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 30 units, consisting of nine 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 each required course, faculty members will teach their area of expertise through a social impact lens.

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 either develop a detailed business plan for a new or improved social enterprise or work with an existing organization in an advisory role for the semester.

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
GSBA 510 Accounting Concepts and Financial Reporting 2
GSBA 528 Marketing Management 3
GSBA 529 Strategic Formulation for Competitive Advantage 3
GSBA 548 Corporate Finance 2
BAEP 564 Investing in Impact Ventures 3
BAEP 566 Cases in Feasibility Analysis 3
BAEP 567 Social Entrepreneurship: Design, Develop, and Deliver 3
BAEP 571 Social Innovation Design 3
BAEP 591 Social Entrepreneurship 2

Elective courses

Complete at least 6 units of 500-level, ACCT, BAEP, BUCO, DSO, FBE, GSBA, MKT, or MOR.

Sample Program

SAMPLE COURSE PLAN TO GRADUATE IN 1 ACADEMIC YEAR
Summer (4 Units) Pre-fall (2 Units)* Fall (12 units) Spring (12 units)
GSBA 510 (2 units) BAEP 591 (2 units) BAEP 566 (3 units) BAEP 529 (3 units)
GSBA 548 (2 units)   GSBA 528 (3 units) BAEP 564 (3 units)
    BAEP 571 (3 units) BAEP 567 (3 units)
    ELECTIVE (3 units) ELECTIVE (3 units)
SAMPLE COURSE PLAN TO GRADUATE IN 2 ACADEMIC YEARS
Summer (4 Units) Pre-fall (2 Units)* Fall (6 units) Spring (6 units)
GSBA 510 (2 units) BAEP 591 (2 units) BAEP 571 (3 units) BAEP 529 (3 units)
GSBA 548 (2 units)   GSBA 528 (3 units) ELECTIVE (3 units)
    Fall (6 units)Spring (6 units)
    BAEP 566 (3 units) BAEP 567 (3 units)
    ELECTIVE (3 units) BAEP 564 (3 units)

Course Descriptions:

GSBA 510: Accounting Concepts and Financial Reporting Information systems for public reporting and for management decision-making; theory of asset and income measurement; interpretation and uses of accounting data and financial statements; analysis of cases.

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.

GSBA 529: Strategic Formulation for Competitive Advantage Analysis of environments & competition, the bases of competitive strategy, strategy models, & the achievement of sustainable competitive advantage.

GSBA 548: Corporate Finance Modern theory of corporate investment and financing decisions.

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

BAEP 567: Social Entrepreneurship: Design, Develop, and Deliver Develop the analytical, conceptual, and practical skills required to design, develop, and deliver a new social business concept and opportunity.

BAEP 571: Social Innovation Design Use innovative approaches to problem solving to design radically affordable solutions to challenges faced by under-resourced communities. Engage ideas in early-stage market and rapid prototyping.

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