USC Marshall School of Business
The University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business is situated in the southeastern corner of USC’s University Park campus in Los Angeles, California. In addition to its full-time MBA program, the school offers a part-time MBA program, an online MBA program and several Executive MBA options. Hallmarks of the full-time program include its early start and small class size. Also notable is the program’s international experiential learning requirement, called Pacific Rim International Management Education or PRIME, through which students visit companies and speak with executives in the Pacific Rim and Latin America.
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Throughout its seven academic units, Marshall employs a total of 244 faculty members. In addition to teaching classes, these scholars and practitioners also help staff the school’s 10 centers, which range in focus from sports business research to the commercialization of technology.
Marshall’s professors draw upon a variety of teaching methods. The school notes that professors use case discussions, student presentations and team projects more frequently than lecture-based learning. To help students get to know each other better, Marshall divides its incoming class into three “cores” that take all of their required courses together. Each core is further broken down into teams of five to six students that complete group projects together; students are assigned to different teams in the fall and spring semesters.
Unlike most MBA programs, which typically begin in August or September, Marshall’s full-time MBA program starts in mid-July with a weeklong orientation. Following orientation, first-year students complete a four-week intensive term that features coursework in financial accounting, statistics, strategy, microeconomics, and management communication. Nine first semester core courses, which range in focus from microeconomics to marketing, then begin in late August. Midway through the semester, students choose two additional core courses from a menu of three, completing a total of 11 courses by the end of the semester. Fall semester exams are held in mid-December and are followed by approximately three weeks of winter break.
In the spring semester, first-year students may take up to four elective courses and must complete the last required core course, The Global Context of Business, which features an experiential learning component called Pacific Rim International Management Education (PRIME). Through PRIME, students embark on a 10-day trip to the Pacific Rim or Latin America, during which they visit companies and meet with managers to gain firsthand exposure to international business issues. Spring semester courses end in early May.
The second year of the MBA program is comprised entirely of elective courses, with students taking a total of nine electives over the two semesters. Each year, students can choose from a menu of nearly 100 elective offerings. Second-year students may also cross-register for courses at other USC schools and departments, applying up to nine credit units of non-Marshall courses towards their MBA degree. To help students further tailor their studies towards their desired career paths, Marshall has designed 16 concentrations and 10 certificate programs.
Other MBA Degree Options
Along with its full-time MBA program, Marshall offers a three-year, part-time MBA for Professionals and Managers at either its main campus in Los Angeles or its Orange County Center in Irvine. The school also has a two-year Executive MBA program and a one-year Accelerated International MBA for Experienced Professionals, as well as a two-year Global Executive MBA program in collaboration with the Antai College of Economics and Management at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
In August 2015, Marshall welcomed the inaugural class of its Online MBA (OMBA) program, which features a unique curriculum distinct from the full-time and EMBA programs but with courses that are all taught by full-time Marshall faculty.
In addition, students can pursue one of 11 dual degree programs offered by Marshall and other USC graduate schools, including an MBA/MD, a JD/MBA and an MBA/MRED, among others. For students interested in pursuing careers in the entertainment industry, Marshall has partnered with the USC School of Cinema and Television to offer the Business of Entertainment Certificate Program.
Concentrations at Marshall
- Business Analytics
- The Business of Creative Industries
- Business of Education
- The Business of Entertainment
- Entrepreneurship and Operations
- Finance and Business Economics
- Health Care Advisory Services
- Information Systems
- Management and Organization
- Operations Management
- Supply Chain Management
- Sustainability, Society, and Business
- Technology Development and E-Business
Degree Offerings at Marshall
MBA Program for Professionals and Managers