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.


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**

* 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. In order to be competitive, students are advised to complete 16 units of academically rigorous, letter-graded coursework in each term of enrollment. A cumulative USC GPA of 3.3 or above and grade of B+ or better in ECON 351 is recommended to apply.

In the past several admissions cycles, the average overall GPA for admitted students has been over a 3.6. Approximately 90% of admitted students have earned a B or better in the required courses for admission; the majority of successful applicants earn a B+ or better in ECON 351.

*COVID-19 Update:

We always take context into consideration when reviewing applications, and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic will be considered as we evaluate your academic record. We encourage students to utilize the application essays to report and explain any necessary information about the impacts of COVID-19 on your course plan or grades.


In order to make satisfactory degree progress and to finish your degree in a timely manner, we strongly recommend students apply for internal transfer admission to the Marshall School of Business prior to reaching 64 total units (not including coursework-in-progress, or AP, IB, or A-level units).

Effective Spring 2021, students may apply no more than twice for internal transfer admission to the Marshall School of Business.


1. To learn more about the application process, please watch the internal transfer admissions presentation below.

2. If you have further questions after viewing the presentation and wish to connect with an advisor, you are welcome to join our online "drop-in" Zoom session taking place every Thursday and Friday from 3pm-4:30pm (Zoom link here). Please note: the drop-in session is intended for students who have already watched the recorded information session. Once you have joined the Zoom drop-in meeting, please wait to be "admitted" to the room by the session's host.


The fall 2020 internal transfer application is now available below. The fall 2020 application deadline is Friday, November 13, 2020, 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 sent to students' USC email accounts no later than the end of week 3 of the following semester. 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 decisions are final; appeals may be considered only in the case of a documented grading error in required or related course work.


What to register for in the following semester when you're awaiting your decision

  • 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 for possible admission in spring, you may register for a maximum of one of the above listed Marshall courses (ECON 352, BUAD 280 or BUAD 310) in spring. 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 should any changes be necessary to your schedule in order to stay on track with the Marshall major. 


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.