University of Southern California MBA Programs

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The University of Southern California – Marshall School of Business
3670 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089, Phone: 213-740-8674

University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business is the largest of the university’s 17 professional schools, and the school was named after Gordon Marshall after a substantial donation of $35 million in 1997.

The school was founded in 1920 and was first named the College of Commerce and Business Administration, and in 1960 the Graduate School of Business Administration was established that later became the Marshall School of Business. Marshall is the oldest business school in Southern California that holds AACSB accreditation, the gold standard.

USC MBA programs are continuously ranked among the best programs in the world by all rating agencies. The USC MBA is offered in various formats, if your GMAT score is poor, but your experience is considerable, check out this website for a long list of online MBA No GMAT programs.

Full-time MBA
Marshall School of Business’ full-time MBA is a basic rigorous core course and includes two electives courses delivered in the first year of four terms. In the second year, enrollees can choose from various concentrations: Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Healthcare Administration, Information Systems, International Business, Investment Banking, Real Estate, Supply Chain Management, and Leadership/Management.

The core course ends with PRIME, a demanded 10-days research excursion to companies and government organizations in both the US and countries in the Pacific Rim area. The USC MBA is a traditional MBA program developed to provide core business education with options for specialization. Applicants need at least two years of relevant full-time work experience and the program takes 20 months to complete.

Part-time MBA
USC Marshall’s part-time MBA for Professionals and Managers (MBA-PM) is designed for fully-employed business professionals, and the program combines core courses with a wide range of specialized electives.Core courses are taken during the first year, and electives are available in subsequent years.

In the second year, all students will have to take the PM Globe, a five months course in macro-economics that comes with a week-long excursion to a country in the Pacific Rim region. Core courses may be attended in Los Angeles (USC University Park campus) or in Irvine (USC Orange County Center), but elective and concentration classes are only taught at USC’s main campus.

Students of the part-time MBA have classes two evenings per week and the program is 33 months, although students may choose to complete the program in five years. Applicants need no less than two years of full-time work experience and the program is intended for early-career professionals and managers.

Executive MBA (EMBA)
The 21-month EMBA program is designed to provide a profound generalist business perspective for senior managers and seasoned professionals who want to stay fully employed as they study for their graduate studies. The program includes a thematic MBA curriculum that addresses issues that senior business professionals experience consistently.

Students meet Fridays and Saturdays every other week, and the program focuses on the functions of business in an integrated system instead of the instructing of individual disciplines. Classes are available at the school’s University Park Campus (UPC) in Los Angeles and at La Costa in San Diego.

This method of teaching has lead to an academic program that incorporates ten ‘themes,’ two domestic off-campus sessions, and one international off-campus session. Applicants need to have at least 8 years of full-time relevant work experience.

IBEAR MBA
The International Business Education and Research MBA (or IBEAR MBA), is a one-year, accelerated, full time, international MBA program developed for mid-career professionals and managers who are looking for senior management positions all over the world. The program was introduced in 1978, and has participants from more than 15 countries.

Classes meet on a daily basis, and the program includes a 10-day international business consulting project trip (IBCP). Enrollees in the IBEAR MBA program are very different than those participating in the traditional two-year MBA program. With an average age of 34, each student has about 10 years of work experience, is multi-lingual and demonstrates a strong understanding of international business and culture.

The program is available at University Park Campus (UPC) in Los Angeles and includes 16 required and 3 elective courses. Students are required to have no less than six years of full-time relevant work experience.

Global MBA – Shanghai
USC Marshall’s one of a kind, theme structured and integrated GEMBA (Global EMBA) program perfectly addresses the requirements of today’s real-world decision-making and will develop these skills in enrolled students. The program includes frequent team teaching, international discussion groups, theme projects, executive speakers, and company visits to contribute to the learning experience.

This is an accelerated 20-month program with 13 class sessions, 10 in Shanghai and two excursions to Los Angeles and one trip to another Asian country. The program is offered in cooperation with Shanghai Jiao Tong University. The school’s partnership with the Antai College of Economics and Management guarantees faculty with extensive China experience, and the program’s China-based students and alumni form a solid basis for China relevance in the GEMBA program.

Graduates earn the same MBA degree as graduates of USC MBA programs at the school’s campus in Los Angeles.
Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s Antai College of Economics and Management is consistently ranked as one of the best nationwide. Enrollees attend classes in five-day long extended weekend sessions every six to eight weeks. Students are required to have at least ten years of full-time work experience, of which no less than six in managerial roles.

The USC MBA is not offered online and is considered a top MBA program, not a very affordable program.