USC Marshall School of Business has introduced a new core curriculum in 2011. The curriculum is designed to fit the needs of a diverse class with varying interests, aspirations and backgrounds. Before starting the core curriculum, students are required to complete a one week orientation program followed by a three-week "Super Semester" that provides crash course in leadership, strategy, statistics, microeconomics, financial accounting, ethics and management communication.
Students will be assigned to one of the three "Cores"(groups designed with diversity in mind). Each core will be further divided into teams of five to six people. The members of each core will together take the required courses, case discussions, student presentation and team projects. Subjects that would be useful for the summer internship are picked as part of the first-year electives (after discussion between students, alumni and recruiters). Some of the courses in the first-year electives include accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, information and operations management, management and organization, and marketing.
To familiarize students with the Global nature of Business, The Marshall MBA has introduced a course - The Global Context of Business, a required course for Full-time MBAs. The courses have numerous sessions that focus on the opportunities and challenges of running a Global Business. The Prime Modules gives students an opportunity to understand the framework of running Business in a specific country. As part of the PRIME Module, students will take a ten-day field trip to one or two countries meet with the executives in the company and learn about the issues they are facing as a Business.
The second Year is customized according to the student's career goals. The Marshall MBA students can take electives in one or two concentrations, or take courses in several concentrations or select courses from other Schools in the same university. The class room composition changes during the second-year electives, where students will be accompanied by not only by the classmates from first-year by students from Part-time and One Year International MBA program, increasing the networking opportunities. Concentrations are planned keeping in mind the functional (marketing, finance, engineering etc.) and industry specific (insurance, banking etc.) skills required by the student. The USC Marshall School of Business offers up to 10 Dual Degrees in fields like Medicine, Dental Surgery, Real Estate Development, Pharmacy, to a name a few. MBA students interested in Entertainment Finance can take a Certificate program in conjunction with the USC School of Cinema & Television.