Executive Program in Global Space and Defense
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The Executive Program in Global Space and Defense is a joint program with the University of Southern California’s Price School of Public Policy and Viterbi School of Engineering. Its creation benefited from an engagement with the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance (MDAA). This 8-month program sets out to educate aspiring senior leaders from the military, government, and innovation communities about the intersection of public policy and engineering, which are too often separate within the complex and growing field of defense security.

This executive education program is designed for upwardly mobile professionals and leaders of their field. Program participants will take advantage of the flexibility and interactivity offered by engaging in a hybrid program model, with in-person and online engagement throughout the program. Upon successful completion of the program, participants receive a University of Southern California Continuing Education Certificate.

Program Dates: September 24, 2021- April 30, 2022; 16 Program Days

Delivery Method: Online Interactive & On-Campus


The Executive Program in Global Space and Defense will be delivered as a hybrid course, with students attending lectures online with interactivity or on-campus. Please see the course schedule to confirm the delivery method for each week of the program.

Online Interactive: Course delivery is completely online and real-time, enabling interaction with the instructor and fellow participants. Participants have the flexibility of completing the course from a distance utilizing USC Viterbi's Distance Education Network (DEN) technology. Students are required to be online for the entirety of each day's session.

Overview of online (interactive):

  • Virtually participate in the course live - with the ability to either ask questions or chat questions to the entire class.
  • WebEx technologies provide the option to call into the class and view the entire lecture/materials on a personal computer, or to participate on a computer without having to utilize a phone line.
  • Ability to logon and view archived course information. This includes course documents and streaming video of the lectures.

On-Campus: Lectures will beld in state-of-the-art facilities on the University of Southern California campus, located in downtown Los Angeles. The in-person component of this program offers participants the opportunity to connect and collaborate with other
senior military and government officials. Students will join renowned industry experts, and USC Price & Viterbi faculty to bridge the gap between theoretical learning and real-life experience.

Overview of on-campus activities:

  • Lunchtime forums with visiting industry experts.
  • Networking event(s.)
  • Discussions with leading faculty researchers in their respected fields.
  • Site visits

USC Residency Location:
Ronald Tutor Campus Center - MAP
3607 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, CA 90089

Welcome Reception:
Moreton Fig - MAP
3607 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, CA 90089

Lodging Information: https://viterbiexeced.usc.edu/visiting/accommodations/

Program Schedule (Download Schedule Here)


COVID-19 Protocols for On-Campus Residency



To ensure the safety of all our participants, faculty and staff, participants in the 'Executive Program in Global Space and Defense' must follow the protocol outlined below.

Contact Information


Program Administrators:

Price School of Public Policy:
Frank V. Zerunyan (fzerunya@usc.edu); Professor of the Practice of Governance and Director of Executive Education Programs

Viterbi School of Engineering:
Candace House Teixeira (housec@usc.edu); Associate Dean of Corporate Engagement and Programs

Please contact the following individuals for questions about logistics:

For questions about on-campus residency:
Ashley Coelho (acoelho@usc.edu)

For questions about registration, payments or online-interactive delivery:
Karen Escobar (kyescoba@usc.edu)

Published on September 10th, 2021

Last updated on September 14th, 2022