Build a foundation of business knowledge

The MBA core curriculum is designed to give students an in-depth examination of business fundamentals.


Be inspired by award-winning faculty

Marshall students develop close relationships with remarkable faculty from leading institutions and industries from around the world.


The purpose of the USC Marshall School of Business Master of Business Administration is to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to become effective leaders. A Master of Business Administration graduate can expect to achieve the following learning objectives:

Learning Goal #1 Our graduates will be impactful leaders who lead with integrity and purpose.
1.1 Possess a clear framework and commitment to an organization’s culture and core values, with personal integrity.
1.2 Transcend traditional boundaries with a global mindset, drawing value from diversity and inclusion, and fostering community within and outside of organizations.    
1.3 Exhibit exceptional self-awareness through understanding of personal and career goals; awareness of individual strengths and weaknesses; and engagement in personalized, goal-driven, and lifelong learning.

Learning Goal #2 Our graduates will be impactful leaders who help identify and execute opportunities in uncertain and complex business environments. 
2.1 Apply an integrated approach to understanding and analyzing significant business problems, which can be complex, messy, unstructured, and beyond formulaic analysis.
2.2 Use critical and analytical thinking to identify viable solutions that can create short-term and long-term value for organizations.
2.3 Devise creative, sustainable, and achievable strategies and solutions that allow organizations to take advantage of opportunities that create value for its stakeholders.

Learning Goal #3 Our graduates will be impactful leaders who achieve results by fostering collaboration on interpersonal, team, and organization levels. 
3. 1 Influence and motivate and work with colleagues, partners, and other stakeholders to achieve organizational purposes.
3.2 Help build and sustain high-performing teams by infusing teams with a variety of perspectives, talents, and skills and aligning individual success with team success and with overall organizational success.
3.3 Lead and participate in helping organizations adapt to a changing business landscape.

“At Marshall, our objectives are to develop students’ critical thinking skills and give them the tools they need to build and work in successful teams,” says Suh-Pyng Ku, Vice Dean for Graduate Programs at USC Marshall. “Our students learn to analyze unstructured problems, frame them in clear and effective ways, and craft creative solutions.”

At USC Marshall, our MBA students get the best of the best – the best business education, the best comprehensive list of electives, the best opportunity to leverage the assets of a world-class private research university that sits at the gateway to the Pacific Rim.  Leading scholars and practitioners emphasize best practices and real-life skills.  A great example? The 2016 Bloomberg-Businessweek Job Skills Report named USC Marshall as the top school consulting industry recruiters looked to when seeking the best communicators.