Students Say

Offering “international business learning opportunities not available elsewhere” as well as solid programs in entrepreneurship, real estate, marketing, and entertainment, the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business excels in a broad range of areas. Best of all, perhaps, USC boasts “the most amazing alumni network in the nation,” a huge asset when the time for job searches arrives. As one student explains, “I have never met another Trojan anywhere in the world who wasn’t excited to meet another fellow Trojan!” “The Trojan Network is enormous and expansive, providing a lifetime equity of resources.”

Overview

Applicants
1,501
Acceptance Rate
36%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.35
Years Work Experience
5
Average Age
28

Test Scores

GMAT
660 - 710
GPA
3.12 - 3.56

Deadlines


Round 1
October 15

Round 2
January 10

Round 3
April 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

GMAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Letters of Recommendation
Essay / Personal Statement
Non-Academic

Interviews
Work Experience

Overall

Students Say

Offering “international business learning opportunities not available elsewhere” as well as solid programs in entrepreneurship, real estate, marketing, and entertainment, the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business excels in a broad range of areas. Best of all, perhaps, USC boasts “the most amazing alumni network in the nation,” a huge asset when the time for job searches arrives. As one student explains, “I have never met another Trojan anywhere in the world who wasn’t excited to meet another fellow Trojan!” “The Trojan Network is enormous and expansive, providing a lifetime equity of resources.”

Marshall offers a two-year full-time program as well as a part-time evening MBA, an executive MBA, and a one-year international MBA (called the IBEAR MBA). The school “combines a rigorous curriculum” with “the personal attention of a private college.” The MBA program here “has a strong emphasis on providing students an international perspective on business issues. It is more than just saying ‘We think it is important that you consider other cultures.’ At Marshall, it’s mandatory that all students work on a consulting project for a company overseas and travel to that region through the PRIME program. As a result of PRIME and other programs, I’ve had meaningful work, educational, and fun experiences in Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and in Western Europe.”

Marshall professors “are outstanding. They bring new research into the classroom and encourage students to actively participate in class.” The faculty represents “a mixture of academics and recent career switchers from their fields in business...they do a very good job giving us a base to learn from.” Course work is demanding; one student warns, “Marshall is much more difficult than I expected. I have nine years of work experience and consider myself a fairly bright individual. If I put in a decent amount of work and keep up with the reading, I can get a B-plus in our classes with relative ease, but it really is difficult to break the A barrier.” Administrators “are committed to growth and innovation as an institution.” As a result, “chaos is inherent when new programs and classes are initiated.... This is a leading school’s greatest challenge, and USC Marshall does everything in its power to attend to students’ individual needs as well as meet their own goals and expectations.”


Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
9:1
Total Faculty
264

81
Full-time
27
Female
19
Part-time
4
Minority


Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
Yes

Sustainability course is
Optional

Description
Marshall offers a graduate Certificate in Sustainability and Business. http://www.marshall.usc.edu/susb. Marshall offers a concentration in sustainability to MBA students. http://classic.marshall.usc.edu/ecg/concentrations/sustainability.htm Marshall offers two elective courses on sustainability – Sustainability and Competitive Advantage (MOR 566) and Digital Strategies for Sustainability in Global Emerging Markets (GSBA 554). Additionally, Marshall offers six courses that incorporate sustainability within a larger topic. IOM 581: Supply Chain Management http://www.usc.edu/dept/publications/cat2010/schools/business/courses/iom.html MOR 542: Strategic Issues for Global Business http://www.marshall.usc.edu/ecg/descriptions/ecg_mor_courses.htm MOR 566: Sustainability and the Competitive Advantage http://classic.marshall.usc.edu/ecg/descriptions/ecg_mor_courses.htm MOR 597: Business Field Project in Management and Organization/ABAC Research Project http://www.usc.edu/dept/publications/cat2010/schools/business/courses/mor.html http://www.marshall.usc.edu/fulltime/curriculum/ABAC BAEP 557: Technology Commercialization http://www.usc.edu/dept/publications/cat2010/schools/business/courses/baep.html BAEP 591: Social Entrepreneurship Link: http://www.usc.edu/dept/publications/cat2010/schools/business/courses/baep.html GSBA 554: Digital Strategies for Sustainability in Global Emerging Markets Link: http://www.usc.edu/dept/publications/cat2010/schools/business/courses/gsba.html GSBA 580: The Global Context of Business/Pacific Rim Education Program Links: http://www.usc.edu/dept/publications/cat2010/schools/business/courses/gsba.html http://www.marshall.usc.edu/mba/curriculum/prime

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
Yes

Description
All students have the opportunity to complete independent studies on sustainability with research professors and participate in case competitions which have sustainability as a theme. Additionally, three elective courses contain research projects on sustainability. MOR 597 – Business Field Project in Management and Organization/ABAC Research Project: http://www.marshall.usc.edu/fulltime/curriculum/ABAC BAEP 591 – Social Entrepreneurship: http://www.usc.edu/dept/publications/cat2010/schools/business/courses/baep.html GSBA 580 – The Global Context of Business/Pacific Rim Education Program (PRIME): http://www.marshall.usc.edu/mba/curriculum/prime

School's environmental commitment 1:
The USC Marshall School of Business established the Society and Business Lab (SBL) in 2008. The SBL supports Marshall students interested in a non-traditional business career that addresses global community needs and offers a Summer Internship Subsidy Program. The SBL Lunch & Learn series features monthly events with acclaimed leaders in the field of social enterprise.

School's environmental commitment 2:
The Marshall School of Business and MBA student organizations partner with the USC Office of Sustainability to catalogue the business school’s carbon footprint and to work to reduce it. In January 2010, USC’s Board of Trustees passed a resolution stating that the USC campus strive to achieve LEED standards for all buildings on campus. The Marshall School of Business is currently being updated to meet LEED standards.

School's environmental commitment 3:
The Marshall Net Impact chapter is a large and active organization that coordinated workshops, site visits and career panels for students interested in sustainability and the environment. Each year, Marshall Net Impact hosts alterEnergy – a panel discussion about the future of renewable energy. Net Impact also hosts the Net Impact Industry Night each year that features renewable energy/clean tech companies and attends CleanTech LA and USC Energy Institute events.

Career overview

Career Rating
95
Average Starting Salary
$103,325

Finding Jobs & Internships

Source Of Full-Time Job Acceptances
53%
School Facilitiated
46%
Graduate Facilitated
1%
Unknown

Source Of Internship Acceptances
53%
School Facilitiated
46%
Graduate Facilitated
1%
Unknown

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

30%
Consulting
27%
Finance/Accounting
22%
Marketing
7%
Operations/Logistics
6%
General Management
4%
Information Technology
3%
Other
1%
Human Resources

Graduates Employed by Region

78%
West
9%
International
9%
Northeast
5%
Midwest
2%
Mid-Atlantic
1%
South

Job Function

Job Function % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Consulting 30% $120,320 $116,671 $68,500 $135,000
Finance / Accounting 27% $100,000 $95,706 $50,000 $150,700
Marketing / Sales 22% $95,000 $93,784 $50,000 $130,000
Operations / Logistics 7% $105,000 $100,043 $76,800 $115,000
General Management 6% $92,250 $95,417 $80,000 $115,000
Information Technology 4% $85,000 $91,000 $65,000 $120,000
Other 3% $160,000 $139,360 $88,080 $170,000
Human Resources 1%

Industries

Industries % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Consulting 26% $125,000 $12,011 $80,000 $135,000
Technology 16% $105,000 $101,388 $65,000 $130,000
Financial Services 14% $100,000 $94,500 $50,000 $160,000
Consumer Products 12% $95,000 $95,320 $76,800 $110,000
Media / Entertainment 12% $91,000 $90,700 $60,000 $105,001
Real Estate 6% $90,000 $96,000 $80,000 $110,000
Non-profit 4%
Petroleum / Energy 3% $108,000 $102,750 $75,000 $120,000
Manufacturing 2% $94,500 $96,500 $90,000 $105,000
Pharmaceutical / Biotechnology / Healthcare 2% $106,000 $104,500 $92,500 $115,000

Prominent Alumni

Ronnie C. Chan
Chairman, Hang Lung Group Ltd.

Yang Ho Cho
Chairman & CEO, Korean Air

Christopher DeWolfe
CEO, MySpace.com

Ivan Glasenberg
CEO, Glencore

Robert McKnight
Chairman & CEO, Quiksilver

Dates


Financial Aid Statistics


Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$50,495
Tuition (Out-State)
$50,495
Fees (In-State)
$3,083
Fees (Out-State)
$3,083

Tuition Part-Time (per credit hour)

Tuition (In-State)
$1,576
Tuition (Out-State)
$1,576

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Room And Board On-Campus
$16,000
Estimated Room And Board Off-Campus
$16,000
Academic Expenses
$1,344

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
1,106

Foreign Countries Represented
120

Demographics

7.00%
Minorities
23.00%
International

31% female
69% male

Campus Life

Students Say

Full-time students tell us that “there are numerous professional and social club opportunities in which to be involved at Marshall.” Several point out that “being involved with the community is easy and fun due to the Challenge 4 Charity Club, which schedules regular volunteer days for junior achievement and hosts parties at popular LA night clubs where the entry fees are donated to the Special Olympics.” One student adds, “With the numerous clubs and organizations, USC students are really only limited by the amount of time and energy they possess. Personally, I wanted to take a leadership role in the community, and have had the opportunity to do just that. That makes my schedule a little bit more hectic than normal, but that was a personal decision. Really, life at Marshall is as challenging as one has the ambition to make it.” Throughout the program and the campus, students enjoy “a very communal atmosphere. Football season is amazing.”

Los Angeles is a great hometown, “a fun and vibrant city” with “fabulous weather all year round.” Students note that “living in LA requires a car” and tell us that there are “nice apartments by the ocean for a decent price” within a 20-minute commute of the campus. The city provides many opportunities “to spend time together outside of class.” “There are parties or small get-togethers almost every weekend.”


More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Keith Vaughn
Assistant Dean, MBA Admissions

Address
Popovich Hall Room 308
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90089-2633

Phone
213-740-7846

Email
marshallmba@marshall.usc.edu
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Key Stats

1,501
Applicants
1,106
Size
36%
Acceptance Rate

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