Full-Time MBA - STEM Program


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Program Description

There is no city in the world like San Francisco. Transform your career in the SF Bay Area with the USF Full-Time MBA.

Build the essential skills to lead successful, sustainable businesses in the most entrepreneurial city in the world and beyond.

Diverse colleagues

As part of the Full-Time MBA program, you’ll learn with a select cohort of professionals who come from around the world to experience San Francisco’s innovative business culture first-hand.

Small classes

The University of San Francisco has small class sizes of 20-30 students, and our cohort system means that collaboration and cooperation are more than just leadership ideals we teach—they are fundamental to the infrastructure of your program.


The Full-Time MBA prepares you for ethical and entrepreneurial leadership through experiential learning — and invaluable professional exposure in the city that is synonymous with innovation.

"I thought I was just coming to USF for a 2-year business program but it ended up being so much more. The USF Full-Time MBA program helped me land a job in Silicon Valley where I'm constantly challenged and continue to learn important business and management lessons every day. I am thankful to my professors in the MBA program and members of the USF alumni network who believed I could do something better and bigger and helped me to get there”

Ai Huynh, MBA ‘19

At USF, you earn an MBA where business happens. You’ll receive a career-focused education that offers intimate instruction and specialized work experience to align with your professional goals. Just as importantly, unparalleled proximity to all Bay Area industries — finance, technology, nonprofit, to name just a few — provides networking opportunities you’ll find nowhere else. You’ll be able to form connections with professionals from international organizations and corporations, participate in multiple internships and gain broad experience across industries, and benefit from face-to-face meetings with prospective employers.

Two-year Program In The Heart of San Francisco

  • Our location in downtown San Francisco gives you access to a strong professional network with leading organizations in the Bay Area.
  • An enriching program curriculum reflects the USF Jesuit tradition of social responsibility and conscious reflection while also providing you with a competitive advantage.
  • Personalized courses and program experience tailored to reflect your career goals and interests from the beginning prepare you for the specific markets, fields, and careers you want to pursue—starting in your first year. Career Accelerator Platforms or with an MBA Concentration.

What to Expect

Year 1

Fall Semester includes core courses to cover business fundamentals, such as accounting, finance, marketing, data analysis, ethics, economics, and leadership. You'll also explore your options for choosing one of three Career Accelerator Platforms, and select the members of your Personal Advisory Board.

Spring Semester is when you choose your Career Accelerator Platform, select three elective courses within this Platform, and take two more of your core curriculum studies.

Summer Study is the ideal time to pursue a summer internship and connect with potential employers. You can also gain first-hand consulting experience through the Malloy Group for Organizational Science Consulting, conduct an independent project to strengthen your career skill set or pursue coursework across disciplines with electives courses.

Year 2 

Fall Semester gives you plenty of opportunities to take electives within your Career Accelerator Platform, or perhaps re-evaluate your path and select alternative elective courses outside your Platform. You'll also determine your innovation project and select the company you'll work with throughout the semester. 

Spring Semester culminates your work in the program, as you meet with your personal advisory board, present your innovation project to your classmates, view other students' work, and reflect on your experience as a whole.

Career Outcomes

Graduates of the USF Full-Time MBA program have achieved success in their careers all over the globe, joining and leading teams at companies including Salesforce, Porsche Ventures, Gap, Kaiser, Rodan & Fields, CloudFlare, SAP, Walmart, Kabam, Credit Sesame, United Nations, and more.

Employment Rate

Percentage of job-seeking students who found a full-time role within 6 months of graduation
(Class of 2019)

Increase in Salary

Average percentage increase between pre and post-MBA salaries reported by students
(Class of 2019)

Starting Salary

Average starting salary reported by students
(Class of 2019)

Signing Bonus

Average amount reported by students receiving a signing bonus
(Class of 2019)

Recent employers

A selection of companies and organizations that have hired recent graduates within the past five years, 2015-2019.

  • Abbot Labs
  • Accenture
  • Airbnb
  • Autodesk
  • Bechtel
  • BlackRock
  • catalyst s+f
  • China Merchants Bank
  • Cisco
  • CloudFlare
  • Credit Sesame
  • Dolby Labs
  • E & J Gallo Winery
  • Electronic Arts
  • Facebook
  • Gap Inc.
  • Gartner
  • Genentech
  • General Electric
  • Google
  • GoPro
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Kabam
  • Kaiser
  • KPMG
  • LinkedIn
  • Lyft
  • McKesson
  • Nestle
  • NetApp
  • NIO
  • The North Face
  • Odoo
  • OKCoin Optimizely
  • Oracle
  • Porsche Ventures
  • Restoration Hardware
  • Rodan & Fields
  • Salesforce
  • SAP
  • Silicon Valley Bank
  • Square
  • Tesla
  • Uber
  • United Nations
  • USAA
  • Walt Disney Studios
  • Walmart
  • Wells Fargo
  • Xola
Job functions – Class of 2019

Based on graduates from the Class of 2019 who found full-time roles, launched a company, or returned to a family business.

  • Marketing & Sales 28%
  • Data/Business Analytics 21%
  • General Management 13%
  • Business Development 11%
  • Finance & Accounting 10%
  • Human Resources 10%
  • Legal 7%
Industry – Class of 2019

Based on graduates from the Class of 2019 who found full-time roles, launched a company, or returned to a family business.

  • Technology 43%
  • Financial Services 17%
  • Nonprofit/Government 10%
  • Healthcare 7%
  • Venture Capital 3%
  • Other* 20%

*Other encompasses all graduates who were the only student in their cohort to work in their chosen industry

Graduate Admission

Our office processes your application and prepares it for review by your program's admission committee. In addition, we can provide you contacts to important services at the university as you prepare to begin your graduate studies at USF. Please contact us if you'd like to speak with someone on the team or to schedule an appointment.

Please be advised that classes in SOM graduate programs begin on August 18. Select SOM programs are still accepting applications. If you would like to proceed with your application for Fall 2020, the application review will be expedited as well as your registration and tuition obligations. Email management@usfca.edu with any questions.

How to Apply

The application process is entirely online. No items need to be mailed to USF. Upload all of your application items to your account.

Test Score Requirements

GMAT Code: 91M-7L-48, GRE Code: 4850

  • If you submit test scores, you must upload a copy of your score and request that an official score report be sent to USF.
  • If your program does not require a test score, you may still submit the score report if you choose to do so.
Application Requirements
  • Transcript(s)
    The minimum graduate admission requirement includes a bachelor’s degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution prior to enrollment. Copies of your transcripts from each accredited college or university attended must be uploaded to the online application. Once admitted to the program, instructions for sending official, sealed transcripts will be provided.
  • Résumé
    Your current résumé or CV can list and describe your educational history, work or job history, coursework related to the graduate program to which you are applying, and any experiences relevant to your pursuit of graduate studies - including internships, published articles, or other published materials, volunteer and/or community service experience, study or work outside of your home country, and any other interests or activities related to your graduate program.
  • Letters of Recommendation
    Two letters of recommendation are required. Applicants to all programs should submit at least one letter from a professional contact, if possible. Ideally, one or both of your professional recommendations will come from a current or former direct supervisor. Academic recommendations are also appreciated for current undergraduates.
  • Statement of Purpose or Essay
    A 1000 word essay is required and must be uploaded in the online application Please address the following questions in a single document:
    • What are your short and long-term professional goals and how will this degree help you achieve those goals?
    • Why have you chosen this degree and who or what experience influenced you to apply?
    • Why USF?
  • Interview
    Interview requirements vary by program. All interviews are by invitation only. Should you be selected to interview, an invitation will be sent to the email account associated with your online application and include all necessary details.
  • Self-Evaluation (Optional)
    Use this essay to evaluate your leadership and management skills, capabilities, and talents as they stand today. What would your colleagues/classmates say about you as a leader? What areas do you feel you could further develop?
  • Scholarship Statement (Optional)
    The USF School of Management offers general merit and special interest scholarships. Review available scholarships and use this essay to explain your eligibility and/or qualifications for one or more of these scholarships.
  • Additional Information (Optional)
    Use this essay to share additional information you would like to be considered as part of your application (i.e. gaps in employment, academic issues, etc.)
Program Specific Requirements

Application requirements vary slightly by program. Please be sure to read through the program requirements carefully.

Additional Requirements for International Applicants
  • Passport
    Applicants who require an F-1 student visa must submit a copy of their valid passport with their application. Please be sure to submit a clear copy of your passport photo/information page. This can be uploaded via your application portal or by emailing management@usfca.edu.
  • International Address
    All F-1 and J-1 visa applicants are instructed to use their international address on the application. If you are currently in the United States, you can use that address for mailing.
  • Visa Transfer
    If you are currently on an F-1 visa or returning from OPT and are planning to transfer your SEVIS record please review the section titled SEVIS Transfer Applicants (create a new page with the information listed below). If you are currently in the United States in F-1 status or currently on OPT, you can transfer your status to USF. Students who have completed at least one academic term in the U.S in F-1 status can transfer their SEVIS record to USF, or complete a “Change of Level” from another USF degree, and continue to maintain F-1 status.
    Please submit a completed School of Management Graduate Application by June 1.

Additional requirements on the following pages:

We cannot sponsor F1 student visas for part-time programs.

If you have questions about this process, please contact us for further instructions.

Last updated Nov 2020

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