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Prerequisites for Admission to the Marshall School of Business for Current USC or Transfer Students:
Undergraduate Marshall School of Business Admission Office: 213-740-8885, BRI 105
Admission includes successful completion (at least B's or better) of the following prerequisites or their equivalents:
For students admitted to USC prior to Fall 2010:
WRIT 140 Writing and Critical Issues
ECON 203 Principles of Microeconomics
ECON 205 Principles of Macroeconomics
MATH 118 Fundamental Principles of Calculus
MATH 218 Probability for Business
Transfer students will be admissible without having completed the equivalent of MATH 218 since most colleges do not offer this course. These students will be expected to complete this course during their first semester of enrollment.
Visit the Marshall Admissions website for more information.
For Students admitted to USC for Fall 2010 or later:
MATH 118 or higher
Earn a 3.0 (B) grade point average, with no grade lower than a B-, in the following classes:
BUAD 250a Core Concepts of Accounting Information I
BUAD 250b Core Concepts of Accounting Information II
Or, for Transfer Students:
Earn a 3.0 (B) grade point average, with no grade lower than a B-, in two community college accounting courses and:
BUAD 305x Abridged Core Concepts of Accounting Information (4)
After being admitted to the Marshall School of Business and completing the above requirements, you can change your major to Accounting (ACCT). Change-of-major forms are available in ACC 101.
Incoming freshmen interested in attaining a degree in Accounting, can apply to be admitted directly by indicating Accounting as a first choice major. Admission to the Leventhal School of Accounting is granted through the Marshall School of Business. For more admission information, please refer to the Marshall Admission website.
A student applying directly to the Marshall School of Business as a transfer from another institution will be more competitive with a 3.6 GPA.
Transfer from a Community College
USC has established articulation agreements with all community colleges throughout California. Most academic courses are acceptable for transfer credit from a two-year school, but students may not receive credit for specialized, technical or remedial courses. Courses that do not appear on the articulation agreement are not transferable. A maximum of 64 semester units may be transferred from community colleges. Check with the Degree Progress Department (SAS 010) for questions about transferable courses or see an advisor in Accounting 101.
Official transcripts of college work taken elsewhere must be submitted, at the time of application, to the USC Office of Admission. A credit evaluation will be completed which will list transfer courses accepted for credit. All business courses completed a two-year college, if transferable, will be considered elective credit.
There is one exception to this policy. Students may transfer two semesters of introductory accounting and receive credit equivalent to one semester of introductory accounting at USC. Instead of taking BUAD 250ab, students can register for BUAD 305 Abridged Core Concepts of Accounting Information and complete their accounting course requirements in one semester at USC.
Transfer from a Four-Year Institution
Most courses are acceptable for unit credit from all fully accredited four-year institutions. If a course does not satisfy specific subject requirements at USC, it will be accepted for elective course credit.
Students are urged to complete all their required business administration courses at USC. All business courses from four-year institutions, if transferable, will be considered elective credit unless a challenge examination is passed. Only core classes, with the exception of BUAD 497, may be challenged. Students should consult with an academic advisor in Bridge Hall 104 to initiate the challenge examination process.
Students who have already been admitted to the Marshall School of Business and are interested in changing their major to accounting or double majoring in business and accounting should come in for advising. Advisors are located in Accounting 101 and they may be reached at (213) 740-4838. Please consult the advising page for more specific information.