Marshall Business School (University of Southern California)

About #

City: Los Angeles
State: California
Country: United States
Average GMAT: 708

Marshall Business School at the University of Southern California was founded 100 years ago, in 1920. Since then, Marshall has been building a legacy of innovation, entrepreneurial action and global impact. Faculty research is cutting edge and rigorous and find themselves being contacted by major news organizations, such as the Washington Post and the New Work Times. With over 93,000 alumni spread out across the world, students are immersed in a network of motivated individuals who reimagine their world and make change for the better. Offering 5 different MBA programs and 10 specialized masters programs, students at Marshall are able to engage with a wide variety of students and faculty.  

Featured Professors #

Stephen Byars

Professor Byars is the Professor of Clinical Business Communication. He teaches administration of different versions of Writing and Advanced Writing for Business. He is a co-contributor to the book ‘Business Ethics’. He received his BA from Claremont McKenna College, his MA from University of San Diego, and his PhD from the University of Southern California. 

Omar El Sawy

Professor El Sawy is the Kenneth King Stonier professor of Business Administration and the Professor Data Sciences and Operations. He is well published, with his work appearing in numerous journals. From 2001 to 2007 he was Director of Research for Marshall’s institute for Communications Technology Management. He has won the Society for Information management’s Annual Academic Paper Award seven times. He earned his BS from Cairo University, his MBA from the American University ini Cairo, and his PhD from Stanford University. 

Rankings #

#24 Financial Time 2021 Global MBA Ranking

#16 USNews – Best Business Schools

#30 QS Global MBA Rankings 2021

MBA Program Brief Overview #

The MBA program at Marshall utilizes a holistic and experiential approach to its teaching. Students learn self-awareness and leadership throughout their time at Marshall. Students are engaged in the school during the MBA and thus emerge from the program as Alumni willing and ready to give back to the current student body. From access to guest lectures and career mentors, the MBA program offer students the chance to become a family with their current peers, faculty and alumni. Students have the opportunity to choose from over 100 different electives so that they are prepared and ready for their future career, wherever and whatever it might be. 

Year One Description #

During the first year, students learn the core fundamentals of their MBA program. Students in the first year develop their ability to be part of a team, leadership, critical thinking, and creative problem solving. They also explore individual career paths and glean insights into industry-specific functions so that they are prepared and ready for their summer internship.   

Fall Semester Mandatory Classes

Term 1

  • GSBA-511:  Microeconomics for Management
  • GSBA-540:  Contemporary Issues for Competitive Strategy
  • GSBA-541:  Foundations of Your Professional Value
  • GSBA-542:  Communication for Management 

Term 2

  • GSBA-510:  Accounting Concepts and Financial Reporting
  • GSBA-524:  Data Science for Business
  • GSBA-527:  Structured Analysis for Unstructured Problems
  • GSBA-548:  Corporate Finance

Spring Semester Mandatory Classes

Term 3

  • GSBA-509:  Marketing Management
  • GSBA-510:  Accounting Concepts and Financial Reporting (Cont’d)
  • GSBA-524:  Data Science for Business (Cont’d)
  • GSBA-548:  Corporate Finance (Cont’d)

Term 4

  • GSBA-504a:  Operations Management
  • GSBA-533:    Organizational Behavior and Leadership
  • GSBA-552:    Problem Solving and Decision Making: An Integrated Approach 
  • Electives

Term 5

  • GSBA-503:    Contemporary Issues in Competitive Global Strategy
  • GSBA-580:    The Global Context of Business: PRIME
  • Electives

Year Two Description #

During their fourth term students can put their theoretical knowledge into practice. Engaging with a Los-Angeles Based company, students learn to consult on a project, develop solutions for real-life business problems and learn to use the fundamentals they learned during the first year practically and efficiently. During the fifth term students have the opportunity to participate in a PRIME overseas trip where they develop their cross cultural skill set. 

Unique Aspects #

Challenge for Charity

C4C has been around for 32 years  and is a competition of elite teams from West Coast MBA programs. The competition lasts a year where teams demonstrate their commitment to community outreach and social responsibility. The competition ends with a week-long athletic competition and winners take home the Golden Briefcase trophy. Marshall teams have won 8 out of the last 9 years and have raised over 1.2 million dollars for charity.  

Marshall Business Competition Program

MBCP is a competition for students to hone their critical thinking and leadership skills while networking with potential employers. Case competitions are hosted by MBA programs around the world. Marshall teams have won 6 times and come in second twice. 

Student Life #

Marshall is located in the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles. With 81 miles of coastline and a nearby mountain range students are surrounded by a whole host of exciting opportunities and experiences. In addition to its location, students can choose to join student organizations where they meet like minded people and build lasting relationships. From Athletic Organizations to Career Clubs, students can define their time at Marshall.

Application Process #




GMAT or GRE accepted

Foreign Language Requirements

Non U.S. and Non-U.S. permanent Citizens and applicants whose native language is not English.

Essay Description

Two required and one optional

Essay Question 1

Essay #1 (Required) – What is your specific, immediate short-term career goal upon completion of your MBA? Please include an intended position, function, and industry in your response. (word limit: 100)

Essay Question 2

Essay #2 (Required) – Please draft a letter that begins with “Dear Admissions Committee” (word limit: 600) This letter is meant to be your personal statement that provides the Admissions Committee with an understanding of your candidacy for Marshall beyond what is evident in other parts of your application. This essay is purposely open-ended. You are free to express yourself in whatever way you see fit. Our goal is to have an appreciation for and an understanding of each candidate in ways that are not captured by test scores, grades, and resumes.

Essay Question 3

Essay #3 (Optional) Please provide any additional information you would like the admissions committee to consider. (word limit: 250)


Not required and not accepted.


One page professional resume accepted.

Traits to Emphasize Core Values

  • Global mindset
  • Teamwork
  • Passionate

Costs #

  • $95,696 (1st year)
  • $90,918 (2nd year)
  • Tuition: $64,575
  • Books and Supplies: $5,100 (Both years)
  • Health Insurance: $621 per year (Central Services and Health Fees)
  • Room and Board: $49,176 (both years)
  • Scholarships Offered: All applicants considered for merit based scholarships
  • Fees; $900 (for both years)

Employment Reports: Class of 2020 #

Median Salary: $130,000

Median Signing Salary: $30,000

Top Industry Destinations

  • Consulting 28%
  • Tech 27%
  • Media/Entertainment/Interactive Gaming 11%
  • Consumer Packaged Goods 9%
  • Financial Services 8%
  • Biotech/Pharma/Healthcare 5%
  • Other 13%

Top Function Destinations

  • Consulting 34%
  • Marketing/Ideas 33%
  • Financial Services 18%
  • Operations/Logistics 7%
  • IT 5%
  • General Management 3%

Location Destinations

  • West 88%
  • Southwest 3%
  • Midwest 3%
  • Northeast 2%
  • Mid Atlantic 2%

Class of 2022 Profile #

  • Program Length: 20 months
  • Total Enrollment: 217
  • Average Age: 28
  • Women: 40%
  • US Minorities: 44%
  • International students: 12%
  • Countries Represented: 28

Undergraduate Degrees

  •  33%  Business/Commerce
  • 16%  Social Sciences
  • 13%  Economics
  • 13%  Humanities
  • 11%  Engineering/Computer Science
  • 6%  Sciences
  • 2%  Law
  • 6%  Other

Average GPA: 3.55

Average Work Experience: 60 months

Previous Work Locations/Fields

  • 24%  Financial Services
  • 15%  Technology 
  • 12%  Consulting 
  • 11%  Media/Entertainment 
  • 7%  Healthcare 
  • 5%  Government/Military 
  • 4%  Retail
  • 3%  Manufacturing
  • 3%  Hospitality 
  • 3%  Real Estate
  • 12%  Other

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