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USC Marshall Part-Time MBA Program Structure

Evening core classes for the USC Marshall Part-Time MBA Program, also known as the MBA for Professionals or Managers, are held between 6 p.m. and 9:40 p.m (MBA.PM) twice a week. The first year core courses can be taken at the Los Angeles University Park campus on Monday and Wednesday evenings or at the Orange County campus on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Students have the option of taking the first year core classes on Saturdays at our Los Angeles University Park campus. These classes will meet Saturdays from approximately 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The program can be completed in 33 months. Marshall offers one intake per year, and classes begin during the fall semester.

Curriculum

The USC Marshall Part-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.

Following the 12-month core experience, all MBA.PM students take PM.GLOBE, a semester-long macroeconomics course enhanced by a 10-day overseas trip.

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.

Class Profile

The typical USC Marshall Part-Time MBA class is 68% male and 32% female. Students in the class have an average GPA of 3.2 and an average GMAT score of 620, with an average of six years of work experience. The average age of matriculating students is 28. A total of 156 students are currently enrolled in the class of 2017.

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

The approximate overall cost of the USC Marshall Part-Time MBA program is $120,000. Roughly half the overall costs are incurred in the first year of the program. Costs cover tuition, textbooks, classroom materials, parking, university fees, and required lodging costs for the MBA.PM GLOBE residential. Additional costs for the MBA.PM GLOBE residential including some meal costs will be the responsibility of the student. Tuition per unit is $1,778. Tuition rates are also subject to rise 3%-to-5% percent every year.

Marshall does not offer scholarships or fellowships for any students in our fully employed programs, including the USC Marshall Part-Time MBA (MBA.PM) program. However, many employers participate in tuition assistance programs and there are a number of additional loan options available for USC Marshall MBA.PM students.

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 Requirements

Applicants to the Marshall School part-time MBA program must have a four-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent. To apply to the Part-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 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.

Application Deadlines

The USC Marshall Part-Time MBA employs a rolling admission system. Application forms are reviewed as soon as an application file is complete, beginning in September. Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

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USC Marshall Part-Time MBA Program Structure

Evening core classes for the USC Marshall Part-Time MBA Program, also known as the MBA for Professionals or Managers, are held between 6 p.m. and 9:40 p.m (MBA.PM) twice a week. The first year core courses can be taken at the Los Angeles University Park campus on Monday and Wednesday evenings or at the Orange County campus on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Students have the option of taking the first year core classes on Saturdays at our Los Angeles University Park campus. These classes will meet Saturdays from approximately 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The program can be completed in 33 months. Marshall offers one intake per year, and classes begin during the fall semester.

Curriculum

The USC Marshall Part-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.

Following the 12-month core experience, all MBA.PM students take PM.GLOBE, a semester-long macroeconomics course enhanced by a 10-day overseas trip.

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.

Class Profile

The typical USC Marshall Part-Time MBA class is 68% male and 32% female. Students in the class have an average GPA of 3.2 and an average GMAT score of 620, with an average of six years of work experience. The average age of matriculating students is 28. A total of 156 students are currently enrolled in the class of 2017.

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

The approximate overall cost of the USC Marshall Part-Time MBA program is $120,000. Roughly half the overall costs are incurred in the first year of the program. Costs cover tuition, textbooks, classroom materials, parking, university fees, and required lodging costs for the MBA.PM GLOBE residential. Additional costs for the MBA.PM GLOBE residential including some meal costs will be the responsibility of the student. Tuition per unit is $1,778. Tuition rates are also subject to rise 3%-to-5% percent every year.

Marshall does not offer scholarships or fellowships for any students in our fully employed programs, including the USC Marshall Part-Time MBA (MBA.PM) program. However, many employers participate in tuition assistance programs and there are a number of additional loan options available for USC Marshall MBA.PM students.

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 Requirements

Applicants to the Marshall School part-time MBA program must have a four-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent. To apply to the Part-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 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.

Application Deadlines

The USC Marshall Part-Time MBA employs a rolling admission system. Application forms are reviewed as soon as an application file is complete, beginning in September. Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

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Average GMAT620
Average GPA3.2
Average Age28
Average Work Exp.6 years
Women32%

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  • Sep 25, 2018
    USC Marshall Welcomes 9 New Faculty

  • Sep 25, 2018
    What are the Most Successful MBA Startups of 2018?

  • Sep 21, 2018
    USC Marshall Supply Chain, Student Engagement, and More – Los Angeles News

  • Aug 17, 2018
    USC Marshall Honored with Two Telly Awards, and More – Los Angeles News

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USC Launches $93,502 Online MBA

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April 2, 2015

Marshall online

There’s yet another prominent business school in the online MBA space.

The University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business today (April 2) announced that it hopes to enroll an inaugural class of up to 25 students in a $93,502 online MBA program that will start this fall.

After only three other business schools—Carnegie Mellon, North Carolina and Indiana—USC is the highest ranked business school to now offer an online MBA. The school, whose residential MBA program is ranked 26th best in the U.S. by Poets&Quants, is pricing the 21-month program near the high-end: $93,502 for total tuition and fees.

USC’s ONLINE OFFERING IS LESS EXPENSIVE THAN CARNEGIE MELLON & UNC

That’s just $3,000 less than the cost of the online MBA program at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, whose residential MBA program is ranked 18th, and it is roughly $28,000 more than Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business online MBA which costs $65,000. Kelley’s rank is 20th.

The highest priced online MBA is a 32-month hybrid program, which includes in-person weekend classes six times annually, at Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business. It costs $118,080, nearly $25,000 more than the new USC offering, from a school whose residential MBA program is ranked17th.

USC’s MBA program includes a one-week orientation at the school’s Los Angeles campus. Otherwise, the entire program is delivered online, with two-thirds of the nine contact hours a week taken at any time and the remaining third in live sessions where students are face-to-face on a computer screen with a faculty member. All told, online students are expected to spend 25 hours a week in class, interactive exercises and study time.

A DAY EARLIER, AMERICAN UNIVERSITY ALSO LAUNCHED AN ONLINE MBA

A unique feature of USC’s approach is that there will essentially be only one class in each of the required five semesters. The integrated classes, taught by three to four professors, will delve into several core business disciplines, giving students a more holistic view of things. The first semester, for example, features a course entitled The Fundamentals of Business that incorporates economics, accounting, analytics, statistics and virtual teams.

With USC’s entry into the market, there are now seven business schools in the Top 50 now offering online MBA programs in the U.S., including Maryland, Penn State, and Arizona State University. And there are at least another 14 online MBA programs in the second half of the Top 100, including offerings from Babson College, the University of Florida, and Northeastern University.

The field continues to grow rapidly. Carnegie Mellon, whose latest intake numbered 38 students, is expecting as many as 60 students in its next cohort to enroll this August. Only a day before USC’s announcement, American University’s Kogod School of Business said it would offer its first online MBA program this fall as well. It’s offering, dubbed [email protected], is being priced at $72,576. It is the third online MBA developed in partnership with education provider 2U Inc. which also works with the Kenan-Flagler School and Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management.

DECISION COMES AFTER THREE YEARS OF STUDY AND PLANNING

USC’s decision to enter the online market is the result of three years of planning and research. “It’s very clear that online education is going to be a big part of higher education,” said John Matsusaka, Marshall’s Online MBA academic director. “We decided to get out there and do it. That was at the kernel stage three years ago.”

For slightly more than two years, Matsusaka led a USC task force to study the growing online market, come up with a set of recommendations for out to proceed and then design the actual curriculum and program. The group interviewed and did tours of other USC schools that were already offering online degree programs in such fields as education, social work, engineering, and communication. It spoke with business school rivals at both UNC and Indiana. And to get a better grasp of the customer side, met with members of Marshall’s Corporate Advisory Board, high-level executives at companies that hire its students) as well as advisory board members of Marshall’s Institute for Communication Technology Management.

It was direct feedback from the corporate meetings that played a role in USC’s decision to interweave communication and analytics throughout the program, as well as the school’s creation of so-called e-portfolios for online students because some board members said they often wished to see more than grades when considering job applicants, wanted to see actual work produced during studies.

Matsusaka says a key finding of the group’s research was that “online programs made a school’s residential programs better. That came up over and over again,” he says. The reason is because of all the advanced planning required by faculty to design and teach their online courses.

ONLINE PROGRAMS ALLOW FOR BETTER COORDINATION AMONG FACULTY

“Because you have to produce so much of the materials in advance, you can’t make much up as you go,” he says. “So you can better coordinate what is taught across disciplines and our classes are highly integrated. The conversations among faculty led to a lot of opportunities to share new ideas and best practices. In some cases, for the first time, faculty from different departments were sitting down together and figuring out what the learning objectives were for each course and how they could be delivered.”

Another finding: Online degree programs are not only here to stay, they will continue to grow. “I have been a professor for almost 30 years and come from a pre-iPhone, pre-iPad generation,” adds Matsusaka. “But my kids live in front of screens. Everything they do is on screens. My personal view is that we have got to get a handle on that because there will be a continued appetite to learn on screens. The market for online will continue to grow. The residential market will never go away. For some students that is an ideal experience. They want to be in the room, face to face, with fellow students and a professor every day. But for other students, an online experience is clearly preferable.”

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