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Marshall Pathways

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Marshall is the place for you!

What is MPP?

The Marshall Pathways Program (MPP) is the first Undergraduate Admissions initiative designed to assist underrepresented Black and African—American undergraduate students successfully transfer to USC Marshall. Marshall Admissions partners with USC Enrollment Services Division to identify students who were on the cusp of being admitted to USC as freshmen, and invite these high achieving students to apply to USC as sophomore transfer students. MPP was founded in 2019 by Marshall Undergraduate Admissions,  and since its inception, MPP students have transformed the USC Marshall community by excelling both inside and outside of the classroom.

Through this invitation-only program, you will be fully engaged with the USC community, involved in Marshall opportunities, and become a lifelong Trojan. The Marshall Undergraduate Admissions team will partner with you through various activities to ensure that you are well prepared to begin your journey at Marshall as a sophomore. 

 

Marshall Pathways Admission Requirements:

  • Complete a minimum of 30 transferable semester units or 45 transferable quarter units at a first year school of your choice
  • Complete a Lower Division writing course and a Business Calculus course with a grade of B or better
  • Maintain a 3.6 cumulative grade point average
  • Continuous engagement with MPP programs

Opportunities:

  • Individualized transfer counseling session with Marshall Admissions Counselors
  • Invitations to exclusive MPP events 
  • Partnership with USC Center for Black Cultural Student Affairs
  • Partnership with USC Black Alumni Association
  • Scholarship Opportunities
  • Internship, Externship, and recruitment opportunities
  • Global opportunities
  • Academic Tutoring and Support
  • Faculty, Staff, and Peer Mentoring
  • Marshall Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Support
Global Opportunities

Kim Tyler

 

Transfer International Experience (TIE)

Marshall Pathways Students have the opportunity to join TIE as early as their first year on campus. TIE is a 2-unit Marshall elective course offered in the spring semester. Students learn about the value chain and ecosystem of a particular industry, with a focus on developing skills to assess the global marketplace. At the end of the semester, students take an 8-day capstone trip to Japan for company visits.

International Exchange Program (IEP)

Spending a semester overseas is also available for all Marshall Pathways Students. Students are immersed in a different culture, form friendships, develop a global perspective and experience stimulating new surroundings while taking business classes. Business coursework will apply towards USC Marshall graduation requirements. All instruction is in English.

Winslow-Maxwell Summer Internship Program

Starting the first summer at USC, Marshall Pathways Students have the opportunity to apply for a summer internship with a wide range of industries in Berlin, London, Dublin, Madrid, Singapore, Sydney, Hong Kong, and other international cities. From small tech start-ups to multinational investment banks, placements are available based on interests and professional goals of the student.

Global Brigades @ Marshall

A week-long global service learning program that aims to improve sustainability and the human condition in rural Panama and Ghana; Students work with a local micro-enterprise to improve business success and sustainability.

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Career Support

Pathway Career

 

Marshall Pathway Students have access to both USC Career Service as well Marshall Career Sources. In additional to the university wide career support, Marshall Career Services offers programs such as Career Advantage Program (CAP), which pairs alumni mentors who are senior professionals in the fields of students' interests, and the Marshall Recruiter Reception, which provides students the opportunity to talk to recruiters in a professional yet intimate setting.

It's no wonder Marshall graduates are in such high demand. Their experience is real-world, hands-on, and unassailable.

90%

46%

Of Marshall students have at least one internship Of Marshall students have three or more internships
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Living at USC

Pathway Living at USC

 

Housing is available for undergraduate students. Residential halls or apartments, on or near USC, are popular choices for sophomores. You will be living, studying, and socializing with fellow Trojans. You will be building the foundation for your contributions to the Marshall Alumni Network which is 91,000 strong.

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Tariq Ligon

Flexibility of Marshall Schedule

"During my first semester at USC I took a class called: Hip-Hop Music and Culture. For the final, we were asked to create a rap track and I fell in love with creating music ever since. After discovering that I was passionate about songwriting, I never stopped writing lyrics. If it wasn’t for this class, I would’ve never discovered one of my biggest passions! It is important to take advantage of USC’s general education requirements and choose classes that you find interesting. You can pursue your business degree and find a minor in a variety of fields."

- Tariq Ligon, Class of 2023

New Haven, CT

 

Marlasia Hewett

Business Major, Music Minor

"My transfer into USC has been absolutely amazing! I came here to study Business Administration and explore my personal interest in the music industry and have been able to do just that! After releasing my first EP, I thought it would be great to learn how to produce, so I took MTEC 245: Introduction to Midi Sequencing and learned a lot about the fundamentals of beat-making. I also enrolled in MUIN 272: Basics of the Music Industry, which taught me an unbelievable amount about the music business. This class also connected me with Alumni and other students who have given me further insight on what it means to be an independent artist! In ECON 351: Microeconomics of Business, I learned a great deal about consumer choices and the motivations and tactics of firms. All of these classes were incredible because of the Trojan family. Even in a remote climate, everyone has been so kind and supportive and has truly made me feel welcome at USC!"

- Marlasia Hewett, Class of 2023

Nashville, TN

Tokyo Japan

International Trip

"I spent my spring break in Tokyo on the TIE trip. We visited different companies and got a taste of the Japanese business culture. To my surprise, there were many similarities between Japanese and American business practices. I took particular notice of some of the social norms. It is expected that people remain quiet in public places, which is different from the LA environment to which I am accustomed. Overall, it was an amazing experience and one I would recommend to any students who have this opportunity."

- Ashley Childress, Class of 2021

Long Beach, CA 

Jada Sefah

Extracurricular Opportunities at USC

"I joined USC’s Army ROTC program because I wanted to build my leadership skills. I wanted to inspire people to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more. My BUAD 302 course (Business Communication) really helped me to develop additional leadership skills and gave me the confidence to create my own college consulting business. My love for helping prospective college students ultimately led me to become a Student Ambassador in the USC Admissions Center, where I am able to share all of the opportunities that USC and Marshall have to offer."

- Jada Sefah, Class of 2023

Morristown, New Jersey

Antonio Okeke

Leadership and Internship Opportunities at Marshall

"I am a Teaching Assistant for Business Communications and as the Director of Relations for BusinessSC, which is a student led organization that launched this past Spring for Trojans from diverse backgrounds. We are able to grow our social capital in the professional world by acquainting ourselves with prominent figures and executives in a wide range of enterprises ranging from entertainment to technology to social entrepreneurship. I am also the Operations Intern for the City of LA, in the Mayor's Office. My advice to MPP Students is, 'the idea of a late start merely exists in the mind, because in reality, it is simply the right time.' This is the  time for your flame to ignite. Fight On!"

- Antonio Okeke, Class of 2023

Las Vegas, Nevada

Tariq Ligon

Flexibility of Marshall Schedule

"During my first semester at USC I took a class called: Hip-Hop Music and Culture. For the final, we were asked to create a rap track and I fell in love with creating music ever since. After discovering that I was passionate about songwriting, I never stopped writing lyrics. If it wasn’t for this class, I would’ve never discovered one of my biggest passions! It is important to take advantage of USC’s general education requirements and choose classes that you find interesting. You can pursue your business degree and find a minor in a variety of fields."

- Tariq Ligon, Class of 2023

New Haven, CT

 

Marlasia Hewett

Business Major, Music Minor

"My transfer into USC has been absolutely amazing! I came here to study Business Administration and explore my personal interest in the music industry and have been able to do just that! After releasing my first EP, I thought it would be great to learn how to produce, so I took MTEC 245: Introduction to Midi Sequencing and learned a lot about the fundamentals of beat-making. I also enrolled in MUIN 272: Basics of the Music Industry, which taught me an unbelievable amount about the music business. This class also connected me with Alumni and other students who have given me further insight on what it means to be an independent artist! In ECON 351: Microeconomics of Business, I learned a great deal about consumer choices and the motivations and tactics of firms. All of these classes were incredible because of the Trojan family. Even in a remote climate, everyone has been so kind and supportive and has truly made me feel welcome at USC!"

- Marlasia Hewett, Class of 2023

Nashville, TN

Tokyo Japan

International Trip

"I spent my spring break in Tokyo on the TIE trip. We visited different companies and got a taste of the Japanese business culture. To my surprise, there were many similarities between Japanese and American business practices. I took particular notice of some of the social norms. It is expected that people remain quiet in public places, which is different from the LA environment to which I am accustomed. Overall, it was an amazing experience and one I would recommend to any students who have this opportunity."

- Ashley Childress, Class of 2021

Long Beach, CA 

Jada Sefah

Extracurricular Opportunities at USC

"I joined USC’s Army ROTC program because I wanted to build my leadership skills. I wanted to inspire people to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more. My BUAD 302 course (Business Communication) really helped me to develop additional leadership skills and gave me the confidence to create my own college consulting business. My love for helping prospective college students ultimately led me to become a Student Ambassador in the USC Admissions Center, where I am able to share all of the opportunities that USC and Marshall have to offer."

- Jada Sefah, Class of 2023

Morristown, New Jersey

Antonio Okeke

Leadership and Internship Opportunities at Marshall

"I am a Teaching Assistant for Business Communications and as the Director of Relations for BusinessSC, which is a student led organization that launched this past Spring for Trojans from diverse backgrounds. We are able to grow our social capital in the professional world by acquainting ourselves with prominent figures and executives in a wide range of enterprises ranging from entertainment to technology to social entrepreneurship. I am also the Operations Intern for the City of LA, in the Mayor's Office. My advice to MPP Students is, 'the idea of a late start merely exists in the mind, because in reality, it is simply the right time.' This is the  time for your flame to ignite. Fight On!"

- Antonio Okeke, Class of 2023

Las Vegas, Nevada