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he MBA Roundtable, a nonprofit

organiza-tion focused on MBA curricular design and innovation, last year released the results of its MBA Curricular Innovation Study. The triennial study indicates that MBA curricular changes in the past three years have focused on adding more choices, in the form of new concentrations and electives, as well as program flexibility, such as accelerated degree completion options.

Among the findings:

• 94% made some change to their elective con-tent in the past three years, with 63% indicating it was a moderate or greater change.

• The most common elective additions were entrepreneurship (51%), international business (40%), leadership (39%), and corporate responsi-bility (36%).

• Common additions to concentration offer-ings included healthcare, entrepreneurship, and business analytics.

• Programs outside the U.S. were making deep-er changes, with 26 pdeep-ercent making significant or greater changes and none reporting that no changes had been made.

• Action-based learning was the most common change to core or required content.

• The most common type of change was increasing applied and action-based learning (60%). Other common changes included an increase in global content (48%), program flexibili-ty (41%), and interdisciplinary courses (33%).

• The most common subject matter additions were corporate responsibility (63%), entrepreneur-ship (49%), geoeconomical/geostrategy (47%), ethics (40%), and leadership (40%). The most sig-nificant subject matter reduction was in informa-tion technology (11%).

• Structural flexibility provided additional options for students.

• Part-time programs were most likely to insti-tute program structure changes, with 25% adopt-ing a new delivery mode and 21% reducadopt-ing the length of their program through such means as

additional weekend and summer course delivery. • Executive MBA programs were most likely to remain a lock-step program (90% vs. 55% of all respondents), but were much more likely to deliv-er a blended (online and face-to-face) program (30%) than full-time MBA programs (8%).

“Three years ago we saw significant changes in many MBA programs,” said Sarah Gardial, president of the MBA Roundtable and dean of the University of Iowa’s Henry B.TippieCollege of Business. “It’s not surprising that this year’s survey shows fewer dramatic changes. This has been a period of implementing core changes and modifying the elective portfolio and other program areas to ensure our programs remain relevant and cover the subject areas most important to students and employers. The study showed that MBA programs have been successful at adding new topics and skills without reducing existing content. The primary means have been integration, more elec-tive choices, and co-curricular additions, such as career development and consulting projects.”

One of the primary objectives of the study was to provide MBA Roundtable members with a com-parative assessment tool that would support their curricular management and change efforts. The study was sponsored in part by the University of Tennessee-Knoxville MBA Program and the George

Mason University School of Management, where MBA Roundtable board member Roy Hinton serves as associate dean of executive programs and director of the Executive MBA program.

“It’s imperative that MBA programs continually explore new content and delivery methods, or we risk our relevance in today’s dynamic business environment,” said Hinton. “The MBA Curricular Innovation Study and the MBA Roundtable as a whole are invaluable resources for recognizing trends and sharing best practices. We were pleased to be able to support the research study and help contribute to that body of knowledge.”

Founded in 1995, the MBA Roundtable is a glo-bal association of business schools working togeth-er to inform and inspire MBA curricular and pro-grammatic innovation. The MBA Roundtable seeks to improve MBA education and the practice of management by creating forums to challenge, bate, and shape the future of MBA curricular de-sign; Equipping business school faculty and admin-istrators with the knowledge and resources needed to advance MBA curricular and programmatic innovation; and Promoting and recognizing MBA curricular achievement, change, and innovation.

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MBA Programs of Today

Add More Choice and Flexibility

MBA curricular changes

in the past three years

have focused on adding

more choices, in the form

of new concentrations

and electives, as well as

program flexibility, such

as accelerated degree

completion options.




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satellite facilities in Shanghai, Irvine and San Diego, USC Marshall offers MBA stu-dents access to an unrivaled, global cen-ter of business leadership, scholarship and education.

Founded in 1920 as the College of Commerce and Business Administration, USC Marshall is the oldest AACSB accred-ited school of business in Southern California. It is also one of the most for-ward-looking – consistently placing in the top 10 by Entrepreneur magazine; at the forefront of trends in social entrepre-neurship; and ranked as 10th worldwide, based on faculty research contributions, in the latest UT Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Management survey.

Full-Time MBA

USC Marshall’s full-time MBA program offers students a comprehensive ground-ing in core business principals with the opportunity for specializing to develop vital skills and in-depth knowledge.

MBA for Professionals and Managers (MBA.PM)

Designed to address the challenges faced by working professionals, MBA.PM is a part-time, evening program lasting 33

months; the program also offers classes on Saturday during the first year. Students may choose to complete the first year of their degree in Los Angeles or Orange County.

Executive MBA Program (EMBA)

A 21-month program designed for senior managers and sea-soned professionals who intend to remain fully employed as they pursue their degree, EMBA offers two convenient locations: Los Angeles and San Diego.

Global Executive MBA (GEMBA)

Based in Shanghai, China, GEMBA is a flexible, dynamic program tailored to full-time, working managers from across Asia, who earn the prestigious USC Marshall MBA in 20 months. GEMBA stu-dents benefit from USC Marshall’s world-class faculty and an exceptionally diverse cohort; when they complete their MBA, they also receive a certificate from Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

International MBA Program (IBEAR) Mid-career professionals with interna-tional management experience come together in this one-year, full-time pro-gram that emphasizes global strategy and experiential learning. IBEAR is the lead-ing accelerated international MBA pro-gram in the United States.

These flexible degree programs offer something for current and aspiring busi-ness professionals at every stage of their career – exposing them to crucial interna-tional work and travel opportunities and preparing them to lead in today’s global arena. They also provide students and alumni with invaluable resources, lever-aging the power of one of the world’s most respected – and connected – research universities.

An MBA from USC Marshall is a glob-ally recognized calling card for today’s visionary business professional. Students across our five MBA programs can look forward to:

• Membership in an exclusive worldwide network – the USC Marshall Trojan Family

• Mastery of complex business principles that lay a solid foundation for career suc-cess

• Hands-on experience that emphasizes learning by doing and hones the skills necessary to compete in a global business environment

• Flexibility to pursue a degree on a per-sonalized schedule, adjusted to meet indi-vidual needs

USC Marshall MBA Programs

Transform Career Success




Name of Institution

University of Southern California

Name of Business School or Program Marshall School of Business

Business School Dean (or highest ranking officer) James G. Ellis

Year Institution was Founded 1880

Year Business School or Program was Started 1920

Total MBA Enrollment (all platforms offered)

Full-time MBA: 426; Part-time MBA (MBA.PM): 705; Executive MBA (EMBA): 232; Global Executive MBA (GEMBA): 59; International MBA for Mid-career Professionals (IBEAR): 56

MBA Platforms Offered

Full-time MBA; Part-time MBA (MBA.PM); Executive MBA (EMBA); Global Executive MBA (GEMBA); International MBA for Mid-career Professionals (IBEAR)

MBA Areas of Emphasis Offered Global business, entrepreneurship, corpo-rate finance, investing, real estate finance, marketing, branding, organizational effec-tiveness, social entrepreneurship, change management, business analytics, supply chain management, sustainability

Length of Programs

Full-time MBA: 21 months; Part-time MBA (MBA.PM): 33 months; Executive MBA (EMBA): 21 months; Global Executive MBA (GEMBA): 20 months; International MBA for Mid-career Professionals (IBEAR): 12 months

Program Campus Options

Full-time MBA: University Park Campus, Los Angeles; Part-time MBA (MBA.PM): University Park Campus, Los Angeles or Orange County Center, Irvine; Executive MBA (EMBA): University Park Campus, Los Angeles or La Costa, San Diego; Global Executive MBA (GEMBA): Shanghai Jaio Tong University, Shanghai, China; International MBA for Mid-career Professionals (IBEAR): University Park Campus, Los Angeles

Program Accreditations AACSB, WASC


#8 in Accounting (US News and World Report); #8 in Executive MBA (Business Week); #9 in Entrepreneurship (US News and World Report); #9 in International (US News and World Report); #10 worldwide based on faculty research (UT Dallas’ Naveen Jindal School of Management); #11 in Part-time MBA (US News and World Report)

Total Cost of MBA

Full-time MBA: 1st Year – $88,361; 2nd Year – $72,764. Part-time MBA (MBA.PM): Approx. total overall cost: $108,000. Executive MBA (EMBA): Approx. total overall cost – $123,000. Global Executive MBA (GEMBA): $90,000. International MBA for Mid-career Professionals (IBEAR): Approx. total overall cost – $111,800

Required Testing

The GMAT or the GRE are required for the Full-time MBA, the Part-time MBA (MBA.PM) and the IBEAR MBA. GMAT or GRE scores are optional for the Executive MBA (EMBA) and the Global Executive MBA (GEMBA). TOEFL or IELTS scores are required of all international students who did not complete a four-year bachelor’s degree in a country where English is the primary official language, unless applying to the GEMBA program

Upcoming Information Sessions

MBA.PM: May 21 & June 25 in Los Angeles and Orange County. EMBA: June 7 at La Costa in San Diego

Application Deadlines

Full-time MBA: mid-April. Part-time MBA (MBA.PM): June 1. IBEAR MBA: Rolling, beginning Nov. 1. GEMBA MBA: Rolling admission

Program Contact Information Full-time MBA, MBA.PM and EMBA: USC Marshall MBA Admissions, 630 Childs Way – JKP 308, Los Angeles, CA 90089-2633. Phone: (213) 740-7846. Fax: (213) 749-8520. Email:

IBEAR: Marshall School of Business, 837 Downey Way, STO 300, Los Angeles, CA 90089-2631. Phone: (213) 740-7140. Fax: (213) 740-7559. Emails: Admissions –; General –

GEMBA in Shanghai: Room 102, South Building, Shanghai Jiao Tong University – Antai Campus, 535 Fahuazhen Road, Shanghai 200052, China. Phone: (86) 21-6293-2707. Email:

Members of the USC Marshall

MBA community are international

leaders in producing and sharing

knowledge that can change the

world. The school’s 200-plus

expert faculty are renowned for

exceptional teaching and

groundbreaking research.


Located in the heart of Los Angeles, one of the world’s leading

business centers and the U.S. gateway to the Pacific Rim, the

University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business offers

an array of MBA programs tailored to meet the needs of managers

and business professionals with varied goals and experience levels

who wish to connect with the global Trojan Family, more than

343,000 alumni strong.

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Name of Institution

California State University, Northridge

Name of Program

Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (GCBA) — Pathway to an MBA

GCBA program purpose

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Length of GCBA (“MBA pathway“) certificate program

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Cost of GCBA

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Name of Institution Woodbury University

Name of Business School or Program MBA

Business School Dean (or highest ranking officer) Dr. Andre van Niekerk

(Dean of the School of Business)

Year Institution was Founded: 1884

Year Business School or Program was Started: 1968

Total MBA Enrollment (all platforms offered): 108

MBA Platforms Offered

Full Time, Part Time, Evening and Weekend

MBA Areas of Emphasis Offered General MBA

Length of Programs 12-24 months

Program Campus Options Burbank, CA

Program Accreditations AASCB, WASC, ACBSP


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• #48 Regional Universities (West) • #15 Best Colleges for Veterans

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Total Cost of MBA $1,027/unit $3,081 per course $36,972 (36 unit program) $55,458 (54 unit program) Note: Financial aid and merit based scholarships are available.

Required Testing GMAT and/or GRE

Upcoming Information Sessions May 21, 2014

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Application Deadlines July 1st – Fall Semester November 1st - Spring Semester April 1st – Summer Semester

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