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FAQs

General Info

  1. How will participating in the Summer Business Program help me? The Summer Business Program course business curriculum is based off of the business management fundamentals of the USC Marshall programs. The Summer Business Program participants will be taught by the same faculty as the business students are taught by, providing them with a top-notch education.
  2. Will participating in the Summer Business Program aid me in getting accepted into USC Marshall's MBA program? While the Summer Business Program is designed based off of USC Marshall's business programs and it provides participants with a great foundation of business knowledge, participation in the Summer Business Program will not have any effect on a participant's admission to the USC Marshall MBA program.
  3. What does tuition fee cover? The program tuition includes on-campus lodging and on-campus residential meal plan for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There are also company visits and some scheduled social activities. Extra-curricular activities are optional and additional cost.
  4. Are business minors eligible to participate in the program? This program is designed for non-business students so unfortunately, business minors are not eligible to participate in the Summer Business Program.
  5. Are students majoring or minoring in economics eligible to participate in the program? Yes, economics majors and minors are eligible to apply to this program.

Admissions

  1. Who is eligible to apply for the Summer Business Program? Applicants must have completed at least their second year of undergraduate studies in a non-business (e.g. engineering, liberal arts, sciences and engineering majors) at an accredited university. Recent graduates are also eligible to attend the program as long as they are within two years of graduation at the time of admission.
  2. Is there an application fee? Yes of $60.
  3. Where do I apply? Applications are only available online on the "Online Application" page.
  4. What documents are necessary for my application to be complete? To be formally admitted into the program, applicants must submit a copy of their college transcript, as well as answers to a short essay question on the application form.
  5. When does the application period begin? Now! We have rolling admissions for this Summer Business Program and admissions decisions will be made on a first-come, first-served basis. For more details on application to the Summer Business Program please email us at summerprogram@marshall.usc.edu or call at (213) 740-8990.
  6. When is the application deadline? All applications must be submitted by April 30 to be considered. (Application dates may be extended to allow for increased enrollments and international students.)
  7. What are the acceptance criteria for this program? Admissions decisions will be made on a first-come, first-served basis. Early application is recommended as space in the program is limited. There are no specific guidelines for acceptance to the Summer Business Program. We will be looking at each applicant's academic performance throughout their college years, as well as extracurricular programs, honors, and accomplishments. Optimal SBP candidates will display an interest in seeking out opportunities to expand their horizons. SBP participants should also display leadership qualities. Outside of resumes and transcripts, we will be looking closely at the application essays and letters of recommendations, as those will allow reviewers to develop a sense for what each candidate is like and what drives them to succeed.
  8. What is the minimum GPA requirement to be considered for the program? Although there is no minimum GPA requirement for the program, a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale is considered more competitive.
  9. How and when will I find out about acceptance? Every candidate will hear back by email no later by June 1st. (Or, if application dates are extended we will reach out to each student individually with updates and acceptances.) Admissions decisions will be made on a first-come, first-served basis.

Academics

  1. Who teaches the courses in the program? All courses in the Summer Business Program are taught by USC Marshall School of Business faculty. More information on faculty members can be found in the Faculty Profiles on the "About SBP" page.
  2. What courses will I be taking?
      Your courses will be structured into 5 subject areas:
    • Leadership & Communication
    • Business Strategy & Organizations
    • Business Finance & Managerial Accounting
    • Business Marketing
    • Operations
    There is more detailed information in the curriculum section of the web page.
  3. How rigorous is the course schedule? There will be essentially 3 sessions of classes every day Monday through Friday. One session will be from 9am-12pm, followed by a lunch break from 12-1pm. After lunch, there will be another session from 1-4pm. There is some free time from 4 pm – 6pm for dinner break. Finally, there will be a daily wrap up session from 6-8pm that could include guest speakers, resume review, interview techniques, etc. There will also be sessions that consist of site visits and project preparations throughout the 4 weeks.
  4. Will I receive grades or course credit? No, this program does not award academic credit or grades. This program is designed for professional and personal development.
  5. Will I receive a certificate upon completion? Those who successfully complete the program through attendance and final project participation will earn a non-credit USC Marshall School of Business Summer Program certificate. This certificate indicates to potential employers that you have mastered the essentials of the "hard skills" of business. Certificates are awarded based on active attendance and participation as well as mastery of the material.
  6. Is attendance in classes mandatory? Yes, class attendance is mandatory. Those who successfully complete the program through attendance and final project participation will earn a non-credit USC Summer Business Program certificate. This certificate indicates to potential employers that you have mastered the essentials of the "hard skills" of business. Certificates are awarded based on active attendance and participation as well as mastery of the material.
  7. Are there tests and homework? Throughout the program you will be given the opportunity to demonstrate your acquisition of subject matter, through class participation, group projects and presentations. There will also be nightly reading assigned to prepare for the next day's courses.
  8. Will I have free time to work during the program period? This program is designed to be a full-time commitment. Therefore, you should not plan on having any outside jobs, as you will be spending most of your time on this program.

Living on Campus

  1. Where will I be living during the program? During the program, you will be placed in the USC undergraduate dorms that are situated conveniently on campus.
  2. Is there a dress code for class? There is no specific dress code for class, but please use your best judgment.
  3. What activities are there for me to do on campus? There is a movie theater, restaurants, a grocery store, and some shops in the University Village, which is located on Hoover, right on campus.
  4. What activities are there for me to do off campus? USC is located in south central Los Angeles. We are about one mile away from the Staples Center and, effectively, LA Live. There are nice restaurants, a movie theater, a Lucky Strike, and other forms of entertainment. We are also located right in downtown Los Angeles. Hollywood Boulevard and Rodeo Drive are about 10 mile drives from campus, Santa Monica Pier is about 15 miles, and the Beverly Hills area is about 12 miles. There is public transportation that will take you anywhere, but you can also register for a Zip Car account to rent the cars when you need them.

International Students

We encourage all interested international students to apply. Please be aware that all students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents must submit copies of their passports. In addition, final admission to the program may be contingent upon prior degree verification that requires visual verification of original language diplomas and transcripts, along with official English translations.