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Topics Addressed in Frequently Asked Questions

Accreditation

Anyone who has completed a one-year M.B.A. or will have completed the first year of a traditional two-year M.B.A. prior to taking his/her first class at USC is welcome to apply to the G.C.M.S. program at USC Marshall. Of course, applicants from programs not accredited by the AACSB, EQUIS, ACBSP, AOCTE, IACBE or AMBA are generally considered less well prepared than those from accredited institutions. The admissions committee will rely on the combination of GMAT or GRE test scores, work experience, resume, recommendations, and essays in making their decision. Also, they will review transcripts from all institutions attended to ensure that the applicant's academic preparation is equivalent to both a 4-year U.S. bachelor’s degree and at least one year of a traditional 2-year full-time M.B.A. so that the applicant is fully prepared to participate with and to compete with Marshall graduate students in the classroom.

Required Preparatory Curriculum

When evaluating the applicant’s qualifications we check to see that the following subject matter (coursework) was/is included in the individual’s M.B.A. program:

Financial and Management Accounting
Business Communication
Corporate Finance
Microeconomics and Macroeconomics
Marketing
Operations
Organizational Behavior/Personnel Management/Leadership
Statistics/Quantitative analysis
Strategy


If specific content areas are missing the student may be required to complete them at Marshall prior to taking advanced courses. Required preparatory coursework will be added to the requirements of the certificate.

IELTS / TOEFL / PTE

USC does not accept the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or the TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication). The TOEFL is required of all non-resident alien applicants who are not citizens of a predominantly English-speaking country or whose bachelor's degree was not earned in an English-speaking country. Minimum scores are:

  • Internet-based: 100 or higher with no less than 20 on each individual section of the test
  • Paper-based: 600 or higher
  • Computer-based: 250 or higher

Note: The Marshall School of Business now accepts PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic) in lieu of the TOEFL. A minimum score of 70 is required for admission.

How long does it take to complete the program?

The length of time it takes to complete the program depends on how many classes the student takes each semester. Full-time students will complete the program in one semester. Working students take 1-2 classes each semester. Since the program requires 12 units of coursework (four 3-unit classes), completing the program can take as long as two years if the student takes only one class each fall and spring semester.

Tuition and Fees

Current USC tuition and fee information is available at http://www.usc.edu/soc. Select the next future semester and then the 'Tuition and Fees' tab on the left side of the screen. Tuition rates do increase each year.

Can current USC M.B.A. students do this program and apply the courses to their M.B.A.?

No. The program is designed to add academic content to an individual’s M.B.A. USC M.B.A. students already have access to all of the curricular options in the program.

Can USC M.B.A. alumni do the program?

Yes, but none of the coursework applied to the completed M.B.A. can be counted toward this certificate.

Scholarships and Funding

The G.C.M.S. program is not funded to support scholarships dedicated specifically to G.C.M.S. students. Information about financial aid and fellowship opportunities is available at http://www.usc.edu/financialaid and http://www.usc.edu/schools/GraduateSchool/current_fellowships.html

Application of prior coursework to the G.C.M.S. requirements

The G.C.M.S. is intended to provide those who have completed foundational coursework with an opportunity to expand their knowledge base in areas not covered during their prior studies. Applying old coursework to the certificate would not contribute to achieving this goal. In other words, no courses completed prior to matriculation in the G.C.M.S. program can be applied toward the Graduate Certificate of Management Studies.

Career Development and Placement Services

It is expected that G.C.M.S. students will receive career development training as part of their M.B.A. program and will have access to career placement services as alumni of their M.B.A. institution. As a result, G.C.M.S. students are not provided with career transition services at USC Marshall.

Housing

The University of Southern California provides a wide range of housing opportunities on and around campus. For more information about University-owned and managed facilities visit http://housing.usc.edu/. Additionally, a great number of non-university housing opportunities are available around campus. For more information about those visit http://sait.usc.edu/ois/housing/off-campus.aspx.

Information for Students and Alumni of KAIST

Current students and alumni of the KAIST Techno M.B.A. or the IMBA are welcome to apply for admission to the G.C.M.S. program.

Admissions: Under the partnership agreement between KAIST and USC Marshall, Techno M.B.A. and IMBA applicants are not required to have work experience or to submit GMAT or GRE test scores. One letter of recommendation from the KAIST screening committee is required. (The second recommendation is optional. If not included, make up a faux name and check the box indicating that the faux recommender will not be submitting the recommendation online.) Proof of English proficiency (TOEFL or PTE scores) is required of all non-US citizens who did not graduate from an American, British, Canadian or Australian college or university. All other parts of the application are required.

Curriculum: Students from KAIST are not exempt from course prerequisite requirements. Prerequisite waivers will be issued upon confirmation that coursework equivalent to prerequisites has been completed.

More Questions?

For additional information write to Management.Studies@marshall.usc.edu or call (213) 740-0671.


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