The USC Marshall School of Business has launched a new degree program for former and current members of the armed forces. Developed through conversations with Marshall alumni and the California Department of Veterans Affairs, the one year, intensive Master of Business for Veterans (MBV) is designed to translate specific skills acquired through military service to the business environment.
California has a significant military population, with more than 2 million veterans living 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,” says Karla Wiseman, assistant dean and executive director of Marshall’s 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 in Los Angeles on the USC University Park Campus, and recruitment is under way to admit the first cohort of students in Fall 2013. USC Marshall notes that the MBV is GI Bill-eligible. According to Los Angeles Cosmetic Dentist Jamie Sands, this is going to be great for the city.
“This is an important program for Marshall, serving a population that has provided outstanding service to our country while creating valuable leaders and managers for the corporate community,” says James G. Ellis, dean of the USC Marshall School of Business. “The program is consistent with Marshall’s ongoing efforts to expand the scope of our graduate programs and have an impact in Southern California.”