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Business of Education

Elective Course Guide

Description of careers for which this concentration prepares students:
This concentration prepares students to assume business management positions within public, private non-profit, and private for-profit organizations that constitute the education industry. The education industry is especially seeking graduates who have knowledge of the unique features of the field of education as well as a functional business specialization, e.g., marketing, finance, information systems, operations management. The Business of Education concentration builds upon general business-related training by helping students develop industry-specific expertise in education.

Description of the academic content and requirements for concentration:
Marshall students wishing to pursue a concentration in the Business of Education take one required course plus three courses in either the PreK-12 emphasis or the post-secondary emphasis. Pre-approved courses are listed below.

For further information about the concentration, contact: Lawrence Picus, Waite Phillips Hall 904B, (213) 740-2175, lpicus@usc.edu.

Required for this concentration:
EDUC-717: Schooling as an Economic Enterprise (3)

Electives (Choose up to three courses from either the PreK-12 emphasis or the Post-Secondary emphasis, for a total of four courses in the concentration):

PreK-12 emphasis
These courses are offered as part of the Ed.D. program. Permission to enroll is dependent upon the individual's background and preparation. For D clearance visit WPH 501A, (213) 740-2178.

  • EDUC-709: Finance in Higher Education (3)
  • EDUC-716: Instructional Leadership (3)
  • EDUC-718: Maximizing Human Resources in Education (3)
  • EDUC-719: The Policies and Politics of Education Governance (3)

Post-Secondary emphasis
These courses are offered as part of the PASA (Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs) program. Permission to enroll is dependent upon the individual's background and preparation. For D clearance visit WPH 602.

  • EDHP-500: Foundations of Higher, Adult, and Professional Education (3)
  • EDHP-502: Administration of Higher, Adult, and Professional Education (3)
  • EDHP-503: Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning in Higher, Adult and Professional Education (3)
  • EDHP-679: Legal Issues in the Administration of Higher Education (3)

Nine-unit Limit:

Students earning a Marshall master's degree are expected to complete their graduate electives within the Marshall School of Business by taking courses that begin with prefixes ACCT, BAEP, BUCO, DSO, FBE, GSBA, MKT, and MOR.

MBA students: Unless the student is completing a dual degree program, MBA students may complete up to nine units of graduate-level course work at USC outside the Marshall School of Business for elective credit. A request for an exception to take a non-Marshall course must be submitted via petition (Marshall General Petition Form) to the student's program office prior to registering for the course. Units beyond the maximum 9.0 units are not counted toward the student’s MBA degree.

  • An exception is made for those students completing the Business of Education concentration, which requires 12 non-Marshall units. A petition form must still be submitted.
  • For MBA students who participate in Marshall’s International Exchange Program, a maximum of 15.0 units of USC-500O may be applied to the MBA degree.  No other non-Marshall coursework may be applied to the MBA degree.
  • Further exceptions to the maximum 9.0 units of non-Marshall course policy are rarely approved, and only if the student is on the Dean’s List with a minimum GPA of 3.60, coupled with a compelling reason for why the course uniquely aligns with their academic and career goals. 
  • Only courses beginning with the Marshall prefixes may be applied to the Marshall portion of a dual degree program.

MS, MMS, and Graduate Certificate students: Students in MS, the MMS, and Graduate Certificate programs may not apply non-Marshall courses to their degree unless (a) the courses are included in the published curriculum of the program or (b) permission is granted by the Academic Director of the program prior to taking the course. A request for an exception must be submitted via petition (Marshall General Petition Form) to the student's program office prior to registering for the course.