“Our passion is to help students accelerate their personal and professional growth through a rigorous, values-based education and practical experiences that develop responsible leaders who change the world.”- Dean David Pyke

The University of San Diego is committed to academic excellence, Catholic intellectual and social traditions, and providing a superior liberal arts education for scholars of all faiths.  For more than six decades, the University of San Diego has been dedicated to the values originally articulated by its founders, Mother Rosalie Hill of the Society of the Sacred Heart and Bishop Charles Francis Buddy of the Diocese of San Diego.

Amongst their 25 master’s degrees available at USD, The University of San Diego’s M.B.A. program is ranked among the top 25 universities in the world for integrating social environmental and ethical issues into its curriculum.  Along with the MBA, there are six other Master of Science programs within the School of Business Administration.  With small class sizes, USD affords students a globally minded curriculum with the Ahlers Center for International Business as well as acclaimed professors within their highly rated programs. Students are able to attend full time or evening MBA programs, a custom corporate program as well as Dual Degrees.  The university offers specialized masters in accountancy, real estate and supply chain management as well as taxation, leadership and certificate programs.  Each program is designed to help students become more influential, responsible leaders.  To achieve this, they provide inspiration, opportunities, and community support before, during, and after their time at USD.

It’s time to step up and make a difference.

USD’s MBA program offers outstanding practical experiences balanced with academic theory taught by faculty who are also experts in their respective fields. Consulting projects, company site visits, guest speakers, team projects and leadership skill development means a diversified teaching approach and career and life opportunities you can’t find elsewhere.

The admission process for graduate school often mirrors the application for undergraduate degrees, although there are slight differences dependent on the discipline.  With graduate programs, such as USD’s, their application consists of the following materials:

  • Responses to three supplemental essays and an optional essay
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (students educated outside of the US should look at the Additional Requirements for International Applicants below).
  • A professional resume of employment history (2 page maximum preferred)
  • An official GMAT score report (code 29B-Q2-68)
  • Two professional recommendations
  • Application fee of $80
  • Official TOEFL score of 92 ibt or higher (code 4849) or IELTS score of 7.0 or higher (if applicable)

With graduate business programs in particular, applicants will find that in order to be competitive they should aim for a strong GMAT score as well as excellent academics, but admissions committees will also place a focus on the applicant’s professional work experience prior to entering the program.  This is manifested through the required resume but also in the value they place on specifically requesting a professional recommendation.  Applicants may come from a variety of undergraduate backgrounds but through their GMAT and work experience have identified a graduate degree in business as the appropriate next step in their trajectory.

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By Kendall Williams