The USC Marshall School of Business fosters an entrepreneurial and global mindset across all disciplines, and this thought-leadership starts in our faculty and student research. Our Ph.D. Program is dedicated to developing researchers who will become innovators as faculty at business schools throughout the world.

A desire to lead through research, academic potential, and personal discipline are the qualities it takes to succeed as a Marshall Ph.D. student. The new students we enroll each year embody this spirit.

This section of our website is dedicated to finding the next generation of Marshall Ph.D. students. Review the admissions information carefully and prepare an application that best expresses your academic abilities, research interests, and future goals.

Thank you for your interest in the USC Marshall Ph.D. Program. We look forward to receiving your application.

Special Notes:

Please refer to program materials section of the Marshall Ph.D. Program Application to specify the program (accounting, finance, management, marketing, operations or statistics) you would like to pursue.  Under the questions on the program materials section, you will identify your program track of interest.

Application Deadlines

December 15: Application Deadline - Accounting and Management & Organization* - deadline extended to January 15th.

January 15: Application Deadline - Data Sciences & Operations, Finance & Business Economics and Marketing

* The application deadline for all program tracks has been extended to January 19th. See special note below.

You can submit your application up until 11:59 PM PST on the deadline date. Ensure you allow for time to complete the required payment section. You must click Submit and complete the final payment information before the deadline in order to guarantee your submission is accepted.

Special Note: As of the afternoon of January 14th, there was an issue with the Liaison application system which was preventing access to the application system. This impacted multiple programs and we decided to extend the deadline for the Marshall PhD Program to Tuesday, January 19th at 11:59 pm PST. Should you have questions please email