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DDS/MBA Program

Dual degree combines dental science with management and leadership

The concurrent DDS/MBA program allows you to earn a master's in business administration from the University of San Francisco while pursuing your DDS degree at UCSF.

Whether your goal is to run your own practice or assume a leadership role in a health care-related field, this jointly offered degree program will give you the business and management skills you'll need.

If you plan to seek the dual degree, you will spend your first year exclusively in the DDS program at UCSF, then enroll in the USF Part-Time MBA program. Over the next three years, you'll complete the DDS curriculum while taking business courses two or three evenings a week at USF's downtown facility.

Curriculum

The core curriculum of the USF Part-Time MBA integrates global and ethical perspectives, leadership dynamics, creative problem solving and communication skills. Analyzing case studies and running computer simulations will hone your functional and critical thinking abilities, while faculty, guest speakers and fellow students share their real-life managerial problems for a stimulating classroom experience.

In all, you will complete 40 units in the MBA program: 20 units of core courses to build a strong business foundation; 16 elective units you can tailor to your professional and personal goals; and a two-unit capstone course. You can choose an emphasis in finance, entrepreneurship, or international business and marketing.

In most cases, the MBA program can be completed in about 24 months.

For more information, visit the USF School of Management website.

Benefits

The joint DDS/MBA program has many advantages. Beyond an understanding of fundamental business concepts and analytical skills, you'll develop innovative and practical approaches to solve a wide variety of managerial problems.

Students in the MBA program come from a variety of business backgrounds, giving you the opportunity to forge friendships beyond the dental school and to build a wide professional network. At the same time, you can focus on topics that pertain specifically to the intersection of business and the health professions.

Graduates of the joint DDS/MBA go on to leadership positions in a variety of organizations and fields, such as research; academia; consulting; dentistry; medicine; pharmaceutical, product and device manufacturing; biotechnology; insurance; and health care administration.

Fees

The cost of the MBA program is approximately $74,480. (See the USF School of Management website for the most current tuition information.)

Contact the UCSF financial aid office if you want to apply for aid. Students who are unable to complete the MBA program by the time they have graduated from the DDS program may obtain financial aid through USF.

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