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The USC Marshall Full-time MBA program will begin accepting applications on September 1, 2015. Applications can be submitted for one of the three application periods. You may apply only once a year. If you are an international applicant, or want to be considered for a scholarship, the recommended application deadline no later than Round 2. Priority consideration for merit-based scholarship is given to both international and domestic students with completed applications.

Round 1 October 19, 2015 December 18, 2015
Round 2 January 8, 2016 April 1, 2016
Round 3 April 8, 2016 May 27, 2016
Dual-degree decisions will be released beginning April 1, 2016.

*Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on this day. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to render a decision based on any materials submitted by the application deadline.

**Notification includes: invitation to interview, waitlist, deny or admit decision.


  • Four-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent, from an accredited institution
  • A completed online application.
  • Official academic transcripts. Upload unofficial copies of your academic transcripts with your application in addition to sending official academic transcripts to USC. See below for more information.
  • Official GMAT or GRE score report. GMAT is preferred. Scores are valid for five years. You must have taken the GMAT or GRE exam by the time you submit an application. The program code for our Full-Time MBA program is 389-9C-23. The GRE code for USC Marshall MBA is 4852. The GMAT or GRE requirement will not be waived under any circumstance. We recommend uploading unofficial copies of your GMAT or GRE scores with your application in addition to sending official scores to USC. If you took the GRE, you can predict a GMAT score using the GRE Comparison Tool for Business Schools. GMAT or GRE must have been taken on or after August 1, 2011.
  • Two required essays, as outlined in the online application. A third, optional, essay is available to provide any additional information you wish to convey to the Admissions Committee.
  • A professional résumé.
  • Two letters of recommendation, which must be submitted online. See below for more information.
  • Application fee: $150.
  • International applicants (if applicable): official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score report. Review the USC policy to determine if this requirement applies to you. Must have been taken on or after August 1, 2014.


Interviews are conducted by invitation only at the discretion of the Admissions Committee. On campus interviewing is preferred, but interviews via Skype are also available. Applicants selected for an interview will be notified via e-mail.

Submitting Official Transcripts

You will need to submit complete, sealed, official transcripts from all prior universities attended. These transcripts may be mailed to you first or mailed directly to the University of Southern California. In either case, the transcripts must be received by the USC Office of Graduate Admission in their original sealed envelope.

You may use the forms provided with the online application to request that your undergraduate (bachelor's degree) transcripts be sent directly to the mailing address below:

Postal Mail Courier Service, such as DHL or FedEx
University of Southern California University of Southern California
Office of Graduate Admission Office of Graduate Admission and Financial Aid
3601 South Flower Street, Room 112 3601 South Flower Street, Tyler 1
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0915 Los Angeles, CA 90089-0915

USC now accepts official electronic transcripts, provided they meet the following guidelines:

  • The transcript originates from a secure site formally linked to the sending institution.
  • The school is located in the United States. We do not accept electronic transcripts from any institution overseas.

Please instruct the vendor to email the transcript to Do not send any materials or correspondence to this email address yourself.

We encourage applicants to upload unofficial transcripts to the on-line application. However, while the Admissions Committee can review an application with unofficial transcripts, a final decision cannot be rendered until official transcripts have been received and evaluated.

If you have ever used a name that is different from the one on your application, please contact the USC Office of Graduate Admissions to inform them, so that your transcript/s can be retrieved appropriately.

International applicants: Please ask your undergraduate institution to include an explanation of the grading system and information about how the transcript should be assessed. Transcripts in a language other than English must be accompanied by an English translation.


Two letters of recommendation are required. They are used as a gauge of your professional achievements and managerial and leadership potential. We prefer that one of your letters of recommendation be provided by a direct supervisor. This person should provide specific observations and examples of your leadership, teamwork, analytical skills and personal qualities. Your letters of recommendation must be submitted online.


Applicants denied admission in any round of the application process must wait until the following academic year to reapply. Applicants who are admitted to USC Marshall but are unable to attend will not be deferred to the following academic year. You must follow the instructions for re-applicants.

Dual Degree Applicants

USC Marshall and other USC schools and departments offer several dual-degree programs. To be a dual-degree candidate, you must follow the dual-degree program's admissions process and be offered admission to both schools/departments. For additional information, consult the USC Catalogue.

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