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 2021 begins on Friday, July 30, 2021. The first core course, GSBA-525, Intro to Management and Strategy (aka ‘Pre-Fall’), is completed over TWO INTENSIVE weekends.
The two weekends are scheduled for:
Weekend One: July 30th, July 31st, and August 1st
Weekend Two: August 13th, 14th and 15th
*TBA by June 2021 if Pre-Fall will be fully online or in-person.
*Students should expect to be available from 8:30am to 6:00pm.
*All students are required to attend a mandatory online Prep-Session on July 10th.
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)
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)
Part A (3.5 units)
Managerial Perspectives (522A)
Applied Managerial Statistics (506A)
Part B (4.5 units)
Managerial Perspectives (522B)
Applied Managerial (506B)
Spring Term (7.5 units)
Foundations of Prof. Value (541)
Marketing Mgmt. (528)
Corp Finance (548)
Summer Term (6 units)
Info. Mgmt. & Analytics (581)
Operations Mgmt (534)
Strategic Formulation for Competitive Advantage (519B)
YEAR 2 (Elective Year)
The Firm in the National Economy (Macro) (544)
YEAR 3 (Elective Year)
Students complete their MBA degree by enrolling in elective courses that allow them to meet their unique goals and career objectives. 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:
- Finance & Business Economics
- Data Science & Operations
- Management and Organization
- Management Communication
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.
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