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.

Updates for Spring 2020: To learn more about the major application process, please  watch our online Zoom recording of the internal transfer admissions presentation here.  

After you have viewed the online recorded information session, should you have further questions and wish to connect with an advisor, we will be hosting several online "Internal Transfer Admission - Drop-in Hour" Zoom sessions. Dates and times are listed below. Please note: the drop-in hour is intended for brief, 5-minute or less questions from 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.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 4pm - 5pm (PST): Zoom link here
Thursday, March 26, 2020, 4pm - 5pm (PST):  Zoom link here
Tuesday, March 31, 2020, 4pm - 5pm (PST): Zoom link here
Thursday, April 2, 2020, 4pm - 5pm (PST): Zoom link here



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. 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.

Updates for Spring Semester 2020:  Given the unprecedented challenges posed by COVID-19, we are extending the internal transfer application deadline to June 1.  Please know that we will be reviewing all applications in the context of this challenging situation, and we encourage students to utilize the application essays to explain how any unique circumstances impacted their course plan or grades.  If you have already submitted an application and would like to add more information, simply complete a second application and we will discard the first one. Applicants will not be disadvantaged by course work taken under Pass/No Pass grading options offered during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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 asked to attend an information sessions prior to scheduling an advising appointment.


The spring 2020 internal transfer application is now available below. The spring 2020 internal transfer application deadline has been extended to Monday, June 1, 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 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 spring for possible admission in fall, you may register for a maximum of one of the above listed Marshall courses (ECON 352, BUAD 280 or BUAD 310) in fall. 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 fall term should any changes be necessary to your schedule in order to stay on track with the Marshall major.