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School of Business Administration

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The School of Business Administration offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA), International Master of Business Administration (IMBA), Master of Science in Executive Leadership (MSEL), Master of Science in Global Leadership (MSGL), Master of Science in Supply Chain Management (MSCM), Master of Science in Real Estate (MSRE), Master of Accounting and Financial Management (MAFM), and Master of Science in Taxation (MSTax) as well as joint degrees in law (JD/MBA and JD/IMBA), nursing (MSN/MBA), real estate (MBA/MSRE), and accounting and financial management (MBA/MAFM). Other programs include cross-registration with other USD graduate degree programs, including law, work-study in the form of graduate fellowships, foreign exchange with 5 countries, and internships. The strongest areas of study are finance, international business, accounting, leadership, and real estate. Regular programs bring distinguished speakers and visiting professors to campus. These feature visiting professorships and Practitioner-in-Residence. Thought leaders from the business and academic communities routinely speak on campus.

Fifty total credits are required to complete the MBA, including 18 elective credits. Required courses include:

  • Organizational Concepts and Techniques
  • Information and Analysis
  • Financial Reporting and Control
  • Customers and Markets
  • Financial Management and Analysis
  • Operational Processes
  • Global Business Environment
  • Law and Ethics in the Business Environment
  • Managerial Decision Making
  • Capstone Course

Required courses for the IMBA include:

  • Organizational Concepts and Techniques
  • Information and Analysis
  • Financial Reporting and Control
  • Customers and Markets
  • Financial Management and Analysis
  • Operational Processes
  • International Financial Management
  • International Comparative Management
  • International Marketing
  • International Trade
  • International Business Law and Ethics
  • Capstone Course

Students may eliminate or substitute requirements by examination only.

Business students may take relevant nonbusiness courses in other departments. The minimum time permitted to complete the master’s degree program attending full time is 16 months.

There are 59 total full-time graduate business faculty, of whom 90% hold a doctorate; there are 27 part-time faculty, of whom 93% hold a doctorate. Faculty salaries are rated above average for Category I institutions, based on the AAUP rating system. Average number of courses faculty teach is 5; average business class size is 16.


A bachelor’s degree is required. Most important admissions factors are academic accomplishments and ability, GMAT results, and work experience. A strong mathematics background is required.

The number of applicants for a recent year was 421; 233 were accepted; 193 enrolled. The average GPA was 3.17; average GMAT score was 562. Transfers are accepted. Minority students are actively recruited at colleges and universities with high minority populations as well as at events aimed at minority and women’s groups.

Students may begin the MBA program in the fall and spring. To apply, students must submit an application form, a transcript, GMAT scores, a nonrefundable application fee of $45, 3 letters of recommendation, and a current resume. The priority application deadline for fall entry is April 1. After April 1, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The priority deadline for spring entry is November 15. Students are notified of the admissions decision within 2 to 3 weeks of receipt of a completed application. The latest acceptable test date for fall entry is August 15. Once accepted, students may defer admission by putting the request in writing to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Financial Aid

In a recent year, about 49% of graduate business school students received financial aid from scholarships, loans, and graduate assistantships, for a total average of $16,216 annually; maximum $31,000. The FAFSA is required. Check with the school for current application deadlines.

Tuition for all students is $1050 per credit, or $18,900 per year. On-campus room and board costs approximately $10,960; books and supplies, $1300; personal expenses, $862; and other fees, $136, for an estimated annual total of $32,158. Graduate student housing consists of 1- and 2-person apartments near campus and on campus. There is a referral service to help procure off-campus housing.


Forty-one percent of the current graduate business school class are enrolled full time; 98% have had an average of 7 years of full-time work experience prior to entering graduate school, a factor preferred by the school. The greatest percentage of students are from California (70%). Thirty-seven percent are women, 1% are minorities, and 1% are foreign nationals. Two percent enter directly from undergraduate school; 4% already have a graduate degree. In 2006, 258 graduate business degrees were awarded.

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