MPP Students

Marshall Pathways

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What is MPP?

The Marshall Pathways Program (MPP) is the first Undergraduate Admissions initiative designed to provide inclusive support for prospective transfer students throughout the application process and the first year of matriculation.

The Marshall Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach office partners with USC’s Enrollment Services Division to identify students who were on the cusp of being admitted to USC as freshmen and invite these high achieving students to apply to USC as sophomore transfer students to the Marshall School of Business.

The MPP exemplifies our commitment to attract the world’s top talent and to nurture a dynamic learning environment. Invited students demonstrate exceptional scholarship and receive targeted support aimed at exposing them to different industries and to the unparalleled strength of the Marshall Community. Participants receive transfer counseling, regular check-ins, and an opportunity to immerse themselves in Marshall’s culture.

MPP was founded in 2019 by the Marshall Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach Office and, since its inception, MPP students have transformed the USC Marshall community by excelling both inside and outside of the classroom.


USC Marshall Transfer Admission Requirements

  • Complete a minimum of 30 transferable semester units or 45 transferable quarter units at an accredited two or four year school of your choice
  • Complete a Lower Division writing course (Writ 130/150) and a Business Calculus course (Math118 or Math125) with a grade of B or better.
    • AP Calculus AB (NOT the AB subscore) or BC exam score of 4 or higher will satisfy the minimum calculus requirement
  • Maintain a 3.6 cumulative grade point average in all classes with minimum B grades in Math and Writing
  • Continuous engagement with MPP programs
  • Please refer to the USC articulation documents for prospective course equivalency
    • We use articulation histories which displays which courses have historically transferred from various colleges/universities. This is not a guaranteed agreement. Instead, it is a guide to understand which courses may or may not transfer.
    • We use articulation agreements which displays which courses are guaranteed to transfer to USC from approved California Community Colleges.


MPP Opportunities:

  • Individualized transfer counseling session with Marshall Admissions Directors
  • Invitations to exclusive MPP events 
  • Academic Success Programming and Support
  • Transfer Admission and Enrollment Mentorship

Marshall Opportunities:

USC Marshall is the #1 comprehensive undergraduate business program (according to Poets & Quants 2023 Rankings), giving students access to STEM certified curriculum and unparalleled resources in real-world learning, global opportunities, tech fluency, interdisciplinary studies, and human leadership.

Real World Learning:

Marshall’s Experiential Learning Center (ELC) is a behavioral laboratory that enables students to learn critical management skills by participating in “business-like” activities that complement their classroom instruction. Topics covered include group decision-making, problem solving, making presentations, and business negotiations just to name a few.

Tech Fluency

Marshall has made extraordinary investments to be at the forefront of educating future business leaders to take full advantage of the unprecedented opportunities made possible by technological change, while also responding to the far-reaching societal change innovation often generates. This includes courses dedicated providing robust insights into blockchain, artificial intelligence, fintech, starting and managing tech-based businesses, digital communication, data systems, and marketing management systems.

Interdisciplinary Studies

Students at USC Marshall have the freedom to do more. Our curriculum gives you the flexibility to create an educational experience tailored to you needs. Marshall students have access to specialized courses beyond core requirements in business communication, entrepreneurship & innovation, finance, international relations, leadership & innovation, marketing real estate finance, and risk management.

Additionally, the Business Administration program allows students to utilize 32 free electives for the pursuit of knowledge outside Marshall including minors, double majors, and progressive masters programs within USC’s 17 top ranking academic schools.

Human Leadership

The Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab (BSEL) was founded in 2008 and has become one of the world’s leading research and teaching institutions on social enterprise. Through education, community building, research, professional development and narrative change, the Lab is a hub for social impact at Marshall, USC and beyond. The BSEL has invested in creating a network of 13,000 social entrepreneurs and socially-minded leaders from over 25 countries and over 100 social enterprises have been founded through the BSEL.

Global Opportunities

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Transfer International Experience (TIE)

Marshall Pathways Students have the opportunity to join TIE as early as their first year on campus. TIE is a 2-unit Marshall elective course offered in the spring semester. Students learn about the value chain and ecosystem of a particular industry, with a focus on developing skills to assess the global marketplace. At the end of the semester, students take an 8-day capstone trip to Japan for company visits.

International Exchange Program (IEP)

Spending a semester overseas is also available for all Marshall Pathways Students. Students are immersed in a different culture, form friendships, develop a global perspective and experience stimulating new surroundings while taking business classes. Business coursework will apply towards USC Marshall graduation requirements. All instruction is in English.

Winslow-Maxwell Summer Internship Program

Starting the first summer at USC, Marshall Pathways Students have the opportunity to apply for a summer internship with a wide range of industries in Berlin, London, Dublin, Madrid, Singapore, Sydney, Hong Kong, and other international cities. From small tech start-ups to multinational investment banks, placements are available based on interests and professional goals of the student.

Global Brigades @ Marshall

A week-long global service learning program that aims to improve sustainability and the human condition in rural Panama and Ghana; Students work with a local micro-enterprise to improve business success and sustainability.

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Career Support

Pathway Career


Marshall Pathway Students have access to both USC Career Service as well Marshall Career Sources. In additional to the university wide career support, Marshall Career Services offers programs such as Career Advantage Program (CAP), which pairs alumni mentors who are senior professionals in the fields of students' interests, and the Marshall Recruiter Reception, which provides students the opportunity to talk to recruiters in a professional yet intimate setting.

It's no wonder Marshall graduates are in such high demand. Their experience is real-world, hands-on, and unassailable.



Of Marshall students have at least one internship Of Marshall students have three or more internships
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Student Life

USC has more than 1,000 undergraduate student organizations, which are responsible for the majority of programs and events held on campus, including concerts, lectures, special events, spirit rallies, cultural and social events, and conferences.

Marshall has over 40 recognized undergraduate student organizations supporting students’ interaction with employers, faculty, alumni and peers who provide guidance in areas such as academic coursework and professional pursuits.

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Living at USC

Pathway Living at USC


Housing is available for undergraduate students. Residential halls or apartments, on or near USC, are popular choices for sophomores. You will be living, studying, and socializing with fellow Trojans. You will be building the foundation for your contributions to the Marshall Alumni Network which is 91,000 strong.

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