University of San Diego


University of San Diego

Globally Relevant, Socially Responsible

University of San Diego
Whether you are an aspiring entrepreneur or seasoned leader, our faculty and industry leaders are committed to helping you turn your ambition into action. Our top-ranked MBA programs and robust specialty master's programs instill the essential leadership skills you need to develop sustainable practices, make savvy decisions and build lasting connections within the 21st-century business community. And, you will have opportunities to develop international business acumen that can be applied anywhere in the world your career may take you.

Imagine flying to Shanghai and helping a renowned brand such as Callaway Golf Company identify growth opportunities. Or, envision advising one of the rulers of Dubai's companies, and then meeting the Sheikh himself. At the University of San Diego's Knauss School of Business, you will have many real-world opportunities to practice conducting business locally and globally while you earn your MBA degree, from advising startups here in San Diego to working with organizations outside U.S. borders.

Whether your goal is to start your own business or simply become more business-savvy, electives allow you to tailor your studies to your specific areas of interest. Feeling exceedingly ambitious? Eligible students can participate in our dual degree programs to earn another master's degree while pursuing their MBA.

The choice is yours to learn with our full-time MBAevening part-time MBA or hybrid MBA programs, the latter of which offer flexible schedules for working professionals. Throughout your journey, you will have access to award-winning MBA faculty and career services professionals who are here to help you market yourself.


Full-Time MBA Class Profile

 The information below pertains to the Fall 2020 Full-Time MBA cohort.
Cohort Size 30
Average Age 29
Average GPA 3.3
Middle GMAT Range 510-690
Female Students 33%
International Students 30%

Evening Part-Time MBA Class Profile

 The information below pertains to the Fall 2019 Evening Part-Time MBA cohort.
New Students 33
Average Age 29
Average GPA 3.3
Average GMAT 578
Female Students 40%
Post Undergraduate Work Experience 6.5 years

Application Deadlines

Fall: Full-time MBA and Evening Part-Time MBA

  • November 1
  • January 15
  • March 1
  • May 1

Spring: Hybrid MBA only

  • October 1
  • December 1 

Program Start Dates

MBA: August 2022

Students are required to be on campus the first week of the program, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.*

*This is the only time that Part-Time MBA students will be required to be on campus during normal business hours. 

Hybrid MBA: January 2022

Students are required to be on campus the first week of the program (Tuesday - Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.). This is the only time that Hybrid MBA students will be required to be on campus during normal business hours. 

Application Requirements

  •  including $125 application fee
  • Professional resume: Must demonstrate a minimum of two years of professional work experience
  • Two letters of recommendation: Recommendation forms will be sent directly through your online application
  • Official transcripts: Required from all post-secondary universities attended. They can be emailed (directly from the university) to  or mailed to the address below: 

Office of Graduate Admissions
University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110

  • GMAT/GRE/MBAMath: An official GMAT score report (school code 29B-Q2-68) or GRE score report (school code 4849). Or submit transcripts from MBAMath ().  for more information.

International Applicants

  • For students educated in a language other than English: official TOEFL score of 92 iBT or higher (code 4849) or IELTS score of 7.0 or higher (if applicable)
  • If you earned a degree from an institution outside of the United States, you are required to submit an official, course-by-course international transcript evaluation (also called a foreign credential evaluation) of the transcripts from the university where you earned your undergraduate (bachelor's degree). The evaluation must be ordered from one of the following services:


*The SpanTran link goes to a custom application with a discounted rate for USD applicants.

  • If admitted to the MBA program, international students must provide immigration and financial documentation to the Office of Graduate Admissions in order to obtain their Form I-20. Once admitted, you will receive instructions via email from the Office of Graduate Admissions on how to submit this documentation. For questions about the I-20 or visa process, please email .

Full-time MBA Tuition

$82,945 (53 units based upon the 2020-21 rate of $1,565 per unit)

Estimated Cost Breakdown Per Year

Totals may vary depending on individualized educational plans.
Year 1: $50,080 (15 units in fall, 5 in intersession, 12 in spring)
Year 2: $32,865 (13 units in fall, 8 in spring)

Estimated Fees

Parking: $750 ($375 per year)
Student Fees: $140 ($70 per year)
Health Service Fee: $680 ($340 per year) - not including health insurance
Textbooks and Supplies: $2,772
Estimated Room & Board: $13,293 (Off-Campus, shared housing, one year)
Transportation: $2,466
International Student Orientation Program: $500
Study Abroad: Fees vary. .

Scholarship Opportunities

  • Dean's Merit Scholarships: Admitted students automatically considered at time of admission. Based on academic and professional accomplishments.
  • Graduate Assistantships: $1,200 in tuition reduction for 40 hours per semester of work with a faculty member. Applications sent to students each semester. Full Time MBA students can potentially participate in up to 7 GAships during the course of the program for a total of $8,400.
  • Study Abroad Scholarships: Tuition for credits taken abroad offered at  plus travel scholarship applications available through Ahlers Center for International Business
  • Outside private scholarships: Students are encouraged to apply to additional scholarship opportunities. Our partner  helps students through affordable loans. They offer both loans and scholarships.
  • Prospanica Scholarship: This award is dedicated to students with Hispanic/Latino heritage or students with a demonstrated commitment to the Hispanic community. Students also need to have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent) from either a bachelor's or master's degree.
  • Diversity Scholarships: These scholarships aim to enhance the diversity of our cohorts (both professional and personal backgrounds) and are awarded by the Admissions Committee at the time of admission to the program.
Examples include (and are not limited to):
  • Advancing Women in Business
  • Peace Corps Service
  • Social Impact & Innovation 
  • Start-up/Entrepreneurship Achievement
  • United States Military Achievement


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