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Frequently Asked Questions

General Information
Test Scores
Financing Your MBA
Work Experience
Application Follow-up
Dual Degrees
International Students

General Information:

What are the requirements to apply to the MBA.PM Program?

The requirements to apply for admission are:

  • Four-year bachelor's degree
  • Completed online application
  • Essay (One required, one optional)
  • Official academic transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation
  • A professional resume
  • Official GMAT or GRE score
  • TOEFL score or IELTS (if applicable)
  • Application fee

When are your application deadlines?

The USC Marshall MBA.PM Program began accepting applications beginning October 1, 2013. Decisions are released during the 1st week of each month, beginning December 1, 2013.

Application Deadlines*

Application Deadlines     Test Deadlines     Notification
May 1, 2014     May 1, 2014     First week of every month
July 1, 2014     July 1, 2014         

*Candidates are encouraged to apply early as the USC Marshall EMBA is a competitive and selective program. Applications submitted after the submission period may be considered, space permitting.

All decisions are posted on your online application. Please check your online application for updates and please expect a decision to be posted about 4-6 weeks after submission of a COMPLETED online application. Please remember to upload your unofficial test scores and transcripts with your online application and mail your OFFICIAL documents to USC. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to render a decision based on any materials submitted by the application deadline.

Does my undergraduate degree need to be in business?

No, you are not required to have an undergraduate degree in business. The USC Marshall School of Business recruits and admits individuals from a broad range of academic backgrounds.

Can I apply to more than one Marshall MBA program in the same year, or move from one program to another?

USC Marshall offers five MBA programs, and each is entirely separate from the other programs. Applicants can only apply for admission to one program. We do not allow students to move from one program to another at anytime due to the differences in course work and structure of the programs.

Is it possible to receive an MBA from USC Marshall if I have already earned an MBA?

For those who have already earned an MBA, USC Marshall recommends the Masters of Science in Business Administration (MSBA) program. The 26 unit MSBA is designed to provide those who have completed an MBA with an opportunity to pursue further study in an area of specialization, especially an area not thoroughly explored during the course of an MBA. The degree is available to only those holding an MBA degree from institutions accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). For additional information about the MSBA program, please visit the MSBA web site

Can I come on campus to get more information about the Marshall MBA.PM Program?

The USC Marshall School of Business invites all interested candidates to attend an information session at our Los Angeles Campus or our Orange County Center. Our information sessions provide candidates with additional information as well as the opportunity to hear from and ask questions of current students, alumni, and admissions representatives. Information sessions are held once a month from October to April. For specific dates and additional information, please click here.

Are there minimum requirements for the GMAT, GRE, GPA, or work experience?

While we have no minimum requirements for admission, the applicant pool is highly competitive.

Test Scores:

Can I take the GMAT or GRE more than once? How long are GMAT and GRE scores good for?

Yes, you can take the GMAT more than once, and the Admissions Committee will only consider the highest score. GMAT and GRE scores are valid for five years.

Financing Your MBA:

How much does tuition cost?

Currently, the estimated cost for the MBA.PM Program for three years is $108,000.

Does Marshall offer scholarships/ fellowships?

Thanks to the generosity of alumni, corporations and interested individuals, several merit-based fellowships are awarded to USC Marshall MBA.PM students. The Admissions Committee bases fellowship award decisions on a range of criteria, including scholastic merit, leadership, work experience and other characteristics that add value to the academic and social atmosphere of USC Marshall. Additionally, many employers participate in tuition assistance programs and there are a number of loan options available for USC Marshall MBA.PM students.

Work Experience:

Does my work experience need to be in business?

You are not required to have work experience in business. The USC Marshall School of Business recruits and admits individuals from a broad range of professional backgrounds.

Application Follow-Up:

What is your policy on deferred admission?

The USC Marshall School of Business does not provide deferments for MBA.PM admitted applicants.

If I am not accepted, can I get feedback on my application?

Members of the Admissions Committee will offer counseling sessions to those students who have been denied admission. These sessions will be held in September. To schedule a counseling appointment, please call the Admissions Office in late August at (213) 740-7846.

What is the process if I am a reapplicant to the Marshall MBA.PM program?

If you have submitted an application within the past two years, you are required to submit only the following application materials:

  • An online application
  • One new letter of recommendation
  • Essay (One required)
  • Official transcripts for any coursework taken since your last application
  • Official score reports for any tests (GMAT, GRE, TOEFL or IELTS) taken since your last application
  • An updated professional résumé
  • An application fee: $150 for online application


How can I arrange for an interview?

The Admissions Committee conducts a very limited number of interviews for the MBA.PM Program. Interviews are available by invitation only. The majority of MBA.PM admission decisions are made without an interview.


What is PM.GLOBE?

PM.Globe is a 3-unit required course that is designed to enhance MBA.PM students' knowledge and understanding of international business environments, to develop their appreciation of cross-country differences, and to expose them to foreign business practices. The first half of the course is an open-economy macroeconomics course at USC Marshall. The second half is comprised of three components: country-specific training sessions at USC, an international trip, and final projects that are completed and presented upon return to Los Angeles. The international trip occurs during the spring break of the students' second year in the MBA.PM Program. Our goal is to build theoretical understanding, practical knowledge, and increased awareness and sensitivity to the complexities of doing business overseas.

Current sites include:

  • Brazil
  • China
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Singapore
  • Thailand

Dual Degrees:

Do you offer dual degree programs?

USC offers a number of dual degree programs between Marshall and other USC schools and departments. An applicant must be offered admission to both schools/departments through each program's admissions process to be considered a dual degree candidate.

For additional information on dual degree program, please visit the USC course catalog.

International Students:

If I am an international student, can I apply for a Stafford loan?

No, international students are not eligible to receive federal financial aid. However, international students may qualify for private loans if they have a US co-signer.