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  Feb 21, 2018
USC Catalogue 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Global Supply Chain Management for Executives (MS) (Online)

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The online Master of Science in Global Supply Chain Management program is designed to facilitate the needs of professionals and executives in the United States and around the world who wish to expand their knowledge of the rapidly changing world of global supply chain management.

Courses are transmitted from studio classrooms via an extensive Internet-delivery system to enable the students to access their classes anytime, from anywhere. Lectures are made accessible for the entire semester, allowing students to review a complex lesson or prepare for exams. All classes are taught in English. Using the Internet, students are required to work in teams and are encouraged to interact with the instructors and their classmates.

Two international travel experiences to global distribution hubs are included in the program. Participation in both trips is required for graduation. Some courses may require in-person midterm and final examinations. These exams will be administered in cities near student population concentrations, requiring that students travel to reach these locations.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the general Marshall admission requirements, applicants should have at least three years of full-time work experience. 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. TOEFL or PTE scores and GMAT or GRE test scores are not required, but are recommended, for this program. Applicants will be interviewed as needed to ensure sufficient English language capabilities.

Application Procedure

Submit an online application to the program through the USC Graduate Admissions Website at International applicants are advised to view the information for international students published at

A complete application includes the online application form, an application fee, responses to several questions, three letters of recommendation, and copies of 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 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 including the application fee and copies of transcripts.

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

Degree Requirements

The online Master of Science in Global Supply Chain Management degree requires 27 units.

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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