University of Southern California

Requirements

The following items comprise the basic requirements of the application. Please review the information on the subsequent tabs for more detail:

  • A completed online application
  • A four-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent, from an accredited institution
  • Academic transcripts
  • Standardized test scores – GMAT or GRE
  • Two required essays (there is also one optional essay)
  • A professional résumé (typically one page)
  • Application fee: $155
  • TOEFL or IELTS (if applicable) – This applies to most international applicants (non U.S. citizen or U.S permanent resident). Review the USC policy to determine if this requirement applies to you.

Note: We neither require nor accept letters of recommendation as part of our admissions process.

Transcripts

Transcript submission is a two-step process:

  1. You must upload scanned copies of official transcripts into the online application. While these uploaded copies are technically unofficial, they will allow the Admissions Committee to render a preliminary admissions decision on your application. Please note that these must be scans of official transcripts printed on university letterhead. Print-outs from online student portals are not acceptable.
  2. After you submit your application and receive your 10 digit USC ID number (a number that is different than the 10-digit USC CAS ID that you receive when you begin your application), you must also mail in official transcripts from all colleges, universities, and other post-secondary institutions you have previously attended. We recommend that you fill out the “College/University Transcript Cover Page (pdf)” and send it to the registrar’s office of each post-secondary institution you have attended. Although this is not mandatory, including it along with your USC ID number will help us match your transcripts to your file as quickly as possible.

E-transcripts: 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.
  • The electronic transcripts are sent from India sent via TrueCopy Credentials. We do not accept electronic transcripts from any other overseas institutions or vendors.

Please instruct the vendor to email the transcript to admscan@usc.edu. Do not send any other materials or correspondence to this email address yourself. Electronic transcripts e-mailed to any other address will not be downloaded, resulting in a delay of your file review and an extra expense to you because the transcript will need to be re-sent.

USC alumni or current students: While USC degree holders must upload a copy of their transcript into the online application, they do not need to submit official USC transcripts to the Office of Graduate Admission. Please be sure to include your USC enrollment in the “Academic Background” section so that we may match your application to the academic records already on file.

Transcripts in original language of issuance: International students who have earned their degree outside the United States must check our country-specific requirements to determine if we need original-language copies of their academic records. In such cases, a separate, word-for-word, English-language translation of all academic records must also be submitted. The translation should either be issued directly from the school itself or by a professional, certified translator. It must contain all information shown on the original-language documents and “mirror” them as precisely as possible. Dual-language transcripts are also acceptable.

Credential evaluation: Please note that USC does not accept or recognize credential evaluation reports from outside agencies (e.g. WES, ECE, etc.) for the purposes of admission review.

Mailing Instructions
Unless you are directed otherwise by your intended graduate department, official academic records from all post-secondary schools you have attended should be sent to the addresses provided below.

If sending your transcripts via regular mail, please use the following address:

University of Southern California
USC Office of Graduate Admission
3601 South Flower Street, Room 112
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0915

If sending your transcripts via courier service, such as DHL or FedEx, please use the following address:

University of Southern California
USC Office of Graduate Admission and Financial Aid
3601 South Flower Street, Tyler 112
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0915
Phone: (213) 740-1111

Confidentiality and Document Submission Policy
Transcripts and all other materials submitted for admission consideration become the property of USC. The university does not return or duplicate materials for any reason whatsoever. The information and materials in your submitted application are made available only to the central Office of Admission and the admission committee of the academic department or professional school to which you have applied.

Test Scores

Uploading of Test Scores (required for all applicants)

All admissions decisions are made by the Admissions Committee based on unofficial test scores that are uploaded into the online application as follows:

GMAT or GRE score report – All candidates must submit at least one of these exams. The only exception are those candidates who are applying to the MD/MBA dual degree program. These tests must have been taken on or after August 1, 2012. If you have taken both tests, please submit both. Upload unofficial copies (examinee score report or test-day printout) into your online application. Note: You must either upload your score report into the application or provide the intended future test date in the appropriate field in the application. Failure to do this may result in a deny decision.

TOEFL or IELTS – The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score report is required for most international applicants. For details, please review the “Information for International Applicants” tab. These exams must have been taken on or after August 1, 2015. Upload unofficial copies (examinee report or test-day printout) into your online application.

Submitting Official Test Scores (required for all enrolling students)

Test Scores – If admitted, every enrolling candidate will need to submit official test scores (provided to USC by the testing service). To save time, applicants should, at the time of test registration, have the testing service(s) forward the official, confidential school report using the following institution codes:

  • GMAT: 389-9C-23
  • GRE: 4852
  • TOEFL: 4852
  • IETLS: Choose “University of Southern California, Graduate Programs.” 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.

Essays

Below are the essay questions for the Fall 2017 requirement cycle. You will find these in the Program Materials section of the online application:

  • Essay #1 (Required) – What is your specific, immediate short-term career goal upon completion of your MBA? Please include an intended position, function, and industry in your response. (word limit: 100)
  • Essay #2 (Required) – At Marshall, we take pride in the fact that our students work collaboratively, both inside and outside the classroom, to create a culture, a community, and an environment that truly defines what we call the Trojan Family. Please describe the contributions you expect to make to your classmates during your time at USC. How will they benefit from your presence in the program? (word limit: 500)
  • Essay #3 (Optional) – Please provide any additional information that will enhance our understanding of your candidacy for the program. (word limit: 250)