Business Administration Major

Internal Transfer Application Requirements

Thinking about transferring into Marshall?

At USC Marshall, Business Administration majors develop a thorough knowledge of business fundamentals, including: business economics, business statistics, accounting, organizational behavior, finance, marketing, business communication, and business strategy.  In addition to business core courses, students are required to gain a deeper understanding in one or more aspects of business in which they have an interest.

To learn more about the major application process, we invite you to attend one of our information sessions.


To learn more about the major application process, including required courses for applying and other admissions recommendations, students are encouraged to attend an information session. Information sessions for the fall semester are offered in JFF (Fertitta Hall) 233 from 5PM-6PM on the following dates:

  • Monday, August 20
  • Thursday, August 23
  • Monday, August 27
  • Wednesday, August 29
  • Wednesday, September 5
  • Wednesday, October 17
  • Thursday, November 15
  • Monday, November 26
  • Wednesday, November 28


The following courses must be completed or in progress when applying to the Business Administration major:

  • WRIT 130 or WRIT 140 or WRIT 150
  • MATH 118* or higher
  • ECON 351x
    *NOTE: Math 118 is a prerequisite for ECON 351x; ECON 351x must be taken in residence at USC.

Students who wish to be considered for admission to the Accounting major must complete BUAD 285ab or BUAD 286ab or BUAD 280 and BUAD 281 (or BUAD 305, if eligible) with a grade of "B" or better, in addition to completing the above required courses.

Admission decisions are based primarily on students’ academic performance at USC with special attention given to the required coursework listed above. Letters of recommendation are not part of the application process. In order to be competitive, students are advised to complete 16 units of academically rigorous coursework in each term of enrollment; all courses should be taken for a letter grade. In admission cycles over the past year, the average overall GPA for admitted students has been a 3.5, and 90% of admitted students earn grades of "B" or better in the courses above.

The Marshall Office of Undergraduate Advising and Student Affairs is available to assist prospective internal transfer students with their questions concerning the program requirements and the application process.  Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend one of the information sessions or to schedule advising appointments well ahead of registration or other important dates.


The fall 2018 internal transfer application is now available below. The fall 2018 application deadline is Friday, December 7, 2018, 11:59pm (PST).

Late applications will not be accepted. Applicants should receive an email confirmation to their USC email address following submission of the application. If you do not receive an email confirmation of your application, please contact our office immediately.


Admission decisions for the Marshall major will be communicated electronically through students' USC email accounts. Until admitted, students should register for the upcoming term in their current program of study. Students will be able to register for Marshall classes and will be assigned a Marshall academic advisor upon admission.

Any questions concerning internal transfer admission decisions can be directed to the Office of Undergraduate Advising and Student Affairs within ten business days of the notification date. Admission decision are final; appeals may be considered only in the case of a documented grading error in required or related course work.