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Topics Addressed in Frequently Asked Questions

Accreditation

Anyone who has completed a one-year M.B.A. or will have completed the first year of a traditional two-year M.B.A. prior to taking his/her first class at USC is welcome to apply to the M.M.S. program at USC Marshall. Of course, applicants from programs not accredited by the AACSB, EQUIS, ACBSP, AOCTE, IACBE or AMBA are generally considered less well prepared than those from accredited institutions. The admissions committee will rely on the combination of GMAT or GRE test scores, work experience, resume, recommendations, and essays in making their decision. Also, they will review transcripts from all institutions attended to ensure that the applicant's academic preparation is equivalent to both a 4-year U.S. bachelor's degree and at least one year of a traditional 2-year full-time M.B.A. so that the applicant is fully prepared to participate with and to compete with Marshall graduate students in the classroom.

Required Preparatory Curriculum

When evaluating the applicant's qualifications we check to see that the following subject matter (coursework) was/is included in the individual's M.B.A. program:

Financial and Management Accounting
Business Communication
Corporate Finance
Microeconomics and Macroeconomics
Marketing
Operations
Organizational Behavior/Personnel Management/Leadership
Statistics/Quantitative analysis
Strategy


If specific content areas are missing the student may be required to complete them at Marshall prior to taking advanced courses. Required preparatory coursework will be added to the requirements of the M.M.S. degree.

How long does it take to complete the program?

The length of time it takes to complete the program depends on how many classes the student takes each semester. Full-time students take 3 – 5 classes each semester, completing the program in two or three terms (e.g., fall, spring and summer or fall and spring). Working students take 1-2 classes each semester. Since the program requires 24 units of coursework (eight 3-unit classes) plus the directed research project, completing the program can take as long as 4½ years if the student takes only one class each fall and spring semester.

Tuition and Fees

Current USC tuition and fee information is available at http://www.usc.edu/soc. Select the next future semester and then the 'Tuition and Fees' tab on the left side of the screen. Tuition rates do increase each year.

Scholarships and Funding

The M.M.S. program is not funded to support scholarships dedicated specifically to M.M.S. students. Information about financial aid and fellowship opportunities is available at http://www.usc.edu/financialaid and http://www.usc.edu/schools/GraduateSchool/current_fellowships.html

Application of prior coursework to the M.M.S. requirements

The M.M.S. degree is intended to provide those who have completed coursework at another institution with an opportunity to expand their knowledge base in areas not covered during their prior studies. Applying old coursework to the degree would not contribute to achieving this goal. In other words, no courses completed prior to matriculation in the M.M.S. program can be applied toward the Master of Management Studies.

Career Development and Placement Services

It is expected that M.M.S. students have received career development training as part of their M.B.A. program and will have access to career placement services as alumni of their M.B.A. institution. As a result, M.M.S. students are not provided with the same level of personalized career transition services afforded Marshall MBA students seeking internships and/or permanent employment post-graduation. M.M.S. students are welcome to take advantage of the readily accessible facilities of the Marshall graduate Career Resources Center (general information library, basic workshops, etc.), but the Center was created to serve the needs of the MBA population, so "readily accessible facilities" do not include personal coaching, training in prospective employer relationship development, interview scheduling, or employer advocacy.

Housing

The University of Southern California provides a wide range of housing opportunities on and around campus. For more information about University-owned and managed facilities visit http://housing.usc.edu/. Additionally, a great number of non-university housing opportunities are available around campus. For more information about those visit http://sait.usc.edu/ois/housing/off-campus.aspx.

Information for Students and Alumni of KAIST and Sogang Business School

The Marshall School of Business maintains partner relationships with KAIST and with Sogang Business School. KAIST Techno M.B.A., KAIST IMBA, and Sogang SIMBA students and alumni are exempt from a number of admissions requirements.

Admissions: Under the partnership agreements, applicants are not required to have work experience or to submit GMAT or GRE test scores. One letter of recommendation from the school screening committee is required. (The second recommendation is optional. If not included, make up a faux name and check the box indicating that the faux recommender will not be submitting the recommendation online.) Proof of English proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores) is required of all non-US citizens who did not complete the equivalent of a 4-year bachelor’s degree at an American, British, Canadian or Australian college or university. All other parts of the application are required.

Curriculum: Students from partner institutions are not exempt from course prerequisite requirements. Prerequisite waivers will be issued upon confirmation that coursework equivalent to prerequisites has been completed. Sogang students must successfully complete a graduate-level business communication skills course prior to enrollment at USC or take an appropriate equivalent during their first semester at USC Marshall (in addition to the degree requirements). Partner students may apply to the M.M.S. up to 12 units of business-related non-Marshall coursework from other USC programs, subject to approval by the M.M.S. program director.

More Questions?

For additional information write to Management.Studies@marshall.usc.edu or call (213) 740-0671.


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