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Although hard to quantify or truly understand until one has experienced it first hand, the USC program is unique because of the network created by the "Trojan Family." USC students, faculty, and staff are incredibly committed to the success of the larger USC community and as a result the professional and personal support is immense. I loved that our class really worked for collective success, not just individual gain. The faculty was engaged and engaging and I believe that they truly expect that we will continue to call on them for support throughout our careers. This experience was life changing not only because of the professional opportunities that it helped to create, but because of the way the experience changed my own lens of how I view myself.
I would encourage more cold calling, which would lead to increased participation and also make the program a little more academically challenging.
The USC Network blew me away. I could not believe how strong that connection is. I'll be a Trojan for life no matter what city my career path takes me. Also, the diversity of the class-maters provided a very unique and rewarding experience.
There were certain subject areas that there were only a few sessions of teaching. Assess through students which topics they enjoy more than others. Keep the core intact, but use the data to spend more time focusing on topics students want to learn more about.
The "theme" approach was very unique and really enhanced the program. It was the right approach for working managers which emphasized the inter dependencies between subjects and how they intertwine in the work place.
There was lack of service from the career center especially when compared to the other MBA programs. More emphasis, services, and events were provided to other MBA programs. The EMBA seemed to be left out.
Marshall offers exceptional classmates and classes offered with great and practical content by world class professors or successful businessman and/or CEOs. I am extremely impressed with the level and quality of education that was offered at the USC EMBA program. The USC Trojan Network is such a great network and hard to describe with words or numbers. We have many executives in our class from different industries who support each other unconditionally in an academically stimulating environment. The USC EMBA program is without a doubt the best EMBA program in the US with the most diverse and successful student and professor list.
Although the networking events are plentiful, I wish there would have been more opportunities to visit the main campus as part of the curriculum.
The class was taught as a cohort. The students remained together throughout the program and professors cycled through. This allowed us to create strong bonds and friendships with peers in the program.
It would have been nice to have the ability to pick electives, but the theme based approach gave me more applicable content and enriched the learning.
The generalist approach worked very well for me. I now know enough to have an intelligent conversation about practically all areas of management, be that finance, marketing, supply chain or others. Entrepreneurship was very well taught.
Career/recruiting services of USC were more geared to full-time MBAs than EMBAs. I believe this is a question of USC's focus more than the EMBA program specifically. We were the last class which did not start the program with digital delivery of reading materials as an option. That was addressed in the second year, and digital delivery of materials is now standard for the program going forward.
The international experience in Beijing was exceptional; I really enjoyed the trip as a complement to the strategy and operations courses. The USC network is absolutely incredible, I'm saying this as an alumni of Claremont McKenna College (B.A. Physics/Economics) and the University of Colorado (M.Eng.).
Although it was a work in progress, I prefer digital documents rather than paper binders. Customization instruction based on the dynamic/demographic of the class. I would have enjoy particular themes better if we spent more time on particular subject matters that we either lacked or excelled. All of our classmates have great talents. But in hindsight there were lots of opportunities to tap into my classmates' mind. I just would like more of it during class time.
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