University of Southern California



Applicants may apply for admission to begin the program in the summer term or the fall or spring semesters. Application deadlines vary by semester, citizenship and registration goals. Details are available under the Dates and Deadlines link.

The equivalent of a 4-year bachelor's degree is required for admission. Additionally, applicants must have completed at least the equivalent of the first semester of a traditional 2-year M.B.A. accredited by the AACSB, EQUIS, ACBSP, AOCTE, IACBE or AMBA. Those admitted must complete the equivalent of the first year of a traditional 2-year M.B.A. program prior to beginning classes at U.S.C. Marshall. (Please see the FAQ page for details.)

Successful applicants should have earned a GPA of 3.3 or greater (on a 4.0 scale) in their graduate business course work, should have scored in at least the 80th percentile on the GMAT or the GRE, and will have at least two years of full-time work experience.

For International students who did not spend 4 years completing a bachelor's degree at an American, British, Canadian or Australian college or university, proof of proficiency in English is required for admission. We accept the following test scores, as long as they are not more than two years old:

  • the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a score of at least 600 on the paper-based test, 250 on the computer-based version, or 100 on the Internet-based examination with no less than 20 on each of the four test components.
  • the PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic) with a minimum score of 70
  • the IELTS with a score of 7, with no less than 6 on each band score.


A complete application includes the following:

  • Completed on-line application.
  • Official Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or GRE scores no more than 5 years old.
  • Resume.
  • Responses to required essay questions.
  • A nonrefundable application fee (waived for current USC students, USC staff, and USC alumni).
  • Proof that the applicant has earned an undergraduate degree equivalent to a 4-year U.S. bachelor's degree. One official transcript from the registrar of each college or university attended must be submitted to USC. If all college or postgraduate work has not been completed, transcripts must be sent again when work in progress is completed and the degree is posted. Transcripts written in languages other than English must be accompanied by a certified English translation. Applicants who completed degrees at institutions in countries where English is not the primary official language must also submit documents verifying their degrees through the International Education Research Foundation ( Please visit the IERF web site for details about required documents and fees. Use the USC link above to receive a USC discount.
  • International applicants must also submit TOEFL, IELTS or PTE scores no more than 2 years old and verification of sufficient financial support. International applicants are advised to see the instructions for International Students published in the USC Graduate Admissions Application Booklet

To ensure adequate time to receive an admission decision, it is important to send completed application materials well in advance of the semester for which the applicant wishes to register.

The Application Process

Submit an on-line application to the M.M.S. program (code 1452) through the USC Graduate Admissions web site at International applicants are advised to see the Checklist for International Students published in the USC Graduate Admissions web site.

  • Current USC students and USC alumni are not required to submit an application fee or transcripts to verify degrees earned prior to their attendance at USC.
  • Applicants who completed their qualifying undergraduate degree and graduate coursework at an institution other than USC must submit all application documentation identified in the instructions including the application fee, official test scores and transcripts.

GMAT scores must be issued directly to USC by the GMAT testing service using the Marshall MBA school code - 389-9C-23. The GRE code for USC Marshall is 4852. Scores must be from tests taken within the last five years.

Proof of English proficiency. TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS scores must be sent directly to USC by the testing agency. For the TOEFL the USC school code is 4852. For the PTE use Marshall MBA school code - 389-9C-23.

For expedited processing we strongly recommend that official transcripts and translations be sent to

MMS Admissions
c/o Susan Hunt
STO 301, USC
837 Downey Way
Los Angeles, CA 90089-1145

MBA students and alumni from KAIST and from Sogang Business School should visit the FAQ page for special application instructions.

Students enrolled in the USC-SJTU Institute of Cultural and Creative Industry (ICCI) Master of Journalism and Communication program should contact the Vice Dean of that program for additional assistance.

For application deadlines refer to the Dates and Deadlines page of this web site.

For additional information contact or call (213) 740-0671.