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Curriculum

The Professional MBA curriculum is designed to provide a fundamental business knowledge base along with the ability to focus in business analytics, entrepreneurship, finance or international business. Learn from the same world-class faculty who teach in the full-time MBA programs at the Moore School. Our faculty are recognized for their research and consultative accomplishments as well as their deep industry experience. Faculty provide course content that is relevant in today's ever-changing business world.  Using the most recent multimedia technology available, students learn through real-time and captured instruction, web conferencing and day-long residencies. Week-long study abroad experiences are also available to PMBA students.

The program's curriculum comprises 16 courses (10 core courses and 6 electives) and has no prerequisite course work. Focus in business analytics, entrepreneurship, finance or international business by taking 4 of the 6 electives in one of those areas. Click on Electives for a detailed list. The core courses are listed below and the courses descriptions can be viewed at http://bulletin.sc.edu/

  • Financial Accounting (ACCT 728)
  • Organizational Behavior and Leadership (MGMT 770)
  • Managerial Accounting (ACCT 729)
  • Quantitative Methods (MGSC 711)
  • Financial Policies (FINA 760)
  • Marketing Management (MKTG 701)
  • Operations Management (MGSC 791)
  • Information Systems (MGSC 796)
  • Managerial Economics (ECON 720) 
  • Strategic Management (MBAD 702)
ACADEMIC SCHEDULE AND DELIVERY FORMAT

The PMBA program academic schedule contains six 7-week terms as well as some intersession course terms. For example, Financial Accounting meets one night per week at multiple locations and the Organizational Behavior and Leadership course is three full-day Saturday classes at the USC Columbia campus. Electives are offered in a combination of convenient formats. Download the 2013 PMBA Course Schedule and the 2014 PMBA Course Schedule for detailed information about the class schedules as well as previous electives offered.

The faculty teach using distance-based technology from the USC Moore School. The program has regional classrooms in Aiken, Bluffton, Columbia, Charleston, Charlotte, Greenville and Spartanburg. During the 7-week terms, classes meet one night per week (Monday through Thursday) from 6-9 p.m. in the above locations. Students can also attend weeknight classes in real time from anywhere with a high-speed internet connection. There is real-time communication between faculty and students in the regional classrooms as well as students attending from other locations. Each class is available the following morning in a delayed streaming format. 

Classes are interactive and engaging, centering around real-world applications, student presentations, case analysis and problem-solving. Faculty include some asynchronous activities such as prerecorded lectures and threaded group discussions between weekly classes.

COURSE SEQUENCES

Students may enter the PMBA program in the Spring I or Fall I terms and should follow the proposed PMBA Course Sequences for that entry term. Each sequence calls for taking Financial Accounting before Managerial Accounting and Quantitative Methods before continuing forward in the curriculum. Those courses provide a basic quantitative foundation necessary to be successful in the rest of the courses. 


 ACADEMIC TERMS

Click here for the current PMBA Academic Calendar.

  • Spring I Term - January to March
  • Spring II Term - March to May
  • Summer I Term - May to June
  • Summer II Term - July to August
  • Fall I Term - September to October
  • Fall II Term - October to December