University of Southern California

Second Year

The second-year Full-Time MBA program is intended to be customized to suit your interests and career goals. The required units can be earned by:

• Taking elective coursework - Marshall offers close to 100 elective courses for MBA students in any given year;

• Designing an individualized program of study that cuts across several functional areas;

•Completing an independent study project; and/or

• Selecting courses from other schools within the university.

Elective courses. Elective courses are intended to help you leverage the fundamentals you learned in your first year and to focus on a specific industry or function that aligns with your career goals.

Second-year electives are offered at various times throughout the day and evening. Your classmates will include not only students from all the Full-Time MBA first-year Cores, but also students from Marshall’s MBA for Professionals and Managers (MBA.PM) and IBEAR programs. These students from the Los Angeles area and around the world will increase your exposure to new ideas and networking opportunities.

Students generally select a primary concentration in a functional discipline — such as marketing or finance — and a secondary concentration (an industry “vertical”) that is related to a specific job focus, such as healthcare or real estate. This is where the guidance you’ve received from the Full-Time MBA Program Office will really pay off. As you consider your options, we encourage you to consult with your advisors and USC Marshall faculty and staff.

  • View the University Catalogue for an overview of courses. The Marshall Graduate Elective Course Guide is a tool students can use to determine which electives align with their career path. Please note course offerings are not guaranteed and students should consult the Schedule of Classes for courses offered during any given term.
  • Consider a dual degree

    The USC Marshall School of Business offers 10 dual degrees in conjunction with other USC schools and departments. If you pursue a dual degree, you must meet the admission and graduation requirements of both schools/departments. You are required to complete a minimum of 48 units at USC Marshall, and you may not apply non-Marshall courses to the MBA portion of the dual degree.

    Your MBA Academic Services Manager can answer any questions about the business portion of the degree. Questions about requirements for the other degree should be discussed with advisors in the applicable school or department. See the University Catalogue for a full list of dual degree requirements. The dual degrees are:

    Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration (JD/MBA)
    Master of Business Administration/Master of Planning (MBA/MPL)
    Master of Business Administration/Master of Real Estate Development (MBA/MRED)
    Master of Business Administration/Master of Science in Gerontology (MBA/MS)
    Master of Business Administration/Master of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering (MBA/MS)
    Master of Business Administration/Doctor of Medicine (MBA/MD)
    Master of Business Administration/Doctor of Pharmacy (MBA/PharmD)
    Master of Business Administration/East Asian Area Studies (MBA/MA)
    Master of Business Administration/Master of Arts in Jewish Nonprofit Management (MBA/MA)

    USC Marshall also offers the Business of Entertainment Certificate Program, in conjunction with the USC School of Cinema & Television. This program is intended for MBA students interested in entertainment finance, properties marketing, strategic planning and information systems.

    MBA International Exchange Program

    Through the Marshall MBA International Exchange Program, second year MBA students can spend a semester immersed in another culture, acquiring the knowledge and skills to succeed in a global market. Students can build their global network and study business from another prospective at one of fourteen partner universities located in Asia, Europe and Latin America.
    For more information, click here.

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