2006 USC Marshall MBA Admissions Chat with Sylvia Leong


2006 USC Marshall MBA Admissions Chat with Sylvia Leong

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Linda Abraham (Oct 6, 2005 10:14:15 AM)
First I want to welcome you all to Accepted.com's USC Marshall MBA Admissions Chat.

Linda Abraham (Oct 6, 2005 10:14:25 AM)
I also want to welcome Sylvia Leong, Associate Director, MBA Admissions; Nikki Soares, Associate Director, Career Resource Center; Stephanie Roth, MBA 2006; and Marco Mastrapasqua, MBA 2006.

Linda Abraham (Oct 6, 2005 10:14:32 AM)
I guess Nikki will join us shortly.

Linda Abraham (Oct 6, 2005 10:14:39 AM)
Marco, could I ask you to tell us a little about yourself?

Linda Abraham (Oct 6, 2005 10:14:47 AM)
Stephanie provided a short bio and I am going to post it.

Linda Abraham (Oct 6, 2005 10:14:54 AM)
Stephanie Roth is a graduate student at the Marshall School of Business and will graduate May 2006. Before coming to Marshall she spent five years in corporate strategy at Fidelity Investments in Boston, Massachusetts. She interned with Countrywide Bank in their product development area for the summer of 2005. She is involved with several clubs at Marshall, including Marshall Ambassadors, Graduate Marketing Association, Marshall Wine Club, and the Marshall Global Consulting Challenge.

MarcoMastrapasquaUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:15:01 AM)
I am from Italy and moved to LA for the MBA. My background in in Aerospace and my concentration is in Operations and Consulting.

Linda Abraham (Oct 6, 2005 10:15:36 AM)
Marco and Stephanie, did you have internships over the summer? If yes, what did you do?

MarcoMastrapasquaUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:15:53 AM)
Yes, I worked in the operations improvement team at Nestle' USA. It is the internal operations consulting office.

StephanieRothUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:16:03 AM)
Yes, I worked at Countrywide Bank in product development. I got the job after talking with an alumni and really enjoyed it.

Linda Abraham (Oct 6, 2005 10:16:13 AM)
What do you want to do after you graduate?

MarcoMastrapasquaUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:16:30 AM)
My goal is to work in operations consulting.

StephanieRothUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:16:37 AM)
I plan to stay in financial services, likely in product development or marketing. I have an offer to go back to countrywide which I'm considering.

Linda Abraham (Oct 6, 2005 10:16:55 AM)
Congrats on the offer Stephanie!

StephanieRothUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:17:32 AM)
Thanks Linda!

Linda Abraham (Oct 6, 2005 10:18:14 AM)
What's new at USC Marshall?

MarcoMastrapasquaUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:18:29 AM)
In the last year we have had thousands of new things. The most notable, though, is the reorganization of the Career Services. All of us are benefiting from that and the director is fantastic.

SylviaLeongUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:19:01 AM)
We have a new curriculum structure as well.

Linda Abraham (Oct 6, 2005 10:19:13 AM)
Yes, didn't the new dean revamp the entire curriculum?

StephanieRothUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:19:26 AM)
I agree with Marco that a lot has been changing. One major change are the new "centers of excellence" the dean is promoting in different areas like finance and valuations.

MarcoMastrapasquaUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:19:30 AM)
Yes, now there are integration classes in the core curriculum. Also, there are new electives added every term.

Dionne (Oct 6, 2005 10:19:47 AM)
I would like to know more about the international studies requirement, please. What types of opportunities are there? Are there any limitations based on language or previous international experience? Also, Marco, where you are Nestle' headquarters in Ohio, by any chance?

Linda Abraham (Oct 6, 2005 10:19:50 AM)
How do the integration classes work?

SylviaLeongUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:19:51 AM)
Our vision is to have a new perspective on the MBA education, the idea being that we approach things from 360 degrees.

MarcoMastrapasquaUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:20:30 AM)
Dionne: you have the possibility to study one semester abroad during your second year. You can go abroad during the summer between 1st and 2nd year or in the fall or spring.

Linda Abraham (Oct 6, 2005 10:20:31 AM)
Sylvia, are professors in different functional areas coordinating their lectures or subject matter?

SylviaLeongUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:20:37 AM)
The core curriculum has faculty teams with team-teaching. For example, you could be learning about the Enron scandal in Finance, Accounting, Management, all from different perspectives.

StephanieRothUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:20:39 AM)
The integration of core classes means that teachers will work together to make sure that they are building on the leanings from each class.

MarcoMastrapasquaUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:20:44 AM)
Dionne: no I was in Glendale, CA.

Linda Abraham (Oct 6, 2005 10:21:01 AM)
Hi Nikki!

Nikki - CRC (Oct 6, 2005 10:21:11 AM)
Hi!

StephanieRothUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:21:19 AM)
Dione - the requirements for different international studies programs vary by school and country.

Nikki - CRC (Oct 6, 2005 10:21:36 AM)
Sorry for the delay. I had a meeting that went slightly over.

Linda Abraham (Oct 6, 2005 10:22:07 AM)
No problem. Nikki Soares, is an Associate Director, Career Resource Center.

MarcoMastrapasquaUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:22:09 AM)
Dionne: do you know about PRIME?

SylviaLeongUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:22:17 AM)
Nikki can probably go into more detail about the CRC industry verticals.

Dionne (Oct 6, 2005 10:22:18 AM)
Is study abroad a requirement? I heard something to that affect in one of the receptions.

Nikki - CRC (Oct 6, 2005 10:22:40 AM)
In the Career Center we are split into 5 industry/functional verticals: Financial Services & Real Estate, Consulting/HR/Supply Chain, Entertainment/Media/Publishing, Marketing/Brand Management, and I have everything else.

Dionne (Oct 6, 2005 10:22:43 AM)
No I don't know about PRIME. Can you tell me what it is?

StephanieRothUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:22:47 AM)
Everyone is required to participate in PRIME. There is no language or work experience requirement. I went to Beijing and can say that it was one of the best experiences I've ever had. My team did a project for a large Chinese Bank and presented our findings to their CEO. In addition to our company presentation, we also visited 9 other companies in China, including Coca-Cola, Motorola and several Chinese owned firms and we toured the Great Wall and Forbidden City in our free time!

MarcoMastrapasquaUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:22:52 AM)
Dionne: as part of core curriculum, there is the PRIME course. You prepare a project for a company in one country you will visit in the Pacific Rim and then you present to the executives at the company. I went to Hong Kong: it's a great experience. My team presented for Fujikon, an OEM manufacturers for electronic components.

SylviaLeongUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:22:56 AM)
PRIME is our mandatory international consulting project. We focus on Asia and Latin America. There are a number of cities to choose from, Chile, Brazil, HK, Beijing, Shanghai, Japan, Mexico, Cuba, Singapore, Thailand. The overseas trip is part of the last term, its roughly 10-12 days long. We were the very first MBA program to implement a mandatory course like this.

Linda Abraham (Oct 6, 2005 10:24:52 AM)
Last term in the first year?

Dionne (Oct 6, 2005 10:25:08 AM)
Wow! That sounds great!

SylviaLeongUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:25:09 AM)
Yes, the fourth term in the 1st year.

MarcoMastrapasquaUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:25:40 AM)
Dionne: it is a great experience and you learn about global issue from a totally different perspective.

Linda Abraham (Oct 6, 2005 10:25:45 AM)
Sylvia: A few schools, notably Wharton and UCLA have decided to reach out to early-career applicants, those with less than two years of experience. Is Marshall doing so too?

SylviaLeongUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:26:15 AM)
We certainly are open to candidates with less experience, however, I wouldn't say it's a market we are targeting. There is much more to the MBA curriculum than just the academic theories, much of what you learn is garnered from your classmates' experiences as well. With that in mind, we like to have students who have had some professional experience they can share with their classmates.

StephanieRothUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:26:22 AM)
PRIME also has a classroom component, where you learn about the country you'll be visiting. We heard from Chinese diplomats and a number of professors from many areas of USC to learn more about China.

MarcoMastrapasquaUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:27:30 AM)
One innovation that will be introduced in the next semester is an innovations course. Each student will be required to work on a project in innovation.

Dionne (Oct 6, 2005 10:27:42 AM)
I have no international experience; right now I'm a federal lobbyist, and my whole career has been focused on domestic policy. Something like PRIME would be wonderful for me, I think.

Nikki - CRC (Oct 6, 2005 10:27:55 AM)
What are you all considering doing post-MBA?

Linda Abraham (Oct 6, 2005 10:28:47 AM)
Thanks Sylvia. Do you have a minimum experience requirement?

SylviaLeongUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:28:55 AM)
No, we don't. Anyone is welcome to apply.

StephanieRothUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:29:21 AM)
Bluestraveler - you make a good point about the costs of an MBA education. But I would seriously consider the alumni network and recruiting opportunities of the schools your considering. A huge part of an MBA is where you wind up afterwards.

Nikki - CRC (Oct 6, 2005 10:29:47 AM)
The value of the Trojan network is amazing. I am a grad from 97 and every post MBA job I had, I was connected through the Trojan network.

MarcoMastrapasquaUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:29:49 AM)
Bluestravel-one of the locations for a semester abroad is in Australia.

Linda Abraham (Oct 6, 2005 10:30:06 AM)
Marco and Stephanie, why did you choose Marshall?

SylviaLeongUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:30:17 AM)
In terms of work experience, we are more concerned with the "quality" rather than the "quantity" of work experience. Thus someone with two years may have just as much or more good experience than someone with five years.

MarcoMastrapasquaUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:30:27 AM)
I visited several other schools and the feeling I had at Marshall was unique. I had the luck to know someone in the program before and I really appreciated the sense of community. Marshall has become my family in the States. The people you live with everyday are great and you can really take ownership of the program.

Linda Abraham (Oct 6, 2005 10:30:35 AM)
But you do like to see some full-time work experience, right?

StephanieRothUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:30:40 AM)
For me it was the people here and the alumni network. I also got into Duke and UCLA, but felt that this was the best place for me. I have a more focused career goal and I knew that the alumni network would be a major advantage to my job search. And I was right because that's how I got my internship!

Linda Abraham (Oct 6, 2005 10:31:09 AM)
Marco and Stephanie, what do you like best at Marshall? What would you like to see improved?

SylviaLeongUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:31:37 AM)
Work experience is just one piece of the application package. We look holistically at the candidate, taking into account academic background, life experiences, work experiences, etc.

StephanieRothUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:31:47 AM)
The best part about Marshall is the supportive, friendly environment and the many changes to learn and grow as a person and a business leader.

Linda Abraham (Oct 6, 2005 10:31:47 AM)
Nikki: How is recruiting going this year? Were salaries up for 2005 Marshall grads?

Jimmy (Oct 6, 2005 10:31:59 AM)
Stephanie, you're planning on returning to Boston after graduation, correct?

Dionne (Oct 6, 2005 10:32:09 AM)
About work experience, since I'm coming from a government/policy background, is my work experience viewed as a negative by the committee? Are there others like me at Marshall?

StephanieRothUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:32:27 AM)
Jimmy - I'm actually planning to stay out here, at least for a few years. I really like SoCal, more than I expected to!

Nikki - CRC (Oct 6, 2005 10:32:29 AM)
We're seeing that the MBA salary market as a whole has remained steady over the last few years. We're definitely seeing a pick up though in the hiring activity. Currently more than 85% of our 2005 graduates are placed in great jobs and 97% of our 2006 students had internships this summer.

MarcoMastrapasquaUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:32:35 AM)
Dionne: there is nothing bad in you're background. I think it's great and I think it is very valuable for an MBA.

bluestraveler (Oct 6, 2005 10:32:58 AM)
I already have an MBA degree; is another MBA going to add value to me, in the way recruiters look at my resume?

SylviaLeongUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:33:04 AM)
Dionne, certainly your work experience is not viewed as negative. We have people in our program from all kinds of backgrounds, including government, non-profit, entertainment, and just about every other industry you can think of!

StephanieRothUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:33:08 AM)
Dionne - we definitely have other students with non-business backgrounds. I think your experience would be a great addition to the classroom.

StephanieRothUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:33:47 AM)
BLuestraveler - what kind of degree do you have? A post-grad MBA or do you mean an undergrad business education?

Linda Abraham (Oct 6, 2005 10:33:48 AM)
Nikki, very impressive. Are there more companies recruiting on campus this year? Are any sectors particularly active or more active than they have been since 2000?

bluestraveler (Oct 6, 2005 10:34:24 AM)
Stephanie, I have a post graduate MBA. It's a masters.

Nikki - CRC (Oct 6, 2005 10:34:26 AM)
There are more companies this year. We've seen a come back in consulting and investment banking. We're also seeing an increase in health care companies recruiting on campus.

StephanieRothUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:34:31 AM)
Jimmy - are you interested in going to the East coast after school?

Linda Abraham (Oct 6, 2005 10:34:45 AM)
bluestraveller, was you undergrad degree a 3-year or a 4-year degree?

bluestraveler (Oct 6, 2005 10:35:04 AM)
Linda, my bachelors was a 3 year degree.

Linda Abraham (Oct 6, 2005 10:35:17 AM)
Nikki: How are interview spots awarded? Is there a bidding process or is it entirely at the recruiter's discretion?

SylviaLeongUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:35:30 AM)
bluestraveler, is what you have a B.Comm and a 1-year M.Comm?

Nikki - CRC (Oct 6, 2005 10:35:54 AM)
We don't have a bidding system at USC. Recruiters usually do all closed schedules. At their request, we will arrange an open schedule.

bluestraveler (Oct 6, 2005 10:35:56 AM)
Sylvia, I have done a 3 years bachelor of science, B. Sc.

Jimmy (Oct 6, 2005 10:36:01 AM)
StephanieRothUSC - No. I'm planning on staying here in the L.A. area where the rest of my family is. I was just wondering what your situation was because I wanted to hear how easy or difficult it will be or has been for you to find a job in the east coast after graduation.

SylviaLeongUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:36:54 AM)
bluestraveler, was your degree from the US?

bluestraveler (Oct 6, 2005 10:37:09 AM)
Sylvia, no.

StephanieRothUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:37:15 AM)
Jimmy - I think going back to the east coast is more difficult than staying in SoCal but not that hard. I think the reverse is true for east coast schools. Duke was very upfront with me that they didn't have a lot of west coast firms recruiting there or a lot of alumni on the west coast.

Nikki - CRC (Oct 6, 2005 10:37:44 AM)
We do have students every year who go to the East Coast to work. It does require more effort on the students' part. If you're interested in New York, we have an annual trek to Wall Street and every year students get internship offers after that trip.

StephanieRothUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:38:00 AM)
Jimmy - I didn't mean to imply that Duke has bad recruiting. Just that they are stronger on the east coast than the west.

StephanieRothUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:38:37 AM)
We also have marketing oriented trips that go to NYC, San Francisco, and San Diego.

SylviaLeongUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:39:08 AM)
bluestraveler, in the end, the decision is up to you, whether you want to get an MBA from the U.S. or not. If you feel the MBA you already have is sufficient, then you may just want to stop there. However, if you want to get the American perspective, that would certainly add value to your career path.

MarcoMastrapasquaUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:39:12 AM)
And you would be amazed by how helpful and informative alumni are.

Nikki - CRC (Oct 6, 2005 10:39:14 AM)
If you're willing to go out to the company to visit, they consider that as a sign you're serious about the East Coast and are more willing to talk to you

Linda Abraham (Oct 6, 2005 10:39:27 AM)
Sylvia: How do you use the interview in the admissions process?

SylviaLeongUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:40:09 AM)
We do interviews by invitation only. Interviews are primarily conducted by admissions officers, either here on campus or during one of our interview/recruiting trips. However, if you decide to visit us from out of state or country, we will often grant a courtesy interview to you. So I would encourage you to come visit our school, participate in the Ambassador program, and benefit from the courtesy interview!

Dionne (Oct 6, 2005 10:40:20 AM)
Stephanie, I'm interested in social marketing. It's a niche, I know, but are there any classes that can help me enter the field at USC? How socially focused is the program?

bluestraveler (Oct 6, 2005 10:40:31 AM)
Sylvia, the US companies do not usually recruit candidates without American degrees, I mean for the jobs that are available in the US market.

MarcoMastrapasquaUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:41:03 AM)
bluestraveler - as an international student, I can say that it is not as easy as for domestic students but there are definitely jobs available. It really depends on what you want to do.

StephanieRothUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:41:10 AM)
Dione - can you clarify what you mean by "social marketing"? I can definitely talk about our marketing classes, but I want to be sure.

Nikki - CRC (Oct 6, 2005 10:41:10 AM)
bluestraveler, it's not necessarily whether you have a degree from the US. It's whether you have authorization to work in the US.

allyb (Oct 6, 2005 10:42:04 AM)
Speaking of the East Coast, I live in the Boston area and will most likely not have the time to visit USC prior to sending in my application. Is that a negative or understood because I have such limited time?

StephanieRothUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:42:20 AM)
To follow up on Sylvia's comment, my visit to Marshall made a huge difference in how I felt about the school. I just loved the people that I met and the environment here. I definitely recommend visiting if you can.

SylviaLeongUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:42:53 AM)
Allyb, certainly it is understandable, and won't be viewed negatively. Have you had a chance to speak with one of our representatives during any of the recruiting events in Boston?

Linda Abraham (Oct 6, 2005 10:43:25 AM)
Sylvia, is the interview a blind interview, especially if it is not a courtesy interview? How is it used in evaluating a candidate?

bluestraveler (Oct 6, 2005 10:43:28 AM)
Sylvia, Stephanie, Marco, thanks so much for your time and attention.

allyb (Oct 6, 2005 10:43:33 AM)
Yes, I spoke with Kelly I believe at the Forte Foundation event.

Dionne (Oct 6, 2005 10:43:49 AM)
Stephanie-- Right now I work for an association in their policy department. I am very interested in marketing for either non-profit associations and entities, or working with major companies to market their charitable contributions. That's my idea of social marketing. Are there any classes or experiences that can help me gain knowledge of this specialty?

Nikki - CRC (Oct 6, 2005 10:44:06 AM)
Dionne, non profit is actually one of the industries I advise for. I'm actually going to a meeting today to discuss the possibility of setting up a non-profit concentration in the program. Our Net Impact organization is very active.

StephanieRothUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:44:09 AM)
Allyb - I think some people waited until after they got into to visit schools. I know its difficult and expensive, but I highly recommend visiting before you decide. Its so hard to tell what a school will really be like until you are there in person. I was really nervous about the move out here and that I wouldn't like it. I get homesick at times, but there are also things that I LOVE about LA. Like the ability to run outside 360 days a year!

SylviaLeongUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:44:38 AM)
Linda, interviews will vary. Most of the time they are "blind" in that the person interviewing may not have seen the candidate's application. However, there are times, especially if it is an interview done overseas or in another city, where whoever is interviewing just has a list of candidates and may or may not have seen the candidate's application.

StephanieRothUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:45:00 AM)
Dione - I'm actually doing a project for a non-profit organization (Special Olympics) in my communications class right now. I think there are a lot of opportunities to get involved with non-profits here in the LA area like that.

allyb (Oct 6, 2005 10:46:26 AM)
Do you have a lot of applicants who are determined career switchers? I come from twelve years of graphic design. It would be a major, but much, wanted change.

MarcoMastrapasquaUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:46:48 AM)
allyb-almost everyone is a career switcher, either in industry or function. For example, I am an engineer moving to consulting.

SylviaLeongUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:46:59 AM)
Yes, you certainly not alone, allyb!

StephanieRothUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:47:03 AM)
We have a lot of career switchers. Its one of the main reasons to go back to school.

Linda Abraham (Oct 6, 2005 10:48:06 AM)
Sylvia: Are there any special considerations for re-applicants? Do your reviewers also look at least year's application when reviewing the application of a reapplicant? Do they just look at the reviewers' notes? Or do they ignore last year's application?

Linda Abraham (Oct 6, 2005 10:48:27 AM)
Marco and Stephanie: What do you wish you would have done before starting your MBA that would have made the beginning/transition easier? Did you do anything especially effective that helped you return to academia?

StephanieRothUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:48:36 AM)
Dione - also, our biggest and most active club on campus is the Challenge 4 Charity. I'm on the board and it has given me the opportunity to work with a number of non-profits. There are many people here who share your interest in non-profits as well.

MarcoMastrapasquaUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:48:57 AM)
Linda, I had the luck to have time to study some accounting before starting, but I wished I knew more about case classes before starting. It was a totally different experience for me especially because the classes weren't in my native language. As a suggestion, if you are not strong in quantitative classes learn more, about stats and excel (you can't live without it.)

StephanieRothUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:49:17 AM)
My biggest regret is actually about the move out here. If you're new to LA, give yourself some time to get settled here before classes start! Also, I definitely recommend taking some time off before orientation to get rested. Once school starts, it's a whirlwind of activity!

SylviaLeongUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:49:39 AM)
We love re-applicants! The re-application process is much simpler than the first application. Reapplicants only need to submit one essay, basically telling us what they did between this year and last year to improve their application. They also need one additional recommendation letter. We hold on to their application from the year before.

Linda Abraham (Oct 6, 2005 10:49:55 AM)
So you review last year's application along with the update?

SylviaLeongUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:50:13 AM)
Yes.

Linda Abraham (Oct 6, 2005 10:50:52 AM)
Do you provide feedback to rejected applicants interested in reapplying?

SylviaLeongUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:51:00 AM)
We offered feedback sessions in the month of September for any re-applicants interested.

SylviaLeongUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:51:16 AM)
Dionne, Jimmy, did you call in for one of those?

Jimmy (Oct 6, 2005 10:51:16 AM)
Sylvia, as a reapplicant through the Consortium, I am guessing that I must write all the essays again, correct?

allyb (Oct 6, 2005 10:51:17 AM)
In regard to preparing for the start of school, what about prerequisite classes? Are there any? I'm taking a financial accounting class now but haven't had any math in a super long time.

MarcoMastrapasquaUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:51:50 AM)
allyb - no, there are no prerequisites. Everything gets crazy in the beginning, so the more you know the better.

SylviaLeongUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:51:55 AM)
Jimmy, yes, with the Consortium, you will need to follow their procedures, which is to re-submit the entire application.

StephanieRothUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:52:16 AM)
Allyb, a lot of us hadn't had math in a long time, so you won't be the only one!

Bahzad (Oct 6, 2005 10:52:19 AM)
Can I apply even with a low GPA?

SylviaLeongUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:52:45 AM)
You can certainly apply, the GPA is one component of many components in our application. When evaluating your academic background, we take into consideration the entire transcript, the courses you took, the trends you had, the caliber of the school, etc. It's not about a single number.

MarcoMastrapasquaUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:52:46 AM)
allyb - as far as I know there is no GPA minimum requirement. Sylvia, am I right?

SylviaLeongUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:52:55 AM)
Right, Marco.

Jimmy (Oct 6, 2005 10:54:00 AM)
Sylvia, so when I reapply through the Consortium, will you also look at last year's Consortium application, or is the procedure different for Consortium reapplicants?

SylviaLeongUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:54:46 AM)
Jimmy, since the consortium's application is complete, we just look at the new application.

Linda Abraham (Oct 6, 2005 10:55:14 AM)
Accepted.com has some advice for applicants with a low GPA at http://www.accepted.com/mba/lowstats.aspx .

Bahzad (Oct 6, 2005 10:55:39 AM)
What is the deadline for the next fall 2006 application?

Dionne (Oct 6, 2005 10:55:50 AM)
Is it too late to ask for feedback from last year's application? I know the admissions office is very busy this time of year.

SylviaLeongUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:56:06 AM)
Our deadlines are Dec 1, Jan 15, Feb 15, and Apr 1.

Jimmy (Oct 6, 2005 10:56:08 AM)
SylviaLeongUSC - No, I did not call in for a feedback session in September. I was told that I needed to wait until October to receive feedback on my rejected application.

SylviaLeongUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:57:27 AM)
Dionne, and Jimmy, I believe our status letters asked you call us in Sept to schedule a feedback session. Unfortunately, the fall gets packed with our recruiting schedules, and most of us aren't even in the office because we're all traveling to different cities.

StephanieRothUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:57:39 AM)
Marco - could you tell everyone about the international mixer that is happening tonight? It's one of my favorite events of the year and I'm really looking forward to it.

Bahzad (Oct 6, 2005 10:57:51 AM)
I see in the profile on your website that the average GPA is 3.3 and GMAT of 680. So I should be in that same range, right?

MarcoMastrapasquaUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:58:26 AM)
Stephanie - Tonight, we have a great event: international students prepare and serve food from their own countries to enhance the cross-cultural knowledge and have fun! We have two international mixers: one in the fall and one in the spring. The first is organized by second year students and the second by first year students. I stopped eating a couple of days ago because of this...

Linda Abraham (Oct 6, 2005 10:58:58 AM)
Some schools have a policy where students are not allowed to disclose there grades to recruiters. Does USC Marshall have a similar policy? If so, what is it?

SylviaLeongUSC (Oct 6, 2005 10:59:38 AM)
Nikki, you want to field that one?

allyb (Oct 6, 2005 10:59:58 AM)
Can you talk a bit about your entertainment management concentration? Recruiting for, etc.?

SylviaLeongUSC (Oct 6, 2005 11:00:18 AM)
Bahzad, the class profiles provide a snapshot of our "average student." It is by no means a minimum requirement.

Nikki - CRC (Oct 6, 2005 11:00:19 AM)
No, we don't have a non-disclosure policy. Some companies will ask for GPA and a few will ask for transcripts as part of the interviewing process.

StephanieRothUSC (Oct 6, 2005 11:00:24 AM)
The international mixer is one of my favorites because I get to learn more about the many diverse cultures of my classmates. And like Marco, I usually eat too much food and try one too many foreign drinks!

Linda Abraham (Oct 6, 2005 11:00:38 AM)
Thanks.

Nikki - CRC (Oct 6, 2005 11:00:48 AM)
We have a vertical dedicated to the entertainment industry. We have a relationship with most of the big names out here (Fox, CBS, Universal, Warner Bros., etc.) They usually have unpaid internship opportunities, but will pay for full-time positions. Also, the classes in the cinema/TV school provides additional access to the entertainment community.

Avi (Oct 6, 2005 11:01:13 AM)
How does USC view military service? Does it count as full time work experience?

MarcoMastrapasquaUSC (Oct 6, 2005 11:01:21 AM)
Stephanie - Do you want to talk about the Ambassador program?

StephanieRothUSC (Oct 6, 2005 11:01:27 AM)
For entertainment, many students take advantage of the world class resources at the Annenberg School of Communications here at USC and other entertainment oriented schools.

Bahzad (Oct 6, 2005 11:01:41 AM)
In the MBA program there is project. Does the project require visiting a company or the project be on campus?

Linda Abraham (Oct 6, 2005 11:01:45 AM)
Nikki, does the relationship imply recruiting, projects during classes, internships, or?

SylviaLeongUSC (Oct 6, 2005 11:01:51 AM)
Avi, yes, military experience counts as full-time work experience. Absolutely.

MarcoMastrapasquaUSC (Oct 6, 2005 11:01:51 AM)
Avi - we have many vets in our class from all services.

Avi (Oct 6, 2005 11:02:16 AM)
Want is the best deadline for international students to apply in?

Nikki - CRC (Oct 6, 2005 11:02:32 AM)
Linda, it includes all of the above.

SylviaLeongUSC (Oct 6, 2005 11:02:38 AM)
We ask our international students to apply by the second round.

StephanieRothUSC (Oct 6, 2005 11:02:39 AM)
Sure, Marco. Marco and I were both part of Marshall Ambassadors, a student group that hosts visitors when they come to campus. There is a new group of first years eager to meet all of you and show you around campus. It's a great way to meet people and get a better understanding of what life at Marshall is really like.

MarcoMastrapasquaUSC (Oct 6, 2005 11:02:45 AM)
bahazard - it depends on the class, but generally speaking, you will interact with the company and present to executives.

Bahzad (Oct 6, 2005 11:03:18 AM)
Is ones' work experience important?

MarcoMastrapasquaUSC (Oct 6, 2005 11:04:14 AM)
Yes, the work experience is important in the sense that it defines what you are. As you will see, it is not just what you did but the fit with our culture.

Bahzad (Oct 6, 2005 11:05:41 AM)
Is there is a minimum for work experience?

Linda Abraham (Oct 6, 2005 11:05:57 AM)
Marco what are you favorite classes and profs?

MarcoMastrapasquaUSC (Oct 6, 2005 11:06:06 AM)
In general they say 2 to 5 years, but we have people with less work experience.

MarcoMastrapasquaUSC (Oct 6, 2005 11:06:20 AM)
I have met some of the best professors in my life at Marshall, Linda. My favorite classes are operations oriented and the best professor ever is Dave Logan for "Strategy and Organization consulting." He isn't just a professor, he is a friend.

Linda Abraham (Oct 6, 2005 11:07:16 AM)
Stephanie, I am also going to ask you. What are you favorite classes? Professors?

allyb (Oct 6, 2005 11:07:38 AM)
What would you say distinguishes USC from UCLA?

SylviaLeongUSC (Oct 6, 2005 11:07:53 AM)
Our football team, for one thing!

MarcoMastrapasquaUSC (Oct 6, 2005 11:08:01 AM)
All - I am the VP of international affairs in the Student Government so if you have questions about international matters (application, experience.)

StephanieRothUSC (Oct 6, 2005 11:08:04 AM)
My favorite class so far was our first year strategy class. We had a amazing professor and he really pushed us.

Bahzad (Oct 6, 2005 11:08:06 AM)
I will have by next fall two and half year work experience is that will be good.

MarcoMastrapasquaUSC (Oct 6, 2005 11:08:33 AM)
allyb - I say that the people are different from between USC and UCLA. I applied to both and chose Marshall because of the feeling I had.

Bahzad (Oct 6, 2005 11:08:37 AM)
What is my chance to be accepted in USC?

StephanieRothUSC (Oct 6, 2005 11:09:02 AM)
The big difference between Marshall and Anderson is the people and the environment. I got into Anderson and visited twice, but felt like they have a much more splintered (or cliquish) social environment, which I really didn't like. Also, I think Anderson bills themselves as having better alumni ties on the east coast, but I heard from a second year student that only about five of the class of '05 got jobs in NYC.

Linda Abraham (Oct 6, 2005 11:10:53 AM)
How many Marhall students got jobs in NYC last year?

Nikki - CRC (Oct 6, 2005 11:11:12 AM)
I'll have to look that up. I'm not sure of the top of my head.

Linda Abraham (Oct 6, 2005 11:11:14 AM)
What do you want to do after you graduate?

MarcoMastrapasquaUSC (Oct 6, 2005 11:11:19 AM)
I know that at least 7 students interned in NY but could be more. Nikki?

StephanieRothUSC (Oct 6, 2005 11:11:25 AM)
I don't know our specific number, but I can think of at least that number personally.

Linda Abraham (Oct 6, 2005 11:12:24 AM)
Sylvia: Is there an advantage to applying in different rounds? What percentage of accepted students were accepted each round?

SylviaLeongUSC (Oct 6, 2005 11:12:51 AM)
I don't know specifics, but I can tell you that 97% of our class of 2006 acquired internship positions this summer.

StephanieRothUSC (Oct 6, 2005 11:13:17 AM)
Linda - to go back to your question about professors. My favorite was Kyle Mayer, who taught the core strategy class last year. I also really like my Finance professor, Harry Deangelo. He's great at breaking down complex ideas and make them accessible. I'm learning a lot in his class this semester.

SylviaLeongUSC (Oct 6, 2005 11:13:32 AM)
Linda, I would say our first three rounds are pretty close together, but by the fourth round the spaces get more limited. As I mentioned previously, we recommend especially for international applicants that they apply either first or second round. In terms of percentages, I don't have a breakdown of acceptances for each round handy.

allyb (Oct 6, 2005 11:14:32 AM)
Are there better chances at scholarship money in the first and second round?

Jimmy (Oct 6, 2005 11:14:42 AM)
Sylvia and Nikki - do any of you know the number of U.S-born Latinos that were admitted to Marshall this past year? Or if not U.S. born, then Latinos that have lived most of their lives in the U.S.? I am curious to know this number because I know that this number is generally very low at all business schools.

Nikki-USC (Oct 6, 2005 11:14:43 AM)
We had 7 students go to New York last year.

SylviaLeongUSC (Oct 6, 2005 11:15:16 AM)
Allyb, yes, in terms of fellowships, we recommend you apply earlier rather than later, as money will get allocated and funds become more limited in the later rounds.

Linda Abraham (Oct 6, 2005 11:15:18 AM)
Thanks Nikki.

SylviaLeongUSC (Oct 6, 2005 11:16:05 AM)
Jimmy, this year's first-year class has 7% under-represented minorities.

allyb (Oct 6, 2005 11:16:20 AM)
I'm aiming at the Jan 15 deadline so I can make my Christmas break a joyous one. :-) Thanks so much for your time!

SylviaLeongUSC (Oct 6, 2005 11:16:29 AM)
Hold on...we're looking up the data.

Jimmy (Oct 6, 2005 11:16:45 AM)
7% includes African-Americans, correct?

Linda Abraham (Oct 6, 2005 11:16:45 AM)
Ok. Thanks.

Nikki-USC (Oct 6, 2005 11:17:07 AM)
Yes, it does

Jimmy (Oct 6, 2005 11:17:09 AM)
I'm asking because I know this information is never published.

SylviaLeongUSC (Oct 6, 2005 11:17:16 AM)
Okay, 30 Hispanic Americans were admitted to Marshall last year. Of the 30 admitted, 10 are here.

Dionne (Oct 6, 2005 11:17:26 AM)
How many consortium students were accepted last year?

Dionne (Oct 6, 2005 11:18:13 AM)
Did each of them receive a fellowship?

SylviaLeongUSC (Oct 6, 2005 11:19:17 AM)
Dionne, I don't have these stats handily available. You can email my colleague Kellee Scott, Sr. Associate Director of MBA Admissions, at kscott@marshall.usc.edu to ask these more specific questions.

Dionne (Oct 6, 2005 11:19:48 AM)
Sounds great, Sylvia. Thanks! I'll email Kellee.

Linda Abraham (Oct 6, 2005 11:19:56 AM)
Thank you again all for participating today. Special thanks to Sylvia, Nikki, Stephanie, and Marco.

Jimmy (Oct 6, 2005 11:20:03 AM)
Thanks for the information, Sylvia and Nikki.

MarcoMastrapasquaUSC (Oct 6, 2005 11:20:06 AM)
My pleasure.

Nikki-USC (Oct 6, 2005 11:20:11 AM)
You're welcome everyone. My pleasure.

SylviaLeongUSC (Oct 6, 2005 11:20:11 AM)
Thanks for giving us the opportunity!

Dionne (Oct 6, 2005 11:20:13 AM)
Thanks everyone!

StephanieRothUSC (Oct 6, 2005 11:20:13 AM)
My thanks to all of you for participating as well. It's been great.

SylviaLeongUSC (Oct 6, 2005 11:20:28 AM)
For other questions, please email us at marshallmba@marshall.usc.edu .

Linda Abraham (Oct 6, 2005 11:20:40 AM)
Good luck with your applications!

MarcoMastrapasquaUSC (Oct 6, 2005 11:20:51 AM)
Good luck to all of you!

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