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The Business of Education

Description of careers for which concentration prepares students:
This concentration prepares students to assume business management positions within public, private non-profit, and private for-profit organizations that constitute the education industry.  The education industry is especially seeking MBA graduates who have knowledge of the unique features of the field of education as well as a functional business specialization, e.g., marketing, finance, information systems, operations management. The Business of Education concentration builds upon general business-related training by helping students develop industry-specific expertise in education.

Description of the academic content and requirements for concentration:
Marshall MBA students wishing to pursue a concentration in the Business of Education take one required course (EDPA-623), plus three courses in either the PreK-12 emphasis or the post-secondary emphasis. Pre-approved courses are listed below. For further information about the concentration, contact: Professor Guilbert Hentschke, 903C Waite Phillips Hall, Rossier School of Education, 213-740-3491, ghentsch@usc.edu.

Required for this concentration:  

     EDUC-717: Schooling as an Economic Enterprise (3)

 

Electives (Choose up to three courses from either the PreK-12 emphasis or the Post-Secondary emphasis, for a total of four courses in the concentration):

 

PreK-12 emphasis  

These courses are offered as part of the Ed.D. program. Permission to enroll is dependent upon the individual's background and preparation. For D clearance visit WPH 802.

 

  • EDUC-709: Finance in Higher Education (3)
  • EDUC-716: Instructional Leadership (3)
  • EDUC-718: Maximizing Human Resources in Education (3)
  • EDUC-719: The Policies and Politics of Education Governance (3)
  • EDPA-617: Seminar in School Business Administration (3)

     

Post-Secondary emphasis

These courses are offered as part of the PASA (Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs) program. Permission to enroll is dependent upon the individual's background and preparation. For D clearance visit WPH 602.

 

  • EDHP-500: Foundations of Higher, Adult, and Professional Education (3)
  • EDHP-502: Administration of Higher, Adult, and Professional Education (3)
  • EDHP-503: Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning in Higher, Adult and Professional Education
  • EDHP-679: Legal Issues in the Administration of Higher Education (3)


Nine-unit Limit:

Students earning the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree are expected to complete their graduate electives within the Marshall School of Business by taking courses that begin with prefixes ACCT, BAEP, BUCO, DSO, FBE, GSBA, IOM, MKT, and MOR. Unless the student is completing a dual degree program, up to nine units of graduate-level course work may be completed at USC outside the Marshall School of Business for elective credit providing the courses chosen are listed in the Marshall ECG. A student may take courses published in the ECG without petitioning, but the total number of ECG-listed non-business units completed without prior permission may not exceed nine (9) units. A student who wishes to have either (a) more than 9 non-Marshall units or (b) a non-Marshall course that is not listed in the EKG applied to the MBA must request permission and receive approval to do so prior to taking the course. A request for an exception must be submitted via petition (Marshall General Petition Form) to the student's MBA program office. Only courses beginning with the Marshall prefixes may be applied to the MBA portion of a dual degree program.

Students completing the Business of Education concentration who wish to apply more than 9 units from the concentration to their MBA must petition for permission and receive approval to do so prior to taking the course(s).