Feb 29, 2024  
USC Catalogue 2021-2022 
USC Catalogue 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOGUE]

Management Science (STEM) MBA Program

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The value of a business education focusing on quantitative and scientific methods has long been recognized. The Management Science specialization of the Master of Business Administration recognizes the efforts of individuals who choose to focus their MBA studies on quantitative business-related fields such as statistics, mathematical techniques, analytics, data warehousing, data mining, data visualization, operations and supply chain optimization, finance, forecasting, digital marketing and modeling. 

A core of essential courses is designed to build the foundation of skills required of all leading executives, develop collaborative talent, cultivate innovation, build analytical skills, and expand the student's vision and ethical framework with a global perspective. An individualized program of study allows students to acquire knowledge and skills in their preferred STEM-related disciplines.


The Management Science specialization of the MBA is open only to individuals who have been admitted to the Marshall Full-Time MBA program and have successfully completed the majority of the “core” required courses in their MBA program. Students in the Full-time MBA program apply for admission to this program after completion of their first semester.

MBA students who wish to transition to the STEM MBA submit a petition to the academic director of their MBA program. The petition must include a brief essay explaining why the student would benefit academically and succeed in the STEM MBA program.

To qualify for admission to the Management Science MBA the student must have earned a Marshall MBA degree GPA of at least 3.0 and a cumulative graduate GPA at USC of at least 3.0.

Program Requirements

The Management Science specialization of the MBA requires 63 units including MBA core, management science electives, and general business electives.

“Core” Required Courses

Successfully complete all of the required (core) courses in the USC Marshall Full-Time MBA program.

Management Science Electives

Successfully complete at least 18 units selected from the list below.

General Business Electives

Complete a selection of graduate business electives (500-level ACCT, BAEP, BUCO, DSO, FBE, GSBA, MKT or MOR) sufficient to bring the total units completed to at least 63.

Total units required for degree: 63

Note: USC reserves the right to change, add or delete its course offerings and programs without notice.

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