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 organziation 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 553 Cases in New Venture Management 3
BAEP 564 Investing in Impact Ventures 3
BAEP 566 Cases in Feasibility Analysis 3
BAEP 591 Social Entrepreneurship 2
BAEP 593 Independent Research (Capstone Project) 3

Elective courses (select 2 from the following list)

*Additional electives in the Marshall School of Business may be added.
Course Code Course Title Units
BAEP 554 Venture Initiation 3
MKT 528 Sales Management: The Art and Science of Sales 3
MOR 554 Leading Innovation and Change 3
MOR 555 Designing High Performance Organizations 3
MOR 559 Strategic Renewal and Transformation 3
BAEP 563 Corporate Entrepreneurship 3
MOR 566 Environmental Sustainability and Competitive Advantage 3
MOR 569 Negotiation and Deal-Making 3
MOR 572 Leadership and Self-Management 3

Sample Program (Full-time – 1 year)

Summer
GSBA 510 Accounting Concepts and Financial Reporting  2
GSBA 548 Corporate Finance 2
Pre-fall
BAEP 591 Social Entrepreneurship 2
Fall Semester
GSBA 528 Marketing Management 3
GSBA 529 Strategic Formulation for Competitive Advantage 3
BAEP 566 Cases in Feasibility Analysis 3
  Elective Course 3
Spring Semester
BAEP 553 Cases in New Venture Management 3
BAEP 564 Investing in Impact Ventures 3
BAEP 593 Independent Research (Capstone Project) 3
  Elective Course 3

Sample Program (half-time – 2 years)

Summer
GSBA 510 Accounting Concepts and Financial Reporting  2
GSBA 548 Corporate Finance 2
Pre-fall
BAEP 591 Social Entrepreneurship 3
Fall Semester
GSBA 528 Marketing Management  
BAEP 566 Cases in Feasibility Analysis 3
Spring Semester
BAEP 553 Cases in New Venture Management 3
BAEP 564 Investing in Impact Ventures 3
Fall Semester
GSBA 529 Strategic Formulation for Competitive Advantage 3
  Elective Course 3
Spring Semester
BAEP 593 Independent Research (Capstone Project) 3
  Elective Course 3

Required courses are not offered during USC’s summer session beyond your first summer in the program. There may be an option to take elective courses during the summer.

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

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