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M.S.B.A. applicants are invited to consider areas of specialization available to Marshall M.B.A. students. Consult the Elective Course Guide (EKG) at for descriptions of currently available concentrations. Access the USC Schedule of Classes at for recent and current class schedules.

While the student identifies an area of interest as part of the application process, final determination of coursework requirements is made under the guidance of and subject to approval by a faculty advisor. Applicants may request a specific faculty advisor from among the faculty of the Marshall School of Business. (Faculty profiles are available on the departmental web sites.) Alternatively, the academic department reviewing the application will recommend a faculty advisor for the new student.

Completion of the master of science degree requires a minimum of 26 graduate units for all candidates. (The typical program consists of eight 3-unit graduate business courses and a 2-unit Directed Research, Field Research, Independent Research or Consulting Project.)

Together the student and the faculty advisor determine which courses the student must complete. An evaluation of work previously completed determines if prior work needs updating to prepare for new course work. If it is determined that preliminary courses are needed, the number of units needed to complete the master of science degree will increase. The student's program is then documented on an official program of study form and filed with the M.S.B.A. program advisor.

None of the GSBA prefixed classes required for completion of a Marshall M.B.A. program may be applied toward the Master of Science in Business Administration unless they are required to update prior work and are added to the 26-unit total.

No courses numbered lower than 500 may be included in this program. No more than two courses or 8 units may be taken in graduate course work outside the Marshall School of Business.

The M.S.B.A. degree is designed to provide those who already have completed an M.B.A. with an opportunity to expand their knowledge base in areas not covered during their M.B.A. studies. Applying old coursework to the degree would not contribute to achieving this goal. In other words, none of the courses taken to complete the M.B.A. can be applied toward the Master of Science in Business Administration.

A minimum of two units of Directed Research (590), Field Research (592), Independent Research (593) or Consulting Project (597) must be included in the proposed program. The final project is intended to provide a capstone experience culminating in a report in the area of specialization. The project will be conducted under the guidance of an individual faculty member from the Marshall department responsible for the student's area of specialization (not necessarily the student's program faculty advisor).

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