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Culture

  • Our student-centered program is based on flexibility, a collegial environment, free inquiry, informed risk taking and exposes students to top quality research early in the program.
  • We employ a “learner-centered” approach, fostering intellectual partnerships between faculty and students as students hone their skills in identifying interesting research topics, conducting rigorous research, and presenting their research to academic and non-academic audiences.
  • We maintain a high faculty-to-student ratio, allowing students to receive quality mentoring and to develop research and teaching skills under the apprenticeship of renowned faculty members.
  • We strive for students to have ample co-authorship opportunities with faculty; most of our graduates produce multiple papers with faculty before graduation.
  • Students have unmatched exposure to global cultures as USC is  home to more international students than any other university in the United States.
  • Graduates join two powerful networks with unsurpassed reach: the Trojan Family, with more than 375,000 USC alumni worldwide, and the Marshall Trojan Family, with 80,000 graduates in 123 countries.

K.R. Subramanyam

K.R. Subramanyam

KPMG Professor of Accounting

 

K.R. Subramanyam epitomizes Ph.D. students mentoring at Marshall. He has been the Ph.D. advisor for several students who have received offers from top schools such as Stanford, MIT, Columbia, Duke, NYU, London Business School and Rochester, among others. He has published several papers with Ph.D. students in top journals.  Subramanyam has won multiple university-wide and Marshall School awards for Ph.D. student mentoring.

 

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Kristin Diehl

Kristin Diehl
Associate Professor of Marketing

 

“Students pursuing a Ph.D. in Marketing have access to a large group of world-class faculty members with diverse substantive and methodological interests, who are highly research active, and serve or have served as Editors, Associate Editors, or Editorial Board members of the premiere marketing journals. Ph.D. education is extremely important to all faculty members, and our goal is to develop new researchers that generate relevant and rigorous research at Marshall and later in their careers. Classes and paper requirements are designed to develop the skills necessary to achieve that goal. Further, the ratio of faculty to students allows hands-on and dedicated mentoring throughout the program from teaching technical skills to preparing students for job interviews. In addition, students in the program serve as mentors to each other, contributing to an intellectually challenging but supportive environment that allows students to reach their true potential.”

 

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Medha Raj

Medha Raj
Ph.D. Candidate in Management and Organization

 

“Joining Marshall for my Ph.D. has been, undoubtedly, one of the best experiences of my life. The Ph.D. program, although fun, can be challenging at times. Luckily for me, I’ve had a very supportive advisor, as well as great collaborators throughout my time at Marshall. The Management department has been incredibly supportive, and as a result, I have grown both personally and professionally in the last four years. I’ve been surrounded by some of the smartest people I know – and it’s been a great experience collaborating with and learning from them.”