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Master of Business Administration, M.B.A.

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
, IL, | Online
The Master of Business Administration, or MBA, is the most popular educational path for graduate students in the United States. It is popular because of its value in business, industry, non-profit organizations, and public institutions. 


The USF Master of Business Administration (MBA) was recently redesigned to respond to the increasingly competitive, technological and global world of management.

USF’s relevant and on-trend curriculum focuses on:

  • Global and competitive challenges
  • The value chain of business
  • Analytical thinking
  • Leadership and decision making

Why USF’s MBA?

  • The curriculum is flexible to meet your career goals
  • Classes are online or on our main campus in Joliet, Illinois
  • The USF MBA can be completed in 12-18 months. Ask about one-year MBA option
  • The MBA is valuable and prepares you for meaningful advancement
  • Our faculty have extensive business experience
  • Coursework and case studies apply to real-world contexts
  • Up to nine (9) semester hours of credit may be transferred
  • Qualified students have the opportunity to join Delta Mu Delta, international national honor society

Programme Structure

Courses Included

  • Managerial Economics
  • Managerial Finance
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Experiential Learning Project
  • Survey of Accounting and Budgeting or consent or instructor 
  • Marketing Management
  • Applied Business Research Models
  • Strategic Business Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Ethical, Legal and Social Environment of the Firm
  • International Business
  • Management and Organizational Behavior
  • Operations Management
  • Information Technology
  • Macroeconomics in a Global Economy
  • Social Media
  • Special Topics

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Duration description
      12-18 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.75

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.75 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Verification of an undergraduate G.P.A. of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale unless noted otherwise.

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Admission Requirements

All admission requirements are subject to final approval by the dean of the appropriate college. 

    • Application and application fee
    • Admission essay
    • Official transcripts documenting the appropriate undergraduate degree and prerequisites from a regionally accredited institution
    • 2 letters of recommendation
    • Official IELTS and TOEFL scores
    • International student applicants are considered for admission as soon as their application process has been completed. 
    • Computer competency in word processing and spread sheets is required.
    • Maintenance of a B average (3.0/4.0 GPA) is necessary for advancement to candidacy and graduation.

    Work Experience

    At least 2 year(s) of work experience are required.

    Master of Business Administration: two years of full-time employment in a management position or appropriate GMAT scores.

    Tuition Fee

    • International

      798 USD/credit
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 798 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
    • National

      798 USD/credit
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 798 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
    We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

    Living costs for Joliet

    • 1100 - 1500 USD/month
      Living Costs

    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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