FAQs

FAQs


[fa icon="plus-square"] Is this a master’s degree or a certificate? What is the degree I would earn?
This is a master’s degree. The name of the degree is a Master of Leadership (ML).

 

[fa icon="plus-square"] What are the degree requirements?
The EML program consists of a 28-unit curriculum (seven classes), comprised of four core courses and three electives.  
[fa icon="plus-square"] How long does it take to complete the program?
The program may be completed in as little as 14 months by taking the electives in conjunction with the core courses or after completing the core classes, thereby making it a two-year program.
[fa icon="plus-square"] Is this an online program?
It would be better described as a hybrid program that blends on-campus sessions and internet based assignments that will enhance ongoing contact between faculty and students.

**Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, course instruction is being delivered via Zoom. The program will resume its hybrid format when it is safe to do so.**

[fa icon="plus-square"] How often would I be on campus for class?
The four core classes are offered in an intensive format, which is highly interactive and is designed to accommodate the scheduling demands of working professionals. Each four-unit course meets for eight days that are scheduled around weekends, typically in two or three block per semester, that meet approximately four weeks apart.

 

The three electives can be selected from a variety of courses offered through the Price School in Los Angeles and Sacramento, as well as other academic units at USC, such as the Marshall School of Business and Annenberg School of Communication. The electives are offered in a variety of formats, including traditional (weekly), intensive format, and online.

**Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, course instruction is being delivered via Zoom. The program will resume its hybrid format when it is safe to do so.**

[fa icon="plus-square"] How many students are in a cohort?
The cohorts range in size from about 25-30.
[fa icon="plus-square"] Why would someone choose this program rather than an MBA (or other graduate) degree?
MBA programs generally are highly technical and quantitative. They provide an understanding in foundational business practices, but rarely focus on leadership capacities. The Master of Leadership, on the other hand, focuses on skills such as visioning, strategic management, communication, motivation, and conflict resolution, commonly referred to as “people skills”. These skills are highly important to develop because of their transferability. 
[fa icon="plus-square"] What are the admission criteria?
EML admission is based on:
  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a GPA of 3.0 or better
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience with progressively greater levels of responsibility in management or leadership positions
  • Strong recommendation letters from professional references
  • Commitment to educational and career goals, as demonstrated particularly in the statement of purpose
[fa icon="plus-square"] Do I have to take the GRE or GMAT?
The EML program does not require the GRE or GMAT test scores for admission.
[fa icon="plus-square"] How do I apply?
The following items are required in order to complete the application process:
  • USC Graduate Application
  • Non-refundable Application Fee
  • Official Transcripts
  • Resume
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal

    Please visit our admission page for further details about each of these items.

     
[fa icon="plus-square"] What scholarship or financial assistance opportunities are available?
Information about scholarships and financial support is available here. Perspective students are also encouraged to seek outside scholarship and financial aid.