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PMBA - Core Curriculum

The banking track of the Professional MBA program is 39 credit hours (13 courses, 3 credits each) and has no prerequisite course work. The 10 core courses build a fundamental business knowledge base. Real-world business situations are discussed using models and problem-solving tools presented in the classroom.

The curriculum requires three electives. Elective offerings include blended learning formats, modified class meeting times, and a week-long study abroad learning experience. Click on Electives for a detailed list.

The core courses listed below are offered once each calendar year. Course descriptions are available on the University of South Carolina Web site at The core courses include:

  • Financial Accounting (ACCT 728)
  • Organization Behavior (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)


The academic schedule for the PMBA program's banking track is six seven-week terms each calendar year. In a seven-week term, students take one course that meets one night per week from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.  Courses are offered in on demand course capture—real time or delay. 

There are also some intersessions available to banking track students. Those courses are typically three Saturdays over a 14-week period and are held at the USC Columbia campus. 

The 2013 PMBA Course Schedule may be viewed as a PDF for detailed information about class schedules as well as previous electives offered.