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Linli Xu originally came to USC to visit her husband, who was pursuing a Ph.D. in economics, around Christmas in 2005. A native of China, she had finished all her coursework for a master’s degree in agricultural economics at McGill University in Canada. But that visit, and what was supposed to be a short-term post as a research assistant to a Marshall professor, changed the course of both her and her husband’s academic careers.

Class Profile Snapshot

No. ENROLLED
18
AVERAGE GMAT
740
AVERAGE AGE
28
AVERAGE UNDERGRADUATE GPA
3.46
Who attends the PHD program?
Women 50%
Domestic 50%
% w/Master's Degree 41%
Age Range 22-38
Average GRE Q 790
Average GRE V 650
Average Graduate GPA 3.89

Fields of Study

The Ph.D. program at the Marshall School of Business offers five distinct fields of study that encompass all subjects relevant to the creation of cutting-edge business research. In addition, our curriculum is designed for flexibility, with elective courses in research methodology, statistics, psychology, economics, math, computer science, political science, engineering, communication, and public policy.

Explore the five fields of study: