Full-Time MBA

University of San Francisco - School of Management

Program Description

Full-Time MBA

University of San Francisco - School of Management

Transform your career in the SF Bay Area with the USF Full-Time MBA.

The USF Full-Time MBA is an immersive 22-month experience.

  • World-class academic content and expert, dedicated faculty
  • Career-oriented co-curricular activities and events
  • Collaboration with extensive Bay Area School of Management alumni and company networks

Small Classes

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.

Diverse Colleagues

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.

Career Acceleration

With the Full-Time MBA, USF emphasizes your career goals from day one. Working with support from mentors and career advisers, you choose an area of focus based on your professional interests and goals.

  • Personalized Career Accelerator Platform (CAP)
  • Consulting projects and internships with San Francisco companies
  • MBA social innovation project


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.

Six Concentrations for Full-time and Part-time MBA Programs

  • Data Analysis & Business Insights
  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • Finance
  • International Business
  • Marketing
  • Organization Development

Full-Time MBA Curriculum

At USF, you'll have the unique benefits of a career-focused education, offering instruction, course selection, and specialized work experience that align with your professional goals, as well as unparalleled proximity to Bay Area networking, helping you form connections with international organizations, intern in virtually any industry, and gain first-hand experience with prospective employers.

We recently redesigned our two-year Full-Time MBA program. In doing so, USF students now have more opportunity to:

  • Optimize USF's one-of-a-kind location in San Francisco to build a strong professional network with leading organizations in the Bay Area.
  • Grow through an enriching program curriculum that reflects our Jesuit tradition of social responsibility and conscious reflection.
  • Prepare for the specific markets, fields, and careers you want to pursue—starting in your first year. Tailor your courses and program experience to reflect your career goals and interests from the beginning.
  • Earn your MBA and advance your career goals at a reduced cost, with an MBA program that's been revised to offer students more opportunity for less.

Most students have one primary consideration when applying to MBA programs: How will earning my MBA with this program increase my opportunities for career success?

What's Different About USF's Two-Year Curriculum?

  • Career Accelerator Platform: Full-time students select one of three Career Accelerator Platforms that align with your professional goals—Human Factors of Business Performance, Business Finance, and Customer Success and Insights. Your Platform shapes your coursework and recommends industry-specific lecture series, as well as connects you with USF alumni working in relevant fields of interest, and prepares you for interview environments specific to your trajectory. You'll begin advancing your career as soon as you become a student.

Innovation Project: Gain valuable work experience at a company you choose, like a local nonprofit, large corporation, or community organization. You'll gain valuable resources, relationships, and references through your innovation project., as well as present your work to your peers in the spring of year two.

Personal Advisory Board: Each student has a personal advisory board consisting of at least one assigned peer, as well as a non-USF advisor, such as a former boss or mentor. You can invite as many advisors to serve on your board as you wish. Your Board encourages you to seek advice from trusted confidants, reflect on your goals and progress, and form meaningful relationships to last beyond your time in the program. Management Exercises: A cornerstone of Jesuit tradition is a reflection of one's social impact and our ability to create social equity. Our management exercises are designed to encourage time with your Personal Advisory Board to reflect on yourself, on colleagues and classmates, on the client or organization you've worked with, and on how you can positively serve society at large.



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, conduct an independent project to strengthen your career skill set or pursue coursework across disciplines with electives courses.


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.

The Full-Time MBA Experience

The Master of Business Administration at the University of San Francisco offers a curriculum that will help you develop a competitive advantage in today’s challenging workplace.

Become a broadly-experienced and visionary manager who is prepared to tackle complex operational challenges.

Practical Application

The MBA boasts an interdisciplinary curriculum to expose students to a variety of practical real-world applications. From the case study competitions to rapidly changing technologies to IDEO-design centered approaches, you will master the many facets of a competitive business environment.

Professional Development

As part of a collaborative cohort of diverse and highly motivated students, you will engage with executives and professionals from the vibrant San Francisco business community. Our downtown campus is just stepped away from world-respected company headquarters, such as Salesforce and Twitter, and the ever-expanding presence of Google and Facebook.

MBA Admission

MBA Application Requirements

  • Transcript(s) – 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. The minimum graduate admission requirement includes a bachelor’s degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution.
  • Résumé – A copy of your current résumé is required and must be uploaded as part of the online application.
  • 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 recommendations will come from a current or former direct supervisor. Academic recommendations are also appreciated for current undergraduates. Enter the recommenders' email addresses directly into the online application for electronic submission.

    Your recommenders may submit a signed letter of recommendation or they may utilize the Common Letter of Recommendation template.

    If your recommender(s) must submit a hard copy letter by mail, please request that s/he complete this form to include with her/his letter. Graduate Recommendation Form (PDF)

    The Common Letter of Recommendation (LOR) effort is intended to save applicants and recommenders valuable time by providing a single set of recommendation questions for each participating school. You can download and share a template of the Common Letter of Recommendation with your recommenders. Our preference is that your recommenders minimally complete sections 1 and 3. The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) website offers additional instructions for your recommenders
  • Statement of Purpose or Essay – A 500 to 1000 word essay is required and must be uploaded to the online application. Please upload one document answering the following questions:
    1. What are your short and long-term professional goals and how this degree will help you achieve those goals?
    2. Your background, passions and personal interests are important to us. What are five things we don’t already know about you?
  • Scholarship Statement – The USF School of Management offers general merit and special interest scholarships. Please review available scholarships and use this as your opportunity to explain your eligibility and/or qualifications for one or more of these scholarships.
  • Optional Self Evaluation – 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?
  • Optional Statement – Use this essay to share any additional information you would like us to consider as part of your application, for example, gaps in employment, academic issues (probation, dismissal, failing grades, standardized test performance), etc.
  • Interview – Interview requirements vary by program. All interviews are by invitation only. As such, 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.
  • GMAT/GRE – A valid GMAT or GRE score is required for all Full-Time MBA and Part-Time MBA applicants. Please upload a copy of your score report to the online application and request that an official score report is sent to USF from ETS (GRE) or GMAC (GMAT).
    • USF GRE Score Report Code: 4850
    • USF GMAT Score Report Codes:
    • Full-Time MBA: 91M-7L-48
    • Part-Time MBA: 91M-7L-38

MBA, Full-Time, International Applicants and English Proficiency Requirements

Applicants who have completed two or more years of study or earned their undergraduate/graduate degree at an institution located in one of the countries listed in the Exempt Countries Table may be waived of the English proficiency requirement.


  • TOEFL (internet-based): 92
  • TOEFL (paper-based): 580
  • IELTS: 6.5
  • Pearson Test of English Academic: 62


  • American Samoa
  • Australia
  • The Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada
  • Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands
  • Dominica
  • The Federated States of Micronesia
  • Grand Cayman
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • Liberia
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Republic of the Marshall Islands
  • The Republic of Palau
  • Trinidad/Tobago
  • The Turks and Caicos Islands
  • The United Kingdom
  • The United States of America


Applicants who obtained their undergraduate or graduate degree(s) from an international (non-U.S.) institution must submit the following:

  • Transcript(s) (academic record) in the original language of your institution.
  • Official degree conferral certificate(s) indicating degree completion or expected date of completion.
  • English version of the transcript(s) and degree conferral certificate(s). A notarized English translation of your transcript/degree conferral certificate or evaluation by a credentials service is required if the university does not issue English language transcripts.

Once admitted to the program, all applicants must submit official, sealed transcripts. Instructions on how to send official, sealed transcripts will be provided at the time of admission. As such, it is important to have official copies of transcript(s) and degree conferral certificate(s) available for submission.


Applicants who require an F-1 student visa must verify that they (or sponsor(s)) can fund their tuition and living expenses during their studies in the U.S. The Certification of Finances along with any required bank statement(s), bank letter(s) or sponsorship letter(s) should be uploaded to the online application. Please refer to USF International Graduate Student Financial Requirements for required funds.


Applicants who require an F-1 student visa must submit a copy of their valid passport with their application.


The University of San Francisco considers applications for graduate programs, regardless of citizenship status, based upon academic merit and achievement. Please visit the Undocumented Students page for more resources or contact the Office of Graduate Recruiting and Admissions for questions about the School of Management programs or application.


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Last updated May 23, 2018
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22 months
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70,800 USD
USA - San Francisco, California
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