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Frequently Asked Questions
Is the Online MBA program from USC Marshall the same as the part-time and full-time MBA programs?
Will graduates earn a full MBA from USC or does the Online MBA confer a different degree or diploma?
Is it possible to switch between the online and on-campus MBA programs?
Are the hours flexible enough for full-time working adults?
Can students transfer credits into the program?
Does the program have a global or international experience?
Is there any internship with companies built into the program?
Can you tell me more about the networking and interpersonal components?
Where can students outside of Los Angeles attend networking events?
Will students have the opportunity to meet with business leaders while in the program?
Are instructors’ office hours conducted online?
Is there a summer semester?
Will this online MBA program eventually be aligned with other online dual Masters programs, e.g. MS/MBA?
Is it possible to talk to students currently in the program?
Can prospective students sample the online platform?
What are the program’s technical requirements?
All students must have access to:
- A computer (Windows or Mac OS) with the latest version of any of these browsers
- Headset or built-in speakers & microphone
- HD Webcam
- Broadband/high speed internet (1.5mbps minimum/3mbps preferred)
Curriculum and Participation
How many courses are required to complete the program?
What is the maximum number of units you can take each semester? Minimum?
Is each course comprised of individual topics taught one at a time?
Can students pursue a concentration?
Can students take elective courses?
If an individual chooses to pursue concentration, will the degree be conferred at the end of the five semesters, or will it be conferred upon finishing all courses?
Are the live online class meetings required?
If I miss a live lecture, will a recorded version of the lecture be available?
Will live class times vary, or will they be primarily in the morning or the evening?
When will the on-campus one-week residential take place for students beginning the program in Spring 2021?
How often are students required to attend class on campus?
When does each semester begin once I finish the on-campus session?
For students who have completed GSBA-501, all Online MBA required courses will follow a semester schedule during these date periods.
Read more about important admission dates and deadlines.
Does the program conclude with a thesis, test, case study or project?
Can you expound on the international emphasis of the program?
Does this program feature guest lecturers?
What speakers visit campus?
What percentage of an Online MBA course consists of group work?
How big are the teams on average when split into group projects?
Can students graduate with dual degrees?
How soon after applying should I expect to receive an admissions decision?
When would you recommend submitting an application by?
What are the upcoming start dates for the program?
I recently submitted transcripts to another online graduate program at USC Marshall. Would I have to resend my official transcripts to apply to the Online MBA?
Can you tell us about the backgrounds of your current students?
What is your average GRE or GMAT score? Is there a minimum?
Can the GMAT or GRE be waived for those with extensive work experience?
A completed application (including GMAT or GRE score) must be submitted before an admissions decision can be made. A few applicants may be granted a GMAT waiver if specific criteria are met. Read more about our current admissions requirements.
If you have any questions about the waiver requirements or process, please contact an enrollment counselor.
What is the Executive Assessment (EA)?
The Executive Assessment (EA) is designed to evaluate business school readiness and focuses on skills that are critical both at work and school: higher-order reasoning, critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving. Because the EA was designed specifically for experienced professionals, it requires modest preparation, takes only 90 minutes to complete and includes flexible rescheduling options. The test is administered by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), creators of the GMAT exam.
Applicants who receive high scores on the assessment will be considered strong candidates for the waiver, but there is no minimum score to qualify. We recommend uploading an unofficial copy of your Executive Assessment scores with your application as well as having your official scores sent directly to USC Marshall.
USC Marshall Online MBA Program Code: 389-9C-23
Read more about our current admissions requirements.
Is there an average GPA for the program?
Are the letters of recommendation confidential and submitted directly to Marshall?
If we receive additional letters of recommendation above and beyond the required three, will they be accepted?
When I ask for letters of recommendation, how long can I estimate the process will take for the person? What information do they need in terms of the way in which they will send the letter?
Should letters of recommendation have an emphasis? For example, should each letter focus on a different area of a prospective student’s abilities?
If a candidate is local and chosen for a final interview, is the interview still conducted online, or are they brought in for an in-person interview?
Who conducts the online interview?
Is there a specific type of work experience that is preferred?
How are applicants from a STEM background perceived in the admission process?
Do graduating students participate in a commencement ceremony?
Tuition & Fees
What is the tuition cost of the program?
Is the tuition for the Online MBA the same as the full-time campus program?
Is the application fee waived for USC alums? How about for veterans?
Are online students considered for scholarships and fellowships?
There are a couple of scholarships that the university offers for our graduate students. Online MBA students are eligible for these options. Typically, those are Alumni Club scholarships. Students can apply for them in the fall semester. We will offer scholarships to new students with a GMAT score of 640 or higher or a GRE score of 315 or higher. The amount of the scholarship will vary depending on their overall application.
We also encourage students to apply for external scholarships and forms of funding, such as completing the FAFSA. Employer reimbursement can also be accommodated. Additionally, if an applicant is a veteran, USC is a Yellow Ribbon school.
Does the USC staff and faculty tuition remission apply to this program?
What is included in the cost of the residential intensive?
The cost includes lodging, all of your breakfast and lunch, and the kick-off dinner on Sunday night. The only pieces you will need to pay for are transportation and dinner on most evenings.
Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the residential week has been cancelled for Spring 2021.