Dean Geoffrey Garrett
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BS Business Administration (BUAD)
BS Accounting (ACCT)
World Bachelor in Business (WBB)
BS Business of Cinematic Arts (BCA)
BS Artificial Intelligence for Business (BUAI)
Full-Time MBA (FTMBA)
Executive MBA (EMBA)
Part-Time MBA (MBA.PM)
International MBA (IBEAR)
Online MBA (OMBA)
MS Business Administration (MSBUSAD)
MS Business Analytics (MSBA)
MS Entrepreneurship + Innovation (MSEI)
MS Finance (MSF)
MS Global Supply Chain Management (MSGSCM)
MS Marketing (MSMKT)
MS Social Entrepreneurship (MSSE)
Master of Business for Veterans (MBV)
Master of Management Studies (MMS)
Master of Accounting (MAcc)
Master of Business Taxation (MBT)
Master of Business Taxation for Working Professionals (MBT.WP)
Data Sciences + Operations
Management + Organization
GC in Business Analytics
GC in Financial Analysis + Valuation
GC in Management Studies
GC in Marketing
GC in Optimization + Supply Chain Management
GC in Strategy + Management Consulting
GC in Sustainability + Business
GC in Technology Commercialization
GC in Library and Information Management – Online
Business Communication (BUCO)
Data Sciences and Operations (DSO)
Finance + Business Economics (FBE)
Leventhal School of Accounting (ACCT)
Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies (BAEP)
Management and Organization (MOR)
Institutes + Centers
Randall R. Kendrick Global Supply Chain Institute
Peter Arkley Institute for Risk Management
VanEck Digital Assets Initiative
Institute for Outlier Research in Business
Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies
USC Marshall Venture Fund
Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab
Neely Center for Ethical Leadership and Decision Making
Center for Effective Organizations
Center for Global Innovation
Center for Investment Studies
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Master of Management Studies
The Master of Management Studies (M.M.S.) is designed to provide those who have already completed the equivalent of the first year of an accredited traditional 2-year M.B.A. (see the FAQ page for details) with an opportunity to pursue further study in areas of specialization currently available to Marshall graduate students.
This program allows students to select from a wide variety of graduate-level courses offered to students in Marshall’s M.B.A. and specialized master’s degree programs. Prospective applicants are encouraged to review the full list of specialized master’s programs offered by the Marshall School of Business before applying for admission to this program. Information about the areas of concentration offered to Marshall graduate students is available in the Marshall Graduate Elective Course Guide.
Classes applicable to the degree are offered during both daytime and evening hours. The degree may be completed on either a full- or part-time basis. International students should expect to complete the program within two semesters.
Completion of a one-year M.B.A. (or the first year/fundamentals component of a traditional two-year M.B.A.) is required for application to the Master of Management Studies at USC.
For additional information EMAIL or call 213-740-3198.
PROGRAM LEARNING OBJECTIVES
Learning Goal #1: Develop Personal Strengths
Our graduates will develop a global and entrepreneurial mindset, lead with integrity, purpose and ethical perspective, and draw value from diversity and inclusion.
1.1 Possess personal integrity and a commitment to an organization’s purpose and core values.
1.2 Expand awareness with a global and entrepreneurial mindset, drawing value from diversity and inclusion.
1.3 Exhibit awareness of ethical dimensions and professional standards in decision-making.
Learning Goal #2: Gain Knowledge and Skills
Our graduates will develop a deep understanding of the key functions of business enterprises and will be able to identify and take advantage of opportunities in a complex, uncertain and dynamic business environment using critical and analytical thinking skills.
2.1 Gain knowledge of the key functions of business enterprises.
2.2 Acquire advanced skills to understand and analyze significant business opportunities, which can be complex, uncertain and dynamic.
2.3 Use critical and analytical thinking to identify viable options that can create short-term and long-term value for organizations and their stakeholders.
Learning Goal #3: Motivate and Build High-Performing Teams
Our graduates will achieve results by fostering collaboration, communication and adaptability on individual, team, and organization levels.
3.1 Motivate and work with colleagues, partners, and other stakeholders to achieve organizational purposes.
3.2 Help build and sustain high-performing teams by infusing teams with a variety of perspectives, talents, and skills and aligning individual success with team success and with overall organizational success.
3.3 Foster collaboration, communication and adaptability in helping organizations excel in a changing business landscape.
MMS ACADEMIC OVERVIEW
The Master of Management Studies (M.M.S.) is designed to provide those who have already completed the equivalent of the first year of an accredited traditional 2-year M.B.A. (see Admissions Prerequisites for details) with an opportunity to pursue further study in coursework available to Marshall graduate students.
Students compete at least 26 units of coursework from the full range of graduate electives available to Marshall M.B.A. students, subject to prerequisite requirements. No more than two courses (or eight units) may be taken in graduate course work outside of the Marshall School of Business. Access the USC SCHEDULE OF CLASSES for recent, current, and future class schedules.
Applicant’s M.B.A. coursework is reviewed at time of admission to determine if specific content areas are missing. If it is determined that preliminary courses are needed - and are available at USC Marshall - the number of units required to complete the M.M.S. degree will increase.
The M.M.S. degree is intended to provide individuals with an opportunity to expand their knowledge base in areas not covered during their prior studies. Therefore, no coursework completed prior to matriculation in the M.M.S. program can be applied toward the Master of Management Studies. USC M.B.A. students may not pursue both degrees simultaneously or apply M.B.A. coursework to the M.M.S.
Completion of the Master of Management Studies degree requires a minimum of 26 graduate units for all candidates.
None of the GSBA-prefixed classes required for completion of a Marshall M.B.A. program may be applied toward the Master of Management Studies 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. Students may apply to the M.M.S. up to 8 units of business-related coursework from other USC programs, subject to approval by the M.M.S. program director. (Marshall courses begin with the prefixes ACCT, BAEP, BUCO, DSO, GSBA, FBE, MKT, and MOR.) No coursework completed prior to matriculation in the M.M.S. program can be applied toward the Master of Management Studies. (The M.M.S. degree is intended to provide individuals with an opportunity to expand their knowledge base in areas not covered during their prior studies.)
Partnership Program with KAIST, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and Sogang Business School
The Marshall School of Business maintains partner relationships with KAIST, Sogang Business School, and with the Shanghai Jiao Tong University Institute of Cultural and Creative Industry. KAIST Techno M.B.A., KAIST IMBA, and Sogang SIMBA, and SJTU ICCI students and alumni are exempt from a number of admissions requirements.
Admissions: Under the partnership agreements, applicants are not required to have work experience or to submit GMAT or GRE test scores. Proof of English proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores) is required of all non-US citizens who did not spend 4-years completing a bachelor’s degree at an American, British, Canadian or Australian college or university.
Curriculum: Students from partner institutions are not exempt from course prerequisite requirements. Prerequisite waivers will be issued upon confirmation that coursework equivalent to prerequisites has been completed. Sogang students must successfully complete a graduate-level business communication skills course prior to enrollment at USC or take an appropriate equivalent during their first semester at USC Marshall (in addition to the degree requirements). Partner students may apply to the M.M.S. up to 12 units of business-related non-Marshall coursework from other USC programs, subject to approval by the M.M.S. program director.
What are the prerequisite requirements for this program?
When evaluating the applicant's qualifications we check to see that the following subject matter (coursework) was/is included in the individual's prior MBA coursework. (undergraduate/bachelor's-level coursework never qualify to satisfy this requirement.)-Financial and Management Accounting-Business Communication-Corporate Finance-Microeconomics and Macroeconomics-Marketing-Operations-Organizational Behavior/Personnel Management/Leadership-Statistics/Quantitative analysis-StrategyIf specific content areas are missing the student may be required to complete them at Marshall prior to taking advanced courses. Required preparatory coursework will be added to the 26 units required to earn the M.M.S. degree.
How long does it take to complete the program?
The length of time it takes to complete the program depends on how many classes the student takes each semester. Full-time students take 3 – 5 classes each semester, completing the program in two or three terms.. Working students take 1-2 classes each semester. International students are expected to complete the program in one academic year (two semesters).
Application of prior coursework or M.B.A. courses to the M.M.S. requirements
The M.M.S. degree is intended to provide individuals with an opportunity to expand their knowledge base in areas not covered during their MBA studies. Applying old coursework to the degree would not contribute to achieving this goal. In other words, no courses completed prior to matriculation in the M.M.S. program can be applied toward the Master of Management Studies. USC MBA students may not pursue both degrees simultaneously or apply MBA coursework to the MMS.
Career Development and Placement Services
It is expected that M.M.S. students have received career development training as part of their M.B.A. program and will have access to career placement services as alumni of their M.B.A. institution. As a result, M.M.S. students are not provided with personalized career transition services afforded Marshall MBA, such as personal coaching, training in prospective employer relationship development, interview scheduling, or employer advocacy.
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