Jun 22, 2024  
USC Catalogue 2022-2023 
USC Catalogue 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOGUE]

Business Administration (Leadership and Innovation) (BS)

The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Leadership and Innovation prepares students for leadership roles in a variety of organizations in a world of increasing global, technological and regulatory change. The program aims to train inspirational leaders who bring together diverse groups to achieve transformational innovation for sustained competitive advantage.

With this degree, students will learn how to create an inspiring vision and strategy for innovation in their organization, effectively lead high performing innovation teams, create a culture of agility and innovation, and effectively identify and solve critical problems in order to build sustainable competitive advantage and satisfy a diverse set of stakeholders.

Requirements for Admission

This program is available only to current Marshall and Leventhal undergraduates who satisfy the following three conditions: (1) have attained sophomore standing, (2) have completed at least one semester in residence at USC, and (3) have earned credit for the course BUAD 304 Organizational Behavior and Leadership . Students who wish to transfer to this program should visit the Office of Undergraduate Advising and Student Affairs in the Marshall School of Business.

Students may earn only one emphasis within the BS in Business Administration degree.

Requirements for Completion

To complete the program, students must satisfy all requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree in business administration including at least 12 upper-division units in the area of emphasis.

Business Core Courses

Business Administration majors must complete the business core. The business core contains foundational courses that provide analytical skills and theoretical knowledge in math, statistics, accounting and business economics as well as communication skills pertinent to the business field; functional courses in business disciplines such as finance, marketing, organizational behavior and operations; and integrative courses in strategy and data analysis.


*Placement into MATH 118gx  is contingent on successful completion of MATH 117g  or obtaining an acceptable score on the math placement exam. The MATH 118gx  requirement may be waived with an AP Calculus AB or BC score of 4 or higher or an IB math score of 5 or higher.

**A-level mathematics examination scores of A or B may receive subject credit for MATH 125g . Eligible students should speak with their academic advisers for additional information.

Emphasis Requirements

Complete 12 units of upper-division elective courses (typically three 4-unit courses) offered by the Management and Organization department in the Marshall School, specifically 300- or 400-level courses with a prefix MOR that are available for credit toward the major.


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