University of Southern California

USC Marshall MBA Programs Receive Top Rankings
MBA.PM, EMBA Earn <em>BusinessWeek</em> Top 5 Rankings
December 17, 2007 • by News at Marshall

LOS ANGELES -- The part-time MBA.PM program at the USC Marshall School of Business has been ranked No. 3 in the nation by BusinessWeek magazine, and the school's Executive MBA program has been ranked fifth.

"We're pleased that the great work going on in these top-notch MBA programs is once again being recognized," said Cherie Scricca, USC Marshall's associate dean of graduate programs.

Jeanette Christensen directs the MBA for Professionals and Managers, or MBA.PM, whose nearly 900 students take classes a few evenings a week over a three-year period, at either the main USC campus in Los Angeles or in an Irvine satellite facility. The USC Marshall MBA.PM was ranked third in the nation in BusinessWeek's recently released listings of degree programs for students seeking alternatives to the traditional full-time, residential MBA.

Brigitte Engel directs the Executive MBA, or EMBA, program, which has consistently been highly ranked in BusinessWeek. The program is designed for experienced higher-level executives who are interested in general management positions, rather than having expertise in a specific corporate function.

Nearly 250 EMBA students take courses that are organized into themes or courses and taught by professors from a variety of disciplines. This approach is designed to develop a generalist who has the broad skill set needed to run a company. The program is taught over a period of 21 months at either USC's main Los Angeles campus or at the La Costa Executive Learning Center in the San Diego area.

A closely related program, the Global Executive MBA directed by Tom Petersen, is based in Shanghai, China, and conducted in partnership with the Antai School of Management at Jiao Tong University there. Nearly 120 executives from 16 Pacific Rim countries participate in the GEMBA program, learning from the same USC Marshall professors who teach all other MBA students.

As part of USC Marshall's commitment to helping its students understand the impacts of globalization on business, for more than a decade all MBA candidates must undertake an international trip and project as part of their degree. GEMBA candidates must take two trips to the United States and one to another Pacific Rim country.

Overall, USC Marshall has more than 1,900 students enrolled in eight master's-level programs, which also include the full-time MBA, a master's in medical management, and two graduate degrees from USC Marshall's Leventhal School of Accounting, in business taxation and in accounting.

About the USC Marshall School of Business
Consistently ranked among the nation's premier schools, USC Marshall is internationally recognized for its emphasis on entrepreneurship and innovation, social responsibility and path-breaking research. Located in the heart of Los Angeles, one of the world's leading business centers and the U.S. gateway to the Pacific Rim, Marshall offers its 5,700-plus undergraduate and graduate students a unique world view and impressive global experiential opportunities. With an alumni community spanning 123 countries, USC Marshall students join a worldwide community of thought leaders who are redefining the way business works.