University of Southern California

USC Marshall Launches Master of Business for Veterans
New Degree Program Helps Veterans Translate Leadership Skills to Corporate World
October 4, 2012 • by News at Marshall

The USC Marshall School of Business has launched the Master of Business for Veterans (MBV), a new degree program for veterans. Developed through conversations with Marshall alumni and the California Department of Veterans Affairs, the MBV is targeted toward veteran and active military personnel and is designed to translate specific skills acquired through military service to the business environment.

"This is an important program for Marshall, serving a population that has provided outstanding service to our country while creating valuable leaders and managers for the corporate community," said James G. Ellis, dean of the USC Marshall School of Business. "The program is consistent with Marshall's ongoing efforts to expand the scope of our graduate programs and have an impact in Southern California."

A one-year, intensive master’s degree administered by Marshall’s Office of Executive Education, the MBV will be geared toward veterans as well as active-duty military personnel in California. The state has a significant military population, with more than 2 million veterans living in California between 2006 and 2010, according to U.S. census figures, and more than 45 military installations in the state.

"The MBV is designed to leverage the leadership and organizational skills of veterans for the business environment," according to Karla Wiseman, assistant dean and executive director of Marshall’s Executive Education. "The program supplies a thorough grounding in skill sets including business management, marketing and finance, to assist our veterans in the transition from success in the military to success in a civilian career."

The MBV will be delivered over two semesters, on alternating Fridays and Saturdays, with additional evening sessions. The program will be held in Los Angeles on the USC University Park Campus, and recruitment is under way to admit the first cohort of students in Fall 2013. MBV is GI Bill-eligible.

For more information about the program and the admissions process, please go http://www.marshall.usc.edu/mbv or contact the program office at mbv@marshall.usc.edu or 213.740.8990.


About the USC Marshall School of Business
Consistently ranked among the nation's premier schools, USC Marshall is internationally recognized for its emphasis on entrepreneurship and innovation, social responsibility and path-breaking research. Located in the heart of Los Angeles, one of the world's leading business centers and the U.S. gateway to the Pacific Rim, Marshall offers its 5,700-plus undergraduate and graduate students a unique world view and impressive global experiential opportunities. With an alumni community spanning 123 countries, USC Marshall students join a worldwide community of thought leaders who are redefining the way business works.