University of Southern California - Marshall School of Business campus

Overview

Applicants
1,780
Acceptance Rate
29%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.31
Years Work Experience
5
Average Age
27

Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
650 - 710
GPA
3.11 - 3.54

Deadlines


Round 1
October 19

Round 2
January 8

Round 3
April 8

Other Admission Factors

Academic

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

Interviews
Work Experience

SCHOOL TYPE AND ACCREDITATION

School Type
Private

AACSB-approved
Yes

Selectivity Rating

PROGRAM TYPES

Full-Time
Yes

Part-Time
Yes

Evening
Yes

Executive
Yes

Online
Yes

Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
8:1
Total Faculty
267

81
Full-time
30
Female
19
Part-time
8
Minority


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 MBA as well as a part-time evening MBA, an executive MBA, a one-year international MBA (called the IBEAR MBA), a global executive MBA, and an online 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.” According to one student, “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.”

Specialities of faculty

Academic specialties of faculty
URL

Leventhal School of Accounting


Communications Technology Management

Organizational Effectiveness






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. The goal is to prepare MBA students to help shape solutions to social and environmental sustainability challenges, working from sustainability and CSR positions within business, from leadership roles in environmental organizations and social enterprises, and from entrepreneurial ventures in these sectors. http://classic.marshall.usc.edu/ecg/concentrations/sustainability.htm Marshall offers three elective courses on sustainability. MOR 566 Environmental Sustainability and Competitive Advantage. http://classic.marshall.usc.edu/ecg/descriptions/ecg_mor_courses.htm GSBA 554 Digital Strategies for Sustainability in Global Emerging Markets. http://catalogue.usc.edu/content.php?catoid=2&navoid=289&p159=4#ent_courses159 DSO 505 Sustainable Supply Chains. http://students.marshall.usc.edu/iom/video-page/graduate/graduate-elective-course-descriptions/ Additionally, Marshall offers five courses that incorporate sustainability within a larger topic. DSO 506 Sourcing and Supplier Management. http://students.marshall.usc.edu/iom/video-page/graduate/graduate-elective-course-descriptions/ DSO 581 Supply Chain Management. http://students.marshall.usc.edu/iom/video-page/graduate/graduate-elective-course-descriptions DSO 586 Global Healthcare Operations Management. http://catalogue.usc.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=2&poid=1035 BAEP 564 Investing in Impact Ventures. http://catalogue.usc.edu/content.php?catoid=2&navoid=289&p159=1#ent_courses159 BAEP 591 Social Entrepreneurship. http://catalogue.usc.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=2&poid=1035

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.

School's environmental commitment 1:
The USC Marshall School of Business established the Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab (BSEL) in 2008. Through education, community building and career development, BSEL equip students with business skills and resources to create sustainable, market-based solutions to the world's most pressing challenges. Through the Lab, students can engage in coursework, co-curricular programming, and, at the graduate level, the first-of-its-kind Master of Science in Social Entrepreneurship.

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. The School keeps sustainability in mind when working on new projects and upgrades to existing buildings. 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 School is currently being updated to meet LEED standards. The School’s new Fertitta Hall to be open in July 2016 is LEED Gold. The School is also working with the University on trash policy within Marshall to encourage recycling.

School's environmental commitment 3:
Two student organizations at the Marshall School of Business have a strong environmental commitment. Marshall Net Impact (MNI) is a community of students on campus dedicated to using the power of business to change the world. We foster a sense of social and environmental responsibility within the business community and use our business educations to help address some of society’s most critical problems. The Marshall Energy and Resources Club (MERC) aims to educate members and provide access to employment opportunities ranging from traditional, renewable and emerging energy technologies and the complex intersection of innovation, finance, strategy and marketing.

Career overview

Average Starting Salary
$105,171
Accepted employment by 3 months after graduation
81%

Finding Jobs & Internships

Source Of Full-Time Job Acceptances
60%
Graduate Facilitated
37%
School Facilitiated
3%
Unknown

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

26%
Finance/Accounting
25%
Consulting
19%
Marketing
14%
Other
8%
General Management
4%
Operations/Logistics
4%
Human Resources

Graduates Employed by Region

77%
West
8%
Northeast
6%
International
4%
Southwest
3%
Midwest
2%
South

Students Say

“Incredible changes” have been implemented at Marshall’s Career Resources Center. “The resources and energy the career coaches bring to the students are head and shoulders above what students at [another prominent area business school] have. While I’m sure the CRC will continue to improve and bring in more high-profile companies, it is already a premier organization.” Students praise the center’s one-week winter inter-term program for first-years, through which “students learn how to fine tune their resume and interview skills. Additionally, they learn about networking, discover their inner interests, and come up with a value proposition. I believe this gives Marshall students a leg up in recruiting.”
Companies most likely to employ Marshall MBAs include: Ernst & Young, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte, IBM, eBay, OnPrem, Amgen, DirecTV, Farmers Insurance, General Electric, Hewlett Packard, Autodesk, Johnson & Johnson, Mattel, Cognizant, Pimco, SanDisk, Shell, Toyota, Wells Fargo, Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, and Big Heart Pet Brands.

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
Finance / Accounting 26% $104,000 $106,750 $45,000 $150,000
Consulting 25% $135,000 $121,071 $33,333 $141,000
Marketing / Sales 19% $102,500 $94,823 $52,000 $120,000
Other 14% $97,500 $97,667 $60,000 $160,000
General Management 8% $105,000 $103,215 $55,000 $139,360
Operations / Logistics 4% $77,500 $85,333 $60,000 $130,000
Human Resources 4% $89,000 $96,100 $87,500 $115,000

Industries

Industries % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Consulting 23% $135,000 $125,089 $33,333 $141,000
Financial Services 19% $113,500 $108,942 $45,000 $150,000
Technology 18% $108,000 $103,380 $72,000 $160,000
Other 10% $90,000 $98,429 $72,000 $160,000
Pharmaceutical / Biotechnology / Healthcare 8% $105,000 $99,236 $70,000 $116,600
Consumer Products 7% $89,000 $89,667 $72,000 $105,000
Media / Entertainment 7% $87,500 $83,333 $55,000 $100,000
Real Estate 4% $85,000 $83,600 $70,000 $106,000
Non-profit 2%
Manufacturing 2%
Petroleum / Energy 2%

Prominent Alumni

Ronnie C. Chan
Chairman, Hang Lung Group Ltd.

Melissa Lora
President International, Taco Bell Corp, Yum! Brands, Inc.

Yang Ho Cho
Chairman & CEO, Korean Air

Ivan Glasenberg
CEO, Glencore

Sandra Wijnberg
Partner & Chief Administrative Officer, Aquiline Capital Partners LLC

Dates


Financial Aid Statistics


Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$53,865
Tuition (Out-State)
$53,865
Fees (In-State)
$3,211
Fees (Out-State)
$3,211

Tuition Part-Time (per credit hour)

Tuition (In-State)
$1,710
Tuition (Out-State)
$1,710

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Room And Board On-Campus
$18,111
Estimated Room And Board Off-Campus
$18,111
Academic Expenses
$1,350

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
951
Part Time
54%

Foreign Countries Represented
21

Demographics

7.00%
Minorities
27.00%
International

30% female
70% 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 for 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.” And Marshall MBA students have won the Challenge for Charity Golden Briefcase for six years in a row for a competition based on fundraising, volunteering, and athletics. 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 there are “nice apartments by the ocean for a decent price” within a twenrty-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
Evan Bouffides
Assistant Dean and Director – MBA Admissions

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

Phone
213-740-7846

Fax
213-749-8520

Email
marshallmba@marshall.usc.edu