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The Professional MBA curriculum provides a solid business foundation with the opportunity to enhance your degree with specializations and/or a graduate certificate in business analytics. 

The curriculum consists of 16 courses (nine core courses and seven electives) and has no prerequisite course work. Eight of the nine core courses are scheduled during a 7-week term meeting one night a week. Competing Through People - MGMT 770 is the only core course taught in the immersion format of three full Saturday's in a 14-week timeframe.

Core Courses

  • Financial Accounting — ACCT 728
  • Quantitative Methods — MGSC 711
  • Competing Through People — MGMT 770
  • Managerial Accounting — ACCT 729
  • Financial Policies — FINA 760
  • Managerial Economics — ECON 720
  • Marketing Management — MKTG 701
  • Operations Management — MGSC 791
  • Strategic Management — MBAD 702


Students may design their individual plan of study through selecting electives based on interest and career goals or by choosing an area of specialization. Electives allow students to gain greater depth in a specific area and are offered in multiple formats to provide additional learning and networking opportunities. Areas of specialization include international business, finance, innovation/entrepreneurship or marketing. A graduate certificate in business analytics is also available and designed to complement the program's curriculum while expanding career opportunities. Elective credit is given for the certificate courses. Optional short-term  study abroad experiences are offered yearly as electives.

A number of electives are held in the immersion format offering students the ability to have face-to-face instruction with the professor and network with students from around the region.

Academic Schedule and Terms

The Professional MBA program academic schedule consists of six seven-week terms in a calendar year with up to a week off between each term.  Most immersion courses occur over a 14-week timeframe meeting a total of three full Saturdays on the USC Columbia campus. 

In a seven-week term, a course meets one night per week from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the locations and on demand (in real time). Delay course capture is available the morning following the evening class for the rest of the term.

  • Spring I Term — January to March
  • Spring II Term — March to May
  • Summer I Term — May to June
  • Summer II Term — July to August
  • Fall I Term — August to October
  • Fall II Term — October to December 

Find the detailed schedule in the Professional MBA Academic Calendar.

Course Sequences

Students starting the Professional MBA program in the Spring I or Fall I terms and follow the required course sequence (table found on the right). The sequences are designed to provide the basic quantitative foundation necessary to be successful in the rest of the courses. There are ten elective sessions built into the course sequences. Students are only required to take seven electives.