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DDS/MBA Program

The DDS/MBA joint degree program is designed to provide dental school graduates with business and management skills necessary to successfully manage dental practices, larger businesses or non-profit organizations, and their personal investment portfolios. This four-year program allows students to complete the first year or two of the program exclusively at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and to complete the DDS curriculum and the 40-unit University of San Francisco (USF) MBA program simultaneously in the remaining two to three years. DDS students may apply to the Part-Time MBA program during their first or second year at the UCSF School of Dentistry. All MBA courses are offered during the evening at USF’s downtown facility at 101 Howard St. (easily accessible by public transportation from the UCSF Parnassus campus).

The USF Part-Time MBA requires 20 units of core courses to build business understanding, a two-credit project-based course enabling you to apply those concepts in a real-world setting, 16 elective units of cutting-edge, specialized topics allowing flexibility and customization suited to your professional and personal aspirations, and a two-credit capstone course. With a strong emphasis on teamwork, the program helps you develop innovative and practical approaches to solve a wide variety of managerial problems. The program will enhance your leadership talents, improve your technical knowledge, and increase your awareness of global issues and opportunities. A key attraction of the Part-Time MBA is the opportunity to study with other working professionals from many of the Bay Area’s major companies.

Each course offered in the MBA meets once a week over a seven-week period. As most students pursuing the DDS/MBA take two to three courses per term, the 40-unit program can be completed in about 24 months. Areas of emphasis include finance, entrepreneurship, international business, and marketing. The USF MBA delivers its courses in small class settings, providing a collaborative learning environment that builds lifelong friendships and professional career networks. A dynamic and engaging August Kickoff starts the USF MBA experience.

Student disability services

UCSF is committed to ensuring access to graduate education for all students. Early communication with the relevant administrators is critical to successful partnership in arranging accommodations. SDS is the appropriate and confidential office for seeking accommodations, and will coordinate communications and procedures with you and the graduate faculty and programs. Please visit the website and look over the student disability services info for more information.

Student Success at UCSF

Success in graduate school requires care and attention to all aspects of your life: health and wellness, community, career development, personal and professional relationships, and security and safety. UCSF is committed to providing a full range of resources and services to help you succeed. Learn more about these resources by visiting our Student Success website.