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  Feb 20, 2018
USC Catalogue 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Global Supply Chain Management (On‑Campus/Residential) (MS)

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The primary objective of the residential Master of Science in Global Supply Chain Management is to provide individuals with the necessary skills and knowledge to become experts in the area of supply chain management and thus advance their careers. The program focuses on topics like strategic procurement, outsourcing, logistics and distribution, the role of information technology in managing global supply chains and how these impact the process of developing new products. The aim is to provide the students with a framework that integrates different topics and an understanding of the trade-offs and relationships between these topics. Two experiential courses add to the academic learning.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to this program are required to satisfy the general Marshall admission requirements. Admission decisions are based on consideration of the applicant's previous academic record, résumé, letters of recommendation, responses to several essay questions and an interview, if requested. A few years of work experience is preferred, but not required. GMAT or GRE scores are required. For international applicants TOEFL or PTE scores are required.

Application Procedure

Prospective students may apply to begin the program in the fall semester only. Applications are submitted online through the USC Graduate Admissions Website at International applicants are advised to also consult the instructions for international students at

A complete application includes the online application form, an application fee, test scores, responses to several short-answer questions, two letters of recommendation and transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended.

  • Current USC students and USC alumni are not required to submit an application fee, new test scores (if previously submitted) or transcripts to verify degrees earned prior to their attendance at USC.
  • Individuals who have applied for admission to a USC graduate program before but were not admitted may not have to submit new test scores or original transcripts.
  • All other applicants must submit all documentation identified in the online application instructions.

For additional information, email or call (213) 821-4079.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Global Supply Chain Management degree requires 27 units including 21 units of required course work plus 6 units of course work chosen from a list of electives.

Students who have taken (at USC or elsewhere) the equivalent of GSBA 534  Operations Management (at the graduate/post-baccalaureate level) may petition to waive out of GSBA 534 , reducing the total number of units required to complete the degree to 24. The petition must be requested in an attachment to the application for admission and approved by the program director prior to the start of classes.

Individuals who have taken (at USC or elsewhere) one or more of the other required courses may petition to replace these courses with selections from the list of electives or appropriately related courses offered by the Marshall School of Business or the Viterbi School of Engineering. Such a replacement must be approved by the program director prior to registration for the alternate course.

Total units: 27

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