Overview

Applicants
116
Acceptance Rate
62%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.20
Years Work Experience
4
Average Age
27

Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
580 - 650
GPA
3.0 - 3.4

Deadlines


Rolling Admission Deadline
June 15

Round 1
November 1

Round 2
January 15

Round 3
March 1

Round 4
May 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

GMAT Score
Essay / Personal Statement
Non-Academic


School Type And Accreditation

School Type
Private

AACSB-approved
Yes

Selectivity Rating

Program Types

Full-Time
Yes

Part-Time
Yes

Evening
Yes

Executive
Yes

Online
No

Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
6:1
Total Faculty
95

62
Full-time
38
Part-time
32
Female
3
Underrepresented Minorities


Students Say

The global entrepreneurial focus of the MBA program at the University of San Diego School of Business affords students the opportunity to gain “Incredible international experience” practically right out of the gate. Students can choose between the Full-Time or the Part-Time Hybrid MBA program. The Full-Time program includes a semester-long consulting project (or two international consulting practicums for those on the International Business track), and students may choose from several concentrations, including International Business, New Venture Management, and Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Enterprise. USD School of Business pushes sustainability and corporate social responsibility to be at the forefront of all studies and there is a “large moral component integrated into the curriculum.” The program coordinator is “readily available, knowledgeable about the program, and eager to help students”; the libraries “have great hours,” “a great mix of guest speakers come through on a regular basis”; and “the international opportunities to consult abroad and see business operations in different countries is outstanding.” In general, “there are abundant resources” all around.

Professors are “the biggest assets of the business school as they have both experience in teaching and industry,” and “all the staff and professors are approachable.” Many have an impressive work history and are “active in journal/study publishing, entrepreneurial pitch competitions, [and] textbook authorship,” and all are “committed to the growth of their students.” The proactive activities of faculty “stimulate their students’ innovation” and “encourages them to be the change they want to see in business and in the world.” Students do have some complaints about the course organization and planning, however, as oftentimes required courses will be scheduled simultaneously.


Concentrations

Entrepreneurship
Finance
International Business
JD/MBA - Dual Degree
Leadership/Management
Marketing
MS/MBA - Dual Degree
Non-Profit Management/Public Administration
Supply Chain Management

Specialized Masters

Accounting
Data Analytics
Finance
Leadership/Management
Real Estate
Supply Chain Management
Taxation

Certificate Programs

Non-Profit Management/Public Administration
Real Estate

Center for Research

Accounting
Entrepeneurship
International Business
Real Estate
Supply Chain Management


Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
Yes

Sustainability course is
Required

Description
"Sustainable Business Model Innovation and Design" is a required course for all Full-Time MBA students. We also require 2 units of elective coursework from all student in the area of Corporate Social Responsibility. All CSR and sustainability related electives can be found here under the concentration "Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Enterprise" - https://www.sandiego.edu/business/graduate/mba/curriculum/concentrations.php

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
Yes

Description
Through the Graduate Assistantship program MBA students may assist faculty members with research on sustainability and related topics. Many of our faculty are involved in sustainability research.

School's environmental commitment 1:
Our MBA program offers a concentration in 'Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Enterprises' in addition to required coursework in this area.

School's environmental commitment 2:
The School of Business and the Center for Peace and Commerce host executive speakers and hold workshops on sustainable business practices for USD's business students and the broader community.

School's environmental commitment 3:
MBA student involvement in CSR and sustainability initiatives is actively supported. USD has an active Net Impact chapter on campus.

Career Overview

Average Starting Salary
$71,045
Accepted employment by 3 months after graduation
60%

Finding Jobs & Internships

Source Of Full-Time Job Acceptances
53%
Graduate Facilitated
47%
School Facilitiated

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

33%
Finance/Accounting
20%
Marketing
20%
Information Technology
13%
Operations/Logistics
7%
Consulting
7%
General Management

Graduates Employed by Region

67%
West
13%
Northeast
13%
South
7%
Southwest

Students Say

The USD School of Business is “well-involved with the local community” and has an “outstanding reputation” among west coast companies, as well as “a well-connected alumni network in San Diego and around the country” that “remain in touch with the school are very helpful and always willing to share their thoughts and ideas on careers and networking.” Many students say that Career Services “needs to put in some actual work that benefits students” rather than “just giving out advice,” as “employment office opportunities [are] somewhat sparse.” Luckily, there is a strong entrepreneurial focus coursing throughout the program, with “many different pitch competitions as well as opportunities to get your idea in front of VCs or Angel Investors.” The School of Business “actively coordinates use of the law school’s center for structuring IP protections around students’ business proposals.” Employers for recent USD grads include Cymer, EDF Renewable Energy, Audacity, EHL, and Solar Turbines.

Job Function

Job Function % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Finance / Accounting 33%
Marketing / Sales 20% $50,000 $63,867 $41,600 $100,000
Information Technology 20% $80,000 $81,667 $75,000 $90,000
Operations / Logistics 13%
Consulting 7%
General Management 7%

Industries

Industries % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Technology 40% $80,000 $75,320 $41,600 $90,000
Consulting 13%
Financial Services 13%
Pharmaceutical / Biotechnology / Healthcare 13%

Prominent Alumni

Lowell McAdam
Former President and CEO, Verizon Communications

Garry Ridge
CEO, WD-40 Company

James Brennan
Chairman and Co-Founder, Suja Juice

Stephan Aarstol
Founder and CEO, Tower Paddle Boards

Ali Reza Arabnia
President and CEO Geico Taikisha

Dates

Application Deadlines
Apr 1

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Aid Package
$20,140

Average Scholarship / Grant Aid Package
$13,560

Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
90%

All Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
91%

New Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
90%

New Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
90%

New Students Receiving Loans
34%

Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$42,560
Tuition (Out-State)
$42,560
Fees (In-State)
$354
Fees (Out-State)
$354

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Room And Board On-Campus
$13,779
Estimated Room And Board Off-Campus
$13,779
Academic Expenses
$1,386

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
80
Part Time
52%

In State
80.0%
Out of State
20.0%
Foreign Countries Represented
20

Demographics

5.00%
Underrepresented Minorities
39.00%
International

35% female
65% male

Campus Life

Students Say

Life at USD is “very happening” and is “a great mix of both academics and extracurricular activities such as club events, networking events, speaker series and guests from the industry.” The campus is one of the most gorgeous places to study: “Sitting high on a hill in sunny San Diego overlooking the ocean.” The school “takes great steps to foster a feeling of ‘community’ among its students” and the diverse and very international student body is “incredibly intelligent and very forward thinking” and “tolerant of other people and their views.” “There is a firm understanding in the value of learning from each other’s varied experiences beyond our own,” says a student. Sporting activities and club events are extremely popular, and the convivial vibe among the small classes is ever present. “I am very impressed with my cohort… they are friendly, bright, and sociable. I would absolutely hire them,” says one student.

More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Kate Mickle
Senior Director, Graduate Business Admissions

Address
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492
United States

Phone
619-260-4860

Fax
619/849-8307

Email
mba@sandiego.edu


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