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USC Marshall launches Master of Business for Veterans

The USC Marshall degree program helps veterans translate leadership skills to the corporate world.

The USC Marshall School of Business has launched the Master of Business for Veterans (MBV), a new degree program for veterans.

Developed through conversations with USC Marshall alumni and the California Department of Veterans Affairs, the MBV is targeted toward veteran and active military personnel and is designed to translate specific skills acquired through military service to the business environment.

“This is an important program for USC Marshall, serving a population that has provided outstanding service to our country while creating valuable leaders and managers for the corporate community,” said James G. Ellis, dean of USC Marshall. “The program is consistent with the school’s ongoing efforts to expand the scope of our graduate programs and have an impact in Southern California.”

A one-year, intensive master’s degree administered by USC Marshall’s Office of Executive Education, the MBV will be geared toward veterans as well as active-duty military personnel in California. The state has a significant military population, with more than 2 million veterans who lived in California between 2006 and 2010, according to U.S. census figures, and more than 45 military installations in the state.

“The MBV is designed to leverage the leadership and organizational skills of veterans for the business environment,” said Karla Wiseman, assistant dean and executive director of USC Marshall Executive Education. “The program supplies a thorough grounding in skill sets, including business management, marketing and finance, to assist our veterans in the transition from success in the military to success in a civilian career.”

The MBV will be delivered over two semesters, on alternating Fridays and Saturdays, with additional evening sessions. The program will be held on the University Park Campus, and recruitment is under way to admit the first cohort of students next fall. The MBV is GI Bill-eligible.

For more information about the program and the admissions process, visit or contact the program office at or (213) 740-8990.

USC Marshall launches Master of Business for Veterans

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