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Marshall School of Business – USC

USC Marshall Full-Time MBA Program Structure

The USC Marshall Full-Time MBA primarily offers daytime classes. The program can be completed in 20 months. USC Marshall offers one intake per year, and classes begin during the fall semester.

Students in their first year complete core courses in the first three terms. At the end of the first term, students begin a professional consulting assignment in Los Angeles.

During the summer between the first and second year, students participate in an intensive course that includes a 10-day field trip to selected companies and institutions in a leading Pacific Rim, Latin American or European city.

Curriculum

The USC Marshall Full-Time MBA is a 63-credit program comprising a core curriculum of 31.5 credits and 31.5 elective credits. The core courses are Strategic Formulations for: Competitive Advantage, Financial Accounting, Communications, Microeconomics, Statistics, Org Behavior, Info Systems, Corporate Finance, Marketing, Macroeconomics, Strategy, Managerial Acct, and Operations Management.

USC Marshall offers close to 100 elective courses for MBA students in any given year. Second-year electives are offered at various times throughout the day and evening. Students generally select a primary concentration in a functional discipline — such as marketing or finance — and a secondary concentration (an industry “vertical”) that is related to a specific job focus, such as healthcare or real estate.

A unique element of the course is PRIME International Experiential Learning, a required 10-day site visit overseas. Students visit selected companies, both domestic and multinational, and governmental institutions. Teams complete industry- and company-oriented recommendations in capstone projects that incorporate concepts from global strategy and global economics.

Class Profile

The USC Marshall Full-Time MBA classes of 2016 and 2017, combined, total 445 students. The average student GPA is 3.3 and the average GMAT score is 690. Members of both the 2016 and 2017 class have an average of five years’ work experience upon entering the program. The class of 2017 is comprised of 30% female students and 26% international students. For the class of 2016, those figures are 31% female students and 29% international students.

Careers

USC Marshall’s year-round learning and networking programs will introduce you to some of the world’s most influential companies. Working with students to identify an industry and career area focus, the school of business offers specialized guidance as students choose courses and pursue a summer internship.

By taking advantage of the full range of vital services — including one-on-one career advising, career management workshops and interview coaching — students will be able to pursue your first post-MBA job with confidence.

Tuition & Financial Aid

For the 2015-16 academic year, tuition for USC Marshall Full-Time MBA students was $56,340 for the first year, and $46,170 for the second year. Fees for the first year include a mandatory PRIME fee, and total $10,534; fees for the second year $4,284. The estimated cost of books and supplies for first year students is $1,350, and a similar $1,344 for the second. The total estimated cost for full-time students is $91,332 in the first year, and $72,511 in the second.

New and returning USC Marshall students have the opportunity to receive several merit-based fellowships.  The Admissions Committee posits decisions about fellowship awards on a range of criteria, including: “scholastic merit, leadership, work experience and other characteristics that add value to the academic and social atmosphere of USC Marshall” as stated on the school’s website. Two-year awards range from $10,000 to covering the full tuition.

Outstanding students who did not receive a fellowship upon admission to the program may be awarded the Second-year Dean’s Scholarships.

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

Admissions Procedures

Applicants to USC Marshall Full-Time MBA program must have a four-year undergraduate degree or equivalent. To apply to the Full-Time MBA program, applicants must submit a completed application form, all college transcripts from degree-granting and non-degree-granting institutions, a current résumé, and two letters of recommendation. 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 or GRE scores (GMAT is preferred) and a nonrefundable $150 application fee.

International applicants must submit scores for the TOEFL or IELTS. Tests must have been taken on or after August 1, 2014.