University of San Francisco

Graduate School of Management
University of San Francisco - Graduate School of Management
Program Strengths

Classes for the Executive MBA Program at the University of San Francisco (USF) take place once per month over 20 months on consecutive Thursday, Friday, and Saturdays with summers off, allowing students to continue working during their studies.

The program offers a number of features and benefits for students:

  • Highly interactive classes with simulations, case studies, and dynamic discussions
  • Powerful network of peers with an average of 15 years of experience
  • Student-selected Global Business Practicum trip, completed in conjunction with the capstone project
  • Entrepreneurial spirit
  • Conveniently located campus in the financial center of the West and the innovation capital of the world, within walking distance of many corporate headquarters, including Gap, Wells Fargo, Salesforce, Twitter, Square, and McKesson
  • AACSB accreditation awarded to only 5 percent of business schools worldwide
  • iPads for instructional delivery, making the experience more interactive and convenient for those who travel
  • A commitment to the Jesuit mission of educating the whole person, developing thoughtful leaders, and building productive organizations
  • Team-based work throughout the program to bring diversity, balance, and support to all projects
  • Cohort model that fosters dynamic discussion, high-performance teams, and long-lasting friendships with life-long impact
  • Seminar-style classes that create energetic and engaging class sessions, and provide students the opportunity to form meaningful relationships with faculty
  • Opportunity to learn from top-tier faculty, a diverse group of fellow students, and professionals and executives from the Bay Area's vibrant business community 

USF is a proud Yellow Ribbon partner.

Curriculum Highlights

The USF Executive MBA provides the gold standard in MBA curriculum.  The 60-credit hours of course work includes core courses in accounting, finance, economics, and data analysis.  Discussions of ethical behavior and social responsibility permeate each class, as USF students are expected to do good while doing well.  

The rigorous, comprehensive USF Executive MBA curriculum is grounded in the values of sustainability and ethics.  Students advance through the curriculum with their cohort, allowing cohort members to constantly learn from and grow with each other.  The program begins with a team-building weekend, filled with interactive sessions of team dynamics, self-assessment, and executive communication.  This weekend allows the cohort to immediately begin working productively together.  

At USF, professors use a variety of teaching methods, including case studies, team projects, simulations, negotiations, and lectures.  Students gain from the experience of professors who are active in Silicon Valley’s business community.

All USF Executive MBA students participate in a capstone project, completed in conjunction with the Global Business Practicum trip.  The trip is entirely student driven, from the project topics to the location destination, which gives each cohort the opportunity to shape their own Global Business Practicum experience.  USF students recently have chosen to study in China, Chile, and Peru.

The capstone project allows students to identify a challenge or opportunity for their company and to conduct an in-depth study with the support of a team, bringing significant value back to their organizations.

Leadership Development

Designed to give students the skills to lead as an executive, the curriculum includes classes in leadership, leading teams, strategic management, and change management. Students will learn how to approach negotiation and difficult conversations.  Self-assessments help students identify their core competencies and unique strengths.  Each course also is grounded in the values of sustainability, ethics, and social responsibility, teaching students to lead without compromising their values.  

From the capstone project to daily class discussions, teamwork is interwoven into every aspect of the program, allowing students to develop an understanding of how they best lead within a complex group.  Each year, students are assigned teams that are designed to challenge them to grow as teammates in ways that may not be available to them at work. 

Executive MBA students also have access to many professional development resources, including personal branding and negotiations seminars, career assessment tools, and career advising.  A dedicated professional career coach is available to help students throughout the program.

In addition, students can take advantage of the extensive network of USF School of Management alumni – 80 percent of alumni stay in the Bay Area and benefit from proximity to the headquarters of many major companies, including Salesforce, Gap inc., Charles Schwab, and Wells Fargo, all located within blocks of campus.