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Real-World Learning

Real-World Learning

Over its 100-year history, Marshall has forged deep ties with dynamic companies and business leaders, not only in southern California, but across the country and all around the world, creating unlimited opportunities for its students across a broad range of industries.

USC Marshall integrates its core curriculum with a spectrum of hands-on learning opportunities so that our students can take what they learn in the classroom and apply it to the real world, in real time. In the process, they learn more about themselves, the dynamics of teams, and the broader societal context in which business operates. Learning by doing prepares Marshall graduates to be immediately ready to thrive and excel in the workplace.

Turning Ideas Into Outcomes

Turning Ideas Into Outcomes

More than 94 percent of MBAs found employment  within  three months of graduation, with nearly half landing at tech, media and entertainment companies like Google, Amazon, Disney and NBCUniversal. Investments in new career resources at the undergraduate level  helped 97 percent of Marshall undergrads land jobs.


Marshall’s Institutes and Centers are thought leaders generating research and insights for the classroom and the real world right now.

  • The Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab is a Center of Excellence at the USC Marshall School of Business building an ecosystem of students and professionals equipped with the business skills and resources to advance market-based approaches to pressing societal issues. Through education, community building, research, professional development, and narrative change, the Lab is a nucleus for social impact at Marshall, USC, and beyond.

Real World — Right Now

The Rise of Risk Management

As managing risk has become a core component of business strategy, USC Marshall’s Arkley Institute for Risk Management is introducing a new generation of future business leaders to the field through education, mentorship, and jobs.



“I created GEMS because I think a lot of learning obviously happens in class, but a lot of it also happens outside the classroom. The goal is to help propel our students toward meaningful and impactful future careers.”

— Michael Paranal MBT '06, Assistant Professor of Clinical Accounting

Marshall has been a leader in experiential learning for decades. Our student advised investment funds are a perfect example of Marshall's commitment to real-world learning. Students are afforded for-credit opportunities to manage in real time. SIF and USIF are year-long programs designed for students seeking careers in investment management, corporate finance, financial consulting, and other careers.


  • Joint Degrees
    Teaching + Innovation

    Joint Degrees

    USC Marshall has taken the lead in creating innovative new joint-degree programs that leverage the IP of University of Southern California schools like the top-ranked Viterbi School of Engineering and the renowned School of Cinematic Arts. More partnerships are on the horizon, as Marshall continues to offer undergraduates an educational experience designed to meet student interest and marketplace demand.