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Marshall School of Business – USC - IBEAR MBA

USC Marshall IBEAR MBA Program Structure

The USC Marshall International Business Education and Research MBA or IBEAR MBA, is a one-year, accelerated, full-time, international MBA program designed for mid-career professionals being groomed to assume senior global positions. The duration of the program is just 12 months. Students meet daily at USC’s Los Angeles campus. The USC Marshall IBEAR MBA class size is limited to no more than 60 participants per year. There is one intake per year, and classes begin during the fall semester.


Participants complete 19 courses and earn 56 credits over five intense eight-week terms. The curriculum includes IBEAR courses, electives at Marshall and other USC schools, retreats, networking events, and multiple international travel study components, besides a four 1/2-month long management consulting project.

The USC Marshall IBEAR MBA curriculum comprises 19 credit courses delivered over its August Transition Program and five eight-week terms. Sixteen of the19 courses are mandatory core courses required of all participants. Three IBEAR courses are optional and can be replaced by MBA electives of the participant’s choice. Electives are taken with students in other Marshall MBA programs such as the two Year MBA or MBA.PM programs.

The capstone course of the program, the International Business Consulting Project or IBCP, is a client commissioned consulting engagement that integrates all previous course work into a real-world cross border business experience.

Class Profile

The typical USC Marshall IBEAR MBA class is comprised of 29 percent students possessing advanced degrees. Students in the program have an average GMAT score of 630, with an average of 10 years of work experience. The average age of matriculating students is 33. No more than 60 participants are enrolled per year and the current class size is 56. Nearly 57 percent of IBEAR students are married.

Career Statistics

The average starting salary of recent USC IBEAR grads is around $122,634.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

The estimated total tuition and fees for the USC Marshall IBEAR MBA 2020/21 is $120,000 and estimated living expenses for the 12-month period is $50,000.

Multiple scholarship and financial aid options are available to self-sponsored participants. IBEAR Global Business Fellow scholarship offers partial to full tuition awards to high potential international and US candidates. The Hanjin/KAL Scholarship is awarded to one Korean/Korean American participant each year, while the Honjo Foundation/J.G. Scholarship is offered to one deserving Japanese candidate every year.

IBEAR Distinguished Graduate Scholar offers merit scholarships to candidates at the top 20% of their IBEAR class who wish to pursue additional graduate study at any USC graduate school upon completion of their MBA.

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


To apply to the USC Marshall IBEAR MBA program, applicants must submit a completed application form, all college transcripts from degree-granting and non-degree-granting institutions, a current résumé, two letters of recommendation, and one passport-size photo. The school also requires applicants to complete two essays 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 and a nonrefundable $155 application fee. Interviews are conducted by invitation only at the discretion of the Admissions Committee. On campus interviewing is preferred.

All IBEAR MBA applicants must have at least six years of professional experience and a Bachelor’s degree. GMAT scores are typically 630 and must be at least 570. All international applicants must also submit TOEFL, IELTS, or PT scores in order to apply.

Application deadlines are as follows:

Round 1 October 18, 2021 December 20, 2021
Round 2 January 3, 2022 February 28, 2022
Round 3 February 28, 2022 April 11, 2022
Round 4 March 28, 2022 May 9, 2022
Round 5 Rolling Round

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