The Impact of USC Marshall

The Impact of USC Marshall

As USC Marshall enters its centennial year in 2020, it stands poised to lead by example as a business school of the future. By every metric, Marshall continues its upward trajectory.

Excelling with Research Impact

Students at a leading research university such as USC have the unique opportunity to study under the best scholars and clinical practitioners. Many members of the faculty have literally written the book on their respective areas. The strength of USC Marshall’s academic scholarship is reflected in its top 10 ranking in the prestigious University of Texas-Dallas Jindal’s Top 100 Business School Research listing. Marshall places no. 6, among schools such as Harvard, Stanford and Wharton.

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Little wonder talented faculty choose to work for USC Marshall. The school welcomed 16 new and promoted faculty members over the summer and into the fall. These include student favorites already at Marshall as well as many award-winning scholars in their first academic appointments. “Most of the young scholars had their pick of institutions, and they chose Marshall,” said Nandini Rajagopalan, vice dean of faculty and academic affairs.  “That speaks volumes about our reputation for encouraging collaborative and innovative research that has real impact.” Your contribution can help to recruit, support and retain the best researchers and educators at Marshall and Leventhal.

Your support directly supports the recruitment and retainment of world-class faculty, who have their choice of leading business schools as their academic homes. 

Rankings Keep Rising

In 2019, USC Marshall’s full-time MBA was ranked in the top 20 best business schools in the nation, according to US News & World Report, coming in at no. 17, its highest ranking ever, placing it in the company of B-schools such as Harvard, Stanford, Wharton and NYU Stern. But its rankings rose across programs, reaching no. 14 for its part-time MBA, no. 9 for entrepreneurship, and no. 5 for the online MBA program, which launched just four years ago. Poets & Quants ranked Marshall’s online MBA #1 in the nation.

Rankings like these reflect the strategy and teamwork of the entire faculty and staff of USC Marshall. But USC Marshall also stands out in many other ways:

Identifying and Addressing Business Needs

As businesses evolve and grow, they need executive talent with the relevant skills. USC Marshall continues to be the school industries in Southern California go to first to develop this talent. A case in point: 60 years ago, food industry leaders in the west decided to create a scholarship to fund a program of higher business education for promising industry executives. They chose USC to host the program, and today the Food Industry Management program continues to thrive. But in the face of ongoing disruption of the industry, Marshall pivoted to meet the need and created the one-year Master of Food Industry Management and Leadership (MS.FIM) program, offering senior and mid-level industry executives a formal degree program, taught largely online.

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Marshall’s growing minor in Risk Management is a direct result of a specific call to action on the part of risk management professionals in Southern California. Members were retiring but the talent pipeline was running dry. USC Leventhal stepped up to create a program, introducing the vital profession of risk management to students, offering them direct access to professionals offering mentorship, internships and jobs.

With the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach a vital part of the Southern California economy, little surprise that there’s a voracious need for global supply chain experts. USC Marshall’s Center for Global Supply Chain Management sets the bar for thought leadership and education in this highly complex and in-demand arena. students in the Master of Science in Global Supply Chain Management degree program are routinely offered employment before they’ve even graduated. The program boasts near 100% placement.

Even undergraduates benefit from Marshall’s unparalleled connection with industry. Case in point: earlier this year senior professionals from Netflix sat down with select undergraduates to introduce them to the little-known field of production finance and production accounting, and to give them this message: We need you!

“We’re trying to show you the door into production finance and production accounting,” said Laurence Franks ’91, director of production finance for Netflix. “We need to increase the pool of accountants to staff the volume of shows we’re going to be producing at Netflix.”

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By supporting such programming at USC Marshall, you directly help maintain Marshall’s reputation as a top tier business school.

In Service of Veterans

Our nation’s veterans occupy a special place at USC Marshall. From our award-winning Master of Business for Veteran’s (MBV) program to our recently launched With Your Shield program, assisting retired Navy SEALS and their families as they transition into business careers, Marshall offers education and support to our men and women in uniform.

Your gift helps support innovate programming for veterans as well as the veterans themselves.

Learning how to Give

Students at USC Marshall don’t just learn best business practices, they learn how to give back.  Our Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab brought two entrepreneurs and philanthropists to campus to teach a class that gave students hands-on experience in identifying, qualifying, agreeing upon and ultimately giving $60K of donated funds to select social enterprise across Los Angeles.

Taught by former entertainment attorney Laura Fox and serial entrepreneur Ben Van de Bunt, BAEP 460 – Philanthropy and Social Impact is a class with a long waiting list. The couple donate their own money in the service of teaching students the many complicated and nuanced lessons of giving responsibly. The class, which launched in the fall of 2017, is ongoing—and now has a long wait list as its reputation has grown. This is just one example of the kind of out-of-the-box ways Marshall offers its students.

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Supporting Scholars

USC Marshall is known for putting a high value on international business know-how. Every student has the opportunity to travel abroad as part of their business studies, and many of them are helped by travel scholarships. Some students, like Jack Strauss ’19, take their love of international business to the extremes. Read about how this recent graduate, now an employee at Bain & Co., used his time at Marshall to study abroad more than once—and double major in business and Chinese.

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Thank You

Your gift to USC Marshall goes to maintain and strengthen our world class business education. It will support innovative programming, cutting edge faculty research, international learning experiences for our students, and so much more. No matter the amount, your support of USC Marshall ensures that the school will continue to thrive in its next 100 years, and continue to educate the business leaders of tomorrow.