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The USC Marshall network is unparalleled, particularly for anyone wanting to be in business in Southern California. The connections I have now as a Trojan alum are likely to be the basis of many future successes in my business career. Additionally, the level of sacrifice that all students make in the part-time program creates a truly unique environment in which to meet people and develop relationships. The people I met in the MBA PM program at Marshall, whether they were fellow students, alums, or faculty and staff, are the singular best thing I received out of this degree. These people are now my advisors, my partners, my friends, and they will be my business cohorts for decades to come; I wouldn't trade them for anything.
The morale of part-time students can be frequently shaken by what is often seen as preferential treatment of the full-time program, particularly in the area of career services. This is unfortunate for so many reasons, but the biggest I believe is that these feelings are often based on perceptions rather than truth and can be combated with a better communication system to all MBA programs at Marshall, both on a career services front as well as a general administrative front.
Getting to go abroad was an amazing experience. I got the opportunity to go to Japan as part of the GLOBE program, but also got to go to Cuba which was an incredible experience. On both trips, I got the opportunity to learn how business works in these countries, network with other students, and learn about doing business abroad.
I would have liked to have more variety of classes as well as additional weekend classes
Even though everyone was working full time in addition to school there were still numerous opportunities to get to know both your classmates and professors very well if you wanted to. There are also a lot of very successful alumni who spend their time with the students and open their doors if you have questions. It was a great experience.
I would include remote learning as part of the program. This would ease the stress of commuting to school from work.
The team building and leadership opportunities gave great insight into how I think as an individual and how I approach others in the work place. The part-time MBA program also gave me opportunities to examine and experience my current industry (the entertainment industry).
The program was very expensive and only included the very basic things. Some programs included books and meals which would have been great for part-time students.
The first year core program created such a strong sense of community for all of us. Many of my friends who attended other schools are lucky to know one or two other people from their MBA program, but I can call 75 peers my friends due to being in my core. Additionally, the week-long study abroad trip helped to foster close friendships with others outside of core and to strengthen our global business understanding.
The career services office could have been more supportive of the part-time students.
The network is phenomenal. The school’s embrace of inter-disciplinary and innovative new areas of study, such as Social Entrepreneurship, is exciting. The breath of campus resources and experiences open to the part time program is exceptional, even if most students don’t avail themselves of them.
The mandatory "PM Globe" trip - a class on international business combined with a consulting or research project conducted while abroad - was amazing. There were limited opportunities for additional such experiences, and demand greatly outstripped the available capacity for those additional trips.
We are required to take a global strategy course in our second year as part of the core curriculum. A part of this course is actually going overseas and visiting numerous companies. We are placed into teams and each team is given a company and given a strategic problem. We incorporate both our class learnings as well as the information we obtain when visiting the company to provide a recommendation, which is actually presented to the company. It was an incredible experience.
Online classes would offer more flexibility for students commuting from far away and could increase enrollment.
Terrific first year (core year) whereby everyone is in the same class with the same people for an entire year. Every group project involved the same people the first year. It really helped people become close and build a bond. The program did an amazing job at choosing students for their core class who all complimented each other so our class as a whole was well rounded. Each person helped motivate and encourage everyone else for success in the program and professionally. I enjoyed that all the coursework was in person so we could all share and learn from one another.
Some of the clubs and events were not as available to the part time students. It also felt like more interaction with the full time students could have been encouraged, and at times that the part time students were not as valuable to the school. I would encourage the school to put effort on improving the sentiment of the part time students that they were not catered to as much as the full time students.
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