University of Southern California


The Marshall MBA.PM Program consists of two parts - the Core and the Electives - and has been designed with an emphasis on the following:

  • Course sequencing and creative delivery enhance both knowledge and skill development, especially communication and teamwork.
  • Relationships among courses are strengthened for greater integration across disciplinary areas.
  • Students benefit from the most advanced knowledge, combined with a real-world orientation.

The Core

You begin the program by developing a strong foundation in the major business disciplines through a carefully sequenced, comprehensive schedule of core courses:

  • Accounting Concepts & Financial Reporting - 510
  • Accounting Control Systems - 518
Business Communication
  • Communication for Management - 542 a&b
Finance & Business Economics
  • Managerial Economics - 511
  • Corporate Finance - 548
  • The Firm in the National Economy - 544
Information & Operations Management
  • Applied Managerial Statistics - 506 a&b
  • Information Systems Management - 581
  • Operations Management - 534
Management & Organization
  • Strategic Formulation for Competitive Advantage - 519 a&b
  • Managerial Perspectives - 522 a&b
  • Marketing Management - 528

The MBA.PM Program for Fall 2014 begins in August. The 1st core course, Strategic Formulations for Competitive Advantage, is completed in TWO INTENSIVE weekends at the University Park Campus: August 1, 2, 3 and August 15, 16, 17, 7:30am - 6pm for each day. Upon completion of the 1st core course, students continue with the core curriculum that is comprised of 4 terms (Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer) of 7.5 units/term. Students attend classes two evenings per week on Monday/Wednesday (University Park Campus) or Tuesday/Thursday (Orange County Center) or all day Saturday 9am to 5:40pm (University Park Campus) to complete the 1st year of core classes. Applicants are required to select a "core" upon completing the online application. The 1st year of core courses is comprised of 31.5 units of the MBA.PM program's 63 units and is completed in approximately 12 months.

The Electives

Students enroll in elective courses during the 2nd and 3rd year and also complete PM.GLOBE during the 2nd year. Most elective courses will be offered at the University Park Campus. The entire MBA.PM program is completed in approximately 33 months. To learn more about USC Marshall's graduate elective courses, please view the link, USC Marshall Courses of Instruction . Please note that Marshall MBA students are eligible to select from a wide range of graduate elective courses (500 level) that have the following course codes: GSBA, ACCT, BAEP, BUCO, FBE, IOM, MKT, or MOR. There are some restrictions. For example, GSBA 560, 561, 563, 564, 571, 572, 573, 574 are core courses in the EMBA program and are not elective courses for all MBA students. Courses listed are expected but are not guaranteed. For the courses offered during any given term, consult the Schedule of Classes.