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Marshall School of Business – USC - Executive MBA

USC Marshall Executive MBA Program Structure

The USC Marshall Executive MBA is a 60-credit program featuring an Integrated/lock-step curriculum with two domestic residentials and no elective coursework. The program can be completed in just 20 months but is generally completed in 22 months.

The USC Marshall Executive MBA is located on USC’s historic University Park Campus in Los Angeles and in San Diego at the La Costa Executive Learning Center in Carlsbad, California. Classes in Los Angeles and San Diego meet bi-weekly on Fridays and Saturdays (from 8:50 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) There is one intake per year, and classes begin during the fall semester.

All participants attend an off-site international session that provides an insightful global perspective.


The USC Marshall Executive MBA curriculum centers on ten integrated themes that focus in on the types of managerial situations that executives face on a regular basis. For each given theme, class sessions are sequenced to synthesize different functional areas that relate to the overall theme. During the first year, themes covered are as follows: Theme I: Top Management Perspective, Theme II: Evaluating Market Performance, Theme III: Management of Operations, Theme IV: Technology and Information Systems Management, Theme V: Functional Strategies and Implementation.

Year two focuses on strategic forms, including: Environmental Analysis: Establishing Competitive Advantage, Role of the Senior Executive, Strategic Planning for Growth, Managing Strategic Change and Implementation, and Executive of the Future.

Class Profile

The typical USC Marshall Executive MBA class, Los Angeles Campus, is comprised of 71 percent male and 29 percent female students. The Los Angeles class has an average GPA of 3.25, and students in the San Diego class have an average GPA of 3.23. Each class has an average of 14 years of work experience. The average age of matriculating students is 38.

Career Statistics

The estimated average salary of USC EMBA graduates is around $187,000.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

The approximate overall cost of the program is $145,000. Costs cover textbooks, classroom materials, parking, university fees, and lodging for the required domestic and international residencies. Airfare and some meal costs during the international residential will be the responsibility of the student. Please note that lodging is not provided or included for regularly scheduled bi-weekly classes.

A limited number of merit-based fellowships are awarded to active duty military students at Marshall. These fellowships are based on a range of criteria including scholastic merit, evidence of leadership, work experience and other personal characteristics.

Three types of loans are available to finance the MBA — Federal Stafford Loans, Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loans and private student loans. It is recommended that U.S. citizens or permanent residents apply for Federal Stafford Loans first, because they offer favorable interest rates and origination fees. International students are not eligible for this loan program.


Applicants to the USC Marshall Executive MBA program must have a four-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent to apply to Marshall’s EMBA program, applicants must submit a completed application form, all college transcripts from degree-granting and non-degree-granting institutions, a current résumé and one letter of recommendation. Students are expected to have at least eight years of previous work experience but it is not specifically required. The school also requires applicants to complete one essay about their leadership experiences and goals; applicants may also submit an optional essay for any additional information you wish to convey to the Admissions Committee. Applicants must also send in their GMAT scores, complete one interview and a nonrefundable $155 application fee. Applicants are also required to participate in an interview.

International applicants may need to submit scores for the TOEFL or IELTS with an application.

Application deadlines are as follows:

Round Three – March 1, 2020
Round Four – May 1, 2020
Rolling Admissions – After May 1, 2020

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