The online MBA at the University of Southern California’s Marshall Business School offers students a global- and entrepreneurial-focused business education.
“That means we encourage innovative ideas from faculty, staff, and students in educational programs and courses, and in research and teaching content,” Patricia H. Mills, Vice-Dean of Online Learning and Executive Education at the Marshall School of Business, says. “That approach led to the integrated curriculum that was designed and produced with collaboration from corporate focus groups, faculty, instructional designers, and media specialists.”
The Marshall OMBA takes roughly 21 months to complete, with an estimated weekly time commitment of 25 hours per week.
Marshall OMBAs kick off their first year with the Residential Intensive Week, an in-person experience where students complete their first course covering topics of Communication and Strategy, capped off by a case competition.
“The Residential Intensive Week gives students a wonderful opportunity to get to know their faculty and all of their classmates in person before completing the rest of the program, which is equally interactive but entirely online,” Miriam Burgos, Professor and Academic Director for the Marshall Online MBA, says.
After the first course, Marshall OMBAs take five additional courses, one per semester, to complete their degree. Each of the five courses cover four subject areas that pertain to a central theme. The five courses include Fundamental of Business, Opportunity Recognition and Implementation, Managing Inside the Firm, Managing Outside the Firm, and Business Environment and Leadership.
Globalization has been a priority for USC Marshall for the last 25 years, with the b-school investing heavily in programs, centers, and intellectual capital emphasizing global issues.
“Our student body and faculty are globally diverse and value global experiences,” Mills says. “The University of Southern California is one of the most international universities in the world with a commitment to increasing its global presence.”
And the emphasis on global issues is prevalent in the Tepper OMBA coursework.
In “Opportunity Recognition and Development,” students identify and implement new business opportunities on a global scale.
In “The Role of the Manager,” students are introduced to business issues facing global executives today including marketing and communications concepts, analysis of financial statements, operational assessments, innovation and technology management, and strategic growth initiatives in a global economy.
Just this year, a group of Marshall OMBAs participated in a trip to China and Hong Kong, visiting seven different business including Volkswagen and Huawei.
“Advancing Marshall’s position as an innovator and leader in global business education requires cultivating a global mindset among faculty and students, creating and delivering global educational experiences, and producing research that speaks to global business issues,” Mills says.
OMBAs have extensive resources available to them in career planning.
Two corporate career coaches work individually with Marshall OMBAs in planning for their career goals.
Additionally, OMBAs can join the USC Marshall and Leventhal Alumni Association, or “The Network,” on day one of their enrollment as Marshall students. Membership in The Network gives students access to the world-wide USC alumni network, including events that take place across the U.S. and all over the world.
Located in Los Angeles, Marshall has deep ties to the neighboring region allowing students to access a number of opportunities.
“USC’s location in Los Angeles gives students the opportunity to interact with businesses and nonprofit organizations, in classes, as interns, and in other experiential ways,” Mills says. “It gives faculty the opportunity to acquire and create knowledge through research, writing cases, and developing other curricular materials.”