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Electives

The Professional MBA curriculum consists of 16 courses — nine core courses and seven electives. Electives in the Professional MBA program complement the core curriculum. Students select electives based on areas of interest as they progress through the curriculum.

Electives in the Professional MBA program are available in two formats: seven-week term courses that meet one night per week and immersion courses that meet three to four days over a 12- to 14-week timeframe (Fridays or Saturdays) on the USC Columbia campus.

Students can choose to specialize in a functional area such as international business, finance, innovation/entrepreneurship, and marketing by taking electives in those areas. Professional MBA students can also earn a graduate certificate in business analytics while completing the program's course work.

Study Abroad Opportunities

The Professional MBA offers three to four optional study abroad trips yearly. Students visit with business executives, tour manufacturing facilities and attend government briefings during the 10- to 14-day trips. These three-credit courses provide a chance to learn how business is done around the world as well as experience the culture of foreign countries.  Students can take up to two trips to count as electives. 

There is an additional program fee associated with studying abroad. The average fee is around $2,500. This fee includes hotel, in-country transportation, cultral event tickets and most meals at the destination. Students are responsible for scheduling and purchasing their own airfare to and from the country. 

Recent trips: 

  • Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Singapore
  • Central Europe: Austria, Slovakia and Czech Republic
  • Mozambique and Swaziland, South Africa
  • China

 Travel locations change each academic year. 

Professional MBA Electives

2017 Immersion Courses

  • Leadership Seminar — BADM 790
  • Negotiation and Conflict Management in the Workplace — BADM 790
  • Strategic Management of Technological Innovation BADM 790
  • International Management — IBUS 703
  • Topics in Marketing - Thoughts and Practices (Social Media) MKTG 712
  • Social and Digital Strategies for Businesses MKTG 718

Summer I Term 2017

  • Accounting for Management Control — ACCT 743
  • Entrepreneurial Finance/Economics of Emerging Ventures — BADM 790
  • Strategic Dealmaking — BADM 790
  • Survey of International Business — IBUS 700
  • Managing Through Social Networks — IBUS 790
  • Marketing Analytics — MKTG 712

Summer II Term 2017

  • International Trade Economics — ECON 503
  • Management of Financial Institutions — FINA 765
  • Business in Europe — IBUS 790
  • Innovation and New Venture Analysis — MGMT 777
  • Sales: Process, People and Performance — MKTG 712

Fall I Term 2017

  • Managing Risk in Multinationals — ACCT 741
  • Strategic Management of Technological Innovation — BADM 790
  • Competitiveness and the Sustainable Enterprise — ECON 589
  • Advanced Financial Management — FINA 761
  • Small Business Management — MGMT 778
  • HR and the Global Firm — MGMT 801
  • Advanced Quantitative Methods in Business — MGSC 777
  • B2B Marketing — MKTG 712
  • Marketing Spreadsheet Modeling — MKTG 717

Fall II Term 2017

  • International Financial Management — IBUS 701
  • Accounting for Management Control — ACCT 743
  • Product Branding Policies — MKTG 707
  • Project Management — MGSC 872
  • Theory and Analysis of Consumer Behavior — MKTG 704
  • International Mergers and Acquisitions — IBUS 735
  • International Legal Environments — IBUS 708
  • Project Finance — FINA 773

2018 Immersion Courses

  • Negotiations and Conflict Management in the Workplace — MGMT 731
  • Social and Digital Media Strategies for Business — MKTG 718
  • Learning with Leaders — MGSC 732
  • Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation — MGMT 733

Spring I Term 2018

  • International/Global Legal Issues ACCT 741
  • Revenue Management — MGSC 778
  • Human Resource and Business Strategies — MGMT 726
  • Small Business Management — MGMT 778
  • Customer Relation Management/Data Mining — MKTG 708
  • Financial Statement Analysis — FINA 756
  • International Intellectual Property Management — IBUS 709
  • Global Corporate Valuation — IBUS 711
  • Negotiations and Conflict Management in the Workplace — MGMT 731
  • Social and Digital Media Strategies for Business — MKTG 718
  • Learning with Leaders — MGSC 732

Spring II Term 2018

  • Marketing Communications — MKTG 705
  • Investment Management — FINA 762
  • Global Profitability Frameworks — BADM 790
  • Innovation and Design — MGSC 779
  • Global Sourcing: Strategy and Application — MGSC 871
  • Data Resource Management — MGSC 891
  • Global Innovations and Industry Clusters — IBUS 790
  • B2B Marketing — MKTG 712
  • Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation — MGMT 733