Dean's Welcome

USC Marshall: Gateway to the Pacific - and to the Future of Business


Our school is built on a promise: that rigorous intellectual inquiry and unprecedented global opportunity can combine to create an extraordinary environment. Located in the heart of Los Angeles – one of the world’s most diverse, dynamic and vibrant metropolises – and at the gateway to the Pacific Rim, Marshall provides an unparalleled perspective on 21st century business.

We occupy a prominent position at the forefront of innovation in business education, leading with a curriculum that recognizes the interdependence between academic instruction and hands-on experience. At Marshall, students live their learning, incorporating lessons from the classroom and the real-world to acquire usable knowledge that will serve them throughout distinguished professional careers.

Marshall was founded in 1920 as the USC College of Commerce and Business Administration. Today, we ask our students to embody the ideals of the USC Trojan Family – to be faithful, scholarly, skillful, courageous and ambitious, attributes at the very core of the legendary USC alumni network.
We are a global hub for entrepreneurial thinking, attracting scholars and practitioners committed to addressing the day’s most pressing issues in business. We are also home to interdisciplinary investigation – from our vantage point at one of the country’s most prominent research universities, enhancing the understanding of the role of business in shaping modern societies.

As we approach the centennial of our school’s founding, USC Marshall is in a unique place – able simultaneously to reflect on and uphold our traditions, while embracing the challenges of an exciting and evolving future. Together, we can continue to make a great institution into something even more remarkable.

Fight On!

Gareth James
Interim Dean
E. Morgan Stanley Chair in Business Administration