Academic Experience

First year core classes are offered in Los Angeles and Irvine. Second and third year elective courses are offered in Los Angeles.


Build a foundation

Core classes provide a critical background in diverse business disciplines.


Customize your studies

Elective offerings allow students to pursue their interests.


Learn from world-class scholars

USC Marshall faculty come from a wide array of business backgrounds and disciplines.


Campus Choice

Students can choose to complete their first year of core classes at our Orange County Center in Irvine or at the University Park Campus in Los Angeles. All students take their elective courses in the second and third year during the week at the Los Angeles campus.

Courses at both campuses are taught by highly qualified faculty – frequently the same professors – and both campuses have excellent facilities including staff, computer labs, and study rooms.

University Park Campus

University Park Campus
630 Childs Way
Los Angeles, CA 90089

OC Campus

USC Orange County Center
2300 Michelson Drive
Irvine, CA 92612

Core Curriculum

The first 12 months of the program are comprised of core classes that provide students with a solid foundation in all of the major business disciplines through careful sequencing of courses from each functional area. The first year of core courses make up 30 units of the MBA.PM program’s 63 units. Following the core experience, all MBA.PM students take the GSBA-582, PM GLOBE class, a semester-long macroeconomics course enhanced by a 10-day international trip.

The MBA.PM Program for Fall 2019 begins on Friday, Aug. 2, 2019. The first core course, GSBA-525, Intro to Management and Strategy (aka ‘Pre-Fall’), is completed over TWO INTENSIVE weekends at the University Park Campus.

The two weekends are scheduled for:

  • Weekend One: Aug. 2, 3 and 4;
  • Weekend Two: August 16, 17 and 18

Students should expect to be on campus from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Additionally, students should plan to keep their evenings available. Study groups will meet the evening of August 18 for a final project deliverable.

Schedule Overview

There may be modifications to the courses and schedule.

Total Units: 63
Core = 30 units
Elective = 30 units
Globe = 1.5 units
Macro = 1.5 units

YEAR 1 (Core Year)

Fall Semester

Pre-fall (1 unit)
Intro to Mgmt and Strategy

Fall Term (7.5 units)
Acct. Concepts & Financial Reporting (510)
Economics (Micro) (511)
Analysis of Unstructured Problems (527)
Com. for Mgmt (523)

Winter Term
Part A (3.5 units)

Managerial Perspectives (522A)
Applied Managerial Statistics (506A)
ENTR (550A)

Spring Semester

Winter Term
Part B (4.5 units)

Managerial Perspectives (522B)
Applied Managerial (506B)
ENTR (550B)

Spring Term (7.5 units)
Foundations of Prof. Value (541)
Marketing Mgmt. (528)
Corp Finance (548)

Summer Semester

Summer Term (6 units)
Info. Mgmt. & Analytics (581)
Operations Mgmt (534)
Strategic Formulation for Competitive Advantage (519B)


YEAR 2 (Elective Year)

Fall Semester

7.5 units
Elective 1
Elective 2
The Firm in the National Economy (Macro) (544)

Spring Semester

7.5 units
Elective 3
Elective 4
Globe (582)

Summer Semester

6 units
Elective 5
Elective 6


YEAR 3 (Elective Year)

Fall Semester

6 units
Elective 7
Elective 8

Spring Semester

6 units
Elective 9
Elective 10

Elective Classes

Students complete their MBA degree by enrolling in elective courses that allow them to meet their unique goals and career objectives. Most elective courses will be offered at the University Park Campus. Students enroll in elective courses during the second and third year and also complete PM GLOBE during the second year. The entire MBA.PM program is completed in approximately 33 months. The remaining required units can be earned by:

  • Taking elective coursework - Marshall offers close to 100 elective courses for MBA students in any given year;
  • Designing an individualized program of study that cuts across several functional areas*;
  • Completing an independent study project*; and/or
  • Selecting courses from other graduate schools within the university*- students may take up to nine elective units at another USC graduate school

* Available to students who have completed all core curriculum and are in good standing (minimum 3.0 GPA)

Students are eligible to select from a wide range of graduate elective courses offered by the USC Marshall Academic Units which include:

View the University Catalogue for an overview of courses. The Marshall Graduate Elective Course Guide is a tool students can use to determine which electives align with their career path. Please note course offerings are not guaranteed and students should consult the Schedule of Classes for courses offered during any given term.


“My favorite class so far has been Corporate Finance. Professor Plotts is absolutely brilliant and she is one of those people who have an innate ability to take you to the next level.”

Michael Pinta
Class of 2016

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