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USC Marshall 2021 MBA Employment Report: MBAs Successfully Compete in an Evolving Job Market

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The University of Southern California Marshall School of Business 2021 MBA employment report reveals that more than 94% of its MBAs reported employment within three months of graduation. The median base salary remained unchanged from last year, coming in at $130,000. The average base salary for the Marshall MBA Class of 2021 is $130,976 and average signing bonuses landed at $29,473.

A majority of careers were school-facilitated, with 63% reporting they received their job placement through a campus recruiting program, resume pool, job posting, on-campus interviews, or through a summer internship, alumni, faculty, or staff referral.

“Our students’ time at Marshall is the beginning of a journey that starts with essential classroom education,” said Dean Geoff Garrett in the school’s announcement. “But it extends far beyond the classroom to the Trojan network, real-world learning and career pathways that last a lifetime.”

Where Are Marshall MBAs Landing?

The industry breakdown for the class of 2021 is not as heavily weighted as many other business schools, with 29% of grads joining the tech industry, 20% going into financial services, and 18% into consulting. The school tallies media, entertainment, and interactive gaming jobs together in a single category, and 13% of the class entered those career paths. Consumer packaged goods recruited just 7% of graduates.

USC Marshall MBA Employment Report:
Top 5 Industry Placement

Financial Services20%
Media/Entertainment/Interactive Gaming13%
Consumer Packaged Goods7%


Eighty-four percent of the Class of 2021 stayed in the Western U.S. for work. Breaking down the rest of the U.S. by region, 6% went to the Northeast, 3%  to the Southwest and 2% each to the Midwest and South, and one percent to the Mid-Atlantic states. Two percent headed overseas for work.

USC Marshall MBA Employment Report:
U.S. Regional Placement


Regionally, the highest median salary was reported in the Northeast at $135,000, and by industry, consultant jobs paid the highest median salaries at $160,000.

Posted in: Employment Report, MBA News

Schools: USC / Marshall

About the Author

Christina Griffith  

Christina Griffith is a writer and editor based in Philadelphia. She specializes in covering education, science, and history, and has experience in research and interviews, magazine content, and web content writing.

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