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, unless otherwise noted. Locations do vary, so please take note.

  •   Tuesday, August 27, JFF 233
  • Wednesday, August 28, JFF 233
  • Tuesday, September 3, JFF 233
  • Wednesday, September 4, HOH (Hoffman Hall) 114
  • Tuesday, September 10, JFF 233
  • Thursday, September 12, JFF 233
  • Tuesday, September 17, JFF 241
  • Thursday, September 19, JFF 233
  • Wednesday, October 2, JFF 233
  • Thursday, October 10, JFF 233
  • Wednesday, October 23, JFF 233
  • Tuesday, November 12, JFF 233
  • Wednesday, November 13, JFF 233
  • Tuesday, November 19, JFF 233
  • Thursday, November 21, JFF 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.

Fall 2019 internal transfer admission information for continuing USC students can be found here.


The fall 2019 internal transfer application is now available below. The fall 2019 application deadline is Friday, December 6, 2019, 11:59pm(PST). Late applications will not be accepted. Applicants should receive an email confirmation 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.