USC Marshall School of Business

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USC Marshall School of Business
USC Marshall logo.png
Parent institution
University of Southern California
Academic affiliation
Endowment$309,000,000 (2016)
DeanGeoffrey Garrett
Academic staff
Location, ,

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
ColorsCardinal and Gold[4]

The USC Marshall School of Business is the business school of the University of Southern California. It is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.[5]

In 1997 the school was renamed following a $35 million donation from alumnus Gordon S. Marshall.[6]


The Marshall School began as the College of Commerce and Business Administration in 1920. The Graduate School of Business Administration was established in 1960.[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.

James G. Ellis was the dean from 2007 through June 30, 2019. The interim dean is Gareth James, the E. Morgan Stanley Chair in Business Administration, director of the Institute for Outlier Research in Business, and Professor of Data Sciences and Operations, who has held a number of roles in his more than 20 years at Marshall.

On June 11, 2019, it was announced that Geoffrey Garrett would be leaving the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania at the end of the 2019-2020 academic year to become dean of the Marshall School of Business.[10][11] Garrett will begin his tenure as dean of Marshall in July 2020.


The school occupies five multi-story buildings on campus: Hoffman Hall (HOH), Bridge Hall (BRI), the Accounting building (ACC), Popovich Hall (JKP) and Jill and Frank Fertitta Hall (JFF), which houses the Marshall School's undergraduate programs.[6]

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[12] in the United States. It was named after alumni J. Kristofer Popovich and Jane Hoffman Popovich for their $5 million gift.

Bridge Hall[edit]

Bridge Hall with Hoffman Hall in the background

Bridge Hall (built in 1928) housed all undergraduate offices for the Marshall School of Business until the opening of Jill & Frank Fertitta Hall in the fall of 2016. Fertitta Hall, a 104,000-square-foot, five-story building, was built expressly for Marshall's undergraduate community. It houses USC Marshall's Undergraduate student services, admissions and advisors' offices. The Office of the Dean, staff offices and a few classrooms continue to be housed at Bridge Hall.

Hoffman Hall[edit]

The H. Leslie Hoffman Hall of Business Administration, which opened in 1973 and stands eight stories tall, is the former home of the Crocker Business Library (now renamed the Gaughan & Tiberti Library on the first floor of Fertitta Hall). It is named for H. Leslie Hoffman, father of Jane Hoffman Popovich. It was designed by architect I.M. Pei. The building was extensively renovated in 2015-16 into faculty offices.



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.[13] The Global Leadership Program (GLP) comprises a two-semester seminar on business leadership in China and a spring break trip to China.[14]


Marshall's two-year full-time MBA comprises a straightforward intensive core and a diverse range of electives[15] and concentrations.[16]

USC Marshall also offers an MBA program for Professionals and Managers (MBA-PM), an online MBA (OMBA), an executive MBA (EMBA) and a one-year international MBA (IBEAR).[17]

The School offers 11 specialty master's degrees, offering specialized business education on a number of topics, including finance, business analytics, marketing, social entrepreneurship and global supply chain management.[18]

Leventhal School of Accounting

Executive Education

For individuals, Marshall Executive Education offers open enrollment programming with business certificate programs – online and in-person – geared towards professional and personal development.[19]


Ranked within the top 15 world business research institutions,[20] 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.[21]

Trojan Family[edit]

The Marshall School has more than 82,000 alumni worldwide in 123 countries.[22][23][24][25] Events at Marshall often emphasize the importance of networking within the Trojan Family.[26]


Business school rankings
Worldwide MBA
Business Insider[27]29
Bloomberg Businessweek[29]13
U.S. News & World Report[31]17
U.S. undergraduate
Bloomberg Businessweek[32]28
U.S. News & World Report[33]10

In 2019, USC Marshall's MBA program was ranked No.17 nationally by U.S. News and World Report[34] and No. 21 by Forbes.[35] In 2018, Bloomberg BusinessWeek[36] ranked USC Marshall's MBA program No. 13 nationally. In global rankings, Marshall was ranked No. 14 by Bloomberg BusinessWeek,[36] No. 18 by The Economist,[37] No. 29 by Business Insider.[38] and No. 29 by QS World University Rankings.[39]


Notable alumni[edit]

See also: List of University of Southern California people


  • 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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