University of Southern California

Integrated, Theme-based Curriculum

Businesses, and business schools, are organized by vertical function, such as marketing, accounting and finance and human resources. But real-world business challenges cross over these functional silos.

In the 1980s, academic leaders at the Marshall School inaugurated a revolutionary new curriculum. Recognizing that real-world business challenges and opportunities aren’t divided into tidy academic silos, but rather touch many if not all of the functions of the organization, Marshall’s leaders designed a curriculum framed around these thematic challenges and opportunities.

This revolutionary curriculum remains unique among business schools, in part because it’s unusually challenging to deliver, as it requires faculty to work across academic disciplines, and it requires us to bring at least two faculty to every GEMBA session. But the benefits of such a curriculum more than compensate for the challenges of delivering it, as has been proven over these recent decades by the testimonies and career achievements of thousands of program graduates.

 

Integration within Each Theme and Across the Program
GEMBA’s 10 themes, each reflecting the dynamic environment that faces real-world business leaders today, cut horizontally across business and academic silos, giving you an integrated look at the challenges and opportunities you face in your career.

While each GEMBA session is integrated around a key business theme, the themes themselves are integrated into a strategic whole. Your 20 months of GEMBA study give you a solid, strategically balanced and integrated understanding of real-world business challenges and opportunities. Join GEMBA and experience this transformative curriculum firsthand.

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