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USC Marshall IBEAR Overview

August 11, 2023




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What is a good GMAT score for USC Marshall IBEAR MBA?

Short Answer – The average GMAT score at USC Marshall is 630 for the last entering class. If you score above 630, 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 INSEAD 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 that is below the average, then you are starting a fight with one hand tied behind your back or, let’s say, you are starting a few yards behind your competitors. You can definitely catch up in other sections of the application by writing outstanding essays or performing really 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 goes up by a few notches. That is why we recommend candidates within the most over-represented profiles to shoot at least 20 points higher than the school’s class profile average. 


Average Employment Salary after USC Marshall IBEAR MBA?

Ranging from career clubs for professional networking, community outreach, diversity and affinity groups, and social and athletic organizations, IMBA students are able to expand their network to other USC Marshall MBA graduate programs and corporate contacts. Club activities take place during the day, evenings and weekends, and can include networking opportunities, social events and company visits.

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Tuition Fees & Scholarship at USC Marshall

The Tuition fees for USC Marshall IBEAR MBA is $127,872 and an additional  $50.000 in living cost. 

All students are required to have health insurance, whether through the university plan or through another insurance provider. Students are automatically enrolled for the USC Student Health Insurance Plan upon registration each academic year–unless they show proof of another insurance plan, and the waiver is submitted by the deadline.

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USC Marshall Application Essays

  • What is your specific, immediate short-term career goal upon completion of your MBA? Please include an intended position, function, and industry in your response. (word limit: 100)
  • Please draft a letter that begins with “Dear Admissions Committee” (word limit: 600)

    This letter is meant to be your personal statement that provides the Admissions Committee with an understanding of your candidacy for Marshall beyond what is evident in other parts of your application. This essay is purposely open-ended. You are free to express yourself in whatever way you see fit. Our goal is to have an appreciation for and an understanding of each candidate in ways that are not captured by test scores, grades, and resumes.

  • Please provide any additional information you would like the admissions committee to consider. (word limit: 250)

USC Marshall Recommendation Ques.

  • Comment briefly on the context of your interaction with the applicant.
  • How do the applicant’s performance, potential, or personal qualities compare to those of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles?
  • What do you perceive as the applicant’s areas for growth?   
  • Describe the applicant’s awareness of these areas and his/her response to constructive feedback.  
  • Please include additional comments you feel will be helpful to the admissions committee.

To download the complete letter of recommendation form for Marshall Click Here

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

For a letter grade, D- or above in a course is a passing grade at Marshall. For a P/NP grade, C- is a passing grade. However, in order to graduate, you will need to have a major GPA of 2.0 and a cumulative GPA of 2.0.

Students can select 12 units from Marshall’s various academic departments (BAEP, BUCO, FBE, DSO, MOR, and MKT). Students can elect to take 12 units from the same department or from multiple departments. Acceptable business upper-division elective courses are numbered 300-499 and must be taken for a Letter Grade. Courses marked with an “X” cannot be used to satisfy the upper-division business elective requirement.

If you participate in the Marshall International Exchange Program (IEP), you can fulfill your upper-division business elective requirement. You may not fulfill business core, business minor, or general education requirements. If you study abroad through another program, including one offered by the Office of Overseas Studies, you will earn elective credit only. If you are participating in another program (such as pre-med, pre-law, a minor, or honors program) you may be eligible to fulfill some of those requirements abroad – please see an advisor for that department or program for more information. If you have a declared business emphasis, please review the business emphases website for more information on how many units can be fulfilled through an IEP program. 

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