USC Marshall Full-Time MBA students are assigned to three core classes, Core A, B or C. Students take the fall semester core curriculum with approximately 75 classmates. During Orientation, students begin building lifelong friendships with their Core classmates. TAM Day during Orientation is a spirited day filled with team building exercises.
USC Marshall has 41 graduate student organizations. Ranging from community outreach, diversity and affinity groups, career clubs, and social and athletic organizations, students are able to expand their network to other USC Marshall MBA graduate programs and corporate contacts. Club activities take place during the day, evenings and weekends, and can include networking opportunities, social events and company visits.
CHALLENGE FOR CHARITY
Challenge for Charity (C4C) is a 32-year-old nonprofit organization that pits teams from eight elite West Coast MBA programs against each other in a year-long effort to demonstrate their commitment to community outreach and social responsibility. The challenge culminates in a weekend-long athletics competition.
The winning team takes home the coveted Golden Briefcase.
USC Marshall MBAs have won the Golden Briefcase eight of the last nine years. Since the winning streak began in 2009-10, Marshall MBAs have raised a total of more than $1.2 million for their chosen charities and volunteered more than 30,000 hours.
The Marshall Business Competition Program (MBCP) seeks to provide MBA students with the opportunity to enhance critical business and leadership skills, connect with potential employers, and put classroom learning in to practice. Each year Marshall is invited to compete in case competitions hosted by MBA programs around the country and world. In the 2015-2016 academic year, Marshall students competed in 18 case competitions, resulting in six first place and two second place finishes.
FUN IN THE CITY
Many of our new MBA students are coming to Los Angeles for the first time. We know that a move to Los Angeles can be intimidating – whether you are from Baltimore, Beijing or Bengaluru.
Los Angeles is often classified as BIG, and it is true: The city is situated in a wide desert basin, surrounded by the San Gabriel Mountain range and divided by the Santa Monica Mountains. Los Angeles County has 81 miles (130 km) of coastline and altitudes ranging from nine feet (3 m) below sea level to 10,080 feet (3,068 m) above sea level atop Mt. San Antonio.
Despite its size, Los Angeles feels much smaller, manageable and even intimate once you come to understand it.