The concurrent DDS/MBA degree is jointly offered by the School of Dentistry and the University of San Francisco (USF). This opportunity allows UCSF dental students to earn a Master's in Business Administration from USF while earning their DDS at UCSF.
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 of the program exclusively at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and to complete the DDS curriculum and the 56-unit University of San Francisco (USF) MBA program simultaneously in the remaining three years. DDS students may apply to the Part-Time MBA program during their first year at the UCSF School of Dentistry. All MBA courses are offered during the evening at USF’s downtown facility at 101 Howard St and is (easily accessible by public transportation from the UCSF Parnassus campus).
The USF Part-Time MBA requires 34 units of foundational core courses to build business understanding and 22 elective units of cutting-edge, specialized topics allowing flexibility and customization suited to your professional and personal aspirations. 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.
Meeting two or three evenings per week, the 56-unit program can be completed in less than 36 months. Areas of emphasis include finance, entrepreneurship, international business, and marketing. Courses follow a cohort model during the first half of the program, providing opportunities to build lifelong friendships and professional career networks. A dynamic and engaging August Kickoff starts the USF MBA experience.
DDS/MBA students should apply to the USF MBA programs in the first year of dental school. To facilitate taking required classes in the summer for the MBA program, you will be given priority access to San Francisco Bay Area dental externships. Students enrolled in the concurrent programs will be required to maintain satisfactory academic progress, demonstrating good academic standing in both the DDS program and in the MBA program.