May 25, 2018  
USC Catalogue 2016-2017 
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Strategy and Management Consulting Graduate Certificate

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The Strategy and Management Consulting graduate certificate provides students with the tools, concepts and frameworks that will aid them in leading the process of strategy development and management consulting to improve business performance. Evidence-based frameworks and hands-on projects will enhance students' skill sets in diagnosing strategic issues in complex settings. Different types of intervention strategies and contingency frameworks will provide students with an extensive and robust toolkit that can be applied in multiple industry settings.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the standard Marshall graduate admission requirements. A few years of work experience is preferred, but not required. GMAT or GRE scores are required. International applicants who did not spend four years completing a bachelor's degree at an American, British, Canadian or Australian college or university must submit TOEFL, IELTS or PTE scores.

Prerequisite course work: Applicants must have completed the equivalent of a master's level course in business and competitive strategy (e.g., GSBA 519a , GSBA 519b  or GSBA 529  or GSBA 540 ). The requirement may be waived in individual cases by the academic director of the certificate program. Petitions for a waiver must be included in the essay section of the individual's application.

Application Procedure

Applications are submitted online through the USC Graduate Admissions Website at International applicants are advised to see the instructions for international students at

A complete application includes the online application form, an application fee, test scores, an essay, two letters of recommendation and official transcripts from all institutions attended since the applicant last applied to USC.

  • Current USC students and USC alumni are not required to submit an application fee, new test scores (if previously submitted), transcripts to verify degrees earned prior to their attendance at USC, or letters of recommendation.
  • All other applicants must submit all documentation identified in the online application instructions.
Degree Requirements

The graduate certificate in Strategy and Management Consulting requires 15 units. The program may be completed on a full-time (3-5 courses per semester) or part-time basis.


For current USC graduate students, courses credited to the graduate certificate in Strategy and Management Consulting may be completed in conjunction with course work required for the program in which the student is already enrolled. The student's home department determines applicability of these courses to the student's primary degree program. Current Marshall MBA students may apply all 15 units of the graduate certificate program to their MBA degree.

For USC alumni, courses completed in conjunction with the individual's prior degree may not be credited toward the certificate. Appropriate substitutions for required courses will be determined and documented by the program director.

Successful completion of the program is documented on the student's transcript and acknowledged with a certificate (diploma) awarded by the university.

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