About the Marshall MBA

The University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business is an international business school in the heart of Los Angeles, California. Consistently ranked among the nation’s premier schools, Marshall offers outstanding international and experiential opportunities, backed by cutting-edge research and industry engagement and supported by the uniquely powerful Trojan Network. Being a global hub for entrepreneurial thinking, USC Marshall attracts committed scholars and practitioners to address complex issues in business. 

The Full-time MBA Program

The Marshall MBA is a 2 year MBA that ranks 25th globally in the Financial Times Global business school rankings. The USC Marshall School of Business has more than 90,000 alumni across 123 countries worldwide. The school has an acceptance rate of ~30%. 

The tuition fee for one year is $66,000. Living expenses are approximately $26,980.

Generous scholarships are offered to outstanding international candidates on a merit basis. 

Class Profile

The 218 students who matriculated in the Class of 2023 had an average undergraduate GPA of 3.57 and an average GMAT score of 716. Students averaged 5.25 years of work experience before matriculation and their average age landed at 29. Forty-seven percent of the Marshall MBA class identify as students of color and 21% identify as historically underrepresented students of color. Thirty-six percent are women and 34% are international.

Twenty-nine percent of the Marshall Class of 2023 had studied business/commerce during their undergraduate years. Eighteen percent had studied engineering/computer science and 17% had studied economics. Fifteen percent had majored in humanities and 13% studied social studies. Another seven percent had studied the sciences and 1% law.

Course Curriculum Summary

MBA Curriculum

The MBA curriculum at USC Marshall spans the fall and spring semesters of the two years of the program. Each semester is comprised of individual terms. Marshall’s core curriculum is distributed over the first five terms of year one. During these terms, you will take 15 core classes in subjects such as Marketing Management, Corporate Finance, Data Science for Business, Operations Management, and Accounting. You will begin taking elective courses in the spring semester of your first year. These electives cover a wide variety of subject areas, including Data Science and Operations, Business Communication, and Finance and Business Economics. 


USC Marshall does not offer distinctive majors; however, students may choose to pursue one or more of the following 16 concentrations available in the program. 

  • Accounting
  • Business Analytics
  • Business of Creative Industries
  • Business of Education
  • Business of Entertainment
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurship and Operations
  • Finance and Business Economics
  • Healthcare Advisory Services
  • Information Systems
  • Management and Organization
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Sustainability, Society, and Business
  • Technology Development and E-Business

Experiential Learning Programs

At Marshall, students have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience during their MBA through various experience-based projects. Those students interested in careers in alleviating poverty, global health, and education can apply to the MBA Society and Business Fellowship Program. Additionally, the Marshall Leadership Fellows Program allows students to enhance their leadership skills by coaching first-year MBA students.

Research Centers

Students at USC Marshall have access to nine research centers that are hosted by the school. These facilities cover business areas such as social enterprise, innovation, and leadership through the Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab, the Center for Global Innovation, and the Neely Center for Ethical Leadership and Decision Making.

MBA International Study Programs

Through the PRIME program, students have the opportunity to undergo an immersive international experience, where they participate in a 10-day trip to understand the business mechanisms of a foreign country. The PRIME module is part of the core curriculum and must be completed in the first year. 

Placement Statistics 

A majority of USC Marshall’s MBA graduates chose careers in Consulting, Technology or Financial Services. The average base salary for USC Marshall MBA graduates is $130,976, with an average signing bonus of $29,473. 

These are the key placement statistics.

Source – Official Placement Report 

Notable Alumni

Thelma Catherine “Pat Nixon” (Wife of Richard Nixon who was the 37th President of the United States)

Oscar Munoz (CEO of United Airlines)

John Bayard Taylor Campbell III (former U.S. Representative)

Application Details 

Application Requirements – 

  • A completed online application
  • A four-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent, from an accredited institution
  • Academic transcripts
  • GMAT or GRE scores (if applicable) 
  • Two required essays (there is also one optional essay)
  • A professional résumé (typically one page)
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (if applicable) 

Letter of Recommendation – Letters of recommendation are neither required nor accepted as part of the Marshall Full-Time MBA admissions process. 

Application Fees – The Marshall Full-Time MBA Program does not require an application fee. 

Application Deadlines