University of Southern California

Admissions Requirements

Criteria

The MMM Admissions Committee seeks students whose academic background, work experience, leadership abilities, and communication skills meet the demands of the program, and show promise for a successful career as a physician executive and leader in health care.

Academic Background

The MMM Admissions Committee looks for candidates whose prior academic work demonstrates the capability to succeed in a rigorous graduate program. An MD or DO degree from an accredited School of Medicine or School of Osteopathy is required, without exception. Applicants whose prior study was outside the United States must have completed the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree and an MD or DO degree.

Prerequisites

Physicians are required to complete prerequisite courses prior to starting the MMM program in March.

There are two options for meeting the prerequisites:

  1. Successful completion of the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) Section 1 Coursework (125 hours).
  2. Successful completion of three distance courses offered through USC Marshall. The courses are: Risk Management, Ethical Challenges, and Understanding Finance & Accounting. Access to these courses is provided upon admission to the program.

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Work Experience

Prior work experience is an important component of an applicant's preparation. Entering students will have a minimum of 3-5 years of work experience after completion of residency and must be able to demonstrate meaningful and progressive administrative or management responsibilities from employment, committees or volunteer activities.

Leadership Abilities

The ideal candidate is currently in, or ready to assume, a leadership role as a physician executive upon completion of the MMM. Competitive applicants will have a record of involvement and leadership in both their personal and professional lives, including professional associations, civic endeavors, and/or community groups.


Essay Responses

Essay responses serve two important roles in the admissions process. First, they allow the Admissions Committee to gain a deeper understanding of an applicant's past experiences and passions for the future. In addition, the essays allow the applicant to demonstrate the written communication skills that are critical for success in the program.

The essay questions are:

  1. Please explain the reasons for pursuing the Master of Medical Management degree. Address your short-term and long-term goals and how the program will help you achieve those goals. Please discuss the strengths and weaknesses of your academic and professional background. (Suggested length: two to three pages)
  2. Please include any additional information that you would like the Admissions Committee to consider when evaluating your application. (Optional, suggested length: no more than two pages)

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Recommendation Letters

Letters of recommendation allow the Admissions Committee to gain additional insight into your leadership abilities and potential for success in the MMM program. Ideally, your recommendations should come from supervisors and colleagues who can comment on your leadership experience and abilities, clinical expertise, and the value you have added to your workplaces, or former instructors who can describe your ability to perform well in master’s-level courses. Two letters of recommendation are required.


Standardized Test Scores

There are no standardized tests needed for admission to the MMM program as your advanced MD or DO degree waives you of the need to take the GRE or GMAT.

Application Process

Application Deadlines for each year's Cohort (beginning March each year)
Early Submission Deadline:November 1
International Applicants Deadline:November 1
Final Deadline:December 31

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Online Application

Applicants are required to complete an online application. The MMM application can be accessed at www.marshall.usc.edu/admissions/applyonline/. Application review begins on September 1, and continues through the end of December. It is ideal to submit an application by the early submission deadline of November 1. However, we are accepting applications through December 31st, 2014.

Getting Started

Once you create your account, you will receive a PIN and password which will be required to log in to the system. The online system is easy and convenient for applicants, as it allows you to complete the application in sections. Please remember to select "save" or "save and proceed" at the end of a particular section.

Please complete all required fields in the online application, and do not submit additional documentation beyond what is requested. Additional documents may be removed for the purpose of expedited application review. Your application will be available for review by our Admissions Committee only after you have submitted it online.

Additionally, please answer "Yes" to an initial question asking if you want your contact information (including your name & address) to be viewed by our institution before you submit the application. This will allow us to keep you informed of important application updates.

Special Application Instructions

Employment Information: You must upload your resume or CV in this section.

Essays & Documents: You must upload your answers to the essay questions in this section under Program-Specific Essays. Additionally, in the Additional Documents section you must upload your employer’s organization chart which includes your position.

Recommendations: You must provide two letters of recommendation. In the online application, enter all required contact information for each recommender and select "yes" when asked if recommenders will be providing a letter online. The recommender will then receive an email and password from the online application system so that they can enter and upload their letter. You are responsible for ensuring that your recommenders upload a letter of recommendation. They will be provided with instructions on how to do so.

International Applicants: If you are an international applicant, you must complete this section in its entirety.

Submitting Your Application

Be sure to click the "Check Your Application" link located on the information bar on the left side of the page before submitting to ensure you have included all required application materials.

In order to submit your completed application, you will need to use a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or Discover) to pay for the $150 application fee online. No application will be processed until the application fee is paid.

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Supporting Documents

After you have hit the "Submit" button, you will need to provide the following documents to USC and to the Marshall School:

Materials to USC:

USC Office of Admission
GRADUATE
University Park Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0915

  • Sealed official academic transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended, including your undergraduate institution and medical school.
    • If the name on your transcripts is different than the name on your application, please include your 10-digit USC ID number.
If your first language is not English or you did not receive a bachelor's from the U.S., you must also submit:
  • Official TOEFL score report sent from ETS (Institution Code 4852; no department code needed) or IELTS score.
If you are not a U.S. citizen or resident, you must also submit:

Materials to the MMM Program Office:

Master of Medical Management
ATT 29th Floor, 1150 S. Olive Street
Los Angeles, CA 90089

  • Sealed official academic transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended, including your undergraduate institution and medical school.
    • If the name on your transcripts is different than the name on your application, please include your 10-digit USC ID number.

If your first language is not English or you did not receive a bachelor's from the U.S., you must also submit:

  • Copy of TOEFL or IELTS score report (indicate program at the top of the sheet)

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Application System Requirements

  • You will need a web browser that has Javascript activated.
  • Supported web browsers include Internet Explorer 5 and above, Netscape 6 and above, Safari (for Macintosh users), and Firefox.
  • Do not use AOL's internal browser.
  • Pop-up blockers should be disabled.
  • You must logout of the online application after each session.

Note for 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 upon arrival to campus for the first residential session. In addition, final admission to the program may be contingent upon prior degree verification that requires visual verification of original language diplomas and transcripts, along with official English translations.

Transcripts

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. USC requires official copies of both original language and English language transcripts. You may send certified copies in lieu of the original transcripts.

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English Language Proficiency

All international applicants who did not earn a bachelors degree from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand are required to submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). To avoid delays in processing your application, we suggest you request that your test scores be sent to USC at the time you pre-register. You should send a photocopy of the official TOEFL or IELTS scores with your application. However, official scores must be forwarded to USC by the testing agency.

For additional information, consult the respective testing websites at:
http://www.toefl.org
http://www.ielts.org

Need Assistance?

For technical assistance, including access issues (PINs and passwords), please use the "Technical Support" link on the right side of this page to submit a request to the technical support team.

If you have questions about the application process or the status of a previously submitted application, please contact our office at 213-740-8990 or via E-mail: mmm@marshall.usc.edu.

We wish you the best and look forward to reviewing your application.



Thomas Wuest
MD, MMM
President, Slocum Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
Cohort 10

"I think one of the major things I learned through the MMM was dramatically improved listening skills… Gathering the input of constituents, whether it’s shareholders, physicians, staff, patients, etc. to be able to come a better strategic decision I think makes me a much better leader."