University of Southern California



Application Deadlines

Round 1* January 15, 2016 January 15, 2016 February 15, 2016
Round 2 March 1, 2016 March 1, 2016 March 15, 2016

*International applicants have to apply in Round 1, so that there will be sufficient time to process student visa applications. Priority consideration for merit-based scholarships (if available) given to both international and domestic students with completed applications.

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

Application Requirements

  • Four-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent. Applicants in the process of finishing an undergraduate degree may apply, with acceptance contingent on finishing the undergraduate degree.
  • A completed online application
  • Official academic transcripts from the Registrar of each college or university attended, except for USC.
  • Official GMAT or GRE score (GMAT preferred) report is recommended but not required. If you wish to submit a score, you must have taken the GMAT or GRE exam by the time you submit an application. The program code for our MS Finance program is 1525. The GRE code for USC Marshall is 4852. The GMAT code for USC Marshall’s Master of Science in Finance is 389-9C-01. We recommend uploading unofficial copies of your GMAT or GRE scores with your application in addition to sending official scores (through the GMAT testing service or, for the GRE, through the Educational Testing Service using the codes mentioned) to USC. Again, a GRE/GMAT score is recommended but not required.
  • 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.
  • One letter of recommendation, from a professor or work supervisor, which must be submitted online.
    (second letter recommended but not required).
  • Application fee: $150.
  • For International students who did not spend 4 years completing a bachelor’s degree at an American, British, Canadian or Australian college or university, proof of proficiency in English is required. An official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score report (Educational Testing Service’s TOEFL school code for USC is 4852), International English Language Testing System (IELTS).


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:

University of Southern California
Office of Admission and Financial Aid
University Park Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0915

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.

International students: 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.


One letter of recommendation is required, and a second letter is recommended. They are used as a gauge of your professional achievements and managerial potential. We prefer that your letters of recommendation be provided by a professor or 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.


Interviews are conducted by invitation only at the discretion of the Admissions Committee. On campus interviewing is preferred, but interviews via Skype are also available.

International applicants

All applicants that are not United States nationals, and will be entering, or have already entered, the United States with an F-1 or J-1 student visa, should apply as an international student. Applicants who already reside in the United States and hold other non-immigrant visas (for example, E2, H2 or L2) are also considered international students.

Permanent residents of the United States, naturalized U.S. citizens, and U.S. citizens residing abroad and attending a university outside the United States are not considered international students.

USC Marshall encourages all interested international applicants to apply. The procedures are somewhat different than for domestic applicants, so please read this part carefully in addition to above Admission Requirements.


Every admitted international applicant must have a passport on file in order for an I-20 or DS-2019 to be issued. We encourage you to upload a scanned copy of your passport with your online application. In case no passport is available at the time of application, applicants can submit the passport with the financial documents after they have been admitted.

Records of your undergraduate and/or graduate degrees

You will need to 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.

During the admissions cycle, the processing and verification of your transcript/s can take up to 8 weeks.

International Degree Verification

The USC Office of Degree Progress requires verification of international prior degrees from the International Education Research Foundation (IERF). Detailed information 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

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 the following circumstances:

  1. You hold a Bachelor’s degree completed in residency in United States or other Anglophone country.

    The Bachelor’s degree should come from a regionally accredited university located in the United States or officially recognized university in another country where English is both the language of instruction and the only officially recognized language of the country.

    Please note that the entire program must have been completed in the qualifying country.

    We do not waive the English-proficiency requirement based on either a graduate degree from a university in the U.S. or other qualifying country or an undergraduate program taught in English in a non-Anglophone country.

  2. Your native language is English.

    This applies to native English speakers from countries such as the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada (except Quebec) where English is both the only official language of the country and the language of instruction.

The criteria listed above are the only means by which international applicants can demonstrate English proficiency. USC does not waive the English-proficiency requirement based on any other consideration (work experience, ESL enrollment, etc.).

Please review the USC policy for detailed information.

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. But these unofficial copies are a supplement to, not a substitute for, the official copies, which must come through the testing services.

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.

For more information on Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) visit TOEFL, and for International English Language Testing System (IELTS) visit IELTS.

Financial Guarantee Statement

Before a student visa can be issued, the U.S. government requires that you provide a document attesting to your ability to pay tuition and expenses for the first academic year of your degree program.

The document must include your sponsor's name, address and source of income, and must be verified by a bank stamp and dated within the last nine months. If your financial support is from your home government or another official agency (e.g., Fulbright, AMIDEAST), you must submit similar documentation.

Please read carefully through USC Graduate Admission Guidelines for Submitting Financial Documents for all the important information, particularly the Financial Statement Expense Figures as well as the detailed guidelines for submitting proof of financial support.

Financial assistance for international students

The USC Marshall School of Business offers a limited number of scholarships for international students, including full-tuition and partial-tuition scholarships. These merit-based awards are highly competitive and are determined at the time of admission. Please note that only U.S. citizens are eligible for Federal Stafford Loans.

Mailing Addresses

Applications are submitted online. If you need to send additional materials by postal mail, please use the following address:

University of Southern California
Office of Admission and Financial Aid
University Park Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0915

If you use a courier service, such as DHL or FedEx, use this address instead:

University of Southern California
Office of Admission and Financial Aid
3601 South Flower Street, Tyler 1
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0911