University of Southern California

International Applicants

We encourage all interested international students to apply. Please be aware that all students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents must submit copies of their passport as well as work visa documentation. In addition, final admission to the university may be contingent upon prior degree verification that requires visual verification of original language diplomas and transcripts, along with official English translations. Please contact us should you have further questions.


Please submit one set of records from each college or university you have attended. These records should indicate the number of lecture and laboratory hours devoted to each course and the grades you received. Also include official documents that indicate the title and date of the degrees you have earned. This is considered the equivalent to a "transcript" issued from an American institution.

If your academic transcripts are not in English, you must submit a notarized, official English translation. Marshall requires official copies of both original language and English language transcripts. You may send certified copies in lieu of the original transcripts.

English Language Exams

International graduate applicants must demonstrate English-language proficiency by submitting either TOEFL or IELTS scores. International applicants are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement under the following circumstances:

1) You hold a Bachelor’s degree completed in residency in United States or other Anglophone countries (Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand).

The Bachelor’s degree should come from a regionally accredited university located in the United States or officially recognized university in another country where English is both the language of instruction and the only officially recognized language of the country. Please note that the entire program must have been completed in the qualifying country.

USC does not waive the English-proficiency requirement based on either a graduate degree from a university in the U.S. or other qualifying country or an undergraduate program taught in English in a non-Anglophone country.

2) Your native language is English.

This applies to native English speakers from countries such as the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada (except Quebec) where English is both the only official language of the country and the language of instruction.

The criteria listed above are the only means by which international applicants can demonstrate English proficiency. USC does not waive the English-proficiency requirement based on any other consideration (work experience, ESL enrollment, etc.).

To avoid delays in processing your application, we suggest that you ask to have your TOEFL or IELTS scores sent to USC Marshall when you pre-register for the examination. You can also upload copies of your TOEFL or IELTS scores with your application. Official scores must be received directly from the testing service and date no earlier than 2 years (24 months) prior to the start of your intended first term at USC.

If you are sending TOEFL scores, the institution code for USC is 4852 (no department code is required). If you are sending IELTS scores, please choose “University of Southern California, Graduate Programs” from the list of available institutions of where to send your scores on the day that you sit for your test. Please do not enter the name and contact information of your specific intended graduate department. USC will only accept electronic IELTS scores. Paper scores are not considered official.

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