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Program Information

Program Information gives you the scoop on the IBEAR MBA Program. It includes highlights of program policy and payment and financial information. Please note the program course outline and the schedule for IBEAR XXVII are tentative and subject to change.

Program Information:

Career Resource Center
Classroom
Computer Proficiency
Computing Needs
Course Waiver Information
Email
Extended Second-Year Study (MSBA)
Grading
Language Classes
Other IBEAR Support
Student Conduct
Textbooks
Tuition Refund Insurance


Career Resource Center (CRC)

Self-sponsored or sponsored participants who have written permission from their company will be authorized to use the placement services of USC and IBEAR. Assistance in career placement is given to participants throughout the academic year. The IBEAR database is also available to approved job-seekers. For more information about the CRC, please click here.

Classroom

Facilities for the IBEAR participants include their own executive classroom and the excellent learning support facilities of USC. The IBEAR classroom is located in Popovich Hall, JKP Room 204. IBEAR MBA students also have access to computer centers, media centers, simulation rooms, and libraries on campus.

Computer Proficiency

Prior to arriving in Los Angeles, it is strongly recommended that you become proficient with Windows applications, as well as Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point.

Computing Needs

Students in the Marshall School of Business will need to have a computer in order to get the most from our programs.  Class assignments are made under the assumption that students own computers. Furthermore, you will need to access the Marshall electronic messaging system (Outlook) routinely to keep abreast of what is going on, obtain assignments and class materials, and communicate with your study groups.  For more information on computer needs at Marshall, click here.  

Course Waiver Information

The following core courses may be waived by taking a waiver challenge exam in August.

1.GSBA 511 - Managerial Economics

2.GSBA 524 - Applied Managerial Statistics

3.GSBA 510 - Accounting Concepts and Financial Reporting

4.GSBA 518 - Accounting Control Systems

5.GSBA 548 - Corporate Finance

6.GSBA 549 - The Firm in the National and International Economy

7.GSBA 528 - Marketing Management

Waiver exams are similar to a final exam in these courses. A waived course must be replaced by a Marshall elective in the same semester in which a waived course is offered. IBEAR MBA participants must complete 56 units to receive the Marshall MBA degree.

IBEAR participants may also replace three optional courses offered by the IBEAR program with Marshall elective courses offered to all MBA students. Two replacement electives may be taken in Spring Semester. One may be taken in Summer Term.

Extended Second-Year Study Opportunities (MSBA)

Participants with strong performance in their MBA courses are eligible to apply for the Master of Science in Business Administration (MSBA) in one of the many functional or industry concentrations offered by the Marshall School. The degree requires completion of an additional 26 units of coursework (9 courses).  For more information, click here.

Grading

IBEAR adheres strictly to the grading standards of the University and the Marshall School of Business.  For more information on the grading policy, please click here.

Language Classes

Supplementary English conversation courses meet throughout the year. In October, other languages are offered depending on participant interest. In 2005 - 2006, non-credit Japanese, Mandarin, and Spanish will be offered to IBEAR participants and their spouses. These courses are normally offered for 1.5 hours twice a week. Information on these classes will be distributued to all Marshall MBA students in September 2005.

Other IBEAR Support

The IBEAR office does its best to provide support to participants. Should there be problems with respect to other university offices regarding program payment, registration, etc., YOU SHOULD INFORM IBEAR FIRST. We are here to help you and can save you time and trouble with this assistance. Click here for all list of Staff Roles and Responsibilities.

Student Conduct

IBEAR participants are expected to adhere to University standards of academic integrity, as outlined in SCAMPUS, which will be distributed to you at the beginning of the program.

Textbooks and Course Readers

Textbooks for all courses are available at the University Bookstore. These course readers can only be purchased at the University Bookstore. Plan on spending approximately $900 per term on textbooks and course readers. A "Course Reader" is a compilation of magazine and newspaper articles, Harvard Business Cases, journal articles, and short stories.

Tuition Refund Insurance

This insurance covers you if you withdraw from classes due to a personal illness or accident. It returns 100% of your insured term tuition and fees, provided your physical condition is certified by a licensed physician and forces you to completely withdraw from all classes for the balance of the semester. If the withdrawals are for mental/nervous/emotional disorder, 60% of the insured term tuition and fees will be refunded, provided you are confined in a hospital for seven consecutive days during the semester and have completely withdrawn from all classes.

In both of the above cases, a complete withdrawal from the IBEAR is required. This means you have given notice that because of your illness or accident, you will not be able to compete the semester and you will not receive any academic credit. A written statement from your doctor certifying the illness or accident, and IBEAR verification, will be required.

If you wish to enroll in the Tuition Refund Insurance, please contact the IBEAR Program Coordinator.

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