University of Southern California

Frequently Asked Questions

1) What is the language requirement?
International students must have the following minimum TOEFL scores:

Test Format Minimum Score
Paper-based 600
Computer-based 250
Internet-based Total Score > = 100 and component scores > = 20

For the IELTS you need a score of 6.5 with no band score less than 6. 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.

2) What is the minimum GRE or GMAT score?
There is no minimum GRE or GMAT score.

3) Any financial aid?
We do not offer any financial aid.

4) Any option online/distance base learning?
No, this program is located at the University Park Campus only.

5) What is the cost of the program?
The total tuition cost for the M.S. program is estimated to be $53,340 (based on the 2016-2017 school year).

6) Can I still submit an application?
Yes. The deadlines for submitting applications are:

April 15, 2016 for international students
May 15, 2016 for U.S. Citizens and permanent residents

However, the admission will be done on a rolling basis. We will be making decisions as soon as applications arrive, so please be sure to send in your application early. There will be a high demand for the seats in our program. So, please try to submit your complete application as soon as possible.

7) Can elective courses include other business classes at Marshall?
Yes, it is possible to include other business classes at Marshall as part of your elective plans. Once you are admitted to the program, we can work with you to customize a program of elective courses that would meet your career goals.

8) Difference between Business Analytics and Information Technology
Our master program is targeted to professionals who are interested in a career in business analytics and data sciences, which is different from information technology. While information technology deals with computer infrastructure and hardware for handling big data, business analytics and data sciences focus on the analyzing big data, deriving business insights, and presenting complex data to business executives. So, our program has a completely different focus than information technology

9) I am interested in marketing, research, and strategy analytics. Does the MS in Business Analytics fit with my career goal?
Our program offers required courses that are targeted to applications in marketing analytics, including DSO 545 on Data Visualization and DSO 570 on The Analytics Edge. Also, our program has a course on Data Analytics Driven Dynamic Strategy & Execution (DSO 573). If your interests are in marketing and strategy analytics, our program will be a great fit.

Also, as mentioned in 7) (above), our MS in Analytics is quite flexible. If you are not interested in the elective courses on database systems, data warehousing, and information security, you can skip them. Instead, we can work with you to develop a slate of elective courses that best fit with your interest and career plan. Given your interests in marketing, research, and strategy analytics, we can work with you to choose elective courses that are related to these areas.

10) Where should I mail my sealed official transcripts?

By regular mail:

University of Southern California
USC Office of Graduate Admission
3601 South Flower Street, Room 112
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0915

By courier service, such as DHL or FedEx:

University of Southern California
USC Office of Graduate Admission and Financial Aid
3601 South Flower Street, Tyler 1
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0915
(213) 740-1111

It is recommended that you submit your academic records after you have submitted your online application and have received your USC ID number. Including your USC ID number with your mailed documents will expedite their processing.

Also, USC is now accepting electronic official transcripts from universities in the United States and India. Transcripts need to be sent by your university to

11) Is the MS in Business Analytics a STEM degree?

Yes, the MS in Business Analytics program is a STEM degree with 27 months of OPT.

12) What is the average GPA for admitted students?


13) What is the average GMAT score for admitted students?


14) What is the average GRE score for admitted students?

It’s hard to compute the average of the absolute GRE score because there are multiple versions. So, it is more appropriate to compute the percentile. However, the average GRE percentile for admits is 76% for Verbal and 88% for Quantitative.

15) What is the average age of admitted students?


16) What is the average amount of work experience admitted students have?

1.5 years

17) What is the Acceptance Rate?


18) Are there any prerequisite course requirements?

No, we do not have any prerequisite course requirements. We will teach you everything you need to know in order to be successful.

19) My GPA is out of 10; do I need to convert it?

No, the USC Graduate Admissions Office will convert it for you.