The USF MBA offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) as well as a joint degree in Law (JD/MBA), Asian Pacific Studies (MAPS/MBA), Environmental Management (MBA/MSEM), Dental (DDS/MBA), and Financial Analysis (MSFA/MBA). Other programs include work-study, including Dean’s fellowships, which are merit-based, foreign exchange with China and Korea (joint degrees), and domestic and international internships. The strongest areas of study are finance, marketing, management, international business, entrepreneurship, and telecommunications. The most popular courses are sustainable business, social entrepreneurship, market research, product development, and venture capital and investment banking. Regular programs bring distinguished speakers and visiting professors to campus. The EIR program offers opportunities to meet and learn from distinguished Silicon Valley entrepreneurial executives (e.g., attorneys, chief executives, venture capitalists) in a one-on-one setting. The program is open to USF students from the MBA and partner graduate programs on a first-come-first-served appoinment basis.
Fifty total credits are required to complete the MBA, including 12 elective credits. Required courses include:
- Managerial Finance
- Marketing Management
- Managerial Accounting
- Leadership Dynamics
- Data Analysis/Decision Modeling
- Information and Telecommunications Technologies
- Communication Strategy
- Financial Accounting
- Global Macroeconomics
- Strategic Management
Students may eliminate or substitute requirements for some courses based upon intermediate course work that has been completed within the past 5 years with a B or better.
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; maximum, 5 years. For students attending part time, the minimum is 2 years; maximum, 5 years.
There are 48 total full-time graduate business faculty, of whom 98% hold a doctorate; there are 48 part-time faculty, of whom 98% hold a doctorate. Faculty salaries are rated well above average for Category I institutions, based on the AAUP rating system. Average number of courses faculty teach is 6; average business class size is 30.
A bachelor’s degree is required. A strong mathematics background is required.
The number of applicants for the 2006-2007 class was 366; 240 were accepted; 103 enrolled. The average GPA was 3.10; average GMAT score was 560. Transfers are accepted.
Students may begin the MBA program in the fall and spring. To apply, students must submit an application form, 2 transcripts, GMAT scores, a nonrefundable application fee of $65, 2 letters of recommendation, and a personal statement or essay. The application deadlines are November 15, January 15, March 15 and May 15 for fall entry; October 31, spring. Students are notified of the admissions decision 6 weeks after the application deadline. The latest acceptable test date for fall entry is April 1. Once accepted, students may defer admission for up to 1 year; the student must contact MBA admissions and the MBA office in writing.
Stipends and programs available for minority students include minority scholarships in telecommunications. The FAFSA and the previous year’s tax return are required. The application deadline is open for fall entry.
Tuition for all students is $995 per credit, or $24,875 per year. On-campus room and board costs approximately $10,870; books and supplies, $1250; personal expenses, $3500, for an estimated annual total of $40,939 for in-state residents and $41,039 for out-of-state residents. Graduate student housing consists of graduate dormitories and townhouses. There is a referral service to help procure off-campus housing.
Seventy-six percent of the current graduate business school class are enrolled full time; 91% have had an average of 4 to 5 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 (40%). Forty-four percent are women, 46% are minorities, and 32% are foreign nationals. The average age at entrance is 26; ages range from 23 to 37. Four percent enter directly from undergraduate school; 5% already have a graduate degree. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 30%, business; 25%, liberal arts; 15%, economics; 10%, engineering; and 10%, math and science. About 10% of entering students leave by the end of the first year due to academic or personal reasons; 90% remain to receive their degree.