University of Southern California

Curriculum Overview

Undergraduate Program

Academic Director: Tommy Knapp
For Marshall students seeking to focus on entrepreneurship, we offer a Certificate in Entrepreneurship, a.k.a. "The Entrepreneur Program," consisting of a recommended a sequence of four courses: Management of New Enterprises; Cases in Entrepreneurship (Feasibility Analysis); Business Plan; and Starting and Growing the New Venture.


Undergraduate Courses (pdf)
Greif UG Curriculum (pdf)
Interdisciplinary Minors (pdf)



Graduate Program

Academic Director: Steven Mednick
MBA candidates may earn an entrepreneurship concentration requiring a minimum of four courses for completion. To qualify for the concentration, students are required to take Introduction to New Ventures, Cases in Feasibility Analysis, Venture Initiation and one additional elective course offered by the Greif Center. Elective options include Cases in New Venture Management, Investing in New Ventures, Technology Feasibility, Technology Commercialization, Corporate Entrepreneurship, Founder’s Dilemmas, Acquiring Your Business or Opportunity, Entrepreneurship in Innovative and Industries: Life Sciences, and more.

MBA Concentrations:Entrepreneurship & Venture Management; Technology Commercialization; and Entrepreneurship & Operations.

Master of Science in Entrepreneurship and Innovation offers individuals with a passion for entrepreneurship the critical skills and knowledge needed to start a new company or pursue a career in corporate venturing and technology commercialization.

In this collaborative, 12-month program, you will develop a sophisticated understanding of entrepreneurial decision making, business model formation and evaluation, product development and execution strategies, team formation and growth, and launching and financing a new venture — a complete toolkit for the future.
Students from all academic interests and disciplines are welcome. This integrated business curriculum helps you thrive in a competitive marketplace and is a powerful complement to degrees in such fields as engineering, life sciences, communications, and cinema.
Academic Director: Tommy Knapp

Master of Science in Social Entrepreneurship Solving world problems is no longer solely the province of policy professionals and social workers. Today’s complex problems require business acumen and leadership to drive sustainable change.

Social entrepreneurs are leading for-pro t and non-pro t organizations that offer innovative market-based solutions to problems in education, healthcare, poverty, and the environment. These enterprises and programs — from global microfinance to mission-based

With an MS in Social Entrepreneurship, you will experience a business education geared to the unique aspects of social impact and be prepared to become a leader in the eld. You will develop the acumen to balance head and heart as you embark on a career with meaning and attack pressing global challenges.
Academic Director: Adlai Wertman

Certificate in Technology Commercialization Learn to take a new technology to market. Gain insights into the full commercialization process: invention, product development, technical and market feasibility analysis, intellectual property, business design, and venture funding. Link theory and practice through internships and projects. For more information click here.
Academic Director: Dr. Pai-Ling Yin



Graduate Courses (pdf)



Interdisciplinary Minors:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Social Entrepreneurship: with link to BSEL
  • Game Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation: The Digital Entrepreneur
  • Technology Commercialization
  • Performance Science
  • Media Economics & Entrepreneurship


Are you ready to take the entrepreneurial leap?

For inspiration and to get a sense of what the Entrepreneur Program is all about, check out the video clips of the speakers in the course BAEP 470 The Entrepreneurial Mindset, affectionately known as "The Leap".

USC Summer Program Exploring Entrepreneurship

High school students preview college, study entrepreneurship and earn three units of college credit in this 4-week, pre-college course.