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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 12-14 week timeframe (Fridays or Saturdays) on the USC Columbia campus.

Students can choose to focus on a business functional area such as international business, finance, innovation and 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 PMBA program 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. 

Recent trips: 

  • Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Singapore
  • Austria, Slovakia and the Czech Republic
  • Mozambique and Swaziland, South Africa

 Travel locations change each academic year.

Professional MBA Electives

2016 Immersion Courses

  • Leadership Seminar — BADM 790
  • Negotiation and Conflict Management in the Workplace — BADM 790
  • International Management — IBUS 703

Spring I Term 2016

  • Global Profitability Frameworks — BADM 790
  • Financial Statement Analysis — FINA 756
  • Survey of International Business — IBUS 700
  • International Financial Management — IBUS 701
  • Small Business Management — MGMT 778
  • Revenue Management — MGSC 778
  • Customer Relationship Management and Data Mining — MKTG 708
  • Pricing Strategy and Analysis — MKTG 715

Spring II Term 2016

  • Special Legal Issues in the Workplace — ACCT 741
  • Doing Business Under a Foreign Legal System — IBUS 708
  • Innovation and Design — MGSC 779
  • Global Sourcing: Strategy and Application — MGSC 871
  • Marketing Communications — MKTG 705

Summer I Term 2016

  • Accounting for Management Control — ACCT 743
  • Entrepreneurial Finance/Economics of Emerging Ventures — BADM 790
  • Strategic Dealmaking — BADM 790

Summer II Term 2016

  • International Trade Economics — ECON 503
  • Financial Statement Analysis — FINA 726
  • Managing Cross Border Teams — IBUS 717
  • Innovation and New Venture Analysis — MGMT 777
  • Marketing Communications — MKTG 705
  • B2B Marketing — MKTG 712

Fall I Term 2016

  • Managing Risk in Multinationals — ACCT 741
  • 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
  • Business to Business Marketing — MKTG 712
  • Marketing Spreadsheet Modeling — MKTG 717

Fall II Term 2016

  • Investment Management — ACCT 743
  • Entrepreneurship STC — BADM 790
  • International Financial Management — IBUS 701
  • International Mergers and Acquisitions — IBUS 735
  • Project Management — MGSC 872
  • Data Resource Management — MGSC 891
  • Theory and Analysis of Consumer Behavior MKTG 704 
  • Business to Business Marketing MKTG 712