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Ameer Khatri MBA Consultant

USC Marshall MSBA

October 9, 2023




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What is a good GMAT score for USC Marshall MSBA?

Short Answer – The average GMAT score at USC Marshall, MSBA is 712 for the last entering class. If you score above 712, you have a fair shot and you will receive an encouraging response to your profile evaluation from the admission committee. 

Long Answer – There is no such thing as a safe score, higher is always better. In our years of consulting experience, we have seen our clients with 640 getting selected into top schools like MIT SLOAN and on the other hand, someone with a 770 getting rejected too. A good benchmark that we advise all our clients to beat is the average GMAT score of the last entering class as mentioned in the Class profile published every year. Scoring above the average gets you a fair shot; 

“The higher your score, the better is it for your interview or admission chance.” 

If you plan to apply with a score below the average, then you are starting a fight with one hand tied behind your back or, say, starting a few yards behind your competitors. You can catch up in other application sections by writing outstanding essays or performing well in an interview later. But it is always nice to start ahead of the competitor. A higher GMAT score helps one gain a competitive advantage.

“What if you are from the over-represented Indian or Asian Pool?”

The over-represented candidate pool of Indian or Chinese applicants usually goes through a rigorous preparation process for GMAT, with a lot of Indian applicants scoring quite high. Hence, the overall competition and the Average score for this diaspora go up by a few notches. That is why we recommend candidates within the most over-represented profiles shoot at least 20 points higher than the school’s class profile average. 


Average Employment Salary after USC Marshall?

The average salary at USC Marshall for the last graduating class was $100,863. 96% of the class was employed within 3 months of graduation with the majority of the class going into consulting (21%), Finance (23%) and technology (29%) oriented functional roles. 

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$ 72,501 

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$ 20,030

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Tuition Fees & Scholarship at USC Marshall

The Tuition fee for USC Marshall MSBA is $72,501 and an additional  $20,030 living cost is required for sustenance. 

The USC MSBA program offers a limited amount of scholarships to admitted students. Domestic and international students are eligible and should apply early for priority scholarship consideration. You just need to answer an additional essay question within the application for admission in order to apply for the scholarship.

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USC Marshall Application Essays

Admission to USC MSBA requires the submission of three written essays and 1-minute self-introductory video. The essay questions are as follows-

  • Describe your career aspirations. What roles, companies, industries, and regions do you see yourself working in and how do you see Marshall’s MSBA program helping you achieve your goal? (250 words maximum).
  • Give us an example of a skill you acquired through self-learning, and explain how you taught yourself. (250 words maximum)
  • If there is something you would like us to know about you personally or professionally that hasn’t already been mentioned, feel free to do so here. (Optional, 250 words maximum)

1-minute self-introductory video-Please create a one-minute video addressing the following: In the Business Analytics program, we have a diverse and collaborative environment inside and outside the classroom. We also place value on creating a community with the entire Trojan Family. Please describe the contributions you expect to make during your time at USC. How will your colleagues benefit from your presence in the program?

USC Marshall Recommendation Ques.

Admission to USC Marshall MSBA requires the submission of one letter of recommendation. The letter of recommendation should be written by your professional referee who has worked with you closely to comment on your professional and managerial skills critically.

Application Process & timeline

We strongly advise all our clients to have a proper excel sheet or a timetables mapped out.
Once you are done with GMAT the entire application process usually take 4-6 weeks

Step 1

GMAT / GRE Score

2-3 months.

If you are not sure about what score to target then look at the average score of the schools you want and shoot above the average. 

Step 2

Profile Evaluation

 1-2 weeks.

Get your profile evaluated from a professional consultant and figure out what schools you can target based on your profile

Step 3

Application Prep

3-4 weeks at least. 

Start writing at least 1 month in advance of their 1st deadline. First application usually takes the longest.

Step 4

Interview Prep

1 week

School will notify you and give you roughly 1 week to schedule your interview. Ideally, start your prep ASAP and Do some mock interviews.

FAQs about USC Marshall MSBA

A few years of work experience is preferred for admission to USC Business Analytics course, but not required.

To be in the USC Business Analytics program, the applicant must have earned the equivalent of a 4-year U.S. bachelor’s degree with a competitive GPA. Applicants in the process of finishing an undergraduate degree may apply, with acceptance contingent on finishing the undergraduate degree and the ability to be physically present at the start of the program. 

The applicant needs to pay a Nonrefundable application fee of $155 to be eligible for USC Business Analytics admission. USC students/staff/alumni, US military veterans, and select other groups qualify for an application fee waiver. 

The final deadline for international students for USC Business Analytics admission may be a bit earlier than for domestic students. This is to ensure time for visa processing. 

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