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Curriculum

The IBEAR MBA curriculum comprises 19 credit courses delivered over its August Transition Program and five 8-week terms. 16 of the19 courses are mandatory core courses required of all participants. These impart a strong grounding in the basics of management & business strategy. Designed as fundamental course work for global managers, these courses prepare our participants for leadership positions across professions. A 4+ month experiential learning management consulting program is a key part of the program. Considered the capstone experience of the IBEAR MBA program, IBCP or International Business Consulting Project teaches rigorous, fact-based business problem-solving and critical thinking techniques through a real world client commissioned consulting engagement that requires international travel.

3 IBEAR courses are optional and can be replaced by MBA electives of the participant's choice. Electives are taken with students in other Marshall MBA programs such as the 2 Year MBA or MBA.PM programs.

A distinguishing feature of the IBEAR MBA program is that it is largely "lock-step" in that participants study together throughout the year. You can take all 19 courses within IBEAR or you can take up to three MBA electives outside of those offered by IBEAR to emphasize an area of personal interest.

MARSHALL IBEAR MBA PROGRAM
IBEAR XXXVI

2013-2014

(Schedule is Tentative and Subject to Change)

Orientation and Transition Program (July 29 - August 17)
Attendance is mandatory for all IBEAR participants
GSBA 523 | 15684 | Communication for Management (3) (August 6 - August 17) - Gosline

Term 1 (August 19 - October 11)
GSBA 510 | 15580 | Accounting Concepts & Financial Reporting (3) - Lin - MW AM
GSBA 511 | 15592 | Microeconomics for Management (3) - Eastin - MW PM
GSBA 529 | 15730 | Strategic Formulation for Competitive Advantage (3) - Wolfe - TTH AM
GSBA 524 | 15703 | Data and Decision Models (3) - Ansari - TTH PM
Tentative mandatory Class Trip Location TBA (October 14-October 20)

Term 2 (October 21 - December 18)
GSBA 518 | 15634 | Accounting Control Systems (3) - Lin - MW AM
GSBA 548 | 15836 | Corporate Finance (3) - Plotts - MW PM
GSBA 549 | 15843 | The Firm in the National & International Economy (3) - Ibrahimi - TTH AM
GSBA 528 | 15723 | Marketing Management (3) - Schorr - TTH PM

Term 3 (January 13 - March 14)
GSBA 543 | 15666 | Managerial Perspectives (Leadership) (3) - Wolfe - MW AM
GSBA 534 | 15785 | Operations Management (3) - Yormark - MW PM
FBE 563 | 15455 | International Trade (3)* - Quadrini - TTH AM
MKT 565 | 16558 | Global Marketing (Branding) (3) - CW Park -TTH PM
IBCP Preparation Week (March 7 - March 14)

Term 4 (March 24 - May 9)
GSBA 584A | 16058 | International Business Consulting Project (IBCP) (3) - Kotsianas - MW AM
IOM 551 | 16284 | Digital Transformation in the Global Enterprise (3)* - El Sawy - TTH AM
MOR 542 | 16693 | Strategic Issues for Global Business (3) - Voigt -TTH PM
IBCP retreat (March 27 - March 28) IBCP research/fieldwork (May 12 - May 25)

Term 5 (May 27 - July 16)
GSBA 584B | 16059 | International Business Consulting Project (2) - Kotsianas - MW AM
MOR 569 | 16697 | Negotiation and Deal Making (3) - Coombs - TTH AM
IOM 528 | 16272 | Data Warehousing, Business Intelligence, and Data Mining (3)* - Ansari - TTH PM
Graduation Day - July 18, 2014

Note: IBEAR participants may replace a maximum of three (3) IBEAR optional courses during IBEAR Terms 3 thru 5. IBEAR optional courses are designated by a star (*) in the schedule above.  A starred course must be replaced by a Marshall MBA elective course during the semester in which it is offered. Two electives can be replaced in the Spring and one in the Summer.

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Ricardo worked for Sheraton near Tiananmen Square in 1989, when the protests took place. The uprising created tension and brought tourism to an abrupt halt in Beijing. Following this event, Sheraton Hotels sent Ricardo to the USC Marshall School of Business for an IBEAR MBA in order to help the chain stay current in a world that was rapidly changing around them.