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Darla Moore School of Business

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The Professional MBA curriculum is designed to provide a fundamental business knowledge base. Learn from the same world-class faculty who teach in the full-time MBA programs at the Moore School. Our faculty are recognized for their research and consultative accomplishments as well as their deep industry experience. Faculty provide course content that is relevant in today's ever-changing business world.

A Flexible Program for Working Professionals

The Professional MBA curriculum consists of 16 courses (nine core courses and seven electives) and has no prerequisite course work. Ten- to 14-day study abroad experiences are also available to Professional MBA students.

Professional MBA students may choose to enhance their degree with a specializations in one of the following areas: international business, finance, entrepreneurship/innovation 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.

Academic Schedule and Terms

The Professional MBA program academic schedule consists of six seven-week terms as well as some immersion courses over a 3-month period. 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. Immersion courses are three, full-day Saturday classes on the USC Columbia campus. Electives are offered in a combination of convenient formats

  • 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 

Course Sequences

Students starting the Professional MBA program in the Spring I or Fall I terms 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.

Find the detailed schedule in the Professional MBA Academic Calendar.