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All applicants -- even current USC students -- are required to respond to the short-answer/essay questions.

I already hold a master's degree. Do I have to submit test scores?

Holding a prior master’s degree does not exempt applicants from submitting the required test scores. The committee will review the content of the individual’s graduate degree transcript to determine whether or not there is sufficient evidence that the individual is qualified for admission. If the individual attended an institution that does not issue grades or distinguishing evaluative marks, test scores are required. If the individual's performance in the graduate program was marginal, test scores will be requested.

What if I took one of the required courses with a degree I completed already?

Coursework credited to a degree previously awarded by USC cannot be applied to the Graduate Certificate. Likewise, coursework taken at another university cannot be applied to the Graduate Certificate and should not be repeated at USC.

Can I do both the Graduate Certificate and the M.S. in Global Supply Chain Management?

Because both programs are in the same major – supply chain management – students are not allowed to earn both the graduate certificate and the M.S. degree simultaneously by applying courses to both programs. An individual who starts the graduate certificate program and then decides s/he wishes to earn the M.S. degree instead may apply for admission to the M.S. program and, if admitted, drop out of the Graduate Certificate program. Transitioning from the GCRT to the MS does not guarantee that all coursework completed as part of the certificate program will be applied to the M.S. degree. Determination of which courses can be applied from the certificate to the M.S. is made by the academic director of the M.S. program.

I’m already in the M.S. in Global Supply Chain Management program, and a lot of the courses are the same as in the Graduate Certificate Program. Can my M.S. courses count toward the graduate certificate?

No.

MBA Students - Creating a New Application

Q: I'm an MBA student at USC. When I log into the application system it recalls my MBA application file. How do I change it to apply for the certificate program?

A: If you are applying for admission in 2017 or later, simply use the “Add Program” option to add the graduate certificate to your list of programs and complete the application. Don’t forget the “Program materials” section of the application.

If you are applying for admission in fall 2016, applying to a new program requires a new profile and password in the application system. If you enter exactly the same name and contact information, the system may find a match and ask if you want to copy information from your original application into the new one. Another option is to open a separate browser and copy/paste information from your MBA application into the new application.

Also,

  • In the "Application Information" section, complete the current student waiver questions to avoid an application fee.
  • In the "Academic Background" section don't forget to add your current USC degree program to your education history.
  • In the "Recommendations" section, when the system asks for two recommenders, make up two faux names and check the box indicating that they will not be submitting recommendations online.
  • Yes, the "essay" questions (see Downloadable Forms) are required.

    Other Current USC Students - Creating a New Application

    If you are applying for admission in 2017 or later, simply use the “Add Program” option to add the graduate certificate to your list of programs and complete the “Program materials” section of the application for the certificate.

    If you are applying for admission in fall 2016, applying to a new program requires a new profile, password, and application under the Marshall instance of the online admissions system (http://www.marshall.usc.edu/admissions/applyonline). Much of the required information is the same, so you might want to open two browsers and copy/paste information from your original USC application into the Marshall application.

    Also,

    • In the "Application Information" section, complete the current student waiver questions to avoid an application fee.
    • In the "Academic Background" section don't forget to add your current USC degree program to your education history.
    • When the system asks for two recommenders, make up two faux names and check the box indicating that they will not be submitting recommendations online.
    • Yes, the "essay/additional information" questions (see Downloadable Forms) are required.

    Application of Graduate Certificate Coursework to master's degree requirements

    A Graduate Certificate may be completed in conjunction with course work required for the program in which the student is already enrolled. Applicability of these courses to the student's primary degree program is determined by the student's home department. Current MBA students may apply all 15 units of the graduate certificate program to their MBA degree. (Note: conferral of the certificate and documentation on the transcript requires that the individual formally apply to the program and be admitted. See the Admissions page for more information about this process.)

    Tuition and Fees

    Current USC tuition and fee information is available at http://www.usc.edu/soc. Select the next future semester and then the 'Tuition and Fees' tab on the left side of the screen. Tuition rates do increase each year.

    Career Development and Placement Services

    Certificate students are not provided with the same level of personalized career transition services afforded Marshall master's degree students seeking internships and/or permanent employment post-graduation. Certificate-only students are provided career transition services through the USC Career Center. Certificate students are encouraged to join graduate student clubs and organizations in their field of interest as well.

    Other Supply Chain Programs

    If you want more than a certificate, consider the Master of Science in Global Supply Chain Management (www.marshall.usc.edu/MSGSCM).

    What did we miss?

    For more information, write to Supply.Chain@marshall.usc.edu or call (213) 740-0671.

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