is well integrated with the surrounding business community and alumni.” The school provides “job fairs, recruiting events,” and “a large network that includes Alumni and the professional world.” Additionally, “the school makes teamwork an important part of the curriculum and as a result the students are eager to work together and help each other out.” A student in the middle of a career transition explains that because of this group interaction, “I have gotten my foot in the door of four different companies by networking with my classmates.” Companies recruiting on campus include: Cymer, Hewlett-Packard, California Bank & Trust, Jack in the Box, Qualcomm.

The Princeton Review

Students Say

Students at the University of San Diego appreciate the “beautiful campus” that one student describes as, “the most stunning campus I have ever seen.” Students also comment favor­ably on the warm Southern California weather. San Diego may be “the best city in the world,” but the real selling point to prospective students lies in the strength of the MBA program. The program itself seems to be a perfect example of how to run an effective busi­ness. The cohort system “keeps incoming class sizes small,” and ensures “that you become great friends with your classmates.” This in turn “bolsters students’ comfort to ask tough questions and push each other.” Professors are “well rounded in business and academics,” and “push students” to excel in their classes, making for “a very dynamic environment.” Many of the faculty “bring vast amounts of real-world business experience to the class­room and teach well beyond the limitations of textbooks.” They are “cordial” and “gen­uinely care for students’ careers,” and they understand “how to equip us in this job mar­ket.” Administration is the glue that holds everything together. Administrators are “well organized” and “terrific in helping to guide your academic career.” In one student’s opinion, classmates at USD “are not … typical MBA student[s]. [They] come from a wide range of backgrounds and are not solely focused on making the most money possible. Most USD MBAs select USD based on a desire to serve society as a whole.” With “an emphasis on ethical leadership,” students tend to see the bigger picture and see past using financial gain as the only tool for measuring a successful business. At USD they “focus on supply chain, social responsibility, and legal implications of business all within the same semester.” This integration of materials follows “the schools' mission to develop socially responsible leaders with a global mindset.” USD students have many good things to say about the quality of the degree they receive. “The class choices are broad and cover all topics I was hoping to study in an MBA pro­gram,” affirms one student. Another is pleased to report that the “overall academic expe­rience has been positively life-changing.” The “big emphasis on corporate social responsi­bility and community service” appeals to many students, but at least one student wishes “less of these classes were required so I could take more electives in my areas of interest.”

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Degrees Awarded

Full-Time MBA - 22 months; International MBA(IMBA) - 22 months; Evening MBA - 2 to 3 years, flexible pace; MS in Executive Leadership MS in Global Leadership MS in Accountancy MS in Taxation MS in Real Estate MS in Supply Chain Management.

Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    Ahlers Center for International Business; Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate; Supply Chain Management Institute; and Center for Peace and Commerce - a collaborative effort between the School of Business Administration, the School of Peace Studies, and the Joan Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice

  • International Student Support Groups:

    http://www.sandiego.edu/international/

  • Peer Tutoring Programs:

    2nd year MBA students are paired with 1st year students to provide assistance with the 1st year of study.

  • Research Facilities:

    Ahlers Center for International Business; Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate; Supply Chain Management Institute; and Center for Peace and Commerce - a collaborative effort between the School of Business Administration, the School of Peace Studies, and the Joan Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice

  • Study Abroad:

    Argentina- IAE; Brazil- UFRJ/COPPEAD; China- The Antai College of Economics and Management, The Guanghua School of Management at Peking University, Nanjing University; Colombia- Universidad de los Andes; Germany- WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management; Greece- ALBA Graduate Business School; Italy- Bocconi University, LUISS Business School; Mexico- Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM); Morocco- Al Akhawayn University; Portugal- The Lisbon MBA; South Korea- Korean University Business School; Spain- Instituto de Empresa and Escuela de Alta Dirección y Adminstración's; Philippines- Asian Institute of Management;

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of University of San Diego School of Business Administration include:

Lorenzo Fertitta - CEO & Chairman, Zuffa, LLC

Robert MacKay - Senior Vice President & Controller PepsiCo Americas Beverages

Emilie Hersh - CEO Interknowlogy

Scott Di Valerio - CEO Coinstar

Lowell McAdam - President and CEO Verizon Communications

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