IBEAR MBA 43 (2020 - 21) Curriculum:

Beginning in Fall 2020 Entering Class, the IBEAR MBA program will adopt a new academic calendar. This change aims to further increase the program's electives flexibility. The IBEAR MBA program changes are both design and scheduling changes, specifically the new academic calendar will be from June to June (as opposed to the current calendar from July to July). 

IBEAR MBA Academic Calendar - June - June

Orientation: Monday, June 29th, 2020

Classes begin: Monday, July 6th, 2020


USC Marshall School of Business IBEAR MBA Academic Calendar

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Core Classes


IBEAR MBA Electives


Marshall Electives

Our new curriculum provides an immersive experiential-learning based framework that gives mid-career managers an opportunity to develop the knowledge, tools and business networks that will help them become global business leaders. The Program’s dual focus on curricular and co-curricular learning provides IBEAR MBA students with the catalytic career boost they are seeking. The IBEAR MBA Educational Experience

Develop the flexibility you desire to pursue the career of your choice! The new curriculum has been designed keeping in mind the needs of mid-career professionals who would like the option to pursue a specialization that speaks to the career outcomes they are seeking while retaining the unique cohort experience of the IBEAR MBA Program. Whether a student is looking to make a career change or wanting to advance in their current industry, the revised IBEAR MBA curriculum will help them to create their own unique experience. 

International Management Science (STEM) IBEAR MBA Program

Starting June 2020, IBEAR MBA students will be given the opportunity to pursue our newly introduced STEM track, International Management Science (STEM) MBA Program. Click here for requirements you must demonstrate in order to qualify to pursue IBEAR’s STEM offering.

IBEAR MBA student presentation
IBEAR MBA student presentation

IBEAR MBA students will take 19 courses in 56 units that are spread over 6 terms starting with a pre-fall summer term starting in July (In the Two-Year MBA, students take 62 units over 20 months). In order to get the opportunity to maximize electives, student will have the option of waiving out of all core courses with the exception of  Strategy, Management Communication, Management / Leadership and IBCP. Waivers are granted upon successfully passing a challenge waiver exam. IBEAR MBA students can pick from 100+ electives offered by the Marshall School of Business, or they can choose to take their electives in other USC graduate schools as long as these are offered to Marshall School of Business students.

Graduating IBEAR MBAs describe their ROI

IBEAR MBA students also have the option to add certificate courses in numerous areas of specialization such as Business Analytics, Financial Analysis & Valuation and Supply Chain Management.

The IBEAR MBA Educational Experience

International Business Consulting Project

The Capstone Course of the IBEAR MBA Program is its 5-unit International Business Consulting Project (IBCP) which are done in Terms 4 & 5. IBCP is a unique hands-on learning experience, which is based on a 4-month business consulting engagement. Teams of IBEAR MBA students work with their IBCP clients to build strategies and develop solutions for one their client’s key business issues.

IBEAR MBA Students at Warner Brothers
IBEAR MBA Students at Warner Brothers

International and domestic research travel is a key component of most projects; costs are covered by client sponsorship fees. Each project requires deep analysis which is grounded in field research. The idea is to impart practical learning of executive decision making skills in a real-world business environment.

IBCP clients include Fortune 1000 companies, small and medium sized firms and startups. IBEAR MBA students have executed over 250 IBCP projects on topics such as market entry, market growth strategies, mergers and acquisitions, supply chain management, finance, etc. in the U.S., Asia, Latin America and Europe. Each student team is guided by a faculty practitioner with global consulting experience.

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