University of Southern California

MBT Admissions

Application Requirements

Application Deadlines

International Applicants:

Dec 1: Early Deadline.

Jan 15: Final Deadline.

U.S. Citizen/Permanent Resident Applicants:

Jan 15: Early Deadline.

April 15: Final Deadline.

Please Note:

  • Your application is considered "complete" once all materials are received, including test scores and official transcripts.
  • First Notification: After an application is reviewed, students will receive an interview invitation or deny decision. We process notifications as quickly as possible.

Coursework Requirements

Summer Applicants:

The following courses must be completed or in progress at the time of application submission:

  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Micro or Macroeconomics
  • Statistics (business preferred)


Fall Applicants:

As a fall applicant, the following courses must be completed or in progress at the time of application submission:

  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Micro or Macroeconomics
  • Statistics (business preferred)
  • Intermediate Accounting I
  • Intermediate Accounting II
  • Cost or Managerial Accounting
  • U.S. Federal or Corporate Taxation

In addition, we prefer and recommend the following courses:

  • Auditing*/Assurance*
  • Advanced Accounting*
  • Corporate Finance*

*Extra units may be added to your degree if you don't have these courses.

We recommend these courses are taken at your 4-year university.




Official Transcripts

A bachelor's degree equivalent to a 4-year U.S. undergraduate degree from an accredited institution (regardless of field or major) is required prior to enrolling in the graduate programs. As such, applicants are not required to have earned their baccalaureate degree when applying, but must earn their degree prior to enrolling in the program. Please submit your application first before requesting transcripts to be sent.

For applicants who received degrees from institutions outside the U.S., please click here for a list of minimum education requirements by country.

Official transcripts are required for ALL previous college work (undergraduate and graduate). Transcripts from international universities must be submitted in the original language as well as in English.

Please upload an unofficial copy of your transcript, and mail one (1) official, sealed transcript for each college or university you have attended to:

USC Office of GRADUATE Admissions
3601 South Flower Street, Room 112
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0915
 




GMAT

All applicants to the MAcc and MBT Full-time programs must submit official Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) scores. Test scores are valid for 5 years from the test date; scores more than 5 years old are not accepted. If you take the GMAT multiple times we will consider your highest score for admission purposes.

 

GMAT Website: http://www.mba.com
MAcc program code: 389-XR-28
MBT program code: 389-XR-07

NOTE: We will not grant an interview until your scores are received. If you resend new scores after submitting your application we may or may not be able to consider them based on the stage of your application review. If you do resend, please contact us at macc.mbt@marshall.usc.edu to notify our admissions team.




Personal Statement

Part of your application requires you to prepare a statement on your professional aspirations and how the program will help you to achieve them. The essay questions will be available in the online application.




Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required for of your application. References should address your personal qualities, potential to succeed in the profession, and your ability to perform well in the classroom. Choose references who know you in an academic or professional context and who are familiar with your academic achievements, credentials, career aspirations and work history (if applicable). It is preferred (though not required) that one of these letters be from an academic source (professor) that can attest to your ability to successfully complete a rigorous graduate degree program. The other letter may be from a non-academic source (employer) that is familiar with your work history and/or career goals.

All letters of recommendation must be submitted using the online recommendation form found in the online application system. You will find instructions on setting up online recommendations when you start the application process.




Resume

Please upload a business resume that includes your educational and professional information. Professional information should consist of employment history starting with your most recent experience. Your resume should not be more than one page in length.




Interview

Interviews are by invitation only. Interviews are conducted by the admissions office staff and applicants will be contacted once all materials have been received. An invitation to interview indicates that your application has reached an advanced stage of consideration. Depending on where you are located, you will be asked to complete either an on-campus or an interview via Skype. No one will be admitted without completing an interview.




Application Fee

The application fee is $85. The application fee is waived for USC students and alumni.




International Applicants

General

International applicants, regardless of major, from a country where English is not the primary language are required to submit TOEFL scores.

Do you need to apply for the summer or fall semester?
Examples:
  • Yuanfang from China has an undergraduate accounting degree from a university in Beijing. Since her courses were taught in Mandarin, she is required to apply for the Summer semester and, if admitted, participate in the Summer Intensive Program.
  • Yoojin went to South Korea for her undergraduate degree (non-accounting) but went to U.S. for a Master of Finance degree. She is required to apply for the Summer semester and, if admitted, participate in the Summer Intensive Program.
  • Anna received her undergraduate business degree from Australia where the language for instruction was English. Since her degree was not in accounting, she is required to apply for the Summer semester and, if admitted, participate in the Summer Intensive Program.



International Education Requirements

Applicants must have obtained an equivalent to a 4-year U.S. bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. A list of minimum education requirements by country can be found here.




Transcripts

Transcripts from international universities must be submitted in the original language as well as in English. They must be sealed and sent directly from the university.




English Language Exams

ALL International students are required to submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic), or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). In order to qualify for the 2015 Summer Intensive Program, the TOEFL must be taken on or after June 2013. The score is only valid for 2 years.

A minimum TOEFL score of 103 (iBT) is required to apply. On the iBT exam, you must score no less than 20 on each of the four test components.

Exceptions from taking the English Language Exam:

  • You hold a Bachelor’s degree from a 4 year, 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. The entire program must have been completed in the qualifying country. We do 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.
  • Students whose native language is English. This applies to students from the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada (except Quebec)

 

TOEFL Website: http://www.toefl.org. USC's TOEFL Code: 4852 and department code is 02 (graduate school of management)
PTE Academic: http://pearsonpte.com/PTEAcademic
IELTS Website: http://www.ielts.org




Proof of Financial Support (I-20 Form)

International applicants must submit documented evidence of financial support. The U.S. government requires that all international applicants provide proof of ability to pay tuition and living expenses for themselves and their dependents (if applicable) before a formal letter of admission and an I-20 form can be issued.

This document, stating your ability to pay for our one year program, must be verified by a bank and dated within the last nine months. Applicants who are relying on support from their home government or other official agency must send USC a financial guarantee letter -- preferably a bank letter -- with the sponsor’s name and address. Your sponsor's name (e.g. parents, relatives) on the financial document must be in English.

For more information on how to submit proof of financial support, please visit this page.

Please refer to the Costs & Financial Aid section for appropriate figures.


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Summer & Fall 2015 Online Application available beginning on October 1, 2014

For which semester should I apply: Summer or Fall?

Summer:
a) Non-Accounting Majors/Minors.
b) Undergraduate work completed in Non-English speaking country regardless of major.

Fall:
a) Accounting Majors/Minors
b) Students with completed prerequisite courses as specified below.

Recommendations to Applicants

1. Students applying for scholarships are highly recommended to meet the Early Deadline.
2. Students applying for the summer semester are highly recommended to meet the Early Deadline, due to limited classroom capacity.