Undergraduate Business Administration Program

B.S. in Business Administration

As a top-ranked four-year business school housed at a leading private research institution, Marshall leads the way in business education. At Marshall, you will immerse yourself in the University's foundation of "breadth with depth,” with a core curriculum that encompasses all of the major cornerstones of business. You will then develop your expertise by taking upper division courses to dive further into the area of business you find most interesting. As a Marshall undergraduate, your education is not limited strictly to business classes. Marshall’s program flexibility will give you a strong grounding in business fundamentals while also providing the ability to pursue your personal and professional interests.

To give you the flexibility needed to succeed in the classroom and in the business world, the Marshall curriculum offers the following features:


Free Elective units which are sufficient to pursue almost all minors at USC




Upper level business elective units which can be taken across all academic departments

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Core Curriculum

Focusing on leadership development and the acquisition of managerial skills, our core curriculum emphasizes experiential learning that nurtures entrepreneurial talent and fosters critical thinking. USC Marshall provides the foundation for a lifetime of learning and helps pave the way for career success in business and beyond. Students take courses from each of our academic departments, including Business Communication, Data Sciences and Operations, Entrepreneurship, Finance and Business Economics, Accounting, Management and Organization, and Marketing.

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Students at USC Marshall have the freedom to do more. Our curriculum gives you the flexibility to create an educational experience tailored to your needs. Marshall’s incredible array of over 250 business elective courses allows you to dive deeper in your specific business area of interest, preparing you to excel as an entrepreneur. Marketing guru. Consultant. Portfolio manager. New media mogul. Innovator in socially responsible business. The destination is yours to decide. Explore elective options.

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Experiential Learning Center (ELC)

Founded in 1967 by Marshall faculty, the Experiential Learning Center (ELC) is a major facility consisting of studios that are fully equipped with remote videotaping and playback equipment. The ELC is a fundamental part of Marshall's curriculum, allowing students to participate and engage in collaborative activities that offer a different kind of experience from the traditional classroom.

The ELC is located in Jill and Frank Fertitta Hall and predominantly serves the needs of the undergraduate students.

Business Emphases

USC Marshall’s undergraduate business specializations provide unique value for students seeking to turn their ideas into outcomes in the rapidly evolving 21st century global marketplace. The newly introduced Emphases – optional specializations for undergraduates within the Business Administration (BUAD) degree program – complement the renowned joint, interdisciplinary programs and specialized degrees to elevate an approach that prepares students for the real world, right now.


Specialized Programs

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Business Administration & Cinematic Arts (BCA)

A 4-year collaboration program with USC’s renowned School of Cinematic Arts, BCA provides in-depth knowledge of the history of cinema and television and critical training in areas ranging from entertainment marketing to broadcast management to gaming. A required internship course offers the opportunity for students to work within the entertainment industry. This program is available to entering freshmen only. Learn more about the BCA program.

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Business Administration & International Relations (BAIR)

In conjunction with USC’s School of International Relations, Marshall offers students the possibility of earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in International Relations. The program prepares today’s business students to face tomorrow’s global, civic, commercial, and political challenges.

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Business Administration & Real Estate Finance (BREF)

The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Real Estate Finance provides specialized skill sets for students wishing to work in real estate finance, development, and management. The degree signals to potential employers that the graduate is ready to perform complex tasks involving real estate finance, economics, and state-of-the-art computer modeling.

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Computer Science & Business Administration Degree Program (CS/BA)

The combined Bachelor of Science degree program in Computer Science/Business Administration offered by the Viterbi School of Engineering provides qualified students the opportunity to gain an educational foundation in both areas. Students must meet the admission requirements for both the Computer Science department in the Viterbi School of Engineering and the Marshall School of Business. The degree is administered by the Computer Science department in the Viterbi School of Engineering. Learn about CSBA.


Interdisciplinary Education

USC offers over 170 majors and over 220 minors that many Marshall students take advantage of. With more than 16,000 combinations, you can pursue your personal interests or career aspirations and create your own interdisciplinary education.

Common Double Majors:

  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Political Science
  • Biological Sciences (B.A.)
  • International Relations
  • Neuroscience
  • Philosophy
  • Public Policy, Management and Planning

Common Minors:

  • Cinematic Arts
  • Psychology
  • Music Industry
  • Spanish
  • Communication & the Entertainment Industry
  • East Asian Languages and Cultures
  • Natural Sciences
  • Sports Media Studies