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. All sessions below will be held from 5pm-6pm; locations do vary, so please take note.

  • Tuesday, January 14, JFF 322
  • Thursday, January 16, JFF 233
  • Tuesday, January 21, JFF 322
  • Thursday, January 23, JFF 322
  • Tuesday, January 28, JFF 327
  • Wednesday, January 29, JFF 331
  • Tuesday, February 4, JFF 322
  • Wednesday, February 19, JFF 331
  • Tuesday, March 10, JFF 233
  • Wednesday, March 25, JFF 233
  • Wednesday, April 8, JFF 233
  • Tuesday, April 14, JFF 233
  • Tuesday, April 21, JFF 233
  • Wednesday, April 22, JFF 233
  • Wednesday, April 29, 233


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. A cumulative USC GPA of 3.0 or above is recommended to apply. 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 2019 internal transfer application has now closed. Please check back in February 2020 for information on the spring 2020 internal transfer application.

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.


  • MATH 118/125 (required course for admission)
  • WRIT 130/150 (required course for admission) OR GESM
    • For transfer students, WRIT 150/GESM may be replaced with courses from your current or alternate major.
  • GE
  • GE or Current/Alternate Major
  • ECON 351 (required course for admission)
  • GESM OR WRIT 130/150 (required course for admission)
    • For transfer students, WRIT 150/GESM may be replaced with courses from your current or alternate major.
  • GE
  • GE or Current/Alternate Major
  • GE
  • GE or Alternate/Current Major
  • Alternate/Current Major
  • ECON 352*, BUAD 280*, or BUAD 310* or Alternate/Current Major or other University requirement

*If you are submitting an application this fall 2019 for possible admission in spring 2020, you may register for a maximum of one of the above listed Marshall courses (ECON 352, BUAD 280 or BUAD 310). The remaining courses on your schedule should include a variety of current or alternate major courses and University requirements. Please consult with your current and/or alternate major advisor for course recommendations.

If you are offered admission to Marshall, you will be assigned an academic advisor who can assist you in the spring term should any changes be necessary to your schedule in order to stay on track with the Marshall major.