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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

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

Summer I Term 2018

  • Accounting for Management Control — ACCT 743
  • Entrepreneurial Finance/Economics of Emerging Ventures — MGMT 780
  • Strategic Dealmaking — BADM 790
  • Survey of International Business — IBUS 700
  • Managerial Accounting — ACCT 729
  • Marketing Analytics — MKTG 712
  • Social Networks & Global Leadership — IBUS 719

Summer II Term 2018

  • International Trade Theory & Policy — ECON 503
  • Innovation and New Venture Analysis — MGMT 777
  • Sales: Process, People and Performance — MKTG 712
  • Project Management — MGSC 872
  • Managerial Economics — ECON 720
  • Managing Cross-Border Teams —IBUS 717
  • Financial Statement Analysis — FINA 756

Fall I Term 2018

  • Competitiveness & Sustainable Enterprise — ECON 589
  • Managing Risk in Multi-Nationals — ACCT 741
  • Advanced Business Analytics — MGSC 777
  • Operations Management — MGSC 791
  • Product & Branding Policies — MKTG 707
  • FInancial Accounting — ACCT 728
  • B2B Marketing — MKTG 712
  • Advanced Financial Management — FINA 761
  • Small Business Management — MGMT 778
  • International Management — IBUS 703
  • Competing Through People — MGMT 770
  • Human Resources and the Global Firm — MGMT 801

Fall II Term 2018

  • International Financial Management — IBUS 701
  • Learning with Leaders — MGMT 732
  • Project Finance — FINA 773
  • Quantitative Methods — MGSC 711
  • International Mergers & Acquisitions — IBUS 735
  • International Legal Environments — IBUS 708