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Campus Choice

Campus Choice

First Year Core Class

Candidates applying to the MBA.PM program indicate their first year campus choice preference during the application process.

Los Angeles: Monday & Wednesday
Core classes meet from 6 p.m. to 9:40 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday evenings.

Orange County: Tuesday & Thursday
Core classes meet from 6 p.m. to 9:40 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Los Angeles: Saturday
Core classes meet from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Students can choose to complete their first year of core classes at our Orange County Center in Irvine or at the University Park Campus in Los Angeles. All students take their elective courses in the second and third year during the week at the Los Angeles campus.

Courses at both campuses are taught by highly qualified faculty – frequently the same professors – and both campuses have excellent facilities including staff, computer labs, and study rooms.

University Park Campus
630 Childs Way
Los Angeles, CA 90089

Orange County Center

USC Orange County Center
2300 Michelson Drive
Irvine, CA 92612


Core Curriculum

The first 12 months of the program are comprised of core classes that provide students with a solid foundation in all of the major business disciplines through careful sequencing of courses from each functional area. The first year of core courses make up 30 units of the MBA.PM program’s 63 units. Following the core experience, all MBA.PM students take the GSBA-582, PM GLOBE class, a semester-long macroeconomics course enhanced by a 10-day international trip.

The MBA.PM Program for Fall 2016 begins on Friday, July 29, 2016. The first core course, GSBA-519a, Strategic Formulation for Competitive Advantage (aka ‘Pre-Fall’), is completed over TWO INTENSIVE weekends at the University Park Campus.

The two weekends are scheduled for:

  • Weekend One: July 29, 30 and 31;
  • Weekend Two: August 12, 13 and 14

Students should expect to be on campus from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Additionally, students should plan to keep their evenings available. Study groups will meet the evening of August 13 for a final project deliverable.

Schedule Overview

Core courses are highlighted in gray. The schedule overview is based on the 2014-15 academic calendar. There may be modifications to the courses and schedule.

Core Curriculum for the MBA.PM at USC Marshall

Elective Classes

Elective Classes

Featured Courses

Negotiation and Deal Making

The purpose of this course is to understand the theory and processes of negotiation as it is practiced in a variety of settings. The course is designed to be relevant to the broad spectrum of negotiation problems that managers face. Considerable emphasis is placed on simulations, role-playing and cases.

Cases in New Venture Management

This course provides students with insight into the issues, challenges and opportunities involved in the creation and management of a new venture over its full life cycle. Students will have an opportunity to learn from and engage with proven entrepreneurs who have started businesses and who have faced the many issues, challenges and opportunities that come up in early to mid stage ventures.

Students complete their MBA degree by enrolling in elective courses that allow them to meet their unique goals and career objectives. Most elective courses will be offered at the University Park Campus. Students enroll in elective courses during the second and third year and also complete PM GLOBE during the second year. The entire MBA.PM program is completed in approximately 33 months. The remaining 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 graduate schools within the university*- students may take up to nine elective units at another USC graduate school

* Available to students who have completed all core curriculum and are in good standing (minimum 3.0 GPA)

Students are eligible to select from a wide range of graduate elective courses offered by the USC Marshall Academic Units which include:

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.

Jordan Alahov

“On several occasions, the day after going to class I would run into senior executives in the hallways of work and bring up new topics and theories I learned from class that week. This was a remarkable way to build my presence among senior managers at work, add value to my company, and compare theories learned in class to practical methods applied at work.”

Jordan Alajov
Class of 2015

Global Education

“The best experience I have had so far was participating in a short-term study abroad program with the WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management in Vallendar, Germany. As a working professional, it was so great to be able to take two weeks and head to Europe to learn about business from the perspective of the European Union. I lived in a small college town with about 40 other MBA students from around the world and together we studied areas of economics, strategy, marketing, finance, and accounting from a perspective very different than what I had in my classes in Los Angeles at USC. Having that diverse perspective in these areas of business has helped me tremendously, and given me an added dose of confidence when speaking about international business. Additionally, I was able to expand my network by forming meaningful relationships with peers from top MBA programs around the world.”

Margeaux Witte
Class of 2015

Contact Us

Office of Global Programs and Partnerships
Marshall School of Business
University of Southern California
BRI 310A
Los Angeles, California 90089-0802
Ph: 213-740-1875
Fax: 213-740-7701

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Resources for PM GLOBE Participants

Global Education

Marshall students travel across the globe to gain invaluable new perspectives. MBA.PM students can gain international experience through the required core course PM GLOBE, as well as study abroad opportunities and elective courses that offer international learning opportunities.


GSBA 582, The Global Environment and International Business, is a required core course for MBA.PM students. This first component consists of a course focusing on the analysis of the global business environment and how this environment affects business decisions. This component examines how to assess the economic, political, social/cultural, institutional and business environment of different countries. The second component, the PM GLOBE module, consists of country-specific training sessions, an international field trip to a specific country or pair of countries, and a post-trip conference in which the results of the strategic industry or company analysis are presented.

Spring 2015 field trip destinations include:

  • Shanghai & Suzhou, China
  • Seoul, Korea & Beijing, China
  • Singapore & Bangkok, Thailand
  • Tokyo & Kyoto, Japan
  • Sao Paulo, Brazil

Study Abroad

MBA.PM students may participate in the Marshall MBA International Exchange Program (IEP).* IEP includes both semester-long exchanges offered in fall and spring semesters, and summer programs.

Many MBA.PM students take advantage of the summer programs. Courses run from two to six weeks in duration. Summer 2014 locations included Denmark, Germany and China.

MBA.PM students who have the flexibility to study abroad for an entire semester may choose from 14 partner schools in locations such as China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Denmark, France, Germany, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Mexico and Australia.

*Available to students in good standing (minimum 3.0 GPA), who have received department approval.

Electives with International Travel

After completing the required GSBA-582, PM GLOBE class, students eager to obtain additional global education may opt to enroll in elective courses that include international travel. Below is a sample of elective courses. Classes listed are not guaranteed. For the courses offered during any given term, consult the Schedule of Classes.

Digital Strategies for Sustainability in Global Emerging Markets

The course includes a semester-long field consulting project with a pre-selected company in Dubai/Abu Dhabi, and an international experiential trip during spring break to the United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi/Dubai) that includes five full days of company visits, lectures and briefing. Click here to learn more.

Global Healthcare Operations Management

This course focuses on tools and techniques needed to close the gap between supply and demand for healthcare services. A significant component of this course is field projects that are based in Los Angeles, Brasilia, and Buenos Aires.

Strategic Issues for Global Business

During winter break 2014, students enrolled in MOR 542 had the option to travel to Cuba on an educational license. The goal was to provide students with a snapshot of the economic, cultural and business climate in the country.

Faculty & Centers

Faculty & Centers

USC Marshall faculty can be full-time, part-time, tenure-track and non-tenure track. Divided into seven Academic Units, faculty employ a variety of teaching styles when delivering elective and core curriculum.

Academic Units

Class Formats

  • Case discussion
  • Consulting projects
  • Experiential trips
  • Guest speakers
  • Lectures
  • Movie Clips
  • Simulations

Marshall Golden Apple Teaching Awards

Each year, the Marshall Golden Apple Teaching Awards are awarded to professors by Marshall students. Through the Golden Apple Awards, students select the professors who have had the greatest impact both in the classroom and outside of the classroom. The professors listed below were awarded the Golden Apple by students in the MBA.PM core.

  • Julia Plotts, Associate Professor of Clinical Finance and Business Economics
    2013 Golden Apple Recipient
  • Carl Voigt, Professor of Clinical Management and Organization
    2012 Golden Apple Recipient
  • Dawn Porter, Associate Professor of Clinical Data Sciences and Operations Management and Academic Director, MBA.PM program
    2011 Golden Apple Recipient
  • James Cunningham, Associate Professor of Clinical Finance and Business Economics
    2010 Golden Apple Recipient

Mike Pinta

“My favorite class so far has been Corporate Finance. Professor Plotts is absolutely brilliant and she is one of those people who have an innate ability to take you to the next level.”

Michael Pinta
Class of 2016

Dual Degrees & Certificates

Marshall Certificate Program

Graduate Certificates enhance a student’s graduate education through a concentrated curriculum. USC Marshall School offers several for-credit certificate programs. Click here to view the entire list. Individuals must be admitted into the Graduate Certificate program. Admitted MBA students should research the Graduate Certificate for more information on when and how to apply. A sample of certificates include:

USC Marshall also partners with USC Cinematic Arts for the Graduate Certificate in the Business of Entertainment, and students may also be eligible to apply to the certificate programs offered through the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. USC Marshall students should confirm with the program office that the units can be applied to the MBA degree.

Dual Degrees & Certificates

MBA.PM students may complete a dual degree in conjunction with the Marshall MBA. Applicants must apply to both schools individually. Visit the USC Catalogue for detailed descriptions of each dual degree program.

Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration (J.D./MBA)
Master of Business Administration/Master of Arts in East Asian Area Studies (MBA/M.A.)
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/M.S.)
Master of Business Administration/Master of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering (MBA/M.S.)
Master of Business Administration/Doctor of Education (MBA/Ed.D.)
Master of Business Administration/Doctor of Medicine (MBA/M.D.)
Master of Business Administration/Doctor of Pharmacy (MBA/Pharm.D.)
Master of Business Administration/Master of Arts in Jewish Nonprofit Management (MBA/M.A.)
Master of Business Administration/Master of Social Work (MBA/MSW)