University of Southern California

Requirements

 

Application Deadlines

  Application
Deadlines
Test
Deadlines
Notification
Begins*
Round 1* December 1, 2014 December 1, 2014 January 15, 2015
Round 2 February 1, 2015 February 1, 2015 March 1, 2015
Round 3 March 15, 2015 March 15, 2015 April 1, 2015

Recommended deadline for international applicants is Round 1, so that there will be sufficient time to process student visa applications.

 *Priority consideration for merit-based scholarships (if available) given to both international and domestic students with completed applications.

**Notification includes: invitation to interview, waitlist, deny or admit decision.

Application Requirements

  • Four-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent. Applicants in the process of finishing an undergraduate degree may apply, with acceptance contingent on finishing the undergraduate degree.
  • A completed online application
  • Official academic transcripts from the Registrar of the institution where courses were taken.
  • Official GMAT or GRE score (GMAT preferred) report is recommended but not required. If you wish to submit a score, you must have taken the GMAT or GRE exam by the time you submit an application. The program code for our MS Finance program is 1525. The GRE code for USC Marshall is 4852. The GMAT code for USC Marshall’s Master of Science in Finance is 389-9C-01. We recommend uploading unofficial copies of your GMAT or GRE scores with your application in addition to sending official scores (through the GMAT testing service or, for the GRE, through the Educational Testing Service using the codes mentioned) to USC. Again, a GRE/GMAT score is recommended but not required.
  • One required essay, as outlined in the online application. An optional essay is provided for any additional information you wish to convey to the Admissions Committee.
  • A professional résumé.
  • One letter of recommendation, from a professor or work supervisor, which must be submitted online.
  • Application fee: $150.
  • 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. An official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score report (Educational Testing Service’s TOEFL school code for USC is 4852), International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Transcripts

You may use the forms provided with the online application to request that your undergraduate (bachelor's degree) transcripts be sent directly to the mailing address below:

University of Southern California
Office of Admission and Financial Aid
GRADUATE
University Park Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0915

We encourage applicants to upload unofficial transcripts to the on-line application. However, while the Admissions Committee can review an application with unofficial transcripts, a final decision cannot be rendered until official transcripts have been received and evaluated.

International students: Please ask your undergraduate institution to include an explanation of the grading system and information about how the transcript should be assessed. Transcripts in a language other than English must be accompanied by an English translation.

Recommendations

Only one letter of recommendation is required. It is used as a gauge of your professional achievements and managerial potential. We prefer that your letter of recommendation be provided by a professor or direct supervisor. This person should provide specific observations and examples of your leadership, teamwork, analytical skills and personal qualities. Your letter of recommendation must be submitted online.

Interviews

Interviews are conducted by invitation only at the discretion of the Admissions Committee. On campus interviewing is preferred, but interviews via Skype are also available.

All international applicants who did not earn a bachelor's degree from a university in the United States, Ireland, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia or New Zealand must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam.

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 — and your GMAT or GRE scores, if you wish to submit those — with your application. But these unofficial copies are a supplement to, not a substitute for, the official copies which must come through the testing services.

If you are required to take an English Language Exam, an official score report must be forwarded to USC by the testing agency. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years. The TOEFL code for the USC Marshall MBA program is 4852.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): For additional information, visit TOEFL. International English Language Testing System (IELTS): http://www.ielts.org/default.aspx.

Mailing Addresses

Applications are submitted online. If you need to send additional materials by postal mail, please use the following address:

University of Southern California
Office of Admission and Financial Aid
GRADUATE
University Park Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0915

If you use a courier service, such as DHL or FedEx, use this address instead:

University of Southern California
Office of Admission and Financial Aid
3601 South Flower Street, Tyler 1
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0911