University of Southern California

Curriculum

With an emphasis on best practices in management and leadership to solve the world's most pressing social challenges, the skills-based curriculum for the MSSE requires 26 units, consisting of seven required courses and two elective courses. You will learn from Marshall School of Business faculty— award-winning teachers, scholars, and practitioners – on the University of Southern California University Park Campus.

In readings, cases, guest lectures, exercises, and assignments, you will study contemporary causes and attributes of local and global social, environmental, and health challenges. Your degree will culminate in a for-credit practical capstone project in which you will develop a detailed business plan for a new or improved social enterprise.

You can complete the Master of Science in Social Entrepreneurship in one year. If you are working full-time, you may choose to stretch out the curriculum over one and a half or two years. Courses for the MSSE are offered in the evenings and on the weekends.

Required Courses

Course Code Course Title Units
BAEP 549 The Entrepreneurial Journey 2
BAEP 552 Cases in Feasibility Analysis 3
BAEP 553 Cases in New Venture Management 3
BAEP 564 Investing in Impact Ventures 3
BAEP 591 Social Entrepreneurship 3
BAEP 593 Capstone Project/Independent Research 3
GSBA 528 Marketing Management 3

Elective courses (select 2 from the following list)

*Additional electives may be added by petition
Course Code Course Title Units
ACCT 509 Concepts of Financial and Management Accounting 4
BUCO 533 Managing Communication in Organizations 3
MOR 554 Leading Innovation and Change                3
MOR 566 Environmental Sustainability and Competitive Advantage 3
MOR 569 Negotiation and Deal Making     3

Sample Program (Full-time – 1 year)

Pre-fall
BAEP 549 The Entrepreneurial Journey 2
Fall Semester
BAEP 552 Cases in Feasibility Analysis 3
BAEP 591 Social Entrepreneurship 3
GSBA 528 Marketing Management 3
  Elective Course 3
Spring Semester
BAEP 553 Cases in New Venture Management 3
BAEP 564 Investing in Impact Ventures 3
BAEP 593 Capstone Project/Independent Research 3
  Elective Course 3

Sample Program (3/4 time – 1.5 years)

Pre-fall
BAEP 549 The Entrepreneurial Journey 2
Fall Semester
BAEP 552 Cases in Feasibility Analysis 3
BAEP 591 Social Entrepreneurship 3
GSBA 528 Marketing Management 3
Spring Semester
BAEP 553 Cases in New Venture Management 3
BAEP 564 Investing in Impact Ventures 3
BAEP 593 Capstone Project/Independent Research 3
Fall Semester
  Elective Course 3
  Elective Course 3

Sample Program (half-time – 2 years)

Pre-fall
BAEP 549 The Entrepreneurial Journey 2
Fall Semester
GSBA 528 Marketing Management 3
BAEP 591 Social Entrepreneurship 3
Spring Semester
BAEP 553 Cases in New Venture Management 3
BAEP 564 Investing in Impact Ventures 3
Fall Semester
BAEP 552 Cases in Feasibility Analysis 3
  Elective Course 3
Spring Semester
BAEP 593 Capstone Project/Independent Research 3
  Elective Course 3

Courses are typically not offered in the summer, however there may be an option to take an elective during USC's summer session.

Course Descriptions

BAEP 549 The Entrepreneurial Journey: Moving beyond the business plan; identifying individual and organizational leadership skills needed to move a venture forward; "how-to" portion of establishing an enterprise.

BAEP 552 Cases in Feasibility Analysis: Study of analytical techniques used to evaluate business concepts and new business development.

BAEP 553 Cases in New Venture Management: Cases and readings expose students to the challenges of developing long-range strategies for entrepreneurial ventures. Emphasis is on developing new industries, growth through strategic alliances, and issues involved in the long-range strategic positioning of emerging companies.

BAEP 564 Investing in Impact Ventures: Focuses on how social entrepreneurs raise impact investment capital from venture inception to exit, how impact investors analyze companies for investment, and how we measure the tradeoff between financial returns and impact.

BAEP 591 Social Entrepreneurship: Lead and manage with entrepreneurial methodology for charities, non-government organizations, social oriented enterprises and not for profit organizations.

BAEP 593 Capstone Project/Independent Research: Hands-on capstone project focusing on creating a business plan for a new or improved social enterprise.

GSBA 528 Marketing Management: Marketing is treated as a managerial decision-making process. Emphasis is given to understanding the concepts, tools, and techniques that comprise a comprehensive marketing strategy.