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USC Marshall School of Business

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Type  Private
Academic affiliation  AACSB
Postgraduates  1,777
Founded  1920
Dean  James G. Ellis
Established  1920
Academic staff  181
Phone  +1 213-740-8674
Undergraduates  3,538
Colors  Gold, Cardinal
Parent institution  University of Southern California
Address  3670 Trousdale Pkwy, Los Angeles, CA 90089, USA
Parent organization  University of Southern California
Notable alumni  Rob Kardashian, Alan Casden, Jon Huntsman Sr, John B T Campbell III, Marie L Knowles
Similar  University of Southern California, UCLA Anderson School of, USC School of Cinemati, USC Viterbi School of, University of California

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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.


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The Marshall School began as the College of Commerce and Business Administration in 1920. The Graduate School of Business Administration was established in 1960. It is accredited as a business school by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The Entrepreneurship Program, the first of its kind in the United States, was established in 1972 and is internationally recognized. 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 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.

Popovich Hall

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 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

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

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


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

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.


Ranked within the top 15 world business research institutions, 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.

Trojan Family

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. Events at Marshall often emphasize the importance of networking within the Trojan Family.


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. In global rankings, Marshall was ranked No. 71 by The Economist and No. 58 by Financial Times.

Notable alumni

See also: List of University of Southern California people

  • Dan Bane (B.S. '69) Chairman and CEO of Trader Joe's
  • Marc Benioff (B.S. '86) Founder and CEO of Salesforce.com
  • John Campbell (M.B.T. '77) United States Congressman
  • Henry Caruso (B.S.) Founder of Dollar Rent-A-Car
  • Alan Casden (B.S. '68) Chairman and CEO of Casden Properties
  • Ronnie Chan (M.B.A) Chairman of Hang Lung Group and Hang Lung Properties in Hong Kong
  • Yang Ho Cho (M.B.A. '79) President and CEO of Korean Airlines and Chairman of the Hanjin Group
  • Chris DeWolfe (M.B.A. '97) Co-founder and CEO of MySpace
  • Vic Edelbrock, Jr. (B.S. '59) President and CEO of Edelbrock Automotive
  • Charles Elachi (M.B.A. '78) Director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
  • Robert M. Fomon (B.S. '51) Former Chairman and CEO of E. F. Hutton & Co. and governor of the New York Stock Exchange
  • Pat Gillick (B.S. '58) General manager of the Philadelphia Phillies
  • Ivan Glasenberg (M.B.A. '83) CEO of Glencore
  • Henry C. Gordon (M.B.A. '66) X-20 Dyna-Soar astronaut
  • Chris R. Hansen (M.B.A. '96) Founder of Valiant Capital Management
  • Dean Heller (B.S. '85) United States Senator
  • Tom Hicks (M.B.A. '70) Businessman and owner of English soccer team Liverpool F.C.
  • Bradley Wayne Hughes (B.S. '57) Founder and CEO of Public Storage
  • Jon Huntsman, Sr. (M.B.A.) Founder and Chairman of Huntsman Corporation; benefactor of the Huntsman School of Business
  • Hyekyung "Shelly" Hwang (M.B.A.) Co-founder of Pinkberry
  • Rob Kardashian (B.S. 2009) TV reality star
  • Richard Knerr (B.S. '47) Co-founder and former president of Wham-O
  • Lenny Krayzelburg (B.S. '98) Olympic gold medalist
  • Terrence Lanni (B.S. '65) Chairman and CEO of MGM Mirage
  • J. Sterling Livingston (B.S. '38) Author, management consultant and former professor at the Harvard Business School
  • Paul Locatelli (Ph.D '71) President and professor of accounting at Santa Clara University
  • Armen Margarian (B.S. 2001, M.B.A. 2006) - Co-Founder and CEO of NexusLab Inc. (an Inc.5000 Company)
  • Sri Manchala (M.B.A.) Founder and CEO of Trianz
  • Preston Martin (B.S. '47, M.B.A. '48) Founder of the PMI Mortgage Insurance Company; former Vice Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board
  • Steve McIntosh (B.S. '84) Founder and president of Now & Zen, Inc.; an influential writer in the field of integral philosophy
  • Anthony Munoz (B.S. '76) Former National Football League Offensive Lineman
  • Pat Nixon (B.S. '37) Former First Lady
  • Paul Orfalea (M.B.A. '71) Founder of Kinko's and benefactor of the Orfalea College of Business
  • Mark Prior (B.S. '04) Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Edward P. Roski (B.S. '62) Chairman and CEO of Majestic Realty Co., part owner of the Los Angeles Kings and Los Angeles Lakers
  • Steve Saleen (B.S.) Founder and CEO of Saleen Performance, Inc.
  • Michele Tafoya (M.B.A. '91) ESPN sportscaster
  • Kevin Tsujihara (B.S. '86) CEO of Warner Bros.
  • Ronald N. Tutor (B.S. '63) Chairman and CEO of Tutor Perini Corporation
  • Faculty

  • 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.
  • References

    USC Marshall School of Business Wikipedia