School of Business
We develop socially responsible business leaders with a global outlook through academically rigorous, relevant and values-based education and research.
Master of Business Administration (MBA) Programs:
- Full-Time MBA (MBA) - A full-time program that may be completed in 17 or 22 months.
- Professional MBA (MBA) - A flexible program that may be completed in an evening or hybrid format in as few as 24 months.
Specialized Masters Programs:
- Master of Science in Accountancy (MACC) - A flexible program that may be completed in 10 to 17 months.
- Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) - A STEM-certified, full-time program that is completed in 10 months.
- Master of Science in Executive Leadership (MSEL) - An executive-style program that is completed in 22 months.
- Master of Science in Finance (MSF) - A STEM-certified, full-time program that is completed in 10 months.
- Master of Science in Global Leadership (MSGL) - A hybrid program offered as a 24-month dual degree with specific partner institutions.
- Master of Science in Real Estate (MSRE) - A program that may be completed at either a full-time or a part-time pace in 10 or 24 months respectively.
- Master of Science in Supply Chain Management (MS-SCM) - A hybrid program offering online courses with on-campus residence sessions over 24 months.
- Master of Science in Taxation (MTAX) - A flexible program that may be completed in 10 to 17 months.
Centers and Institutes
John Ahlers Center for International Business
The Ahlers Center for International Business is dedicated to supporting USD's mission to develop more globally minded, responsible leaders. The Ahlers Center designs and delivers a wide array of programmatic offerings and experiences for students, faculty and the business community in many different ways. The Ahlers Center also creates tailored executive education programs for corporations and partner universities. To support USD faculty in their efforts to bring an international perspective to the classroom, the Center organizes international faculty development trips as well as offers the opportunity for faculty to apply for grants to support research projects. International speakers and academic leaders are sponsored by the Center to enrich the community's knowledge of the increasingly competitive global business arena.
To accommodate students, the Ahlers Center for International Business sponsors graduate business study abroad programs across the globe. Graduate business students may gain international experience through a semester exchange or short-term study abroad opportunities. The Ahlers Center helps make the classroom at USD more internationally diverse by coordinating exchange students from international partner universities.
Each short-term study abroad program offers a choice of graduate courses, giving participants the opportunity to study topics particularly relevant to their individual career goals. The graduate business courses are taught in English by internationally recognized faculty, oftentimes in partnership with local universities, and are open to graduate students in various programs at USD.
During the summer and January (intersession) terms, the time spent abroad ranges from one to three weeks. There are programs to accommodate both working professionals as well as full-time students. Participants can earn up to eight units of credit during these terms. During the intersession term, the Ahlers Center also coordinates international consulting projects abroad supervised by USD faculty members, which give students the opportunity to work in a company gaining hands-on international business experience.
All of these international immersion opportunities expose students to international business practices and sensitize them to cultural differences, ultimately influencing international interaction. Interested students should contact the Ahlers Center for International Business at (619) 260-4896, email email@example.com
Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate
As a Center of Excellence within the University of San Diego’s School of Business, the Burnham-Moores Center’s mission is to recruit, educate and mentor our real estate students with the goal of facilitating their career pursuits within the industry. We accomplish this mission through outstanding faculty and professional staff, industry outreach, career services and cutting-edge research. The result is to advance socially responsible leadership in real estate.
The Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate provides course offerings to real estate professionals at all levels of career development through various academic programs. World-class faculty, coupled with an extensive network of industry contacts, provides students with a one-of-a-kind educational experience that positions them for success. Programs offered include a continuing education Certificate in Real Estate Finance, Investments and Development and a Certificate In Land Use and Sustainable Community Development.
Each year, the Center brings together over 2,000 industry and civic professionals through numerous conferences. Flagship events include an Annual Real Estate Conference, a Residential Real Estate Conference, a Women in Real Estate conference, and a distinguished lecture series, Breakfast at the BMC, which features top industry professionals.
The Burnham-Moores Center has unparalleled connections with the San Diego real estate community and beyond. Each year, more than 100 industry professionals serve as guest lecturers in undergraduate, graduate and continuing education classes. Four Policy Advisory Board committees are made up of over 100 senior real estate professionals, who provide invaluable services to students through internships, mentorships and job opportunities. For additional information, visit the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate.
Take your accounting career to the next level. Whether you're a student, alumni or working professional, The Accountancy Institute is here to boost your leadership skills—and to help prepare you for a rewarding career in accounting. Our institute is headed up by the same award-winning faculty who design our curriculum with their latest research findings—so you'll always be on top of the latest thought leadership.
We offer you a variety of professional growth opportunities, including a variety of speakers and linkages to the professional community. Using our strong connections with the local accounting industry, we team up with Career Services, the Accounting Society and Beta Alpha Psi to offer you additional networking and career development events—for example, the Career Services Accounting Recruiting Preparation event, where interested students and alumni learn how to fulfill the 150-hour requirement for obtaining CPA certification. With events like Meet The Firm, accountancy and taxation students can network with local firms on campus—and even have the chance to interview for internships and full-time employment. For additional information, visit the Accountancy Institute.
Supply Chain Management Institute
The Supply Chain Management Institute (SCMI) is committed to the development of leading edge strategies and techniques in integrated supply, operations and logistics management. SCMI focuses its efforts on three areas: world-class education, collaborative relationships and applied research. The institute disseminates its insight and practices through annual forums. In striving to be the preferred source for individuals and companies seeking executive-level supply chain management education, SCMI supports a web-based Graduate Certificate in Supply Chain Management and a web-based Master of Science in Supply Chain Management. The institute also supports the resident Master of Business Administration by providing an emphasis in Supply Chain Management.
SCMI provides students with opportunities to learn from leading practitioners in supply chain management. The institute also assists students and alumni with career placement through its annual job fair and year-round access to leading corporations with opportunities for both internships and long-term placement. The student division of the institute, the Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA), also organizes tours to world-class facilities and opportunities for interacting with industry and professional organizations. The alumni division of the institute, the Supply Chain Management Alumni Association (SCMAA), provides a supply chain management focused platform where associated members collaborate, exchange innovative ideas, share industry leading practices and network with industry professionals in a setting that promotes social responsibility as well as personal and professional growth.
SCMI is dedicated to building wide practitioner, academic, alumni and student networks into a vibrant community of leading-edge practice. For additional information, see the Supply Chain Management Institute.
Center for Peace and Commerce
The Center for Peace and Commerce (CPC) is a collaborative effort between the School of Business and the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies. The mission of the Center for Peace and Commerce is to prepare new generations of change-agents to make a positive impact on the 4 Ps: people, profit, planet and peace. The CPC encourages innovative thinking and action, integrating business principles and effective management with unique ideas for peacebuilding and social impact. The CPC contributes to a new paradigm for business and peacebuilding through teaching, scholarship, and social enterprise development. For more information, see the CPC.
The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Catalyzer
San Diego breeds innovation. Here, booming startups and social enterprises flourish, using creativity and entrepreneurship to build a new world economy—one that not only creates jobs and builds wealth, but also solves global problems and improves lives. Here at USD, we help make this magic happen.
Abuzz with bold ideas and the resources to pull them off, our community is the hub for entrepreneurial activity in San Diego and beyond. We challenge students to create the next big thing and go to market at our V2 pitch competition. We coach passionate innovators at our Legacy Entrepreneurship Conference. The sky is the limit on creative ideas and we encourage students to explore their entrepreneurship potential to make a positive impact on the world at our Fowler Business Concept Challenge.
Through these initiatives and so many more, we bring together a whole world of established entrepreneurs, thought leaders, upstart innovators, brilliant venture capitalists and bright-eyed students. Then we stand back and watch the sparks fly. For more information, visit the Entrepreneurship and Innovation CatalyZer.
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for Innovation at University of San Diego offers world-class business consulting, and relevant and insightful guidance to growth-oriented, innovation-based entrepreneurs, who are running small businesses. For more information, see The Brink.
Students must complete all course requirements with an overall grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Use of the grades “A+” and “D” are not permitted in the graduate business programs. Also see here for policies on academic probation and disqualification.
Transfer of Graduate Credit
Transfer of credit pertains to equivalent graduate courses completed at another accredited university or in another graduate program at USD, while the student is enrolled in a USD graduate business program. Petitions for transfer of credit must be approved prior to the course being taken. No more than 6 semester units may be transferred into the MBA or the MSRE program. While USD is not a Jesuit institution, it participates in the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) agreement to accept qualified students who have been accepted as fully-matriculating from any other participating AJCU member institution.
Students are responsible for meeting all course prerequisites prior to enrollment in each course.
Responsibility of Students
Students enrolled in all programs are responsible for adhering to all regulations, schedules and deadlines outlined in this section, in the introductory sections of this Course Catalog and in any handbooks, contracts, or guideline sheets pertinent to their program. Students have the further responsibility of ensuring that all graduation requirements are met. Questions on these matters should be directed to the student’s adviser.
Waiver Administration and Conditions for Waiver
Some core courses in the Professional MBA program may be waived only by examination if the program director agrees that a sufficient knowledge base exists to warrant giving the examination. Waiver by examination may be attempted only once per course and does not reduce the total number of units required for the program. A nonrefundable fee of $50 is charged for each examination for waiver. Contact the MBA Programs office at (619) 260-4840.
Timothy Keane, PhD, Dean
C. David Light, PhD, Associate Dean
Barbara Lougee, PhD, Associate Dean, Graduate Programs
Kacy Hayes, PhD, Assistant Dean, Graduate Programs
Renata Ramirez, MBA, Director, Marketing and Communications
Bridget Breitenberg, Assistant Director, Alumni Relations
Aarti Ivanic, PhD, Faculty Director, Master of Business Administration
Diane D. Pattison, PhD, Faculty Director, Master of Science in Accountancy
Andrea Godfrey Flynn, PhD, Faculty Advisor, Master of Science in Business Analytics
Charles Tu, PhD, Faculty Director, Master of Science in Real Estate
Diane D. Pattison, PhD, Faculty Director, Master of Science in Taxation
Biljana Adebambo, PhD
Rita Alipour, PhD
Craig B. Barkacs, MBA, JD
Linda Barkacs, JD
Kenneth Bates, PhD
William Beggs, PhD
Abigail Berk, PhD
Barbara Bliss, PhD
Robert M. Bowen, PhD
Kristyn Calabrese, PhD
Colin Campbell, PhD
Jason Campbell, PhD
Zhenhua Chen, PhD
Stephen J. Conroy, PhD
Simon Croom, PhD, FCIPS
Richard Custin, JD, LLM
Thomas M. Dalton, PhD, CPA
Eileen Daspro, PhD
Joshua Della Vedova, PhD
John Demas, MBA, JD
Shreesh D. Deshpande, PhD
Denise Dimon, PhD
Kokila P. Doshi, PhD
Mary Durkin, PhD
Seth R. Ellis, PhD
Sara Esfahani, PhD
Justine Rapp Farrell, PhD
Andrea Godfrey Flynn, PhD
Jeremy Gabe, PhD
Alan Gin, PhD
Jaime Gomez, PhD
John D. Hanson, PhD
Judith A. Hora, PhD
Johanna Hunsaker, PhD
Phillip L. Hunsaker, DBA
Aarti Ivanic, PhD
Jane Jollineau, PhD
Mark Thomas Judd, MIB, CPA
Amitkumar Kakkad, PhD
Priya Kannan-Narasimhan, PhD
Timothy P. Kelley, PhD, CPA
David Keszei, MBA
Maria Kniazeva, PhD
Kimberly Kreig, PhD
Alexander Kull, PhD
Marc Lampe, MBA, JD
Michael Lawless, PhD
C. David Light, PhD
Stanley Lim, PhD
Yen-Ting Lin, PhD
Barbara Lougee, PhD
Sarah Lyon, PhD
Alyson Ma, PhD
Loren L. Margheim, PhD, CPA
Robin McCoy, PhD
Ryan McKeon, PhD
Jennifer Miles, PhD
Norm Miller, PhD
Jennifer Mueller, PhD
Afsaneh Nahavandi, PhD
Andrew J. Narwold, PhD
Carlton C. O'Neal, JD, MBA
Diane D. Pattison, PhD
Johan Perols, PhD
John Prunty, MBA, CPA
David Pyke, PhD
Manzur Rahman, PhD, JD
Ryan Ratcliff, PhD
Carl M. Rebman Jr., PhD
Daniel A. Rivetti, DBA
Daniel Roccato, PhD
Tara Salinas, PhD
Alison Sanchez, PhD
Jonathan Sandy, PhD
Ruixia Shi, PhD
James K. Smith, LLM, PhD, JD, CPA
Tyagarajan N. Somasundaram, PhD
Steven W. Sumner, PhD
Marko Sventina, PhD
Charles Tu , PhD
Adriana Vamosiu, PhD
Nichole Wisseman-Weber, PhD
Wenli Xiao, PhD
Dirk S. Yandell, PhD
Pengcheng Zhu, PhD
Carsten Zimmermann, PhD
Dennis P. Zocco, PhD
Centers, Institutes and Programs
Denise Dimon, PhD, DIRECTOR, Ahlers Center for International Business
Stath Karras, MBA, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate
Silvia Mah, PhD, DIRECTOR, Center for Peace and Commerce
Diane D. Pattison, PhD, DIRECTOR, Accountancy Institute
Priya Kannan-Narasimhan, PhD, DIRECTOR, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Catalyzer
Joel Sutherland, MBA, MANAGING DIRECTOR, Supply Chain Management Institute