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  • Master of Science in Business Administration

    The Master of Science in Business Administration (MS BUSAD) is designed to provide those who have completed a traditional M.B.A.* with an opportunity to pursue further study in an area of specialization subsequent to successfully completing the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.). The degree is only available to those holding an M.B.A. degree.

    Successful applicants are proven leaders who have a clear vision of their educational needs and how earning the MS BUSAD will contribute to the further development of their career.

PROGRAM BENEFITS

  • Successful applicants are proven leaders who have a clear vision of their educational needs and how earning the MS BUSAD will contribute to the further development of their career.

PROGRAM LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • 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.

APPLYING TO THE MS BUSAD PROGRAM

  • DATES + DEADLINES

    For early registration:
    February 1 for fall semester
    September 1 for spring semester

    Final Deadline for non-USC students:
    May 15 for fall semester (April 1 for international students)
    November 1 for spring semester (October 1 for international students)

  • ADMISSIONS CONTACT

    EMAIL
    Phone: 213-740-3198

Curriculum

Completion of the master of science degree requires a minimum of 24 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 Science in Business Administration unless they are required to update prior work and are added to the 24-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.

At the time of application submission, applicants must identify one area of interest, specifically naming one of Marshall’s academic departments as the focus of their studies. Marshall’s academic departments include: Business Communication, Business Entrepreneurship, Data Sciences and Operations, Finance and Business Economics, Management and Organization, and Marketing. It’s recommended applicants access the USC SCHEDULE OF CLASSES for recent and current class offerings.

Applications are reviewed by faculty from the academic department responsible for teaching the subject matter in the individual's area of interest, and a faculty advisor is appointed by the department. Final determination of coursework requirements is made under the guidance of, and subject to approval by, the faculty advisor. Applicants may later recruit a different faculty advisor from among the faculty of the Marshall School of Business.

Partnership Program with KAIST

Current students and recent (within the last three years) alumni of the KAIST Information and Media Management M.B.A., the Techno M.B.A. or the IMBA are eligible for admission to the MS BUSAD program. Current students apply for admission during their final term at KAIST.

Admissions: Under a partnership agreement between KAIST and USC Marshall, Information and Media Management M.B.A., Techno M.B.A. and IMBA applicants are not required to have work experience or to submit GMAT or GRE test scores. One letter of recommendation from the KAIST screening committee is required. Proof of English proficiency (TOEFL or PTE scores) is required of all non-US citizens who did not graduate from an American, British, Canadian or Australian college or university. All other parts of the application are required.

Curriculum: KAIST Information and Media Management M.B.A. graduates are provided a special curriculum suited to their M.B.A. background. For a copy of that curriculum EMAIL. Students from KAIST are not exempt from course prerequisite requirements. Prerequisite waivers will be issued upon confirmation that coursework equivalent to the stated prerequisite(s) has been completed. KAIST students may apply to the MS BUSAD up to 12 units of business-related non-Marshall coursework from other USC programs, subject to approval by the student’s faculty advisor.

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