USC Marshall School of Business

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USC Marshall School of Business
USC Marshall logo.png
Type Private
Established 1920
Parent institution
University of Southern California
Academic affiliation
Dean James G. Ellis
Academic staff
Undergraduates 3,538[1]
Postgraduates 1,777[2]
Location Los Angeles, California, U.S.
34°01′14″N 118°17′08″W / 34.02051°N 118.28563°W / 34.02051; -118.28563Coordinates: 34°01′14″N 118°17′08″W / 34.02051°N 118.28563°W / 34.02051; -118.28563
Colors Cardinal and Gold[4]

The USC Marshall School of Business is the business school of the University of Southern California. The current Dean is James G. Ellis. In 1997 the school was renamed following a $35 million donation from alumnus Gordon S. Marshall.[5]


The Marshall School began as the College of Commerce and Business Administration in 1920. The Graduate School of Business Administration was established in 1960.[5] It is accredited as a business school by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.[6] The Entrepreneurship Program, the first of its kind in the United States,[7] was established in 1972 and is internationally recognized.[8] It has now been renamed The Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. The Pacific RIM Education (PRIME) program was implemented in 1997 as the first ever MBA course of its kind[9] to require all first year full-time MBA students to participate in an international experience.

The Leventhal School of Accounting was formed within the school on February 7, 1979. All of its classes are offered at the University Park campus in Los Angeles.


The school occupies five multi-story buildings on campus: Hoffman Hall, Bridge Hall, the Accounting building, Popovich Hall and Jill and Frank Fertitta Hall, which houses the Marshall School's undergraduate programs.[5]

Popovich Hall[edit]

This is the main building of the Marshall School's MBA programs. The $20 million, 55,000 square feet (5,100 m2) building opened in 1999 as one of the most technologically advanced business school buildings[10] in the United States. It was named after alumni J. Kristofer Popovich and Jane Hoffman Popovich for their $5 million gift. The hall provides state-of-the-art technology and eight case-study rooms fully equipped with audio-video teleconferencing devices, 13 Experiential Learning classrooms capable of transmitting lectures and presentations throughout the building, more than 1,100 data connections outlets throughout the building, a courtyard, and more than 15 miles (24 km) of fiber-optic and cable wiring in its Modern Career Resource Center.

Bridge Hall[edit]

Bridge Hall with Hoffman Hall in the background

Bridge Hall houses all undergraduate offices for the Marshall School of Business, which includes the Office of the Dean, Office of Admissions, and the Department of Finance & Business Economics. It also houses a number of classrooms including the original Experiential Learning classrooms.

Hoffman Hall[edit]

The H. Leslie Hoffman Hall of Business Administration, which opened in 1973 and stands eight stories tall, houses the Crocker Business Library and Computer Services. It is named for H. Leslie Hoffman, father of Jane Hoffman Popovich. It was designed by renowned architect I.M. Pei.



The Marshall School offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. There are several joint programs that offer studies with International Relations and Cinematic Arts in combination with Business Administration. New students take a business core and have other time to fulfill the USC Core and take elective classes.

The undergraduate program offers a variety of international opportunities.[11] The Global Leadership Program (GLP) comprises a two-semester seminar on business leadership in China and a spring break trip to China.[12]


Marshall's two-year full-time MBA comprises a straightforward intensive core and a diverse range of electives[13] and concentrations.[14]

Leventhal School of Accounting

Executive Education

For individuals, Marshall Executive Education offers innovative open enrollment programming with a wide variety of business certificate programs – online and in-person – geared towards professional and personal development.[15]


Ranked within the top 15 world business research institutions,[16] the Marshall School offers a full-time doctoral program within the five academic departments. The program generally lasts 4–5 years with up to two years of dissertation. Along working with notable faculty, doctoral students also receive substantial financial aid, such as graduate assistantship and a living stipend, during their study.[17]

Trojan Family[edit]

The Marshall School has more than 82,000 alumni worldwide in 123 countries. Its members consider themselves part of the larger USC Trojan family, itself 345,000-strong. This robust network is often cited by alumni as a factor in their successful job searches.[18][19][20][21] Events at Marshall often emphasize the importance of networking within the Trojan Family.[22]


Business school rankings
U.S. undergraduate business
Bloomberg Businessweek[23] 28
U.S. News & World Report[24] 10
Bloomberg Businessweek[25] 25
Forbes[26] 38
U.S. News & World Report[27] 31
Worldwide MBA
Business Insider[28] 32
Economist[29] 71
Financial Times[30] 52

For 2015, national rankings of Marshall's MBA program include No. 38 by Forbes, No. 21 by Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and No. 25 by U.S. News and World Report.[27] In global rankings, Marshall was ranked No. 71 by The Economist[31] and No. 58 by Financial Times.[30]


Notable alumni[edit]

See also: List of University of Southern California people


  • Warren Bennis – Distinguished Professor of Business Administration; named the "dean of leadership gurus" by Forbes magazine
  • Richard B. Chase – Justin Dart Professorship in Operations Management
  • Thomas W. Gilligan – E. Morgan Stanley Chair in Business Administration
  • William Holder – Ernst & Young Professorship in Accounting
  • Lloyd Levitin – Professor of Finance
  • Kenneth Merchant – Deloitte & Touche LLP Chair in Accountancy
  • Ian Mitroff – Harold Quinton Distinguished Chair in Business Policy and Professor of Management and Organization
  • Kevin J. Murphy – Kenneth L. Trefftzs Chair in Finance
  • Kirk Snyder - Assistant Professor of Clinical Management Communication; expert on LGBT issues.
  • Gerard Tellis – Jerry and Nancy Neely Chair in American Enterprise
  • S. Mark Young – KPMG Foundation Professorship in Accounting, Marshall School of Business.

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business". Retrieved May 12, 2010. 
  3. ^ "USC Marshall – FAQ". Retrieved May 12, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Graphic Identity Program". University of Southern California. Retrieved January 31, 2008. 
  5. ^ a b c As of May 13, 2010. "University of Southern California—Marshall School of Business" (PDF). Economists. Retrieved March 13, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Schools Accredited in Business - ordered by name". Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Retrieved 2014-10-19. 
  7. ^ "Alumnus honored by Entrepreneur Program". Retrieved 2012-04-25. 
  8. ^ "Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies". Retrieved 2012-04-25. 
  9. ^ "Pacific Rim International Management Education". Retrieved 2012-04-25. 
  10. ^ Architecture Yearbook 7
  11. ^
  12. ^ [1] Archived June 13, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ "USC Schedule of Classes". Retrieved 2012-04-25. 
  14. ^ "Concentrations and Certificate Programs". Retrieved 2012-04-25. 
  15. ^ "USC Marshall Executive Education". USC Marshall. Retrieved July 25, 2011. 
  16. ^ [2] Archived October 13, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  17. ^ "PhD Program | Ph.D Program at Marshall | USC Marshall School of Business". Retrieved 2013-04-12. 
  18. ^ "The Trojan Family Network - Connecting The USC Trojan Family". Retrieved 2012-04-25. 
  19. ^ "Trojan Connections". Retrieved 2012-04-25. 
  20. ^ "Pasadena Playhouse Executive Board". Retrieved 2012-04-25. 
  21. ^ "University of Southern California Student Reviews". Retrieved 2012-04-25. 
  22. ^ "USC Marshall Career Development - Connecting The USC Trojan Family". Retrieved 2012-04-25. 
  23. ^ "The Complete Ranking: Best Undergraduate Business Schools". Bloomberg Businessweek. 2016. Retrieved 2016-08-09. 
  24. ^ "Best Undergraduate Business Programs Rankings". U.S. News & World Report. 2015. Retrieved 2016-08-09. 
  25. ^ "Best Business Schools 2015". Bloomberg Businessweek. 2015. Retrieved 2016-02-06. 
  26. ^ "The Best Business Schools". Forbes. 2015. Retrieved 2016-02-06. 
  27. ^ a b "Best Business Schools". U.S. News & World Report. 2015. Retrieved 2016-02-06. 
  28. ^ "The 50 best business schools in the world". Business Insider. 2015. Retrieved 2016-02-06. 
  29. ^ "Full time MBA ranking". Economist. 2015. Retrieved 2016-02-06. 
  30. ^ a b "Global MBA Ranking". Financial Times. 2016. Retrieved 2016-02-06. 
  31. ^ "Which MBA? University of Southern California – Marshall School of Business". The Economist. Retrieved 15 July 2014. 

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