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University of San Francisco School of Management

Contact our general manager with any questions. Profile updated: February 21, 2023.

Contact Information

101 Howard Street
Suite 100
San Francisco, CA 94105
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School Data

Annual Tuition: $79,200

Acceptance Rate: 68%

Full-Time Enrollment: 27

International: 37%

Female: 37%

Male: 63%

Application Deadlines: Round 1- November 15, 2022 | Round 2 - January 15, 2023 | Round 3 - March 15, 2023 | Round 4 - May 15, 2023 | Round 5 - June 15, 2023 | Round 6 - July 15, 2023

USF is built on the cultural, intellectual, and technological resources of the San Francisco Bay Area. Since its founding in 1855, the University of San Francisco’s School of Management has been offering MBAs a multitude of effective opportunities for learning, research, internships, and careers.

USF has a unique geographical edge with its proximity to some of the biggest companies in the Bay Area, where students have opportunities to work with top companies like Google, the Federal Reserve, Salesforce, Kiva.org, Cisco, Lyft, and Amazon.

The USF MBA has a small class size of 20-30 students, which means that collaboration and cooperation are engrained in the program. The MBA spans 20 months with 48 credits required for the traditional MBA, and 52 for the STEM. MBAs typically come into the program with an average of 4.5 years of experience.

Throughout their degree, USF MBAs will undertake 4 client projects, where they work closely with industry professionals, student colleagues, as well as faculty. They also typically complete a summer internship. These experiences are designed to give them hands-on experience and networking opportunities across different industries, as well as encourage relationship-building with prospective employers. Concentrations are offered in business analytics, entrepreneurship, finance, and marketing.

The first semester of their first year, USF MBAs cover core business fundamental courses, such as accounting, finance, marketing, data analysis, ethics, economics, and leadership.
In the spring, they choose from one of three Career Accelerator Platforms, select three elective courses within this platform, and take more core courses.

Their second year, MBAs take electives, and select their Innovation Project and company they’ll work with throughout the semester – a mandatory part of a USF MBA student’s experience, that is completed either independently or with a small group, and designed to enable MBAs to think strategically, work creatively, network with the companies, and share their experiences with others in an effective way. Each student’s project plan is presented and submitted to the faculty board pre-graduation.

Outside of the requirements, there’s a wide array of consulting opportunities through the Malloy Group, clubs, conferences, networking events, guest speakers, and events for USF MBAs to attend.

Post-graduation, USF reports that 90% of their students complete a summer internship and have a job offer within 6 months.

“I came to San Francisco because I wanted to be in the hub of the startup ecosystem and get into Venture Capital. Given this specific industry, building a network is substantial to getting access to good deals. At USF, I really appreciated that in the first week of classes we dove straight into learning the networking effect, which taught me skills to develop an international network with VCs and investors in the Bay Area, Israel and Europe. This eventually led me to land at Porsche Ventures in the Bay Area upon graduation,” says MBA Felix Ruess on USF’s site.