Electives in the PMBA program are intended to complement the core curriculum. Students select electives based on areas of interest as they progress through the curriculum, or they may choose to specialize their electives in a functional area. Specializations are available in finance, international business, innovation/entrepreneurship and marketing. To complete a specialization, students must take a minimum of four of their electives in a single area. PMBA students can also earn a graduate certificate in business analytics while completing the program's coursework.
Electives in the PMBA program are available in multiple, flexible formats: seven-week
term courses that meet one night per week (some seven-week elective courses may utilize
residency days on the UofSC Columbia campus) and immersion courses that may utilize
three to four residency days over a seven- to 14-week time frame (Fridays or Saturdays)
on the UofSC Columbia campus.
Study Abroad Opportunities
The PMBA program offers two to three optional study abroad courses yearly. Students visit with business executives, tour manufacturing facilities and attend government briefings in seven to 10 days. 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 courses to count as electives.
There is an additional fee associated with studying abroad. The average fee is between $2,300–$3,000 and includes hotel, in-country transportation, cultural event tickets and most meals at the destination. Students are responsible for scheduling and purchasing their own airfare to and from the country.
- Exploring Global Business in Russia: Moscow and St. Petersburg (May 2021)
- Exploring Global Business in Africa: Johannesburg, Mbombela and Cape Town, South Africa (May 2021)