Frequently Asked Questions

Master of Management Studies


Anyone who has completed a one-year M.B.A. or will have completed the first year/fundamentals component of a traditional two-year M.B.A. prior to taking his/her first class at USC is welcome to apply to the M.M.S. program at USC Marshall. Of course, applicants from programs not accredited by the AACSB, EQUIS, ACBSP, AOCTE, IACBE or AMBA are generally considered less well prepared than those from accredited institutions, but are welcome to apply. The admissions committee will rely on the combination of GMAT or GRE test scores, work experience, resume, and responses to the short answer/essay questions in making their decision. Also, they will review transcripts from all institutions attended to ensure that the applicant's academic preparation is equivalent to both a 4-year U.S. bachelor's degree and at least one year of a traditional 2-year full-time M.B.A. so that the applicant is fully prepared to participate with and to compete with Marshall graduate students in the classroom.

Required Preparatory Curriculum

When evaluating the applicant's qualifications we check to see that the following subject matter (coursework) was/is included in the individual's prior graduate/post-baccalaureate coursework. (Note: undergraduate/bachelor's-level coursework does not satisfy this requirement.)

Financial and Management Accounting
Business Communication
Corporate Finance
Microeconomics and Macroeconomics
Organizational Behavior/Personnel Management/Leadership
Statistics/Quantitative analysis

If 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 number of 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 (e.g., fall, spring and summer or fall and spring). Working students take 1-2 classes each semester. International students are expected to complete the program in one academic year (two semesters).

Cost - Tuition and Fees

Current USC tuition and fee information is available at Select the next future semester and then the 'Tuition and Fees' tab on the left side of the screen. Tuition rates do increase each year. The cost of tuition for the program is roughly $47,000 US. Additional fees and insurance can total as much as $2,000 per year. These estimates do not include living expenses (housing, food, transportation, etc.), which run about $20,000US per year.

Scholarships and Funding

The M.M.S. program is not funded to support scholarships dedicated specifically to M.M.S. students. Information about financial aid and fellowship opportunities is available at and

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 as well.

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 the same level of personalized career transition services afforded Marshall MBA students seeking internships and/or permanent employment post-graduation. M.M.S. students are welcome to take advantage of the readily accessible facilities of the Marshall graduate Career Resources Center (general information library, basic workshops, etc.), but the Center was created to serve the needs of the MBA population, so "readily accessible facilities" do not include personal coaching, training in prospective employer relationship development, interview scheduling, or employer advocacy.


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Information for Students and Alumni of KAIST, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and Sogang Business School

The Marshall School of Business maintains partner relationships with KAIST, with 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. All other parts of the application are required.

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.

More Questions?

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