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Master's Degree Programs

This new program will be available beginning fall 2006.

Master of Science in Leadership and Organization

The Master of Science in Leadership and Organization is structured for mid- to upper-career professionals who are fully employed.

In addition to the general admission requirements, applicants should have a minimum of five years of work experience that includes substantial managerial responsibilities. There are two parts to the application process:

1. Submit an online application through the USC Admissions Web site at (The application fee is not required of current USC students and USC alumni.)

2. Submit a program application directly to the Office of Executive Education. The Office of Executive Education may be contacted by phone at (213) 740-8990, by fax at (213) 749-3689 or by email,

Seven required courses and three electives (12 units) must be completed to earn the degree. The student must maintain both an M.S. GPA and an overall USC graduate GPA of at least 3.0 throughout the program.

Program Requirements
The six semester program begins in fall semester of year one (mid-August) and ends at the end of the summer session in year two (mid-August).

In addition to the seven required courses, students select one from each course list in Group 1, 2 and 3 to complete the 30 units required for the degree.

Required CoursesUnits
MOR 548Competitive Advantage Through People3
MOR 554Change Management3
MOR 555Designing High Performance Organizations3
MOR 559Strategic Renewel and Transformation3
MOR 571Leadership and Executive Development3
MOR 573Ethical and Social Issues in Business3
MOR 597Business Field Project in Management and Organization3

Group 1 Spring Year One (Select 1)Units
GSBA 532Behavior and Organizations3
MOR 551Performance Management and Motivation3
MOR 567Interpersonal Influence and Power3

Group 2 Summer Year One (Select 1)Units
BUCO 533Managing Communication in Organizations3
MOR 569Negotiation and Deal-Making3

Group 3 Fall Year Two (Select 1)Units
IOM 525Quality Improvement Methods3
MOR 565Alliances and Cooperative Strategy3

Total units required for degree: 30