San Diego MBA Programs with School Overviews

Oct 08, 2018

Research Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs in San Diego, which currently has many schools offering these degrees. Read an overview of degree programs, admission info and program requirements for three schools within 15 miles of downtown and decide which program is right for you.

Schools in San Diego with MBA Programs

Students looking to earn an MBA in San Diego can choose from a variety of options. This article looks at three schools within 20 minutes of downtown San Diego and the various MBA programs they offer. Aspiring MBA students can compare these schools through a table of information that includes each school's enrollment, graduation rate and tuition. At the end of the article is a listing of a few more schools in the area that offer MBA programs.

  • In addition to its MBA program, San Diego State University, around six miles from downtown, offers an Executive MBA and Sports Business Management MBA programs.
  • Students at the University of California at San Diego can enroll in a regular MBA program or an evening program. This school is about 11 miles from the city center.
  • About four miles from downtown, the University of San Diego offers MBA programs with day and evening classes in addition to an International MBA program.

Comparison of Schools

Individuals must consider many factors when choosing a school. The following table presents important statistics about each school that can help them arrive at a decision.

San Diego State University University of California at San Diego University of San Diego
School Type 4-year; public 4-year; public 4-year; private not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2017) 4,886 graduate students* 7,185 graduate students* 3,131 graduate students*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large city
Graduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $8,894 per year for in-state students; $18,398 for out-of-state students* $13,446 for in-state students; $28,548 for out-of-state students* $26,418*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

San Diego State University

Students at San Diego State University (SDSU) are allowed to customize their MBA programs to suit their liking. Experienced working professionals may be interested in the university's Executive MBA program while those who would like to work in the sports industry might want to consider the Sports Business Management MBA.

Master of Business Administration

In order to earn their MBA at SDSU, students must either complete a thesis or take a capstone course. The program also features teaching assistantships and non-teaching assistantships. The university also features an Associated Business Student Council, Entrepreneur Society and a Business Consulting Group. Core courses include statistical analysis, financial management, organizational behavior and marketing.

Executive MBA

The Executive MBA program offers courses on Fridays and Saturdays, allowing students to work while earning their degree. Courses include competitive analysis, new product innovation, statistics for business decisions and the global financial environment. Students learn through lectures, group projects and simulations.

Sports Business Management MBA

The accredited sports business management program includes a 6-month consulting project with a sports organization. Students learn through case studies and guest lectures. Other courses include sports marketing, entrepreneurship and sports economics.

University of California at San Diego

The university has a number of student organizations for MBA students, including the Asian Business Club, Finance Club, Marketing Club and the International Business Club. The signature course series 'Lab to Market' starts off in the classroom before shifting students to a project-based environment where they will learn how to develop new ideas, analyze business models and create products and services.


This MBA program is offered on the weekends and during evenings for working professionals. Students take courses either on alternating Fridays and Saturdays, or two evenings a week. The program can be completed in 24 months or 30 months, respectively. Both offer students meals, but only the weekend program offers lodging.

Master of Business Administration

While earning their MBAs, students will be instructed on accounting, leadership, team management, strategy, data analysis and managerial economics. Students can also choose to work on their own independent study projects to develop skills related to their personal goals. The university also allows students to work with outside coaches and advisors.

University of San Diego

The university's School of Business Administration has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International and holds accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. MBA concentrations include finance, international business and supply chain management.

International MBA

This is a one-year program that allows students to learn in a cohort format. Students will also be able to learn with other students from the school's evening MBA and full-time MBA programs. International MBA students are required to finish two international experiences on different continents. The international program also includes short-term study abroad programs.

Master of Business Administration

It should take two years for students to earn this master's degree. While progressing through the program, students will remain with the same classmates in order to give them a supportive group of peers. Classes are small and place an emphasis on teamwork. It's recommended that students wait until they have completed the first year of the program before they consider getting a job or completing an internship during the day. The university's centers and institutes offer students internships, study abroad programs and consulting practicums.

Other School Options

MBA programs are also available at National University, which is found nearly ten miles from San Diego. An MBA program is also offered at Point Loma Nazarene University, found roughly ten miles from downtown San Diego.

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