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Core A - B - C

Classmates

"At the end of the day, what I think makes Marshall really different is that we’re both cooperative, and competitive. We know how to work together as a team."

Vanessa Wong
Class of 2014

Core A - B - C

USC Marshall Full-Time MBA students are assigned to three core classes, Core A, B or C. Students take the fall semester core curriculum with approximately 75 classmates. During Orientation, students begin building lifelong friendships with their Core classmates. TAM Day during Orientation is a spirited day filled with team building exercises.

Study Groups
Within each core, students are divided into teams of five to six individuals to create study groups. Working in study groups to complete group projects and presentations, students learn the soft skills needed to work effectively on teams.

Core Board
The Core Board works with students, faculty, student government, administration, and the career center to continue a positive Marshall experience for first year students. Positions include Community, Career Services and Academic. These student representatives are able to use their position to demonstrate leadership and creativity skills to fellow classmates.

Student Clubs

David Cheng

“Starting the Marshall Automotive Club definitely helped me discover my entrepreneurial side and develop my leadership skills toward something I was passionate about. Starting with a shared vision among a few classmates and myself, we were able to pitch the idea to the administrators, recruit members, and host events with executives from the industry all from scratch within a year of being recognized as an official club. It really makes me appreciate the effort my classmates put in to running all the other clubs here at Marshall.”

David Cheng
Class of 2013

Club Hosted Events

A variety of events are organized throughout the year by student-led clubs. Below is a sample of events.

Student Clubs

USC Marshall has 40 graduate student clubs and organizations. Ranging from community outreach, diversity and affinity groups, career clubs, and social and athletic organizations, students are able to expand their network to other USC Marshall MBA graduate programs and corporate contacts. Club activities take place during the day, evenings and weekends, and can include networking opportunities, social events and company visits.

Led by the Full-Time MBA students, student clubs are a great opportunity for students to develop their interpersonal and team effectiveness and strengthen their communication and leadership skills. Club involvement and leadership positions are also an additional means to demonstrate to recruiters one’s skills and commitment to a specific career industry or function.

The Marshall Graduate Student Association (MGSA) advocates for the Full-Time MBA students to the administration and faculty, and helps identify opportunities for improvement in the Full-Time MBA program.

Learn more about each of the clubs at USC Marshall by visiting their webpage.

Community Outreach

Diversity and Affinity Organizations

Career Clubs

Social and Athletic Organizations

Challenge for Charity

Rachael Stoddard

“I love C4C! It was how I met many of my best friends first year, and it was the organization I poured my heart into second year. I was constantly amazed at the generosity of our students, both with their time and their money. And working with the three organizations (Special Olympics, Junior Achievement and A Better LA) is so rewarding. While winning both years I was at Marshall was incredible, it was seeing so many of my classmates volunteer their time that really made me smile.”

Rachael Stoddard
Class of 2013

Challenge for Charity (C4C)

Challenge for Charity (C4C) is a 30-year-old non-profit organization that now boasts chapters at nine top West Coast MBA programs. The purpose of this organization is to develop future business leaders with a lifelong commitment to community involvement and social responsibility. Each year, the top West Coast MBA programs compete in fundraising, social, volunteer and athletic events in pursuit of the coveted ‘Golden Briefcase.’ In 2013-14, USC Marshall volunteered more than 5,000 hours and raised over $200,000. Click here to learn more.

Throughout the year, USC Marshall students volunteer and raise money for three charities, including:

Special Olympics: Southern California branch
Special Olympics is the world’s largest athletic organization that caters to both child and adult athletes with mental disabilities.

Junior Achievement of Southern California
A volunteer-driven organization that focuses on teaching business and economic concepts to young students from Kindergarten through High School in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

A Better LA
Founded by former USC football coach Pete Carroll, the organization helps children and teens realize their own potential and break free from gang violence.

Case Competitions

Case Competitions

"Marshall’s case competition program actually prepared me for each of the different roles that I have served in, whether it be in marketing or whether it be in consulting."

Angela Chang
Class of 2014

Case Competitions

The Marshall Case Competition Program (MCCP) seeks to provide MBA students with the opportunity to enhance critical business and leadership skills, connect with potential employers, and put classroom learning in to practice. Each year Marshall is invited to compete in case competitions hosted by MBA programs around the country and world. In the 2013-2014 academic year, Marshall students competed in 38 case competitions, resulting in seven first place and 16 top three finishes, as well as $127,000 awarded in cash prizes.

Recent Winners

MBA Technology Innovation Challenge

MBA Technology Innovation Challenge
Sponsored by Deloitte Consulting and Target

ACG Cup

ACG Cup
Sponsored by Association for Corporate Growth (ACG)

Aaron Chaum

“Case competitions were a perfect opportunity to hone presentation skills as well as utilize cross-functional skill-sets in a high pressure environment. Case competitions are without a doubt the most practical work experience I received in school.”

Aaron Chaum
Class of 2014

Living in Los Angeles

Living in Los Angeles

"LA attracts a very diverse population."

Amanda Yodowitz
Class of 2014

Living in Los Angeles

Many of our new MBA students are coming to Los Angeles for the first time. We know that a move to Los Angeles can be intimidating – whether you are from Baltimore, Beijing or Bangalore.

Los Angeles is often classified as BIG, and it is true: The city is situated in a wide desert basin, surrounded by the San Gabriel Mountain range and divided by the Santa Monica Mountains. Los Angeles County has 81 miles (130 km) of coastline and altitudes ranging from nine feet (3 m) below sea level to 10,080 feet (3,068 m) above sea level atop Mt. San Antonio.

Despite its size, Los Angeles feels much smaller, manageable and even intimate once you come to understand it.

History of Los Angeles

In 1781, settlers from the Mexican provinces of Sonora and Sinaloa made their home in what is now Downtown Los Angeles. The new settlement was named “El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora, la Reina de Los Angeles,” or The Town of Our Lady, the Queen of the Angels. The town was declared a city in 1835, and transferred administratively from Mexico to the United States in 1847.

The People of Los Angeles

Los Angeles County is now home to more than 10.3 million people. The diverse, multi-ethnic population of Los Angeles distinguishes the city as a cultural hub. People from almost 140 countries, speaking approximately 86 different languages, currently call Los Angeles home.

Weather

Southern California’s weather has often been described as “near perfect” and with good reason. Los Angeles averages 329 sunny days per year, accompanied by gentle ocean breezes. Autumn and winter daytime temperatures average 60 to 70°F (15 to 20°C) and range from 40 to 50 °F (5 to 10°C) at night. Late spring is mild and often overcast. Summers usually reach about 85 to 95°F (33 °C) in the daytime and usually drop to the low 60s (16-18°C) at night.