Dean Geoffrey Garrett
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Teaching + Innovation
Experiential Learning Center
Open Expression Statement
BS Business Administration (BUAD)
BS Accounting (ACCT)
World Bachelor in Business (WBB)
BS Business of Cinematic Arts (BCA)
BS Artificial Intelligence for Business (BUAI)
Full-Time MBA (FTMBA)
Executive MBA (EMBA)
Part-Time MBA (MBA.PM)
International MBA (IBEAR)
Online MBA (OMBA)
MS Business Administration (MSBUSAD)
MS Business Analytics (MSBA)
MS Entrepreneurship + Innovation (MSEI)
MS Finance (MSF)
MS Global Supply Chain Management (MSGSCM)
MS Marketing (MSMKT)
MS Social Entrepreneurship (MSSE)
Master of Business for Veterans (MBV)
Master of Management Studies (MMS)
Master of Accounting (MAcc)
Master of Business Taxation (MBT)
Master of Business Taxation for Working Professionals (MBT.WP)
Data Sciences + Operations
Management + Organization
GC in Business Analytics
GC in Financial Analysis + Valuation
GC in Management Studies
GC in Marketing
GC in Optimization + Supply Chain Management
GC in Strategy + Management Consulting
GC in Sustainability + Business
GC in Technology Commercialization
GC in Library and Information Management – Online
Executive Education Redirect
Business Communication (BUCO)
Data Sciences and Operations (DSO)
Finance + Business Economics (FBE)
Leventhal School of Accounting (ACCT)
Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies (BAEP)
Management and Organization (MOR)
Institutes + Centers
Peter Arkley Institute for Risk Management
Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab
Center for Investment Studies
Initiative on Digital Competition
Randall R. Kendrick Global Supply Chain Institute
Center for Effective Organizations
Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies
VanEck Digital Assets Initiative
Institute for Outlier Research in Business
Center for Global Innovation
Neely Center for Ethical Leadership and Decision Making
Giving + Support
Alumni Engagement + Resources
Bringing Back the Skills
Michael C. Paranal MBT ’06 is a firm believer in lifelong learning.
His Filipino parents stressed the importance of not only education but also finding a passion in life. As a result, he earned five degrees and has enjoyed an accomplished, international career. But in 2021 he returned to USC to pursue another passion: teaching students at USC Leventhal School of Accounting, part of the Marshall School of Business.
Paranal’s CV reads like a travel itinerary. He earned a Bachelor of Science in accounting at the University of Missouri, a Master’s of Business Taxation (MBT) at Leventhal, a post graduate degree in international transactional law from Oxford, and a JD/MBA from the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School.
He began his career as a senior associate at Deloitte in international tax and transfer pricing, and then spent two years as an honors program fellow in law at the Securities and Exchange Commission in the division of enforcement in Washington, D.C. He was an associate attorney in corporate finance with Latham and Watkins in New York and London before taking a job with the European Central Bank as legal counsel in the finance division. Now, he is director of advisory in the U.S. for Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield (URW).
He brings significant clinical experience, insights and networking into his classroom. And first and foremost, he understands his mission: to prepare Marshall and Leventhal students with the technical fluency, insights, and global outlook necessary to thrive in the workplace of today—and tomorrow.
We asked him a few questions as the semester winds down.
What are you most excited about in this next chapter of your career?
My perspective is that we're here to teach students and to share our knowledge and experience, but what I'm most excited about is learning from them, about the world through their perspective, and what's important to them in business. It's no longer just driving profits up, but how are you in terms of social responsibility and social justice? What is your commitment to climate? How do you support people and their mental health especially in challenging times?
My first year of teaching has been extremely rewarding, with challenges, of course. But the hard work is worth it, especially when I see my students become more confident, not just in the material we cover in class, but also in how they present themselves in front of colleagues, interviewers, and future employers. I am also very grateful for the support I get from the deans, faculty, and staff to accomplish these objectives. It really is a team effort.
Did you set out to have an international career?
I started this whole international aspect of my career by accident. I was in law school and applying for an internship. It was 2012, and it was the Summer Olympics in London. And I said, “Wouldn't it be great if I interned where they're holding the Olympics?” That's how it all started. And how fortuitous was it that when I did that, it opened my eyes to the value of international exposure, whether it's in a classroom setting or in the business setting, because then you really grow and become a global-minded citizen. It was one of the best learning experiences in my life.
Tell us about GEMS, the new career mentorship program you’ve developed for Leventhal and Marshall students?
GEMS stands for Guiding Exceptional Minds for Success. It is a business leadership program where we invite students from the Introduction to Financial Accounting class to visit multinational companies so they can see what careers in business, finance and accounting await them. During the onsite visit, they meet with professionals, from new associates all the way to the CFO, who give them a variety of perspectives on what kinds of work they can do. It opens the door to early fall, spring and summer internships because at the end of the visit, they hand their resumes to HR. On March 4 a group of students met with SVPs at Westfield headquarters in Century City, who report being incredibly impressed with the caliber of our students.
We also partner with board members, so that students get one-on-one mentorship. The students have met with their mentors and will continue to throughout the semester. I created GEMS because I think a lot of learning obviously happens in class, but a lot of it also happens outside the classroom. The goal is to help propel our students toward meaningful and impactful future careers.
What do you consider your greatest career highlight or accomplishment so far?
I recently got a letter from a student I taught two years ago. He was inspired by my own journey, but he ended up pursuing a PhD instead. In that process, I advised him and wrote him a recommendation letter. And he got in. I think any time a student can achieve or take a step closer to what they want to achieve, it brings me back to how I was when I was a student. All the professional and academic achievements I have were only possible because of the kindness and generosity of the people who paved the way and were generous enough with their time to open the gate for me. My biggest achievement is being able to do the same for young people who are also trying to achieve their dreams.
Quoted: Kristen Jaconi in The Wall Street Journal
JACONI, associate professor of the practice of accounting, adds perspective in a piece evaluating the roles and responsibilities of risk management in the wake of recent banking failures.
USC Marshall and USC Leventhal Announce Joint Degree in Accounting and Finance
New joint degree combines finance education with accounting skills that are in high demand from employers.
USC Marshall and USC Price Announce Joint Degree in Real Estate
Undergraduate joint degree will build on the strengths of both schools to create a world-class real estate program.
Interview: Raman Randhawa on Poets & Quants
RANDHAWA, vice dean for undergraduate programs, discusses Marshall's continued commitment to innovation, optimizing the student experience, and creating an advantage for graduates in the workforce on POETS & QUANTS.
2023 USC Marshall Research Fair
Scholars present their latest research on the impacts of new technology — March 10 from 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the USC Hotel Ballroom.