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Admission Requirements   Criteria for Admission
Essays   Recommendation Letters
Application Process and Deadlines   Online Application
Special Application Instructions   Submitting Your Application
Transcripts   International Students

STILL TIME TO REGISTER! Application still open until June 15th

International early admission deadline: April 15th
Domestic admission deadline: Still accepting applications (limited space available)
Rolling admissions through: Still accepting applications (limited space available)
Application fee: $60
Residential Tuition: $9,500
(Includes program tuition, on-campus lodging and on-campus meal plan)
Commuter Tuition: $7,500
(Includes program tuition and on-campus lunch)

This program has rolling admissions. Every candidate will hear back by email on or before June 1st.

Due to the high volume of applications submitted and rolling admissions, we encourage all prospective applicants to submit their application as soon as possible to guarantee the best chance of admission.

Admission Requirements

  • Academic Background
  • Resume
  • Essays
  • Recommendation Letters
  • Application Process and Deadlines

Criteria for Admission

  • Admissions decisions will be made on a first-come, first-served basis. Early application is recommended as space in the program is limited.
  • Applicants should have completed a minimum of two years of college prior to the program, or have graduated college no more than two years prior.
  • General strength of academic background, GPA, and answers two short essay questions on the application form will be considered in admission decision.
  • To be formally admitted into the program, applicants must submit a copy of their college transcript.
  • A $60 non-refundable application fee is required.
  • Once accepted, the student will have one week to submit a $750 non-refundable deposit to secure space in the program.
  • The balance of the program fee is due by June 30th by credit card or cashier's check.


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.

There are two required essay questions, each limited to 1,000 words maximum:
(Essay 1) How do you see this program fitting into your work, career or educational ambitions?
(Essay 2) What skills and perspectives do you feel you can contribute to this program?

Recommendation Letters

The letters of recommendation allow the Admissions Committee to gain additional insight into your leadership abilities and potential for success in the Summer Business program.

Two letters of recommendation are required:
(Letter 1) The first letter must come from a professor or course instructor
(Letter 2) The second letter should come from a current or former supervisor you had during an internship or work experience

Online Application

Applicants are required to complete an online application. CLICK HERE to access the Summer Business Program application / registration form.

Application review begins on April 1, and continues through the end of June. We are still accepting applications. Limited space available!

Special Application Instructions

Employment Information: You must upload your resume to the application.

Essays and Documents: You must upload your answers to the essay questions prior to submitting the application.

Recommendations: You must provide two letters of recommendation. In the online application, the letters can be uploaded directly into the application or emailed directly to Summer Business Program application committee at If emailed, must use subject line "Letter of Recommendation".

Submitting Your Application

Be sure to review your application prior to hitting submit 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 American Express) to pay for the $60 application fee online. No application will be processed until the application fee is paid.

Within a week the non-refundable deposit of $750 is due to secure your space. The balance of the program fee / final payment is due by June 15th by credit card or cashier's check.

Cancellation Policy

By submitting this application, you acknowledge that you have read and understand all payment and cancellation policies related to the USC Marshall School of Business Summer Business Program. If you are accepted into the Summer Business Program you will have one week to pay the non-refundable deposit of $750 is due to secure your space. The balance of the program fee / final payment is due by June 30th by credit card or cashier's check.

Upon committing to acceptance, the student has reserved a space in the Summer Business Program and is responsible for full payment. Should cancellation occur prior to June 1st, the full program fee less the $750 deposit will be refunded. If cancellation should occur between June 2nd and June 15th, only 50% of the program fee less the $750 deposit will be refunded. Students who drop out after July 1st or register but fail to attend, as well as students who drop out during the program, will not be eligible for refunds.


Submitting Official College Transcripts will be required in addition to the submitted application.

Please mail official college transcripts to our offices at:
Attn: Summer Business Program
Marshall School Business
University of Southern California
1150 S. Olive Street, Suite 2900
Los Angeles, California USA 90015

International Students

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 passports. 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.

TOEFL and 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). 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 GMAT and TOEFL scores with your application. However, official scores must be forwarded to USC by the testing agency. Please note that we do not accept the IELTS exam.

For additional information, please contact:
Educational Testing Service
Box 6151
Princeton, NJ 08541-6151

Need Assistance?

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:

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