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University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business Full Time MBA

USC Marshall is internationally recognized for its emphasis on entrepreneurship and innovation, social responsibility and path-breaking research. Located in the heart of Los Angeles, one of the world's leading business centers and the U.S. gateway to the Pacific Rim, Marshall offers its 5,500-plus undergraduate and graduate students a unique world view and impressive global experiential opportunities. With an alumni community spanning 90 countries, USC Marshall students join a worldwide community of thought leaders who are redefining the way business works.

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Program at a Glance

Program Type Full Time
Total Program Enrollment 214
Tuition (Total) $107,100
Average Starting Salary $103,325

Program Information

University of Southern California Marshall School of Business Says

USC Marshall is internationally recognized for its emphasis on entrepreneurship and innovation, social responsibility and path-breaking research. Located in the heart of Los Angeles, one of the world's leading business centers and the U.S. gateway to the Pacific Rim, Marshall offers its 5,500-plus undergraduate and graduate students a unique world view and impressive global experiential opportunities. With an alumni community spanning 90 countries, USC Marshall students join a worldwide community of thought leaders who are redefining the way business works.

Specializations Offered: General Management
Degrees Awarded: MBA, Full Time.

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Rankings

Rankings

Program Rankings

Bloomberg

#28 Businessweek Full Time MBA Programs

School Rankings

LinkedIn

#19 Best Graduate Universities for Sales Professionals
#21 Best Graduate Universities for Marketers
#25 Best Graduate Universities for Management Consultants

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (West)
#10 Top Entrepreneurial Programs: Graduate

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 30% accepted out of 1794 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 27
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.3
  • Average Incoming GMAT: 693
  • Average Years Work Experience: 5
  • Application Fee: $150

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores

Admission Requirements

Required: Recommendations, Extracurricular Activities, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores

Optional: Work Experience

Admission Information

The Marshall Admissions Office warns that its MBA programs are "highly selective," and that the Admissions Committee "carefully assesses each candidate on a number of dimensions, including prior academic, professional, and personal accomplishments." All applicants must provide the school with official transcripts for all postsecondary academic work...The Marshall Admissions Office warns that its MBA programs are "highly selective," and that the Admissions Committee "carefully assesses each candidate on a number of dimensions, including prior academic, professional, and personal accomplishments." All applicants must provide the school with official transcripts for all postsecondary academic work, an official GMAT score report, an official TOEFL score report (for international students who have not previously attended an English-language undergraduate or graduate program), an online application, a current resume, three required essays (a fourth optional essay is available), and two letters of recommendation (at least one from a direct supervisor is preferred).

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Important Dates

Round 1
October

15

Deadline
August

25

Start
Round 2
January

10

Deadline
August

25

Start
Round 3
April

15

Deadline
August

25

Start

Program Outcomes

Program Outcomes
Industry Percent Employed Median Starting Salary
Consulting 26% $120,117
Technology 15% $101,388
Financial Services 13% $94,500
Consumer Products 11% $95,320
Media / Entertainment 11% $90,700
Real Estate 6% $96,000
Non Profit 4% $78,860
Other 3% $96,500
Petroleum / Energy 3% $102,750
Pharma / Biotech / Healthcare 2% $104,500
Manufacturing 2% $96,500

School Information

School Information

The following section features data representative of the entire business school, and numbers here are not necessarily reflective of the specific program.

Students and Faculty

Total Graduate Students 1,180
Percent International Students 19%
Total Full-Time Faculty 256
Full-Time Faculty 82%

Student Life

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.”

Career

Marshall’s Career Resources Center “has already made incredible changes” since bring­ing on a new director five years ago. “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: Deloitte, Johnson & Johnson, Cisco, Booz, Toyota, Samsung, General Electric, IBM, Hewlett Packard, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, and Houlihan Lokey.

The Princeton Review

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.”

The Princeton Review

Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    Center for International Business Education and Research http://www.marshall.usc.edu/faculty/centers/ciber

    Center for Investment Studies http://www.marshall.usc.edu/faculty/centers/cis

    Center for Technology Commercialization http://www.marshall.usc.edu/faculty/centers/ctc

    Lusk Center for Real Estate http://www.usc.edu/schools/sppd/lusk/

    Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies http://www.marshall.usc.edu/faculty/centers/greif

  • International Student Support Groups:

    http://www.marshall.usc.edu/mba/career/international_student_services

  • Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Support Groups:

    http://www.marshall.usc.edu/clubs/gala/

  • Minority Support Groups:

    http://www.marshall.usc.edu/clubs/bgbl/ http://www.marshall.usc.edu/clubs/gabs/ http://www.marshall.usc.edu/clubs/saba/ http://www.marshall.usc.edu/clubs/jams/ http://www.marshall.usc.edu/clubs/lmba/

  • Peer Tutoring Programs
  • Research Facilities:

    Center for International Business Education and Research http://www.marshall.usc.edu/faculty/centers/ciber

    Center for Investment Studies http://www.marshall.usc.edu/faculty/centers/cis

    Center for Technology Commercialization http://www.marshall.usc.edu/faculty/centers/ctc

    Lusk Center for Real Estate http://www.usc.edu/schools/sppd/lusk/

    Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies http://www.marshall.usc.edu/faculty/centers/greif

  • Study Abroad:

    Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, Hong Kong, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom, Vietnam

  • Women Support Groups:

    http://www.marshall.usc.edu/clubs/gwib/

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of University of Southern California Marshall School of Business include:

Robert McKnight - Chairman & CEO, Quiksilver

Ivan Glasenberg - CEO, Glencore

Christopher DeWolfe - CEO, MySpace.com

Yang Ho Cho - Chairman & CEO, Korean Air

Ronnie C. Chan - Chairman, Hang Lung Group Ltd.

School Outcomes

Industry Percent Employed Median Starting Salary
Finance / Accounting 37% $95,706
Financial Services 28% $98,369
Marketing / Sales 26% $96,237
Other 20% $88,842
Consulting 17% $110,833
Consulting 15% $115,313
Non Profit 5% $61,900
Other 4% $86,250
Manufacturing 4% $105,100

School Employment Information

Graduation Employment 66%
Three Month Employment 77%
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