University of Southern California



The USC Marshall EMBA Program will begin accepting applications beginning September 1, 2015. Applicants are encouraged to apply early as EMBA is a competitive and selective program.

Decisions are released beginning December 1, 2015, through the online application. The admissions committee reviews applications and interviews selected candidates on a rolling basis. Please expect a decision to be posted 4-6 weeks after submission of a completed application.

**Notification includes: invitation to interview, waitlist, deny or admit decision.


  • Four-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent, from an accredited institution
  • A completed online application.
  • Official academic transcripts. We recommend uploading unofficial copies of your academic transcripts with your application in addition to sending official academic transcripts to USC. See below for more information.
  • One required essay, as outlined in the online application. An optional essay is provided for any additional information you wish to convey to the Admissions Committee.
  • A professional résumé.
  • Two letters of recommendation, which must be submitted online. See below for more information.
  • Official GMAT or GRE exam (optional for USC Marshall EMBA candidates). The GMAT code for the USC Marshall EMBA is 389-9C-48. The GRE code for USC is 4852.
  • International applicants (if applicable): official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score report. Review the USC policy to determine if this requirement applies to you.
  • Application fee: $150.
  • Eight years of work experience (recommended)
  • Interview

Campus Choice - Los Angeles or San Diego County

The USC Marshall School of Business offers two great locations to complete the EMBA program. Classes are offered at the USC University Park Campus in Los Angeles and in Carlsbad at the La Costa Resort in San Diego County. Classes meet every other week on Fridays and Saturdays and are taught exclusively by USC Marshall's world-class faculty.

Please make sure to indicate your location preference on the application.


Interviews are conducted after a completed application has been reviewed. Interviews are by invitation only and a requirement of the EMBA application process. USC Marshall offers interviews at our main campus in Los Angeles and at our campus in San Diego.

Submitting Official Transcripts

You must submit official transcripts from all colleges, universities, and post-secondary institutions you have previously attended. These transcripts may be mailed to you first or mailed directly to the University of Southern California. In either case, the transcripts must be received by the USC Office of Graduate Admission in their original sealed envelope.

You may use the forms provided with the online application to request that your undergraduate (bachelor's degree) transcripts be sent directly to the mailing address below:

Postal Mail Courier Service, such as DHL or FedEx
USC Office of Graduate Admission USC Office of Graduate Admission
3601 South Flower Street, 3601 South Flower Street
Room 112 Room 112
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0915 Los Angeles, CA 90089-0915

USC now accepts official electronic transcripts, provided they meet the following guidelines:

  • The transcript originates from a secure site formally linked to the sending institution.
  • The school is located in the United States. We do not accept electronic transcripts from any institution overseas.

Please instruct the vendor to email the transcript to Do not send any materials or correspondence to this email address yourself.

We encourage applicants to upload unofficial transcripts to the on-line application. However, while the Admissions Committee can review an application with unofficial transcripts, a final decision cannot be rendered until official transcripts have been received and evaluated.

If the name of your official transcripts does not match the name on your application (i.e., your last name changed, you used an English name on your application, etc.), please consider sending an e-mail to USC Office of Graduate Admission to notify their office of the name on your application and the name on your official transcripts so that your records may be retrieved appropriately.

International applicants: Please ask your undergraduate institution to include an explanation of the grading system and information about how the transcript should be assessed. Transcripts in a language other than English must be accompanied by an English translation.


Two letters of recommendation are required. They are used as a gauge of your professional achievements and managerial and leadership potential. We prefer that one of your letters of recommendation be provided by a direct supervisor. This person should provide specific observations and examples of your leadership, teamwork, analytical skills and personal qualities. Your letters of recommendation must be submitted online.


Applicants denied admissions are welcome to reapply the following academic year. Applicants who are admitted to USC Marshall but are unable to attend will not be deferred to the following academic year. You must follow the instructions for re-applicants.

International Applicants

If you are an applicant currently residing in the US on an H1B visa or equivalent, please read below for additional requirements to your application.

Records of your undergraduate degree (Transcript)

Please submit one set of records from each college or university you have attended. The records should indicate the number of lecture and laboratory hours devoted to each course and the grades (marks) you received.

You must also submit an official document showing the title and date of each degree you have earned. This document is considered the equivalent of a "transcript" issued by an American institution.

If the official document is not in English, you must also include a separate English translation by the university or by a certified professional translator. You may send a certified copy of the official document instead of the original.

International Degree Verification

The USC Office of Degree Progress requires verification of international degrees from the International Education Research Foundation (IERF). Details about their services, including application forms, fees, and required documents are available at

Please contact Degree Progress, 213.740.7070 if you have any questions, or need more information regarding prior degree verification. English-language proficiency

English-language proficiency

International graduate applicants must demonstrate English-language proficiency by submitting either TOEFL or IELTS scores. International applicants are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement under certain circumstances. Review the USC policy to determine if you are exempt. USC does not waive the English-proficiency requirement based on any other consideration (work experience, ESL enrollment, etc.).

To avoid delays in processing your application, we suggest that you ask to have your TOEFL or IELTS scores sent to USC Marshall when you pre-register for the examination. You can also upload copies of your TOEFL or IELTS scores with your application. Official scores must be received directly from the testing service and date no earlier than 2 years (24 months) prior to the start of your intended first term at USC.

If you are sending TOEFL scores, the institution code for USC is 4852 (no department code is required). If you are sending IELTS scores, please choose “University of Southern California, Graduate Programs” from the list of available institutions of where to send your scores on the day that you sit for your test. Please do not enter the name and contact information of your specific intended graduate department. USC will only accept electronic IELTS scores. Paper scores are not considered official.

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