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Marshall Graduates Find Success in Tight Labor Market

Employees with graduate and undergraduate degrees in business from the USC Marshall School of Business are in high demand as hiring surges 

November 25, 2021

It’s the obvious first question any prospective Marshall or Leventhal student asks: What kind of job will this degree lead me to?  

The answer: Any opportunities you can imagine. And to help students fulfill those opportunities, Marshall’s commitment includes an unrelenting focus on career pathways. 

“For anyone at Marshall who’s wondering where their career will go, be open to the possibilities because it could be beyond your wildest dreams,” said Nicole Linder ’06, who pivoted from business to housing policy and was this year tapped to work in the Biden Administration.  

From startups to the Big Four to the White House …and beyond, Marshall students achieve on any front they put their passions into. 

It’s part of a larger trend in hiring from top business schools, as demand for new employees continues to rise among the most sought-after firms, as the Wall Street Journal recently reported. 

The overall trend for business school alums is back up the experiences of recent Marshall MBA graduates with more than 94 percent of full-time MBA graduates reported employment 3-months post-graduation.  The top three industries include consulting, financial services, and technology.  Companies that hired Marshall full-time MBA graduates include Deloitte, EY, Goldman Sachs, Capital Group, Amazon, Google, Cisco, Microsoft, and Scopely.  Average salary for Marshall full-time MBA grads is approximately $131,000 with an average sign-on bonus of more than $29,000.

Read the complete 2021 Full Time MBA Employment report here.  

Ensuring success in careers has been central to the school, not only for the full-time MBA program, but also for Marshall undergraduates. In recent years, Marshall has increased resources for students, including adding career advisors providing focused programming, as well as launching a new job platform (Handshake) that currently has more than 5,000 employers seeking business undergraduates. These efforts have led to a placement rate of 97.2% for our undergraduate business class of 2021 with an average salary of $72,800 and with 94.2% of the students engaged in an internship prior to graduation. 

As both business education and job markets evolve, Marshall will continue to identify opportunities and introduce new resources for its students. 

“Our students’ time at Marshall is the beginning of a journey that starts with essential classroom education,” said Marshall Dean Geoff Garrett, “but it extends far beyond the classroom to the Trojan network, real-world learning and career pathways that last a lifetime.”