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Darla Moore School of Business

MBA Enhancements

Enhance the value of your MBA education with experiential learning that’s rooted in real-world business partnerships and corporate projects.

There’s no greater experience than testing your knowledge in real world scenarios. Throughout our MBA program, you’ll have the opportunity to apply your knowledge in consulting projects and exercises with our corporate partners. Be a consultant with one of our nine Research and Partnership Centers, add a key industry certification to your degree, or take the reins of a student business organization.

Research and Partnership Centers

The Moore School is one of five educational institutions in the country — the only in the Southeast — selected as a Center for International Business and Education Research (CIBER) by the U.S. Department of Education. We’re home to nine thriving research centers designed to support the competitiveness of U.S. businesses:

Graduate Certificates

Graduate certificates demonstrate expertise in specific business skills and are noted in your transcript. You’ll also receive a separate diploma awarding a “Post-Bachelor Certificate” in the specific area of knowledge. 

Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics

The Business Analytics Graduate Certificate is designed to train data-savvy managers, which today’s marketplace demands, based on extensive benchmarking across academia and industry.

Despite staggering increases in the ability to capture and store data, the majority of business decisions continue to be made in the same ad hoc fashion as they were before the information age. One of the reasons we do not see more data-driven decision-making is because companies have an abundance of data but lack the ability to turn the data into useful knowledge. To accomplish this, firms need managers and leaders who combine solid business and communication skills with an analytics skillset. A recent study by the McKinsey Global Institute found that U.S. businesses looking to capitalize on the massive volumes of data available today face a shortage of 1.5 million of these types of managers who are well-trained in data analytics.

Candidates pursuing this certificate are required to complete four courses (12 credit hours) beyond the International MBA core coursework; three of them are required and one may be chosen from the list of provided electives.

Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics

Required Courses
  • MGSC 777 — Advanced Quantitative Methods
  • MKTG 708 — CRM/Data Mining
Additional Courses
  • MGSC 778 — Revenue Management
  • MKTG 717 — Marketing Spreadsheet Modeling
  • FINA 772 — Portfolio Management
  • CSCE 590 — Big Data Analytics

Course Descriptions 

(*Indicates required course for Business Analytics certificate)

*MGSC 777 — Advanced Quantitative Methods in Business: Students will gain experience using cutting-edge analytical tools to support business decision-making, including advanced topics in data visualization, geographic information systems and Excel development with VBA. In addition, this course has a focus on both written and verbal communication of analytical results.

*MKTG 708 — CRM/Data Mining: Firms have invested considerable resources in setting up customer relationship management (CRM) programs, while improvements in technology and software have provided the means to analyze key outcomes of CRM programs (as measured by satisfaction, loyalty and profitability). Implementing a CRM marketing program entails extracting meaningful information from large databases using analytical techniques (commonly referred to as data mining), developing insights and strategies, and then implementing them. The topics that will be covered in this course include basics of customer relationship management, customer lifetime valuation analysis using transactional data and data mining using Excel Miner to perform hands-on analytics. Student will develop skills related to multiple linear regression, classification and regression trees, logistic regression, neural networks, discriminant analysis, market basket analysis and cluster analysis. Companies use these techniques to evaluate customer profitability, target profitable customers and implement data-driven marketing decisions.

*MGSC 891 — Data Resource Management: Overview of data resource management, including database technology and design, information architecture planning and database administration. A design project is required.

MGSC 778 — Revenue Management: This course covers the concepts of forecasting demand, segmenting customers and allocating capacity or customizing price offers to each distinct customer segment such that the firm's profits are maximized.

MKTG 717 — Marketing Spreadsheet Modeling: This course focuses on the conceptual foundations and application of basic econometric and statistical models used in marketing analytics contexts. The understanding of such models should enable students to properly use them in real business settings using commonly available software.

FINA 772 — Portfolio Management: Utilizes the techniques learned in FINA 762 to analyze and recommend investment opportunities for a portion of the Moore School endowment. The course culminates with a sequence of presentations and recommendations to the Moore School’s Business Partnership Executive Board.

CSCE 587 — Big Data Analytics: This course covers foundational techniques and tools required for data science and big data analytics. The course focuses on concepts, principles and techniques applicable to any technology environment and industry. Tools such as R and MapReduce/Hadoop are covered (Note that this is a full-semester course in the Department of Computer Science).

Graduate Certificate in Enterprise Resource Planning

The Graduate Certificate in Enterprise Resource Planning is designed to provide students with the ability to demonstrate an overall understanding and working knowledge of the function, design, control, and use of ERP systems.

Along with the general trend in business towards massive computerization, large scale enterprise resource planning systems (ERP) have become the backbone of today’s information systems. These systems integrate information from all areas of an organization (i.e., marketing, operations, HR, sales) as well as up and down the supply chain.

Increasingly, business managers must demonstrate proficiency in their understanding of ERP systems and be able to design, employ, and use these systems effectively as a requirement to a successful career. The Graduate Certificate in ERP is based on the premise that students should understand at a conceptual level both their own technology as well as the technology of the entities with which they interact. In addition to understanding ERP systems, this certificate also focuses on understanding how, administratively and operationally, each area of the organization interacts, leverages, and affects each other to create a desired outcome across the organization.

The curriculum provides students with sufficient conceptual understanding and applied skills to be able to navigate the complexities of transaction processing and data queries inherent in modern ERP systems. Emphasis is given to the predominant ERP system within large organizations, which is SAP, culminating in SAP TERP 10 instruction and the TERP 10 examination.

Candidates pursuing this graduate certificate are required to complete 3 courses (9 credit hours) beyond the MBA core coursework; two of them required and one that may be chosen from a list of provided electives.

Graduate Certificate in Enterprise Resource Planning

Required Courses
  • ACCT 737 — Accounting Information Systems from a Strategic Perspective
  • ACCT 739 — Enterprise Resource Planning 
Additional Courses
  • ACCT 702 — Application of Advanced Databases to Accounting and Business
  • MGSC 891 — Data Resource Management

Course Descriptions 

(*Indicates required course for ERP certificate)

*ACCT 737 - Accounting Information Systems from a Strategic Perspective: Design and implementation of accounting information systems to achieve strategic objective.

*ACCT 739 - Enterprise Resource Planning Systems: Business process integration within enterprise resource planning systems including the use and management of the enterprise core modules within ERP software implemented companies. 

ACCT 702 - Application of Advanced Databases to Accounting and Business: The integration, configuration, and operation of accounting information within enterprise resource planning and other databases as applied to current business practices.

MGSC 891 - Data Resource Management: Overview of data resource management, including database technology and design, information architecture planning, and database administration. A design project is required.

Graduate certificates serve as a tool for graduates to demonstrate knowledge on a specific business skill. Graduate certificates are noted in the graduate’s transcript. Graduates also received a separate diploma awarding a “Post-Bachelor Certificate” in the specific area of knowledge.

Industry Certifications

Develop functional business specializations that can enhance your marketability.

SAP® Certified Associate

Train on the same integrated SAP systems that are in place at many large organizations and earn certification to help you hit the ground running.

Sonoco Lean-Six-Sigma Green Belt

In partnership with Sonoco Products Company, this 18-module e-learning course prepares you for the Green Belt readiness exam followed by an operations or process consulting project to earn the coveted certification.

APICS Certificate in Product in and Inventory Management

Prepare for the first four of five module exams of the APICS-CPIM certification by completing two courses; one MBA core class and one GSCOM elective course (MGSC 875 Supply Chain Coordination and Control).


Student Business Organizations

Take advantage of school-level professional associations and clubs that support your career development and specialization, including:

  • MBA Student Association
  • Graduate Women in Business
  • Consulting Club
  • USC Graduate Net Impact
  • Entrepreneurship Club
  • Case Competition Team