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Master's Degree Programs

Executive M.B.A. Program

The Executive M.B.A. program is structured for mid-career to upper-career professionals who are fully employed. Rather than a program of traditional course disciplines (e.g., accounting, marketing, finance) the EMBA program offers a more thematic approach — integrating the material and often delivering it with faculty from different disciplines teaching in a team format. Core faculty include the school’s most senior, experienced members as well as nationally renowned academic and business specialists. This program is delivered on Fridays and Saturdays (full days) for a two-year period at either the USC campus in downtown Los Angeles as well as in San Diego. As with the other USC Marshall M.B.A. programs, an extensive international trip is integrated into the program.


In addition to the general admission requirements, applicants should have 10 years of work experience that includes substantial managerial responsibilities. The Executive M.B.A. Admissions office may be contacted at (213) 740-7846; Fax (213) 749-8520; or email: Apply online at

Program Structure

This program uses a non-traditional interdisciplinary approach to executive and managerial education though “themes” that integrate various functional areas and address classic, yet dynamic, business issues.

The program begins with a six-day domestic residential session. Thereafter, the 21-month M.B.A. program meets Fridays and Saturdays throughout the year with a short summer break. An eight-day international trip is scheduled during the first theme of the program’s second year.

Year 1Units
Theme I
GSBA 560The Perspective of Top Management2
Theme II
GSBA 561Evaluating Market Performance9
Theme III
GSBA 562Management of Operations11
Theme IV
GSBA 563Technology and Information Systems Management6
Theme V
GSBA 564Functional Strategies and Implementation2

Year 2units
Theme VI
GSBA 570The Role of the Senior Executive2
Theme VII
GSBA 571Environmental Analysis: Establishing Competitive Advantage9
Theme VIII
GSBA 572Strategic Planning for Growth11
Theme IX
GSBA 573Managing Strategic Change and Implementation6
Theme X
GSBA 574The Executive of the Future2

Total units required for degree: 60