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Prospectus GRADUATE

At a Glance ( Fall 2011)

Number of Students 5,493 Undergraduate 1,740 Graduate/Paralegal 1,084 Law 8,317 Total Enrollment

Number of Faculty 402 563 443

Full-Time Faculty Full-Time Equivalent Part-Time Faculty

Degrees Awarded (2010–2011)

1,188 Bachelor’s

Master’s Juris Doctor/Master of Laws 35 Doctoral 2,164 Total 611 330

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From the Provost


Degrees Offered


College of Arts and Sciences


Be Blue: Go Green


Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science


Come Together


Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies


World Wise


School of Business Administration


Leading Change


School of Law


In Good Faith


School of Leadership and Education Sciences


Graduate Admissions


Financial Information Estimated Annual Expenses Financial Aid 43

Life in San Diego Student Resources Athletics Campus Recreation Campus Transportation Career Services Community Service-Learning Dining Services 45 Founders Chapel Galleries Graduate Housing Graduate/Law Student Commons Graduate/Law Student Ministry Graduate Student Organizations 46 International Students Libraries Manchester Family Child Development Center One Stop Student Center Parking Services Student Life Pavilion 47 Study Abroad Summer Study/Intersession Technology Services and Support USD Torero Store 44



Student Wellness Center for Health and Wellness Promotion Counseling Center Disability Services Student Health Center 48

Contact Information

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Dear Prospective Graduate Student: Welcome to the University of San Diego! We are a youthful university by some measures — founded in 1949 by Mother Rosalie Clifton Hill and Bishop Charles Francis Buddy — but our traditions run very deep. We are committed to academic excellence, Catholic intellectual and social traditions, and a liberal arts education for scholars of all faiths. Our students share an intellectual thirst, and they are guided by an innate respect for human dignity and a desire to lead lives of value and meaning. We want no less for them, and we give them the tools to become ethical and compassionate leaders who will transform the future. USD is continually evolving. Not only do we grow in size and scope, but in purpose. It is our responsibility to understand the changing nature of the human condition so we can discern what the world needs from its next generation. The world today calls for experts in every discipline who see how nature, nations and individuals are intertwined so they can then address some of our most pressing issues. At USD, we are working carefully to build that comprehension through concentrated efforts in social justice and sustainability, interdisciplinary collaboration, inclusion and diversity, and global engagement. You’ll find more about these efforts in stories throughout this publication. The USD community has long worked to improve sustainability, and we are at a watershed. Our buildings are going “green,” we are using our resources more wisely, and curricula, field research and community service are incorporating elements of sustainability. Because sustainability is about economics and individuals too, USD welcomes programs such as a micro-credit summit that promotes small loans for individuals to break the cycle of poverty. Throughout campus, faculty, students and departments are coming together to share expertise and create new ways of contributing to the world. Interdisciplinary collaboration has led to dual-degree programs, shared initiatives and fruitful partnerships. The problems in the world will not be solved by one person, or through one discipline, so students who can collaborate effectively will become the Changemakers. Academic excellence thrives in communities that welcome diverse viewpoints and life experiences. The new Center for Inclusion and Diversity makes great strides by establishing education and outreach programs.


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International programs, too, are giving students a keen appreciation of how cultures and people co-exist. Opportunities for students to build global competence through study abroad, research, internships and more are available in every academic unit and through the International Center. All of these experiences help USD students break the bonds of convention and habit, and they create a culture reflective of our Catholic identity that promotes a just and peaceful society. As an academic institution, we serve society in how our graduates live their lives, and we strive to develop in them the qualities of great leadership — intellectual thirst, inspired collaboration, ethical conduct, relentless entrepreneurship and compassionate service. We hope that you, too, will join our community and become one of its great leaders. Sincerely,



MA in History

MS in Accountancy (MACC) n

MA in International Relations MFA in Dramatic Arts


MS in Marine Science n


PhD in Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice MS in Nursing, Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist

Controllership and Accounting Information System Development specialization Corporate Reporting and Financial Management specialization Personal Financial Planning specialization

MS in Executive Leadership (MSEL) MS in Global Leadership (MSGL) with Certificate in Project Management MS in Real Estate (MSRE) MS in Supply Chain Management

Preliminary Administrative Services Credential (Tier I ) Professional Administrative Services Credential (Tier II ) MA in Counseling n

Clinical Mental Health Counseling


School Counseling with Pupil Personnel Services Credential

MA in Marital and Family Therapy MAT in History and Social Science MEd in Curriculum and Instruction

MS in Taxation (MTAX)

MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, specialization in Montessori Education

MS in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner

MBA Dual-Degree Programs

MEd in Special Education

MS in Nursing, Family/Lifespan Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner

MBA/IMBA and MS in Real Estate

MEd in TESOL, Literacy, and Culture

MBA/IMBA and MA in International Relations

MEd in Curriculum and Instruction with Preliminary Single or Multiple Subject Credential (Master’s Credential Cohort Program)

MS in Nursing, Clinical Nursing MS in Nursing, Executive Nurse Leader

MS in Nursing, Dual AdultGerontology/Family Nurse Practitioner


MBA/IMBA and Juris Doctor

MEd in Special Education with Preliminary Education Specialist Credential, Mild to Moderate Disabilities

MS in Nursing, Dual Pediatric/Family Nurse Practitioner

Juris Doctor (JD)

MS in Nursing, Health Care Informatics

JD/LLM in Taxation

MS in Health Care Informatics

LLM in Business and Corporate Law


LLM in Comparative Law (for international lawyers)

MA in Peace and Justice Studies

LLM in International Law

Peace and Global Education Certificate

LLM in Taxation

TESOL Certificate

General LLM (concentrations as approved)


MS in Legal Studies



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Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Enterprises



Specialist Certificate in Character Development

JD/IMBA JD/MA in International Relations

PhD in Leadership Studies MA in Leadership Studies



MA in Higher Education Leadership


International Business



MA in Nonprofit Leadership and Management




New Venture Management


Supply Chain Management


College of Arts and Sciences The College of Arts and Sciences is the liberal arts core of the University of San Diego. It contains graduate programs in each of its areas: Fine Arts (MFA in Dramatic Arts) , Humanities (MA in History) , Social Sciences (MA in International Relations) and Natural Sciences /Math (MS in Marine Science) . These graduate programs involve close collaborations of faculty with graduate students and add to the intellectual growth and activity of the participating departments. The college graduate programs emphasize critical thinking as well as effective written and verbal communication. All of the programs combine course-based and practical knowledge, and prepare graduate students to better participate in their chosen vocations.

Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Dramatic Arts

A joint venture of The Old Globe theatre and the University of San Diego, the Graduate Theatre department nationally recruits seven students each year to participate in an intensive two-year, year-round course of graduate study in classical theater. USD’s prestigious program is considered one of the top graduate actor training programs in the country. Each student accepted into the professional actor training program is awarded a full-tuition scholarship from the University of San Diego and a monthly stipend from The Old Globe. Partnership with The Old Globe demands that students achieve its standard of artistic excellence and professionalism. The professional actor training program is designed to take special advantage of training opportunities made available by The Old Globe and is unique in its ability to provide students with an exceptional number of professional performance opportunities.

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Since the mission of the program is to provide students with the skills necessary to pursue successful acting careers, every effort is made to facilitate the transition into the profession. The program’s showcase presentations in New York and Los Angeles have been highly

law. Full-time students typically need two years to complete the program. Part-time study is also welcomed and accommodated by a schedule that offers most graduate classes one evening per week. The goals of the program are to allow students to pursue advanced understanding of

effective in helping graduates establish successful acting careers in film, television, Broadway and regional theaters.

history and to enhance their career options.

Master of Arts (MA) in History

The Department of History at the University of San Diego offers a Master of Arts degree emphasizing both public history and the study of the U.S. West and Southwest. This 30-unit master’s program is open to students who wish to study public history or the presentation of historical knowledge to a general public audience. It is also open to students who are interested in traditional academic history, especially teaching, and who wish to broaden their educational background. Graduate units may also be transferred into doctoral programs. The program is supervised by history faculty, and eight of the 10 required courses involve seminars in the department. The two remaining courses are selected by the student from historically oriented courses in the fields of political science, international relations, art history, theology and religious studies, literature, anthropology, ethnic studies, sociology, education, business administration and


Students who complete the program go on to work in secondary schools and community colleges, law or business offices, archives, museums, historic sites, state and local historical agencies, newspapers, businesses, trade and labor organizations, and all levels of government. Master of Arts in International Relations (MAIR)

The Master of Arts in International Relations at USD offers a 30-unit curriculum of comparative politics and international relations. The program is structured around academic and professional preparation for students interested in international careers. The academic core of the program consists of small seminars taught by accomplished faculty in various subfields of global affairs. The coursework is intellectually rigorous and emphasizes analytical, writing and research skills, as well as general international competence and sophistication. The professional dimension of the program is developed in regular semester seminars, in short courses

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involving international travel and focused professional workshops, and in collaboration with other graduate programs at USD in law, business, history, and peace and justice. The curriculum includes summer courses and can be completed in 12

to 16 months by full-time students. Part-time students are accommodated by a schedule that convenes most seminars one evening per week. The department has a modest amount of scholarship money that is awarded on the basis of academic merit; the university offers financial aid, including a 15 percent tuition discount for military students. The program concludes with a capstone paper and presentation to a university audience. Graduates from the program have moved into careers in the military, in government (especially in intelligence, law enforcement, and diplomacy), in the nonprofit and private sectors, and in higher education, including matriculation into PhD programs. USD is nationally ranked and recognized for its international excellence; the MAIR program is among its several successful and innovative programs. Master of Science (MS) in Marine Science

USD’s Marine Science and Environmental Studies Department offers graduate work leading to the degree of Master of Science in Marine Science, which is based largely on research and provides graduate students with an

opportunity to design projects that test hypotheses, contribute new information to an existing knowledge base and learn to write in a way that facilitates scientific exchange. Coursework and research are integrated, culminating in a written thesis. Students can take advantage of resources at USD as well as San Diego’s rich community of ocean specialists. The program utilizes not only the excellent facilities at the University of San Diego’s Donald P. Shiley Center for Science and Technology, but those of nearby institutions, such as the Southwest Fisheries Science Center (National Marine Fisheries, NOAA), the Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute, and the Leon R. Hubbard Hatchery. USD faculty are currently involved in research in marine geochemistry, climatology, paleoclimatology, hydrology, oceanography, marine biology, locomotion and fluid dynamics, physiology, ecology and population genetics. For more information about graduate programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, visit

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The Old Globe


Journal of San Diego History


Southwest Fisheries Science Center


Hubbs-Sea World Research Institute


Leon R. Hubbard Hatchery



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Be Blue: Go Green Pick up a Go Green mug at the bookstore or juice your laptop at a charging station powered by the sun and, just like that, you become part of the solution. The University of San Diego is in the midst of a revolution, and the cause at stake is our natural resources. In a recent plan establishing USD’s future directions, sustainability was identified as a key focus, which makes perfect sense for a Catholic university. One of our core values is social justice, and we honor that value by being good stewards of our planet and to each other. Green efforts have been embraced throughout the university, from the installation of solar panels on 11 buildings — the eighth-largest solar power project on a U.S. college campus — to a student community garden. The Student Life Pavilion, which opened in 2009, is our first “green” building, earning the Leadership in Energy and Design ( LEED ) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. Living responsibly is becoming part of who we are. In fact, USD was recently named one of the country’s most environmentally responsible colleges by The Princeton Review.

This transformation is not just about changing habits. Academic departments are working themes of sustainability into coursework and developing new courses, research and programs to raise awareness and move the collective conscience forward. A recent example is the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate in the School of Business Administration, which is quickly becoming a leader in the development of sustainable communities through its research projects, outreach, conferences and a new continuing education certificate program in Land Use and Sustainable Community Development. After all, it’s in changing the mindset where the revolution turns to victory.


Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science Ranked in the top 10 percent of graduate nursing programs by U.S. News & World Report, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science can be characterized as a private school with a public conscience. The school focuses on teaching/ research/clinical missions with vulnerable populations in San Diego, on the San Diego-Mexico border, in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, India and the Pacific Rim.

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Programs Dedicated solely to graduate nursing education, the school prepares nurse scientists, nurse educators, nurse executives, Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) and Advanced Clinical Generalist Nurses (Clinical Nurse Leader: CNL ).

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Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD) Post-MSN PhD BSN to PhD


Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Post-MSN DNP BSN to DNP


Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Family, Dual Adult-Gerontology/ Family, Dual Pediatric/Family, and Family/Lifespan Psychiatric MentalHealth Nurse Practitioner Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Clinical Nursing Executive Nurse Leader Health Care Informatics


Master’s Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN)


Master of Science (MS)

Health Care Informatics

Simulation and Standardized Patient Nursing Laboratory All clinical programs in the School of Nursing utilize the state of the art Simulation and Standardized Patient Nursing Laboratory (S&SPNL) for intensive clinical learning. The S&SPNL is a 4,400 square-foot laboratory in which RN and APRN students encounter real-life standardized patients and simulation scenarios throughout 12

their studies. Standardized patients and simulation activities replicate actual clinical scenarios in a safe learning environment. This provides opportunities for students to practice assessments and intervention skills in nonthreatening and controlled situations

multidisciplinary collaboration, research and scholarship. The creation of the office, as well as the expansion of the PhD Nursing Program and the implementation of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program, signals the school’s commitment to research and

without the fear of harming an actual patient.

translational science. Research support services include experts in research design, methodology, statistics, budgetary and technical support, a nursing librarian to facilitate literature searches and a foundation grant writer.

Serving Vulnerable Populations The value-added component within the School of Nursing is its commitment to caring for and changing the lives of the most vulnerable populations, either through direct clinical services, the development of unique programs to better serve this population, or research to identify critical factors that affect this population. Opportunities abound within and around San Diego County to attend to the health needs of this population. Cross-border experiences also are available, as well as international immersion opportunities. With a faculty of renowned national and international scientists and clinicians, students have unique access to educational opportunities not possible in most other schools across the United States.

Office of Nursing Research The Office of Nursing Research serves as a resource to strengthen the research productivity for faculty and students in the School of Nursing by increasing

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The director of nursing research provides leadership to achieve nursing research goals and to oversee general operations of the Office of Nursing Research. The director’s efforts have focused on building the school’s research capacity by refining collaborative efforts across health care settings and targeting specific research initiatives including: vulnerable populations; patient care and safety; palliative care and end of life decision making; integration of technology into clinical practice; reducing/eliminating health disparities; military health issues  and international research. The inclusion and participation of nursing students is key to the school’s successful research initiative. Research is imbedded in all courses across the curriculum; students are provided opportunities to gain an understanding of the basic steps for conducting research and to have

hands on experience working as part of a research team. Students are engaged in all aspects of research, with a special emphasis on the need for practice to be evidence based. Notably, students introduce real world clinical problems and design projects to analyze and collect data to help solve clinical problems. Students participate in research proposal development; recruitment of subjects and data collection, entry, and analysis; manuscript and scientific presentation and poster development for research dissemination. All students are required to complete online human subjects’ protection training and their work culminates in a final presentation at the USD Nursing and Graduate Research Day, as well as recognition at the Nursing Honors Convocation and graduation.

Accreditation The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education accredits programs within the School of Nursing; and the California Board of Registered Nursing approves its programs. Persons who complete the Master’s Entry into Nursing program are eligible to apply for licensure with the Board of Registered Nursing. Graduates of Master’s and Doctoral programs are eligible to apply for Certification as Advanced Clinical Generalist (CNL) , Executive Nurse Leader (ENL) , or as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) . Most students in the School receive financial assistance and/or forgivable loans from Nursing endowments and/or federal, regional, local, or foundation grants. For more information about the programs in the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, visit



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Come Together Inclusion. Diversity. These words are bandied about so freely today as to nearly lose their meaning. But at the University of San Diego, we articulate them with care, holding in each syllable the regard we feel for the principles they represent. USD has long worked on being a welcoming place, a haven for people and for ideas. It is in our Catholic identity not just to accept, but to invite others from all cultures, all perspectives, all faiths, onto our campus and to hear them speak. This mixture of opinions and life experiences breathes life into the conversation and takes us into new, unimagined directions. Projects in the 1990s targeted efforts to support diversity and develop cultural competence at USD. Since then, the community has been inspired to take that awareness to an even higher level, ultimately leading to the new Center for Inclusion and Diversity (CID) . This center advances awareness by encouraging collaboration through forums, events and initiatives. The CID also fosters innovation by sponsoring inclusion and diversity grants for USD faculty and staff.

Recent events advocating inclusion and diversity included a spring break service trip to repair homes in New Orleans damaged by Hurricane Katrina; the annual March of the Toreros during University of Diversity Week; a screening of “Voices on Diversity,� a video project showcasing students, faculty and staff, and their experiences with inclusion and diversity; and The Living Library, designed to promote dialogue and diffuse stereotypes. The evolution of thought that emerges from these and other events at USD demonstrates that mindful discourse is not just an academic exercise, it’s a hallmark of academic excellence.


Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies Charged by its namesake to “not only talk about peace, but make peace,” the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies prepares peacebuilders through education, research and practice. The school brings together many voices — from practitioners and activists to members of religious orders — to create dialogue and new directions, bringing peace and justice studies to life. Its two institutes are central to the school’s mission of working for sustainable peace and justice. The Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice is a center for conflict resolution and human rights, and the Trans-Border Institute addresses issues in the United StatesMexico border region. Degree Program The goals of the Master of Arts in Peace and Justice Studies are to: n



Produce graduates who are capable of relating disciplinary and crossdisciplinary theories of peace and justice to real world problem-solving involving local, regional and international conflict. Foster scholarly agendas that examine the dynamics of justice and peacebuilding. Facilitate faculty and student interaction and development across disciplines and academic units at USD, as well as in the community. Students in the program also have the opportunity to benefit from the School of Peace Studies’ two institutes: the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice and the Trans-Border Institute.

Master of Arts (MA) in Peace and Justice Studies

The MA in Peace and Justice Studies is designed as a full-time program and is divided into two tracks of study. Individuals with a minimum of three years of experience relevant to the field of peace and justice (e.g., NGO, government, or business experience with a focus on human rights, conflict resolution or development) are eligible to apply for the 12-month track. Those without this experience should apply for the 17-month track, which includes a required internship. Preference in admission for both tracks will be given to applicants with language skills in addition to English. Typically, one-third of the students in the program are international. Alumni have come from more than 20 countries on four continents.

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Curriculum The Peace and Justice Studies Program is an interdisciplinary program at the intersection of conflict analysis and resolution, human rights, and development and human security. It emphasizes the integration and use of theory and practice for the successful pursuit of peace and justice goals. The program begins in late August with a required orientation, introducing students to the range of interdisciplinary scholarship in the program. Students in both tracks take four required core courses, one skills-based course, three one-unit workshops/ practica and three electives selected in consultation with their advisor. Students who wish to focus their studies on an emphasis (human rights, development or conflict analysis) must take at least two of the three elective classes in their area of emphasis. Both tracks conclude with a capstone project requiring students to apply skills and perspectives acquired in the program to a current problem threatening or preventing peace and/or justice. In the 17-month track, the internship course serves to integrate the practical experience of the internship with theory through critical discussion. 18

With the exception of the capstone course and, for students in the 17-month track, the internship, substitutions of required courses can occur with the approval of the program director if a required course duplicates previous academic work of the student.

Core Courses n




Conflict Analysis and Resolution International Justice and Human Rights Development and Conflict Research Methodologies

Areas of Emphasis ( NOTE: bullet points under each specialization are indicative of topics relevant to each area and do not represent the names of specific courses.)

Conflict Analysis and Resolution n









Community conflict/resilience Conflict assessment Conflict prevention /early warnings Conflict and international policy Post-conflict peacebuilding Ethnic and identity conflict (identity as language, race, class, gender, ethnicity, faith) Faith-based traditions and peacebuilding International and regional institutions Negotiation and mediation

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Nonviolence, religion, communication Social movements

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Economic development and political economy Post-conflict development policy   Sustainable development Human security   International organizations   Peacebuilding Humanitarian aid Civil society and NGOs   Human capital Organizational management   Political development and governance (institution building, rule of law)   Failed states/states in transition Resource conflict

Human Rights n







Human rights policy and institutions Advocacy, NGOs and social movements Human rights monitoring, documentation and media work  Rule of law Access to justice  Transitional justice  Restorative justice and reconciliation





Justice mechanisms (local, national and international) Genocide, mass atrocities and the responsibility to protect Identity, culture and human rights  Public international law and international humanitarian law

Financial Aid All applicants accepted into the Peace and Justice Studies Program are eligible to be considered for Gandhi Fellowships, Joan B. Kroc Scholarships in Peace and Justice Studies, and Dean’s Graduate Merit Scholarships. Application for program admission constitutes application for all three scholarships. A faculty committee determines fellowship and scholarship awards. The Gandhi Fellowships, Joan B. Kroc Scholarships in Peace and Justice Studies, Dean’s Graduate Merit Scholarships, and other financial aid are offered to permit full-time study. Contact the Office of Financial Aid at USD for further information regarding financial aid and loans.

Additional Information To learn more about the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies and the Master’s Program in Peace and Justice Studies, email or visit

Centers and Institutes n

Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice


Trans-Border Institute



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World Wise Diplomas in hand, USD students are prepared to become leaders in their field and to live meaningful lives. But in order to truly become a global citizen, it’s imperative to venture beyond one’s own backyard. Otherwise, how can our students truly understand that they are part of a global nation and that their actions have impact on the world itself? It’s a priority at USD for students to draw parallels of understanding through firsthand international experiences. Studying or working in another culture, however briefly, changes a student’s worldview forever. Once-vague concepts — such as the interconnectedness of nations — take on shape, color and dimension as students examine the impact of sedimentation on coral reefs in Mexico, provide health care to displaced refuges in the Dominican Republic or study European law in the halls of the University of Barcelona. Every undergraduate and graduate academic unit at the university offers international opportunities — some have made it a graduation requirement — such as study abroad, research, internships, community service and spiritual reflection. Our International Center consolidates many of these efforts. In the College of Arts and Sciences alone, more than 1,000 students embark on global adventures annually, and among undergraduates campus-wide, USD ranks first in the nation for study abroad participation.

The internationalization of USD doesn’t just take place in farflung nations; it’s happening right here on campus too. Conferences, visiting scholars and an international emphasis within the curriculum all contribute to a new awareness. International students from more than 60 countries bring the seeds of global harmony right to our doorstep. Through international opportunity grants, faculty have their own projects in the field, invigorating their lessons with new insights. Collectively, these efforts create fundamental change, bringing a worldwide perspective to every classroom, every field of study and every global citizen.


Full-Time MBA: A two-year, cohort-based program that is committed to developing socially responsible leaders. Full-Time International MBA (IMBA) : A two-year, cohort-based program that prepares students to work in a global marketplace and within the global economy. Evening MBA: A program completed at a flexible pace (two to three years) that meets the needs of working professionals. MBA students and USD faculty examine global business practices through short-term study abroad opportunities. Additionally, MBA students can participate in other international programs, such as semester exchange, international practicum and internships. n


School of Business Administration For 40 years, the School of Business Administration has provided a rigorous, values-based education that accelerates the personal and professional growth of the students who pass through our doors. USD’s business degree programs have achieved the highest level of international recognition through full accreditation by AACSB International. With many degree specializations and co-curricular activities ranging from professional development workshops to industry conferences, students can tailor their graduate studies to meet their career interests, whether they are in the private, public or not-for-profit sector.

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Ranked among the top universities in the United States, USD takes pride in its dedication to academic excellence. Members of the faculty of the School of Business Administration maintain close ties with the business community and are frequently recognized for their innovative contributions to industry as well as academia.


The School of Business Administration was one of the original signers to participate in the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) , which embeds issues of social responsibility and sustainability in the mainstream of business education. USD has been a values-based institution since its inception, and the School of Business Administration views the core PRME principles as an extension of its own mission.


The School of Business Administration is recognized in Bloomberg Businessweek’s “Best Business Programs,” with highly ranked undergraduate and graduate academic programs. The MBA program is ranked 39th in the world for social responsibility by the Aspen Institute, and the Evening MBA was recently ranked 14th in Bloomberg Businessweek’s ranking of the top part-time MBA programs.

Highlights of that ranking include: n



“A+” grade for teaching quality “A+” grade for how students rate the caliber of their fellow classmates “A+” grade for curriculum

MBA Programs The MBA curriculum is structured with core management courses, socially responsible leadership development courses, electives and practical enrichment programming. Emphasis is placed on established best practices of business as well as applied research and hands-on experiences aimed at expanding the knowledge base and career options of the programs’ graduates. Faculty employ such teaching methods as case studies, lectures and group projects. MBA programs include:






Finance Management Marketing Supply Chain Management International Business New Venture Management Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Enterprises

The Office of MBA Career Services provides customized career coaching and the resources and tools necessary for students to promote themselves in a competitive market. Career Services offers a full-service, comprehensive approach to career development with an emphasis on networking and opportunities for mentorship. Students can hone their networking skills at orientations, networking breakfasts, mixers, outings with industry mentor groups and San Diego career fairs. Students who wish to work with a mentor are matched with executives or high-ranking individuals in their field of interest.

Business Leadership Programs Master of Science in Executive Leadership (MSEL)

The MSEL program is an innovative, values-based business

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degree for established and emerging executives, delivered through an alliance between the University of San Diego’s School of Business Administration and The Ken Blanchard Companies. The degree curriculum facilitates the development and mastery of key intrapersonal, interpersonal and organizational skills in real-world contexts to allow for maximum personal and organizational benefit.

is a multi-disciplinary field, and the MSRE degree program focuses on providing students with a solid foundation comprised of the many different disciplines and components that make up the dynamic real estate profession. The program is built on the strengths of the USD School of Business Administration and the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate, which has an outstanding reputation throughout the region.

Master of Science in Global Leadership (MSGL)

Master of Science in Supply Chain Management (MS-SCM)

The MSGL program seeks to educate students on the unique nature of doing business in the global market, and to inspire them to become successful business leaders and outstanding international citizens. The MSGL program strives to prepare students for positions of leadership and influence in an increasingly interdependent world by emphasizing the principles of ethical leadership, best business practices and respect for cultural, political and economic differences.

The MS-SCM degree program is designed for high-performing managers and executives who have an established track record of success in one or more of the functions included in supply chain management. Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply and approved by the Institute for Supply Management, the web-based MS-SCM program equip participants with advanced expertise needed to help their firm progress to world-class supply chain management status, with significant improvement in profitability.

Specialized Master’s Programs Master of Science in Accountancy (MACC)

The MACC degree program offers a curriculum that focuses on interactively developing the skills needed by accountants and financial managers. This program is a specialized master’s degree designed to provide accountants the skills needed in mid-to-upperlevel accounting positions and skills needed in professional positions where finance, information systems and related financial skills are as essential as accounting skills. The MACC program provides students with leadership, communication, interpersonal and ethical skills for supervisory-level positions. Master of Science in Real Estate (MSRE)

The MSRE degree program develops the specialized skills needed by real estate professionals through an interactive approach. Real estate


Master of Science in Taxation (MTAX)

The MTAX degree program is a 30-unit program that focuses on interactively developing the skills needed by accountants who want to emphasize tax during their careers. This program is a specialized tax degree designed to provide accountants the skills needed in mid-to-upper-level taxation related positions. Furthermore, the program provides students with leadership, communication, interpersonal and ethical skills for supervisory-level positions.

Dual-Degree Programs Dual-degree programs facilitate the acquisition of two degrees in an accelerated manner. The San Diego MBA offers two types of dual-degree programs: Intra-University Dual Degrees and International Dual Degrees.

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USD dual degrees allow students to receive educational preparation for professional practice in two distinct areas. Students may earn an MBA or IMBA along with the following: n

Juris Doctor (MBA/JD OR IMBA/JD)


Master of Science in Real Estate (MBA/MSRE OR IMBA/MSRE)

International dual-degree programs afford students the opportunity to spend one year at USD and one year in either Mexico or Germany and receive an MBA or IMBA from USD along with the following: n



Certificate in Non-Profit Management MBA, MS in Finance or MS in Marketing from Tecnológico de Monterrey (Tec) in Mexico MBA from WHU, Otto Beisheim School of Management in Germany

Transnational Dual-Degree Programs

USD graduate business students may enroll in a dual-degree program with the Tecnológico de Monterrey (TEC) in Mexico or WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management in Germany. Dual-degree students from campuses throughout Mexico and from WHU spend a year of study at USD, and USD students live and study in Mexico or Germany for a year, earning one master’s degree from USD and another from TEC or WHU. This is possible because each institution accepts coursework from the other to meet degree requirements. Students receive an MBA or an IMBA from USD, and an MBA, MS in finance or MS in marketing from Tecnológico de Monterrey, or an MBA from WHU. For more information about graduate programs in the School of Business Administration, visit programs/graduate.

Centers and Institutes


Accountancy Institute


Ahlers Center for International Business


Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate


Center for Peace and Commerce


Supply Chain Management Institute



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Leading Change With the business of nations, industries and people converging into ever-tighter circles, students need to understand how their professions and projects connect with the larger world. USD has seen the change coming. Business students recognize the need to consider people and the planet along with profits. Law students stockpile political and international acumen. And in our increasingly diverse world, all students strive to become proficient in the skills that build peace between nations, cultures and individuals. Toward these ends, the Torero community fosters a collaborative environment — between academic divisions, between professions, between members of the university and the community — to develop new synergies and prepare future leaders who are capable of meeting challenges and leading change.

Within the new USD Changemaker Hub, collaborative efforts between faculty, staff and student groups energize ideas, fuel initiatives and promote best practices in the burgeoning field of social entrepreneurship. Seminal programs such as USD’s Center for Peace and Commerce, a united effort between the School of Peace Studies and the School of Business Administration, blends business principles with peacebuilding and poverty alleviation, and is a peek into the future. The environmental studies major in the College of Arts and Sciences relies on multiple perspectives — the natural sciences, the social sciences and the humanities — to examine environmental issues. While the problems of the world are complex, students who can explore solutions in concert with others, from multiple perspectives will lead us to the lasting results needed in our global community.

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School of Law The USD School of Law is one of only 81 law schools in the country to have a chapter of The Order of the Coif, the most distinguished rank of American law schools. The law school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Each year, the law school welcomes more than 270 of the brightest students from across the country and around the world. The goal is to provide students with academic experiences — both inside and outside the classroom — to help them thrive in their chosen careers. Students receive theoretical knowledge and practical training to prepare them for the legal professions of the future.

Juris Doctor (JD)

The degree of Juris Doctor is a legal professional degree. The law school shapes its curriculum to meet the diverse career goals and intellectual interests of its students within the traditional preparation for the practice of law. Students who wish to emphasize or specialize in a particular area of law can choose electives from a broad range of courses. The law school also offers clinical and internship programs to give law students who have completed their first year an opportunity to earn academic credit while gaining practical experience. Three years of full-time study or four years of part-time study are generally required to complete the JD degree. Upon recommendation of the dean and the faculty, the JD degree is conferred upon law students who have successfully completed all academic, graduation and residency requirements.

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Concentrations are offered in the following legal fields: n






Business and Corporate Law Civil Litigation Criminal Litigation Intellectual Property International Law Public Interest Law

Dual-Degree Programs

Dual-degree programs expedite educational preparation for professional practice in two areas. n

Master of Business Administration (JD/MBA OR JD/IMBA)



Master of Arts in International Relations (JD/MA) Master of Laws in Taxation (JD/LLM)

Master of Laws Programs

USD’s School of Law is a longstanding leader in graduate legal education. Each year, the School of Law is pleased to welcome more than 100 attorneys, judges, law professors and recent law school graduates from around the world into our Master of Laws (LLM) programs.


Our diverse curriculum and flexible LLM programs allow our students to design a course of study to best meet their academic and professional development needs. General LLM with Concentration LLM in Business and Corporate Law LLM in Comparative Law (for international attorneys) LLM in International Law LLM in Taxation Admission to LLM programs is competitive. The admission criteria for an LLM degree are as follows: n





Applicants must possess a JD or an LLM from an ABA-accredited law school or an accredited international institution. Most accepted applicants have graduated in the upper half of their law school class. Most successful candidates also possess some professional experience prior to enrolling in the program. Applicants may enroll full time for two semesters, or part time, completing the LLM program over a longer period (subject to visa restrictions). Enrolled students have the option to change their status at any time during their program. n



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Master of Science in Legal Studies

The Master of Science in Legal Studies is for graduate students and professionals whose area of research or employment would benefit from further study of the legal system. Ideal candidates include, but are not limited to, graduate students in other disciplines (such as political science, economics, international relations, engineering, philosophy, business or medicine) or professionals from different fields (such as journalism, business, science or technology), who would benefit from studying law, but who do not wish to become attorneys. For more information about law programs, visit law/academics.

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Center for Public Interest Law


Children’s Advocacy Institute


COMPASS Family Center


Energy Policy Initiatives Center






Center for the Study of Constitutional Originalism Center for Education Policy and Law Institute for Law and Philosophy Center for Corporate and Securities Law Center for Intellectual Property Law and Markets



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In Good Faith In just 60 years, USD has grown from a local college with 50 students and a handful of professors to a nationally ranked university the size of a small town. While the university has undergone a remarkable transformation, its founding mission and core values remain rock steady. The University of San Diego is first and foremost a Catholic institution with a commitment to providing a contemplative liberal arts education while working as a community toward a just and peaceful society. From its first days, USD has sought to develop the whole person, emphasizing values, ethics and a dedication to service, open to students of all faiths. The founders believed, correctly, that an educational institution is made stronger by the character of its community and the diversity of its voices.

Vigorous, unrestrained inquiry is a natural expression of USD’s Catholic identity and pursuit of academic excellence. It is our responsibility to stay current in all aspects of the world’s secular and cultural knowledge, while remaining true to the richness and relevance of our Christian intellectual teachings and heritage. As a cornerstone of that heritage, USD emphasizes freedom in teaching, research and service, all of which require free inquiry, free expression, intellectual honesty, respect for the academic rights of others and openness to change. Ultimately, the university is dedicated to the fullest personal, academic and spiritual development of its students so that they, in turn, can serve as ethical and compassionate leaders in their chosen fields, dedicated to making a positive contribution to society, while ever working toward the common good.


SOLES Faculty

School of Leadership and Education Sciences The University of San Diego’s School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES) has nearly 700 students at the certificate, credential, master’s and doctoral levels. We offer programs in areas as diverse as leadership, counseling, learning and teaching, and marital and family therapy. SOLES believes that education for human service must have as its foundation a vision of enhancing human dignity and the quality of life. To do so, human service professionals must focus on moral perspectives in their professional and community lives. The faculty and staff of SOLES seek to share this vision with our students. The School of Leadership and Education Sciences’ mission supports this vision in three important respects: n



It is the School of Leadership and Education Sciences’ responsibility to prepare students with the professional knowledge, skills and ethical perspectives they will need for effective leadership and practice in a diverse society. The School of Leadership and Education Sciences seeks to become, and encourage our students to become, life-long learners engaged in scholarly inquiry, research and professional development. The School of Leadership and Education Sciences value professional and community service and encourage such service by our students.

Ranking and Accreditation U.S. News & World Report ranked SOLES as one of the top 100 schools of education in the country and the top-ranked Catholic university education program from the region. The university is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The academic programs at SOLES are accredited by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs, the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education, the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, and the Council for Exceptional Children. Additionally, SOLES curriculum is accredited by our peers and rated as both challenging and rewarding by our graduates. Our reputation in the areas of education, counseling, therapy and leadership is highly respected by our peers, the community, and our alumni network of more than 3,500 people representing virtually every organizational setting.

Another factor that distinguishes us from other institutions is the quality of the faculty, their teaching and scholarship. Their reputation as productive scholars continues to differentiate them in their fields of academic specialization and in the educational, therapeutic, counseling and leadership communities. The availability of the faculty, who pride themselves on the individual attention that they are able to provide, is a strength of each program. The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education awarded SOLES with the Best Practice Award in Support of Global Diversity and Inclusion.

International Experience SOLES offers courses and educational partnerships around the world and all SOLES graduate students are required to take part in an international experience. SOLES recognizes that students are living in a global society and provides these international opportunities for students and faculty to strengthen their cultural awareness and cultural competencies. Students have taken advantage of short-term, faculty-led courses abroad in countries including Costa Rica, Ireland, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya and Spain.

Financial Aid Students may be eligible to apply for additional scholarships and financial aid through SOLES. To learn more about the opportunities available, please visit www. If you are interested in learning more about our graduate programs listed on the next page, please feel free to contact the SOLES Office of Admissions and Outreach at or (619) 260-7988. You can also visit our website at soles/admissions.

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Leadership Studies Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Leadership Studies

The Educational Leadership Development Academy (ELDA) n

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Higher Education Leadership PK-12 Public/Private School Leadership Nonprofit Leadership and Management Organizational Leadership and Consulting Individualized Option

Master of Arts in Leadership Studies Specializations: n



PK-12 Public/Private School Leadership Organizational Leadership and Consulting Individualized Option

Master of Arts in Higher Education Leadership Specializations: n


Higher Education Administration Student Affairs



School, Family and Mental Health Professions

Certificate Option



Clinical Mental Health Counseling School Counseling with Pupil Personnel Services Credential

Master of Arts in Marital and Family Therapy

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MAT in History and Social Science MEd in Curriculum and Instruction MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, specialization in Montessori Education



MEd in Special Education MEd in TESOL, Literacy, and Culture





Nonprofit Leadership Alliance


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Leaders Exploring Administrative Possibilities (LEAP) Program Aspiring Leaders Program: Preliminary Administrative Services Credential New Leaders Program: Professional Administrative Services Credential

Credential Programs

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Master’s Credential Cohort Program Elementary School Teacher Preparation: MEd in Curriculum and Instruction with Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential Middle and High School Teacher Preparation: MEd in Curriculum and Instruction with Preliminary Single Subject Credential MEd in Special Education with Preliminary Education Specialist Credential, Mild to Moderate Disabilities

Certificate Programs

Specialist Certificate in Character Education Peace and Global Education Certificate TESOL Certificate If you are interested in learning more about our graduate programs, please contact the Office of Admissions and Outreach at or (619) 260-7988. n



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Autism Institute Caster Family Center for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Research


Character Development Center


Center for Education Policy and Law


Community College Leadership Academy







Educational Leadership Development Academy Global Center Institute for Nonprofit Education and Research Leadership Institute Manchester Family Child Development Center Mobile Technology Learning Center


Graduate Admissions The selection process for USD’s graduate schools is highly competitive. Successful applicants demonstrate that they are prepared to pursue a post-baccalaureate degree, certificate or credential in their desired field. Graduate program applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited and approved institution. Doctoral program applicants must also hold a master’s degree. The preferred method for applying is online at Note that deadlines among graduate programs may vary. Please reference individual department websites for program deadlines and for specific admission criteria, as certain programs may have additional requirements. School of Law applicants must apply through the School of Law. Applications can be found at

Graduate Application Requirements 1. The

completed application for graduate admission.

2. A

$45 application fee ($80 for School of Business) to be paid with online submission of application.

3. Official

transcripts documenting each course taken beyond the high school level (whether or not within a degree program) and all degrees awarded. Transcripts that do not bear the registrar’s signature and/or the institution’s seal are not official. If your school has the capability to send secure, electronic transcripts, you can have them sent to

4. Three

letters of recommendation from professors familiar with the applicant’s scholarly work or from professional supervisors who have had experience in a graduate program and who can provide information regarding the applicant’s potential for success as a graduate student. Two professional letters of recommendation are required by programs within the School of Business.

5. Current


6. Personal

statements, research statement and/or essays. Most programs require specific questions to be answered in the personal statement, and some programs require more than one statement. Be sure to check the department website for specifics. Generally, programs require that your statement of purpose succinctly explain your motivation for pursuing the degree, your future career plans and why you believe USD is a good fit for you.

7. Standardized


admission test scores as required by the department.

Additional Application Information for International Students 1. Transcript

evaluation is required through an outside agency such as World Education Services (WES), the International Education Research Foundation (IERF) or Education Credential Evaluators (ECE). A course-by-course report must be submitted with your application. Be advised that the evaluation will take at least 20 days, sometimes much longer. Please contact the agency for more information:, or

2. The

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required for all international applicants and can be waived only if English is your primary language or you have obtained a bachelor’s degree from the United States, Great Britain, Canada or Australia. Other exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis.

Please send all application materials to:

University of San Diego Office of Graduate Admissions 5998 Alcalá Park San Diego, CA 92110-2492 Phone: (619) 260-4524 Fax: (619) 260-4158 Email: graduate The Office of Graduate Admissions is in Serra Hall, Room 202. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Financial Information Financial Aid One of USD’s highest priorities is to ensure that sufficient financial aid is available to all eligible students.

Estimated Annual Expenses 2012 – 2013 The following estimated expenses are for students attending graduate or law school at USD during the fall and spring semesters. Room and board figures represent the cost of on-campus housing. Tuition and fees are subject to change.



Full-Time Law

(18 units)

(18 units)

(12-16 units)














Total (no loan fees)




Part-Time, per unit




Fees On-Campus Room and Board Books and Supplies


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For graduate students, financial aid is provided largely by individual departments, and the amount of aid varies significantly. Forms of support include grants, scholarships, loans, fellowships, graduate assistantships and federal work study. While some support is granted based on financial need or a combination of merit/ need, most forms of support are awarded for merit. Each academic division offers scholarships and awards differently, so students should check with the program to which they are applying for specific instructions. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for needbased aid. In addition, students can apply for a range of grants, scholarships and loans available within their department of study or through the Office of Financial Aid.

Dean’s Graduate Merit Scholars The Dean’s Graduate Merit Award is a one-time award without respect to financial need. If financial need is demonstrated, this tuition award must be coordinated with other sources of assistance to comply with federal, state and institutional financial eligibility. Students may be full- or part-time; however, the amount of their award cannot exceed the actual cost of tuition and other USD expenses. Although the amount of the award is not renewable, students may apply annually for a Dean’s Graduate Merit Scholarship.

International Students For international students, USD offers merit awards, which vary in amount and are distributed by individual departments. International applicants are urged to explore support opportunities from their governments and private sources, and, if needed, to seek financial advice from their governments, the U.S. Embassy or the Institute for International Education, 809 United Nations Plaza, New York, New York, 10017 U.S.A. For more information on financial aid through the individual schools, visit:

USD Office of Financial Aid School of Business Administration programs/graduate/mba/admissions/ tuition_and_financial_aid/ School of Law School of Leadership and Education Sciences financial_aid Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science financial-aid-resources.php Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies prospective/financial_aid_and_ tuition.php



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Life in San Diego Think San Diego and the first thing that probably comes to mind is the near-perfect climate and 70 miles of pristine beaches. But look a little deeper, and you might be surprised. In fact, America’s Finest City is one of the few places in the world where you can catch a wave in the morning, drive a short while, then ski a summit or trek serene desert trails in the afternoon. California’s second-largest city and the nation’s ninth-largest, San Diego has a population of nearly 1.3 million people. It’s home to a thriving music, theater and arts scene, and has the largest concentration of museums on the West Coast in historic Balboa Park, which also houses the renowned San Diego Zoo. Iconic destinations dot the coastline, from Cabrillo National Monument in Point Loma to Torrey Pines State Reserve and the tide pools of La Jolla. Only 20 miles from the Mexican border, San Diego’s international perspective reaches back to its very roots and is reflected in the city’s architecture, culture and celebrations.

The University of San Diego is ideally situated mere minutes from the lively and historic Gaslamp Quarter; Old Town, the first permanent Spanish settlement in California; the award-winning Old Globe theatres; Petco Park for Padres baseball; Qualcomm Stadium for Chargers football; and Mission Bay Aquatic Center, the world’s largest instructional waterfront facility. With such an array of entertainment at their doorstep, USD students always have a wide range of activities available.


Student Resources Athletics

Community Service-Learning USD has 17 men’s and women’s NCAA Division I teams that compete within the West Coast Conference (WCC) . The football team competes in the Pioneer Football League, a championship subdivision of the NCAA Division I league. For the past five years, USD has been awarded the WCC Commissioner’s Cup for having the strongest overall athletic program in the conference. USD’s athletic mascot is the Torero, a bullfighter, reflecting USD’s affiliation with Spain, and team colors are Columbia blue, navy blue and white. The Center for Community Service-Learning embodies the Catholic social tradition of working for justice, fostering peace and developing leaders prepared to serve ethically and with compassion. Through service in the community — either around the corner or across the globe — USD students develop a lifelong commitment to promoting social change and justice. Opportunities are available through the Center for Awareness, Service and Action (CASA) , individual campus departments, the Social Issues Committee, local community agencies, student-led group projects, and long-term domestic and international placements.

Campus Recreation More than two-thirds of the university community participates in at least one campus recreation program each year. Intramural teams include flag football, softball, speed soccer, volleyball, basketball and innertube water polo. Sport clubs compete against other schools in equestrian, lacrosse, rugby, ultimate Frisbee and more. Aquatics classes — held at USD or at Mission Bay Aquatics Center — include lifeguarding, kayaking, windsurfing, scuba diving and water fitness. USD’s Experiential Learning and Adventure Center offers outdoor activities such as hiking, rock climbing, surfing and skiing. The Sports Center and the Missions and McNamara fitness centers provide facilities for lap swimming, tennis, cardio and strength training, and group exercise classes.

Campus Transportation USD’s free tram shuttle service provides frequent transportation between designated stops on campus. Trams also offer morning and evening service to the Old Town trolley station. San Diego Metro bus stops are a short walk from campus. Zipcar offers easy access to a private car for an hour, a day or more. Hourly and daily rates include gas and insurance.

Career Services The Career Services Office provides professional development and job search resources for graduate students in all academic divisions, from career counseling and résumé reviews to workshops, internship leads, on-campus interviews and networking opportunities. The office also holds regular career fairs and professional development expos throughout the year. The School of Business Administration and School of Law also have specialized career services offices within their schools.


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Dining Services Whether the ideal meal should sizzle on the grill or come from the crisper, USD’s award-winning Dining Services has it. Grab a bite at a lively campus bistro or café, or nosh at one of a dozen sophisticated dining options at the Student Life Pavilion, featuring fresh ingredients from the building’s rooftop garden and local farms. Stock up on fresh veggies and other natural foods at Tu Mercado. Don’t miss the weekly farmers’ market featuring local, organic produce. Meal plans are available.

Founders Chapel The spiritual center of the university, Founders Chapel was meticulously planned by USD’s founding order, the Religious of the Sacred Heart. Its spectacular appointments draw one in — the white Botticino marble altar, gold leaf reredos behind the altar, and stained-glass nave windows are unmatched. But it’s the spirituality and reverence within the chapel that truly move visitors. Still an active faith community for students, faculty and staff, Founders Chapel offers weekday noon Mass year-round. While classes are in session, Sunday and Wednesday evening Mass is also celebrated.

Galleries The following galleries are located on the USD campus: Robert and Karen Hoehn Family Galleries,
Hoehn Print Study Room, Founders Hall Fine Arts Galleries,
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice David W. May American Indian Gallery,
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Exhibition Hall, Student Life Pavilion

Graduate Housing Campus housing is available for graduate and law students at the Presidio Terrace Apartments (one-bedroom furnished apartments for single occupants) and the Manchester Village Apartments (one- and two-bedroom furnished apartments for one or two residents). Continuous occupancy is available during school breaks, and residents can pay an additional fee for summer occupancy if they will be USD students the following fall semester. Residential Life also assists graduate students in finding off-campus housing.

Graduate/Law Student Commons Located on the third floor of the Student Life Pavilion, the Commons is a group study and meeting space that fosters community and promotes collaboration among graduate and law students. Programs hosted by the Commons throughout the year include the Leaders on Campus breakfast, career development workshops, faculty luncheons, wellness programs, wine and cheese events, graduate women’s circles and San Diego excursions.

Graduate/Law Student Ministry law_student_ministry.php Graduate and law students of all religious traditions — as well as those still searching for their religious identity — are encouraged to take part in University Ministry’s liturgies, immersion trips, local service opportunities, retreats, small faith-sharing communities, pastoral counseling and companionship, scripture study, and all-faith services. Graduate student service opportunities include the Interfaith Shelter Network and monthly service projects in Tijuana. The upbeat Theology on Tap program gives graduate students a chance to share a fizzy beverage, faith and fellowship in a relaxed setting.

Graduate Student Organizations student_organizations.php The Graduate Student Council includes representatives from each of USD’s six academic divisions. In addition, social, academic, honor and professional student organizations are available in the academic divisions and through Associated Students, including many that welcome graduate students. The Law School is home to more than 35 student groups, from the Student Bar Association to the Tax Law Society. Student organizations hold social functions, sponsor initiatives, organize service projects, and provide career development and networking opportunities.


International Students

One Stop Student Center The presence of international scholars at USD helps to promote global awareness on campus and increase understanding of cultural, political, environmental and social issues among citizens of different nations. The Office of International Students and Scholars provides educational activities and is a resource for international students during their transition in a new culture. The office also serves as a liaison between the university and federal agencies, as well as international organizations and consulates around the world. The One Stop Student Center consolidates student business with financial aid, registration and student accounts in one location.

Parking Services Several types of parking permits are available, including commuter, resident and fringe permits. Varying regulations apply to each permit.

Student Life Pavilion

Libraries The Helen K. and James S. Copley Library and the Pardee Legal Research Center together house more than 1 million volumes, periodicals, journals, rare books, collections of reference works and legal materials, such as judicial, statutory and administrative sources. Both facilities belong to the San Diego Circuit library consortium, which links the substantial collections of four university libraries and the San Diego County Library for student and faculty use.

Manchester Family Child Development Center The Manchester Family Child Development Center provides nurturing and enriching care year-round to children between the ages of 2½ and 5. The center offers full-time or half-time enrollment for two, three or five days each week. Each of the four mixed-age classrooms is staffed by two fulltime teachers and is supported by part-time student workers, parents and volunteers. Affiliated with the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the center serves as a practicum and educational research site for members of the USD community.


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Study Abroad study_abroad/graduate.php Study abroad experiences for graduate students are offered in USD’s academic divisions, including faculty-led intersession or summer courses, semester exchange programs, internships and service-learning or research projects. USD’s Office of International Studies Abroad has information on additional programs, including USD’s popular six-week summer study program in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Summer Study/Intersession Students may take one 3- or 4-unit course during the three-week January intersession between the fall and spring semesters. During the 12-week summer break, students may take up to a total of 13 units.

Technology Services and Support Academic Technology Services provides tech support to faculty, staff and students on campus and oversees general and instructional computing labs at Barcelona and in Maher, Olin and Serra halls. A 24/7 help desk for students offers assistance for hardware and supported software issues. The department also hosts free training workshops for students on USD- supported technology throughout the year.

USD Torero Store Conveniently located in Loma Hall, the USD Torero Store offers student essentials from textbooks to dorm supplies to exclusive Toreros spirit gear. The store is open Monday through Saturday.

University Centers and Institutes Center for Catholic Thought and Culture Center for Community Service-Learning Center for Educational Excellence Center for Inclusion and Diversity English Language Academy Institute of College Initiatives International Center Oscar Romero Center for Faith in Action (Above not listed in graduate school sections)

Student Wellness Center for Health and Wellness Promotion Promotes healthful student living through campus-wide education, prevention campaigns, research and individual interventions.

Counseling Center Students can meet with professionals for personal, psychological or academic counseling to ensure success at USD and in their personal lives.

Disability Services Specialists provide resources for students with documented disabilities and facilitate academic support services and accommodations to maximize independence. The office also consults with students who have temporary disabilities and students with health-related dietary restrictions.

Student Health Center Current graduate students who have paid a health fee are eligible to use the USD Student Health Center, open Monday through Friday. Medical care is provided for acute illnesses, minor injuries, ongoing medical conditions and preventive treatments. Most services are free, while modest fees are necessary for medications, immunizations, some physical exams and labs. Emergency care is not offered at the Student Health Center. A student accident and sickness insurance plan is available through United HealthCare.


USD Resources

Contact Information

Career Services

Student Affairs (619) 260-4654 (619) 260-4588

Continuing Education

Student Employment (619) 260-4585 working_on_campus.php (619) 260-4801

Counseling Center (619) 260-4655 Disability Services (619) 260-4655 Assistant Registrar, Graduate Records (619) 260-2217 Office of International Student Services (619) 260-4598 One Stop Student Center (619) 260-2700 Paralegal Program

Study Abroad, Business Programs international_business/students/ study_abroad (619) 260-4896 Summer and Intersession Office (619) 260-4800 University Relations relations (619) 260-4770 Main Campus Telephone Number

(619) 260-4600 USD Website (619) 260-4579 Registrar (619) 260-4557 Residential Life studenthousing/grad_law.php (619) 260-4777

University of San Diego Office of Graduate Admissions

5998 Alcalรก Park San Diego, CA 92110-2492 Phone: (619) 260-4524 Fax: (619) 260-4158 Email: graduate

Graduate Schools College of Arts and Sciences (619) 260-5981 School of Business Administration programs/graduate (619) 260-4860 School of Law (619) 260-4528 School of Leadership and Education Sciences (619) 260-4538 Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science (619) 260-4548 Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies prospective (619) 260-7929

The Graduate Prospectus was produced by the Office of University Publications, which can be reached at (619) 260-4684 or


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2012 Graduate Prospectus