World Bachelor in Business

Information for Employers

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To Our Valued Recruiting Partners,

In regard to students from our World Bachelor in Business (WBB) program applying for positions within professional business organizations (both internships and full-time roles), it has come to our attention that there are questions around student academic records that would be helpful to clarify. We understand the rigor and evenness with which you approach your search and interview processes for both internship and full-time programs, and wanted to provide you with information that might be helpful as you examine applications from students in this program.

WBB students earn three degrees from three universities

Students spend their first year at USC, their second year at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and their third year at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. Each student then chooses independently which of the three universities to attend in his/her fourth year. Upon completion of the program, students earn three bachelor’s degrees, one from each of the partnering universities.

WBB students do not currently have cumulative GPAs

Given the vastly different grading systems at each of the three universities, settling on a formula to calculate a cumulative GPA for students in this program is not possible. We are working on creating a more detailed cumulative grade report that explains their academic program. In the interim, students can provide unofficial transcripts from each of the universities, but do not have a singular grade tracking report.

WBB students are highly competitive candidates who have earned full-time and internship offers from top firms including:

Amazon

Boston Consulting Group

Comcast

Ernst & Young

Google

IBM

Merck

Morgan Stanley

Procter & Gamble

PwC

Royal Bank of Scotland

UBS

We recognize that this presents a dilemma in terms of traditional applications which require a GPA. It is our goal to be a resource to you and to our WBB students, and partner with you to determine the best method for students to accurately represent themselves in ways that are familiar and useful to recruiters.

If you have any questions or would like additional clarification, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our Associate Director of Career Services, Kira Dalton (kirasmit@marshall.usc.edu).

Thank you again for your partnership!